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RST: Rock-Band LIVE and the Governor's Arts Awards

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Oct 10, 2013 9:46 AM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Friday, October 11, 2013:



Every year, the  Governor’s Arts Awards are given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in Pennsylvania.  Each year, the awards ceremony is held in a different location in PA. This year, the event will be at Whitaker Center in Harrisburg on October 22 at 7 pm, when Governor Tom Corbett will present the awards.

Pa First Lady Susan Corbett is the Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts which administers the awards. She’ll join us on Friday’s Radio Smart Talk to talk about the different artists being honored.

Among the honorees will be the multi-platinum selling rock band LIVE, out of York. Three of the original members of the band, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, will also be joining us on Radio Smart Talk. They’ll be talking about their music and their economic development projects which brought them the Governor’s Arts award this year for Arts Innovation.

Other honorees include Jerry Pinkney, a Caldecott Award-winning children’s book illustrator receiving the  Distinguished Arts Award;  Kathleen Mulcahy and Ron Desmett,  husband and wife glass artists who exhibit internationally and are co-founders of the Pittsburgh Glass Center receiving the Artists of the Year Award and Bill and Beverlee Lehr of Palmyra, receiving the Patron Award.


LIVE in studio. From front to back: Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Chad Taylor.


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  • steven first img 2013-10-11 08:29

    I love the band Live! lakini's juice is an amazingly awesome song in many ways. Will you guys to any more music similar to this song? What was the inspiration for this song? Probably one of the coolest songs ever!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-11 08:32

    Travis emails a question for LIVE:

    I have listened to your music since middle school, and I was wondering about my favorite Live song.

    Can you talk about the song Vine Street where it came from?

    How did you come to that sound?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-11 09:04

    A fan from Istanbul Turkey emails:

    Live is my all time favourite band with Ed, after Ed as Gracious Few and now with Chris. I really respect your passion for your music and art. I've been waiting for a new Live album for years. Is there any date for the new album?

    Do you have a plan to play in Istanbul?

    And my last question:) how can I get a signed poster of Throwing Copper by three of you?

  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-10-12 07:28

    The irony of LIVE ------who so graciously argue for promotion of the arts in schools--------being given an award by the Governor whose administration has seen many of the arts programs dropped from the public schools/which defunded public education leading to necessary budget cuts involving arts programs/which forced schools to take a hard look at what was being funded and what they can afford and because of test demands found they had to cut either arts programs or sports programs or both isn't wasted on those in PA who believe that the essence of education is both discovering one's talents in life and finding ways to use those talents, as LIVE members have done.

    Priorities for Corbett are prisons, police, and rewarding those who seek to capitalize on shale oil, on privatization of Commonwealth functions, and for his cronies in government and business. He made his total lack of care for PA residents and CHILDREN openly evident in his refusal to expand Medicaid.

    But, kudos to LIVE for their success and award!

  • Sarah Muller Smith img 2013-10-13 16:26

    I admit I had never heard of the band Live until Friday evening, when I listened to Smart Talk during a white-knuckle drive from my current home in Virginia to my childhood home in Hershey, two kids tucked in the back of the car. I was so impressed by the level of intelligence of the band members/entrepreneurs - I mean, these are incredibly bright people who parlayed an avocation into much more than a vocation, and continue to grow their enterprises. So now, I'll have to listen to their music, and while listening, try to figure out how they could use my husband's technology know-how in their businesses so that we can get back to PA! But seriously, Live's interview on Smart Talk sparked my interest in learning more about them.