#healthyILM: Mayor Saffo and NHRMC exec create campaign for healthy and safe reopening

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

LEARNING A NEW TUNE: Jeremy Mathews offers private online lessons in instruments, songwriting and more

  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

WTF IN HISTORY: ‘She Rocks the Vote’ exhibit postponed, carries multiple themes relevant to today

Originally published in encore magazine, March 17, 2020 Like nearly everything else in March, next Thursday’s “She Rocks the Vote” exhibit at UNCW’s Randall Library has been postponed. Spearheaded by Randall’s humanities librarian Lisa Coats and Jennifer Le Zotte, assistant professor of U.S. history and material culture, the curated event to help celebrate Women’s History Month will have a new date as soon as possible. … Continue reading WTF IN HISTORY: ‘She Rocks the Vote’ exhibit postponed, carries multiple themes relevant to today

GRACE AND CANDOR: Shelby Smoak shares his life in prose and song

***EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE DORIAN*** To call Shelby Smoak’s life story “compelling” would be inadequate. The memoirist and songwriter fronts an indie-rock outfit Bleeder, which will open for Team Player at Satellite on the 6. But in 1990, as an 18-year-old preparing to start his freshman year at UNCW, Smoak’s parents told him he had contracted HIV when he … Continue reading GRACE AND CANDOR: Shelby Smoak shares his life in prose and song

ASHEVILLE ABSURDITY: Armadilla makes a final trip to NC coast this weekend before heading into the studio

Armadilla’s show at Satellite on Saturday is their last trip to North Carolina’s coast for a few months; they’re preparing to head back to the studio to record their forthcoming full-length album. Continue reading ASHEVILLE ABSURDITY: Armadilla makes a final trip to NC coast this weekend before heading into the studio

ON THE SIDE: Mipso’s Wood Robinson talks New Formal project, Shakespeare and Steinbeck

“When you tour in a band for as long and as frequently as Mipso has the past few years, some ideas are bound to be tabled for later,” bassist Wood Robinson tells encore. He’s referring to songs he wrote over the years. “I showed a couple to my friend Chris Wimberley, who owns a studio at which I work called Nightsound Studios. He was excited … Continue reading ON THE SIDE: Mipso’s Wood Robinson talks New Formal project, Shakespeare and Steinbeck

A MOTHER’S NATURE: Tift Merritt talks motherhood, writing and the road

“Touring is not for the faint of heart. Without a child, it is an animal exercise in mileage, calories and sleep, which leaves me plagued with thoughts about what my karma must be that I have landed in a sickly-colored motel in this or that middle of nowhere. Touring with a child is more pleasurable, a true exploration, but frankly, tiring.” The excerpt is from … Continue reading A MOTHER’S NATURE: Tift Merritt talks motherhood, writing and the road

A BRIDGE TO 2017: Dex Romweber pays tribute in latest album ‘Carrboro,’ heads to Good Hops on New Year’s Day

Dex Romweber will welcome the New Year at the Winter BBQ at Good Hops Brewing in Carolina Beach on Jan. 1, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The event will benefit The Hope Center of Wilmington. Continue reading A BRIDGE TO 2017: Dex Romweber pays tribute in latest album ‘Carrboro,’ heads to Good Hops on New Year’s Day