Moogfest 2016 - Durham, NC - May 19-22, 2016

Moogfest 2016 - Durham, NC - May 19-22, 2016

On Thursday, we started the festival by catching the last song performed by Dawn of Midi, off of their last album, at the Carolina Theatre. Compared to some of the more well-known and technological acts at Moogfest, Dawn of Midi’s act was understated. But their analog take on electronic music was impressive nonetheless. In lieu of a synthesizer, Aakaash Israni’s playing the stand up bass sent pulsating rhythms through your body. While the stage was absent of any extra visuals, they made use of tasteful monochromatic lights in purple and red which shot through the three performers on stage. The theater was packed with the audience mostly seated and a few people standing in the back.

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Steel Panther at Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC - 4/28/2016

Steel Panther at Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC - 4/28/2016

Steel Panther returned to Raleigh bringing with them their over the top party that has made them the stuff of legends.They stopped at The Lincoln Theatre to remind Raleigh how a hair metal band is supposed to be. The capacity crowd, many of which were decked in 80's influenced attire, braved the elements and proved that metal is not dead.

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Moogfest 2016: Afrofuturism

Moogfest 2016: Afrofuturism

This May 19th-21st , Durham will be hosting the electronic music festival Moogfest, named after Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer. The festival began in 2004, where it took place in New York City for five consecutive years, was first relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, and finally made its way to Durham this year. We plan to check out several events which are housed within the program theme of Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is a term that arose in the 1990s, specifically in Mark Dery’s series of interviews with Samuel Delaney, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose in a piece called “Black to the Future.” Since its introduction, Afrofuturism has been used to retroactively describe a body of work “dating back several decades” (“Black to the Future,” 59). This body of work typically consists of music – specifically that of jazz artist Sun Ra, the funk of the band Parliament and dub reggae of Lee “Scratch” Perry, literature such as the works of Samuel Delaney, Ishmael Reed and Octavia Butler and artwork like that of Jean Basquait or Nick Cave.

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Halestorm at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 4/07/2016

Halestorm at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 4/07/2016

Grammy Award-winning rockers Halestorm are back out on the road again and they brought Lita Ford and Dorothy with them for an event Raleigh won’t soon forget. The Ritz was packed and buzzing with energy as fans filed into to witness an evening of some of the best female-fronted rock bands.

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Yanni at The Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham, NC - 4/03/2016

Yanni at The Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham, NC - 4/03/2016

New age artist and composer Yanni returned to North Carolina to perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center in front of a capacity crowd. Yanni has played at some of the most majestic places around the world including the Great Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, and The Acropolis which really propelled the composer into commercial success. Catching the artist and his entourage in this intimate setting was a rare and special event.

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Stewart Copeland at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 3/31/2016

Stewart Copeland at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 3/31/2016

Stewart Copeland of The Police Jon Kimura Parker have embarked on a mini Spring tour with their project called Off the Score and the Carolina Theatre in Durham was fortunate enough to host this special event. The project features the legendary drummer/composer Stewart Copeland and the brilliant Jon Kimura Parker on piano. Collectively, the two artists they have created a quintet that has one foot in the classical world and its other in avant-garde. The incredibly talented Yoon Kwon (violin), Marlon Martinez (bass), Judd Miller-Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) round the rest of this exceptional group.

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Joe Satriani at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 3/21/2016

Joe Satriani at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 3/21/2016

Promoting his 15th studio release Shockwave Supernova, Joe Satriani brought his Surfing to Shockwave North American Tour to The Carolina Theatre in Durham for a night jaw dropping playing. This tour is a retrospective of his impressive 30 year career and joining him is Marco Minnemann (drums), Bryan Beller (bass) and Mike Keneally (guitar and keyboards). 

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Jewel at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 3/19/2016

Jewel at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 3/19/2016

This past fall Jewel released both a new album, Picking Up the Pieces, and a new book, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story.  The album is her first new material since 2010 and taps into the folkier sound of her 1995 debut, Pieces of You.  Both the album and the memoir are built around life experiences, and present raw and honest emotions with a sense of intimacy.  In the wake of her new releases, Jewel has embarked on her first tour in 3 years.  For the Picking Up the Pieces Tour things are going to be a bit different, not only will Jewel perform songs from her 12 studio albums, she also plans to share personal stories from her memoir.  It was with great anticipation that we were able to catch the show when it rolled in to the Carolina Theatre in Durham. 

