Music

The State of Things
10:54 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Festival Celebrates Greensboro Refugee Communities

Ndabarushimana Christopher is a musician and refugee from Burundi who now calls Greensboro his home.
Credit Ndabarushimana Christopher

Now in its fourth year, the Mosaic Festival celebrates the diversity and cultures of the Triad, attracting thousands of attendees. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sarah Ivory, director of the Immigration and Refugee Program of Church World Service of Greensboro, which organizes the festival. Plus, the band Wareware featuring Ndabarushimana Christopher, a Greensboro musician and refugee from Burundi, performs live at Triad Stage.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Fri May 31, 2013

A Celebration Of Spirituals At The Hayti Heritage Center

100 Men in Black Male Chorus
Credit http://www.100mib.org/

Six members of the 100 Men In Black Chorus perform live in our studio

Wednesday, June 5th, the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham is hosting a celebration of spirituals with acclaimed author Ashley Bryan and the 100 Men in Black Male Chorus.

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

Outside the Woody Guthrie Center, there's a large mural of Guthrie holding his guitar bearing the phrase, "This Machine Kills Fascists."
Brett Deering WireImage

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:43 am

Woody Guthrie's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours. But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period. His reputation there is now closer to a full restoration as Oklahoma opens his archives.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Building Community Through Songwriting

Hope Marasco
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The music of Hope Marasco

Hope talks about her efforts with host Frank Stasio, and performs some of her original songs, along with Mary Johnson Rockers and Will Ridenour.

Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle singing the ballad 'Lord Bateman' with a crankie they made.
Credit Laura Candler

Anna and Elizabeth play music and tell the story of their crankies.

When traditional Appalachian musician Anna Roberts-Gevalt first showed ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle a crankie, Elizabeth was speechless.

“I really freaked out,” LaPrelle said. She was astounded not only because she had never seen one before, but also because it was such a powerful tool for storytelling.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Six Street Pianos Coming To Raleigh For Artsplosure

A child plays on a street piano in New York. Raleigh has never hosted a street piano project before.
Credit Ed Yourdon via Flickr, Creative Commons

All the world’s a stage. Or, at least Downtown Raleigh will be for the next two weeks, as six pianos have been placed there outdoors for anyone to play.  The decorated instruments are set up in public locations around the city as a part of Artsplosure, Raleigh’s annual visual and performing arts festival, and passersby of any skill level are encouraged to give them a go.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Local Musicians Honor Ry Cooder

The album cover for Boomer's Story by Ry Cooder.
Credit amazon.com

Local musicians The Guitar Heels pay tribute to Ry Cooder

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Ready For Some Summer Music Beneath The Stars? WUNC’s 2013 Outdoor Concert Guide

A performer at last year's Oak City 7 concert series in Raleigh.
Credit Carter Peery, courtesy of OC7.

Summer is fast approaching, and so is outdoor concert season. If you’re aching to spend warm nights in the company of friends listening to good music under the stars, you’re in luck. The options for outdoor music in the Triad are numerous. Several small towns host regular, free concerts and larger cities like Raleigh, Durham, and Greensboro have multiple outdoor music series showcasing  everything from chamber music to R & B, and from hip hop to bluegrass.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

North Carolinians Share Their Music In Senegal

Diali Cissokho
Credit kairabamusic.com

Diali Cissokho, a Senegalese musician, moved to the United States several years ago hoping to meet like-minded musicians. He formed the band Kaira Ba with four North Carolina natives.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Doc Watson Remembered Fondly As MerleFest Continues Without Him

David Holt took this photo of Doc Watson's final MerleFest performance in 2012. Watson died a month later.
Credit David Holt

If you’re searching for the who’s who among bluegrass, Americana, folk, and traditional country musicians, MerleFest is a good place to start. The annual four-day festival kicks off today in Wilkesboro, just as it has every April for the past 25 years. Headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Matraca Berg, and others. But this year for the first time, the festival will lack a performance from its founder, Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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