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Heather McEntire, Shirlette Ammons, & Maria Albani

After days of cool weather and nice afternoons interrupted by rain, a beautiful Spring day lined up perfectly with sitting on a big front porch listening to three excellent local musicians trade songs.

Heather McEntire, Shirlette Ammons, &  Maria Albani, UNC Insititute for Southern Studies, Chapel Hill NC, 04/26/12

Heather McEntire, Shirlette Ammons, &  Maria Albani, UNC Insititute for Southern Studies, Chapel Hill NC, 04/26/12

What a brilliant place we live in that things like this happen here.


10 Favorite Shows of 2011

If you know me or just see me at shows, you know I’m frequently wandering around, running between two shows, etc. I see alot of shows and the more shows I go to the harder it is for a full show bill to hold me from the first band to the last. These are the ones where I stood up front or was otherwise transfixed by the whole show. My 10 favorite shows of the year.

Joe Pug, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 04/11/11
1. Joe Pug w/ Strand of Oaks, Local 506, 4/11 – It’s a very lucky thing that my favorite show of the year (and many others on this list) was also attended by the best taper in the area (Dan Schram) so I have this show on mp3 and can go back and listen again and again. Just a stunningly excellent show. So many of the shows on this list are special shows: album releases, first shows back, etc. The excellence of this show is even more amazing because it wasn’t a “special” show. It was another night on a long tour (for both bands). It’s the kind of show that makes me want to pack a bag and follow a tour around so I can see it every night. Photos here

Des Ark, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 03/10/11
2. Des Ark w/ Pygmy Lush, Bellafea, Nightlight, 3/10 – Des Ark’s CD is on my favorite albums of the year list so it is no surprise to see the local album release show here. Just a show with Des Ark full band likely would have put it on the list, but this was far more. The crowd was wonderful, Pygmy Lush’s set was great, and Bellafea was so fantastic to hear again. I love Mount Moriah, obviously (favorite album of the year, a Mount Moriah show is coming up on this list), but sometimes a Bellafea show is exactly what I need. It was the perfect kickstart to the night. Photos here

The Butchies, Pinhook Outdoor Stage, Durham NC, 09/24/11
3. The Butchies w/ Pink Flag, Pinhook, 9/24 – Everything about this show. The weather was perfect for a huge celebratory show in the parking lot behind Pinhook, and that is exactly what this was. Both bands played fantastic sets to a great hometown crowd. Photos here

Mount Moriah, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 04/15/11
4.Mount Moriah w/ The Moaners & Filthybird, Cat’s Cradle, 4/15 – I feel like I’ve already said enough about how great Mount Moriah’s album is. The CD release show started with the three videos that are included with the album and ended with an all hands on-stage sing along of “Lament.” Start to finish, just a great night. Photos here

Bombadil, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11
5. Bombadil w/ The Future Kings of Nowhere, JKutchma and the 5/5ths, Cat’s Cradle, 11/12 – Three bands I love on the same bill, a CD release show for Bombadil. Before even going to this show, I knew it’d end up on this list. So, for me, it had alot to live up to. And it more than did so. Photos here

Future Kings of Nowhere, Motorco, Durham NC, 05/07/11
6. Future Kings of Nowhere w/ Hammer No More the Fingers & The Wigg Report, Motorco, 5/7 – Photos here

Red Collar, Casbah, Durham NC, 05/28/11
7. Red Collar w/ American Aquarium, Casbah, 5/28 – Photos here

The Moaners, Cave, Chapel Hill NC, 07/29/11
8. The Moaners w/ All Girl Boys Choir, Cave, 7/29 – Photos here

Free Electric State, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/4/11
9. Pinhook’s 3-year anniversary 3-night concert (Men w/ Tayisha Busey, Crystal Antlers w/ Old Bricks, Free Electric State, Javelin w/ Organos), 11/3-11/5 – Photos here

Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers, Duke Gardens, Durham NC, 06/29/11
10. Shirlette and the Dynamite Brothers, Duke Gardens, 6/29 – Photos here

Links to all year end coverage:
Year End Concert Stats
Top Ten Albums of 2011
Twenty Favorite Photos of 2011
Great Moments of 2011

New Raleigh Christmas Party, Kings

Saturday night Kings was host to the New Raleigh holiday party. It had been over two months since I’d been to Raleigh (entirely too long) and this show gave me the opportunity to have dinner & coffee with a good friend and then head to Kings for a fun show.

