PineCone executive director William Lewis is one of The News & Observer’s 2018 Tar Heel of the Year finalists. Lewis is a force behind the rise of traditional folk music in Raleigh. IBMA’s World of Bluegrass has established the city as a major music-festival center.
Rhiannon Giddens, winner of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, is already a multi-media star. She’s writing a musical about the Wilmington 1898 uprising, which should take her even higher.
Catherine Russell, who was a backup singer for David Bowie and toured with Paul Simon and Madonna, has become a successful solo jazz musician. She will perform Dec. 6 as part of Duke Performances’ In the Jazz Tradition Festival.
Playmakers Repertory Company presents “She Loves Me,” the Broadway musical that has been revived a few times and is perhaps best known for the “You’ve Got Mail” film adaptation. It runs through Dec. 9.