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Lonnie Davis on Planting the Seeds for ‘America’s Classical Music… Jazz’

12/6/2018
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Some may recognize jazz as being the lifeblood of New Orleans, but what of Charlotte? President and CEO of the Jazz Arts Initiative Lonnie Davis shares what it takes to sustain (and evolve) “America’s Classical Music” in the Queen City. “Jazz is life.” That was a quote from one of our students. And I think … Continue reading "Lonnie Davis on Planting the Seeds for ‘America’s Classical Music… Jazz’" The post Lonnie Davis on Planting the Seeds for ‘America’s Classical Music… Jazz’ appeared...

Duration:00:27:32

Neo-Soul Artist Cyanca on Finding Her Way: ‘Your Pain is Equal to Your Breakthrough’

11/21/2018
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The laid back mix of hip-hop, neo-soul and spoken word that shows Cyanca is a star in the making. The post Neo-Soul Artist Cyanca on Finding Her Way: ‘Your Pain is Equal to Your Breakthrough’ appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:30:14

In a World of Music Streaming, Charlotte’s Lunchbox Records Keeps on Spinning

11/8/2018
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It may seem like we’re in an age of music streaming, but Lunchbox Records owner Scott Wishart shows that, in actuality, we’re in a record renaissance. The post In a World of Music Streaming, Charlotte’s Lunchbox Records Keeps on Spinning appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:33:40

Melinda Whittington On ‘Amplifying the Human Experience’ Through Opera

10/25/2018
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Opera singer Melinda Whittington's career combines costumes and characterization with a love of history, languages, cultures and singing. Here career has taken her on international tours and even a performance at the world famous Metropolitan Opera. Now, she wants to share her love of opera with audiences in North Carolina. The post Melinda Whittington On ‘Amplifying the Human Experience’ Through Opera appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:32:14

QUISOL Wants to Restore Power to the (Music) People

10/11/2018
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Queer and Trans People of Color often face issues of equity in their communities, and the music industry isn’t any different. QTPOC artist QUISOL is using his music as a vehicle to try and change that. QUISOL, a “Latinxfuture” artist and founder of DIY music space Queens Collective, talks democratizing music in this Amplifier chat. The post QUISOL Wants to Restore Power to the (Music) People appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:37:38

Jamie Hoover Soaks Up Nearly 40 Rock’n Years with The Spongetones

9/28/2018
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If the opportunity doesn’t exist, create it. In the case of one Charlotte resident, if you can’t join The Beatles after being inspired by their landmark 1963 performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” then you join the next best thing: The Spongetones — hailed as one of the best American bands to perform Brit power-pop … Continue reading "Jamie Hoover Soaks Up Nearly 40 Rock’n Years with The Spongetones" The post Jamie Hoover Soaks Up Nearly 40 Rock’n Years with The Spongetones appeared...

Duration:00:29:44

The Soaring Cinematic Jazz of Emily Sage

9/27/2018
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When was the last time a voice stopped you in your tracks, a voice so pure that it simultaneously paints a lush soundscape and transports you to a magical place and time? Because cinematic jazz singer Emily Sage can do just that. “It’s the place where I am emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually even. I’m just … Continue reading "The Soaring Cinematic Jazz of Emily Sage" The post The Soaring Cinematic Jazz of Emily Sage appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:33:54

The Mixtape Magic of Yung Citizen

9/26/2018
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Imagine assembling a crew of local rappers, singers and songwriters to pull together one of the best mixtapes in Charlotte. It’s anything but simple, but that’s all in a day’s work for emerging hip-hop producer Yung Citizen. “Yung Citizen is about being humble, being original, being unique and just being different from the ordinary. It’s just … Continue reading "The Mixtape Magic of Yung Citizen" The post The Mixtape Magic of Yung Citizen appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:32:48

CHÓCALA Will Make You Put Your Hands Together

9/25/2018
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Named after the camaraderie-filled “high five,” up-and-coming band Chócala brings friendship to the forefront through a mix of Latin rhythms and powerhouse pop-rock. Liza Ortiz: Part of — I’ll call it the “magic” of this band — is really the connection we have with one another and how much fun we have doing what we’re … Continue reading "CHÓCALA Will Make You Put Your Hands Together" The post CHÓCALA Will Make You Put Your Hands Together appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:33:38

A Sign of the Times, Unearthing History One Song At a Time

9/24/2018
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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” said civil rights leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a thought that could just as easily apply to the history (or lack thereof) of music. Look at the iconization of Elvis Presley, which rarely mentions the influence of Sister … Continue reading "A Sign of the Times, Unearthing History One Song At a Time" The post A Sign of the Times, Unearthing History One Song At a Time appeared first on...

