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August 29, 2014


ARTISTS IN ACTION: Civic Chorale recruiting new singers

If you are a singer who welcomes the challenge of learning and performing choral masterworks, Patricia Corbin, the director of choral activities at JSU, invites you to the chorale’s fall meeting Monday at 7:15 p.m. in the Performance Center of Mason Hall at JSU.

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Saturday 08/16/2014
10 reasons to get revved up for Rumble on Noble 10
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Can you hear that — the howl of distant thunder? There’s a storm a-brewin’ and it’s rolling in on two wheels this weekend. If the last nine years are any indication, brace yourself for a leather-wearing, pavement-sparking, eyebrow-raising, rip-roaring good time when Rumble on Noble marks 10 years of music and motorcycles in downtown Anniston.

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Teen band checks ‘open for country legend’ off to-do list
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Musicians react to questions about the bands they played with in high school the way you might react to your mother pulling out naked baby photos in front of friends.

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Sunday 08/10/2014
JSU welcomes students with a rap concert
Posted: August 10, 2014

Rap star T-Pain is performing at Jacksonville State University on Saturday night, but if graduate assistant Ellori White has her way, he’s going to hang out with her at the mall before he takes the stage.

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Motown lives again at Oxford concert
Posted: August 10, 2014

The wail of a saxophone harmonizing with the reverberating cords of an electric guitar, the jingle of a tambourine accompanying that "call-back" singing style. Since the 1960s, Motown musicians from the Four Tops to The Supremes and The Temptations have been, and will forever be, known for that smooth style of soul music integrated with a distinct pop influence — the Motown Sound.

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Saturday 08/02/2014
Edwin McCain plays Buckner Event Plaza Friday
Posted: August 02, 2014

If you don’t know Edwin McCain by name, you’re sure to know him by his music. In fact, there’s a chance you got hitched to his biggest hit.

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Sunday 07/27/2014
Artists in Action: A touch o’ Irish music
Posted: July 27, 2014

The Emerald Isle beckoned a northeast Alabama couple to explore its heritage last month. Now, on occasion, these musicians plan to perform some Irish music.

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Saturday 07/19/2014
For local bands, metal is much more than crushing guitars
Posted: July 19, 2014

Anniston isn’t a heavy metal town.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Jacksonville church celebrates pipe organ's return
Posted: July 17, 2014

After a long period of separation, First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville is welcoming back its newly restored pipe organ.

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Sunday 07/06/2014
There’s a bluegrass resurgence going on, and it’s coming to Alexandria
Posted: July 06, 2014

On Saturday, local bluegrass band Valley Road is kicking off the first Valley Road Community Bluegrass Festival in Alexandria.

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Saturday 07/05/2014
3 entertaining reasons to summer in Calhoun County
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 11:47 am

No time to take a summer vacation? Then, take a “staycation” right here in Calhoun County — at least for July — and look forward to three events.

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Sunday 06/22/2014
Second annual Heritage Festival brings music, unity to Zinn Park
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Admission to the second annual Heritage Music Festival Saturday at Zinn Park is free, but if someone asks you for a code word, remember this simple phrase: Word up.

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‘Poor man’s jazz’: Steel City Jug Slammers returning to Cheaha Brewing
Posted: June 22, 2014

Put the five members of the Steel City Jug Slammers together for breakfast on a Saturday morning at Al’s Diner and Grill in Birmingham, and conversation flows like the music they play onstage at venues all over the Southeast. The boys were worn out from a long night of performing at Local Color in Birmingham.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
‘A fresh approach’: Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs lets the old influence the new
Posted: June 14, 2014

Skaggs, who is coming to the Oxford Performing Arts Center June 21 with his band, Kentucky Thunder, spoke with The Star about his team-up with Bruce Hornsby, the versatility of bluegrass music and his role as a guide for new musicians.

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Friday 06/06/2014
Who do you want to see perform in Anniston?
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:12 pm

With the announcement that Cameo and Whodini are performing at Zinn Park June 28 for the city’s annual Heritage Festival, we got thinking — who is the next performer we want to see in Anniston? 

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Sunday 06/01/2014
House party: Benef it concert set to ‘Rock Against Homelessness’
Updated: June 01, 2014 - 7:49 am

Rock Against Homelessness, an all-day benefit music festival sponsored by The Right Place, will feature 15 local bands, with all proceeds going to The Right Place, a new nonprofit that combats homelessness in Anniston and surrounding areas.

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Saturday 05/24/2014
Music from student, soldiers fill the summer air
Updated: May 31, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Members of the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd heard a little music from a big instrument recently when tuba musician Ryan McKinney performed special music for the worship service. And in June, The Berman Museum’s commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day will include patriotic singing and bagpipes.

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Sunday 05/11/2014
Hot to rock: Summer music fest guide 2014
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 8:07 pm

It’s almost summer, and that means warm afternoons, cold drinks and plenty of music festivals to get everyone out of the house and into some great new tunes at one of the region’s many music fests.

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Sunday 04/20/2014
Joyful noise: The Natti Love Joys bring authentic reggae to Anniston
Posted: April 20, 2014

The Natti Love Joys are old hands at reggae music. Husband and wife Sonia “Marla” and Anthony “Jaht” Allen performed in bands separately for years before meeting in New York, where Jamaica native Jaht provided bass backup to Londoner Marla’s band, the Love Joys. It was the start of a musical relationship that led to marriage and years of performing together around the country, playing shows with the likes of Joan Jett, Three Dog Night, The Ramones, the Psychedelic Furs and The Clash. They’ve participated in the three-year creation of a multimedia documentary about the band called “Non-Returning Status” and founded yearly camping reggae festival Camp Reggae.

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Artists in Action: VAS spring gala raises funds for future artists
Posted: April 20, 2014

A gala event typically brings to mind men in tuxedos and women in glistening gowns, entertained by a speech or two and dancing to a band. Though on a smaller scale, the Visual Arts Society’s recent spring gala at Garfrerick’s Café had the same festal feel as a traditional gala celebration. The paintings were all dressed up in their most colorful frames, there were welcoming speeches from the current and incoming presidents of VAS, and the music was provided by one man, jazz guitarist Manabu Saeki.

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Sunday 04/13/2014
Artists in Action: Elaborate costumes, record cast make JOT’s ‘Carousel’ a feast for all senses
Posted: April 13, 2014

Starting this week, local entertainment holds treats both for the ear and eye, beginning Monday in the manner of Mozart with the JSU/Community Orchestra spring concert. Then mark your calendar for early May to see “Carousel” by Jacksonville Opera Theatre, where the largest JOT cast yet will represent Broadway in eye-catching costumes, thanks to some special hands-on help from an International House student.

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