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Chase Rice @ the Ritz

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September 16, 2017

Chase Rice at the Ritz September 14, 2017 Chase Rice, an American country music singer was raised in Asheville, NC and is a alumni of University of North Carolina. You may also recognize him from the show Survivor: Nicaragua in 2010. Also voted by viewers as 10th most attractive male contestant in Survivor history in 2015 (Survivor 15th… Read More ›

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis earned an Oscar® nomination for playing Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Lost Bayou Ramblers and N.C. Symphony Spiced Up Beasts of the Southern Wild at Duke

A conductor stands at attention. Before him are 25 of the North Carolina Symphony’s finest. To his right sits a row of six musicians that look more like Mumford & Sons than Stravinsky. Silence. On the film screen behind the orchestra bursts a cityscape, with a golden beam of light streaking across it. Duke Performances… Read More ›

Green Day at Walnut Creek, Sept 1, 2017

Green Day played the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh on that stormy night of September 1… If you were there, you were standing in the rain, hoping the show was not canceled due to lightning. The gates did not open until 15 minutes after the opening band Catfish and the… Read More ›

Goo Goo Dolls 8.23.17

Goo Goo Dolls @ Red Hat Aug 23, 2017 The Goo Goo Dolls played at the Red Hat Amphitheater August 23. It was a little humid for the show and if you were there for the opening band, you got a little wet from the rain.  But that was all cleared up by the time the… Read More ›

Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty Aug 22, 2017 @  Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC It was a great night for seeing Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty. MB20 stopped touring in 1993 and this is kind of a reunion tour after Kyle Cook left the band in 2016. They played everything you wanted to hear off their four albums like:… Read More ›

Journey

Journey played the Coastal Federal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh July 25, 2017 and came out strong with a song that has person meaning to me even today, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart). Journey started in San Francisco in 1973 with lead guitar player, Neal Schon and Ross Valory (bass) being the… Read More ›

In This Moment @ the Ritz

In This Moment played The Ritz Raleigh July 16th and I have to say it was a great show! With singer/songwriter Maria Brink, doing costume and small set changes, she added a bit of theatrical flair to the show. In This Moment is a metalcore band originating in Los Angeles, California in 2005. As it… Read More ›

Albert Strong

The Al Strong Quintet — One Down, One to Go!

Composer/arranger/trumpeter/band leader Al Strong is a central part of the Triangle area jazz scene. In addition to playing jazz locally (and worldwide), Strong teaches in the Jazz Studies program at his alma mater, North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. And he is a co-founder of The Art of Cool Project, a nonprofit organization that… Read More ›

Third Eye Blind at the Red Hat Amphitheater June 18, 2017

Nice night for a summer concert. Third Eye Blind started their sold out show with a partial Weightless as an intro moving into Company of Strangers. This is their twentieth year from the release of their first album titled Third Eye Blind in 1997 and celebrating it with us on their Summer Gods Tour. They are a San Francisco based rock band… Read More ›

Four Voices, which Cat's Cradle brought to the N.C. Museum of Art on June 7th, includes (from left) Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez, Amy Ray, and Emily Saliers (photo by Daniel Hosterman)

Four Voices – Legendary Performers Delight at the NCMA

This is the age of badass women. You can find them everywhere: marching in pink hats, fighting for democracy on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and portraying superheroes in your summer blockbuster. But this week, four badass women were singing in Raleigh, NC, for a rescheduled (and sold out) midweek show, Four Voices: Joan… Read More ›

Celtic Woman Might Be a Bit Too Perfect

Fresh off their recent Grammy nomination, a new iteration of Celtic Woman brought their Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 23rd. Celtic Woman (“woman” singular) features three uniquely gifted vocalists — Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon — and violinist/harpist Tara McNeill. McFadden brings the… Read More ›

On Jan. 27th, Rick Springfield and Richard Marx Made DPAC Patrons Feel Like Family

Last Friday night, 1980s musical icons Rick Springfield & Richard Marx played for a few thousand of their closest fans at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and made them feel like family. Both artists, accustomed to large stadium tours, seemed to enjoy the intimacy of this musically stripped-down show; and they spent the evening telling… Read More ›

Christian Cool Collective

Chill vibes and good spirits surfed into town Saturday night as Switchfoot and Relient K hit The Ritz in Raleigh, NC. Opening act Relient K has been a chameleon of sorts, switching genres from the spiritual Christian rock to the secular alternative rock. Hailing from Canton, Ohio, the band are the type of act you would… Read More ›

Good Goings with The Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls rocked the city Saturday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Having 1st seen them live at the very same venue back in 2011, their performances still gives me butterflies. As the lyrics to their 2013 song “Rebel Beat” goes: “There’s no worries, there’s no care, feel the sounds that’s everywhere.” That… Read More ›

Dashboard Confessional is Taking Back Sunday

Entering the Charlotte’s Metro Credit Union Amphitheater (formerly Uptown Music Factory) Tuesday night, speakers blared in my ears as the sounds shook my mind and vibrated into every thought I was having. The North Carolina stop of The Taste of Chaos Tour commenced in 90-degree temperatures, an early 2000’s nostalgia trip as co-headliners Taking Back… Read More ›

