Nov. 21, 2012 08:23
Of all the ways that StubHub ticket squatters can diminish the concert experience for the fan, rarely do we consider how it impacts the artist. Case in point: Lyle Lovett’s Friday night performance at the War Memorial Auditorium....
Nov. 7, 2012 04:26
Though he’s surely accustomed to an omnipresent virtual audience marveling at his repertoire from afar, having two sets of physical spectators to play for is likely a treat reserved for Jake Shimabukuro only on his birthday. In front of him, there was a very nearly full Reynolds Auditorium....
Oct. 31, 2012 09:46
I would never pass up an opportunity to listen to Young Jeezy’s music with him, but that was not what we had come for. By the time the headlining act took the stage on Oct. 27, the crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum had thinned dramatically, and as the Atlanta rap star waded through his set, energy remained low....
Oct. 24, 2012 09:08
Standing in the center of a nearly circular church sanctuary, with  warm reds, purples and blues streaming in from four identical stained-glass windows above, Bellamy-Small looked like she was born for the stage....
Oct. 17, 2012 09:55
If dreams were thunder and lightning was desire, it was perhaps owed to Bonnie Raitt’s playful tinkering of John Prine’s beatified lines Friday night at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Raitt demonstrated that she’s an equally skilled song interpreter and writer, toggling Prine’s poetic chronology to subtly challenge her audience’s attention....
Sept. 26, 2012 08:43
Call it, “Between 12 Ferns.” The Wayne Shorter Quartet’s conversations Thursday night at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel often felt as impulsive, even aggravated as the ones Zach Galifianakis coerces on his fake sit-downs. Officially dubbed “Jamazon,” the evening’s theme ran analogous to its outcome....
Sept. 12, 2012 09:42
PH: It’s hard, but I’ve gotten better at it and now that I’ve got the songs down more, I haven’t had to think about that. This is very, very different for me as far as what I do compared to what I do in the Truckers’ shows. We’ve been doing a lot of those, but the one’s we’re doing now we are to keep the lights on and the insurance paid....
Sept. 5, 2012 08:54
It was hard not to detect a certain degree of artlessness and inward focus in the lineup of Saturday’s John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival at Oak Hollow Park. The ties between smooth jazz and the work of Coltrane are tenuous at best, though the former still has an audience despite its increasing radio scarcity....

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