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The State of Things
11:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Michigan Bluegrass Band Joins Wide Open Lineup

Greensky Bluegrass
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Greensky live

Greensky Bluegrass is one of more than 50 bands coming to Raleigh this week for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. The Michigan group’s hybrid sound draws on the influence of rock ‘n roll and jam bands. The multidimensionality of their music gives them a mainstream music fan base beyond the bluegrass scene. Greensky Bluegrass is Dave Bruzza, Anders Beck, Mike Devol, Mike Bont, and Paul Hoffman. 

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The State of Things
10:47 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Raleigh Authors Give 27 Views Of The Capital City

27 Views of Raleigh

 

27 Views of the Capital City

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Arts & Culture
9:18 am
Fri September 27, 2013

World Of Bluegrass: Awards And Weekend Lineup

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The World of Bluegrass festival is in its last few days in Raleigh. Music journalist Craig Havighurst is back one last time to talk about the event.  He's a triangle native who now hosts a music roots show from Nashville.  He's also a board member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, the group that puts on the festival every year.

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The State of Things
9:24 am
Thu September 26, 2013

IBMA Winners Balsam Range Rock Raleigh

Balsam Range
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In the winter of 2007, five Haywood county bluegrass musicians got together for an informal jam session. Out of that collaboration, the band Balsam Range was born. They are nominated in six different categories for the International Bluegrass Music Awards including Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year. They will play at Merlefest showcase as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh this afternoon and the Awards show this evening.

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

World Of Bluegrass: Bands Play On, Prepare For Awards Ceremony

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WUNC's Eric Hodge talks with music journalist Craig Havighurst about Thursday's lineup at the World of Bluegrass.

Raleigh is in the middle of the World of Bluegrass festival. Craig Havighurst returns to talk with WUNC's Eric Hodge about the event.  Havighurst is a music journalist who has contributed to NPR and the Wall Street Jounral.  He produces a music roots show in Nashville and is a Triangle native.  He's also a board member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, which puts on the festival.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Allan Gurganus Brings His Fictional Town Into The 21st Century

Local Souls is the most recent novel by Author Allan Garganus
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For more than 25 years, author Allan Gurganus has written about the mystical town of Falls, North Carolina.

In his newest book, "Local Souls," the town undergoes its most modern transformation (Liveright, 2013). Gurganus returns to Falls with three different novellas that explore love, community, and family. Host Frank Stasio talks with Allan Gurganus about "Local Souls."

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Arts & Culture
7:44 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A New Home For The 'World Of Bluegrass'

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WUNC's Eric Hodge talks with music journalist Craig Havighurst about the World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh.

The World of Bluegrass event is underway in Raleigh.  It's the first year the five-day convention has come to the Triangle after having a home in Nashville for eight years, and it's a place for musicians, agents and music lovers to hear the best of Bluegrass every year.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Photography Exhibit Explores American Consumer Culture

Retail Store
Brian Ulrich

  In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, then-President George W. Bush gave a speech encouraging Americans to boost "participation and confidence in the American economy."

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The State of Things
1:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival
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In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed.

She started playing the instrument upside down - with her right hand on the fret and strumming with her left hand. The young woman went on to become a famous blues and folk musician. Next weekend, Carrboro will dedicate a historic marker to honor Cotton’s legacy and ties to the town.

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Banned Books Back In The News

This week is Banned Book Week -- a time to reflect on censored works of literature.  Last week, the Randolph County Board of Education banned the novel “The Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison from school libraries.

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