Oulipo, New Raleigh Christmas Party, Kings, Raleigh NC, 12/17/11

I’d not seen Oulipo before and enjoyed their energy onstage.

Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers, New Raleigh Christmas Party, Kings, Raleigh NC, 12/17/11

Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers always bring a dancing smile for me.

Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers, New Raleigh Christmas Party, Kings, Raleigh NC, 12/17/11

I don’t think their album is quite going to make it onto my list of favorite albums of the year, but it has been one of the albums I put on when I need a smile& a pickup in my day.

One of the last shows I’ll see this year, and a good one to (almost) go out on.

full photo set here

Miss Representation

The Future Kings of Nowhere, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

P-90s, Motorco, Durham NC, 11/23/11

The Loom, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/17/11

Cat Martino, Pinhook, Durham NC, 11/17/11

Girls Rock NC, Pinhook, Durham NC,11/15/11

Chris Stamey w/ Leah Gibson, Motorco, Durham NC, 11/13/11

JKutchma & the 5/5ths, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC, 11/12/11

Shirlette Ammons, Missy Thangs & Juan Huevos, Soundcheck, Casbah, Durham NC, 11/11/11

On of my favorite things about living here is that things that seem uncommon elsewhere in the country seem common here. Or at least can seem common if you chose correctly.

22 of the 45 bands I shot this month had at least one lady in the band.

It matters to me personally, and it matters overall.

Tonight at Motorco there is a showing of Miss Representation. Highly, highly recommended for people who already understand why this matters, for people who aren’t sold yet, for people – full stop. The movie is free & starts at 7.

Hopscotch Reflections: Shirlette Ammons

To close out my Hopscotch posts this week, I wanted to give some other folks who are a part of our music community a spot to talk about their Hopscotch.
Today, Shirlette Ammons who played Hopscotch as part of the Shuffle Magazine/Hopscotch sponsored Rosebuds and Friends Day Party with he band Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers


> How was your Hopscotch?
I had an awesome Hopscotch experience! I was so honored to participate. I felt very much a part of a larger community of music that not only includes musicians, but music lovers, venue owners, writers, photographers, restauranteers, etc. It was fueling and inspiring.

>What band or set really knocked your socks off?
Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time waiting in line and catching snippets of bands as I was in transit (which, I guess is part of the whole vibe), but I really enjoyed Ben Sollee. The Flaming Lips were a spectacle. There was no way you couldnt get caught up in that moment. I wish I would’ve caught Twin Shadows, The Foreign Exchange, and Birds of Avalon, but Hopscotch proves that you can’t be everywhere at once.

> When is your next local show?
My band Mosadi Music is playing a benefit on Thursday Sept 22nd at Motorco for some friends who lost their home in a fire. Shirlette and The Dynamite Brothers will be playing at Haw River Ballroom on November 4th. On November 11th Missy Thangs, DoubleDare (AppleJuice Kid and Jil Christensen), and myself will be debuting an experimental project at Casbah. We’ll be opening for Big Freedia. That should be dope.

> What upcoming show (other than your own) are you most looking forward to?
Well, I’m looking forward to this benefit next week at Motorco. Not because we’re playing, but because I love moments when community comes together to support each other. It’s a testament to the strength of Us.

>What do you think makes this music scene special?
Support and genre-bending. Musicians here are willing to work together to try new things and create new sounds across genres and it’s really defiant and inventive. I love that.

>Anything else to add?
I want to reiterate how beautiful an experience Hopscotch is and trust that it will continue to motivate and represent the musical prowess and reach of this area. I do hope in the future that there are more bands led by women and people of color spread throughout the course of the event.


Catch Mosadi Music next week at Motorco, like Mosadi Music on Facebook and like Shirlette & theDynamite Brothers on Facebook too.

Full list of all the Hopscotch coverage from this blog here

Hopscotch Day 3 Photos

The festival was completely fantastic.All together I saw 49 bands and had a complete blast. Full photo set from yesterday is here


The Prayers & Tears, Fletcher, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11
The Prayers and Tears

Superchunk, Raleigh City Plaza, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11

Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers, Shuffle Magazine Day Party, Lincoln, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11
Shirlette & The Dymanite Brothers

JKutchma, American Aquarium Day Party, Slim's, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11

Effingham's morning load-in for the Day Party, Sadlack's, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11

Des Ark, Kings, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11
Des Ark

Bombadil, Fletcher, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11

Titus Andronicus,Tir Na Nog, Hopscotch, Raleigh NC, 09/10/11
Titus Andronicus

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