Music

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Grammy Award winning singer song-writer, Mary Chapin Carpenter is coming to Charlotte. Carpenter’s impressive career includes an induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She’s also been named the Country Music Association female Vocalist of the Year not once, but three times. This Saturday, she pairs up with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra to perform old favorites in a different way.

She spoke to WFAE’s Sarah Delia about the upcoming performance and album that inspired it. 


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Mavis Staples of the legendary Staple Singers got her start as a teenager in the 50s in her family’s band.  In the 60s, the Staple Singers, led the by the patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples, become well-known as a voice of the Civil Rights movement.  Mavis Staples is performing at Wingate University this evening.  Morning Edition host Marshall Terry caught up with her before the show, and asked her about her memories of the Civil Rights era.


Festival Of India Celebrates 20 Years In Charlotte

Sep 15, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Twenty years ago, the inaugural Festival of India was held inside Spirit Square in uptown. It drew about 500 people. And every year since, the festival has gotten bigger as the Indian community in Charlotte grows.

This weekend, more than 20,000 people attended the festival.

  

Kenneth Carr: Back Home For The Sunset Jazz Festival

Sep 12, 2014

It’s been eight years since Charlotte-born jazz musician Kenneth "Kenny" Carr last played before a home crowd.

Not familiar with Carr?

Well, let’s start there.

“Charlotte has a lot of great musicians,” Carr said during a phone chat from his home in West New York, N.J. “However, Charlotte is the type of city where they actually grab other artists from someplace else.

“I can go to Europe, I can go to Budapest, I can go all over the world and people love and embrace me,” he continued. “But you go to Charlotte, you can barely get played on the radio.”

Soul Legend Booker T.

Aug 9, 2014
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Booker T. Jones has been in the music business since he was in high school in the 1960s. His career took off with Booker T. and the M.G.'s 1962 hit “Green Onions.” With the M.G.’s, Booker T. played on numerous records recorded for the Stax label in Memphis, with stars including Otis Redding and Ray Charles. More recently, he’s collaborated with Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots, and the Drive By Truckers. He's playing at Charlotte's McGlohon Theater Saturday August 9, and he spoke to Weekend Edition Host Duncan McFadyen.


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Guitarist and vocalist Tab Benoit has received numerous awards in the music industry, including twice winning the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, which is considered by many the highest award in blues music, twice.

But Tab Benoit has also made a name for himself for his efforts in bringing awareness to the deteriorating Louisiana coastal wetlands.

Tab Benoit joined us to talk about his music and his environmental efforts.


You might be surprised to find out that the country’s leading music education magazine has named Catawba College in Salisbury a “Best Music School” for six years running, alongside schools like Juilliard, Eastman and Peabody. The College is attracting the attention of those in the music industry, including Grammy Award winning record producer Ken Caillat. You may remember the album Ken won his Grammy for—Rumours, the classic Fleetwood Mac album from 1977, including monster hits like “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” He’s in town this week, working with popular music students at Catawba, and he’ll join us to talk about his work at Catawba, music production, and the dramatic story of the creation of Rumours.

Folk music has broad appeal and extensive influence. It has been used for decades for protests and by musicians to tell simple, relatable stories. But, folk as we know it now is not the folk of the past. More and more artists are fusing it with other genres to create unique sounds, while still using the folk label. So what impact does that have on how we classify folk? What is modern folk music? Perhaps, it doesn’t matter and we should just enjoy music for music’s sake. We explore these questions and hear from modern folk musicians.

Earl Scruggs Center Opens In Shelby

Jan 11, 2014

Saturday's a big day in Cleveland County. In downtown Shelby, people are gathering for the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. The museum and cultural center in the old county courthouse has been in the works for more than seven years. Its namesake, the late bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, was born and raised in Cleveland County and kept ties to the area after he left and hit it big in Nashville. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen recently got a peek behind-the-scenes as workers were putting the finishing touches on the exhibits.


Grammy award-winning jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis is internationally known for his trumpet playing and jazz style. He's from a family of famous classically trained musicians who play, produce and compose jazz. But Marsalis is also an advocate for music education and working with young jazz musicians. He co-founded the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program and is the music director for that group's orchestra. Wynton Marsalis is in Charlotte this week to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, so while he's here, he'll join us to talk about his musical roots in the Marsalis family, his thoughts about jazz and the trumpet, and we'll hear some of his music.

Our guest today has received many accolades - winner of nine Grammy Awards, an Emmy, six Billboard Awards and now, Arturo Sandoval will be the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer from Cuba was the protégé of legend Dizzy Gillespie and is now an internationally renowned musician and considered by some as one of the greatest living jazz artists. We meet with him and then later in the program, a blast from the past. The Catalinas are known for their distinct sound from the late 50s and 60s that many are still nostalgic for - Carolina beach music. The band is being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and we'll talk to them about their history and recognition. Join us for a music filled hour with Arturo Sandoval and The Catalinas.

Tony Arreaza is more than just a talented Latin musician. He has been in and formed multiple bands, currently plays in two and heads a local production company that focuses on bringing the best in Latin entertainment to the Queen City. He is also the Cultural Events Director at the Latin American Coalition which is putting on the annual Latin Music Festival October thirteenth. And many of us have heard of another type of music festival happening these days: electronic dance music festivals.

Tim Ross

Part One: Ragtime Piano Player Ethan Uslan. Ethan Uslan is a throwback musician with a modern mission. Ethan plays old time ragtime piano tunes and he also provides a live score for silent movies. Ethan's music and film tastes are from yesteryear but he's on a mission to bring this sound and style to modern audiences. Uslan is the subject of a new documentary film and he has concerts scheduled throughout the area. Ethan Uslan comes back for another music filled visit, when Charlotte Talks.

North Carolina is home to one of the most visited sites in America and it happens to be a road. The Blue Ridge Parkway holds some of the most beautiful vistas, historic sites and cultural treasures in our state and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is dedicated to preserving this iconic scenic highway. We'll visit with folks from the foundation and then we jazz things up a bit. Four years ago the uptown Jazz Fest was born and it's a hit. We'll talk to organizers to find out what to expect from this year's festival. Music and mountains when Charlotte Talks.

The sounds of a city aren't just fire trucks and car horns. The real sounds of a city can be found in the music venues around town and at the concerts that local bands participate in. These are local musicians and local stories - all told through the crooning and tuning of their music. But in such an up-and-coming town as Charlotte, do the bands really make it big? Is there undiscovered, hidden talent in the Queen City? Well, yes there is. For instance James Brown sings for the native band Matrimony, which was recently signed to Columbia records. That sounds promising. And Charlotte’s music scene continues to mature with heightened access to artists and the revival of a young, hip arts scene. A conversation about local music, when Charlotte Talks.

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