Lynn Seaton picks up his double bass and asks his students to become “observant listeners.” He improvises a solo based on the blues, then asks the students what qualities they heard in his playing.
North Carolina dancemakers make ADF main stage debuts today with work that features women’s stories, Italian traditional healers, a portrayal of friendship and a dance that covers film noir and cross-dressing.
Against a background of photographs by nationally acclaimed artist Melanie Schiff, CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) is celebrating its first two years of operation in its renovated wholesale grocery building in downtown Raleigh. The photographs cover a four-year period when the artist was traveling between Los Angeles and Chicago; they are about the places she saw, the suggestion of past presences and how light plays its magic on those sights.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, and the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, coordinator of the state NAACP’s Historic Thousands on Jones Street events, will be the guest speakers for Durham’s ninth annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday.
They have performed with some of the giants of gospel music – including Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin. But when Joseph “Jo Jo” Wallace and Horace Thompson talk about their many decades with The Sensational Nightingales, they always come back to the meaning and message of the songs they sing.
If you expect a band performing in North Carolina called Those Darlins will be acoustic Americana, well, scratch that. You’ll get the splash of a cool summer drink in your face when you hear a Nashville rock band instead.
The first impression a new listener might get of David Wax Museum is the sheer range of sounds. The core members of the ensemble are Wax -- who plays guitar and jirana, a Mexican instrument that resembles guitar -- and Suz Slezak, who plays violin, keyboards, and percussion instruments.
Americana singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers has been touring full time for the past three and a half years, but she didn’t expect to make a career out of music. She spoke with The Herald-Sun from the road this week while waiting for the mechanic to call about her band’s van being repaired in Virginia. Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line will perform at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro tonight.
Guitarist John McLaughlin has undergone many musical incarnations during his 71 years. Many fans had their first exposure to his music in the early 1970s, when his Mahavishnu Orchestra helped define the fusion sound. Since then, McLaughlin’s many projects have included tribute albums to John Coltrane and Bill Evans, recordings and concerts with Indian music in the group Shakti, and a recording with full orchestra of his guitar concerto “Thieves and Poets.”
‘Let Them Be Heard’ returns to Stagville
Rising Star winners announced
Wood’s ‘Christmas Carol’ returning to DPAC
Hillsborough to hold Family Fun Day
This week recycle is the name of the game. At the Frank Gallery couture is created with bottle caps, plastic food bags, twist ties and film strips; at the Ackland Museum Store, Victorian fantasies have been recycled by some of today’s artists who are part of the Steam Punk genre. Both shows are about flights of creative visions.
Mumia Abu-Jamal currently is serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia, Pa., police officer. He maintains his innocence, and still seeks his freedom. In February, his legal team filed an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, requesting it overturn an August 2012 lower court ruling resentencing Abu-Jamal to life in prison without parole. In 2012, a death sentence against Abu-Jamal was overturned.
Boys Choir concert Monday
Art Guild and Student U to present work
Laurece West to celebrate new release
Vendors wanted for Last Fridays
Maxwell to perform at Mercury
Blue Note celebrating third anniversary
‘Peanuts’ characters coming to Northgate
Cantari to perform ‘Convent to Abbey Road’
Bannan to perform at Driade
Saxophonist Maceo Parker and singer-songwriter George Clinton – two North Carolina natives who pioneered rhythm and blues and funk – will open the 2013-2014 season of Carolina Performing Arts at UNC. Carolina Performing Arts announced the season roster during a Wednesday event at Memorial Hall at UNC.