Nocturnal Journal 4/4/15: Rock photography, Record Store Day, “Plopper Labs” and music from Ami Saraiya, Anna Soltys and Vivian Garcia

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(L-R): Ami Saraiya, Anna Soltys, Dave Hoekstra, Vivian Garcia

Dave Hoekstra visits with prolific rock photographer Paul Natkin, who talks about his long career, his father’s influence as a photographer for Ebony magazine and the Chicago Bulls, and his exhibit Paul Natkin: Superstars at the Ed Pacshke Arts Center.

We preview Record Store Day (April 18) with the owners of two of Chicagoland’s beloved record stores, Val Camilletti of Val’s Halla Records and Rick Wojcik of Dusty Groove Chicago.  They talk about what goes into the annual celebration of our independent music providers.

We head out on the Nocturnal Journey to Litchfield, Illinois and the Plopper Homestead, where writer and historian Tom Emery about the former site of “Plopper Laboratories” that sold a mysterious pill as a “wonder medication”.

Finally, some live music and conversation with singer/songwriters Ami Saraiya, Anna Soltys, and Vivian Garcia who discuss gigging as musicians in Chicago, some of the inspirations behind their work and their upcoming Double Door gig on April 12.


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