Thursdays on the Terrace
UNC Chapel Hill's Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence is sponsoring quite a lineup of Southern music of all stripes this fall. The afternoon series hosts musicians during lunch hours, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Located just off Franklin Street, adjacent to the Morehead Planetarium, the Educational Foundation Terrace will be the stage for the guitar pyrotechnics of Cool John Ferguson Oct. 16. On the evening of Oct. 28, in the Student Union auditorium at 7 p.m., the music series has co-sponsored a show with the Center for the Study of the American South, bringing the first ladies of contemporary bluegrass and folk music, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. In another recent cooperative effort, the two university groups brought "Hoochie Man" blues legend Bobby Rush to the Union just last week. Known as much for playing alongside folks like Howlin' Wolf as he is for his funky strutting akin to James Brown and his raunchy dancers, Rush is one-of-a-kind, and still at it in his '60s. Rush is also the subject of a documentary (which aired Sept. 30) by Richard Pearce in the PBS series, Martin Scorsese's 'The Blues.'
In other shows on the schedule, look for an afternoon terrace appearance by Southern Culture on the Skids on Oct. 30. There will also be a presentation of the music of Hungarian composers like Liszt and Bartok by Thomas Cooper on Nov. 6 at the Morehead Lounge and on Dec. 4 DJ Pez and Creme De La of Triangle hip-hoppers Sankofa will mix it up at the lounge as well. Unfortunately, Memphis mainman Jim Dickinson, who's worked with everybody from Big Star to the Replacements had to cancel. For the complete schedule and more on the series, visit www.johnstoncenter.unc.edu.
People's Channel rocks
Channel surfing with the TV turned down and the stereo turned up? Change it to Channel 8 if you're in Chapel Hill, because The People's Channel, Chapel Hill's cable public access station, is including more local music in their programming these days. They'll be airing two Evil Wiener shows, filmed at Go! Studios, Saturdays at 10 p.m., and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. through the end of the month. The long-running series Live at the Cave, produced and hosted by John Howie of the Two Dollar Pistols, also will have re-runs of Evil Wiener's appearance there, running occasionally on Saturdays at 11 p.m. and on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Both of these features on the band are leading up to their annual Halloween bash. This year it's being held at Nightlight, so get your costume issues sorted out now.
The People's Channel also features local bands and artists in a unique way, in a program called Local Music Library. Once a month or so, there is a half-hour show of the featured artist's music with random computer graphics synched with the songs. It's lo-fi, to be sure, but these are the simple pleasures of cable access. Raleigh band Alli With an I have already appeared, as well as Twilighter, and a group called Crusha are on deck next. In a recent project, Rob Nipe, programming director of The People's Channel is gradually incorporating local music in other productions for the station. Local artists send in CDs with release permission, and local producers can use their music in their shows. Chapel Hill's Pleasant has had music used in public service announcements, as well as a band called Piedmont. During the midnight to 6 a.m. hours, there isn't much programming on the station right now, so under the community billboard info running, you can usually hear a form of classical music radio. Nipe is now setting up this system so that local music broadcasts during these hours. For more info on submitting your music, contact Rob Nipe at 960-0088 or email@example.com.
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