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Dropkick Murphys at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 3/04/2016

Dropkick Murphys at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 3/04/2016

The Boston-based celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 in Quincy, Mass.  Named after a detox facility started by professional wrestler, John “Dropkick” Murphy, the band has mixed influences from punk, hardcore, Oi! and traditional Irish music to create a unique and powerful sound.  They have built a strong and dedicated following through constant touring and an annual series of infamous shows in the Boston area around St. Patrick's Day.  In honor of their 20th anniversary, the band have embarked on a run of sold-out shows in the U.S. that will culminate with four consecutive nights in Boston around St. Patrick’s Day.  With Tiger Army and Darkbuster tapped to open, the tour recently stopped at the Ritz in Raleigh and we were there to witness the raucous celebration. 

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Slayer at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 2/27/2016

Slayer at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 2/27/2016

Slayer embarked on their North American Winter tour and hitting the road with them is Testament and Carcass. Their stop at The Ritz was an all-out assault, and the fans wouldn’t have it any other way. The venue was buzzing with energy as the sold out crowd filed in to grab a glimpse of this special event.

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Colin Hay at the Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 2/11/2016

Colin Hay at the Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 2/11/2016

Colin Hay is best known for his stint as the front-man of the 80’s Australian pop rock band Men At Work.  Following the demise of Men At Work, Hay would go on to release a string of critically-acclaimed solo albums, contribute to the soundtrack for the movie Garden State, and appear on a number of television shows including the hit comedy Scrubs. After a four year break between releases and extensive touring, Hay returned in early 2015 with a new solo album, Next Year People.  The album release was followed with a big joint summer tour that included the Barenaked Ladies and Violent Femmes.  The album Next Year People is an introspective and emotional affair and Hay has returned to the road to present the songs from the album in a more intimate setting with a run of solo shows that included a stop at The Carolina Theatre in Durham.

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Jonny Lang at the Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 2/02/2016

Jonny Lang at the Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 2/02/2016

Jonny Lang is a road warrior.  In 1997, at the age of 16, he released his major label debut Lie To Me.  Since then, he has released five more albums and toured regularly, building a reputation as a soulful and expressive guitar player and an absolutely electric live performer.  After releasing the GRAMMY Award winning album Turn Around in 2006, Lang would spend seven years touring continuously while also focusing on his family life with his four new children. The fall of 2013 would finally see a new studio album. Fight For My Soul was recorded over a period of three years in collaboration with producer/songwriter Tommy Sims.  The album is a bit of a departure from his blues and rock roots, and focuses on more textured arrangements with a definite Soul and R&B influence.  Despite the wider worldview and more accessible sound, the album still bears the hallmarks of gritty and emotional vocals combined with jagged groove-heavy guitar playing that keep it from straying too far from vintage Jonny Lang.  On the back of a long string of dates touring the new album, Jonny Lang stopped at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC with a new set of songs and an expanded sound.   

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P.O.D. at Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC - 1/28/2016

P.O.D. at Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC - 1/28/2016

Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem was buzzing and filled with a crowd who were there to see the opening date of the Dead Letter Circus, 10 Years, and P.O.D. winter tour. Excitement was in the air as patrons tried to find the best spot to stand or sit with the best view. Starting slightly ahead of schedule, the fans were still filing in as the show began.

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Holiday Whobilation at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 12/15/2015

Holiday Whobilation at The Ritz - Raleigh, NC - 12/15/2015

Local Triangle radio station 95X threw a Christmas party at the Ritz in Raleigh.  Billed as the Holiday Whobilation, a name borrowed from the Dr. Seuss story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” to describe a Christmas celebration attended by the Whos down in Whoville. Rather than invite the Grinch to be the guest of honor, 95X stacked the guest list with Awolnation, Metric, and Grizfolk. 

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David Sanborn at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 12/04/2015

David Sanborn at The Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC - 12/04/2015

Multi-Grammy winning saxophonist David Sanborn brought his Time and the River winter tour to the Carolina Theatre in Durham. With the temperatures dropping outside, David and company turned up the heat for a near capacity crowd. Backed by a stellar five-piece band, keyboardist Ricky Peterson, guitarist Nick Moroch, drummer Gene Lake, bassist Andre Berry, percussionist Ramon Islas, the group took the house through an hour and a half musical journey of percussive pulses tantalizing and rhythms.

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