Author: Jenkins

#DARETODISSENT a New ACLU Mural in Downtown Raleigh

Last night at 6 pm Dare Coulter and the ACLU of North Carolina unveiled the New Mural entitled #DARETODISSENT.  The Mural is a collection of iconic images from protests throughout recent history.  The scenes depicted include images of the 1968 Olympics and even Woke Baby from the recent Women’s March.  When the ALCU in conjunction with the Raleigh Murals Project approached Dare about the idea for a mural in downtown Raleigh, she suggested a protester’s rights theme.  In the current political climate, Dare feels the importance of our constitutional right to protest the government, and wanted to share that with Raleigh through her art.  The ACLU was on board and they got the ball rolling. I have known Dare for several years now, we had classes together back at NCSU. I have always loved her art and have been eagerly waiting for her to land a Mural in downtown Raleigh.  I’m super proud of her for her work on this Mural.  She has worked long nights and hard days with no shade in the baking …

LBLB with Travers Brothership

The Travers Brothership,  Nick and the Babes, The Dapper Conspiracy played Local Band Local Beer this week.  If you’re unfamiliar with LBLB it’s an event put on each week, by 88.1 WKNC and Younger Brother Production at The Pourhouse, on Thursday.  This weeks LBLB was up there with the best I’ve been to.  The Travers Brothership, who I got to see for the first time at Shakori Hills this past spring, made the evening with their funk n’ soul rock n’ roll.  The 7 peice band from Asheville was whittled down to only four for this show, but that didn’t stop them from putting on a killer show.  What struck me most about the band was how clean and percise each individual part was.  Every note and beat was in the right place without sacrificing that sexy smooth funk vibe.  I actualy hadn’t planned on shooting that night, but got so excited during the show I had to bike home and grab my camera. The band hit us with several killer solos. Kyle Travers at one point …

Jenny Besetzt // Natural Velvet // Konvoi at Ruby Deluxe Recap

Sunday night Ruby Deluxe put on a post punk show featuring two local bands and a third band, Natural Velvet, on an album release tour from Baltimore.  If you missed the show don’t worry, these bands are three more reasons to get excited for Hopscotch this September, as they all have been booked.  Jenny Besetzt, all the way from Chapel Hill, closed out the night.  Their sound is both fluid and layered, with songs you can easily get lost in. Their drummer, Thomas McNeely, keeps up an impressive cadence that manages to stay balanced with the calm flow of the melodies.  Konvoi the second NC band, coming down the mountains from Asheville, opened up the night with a high energy.  In the middle we heard Natural Velvet on tour for the release of there new album Mirror to Make You. Corynne Ostermann, the band’s front woman, and her vocal range gave them a unique sound.  Since the show I came across a music video Natural Velvet put out entitled Its All Mine.  The production of their videos stood …

SHAKORI Hills Grassroot Festival Spring 2017 Recap

We went from the wettest possible Shakori Hills to perhaps the driest Shakori ever.  After the incessant downpour that Hurricane Matthew brought to the festival last fall, Shakori Hills was in need of some good weather.  That seemed to be a tall order for the festival, but the stars were aligned for an unprecedentedly dry Shakori.  The only real rain we got this year was late Thursday night – just enough to quench Shakori’s usually insatiable thirst.  This allowed for a good-sized crowd to show up on Saturday and for the festival to begin to make up for its losses last fall.  Fortunately, the love found at the Grassroots Festival isn’t dependent on rain to blossom.  The festival was full of the cheer and warmth of spirit I have grown accustomed to over the years.  As crowds swelled and the forest grew dense with tents on Saturday, the sense of community only grew stronger. As always at Shakori Hills, among the numerous performances it was easy to find music for everyone – no matter what …

Thrival Music Festival 2016

Thrival music festival this year was a bumpy road to a great time. The crowds on the first day seemed to exceed all expectations of what the festival had planed for. This sounds great until you run out of  water and it takes an hour to get through the beer lines that appeared to be the crowd for a third stage. I got word that the turnout was a few thousand people more than expected. It’s pretty hard to complain about the crowds though, when you consider what Thrival gave us. Tickets to see The Chainsmokers, Chvrches, Thievery Corporation, Hudson Mohawke, to name a few of just the bigger names, cost $75 at the gate. Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers’ show this Friday in  cost $75 in advance. Chvrches and The Chainsmokers didn’t fail to please the thirsty crowd that came to see them either. Then there was the second day. The honest creativity and energy that came from the line up Saturday got the whole crowd into true festival spirit. At night Hudson Mohawke and Metric …