If we remember anything about music in 2020, it will be how livestream concerts helped musicians and music lovers come to terms with COVID life. Local singer-songwriter and guitarist Travis Shallow has kept occupied (and sane) with his own “Shallow Chateau” streaming series every Wednesday and Saturday at 6 p.m. He originally started the roughly two-hour shows because he needed some structure during quarantine. … Continue reading LIVE FROM ‘SHALLOW CHATEAU’: Travis Shallow continues livestreaming series, releases new single Friday
Originally published in encore magazine, June 3, 2020 At national and state levels, politics and science have continuously been at odds throughout this global pandemic. It’s a disconcerting fact as North Carolina enters phase two of reopening businesses, and Wilmingtonians look to leaders to lead them out of this mess in a safe and informed way. “[City of Wilmington] decisions are always based on facts … Continue reading #healthyILM: Mayor Saffo and NHRMC exec create campaign for healthy and safe reopening
Like most people, singer-songwriter Katheryn O’Shea describes the last couple months as an unexpected whirlwind of adjustments. We first met the Asheville-based artist when she played 2019’s Carolina Pines Fest last November. She has since recorded her debut album, “January 9th” (on the date in 2020), with the intention of touring behind a spring release. The finished tracks came to her on March 14—her … Continue reading ARTISTIC TIME CAPSULE: Kathryn O’Shea opens up about ‘January 9th,’ available now
“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘What are you doing for fun?’” singer-songwriter Mike Blair tells me over our Zoom sesh—not quite the same as grabbing a beer at Burnt Mill Creek, but we’re both getting used to it. We’re discussing the “COVID cloud” we’re all living under these days as we wait patiently (mostly?) for the return of normalcy in commerce, arts and … Continue reading SILVER LINING: Mike Blair and the Stonewalls release a series of singles leading up to ‘Almanac County’
Last weekend was supposed to be commencement for 2020 UNCW grads. Of course, COVID-19 put the kibosh on those plans. While it’s disappointing for so many who have worked hard for years, UNCW alumni, faculty and staff have been sharing words of encouragement and congratulating graduates in an effort to remind there’s so much to celebrate. “I know this is a weird time, but … Continue reading BE PROUD: Former Seahawk Christy McDonald releases debut EP ‘PROUD’
For the past few weeks, tribute videos for John Prine have flooded the internet. The folk singer-songwriter, who passed away from COVID-19 complications on April 7, was an influential figure for countless artists around the globe. Like many other musicians nationwide and here locally, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher Jeremy Mathews plans to pay tribute to Prine with covers of song such as “All the … Continue reading LEARNING A NEW TUNE: Jeremy Mathews offers private online lessons in instruments, songwriting and more
It’s been a while since I sat down with pianist Clay Whittington at Port City Java on Market Street in 2013. The Kinston-born North Carolinian had moved to Wilmington only a few months prior in order to fulfill his passion for performance in theatre, film and music. Leading up to his move, Whittington had been in shows like “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Clue,” “TEXAS,” “Disney’s … Continue reading SING A (QUARAN)TUNE: Pianist Clay Whittington plays live for audiences every Thursday
In an effort to keep Wilmington’s vibrant art scene strong in this time of uncertainty for local performers, CFCC’s Wilson Center, WHQR 91.3FM and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County are launching the Wilson Center Ghostlight Series. In a release on March 17, Arts Council executive director Rhonda Bellamy noted the Cape Fear’s nonprofit arts sector has an economic impact of … Continue reading VIRTUAL SUPPORT: Wilson Center Ghostlight Series livestreams March 23, 7 p.m.