Duration:00:36:54

Steps to Indie Music Success From Artist Arsena Schroeder

9/21/2018
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Whether you’re an independent musician or a DIY business owner, here are a few Charlotte tips to keep in mind: 1. Keep pounding (the pavement for opportunities) 2. Don’t sell out (but make it sell). 3. Listen to the wise words (and beautiful R&B singer-songwriting) of entrepreneur artist Arsena Schroeder. “I got a standing ovation … Continue reading "Steps to Indie Music Success From Artist Arsena Schroeder" The post Steps to Indie Music Success From Artist Arsena Schroeder appeared...

Duration:00:39:17

Trash Room on Fighting Frustration Through Punk Rock

9/20/2018
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Call them rebels with a cause. Call them ear-splitting anarchists. Call them Trash Room, the Charlotte punk band transforming rage into mosh-pit-happy ragers. Mike Beeson: “That’s the first thing you have to do — have good songs.” Interview Highlights: Mike Beeson on what makes a good band: Music is absolutely first. It’s not how you … Continue reading "Trash Room on Fighting Frustration Through Punk Rock" The post Trash Room on Fighting Frustration Through Punk Rock appeared first on...

Duration:00:36:43

Sampling the Sixties with Mash-Up Artist Dirty Art Club

9/19/2018
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"You'd be really hard-pressed to listen to something today and not be able to at least find four bars of it that's completely derivative of something else." So says super music producer Mark Ronson, and so agrees Charlotte electronic act Dirty Art Club, who samples thousands of songs, sounds and pop culture snippets in his music. The post Sampling the Sixties with Mash-Up Artist Dirty Art Club appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:36:09

Gypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov Brings a Different Kind of ‘Western and Country’ to Charlotte

9/18/2018
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A seven-string guitar is more than meets the eye. In the hands of Vadim Kolpakov, it can be used to entertain with a mix of Spanish flamenco, American jazz, Latin rhythms and Romani groove. But look a bit closer, and you’ll see that it’s also used to dispel stereotypes of gypsies (see: Esmeralda from Disney’s The … Continue reading "Gypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov Brings a Different Kind of ‘Western and Country’ to Charlotte" The post Gypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov Brings a Different Kind...

Duration:00:32:13

Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart

9/17/2018
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The hills are alive with the sound of music: not just from Perry Fowler’s mountain music band Sinners & Saints, but also from Fowler’s locally-owned and operated venue Petra’s. “I understood completely what this place could be with just a little bit of attention and heart.” Interview Highlights On how he became a part-owner at … Continue reading "Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A Piece Of Charlotte Music’s Heart" The post Country Crooner Perry Fowler On Owning Petra’s, A...

Duration:00:33:10

Tosco Music Parties Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Bringing People Together’

9/14/2018
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It may take a village to raise a child, but in the case of John Tosco, it took a living room to raise a vibrant music community that's included The Avett Brothers, Rachel Platten and thousands of regional artists. The post Tosco Music Parties Celebrates 30 Years of ‘Bringing People Together’ appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:32:00

Noel Freidline & Maria Howell are Bringing Back that Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

9/13/2018
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The reports of jazz music's death have been greatly exaggerated, and world-travelling band leader Noel Freidline and acclaimed actress/vocalist Maria Howell are here to prove it. The post Noel Freidline & Maria Howell are Bringing Back that Ol’ Razzle Dazzle appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:38:53

Remixing Retro with Soulganic

9/12/2018
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Listen to a playlist of classic soul songs (perhaps featuring legends like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding), and you’ll hear some common themes: resilience, love, healing. While contemporaries to the original soul movement, Soulganic brings the same sentiments and vintage sounds forward and takes them into the future with some indie flair and Latin twists. … Continue reading "Remixing Retro with Soulganic" The post Remixing Retro with Soulganic appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:30:14

Dane Page Wears His Heart on His Folk Music Sleeve

9/11/2018
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In the words of author Beau Taplin, "Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong." For folk artist Dane Page, Charlotte is always and forever that musical home. The post Dane Page Wears His Heart on His Folk Music Sleeve appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:30:27

The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll is in Bruce Hazel

9/10/2018
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How do you capture the thrill of first discovering your favorite song or the adrenaline rush of your first concert? For singer-songwriter Bruce Hazel, it means taking that bottle of rock 'n' roll nostalgia and sharing it with veteran musicians as leader of the Charlotte band Temperance League. The post The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll is in Bruce Hazel appeared first on Amplifier.

Duration:00:28:34