“Holy People,” a photography exhibit by David Cummings, was seen during June and July at the Oxford Performing Arts Center. Starting next Sunday, local holy places can be seen on a tour of historic churches in Oxford. Coordinated by the Oxford Arts Council, five tours will be offered on five…
Cowboy Mouth and their enigmatic leader, Fred LeBlanc, will be in Bessemer at Hangarfest on Oct. 5. Their appeal has always been their raucous live show and Fred’s pile driver personality. He’s always been one of the more magnetic people in the music business. I’ve interviewed him in the pas…
Hearing music has more advantages than people realize. It can motivate exercise, decrease anxiety, aid sleeping patterns and generate creative solutions. As members of the Bienville Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution learned recently, music is also useful in bringing history to life.
Toto has had a resurgence with younger fans of late. A cover of their ’80s hit “Africa” became an out-of-left-field smash for Weezer. The band’s catalog continues to sell and influence; you might not remember how many Top 40 hits Toto had until you up a playlist. The band’s new DVD combo, “F…
The new book “Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan” by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort is essential reading for fans of Vaughan and passionate music devotees.
Hearing is one thing; really listening is another. Listen closely to the music at next week’s Foothills Piano Festival recital to imagine the images the composers created with their style, and pay close attention to the plot of “Matilda” when the CAST community theater production opens Oct. …
Music has always had the power to deepen and enrich the act of worship. This fall brings two performances of sacred and gospel songs designed to move listeners into a more personal praise experience.
The Vegabonds are the personification of Alabama-based music. Their songs are a perfect recipe of Southern rock, country and Mississippi blues. They spent their formative years in Auburn playing the college circuit before graduating to the crowded streets of Nashville and Music Row.
As August turns into September, the entertainment offerings increase as new music and theater seasons get a fresh start. As the days grow shorter, the event list grows longer, taking us into fall.
Art evolves, as it must, in a self-perpetuating cycle that winds and twists within the mind of the artist and current culture. Purists may decry the blurring of genres and strict guidelines that once defined radio playlists and the confines of physical media.
The harvest in the arts is large this summer. Thankfully, the number of laborers is also large. Due to spring planning and planting of new ideas, there’s a lot happening in entertainment, especially in theater — and soon to come in church music outreach. The events are plentiful. Enjoy the feast!
The first time I heard of Riley Green was when my dear friend Sam Stewart mentioned that a guy from Jacksonville had his own show and that we should have him open for the Marshall Tucker show we had planned at Zinn Park.
“Sudden Opera,” the new album by Pony Bradshaw, is truly a work of art. Every composition stands on its own; each is also a vital piece of quilt work, with not a sign of musical makeweight in the track listing.
With the support of key community and individual partners, the Oxford Performing Arts Center announces plans for the Alabama Children’s Museum in historic downtown Oxford. The announcement was made at the “Reveal” celebration for OPAC’s 2019-20 season.
June is bustin’ out all over — with the arts, to borrow a phrase from the Rodgers and Hammerstein song. For our art scene, it is a month for new beginnings and renewal.
June is National Smile Month, according to an events calendar I’ve seen. In our area, maybe all of the upbeat music on offer has something to do with that. Events on tap here feature Broadway, classical and sacred melodies. It is that music that will likely bring on the smiles and good will.
The blues. Delta blues. Twelve-bar blues. Got the blues. The crossroads. The deal. Full dance floors and sweaty walls in the smallest of rooms, bars and dives in the Deep South. These are all parts of the legend that come to mind when the truest of art forms is brought up.
The opening strains of “Framed” brought Chris Knight his first hit single and national acclaim, but the kudos were long overdue. Knight, who grew up in Slaughters, Ky., had been toiling on Music Row for years; he had publishing deals with major songwriting houses long before his voice was he…
Dylan Leblanc has a new album coming out on June 7. It’s titled “Renegade” and is more stomp than careful whisper. His past recordings were ethereal songs about swings and misses and characters that would have welcomed bad luck instead of their absence of any at all.