Salem Band began performing way back in 1771 making it one of the oldest community bands in the nation. These days you can hear the ensemble perform free public concerts seven times a year. Five of them are outdoors in the beautiful, shaded confines of Salem Square. On June 17th it’ll be Movies and Musicals: FAMILY FUN NIGHT with music for all ages, including pieces from “Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked”.
Nora Jane Struthers is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. She released her first, self-titled album in 2010 to critical acclaim, and went on to play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival that summer where her group was named best band. In April 2013, Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line independently released Carnival, an album of 14 original story-songs all written by Struthers. The album was produced by Brent Truitt, who's worked with artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, and the Dixie Chicks.
Each song on Carnival tells the story of a woman, and together, they achieve a chronological narrative that flows lyrically from tales of youth to old age. Nora Jane and The Party Line are currently on tour, and they'll be playing in Lexington, North Carolina this Friday, June 6th at High Rock Outfitters. The show begins at 9pm and tickets are $10.
Dimensions, A 50th Anniversary is a national juried exhibition in the Triad presented every year since 1964 by Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. This year’s juror is Penland School of Crafts’ Jean McLaughlin. The Best in Show will receive $1,000, $500 for 2nd Place, $250 for 3rd and $50 for Honorable Mentions. Dimensions, A 50th Anniversary opens this Friday with a free reception at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.
The band Seven Handle Circus has been critically acclaimed as “rowdy bluegrass”, but you’re just as likely to hear them playing an Earth Wind & Fire classic, rapping with T-Pain & Yung Joc or performing live with Mumford & Sons. The six-piece Atlanta band comes to the Triad this Friday night for Twin City Ribfest in Winston-Salem. Seven Handle Circus lead banjo player Colin Vinson spoke with David Ford by phone from his home in Atlanta.
A couple of years ago, after leaving her mark in Nashville, Tennessee, Winston-Salem native singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. That year she wrote all the songs on her EP In the Mountains, sang several support dates for Bonnie Raitt, and Time Magazine called her “one of our favorite 5 voices” at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Sarah’s songs are heavily featured on ABC’s hit TV show Nashville.