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Susan Boyle’s Successful World Tour Stopped at DPAC in the Bull City on Wednesday, Oct. 29th

Susan Boyle’s iconic performance on the entertainment competition “Britain’s Got Talent” is memorable in many ways, and she does not deny that her appearance shocked host Simon Cowell. In fact, she embraces it. That Cinderella moment, when she announced she wanted to be a professional singer to a disbelieving Cowell, was what opened her show… Read More ›

The Process Series presented "The New Generation Project: Contemporizing the African-American Art Song and Arranged Negro Spiritual" by Louise Toppin (left) and Marquita Lister on Sept. 4-6 in the Kenan Music Building at UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC Process Series’ “New Generation Project” Makes the African-American Art Song Contemporary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Process Series, which strives to “illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form,” opened its 2014-15 season on Sept. 4-6 with The New Generation Project: Contemporizing the African-American Art Song and Arranged Negro Spiritual, which opened up the African-American art song and arranged Negro spiritual 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 ›

Rob Kapilow Joins North Carolina Symphony for “Green Eggs and Ham,” Jan. 7

NCS Kids Young People’s Concerts at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The North Carolina Symphony welcomes all Whos, Things and Sam-I-Ams to Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh for a family-friendly musical spin on Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham,” Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Part of conductor/composer Rob Kapilow’s… Read More ›

Promo picture for Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) 2011 tour.

Live Review: Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses @ DPAC 9/17/11

Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) delighted both purists and casual fans at DPAC last Saturday with 2 sets, each over a dozen songs long, and 2 encores.

North Carolina Symphony opens season on a note of remembrance

The North Carolina Symphony opened the season over the weekend on a note of remembrance.  Sharing its season opener with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the program reflected both the melancholy observance and the sense of unified patriotic optimism that followed the tragedy. As the strings of the North Carolina Symphony began to play Ave… Read More ›

Promo picture for Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers show at DPAC 5/21/11

Live Review: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers @ DPAC 5/21/11

“Tonight I get to do 2 of my favorite things, comedy and charging people money for music.” – Steve Martin on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center last Saturday night.

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle offers art and intrigue

Some art comes to you, speaks to you where you are, and seems to relate to particular aspects of your life.  Other art draws you away, lifts you and allows you to forget the particular aspects of your life.  Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s performance of “The Genius and His Foe” Sunday at Carolina Theater… Read More ›

BandTogether Hits Big with Downtown Raleigh

After last year’s Band Together Main Concert Event featuring Michael Franti, we didn’t think it could get any better, but the 2011 event with Third Eye Blind was even more fun! The night kicked off to a rocking start with a performance from the Last Band Standing winner, Lonnie Walker. The band truly knew how… Read More ›

Opening Night at North Carolina Opera’s Faust

An old man disappointed with his life’s work makes a deal with the devil.  That is the story, in short, of Faust, the play by Wolfgang  von Goethe.  The opera, performed by North Carolina Opera, with music by Charles Gounoud and libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, opened Thursday night to a nearly full… Read More ›

The Kronos-Quartet

Kronos Quartet Premieres Steve Reich’s “WTC 9/11”

On March 19th, Duke Performances presented Triangle audiences with “Kronos Quartet • Steve Reich: Three Quartets,” a breathtaking evening of music by the composer Steve Reich. “WTC 9/11” is a powerful, penetrating, stirring piece.

Yolanda Rabun – So Real (Debut single)

The mood is a slow groove and a mixture of Neo Soul and Smooth Jazz. You will like “So Real”.

A Supreme Evening with Mary Wilson and the NC Symphony

Before a near-capacity crowd, sprinkled with youngsters, former “ooh and aahh” Supreme Mary Wilson appeared with the North Carolina Symphony as part of the Fidelity Investments Pops Series.

The Christmas Music of Manheim Steamroller Puts Everyone in a Festive Mood

Broadway Series South presented The Christmas Music of Manheim Steamroller by Chip Davis on Monday, November 29. The iconic group, celebrating its 25th Annual Christmas Tour,  brought the Christmas season to an early life by playing all the classic holidays songs with a hip new spin and introducing the audience to some tunes they hadn’t… Read More ›

Crow and Caillat are Doing Something Right | Aug 15

Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat played to a nearly sold out crowd at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary on Aug. 15th.

The Counting Crows Traveling Circus and Medicine Show is a Hit

Jason Gallagher, who harmonized with NOTAR on many of his performances, was a real show stealer. Gallagher, who is the singer for a band called Leroy Justice, ( had an amazing voice that had many concertgoers stopping and asking, “Wow, who is that guy?”

BRINGING BROADWAY HOME | Review by Robert W. McDowell

Hometown favorite Clay Aiken opened the show with a rousing rendition of “Home” from THE WIZ, then delighted his legion of local fans with two saucy selections from his new album “Tried and True,”

A Soulful Night with Ingrid Michaelson and Matt Morris

Raleigh resident Carolyn Elliot, a self professed Michaelson fanatic, gushed, “I love Ingrid’s sincerity and how genuine she is about her music. I love how real of a person she is. She just inspires me.”


It’s a kind of magic. ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN, which Broadway Series South brought to the City of Oaks for one night only, on March 28th, had Raleigh Memorial Auditorium rocking and rolling and the highly appreciative Sunday-night audience on its feet, dancing in the aisles and cheering from their seats

It was a “Beautiful Day” as U2 Rocked the Triangle with Music and a Message

Only a band with the giant reputation of U2 could pull off a concert and not be upstaged by the stage

The “Kid” is Rockin’ and Skynyrd is Hoppin’

Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd pack the house performing to another sold out crowd in the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek last Friday, August 24.

Trifecta is a winning combination of cool funky grooves that engages the listener.

The Will McBride Group has the power to engross listeners…