Music en Blues Musician Shares His Passion For Louisiana Music And Wetlands <p>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.</p><p>But Tab Benoit has also made a name for himself for his efforts in bringing awareness to the deteriorating Louisiana coastal wetlands.</p><p>Tab Benoit joined us to talk about his music and his environmental efforts.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:28:52 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 53544 at Blues Musician Shares His Passion For Louisiana Music And Wetlands Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department <p>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.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 50322 at Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department Folk Music And Its Influence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000 46162 at Folk Music And Its Influence Earl Scruggs Center Opens In Shelby <p>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.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 42764 at Earl Scruggs Center Opens In Shelby Wynton Marsalis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grammy award-winning jazz and classical musician </span>Wynton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Marsalis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is internationally known for his trumpet playing and jazz style. He&#39;s from a family of famous classically trained musicians who play, produce and compose jazz. But </span>Marsalis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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&#39;s orchestra. </span>Wynton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Marsalis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is in Charlotte this week to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, so while he&#39;s here, he&#39;ll join us to talk about his musical roots in the </span>Marsalis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> family, his thoughts about jazz and the trumpet, and we&#39;ll hear some of his music.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 36863 at Wynton Marsalis Arturo Sandoval & The Catalinas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span>protégé<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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 </span>Catalinas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are known for their distinct sound from the late </span>50s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>60s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that many are still nostalgic for - Carolina beach music. The band is being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and we&#39;ll talk to them about their history and recognition. Join us for a music filled hour with Arturo Sandoval and The </span>Catalinas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 36498 at Arturo Sandoval & The Catalinas Tony Arreaza And Styles&Complete <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony </span>Arreaza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000 35888 at Tony Arreaza And Styles&Complete Ethan Uslan And I Love Lucy <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Part One: Ragtime Piano Player Ethan Uslan. </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethan </span>Uslan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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. </span>Uslan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the subject of a new documentary film and he has concerts scheduled throughout the area. Ethan </span>Uslan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> comes back for another music filled visit, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 32847 at Ethan Uslan And I Love Lucy Blue Ridge Center And Uptown JazzFest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 29705 at Blue Ridge Center And Uptown JazzFest Sounds Of Charlotte: Local Music Scene <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p> Mon, 27 May 2013 14:15:00 +0000 27892 at Sounds Of Charlotte: Local Music Scene