Author: Jenkins

¬†Groove in the Garden Recap

Raleigh Little Theatre and The Pour House Music Hall welcomed us back to The Rose Garden to groove for the third year.  I went to the event last year and had a good time, but this year’s the line up blew me away.  Groove is easily the best bang for your buck when it comes to local music events, $25 for a whole day full of talent. The line up included American Aquarium,  Toubab Krewe, Bomdadil, Lonnie Walker , Rebekah Todd and the Oddesy ( if you keep up you know how much I love them), Dark Water Rising, Kate Rhudy, and several other great acts. Bombadil, a local group from Durham, has been one of my favorite bands for several years now.  Its hard to find yourself in anything but a blissful mood while listening to their soft, light sounds and pure harmonies.  Their deftly mingled voices paired perfectly with the cool North Carolina Autum air that the sunset provide that night. Toubab Krewe stepped up the tempo a bit with their West African, American Jam fusion.   Their groove woke the crowd up and drew them …

ZenSoFly

So, I want to take a few minutes to talk about my friend Zen Stewart, she’s so fly! For those of you who aren’t familiar with her yet she is a hip hop artist out of Raleigh NC.  Over the last few months I’ve gotten to tag along and take some photos of all the things Zen is a part of these days.  I lucked into this experience because my roommate, Max Lewis, produced most of her latest EP Sunflowers and has been performing with her.  Over this time she has performed more shows than I can keep track of, dropped a single, Getting Started,  complete with a new video (produced by Torch House Media),  come out with the aforementioned EP, performed at The Red Hat Amphitheater for Hopscotch, and won the Best Hip Hop Female Carolina Music Award. Its been great to get to know her. She is as nice as she is cool.  And I’m certain she has the coolest wardrobe of anyone I know.  I find myself wondering if because she does so …

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Fall 2017 Recap

Any of y’all who have followed my posts know that the Grassroots Festival at Shakori Hills is my favorite event in North Carolina, and probably anywhere.  I have no shortage of desire to share my thoughts and feelings about this wonderful gathering. I only hope my words don’t become too repetitive or dry. Every year I’m blown away by the love and community found tucked away in the woods of Pittsboro. Although Shakori has felt like home to me since my first time four years ago, it has been inspiring to feel that love grow as I become more intertwined in the Shakori community. This year I got to dance with and talk with some of the old-timers who have been attending and serving for quite some time. I felt a real connection with Honey Badger, one of the established camps, that adopted me in last spring. “Oy! Oy! Oy!” I even got to spend some time with a boy who has literally never missed a Shakori since birth. He told me he has been …

#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 …