State of The Arts

State of The Arts

State of the Arts; Southern Illinois is a podcast by the Marion Cultural and Civic Center featuring Artists, Artisans, Musicians,ArtsOrganizations and Arts event in Southern Illinois as well asTouring acts coming to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.


November 3, 2022 24 mins

SOTA SI - Ep 28- Maddie Deiters: The girl behind the brush  


Maddie Deiters is a local artist who has finished 3 mural projects here in Marion and has done others in Herrin, Murphysboro, Belleville IL, and Carolina Beach, NC. Join us in our conversation as we explore her approach, what challenges she has faced, and what the work itself represents and means for the community. 


Connect with Maddie and see her work at


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SOTA SI - Ep 27 - Rocky Horror Show: Why such a Cult Following? 


Brandyn McGhee and Derek Hamblin Join us today from Skyline Creek Productions staging of Rocky Horror Show. Rocky Horror Show is a Broadway style Musical that was adapted into a film and has since become a cult classic with a similar cult like following. Join us in our conversation as we explore what makes it such a unique experience both in story line and in theatr...

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State of the Arts SI - Ep 26 - Hugh DeNeal, The Man Vs The People

Hugh DeNeal joins us in this episode to give us some insight into his music, his path as a musician, and the bands he has been a part of.  Hugh was a founding member of the Woodbox Gang and is now also the front man of the band The People Vs Hugh DeNeal. Hugh is about to release his second album as The People Vs Hugh DeNeal "Ope" released through River to River Commu...

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State of the Arts SI - Ep 25-  Max Senteney - River to River Community Records.


Join us as we chat with Max Senteney about the creations of River to River Community Records. We hear his background, where the idea for River to River came from, and how it is a vehicle to serve the music scene of Southern Illinois. 


More info about River to River Community Records at

River to River Community Records Website


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State of the Arts SI - Ep 24 - Tabitha Tripp; Art, Expression, and a Cause 


Tabitha Tripp is is a Southern Illinois Artist Based in Anna Illinois. Tabitha works primary in the form of paint on Canvas. She experiments with different textures as she emotes through her work. Tabitha's most recent series is on Display at the Marion cultural and Civic Center through September and October.  Find more about Tabitha at www.tabithatripp.a...

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SOTA SI - Ep 23 - Wingtips; a sound shaped by Grand Theft Auto 


Wingtips is a Chicago based band that currently resides in Southern Illinois.  Their "Dark Goth  Synth Pop" sound makes them a unique sound for our area.  Listen and Vincent Segretario and I discuss his influences from alternative sources like video games and VHS tapes, how their music is created, and the grueling nature of touring. 

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SOTA SI - Ep 22 - Brandyn McGhee;Directing the Masses

Brandyn McGhee is a Southern Illinois native that has dedicated his life to Theater. Brandyn has already left his mark on the theater scene of Southern Illinois as a performer, technician, and director.  He is currently directing the Kre8ive Arts Academy production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Listen as we discuss his background, his creative approach to this show, challeng...

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State of the Arts SI - Ep 21 - Mike Wade; It's all about the people


Mike Wade is the Venue Logistics Coordinator at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.  But his role in that position is so much more than just that title. He serves as a mentor and cheerleader for all of the part time staff that work for him all the while being a bright personality for all who attend.  Listen as we discuss his background, his duties here at MCCC,...

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State of the Arts  SI - Ep 20- Steve Hornbeak: Sixwire, Nashville's go-to Backing Band


Steve Hornbeak has worked as a touring musician for over 34 years. He has worked and toured with some of the biggest names in the industry putting in a decade touring with Faith Hill, and years with John Michael Montgomery, Richard Marx, and Lee Greenwood.  He has now been with his Band Sixwire for over 20 years and they tour the Country playin...

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SOTA SI - Ep 19  - Derek Hamblin: Creating Community Theater Magic with Hunchback of Notre Dame


Derek Hamblin, the Stage director and Music Director for Skyline Creek Productions,  joins us to discuss creating Musical Theater Magic within the realm of Community Theater.  We discuss the entire process of putting up a musical in the context of Community theater.  We start with choosing the show, and we go all the way through tech w...

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Dub Z- Finding your voice, and staying true to yourself. 


Join our conversation as we speak to Bilal Spiller the hip hop artist Dub Z. Bilal shares how he first encountered rap music, his evolution as an artist, and how that evolution as an artist aligns with his new approach to life. 


Find his music videos here 

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Suzy Bogguss- Country with a Folk Tone 


Suzy Bogguss sits down and talks through her career with Josh Benson. From her early home life to her first record deal in Nashville.  How her Yodeling and Folk Tone shaped who she was as an artist in Country Music.  


Suzy Bogguss is coming to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center August 27. tickets are available at


Our Soundtrack this week is "Golden age" from Kevin Ohlau ...

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State of the Arts; Southern Illinois - Episode 16   Kevin Ohlau, Karving out his place in the Southern Illinois Music Scene.   Kevin Ohlau is a Southern Illinois Musician who has made his place in the Southern Illinois Music scene over the last two decades. He just released a new album Just a Dream under his newest project Karve through River to River Community Records . In this episode we discuss his background in music ...
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Cosplay, An Art form of self expression


Shelley Hudspath and Caitlin Coale from the Marion Carnegie Library stop in to discuss their upcoming event "Carnegie Cosplay Con" at the Marion Carnegie Library at 2pm on July 21.  We discuss their event and then dive into Cosplay as an art form, geek culture, and the ways their event is serving all ages and in turn our community overall.  We then chat with Travis Westbrook about his exper...

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Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman- The Art of Tattoo


Join Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman of Hyperspace studios as we discuss their artwork, the history of tattoo, the stigmas that have been present about the art form over the last century, and how Michele's Tattoo styles made a revolutionary change in the industry.   We also discuss their upcoming event at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts on July 9.  Get tickets at https://cedar...

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This week's episode is a revisit of an originally recorded interview from the Fall of 2020.  


Spencer Gualdoni Grew up on the stage of the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.  After College he is now a casting a Assistant at Tara Rubin Casting.  Most recently having worked on Trevor and Mr. Saturday Night.  

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Join us in a conversation with Tony Deyo, a headlining stand up comedian that has graced the late night stages of Conan and Craig Fergusson. Hear Tony's story of turning down a prestigious college for the opportunity to be in a marching band, debut's on late night shows, and the curious story of interpretive dance and body drumming while bombing a broadway audition. 

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Roger Earls, The founding drummer of Foghat talks to us about the influences he had growing up in London.  A house filled with music, and how Jerry Lee Lewis sparked a life long passion for Rock N Roll. 


Roger and Foghat will be playing the Marion Cultural and Civic Center on July 31st.  Get your tickets at

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Cedarhurst Center for the Arts,  Art for Everyone


Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is a multi dimensional organization that facilitates and serves the arts in Southern Illinois in every way.  Listen to hear about their 90 acre walking sculpture park, their museum, and their permanent collection.  On top of that, they serve the community through classes, camps, and direct outreach into the community.  And yet, there is still more, t...

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Marion Carnegie Library, Breaking Out of the Box and into the Community


Join us as we speak with Caitlin, Shelly, and Keith about all the ways they are shifting outside of what is expected from a community library and engaging the community. This isn't your typical stuffy summer reading program.  This is a new experience with engaging event throughout the community and impacting the community.  Listen and learn how these incredib...

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