Local News
8:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Festival Of India Celebrates 20 Years In Charlotte

More than 900 artists performed during the two-day festival in uptown Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

Twenty years ago, the inaugural Festival of India was held inside Spirit Square in uptown. It drew about 500 people. And every year since, the festival has gotten bigger as the Indian community in Charlotte grows.

This weekend, more than 20,000 people attended the festival.


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10:09 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Kenneth Carr: Back Home For The Sunset Jazz Festival

Kenny Carr

It’s been eight years since Charlotte-born jazz musician Kenneth "Kenny" Carr last played before a home crowd.

Not familiar with Carr?

Well, let’s start there.

“Charlotte has a lot of great musicians,” Carr said during a phone chat from his home in West New York, N.J. “However, Charlotte is the type of city where they actually grab other artists from someplace else.

“I can go to Europe, I can go to Budapest, I can go all over the world and people love and embrace me,” he continued. “But you go to Charlotte, you can barely get played on the radio.”

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Local News
10:33 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Leann Rimes Takes Pride In Perseverance

Singer Leann Rimes exploded onto the country music scene in 1996 at the age of 13 with the hit "Blue." Now  31, she’s had 13 No. 1 singles, won two Grammy awards, and has sold millions of albums. Her latest album is called Spitfire, and she is the star of a reality show on VH1 with her husband called Leann and Eddie. She performs this Sunday at the Charlotte Pride Festival, and spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt.

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Local News
12:37 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Soul Legend Booker T.

Credit Wikipedia

Booker T. Jones has been in the music business since he was in high school in the 1960s. His career took off with Booker T. and the M.G.'s 1962 hit “Green Onions.” With the M.G.’s, Booker T. played on numerous records recorded for the Stax label in Memphis, with stars including Otis Redding and Ray Charles. More recently, he’s collaborated with Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots, and the Drive By Truckers. He's playing at Charlotte's McGlohon Theater Saturday August 9, and he spoke to Weekend Edition Host Duncan McFadyen.

7:28 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Blues Musician Shares His Passion For Louisiana Music And Wetlands

Credit Native Orleanian Fine Photography/Jerry Moran Images

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.

But Tab Benoit has also made a name for himself for his efforts in bringing awareness to the deteriorating Louisiana coastal wetlands.

Tab Benoit joined us to talk about his music and his environmental efforts.

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department

Rumours album cover

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Folk Music And Its Influence

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.

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Local News
8:35 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Earl Scruggs Center Opens In Shelby

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Wynton Marsalis

Grammy award-winning jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis is internationally known for his trumpet playing and jazz style. He's from a family of famous classically trained musicians who play, produce and compose jazz. But Marsalis 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's orchestra. Wynton Marsalis is in Charlotte this week to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, so while he's here, he'll join us to talk about his musical roots in the Marsalis family, his thoughts about jazz and the trumpet, and we'll hear some of his music.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Arturo Sandoval & The Catalinas

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 protégé 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 Catalinas are known for their distinct sound from the late 50s and 60s that many are still nostalgic for - Carolina beach music. The band is being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and we'll talk to them about their history and recognition. Join us for a music filled hour with Arturo Sandoval and The Catalinas.

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