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July 30, 2014


Artists in Action: A touch o’ Irish music

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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Sunday 03/30/2014
Model City Music Fest kicks off ‘Anniston’s biggest weekend ever’
Posted: March 30, 2014

The Model City Music Festival returns to Zinn Park Friday for its third annual showcase, this year featuring funk legends Morris Day and the Time, as well as a variety of local acts including Low Mileage Soul, Edward Prothro and Black Cat Bone.

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Artists in Action: The sweet sounds of spring
Posted: March 30, 2014

Music finds many modes of expression. It can be inspiring and jubilant as performed today at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Jimmy Roberts’ 35th year as organist and pianist at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church. Music also voices praise as seen in the Calhoun County Civic Chorale’s Spring concert April 6 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. Directed by Patricia Corbin, it is a program that glorifies nature and the divine. Then on April 10, music entertains us, Broadway style, at Jacksonville Opera Theatre’s Classic Preview Night for JOT’s “Carousel” at Classic on Noble at 6:30 p.m.

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Small Talk: Knox concertgoers really got a hold on Smokey
Posted: March 30, 2014

Motown history took center stage at the Anniston Performing Arts Center when Smokey Robinson closed out the Knox Concert Series season with a sold-out performance.

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Sunday 03/23/2014
Oxford native returns to sing for a cause
Posted: March 23, 2014

Trae Edwards can go from stranger to friend in 10 minutes, give or take a few. It doesn’t take long for the Oxford native to stray from topics like his 20-year career and his new album, “I Believed,” preferring to talk about faith, family and growing up in Oxford.

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Restless reunion: Country band brings new and old style to Oxford
Posted: March 23, 2014

Restless Heart is one of those ’90s country bands that you hear mentioned in the same breath as Billy Ray Cyrus and Reba McEntire. They’re also one of the most determined bands to ever grace the stage.

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Sunday 03/16/2014
Artists in Action: Spring events highlight music, history of the South
Posted: March 16, 2014

It’s the songs that are remembered after the production or event is over, it’s been said. Voices of the South, the chorus that won first prize in Anniston’s Got Talent last July, will get a chance to prove this true again with a program of timeless favorites March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Pell City Center.

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