On Saturday, Bennett Place was filled with some 400 re-enactors and hundreds of visitors during the first day of the weekend-long remembrance events of the April 26, 1865 surrender of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Visitors were able to witness what the the final negotiations would have been like back 1865 — lack of electricity and all. During the day both the Union and Confederate States of America armies conducted drill demonstrations.
Four North Carolina bands will be competing for a chance to perform at this year’s Tour de Fat. Dark Water Rising of Chapel Hill, Spaceship Days of Durham, Falling Through April of Charlotte, and songwriter Nick Driver of Raleigh will perform at Motorco Music Hall for the first round Thursday, April 30. Two finalists will be chosen from the Motorco event. Representatives of New Belgium Brewing Co., which sponsors Tour de Fat, will pick a winner based on audience applause and participation.
If they could tap to it, no doubt the N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble would have used Sly and the Family Stone’s “We Are Family” in one of their shows over the years. That’s because family figures into both the ensemble’s make-up as well as how members and founder Gene Medler think of it.
With bass player Sean Geist of The MPS Project playing the opening notes to the Miles Davis tune “So What,” the second annual Art of Cool Festival got underway Friday afternoon with a free concert in Durham Central Park.
Fans of the Beatles who saw the Broadway tour of “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” at the Durham Performing Arts Center in 2012 will see a revamped show if they go see it again April 29 and 30.
Jazz pianist Kris Bowers, classically trained and ’90s hip hop-influenced, performs Friday, April 24 during the Art of Cool Festival.
One of the goals of the Art of Cool Festival, and the Art of Cool organization that produces the festival, is to expose more listeners to jazz and related styles. Snarky Puppy, a 13-piece ensemble that will perform Saturday during the festival’s second year, is arguably a prototype for the festival, and an example of how a younger generation is shaping jazz.
The Friends of the Durham Library Spring Book Sale begins Friday, April 24 with an evening preview sale for Friends members only from 4 to 7 p.m. Prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcover books. Everyone is encouraged to join the Friends — annual memberships may be purchased at the door.
Durham native Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham is best known for his judge character, which reached a wide audience in the late 1960s when Markham performed his “Here Comes the Judge” sketch on the then popular “Laugh-In” comedy show.
Precious Boyd, 14, of Roxboro, is preparing to compete in July at the amateur night at The Apollo Theater in Harlem. She got the opportunity after competing in last year’s Amateur Night at the Hayti and making her way to the finals.
Durham will “go green” on Sunday, April 19 for the annual Earth Day Festival at Rock Quarry Park. The festival is sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation and Keep Durham Beautiful.
Saturday, music fans will be awash in a sea of vinyl when artists from Ryan Adams to Cassandra Wilson will release limited or special-edition albums for Record Store Day.
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy, best known as the leader of the Chicago band Wilco, will present and discuss the film “American Movie” (1999) May 23 at 7 p.m. as part of the Modern School of Film’s “Film: Acoustic” series at the Carolina Theatre.
150 years ago Friday, April 17 Union Gen. William T. Sherman and Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston met for the first of what would become three sessions at Bennett Place to discuss Johnston’s surrender of his army of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. The surrender he and Sherman negotiated became the largest of the Civil War.
Heavy rain pelted the Memorial Hall dome Tuesday night while inside, the Martha Graham Dance Company took the audience by storm.