The call of Death Cab For Cutie

I’m a major fan of Death Cab For Cutie. I can recite the lyrics to most of their songs and reference the album/EP they appeared on off the top of my head. I can even recall the first time I heard them, these musical stalwarts influencing the 2000’s indie rock scene and summarizing most of my… Read More ›

Oh What a Night… with Janis Joplin

No rain on Gavin’s parade

An early onset of drizzle during the opening acts played no factor Friday night in the kickoff concert of the weekend Rock n Roll Marathon Series, operated by the City of Raleigh and presented by WRAL. “I don’t want to be anything other than me” sang the crowd of the Red Hat Amphitheater in chorus with show headliner,… Read More ›

N.C. State LIVE presented Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Feb. 20th in Stewart Theatre (photo by Masa Ogawa)

The Yamato Drummers Rocked Stewart Theatre on Feb. 20th for N.C. State LIVE!

High energy. Dynamic. Dramatic. Engaging. Funny. Amazing. All are adjectives that describe N.C. State LIVE’s one-night-only Feb. 20th presentation of Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, a seven-person group of drummers who really rocked the Stewart Theatre in NCSU’s Talley Student Union in Raleigh. With a powerful sense of showmanship, incredible drumming skills, and the energy… Read More ›

Twice the delight from Rob Thomas & Plain White T’s

Unexpected circumstances didn’t deter those immersed in Charlotte’s Uptown Amphitheater at NC Music Factory Tuesday night from coming to see Grammy Award winning artist and lead singer of pop rock multi-platinum superstars Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. Apart of The Great Unknown Tour supporting the album released this year and bearing the same name, the show… Read More ›

The 90’s ARE all that as Dashboard Confessional & Third Eye Blind will attest

Alt met Emo as two of the biggest acts from the late 90’s/early 00’s joined together for a co-headlining extravaganza Tuesday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Roots rock band Augustana started off the show, playing to the crowd by swapping out the names and places referenced in their songs with the city of Raleigh…. Read More ›

The Decemberists: All grown up and still with the whale

Despite clouds and precipitation, attendees at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC Wednesday night were treated to the one-two punch of Shovels and Rope & The Decemberists. From neighboring Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels and Rope are the husband and wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, who combined their individual solo careers to… Read More ›

The Pat Metheny Unity Group, which played The Carolina Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 9th, includes (from left) Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, Giulio Carmassi, and Pat Metheny

On Aug. 9th, the Pat Metheny Unity Group Rocked The Carolina Theatre Like No Other Jazz Group

  The Pat Metheny Unity Group, which played The Carolina Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 9th, includes (from left) Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, Giulio Carmassi, and Pat Metheny Only a genius would have the guts to open a set with the 42-string Pikasso guitar. That genius is Pat Metheny. And he blew away everyone… Read More ›

“American Idol” Season 13 Top 10 Rocks DPAC

The instant the familiar opening notes of the “American Idol” intro sounded this past Sunday night, the audience at the Durham Performing Arts Center erupted; and they didn’t stop cheering and screaming their appreciation until the last note of the last song. For those who think “American Idol” has jumped the shark, the appearance of… Read More ›

An evening with Rob Thomas proves both personal and entertaining

A mixed crowd of fans, young and old, assembled into Durham’s Performing Arts Center and erupted into boisterous, unison applause for Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Rob Thomas as he took the stage and began to croon, “Don’t you wanna go for a ride/Just keep your hands inside”

Conservative Precision at the North Carolina Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony played for an appreciative nearly full house Saturday night at Meymandi Music Hall in Raleigh. The program featuring Ludwig Van Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 opened with a zippy allegro by Edward Elgar, followed by Concerto No.25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K.503 by Wolfgang Amadeus… Read More ›

The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex presented "Shana Tucker: ChamberSoul Cello & Songs" on Sept. 28th

Shana Tucker’s Chamber Soul Sounds Slay the Kirby

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/cellist Shana Tucker didn’t have to travel very far on Saturday, Sept. 28th, to play at the vintage theater in the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex in Roxboro, NC. “Wow, it’s nice to drive up 501 from Durham through these pretty farms and past horses and cows,” she told the audience between songs. “Especially since… Read More ›

Duke University presented "A Duke and Durham Music Festival," with Terence Blanchard and the John Brown Big Band and Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz's Duo Palooza on Sept. 21st at The Carolina Theatre

Big Band Provides Big Sound for Duke’s Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Its Integration

For some of audience enjoying the musical festivities planned for four days (Sept. 19-22) during the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Duke University, the events were bittersweet. “Wish we didn’t have to celebrate this occasion,” one woman said as she settled herself at The Carolina Theatre, in anticipation of an evening with the John… Read More ›

The Legendary Wailers Continue to Rock

The legendary reggae band, The Wailers, were among four bands that recently stopped in Raleigh at Red Hat Amphitheater as part of The LP Tour.

Frank Smith “Nineties”

The soundscape is awash with a sea of reverb in a cavernous atmosphere that is simultaneously spacious and intimate.