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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Delmark Records' Musical Journey Continues With New Owners

Delmark Records' Musical Journey Continues With New Owners

WDCB's Leslie Keros sits down with the new owners of Delmark Records, Julia A. Miller & Elbio Barilari.

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"We're very aware of the history, our model is based on the history.  All the projects that we chose are very curated and they're chosen with the history in mind, and built on that foundation." - Julia A. Miller, the new president & CEO of Delmark Records.

 Delmark Records new owners, Julia A. Miller & Elbio Barilari

Delmark Records new owners, Julia A. Miller & Elbio Barilari

The origins of Delmark go back to 1953, that's when Bob Koester got into the music business.

 Bob Koester in front of what would become his first Chicago music store.

Bob Koester in front of what would become his first Chicago music store.

A couple years ago, Koester decided to close the Jazz Record Mart and this year he sold Delmark to Miller and Barilari.

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A tribute to Delmark Records and Koester’s contributions to the local music scene will take center stage on the first night of the Chicago Blues Fest Friday June 8.  Guy King, Omar Coleman, Steve and Lurie Bell are just some of the artists scheduled to take the Pritzker Pavilion stage that night.

For more information about Delmark Records visit the label's website here

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