Jazz artist Stephen Gordon is one among a number of entertainers performing in digital concert events within the Charlotte space this weekend. There’s additionally a pop-up market on faucet, and fascinating artwork displays — one that includes mushrooms. With WFAE’s “All Issues Thought of” host Gwendolyn Glenn to speak about these occasions for the Weekend in Leisure is Katrina Louis, senior author for Q Metropolis Metro.
Gwendolyn Glenn: Hello, Katrina.
Katrina Louis: Hello, Gwen. It has been some time.
Glenn: It has. Welcome again.
Glenn: Properly, let’s get again to Charlotte native and percussionist Stephen Gordon. Inform us about him and his group, and when and the place can individuals see the digital live performance.
Louis: Music has been part of his life since he was a younger age, due to his dad and mom exposing him to totally different genres. He additionally attended Northwest College of the Arts. He is carried out and toured and recorded over the previous 20 years with musicians just like the late grasp pianist Ellis Marsalis and Charlotte’s Tyrone Jefferson, who performed with James Brown.
So Thursday’s live performance is a part of the JazzArts Charlotte’s Preserve Jazz Alive streaming sequence. The present is free Thursday, begins at 8 p.m. and it is coming to you from Crown Station in NoDa. However you may tune in on JazzArt Charlotte’s YouTube channel.
Glenn: Now, there may be additionally the stay digital live performance in close by Belmont that includes the Eric Brice Group (heard taking part in within the background). Brice is a self-taught guitarist who’s been taking part in since he was a toddler, as effectively, and later studied beneath Motown hitmakers Kim Weston and Earl Van Dyke. Katrina, inform us extra about who he is performed with through the years and the place.
Louis: So Brice has a powerful resume that has taken him world wide. He is traveled to Japan, Australia, Africa. He is additionally carried out for presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and shared the stage with artists like Stevie Surprise, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle and Jamie Foxx.
Glenn: Now, this digital live performance is when,the place, what time? And I perceive there are a couple of in-person tickets out there?
Louis: Sure, so the Soul of Jazz is occurring Friday, and the present begins at 8 p.m. There are a few tickets to be within the studio viewers at The Front room in Belmont.
Glenn: OK, so for these searching for a jazz/funk mixture, Charlotte’s jazz membership Center C is again with the music of Herbie Hancock and Teena Marie, carried out by native artists.
Louis: Bass guitarist John Dillard can play any style, and for this concert, he is bringing on vocalist Gina Chambers. She’s a South Carolina native and he or she’s becoming a member of him for cuts from the catalog of Herbie Hancock and soul singer Teena Marie.
Glenn: OK, glad they’re again. And for these classical music lovers, Debussy and Strauss can be on faucet this weekend. This can be a digital live performance, inform us about it Katrina.
Louis: Charlotte Symphony principal harpist Andrea Mumm Trammell and conductor Christopher Warren-Inexperienced will carry out items from French composer Claude Debussy and German composer Richard Strauss.
Glenn: And the way can of us see it — what day and time?
Louis: The virtual concert is that this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and viewing entry shall be despatched to you by way of e-mail. Your ticket entry is for one system, so you may get pleasure from it solo, or if you wish to get pleasure from with your loved ones and pals, one ticket offers you full entry.
Glenn: OK, so there’s an intriguing artwork exhibit in ImaginOn uptown that includes mushrooms. It is really known as Shrooms. Who are the artists? And describe the exhibit for us.
Louis: The artists, Amigo and Amigo, is an artist’s studio that’s actually based in Sydney, Australia, and the studio has an extensive background in sculpture and industrial design. So the Shrooms pop-up exhibit, it’s 10 giant, inflatable mushrooms. One of the artists noticed mushrooms have popped up in the streets where she lives in Australia. And at night, the colorful fabrics on the mushrooms actually light up. So the event has been featured in Baltimore, New Zealand, Canada and many other places.
Glenn: And when you say giant, how giant?
Louis: So I don’t know the exact height, but the mushrooms are as tall as the buildings, so they’re pretty big.
Glenn: And that exhibit is there until April 18. Also, there’s a three-day pop-up exhibition at the Mint Museum. What’s happening there?
Louis: Artist Carla Aaron-Lopez, also known as King Carla, is shining a spotlight on artists of color who are often underrepresented by Charlotte’s art institutions. So this pop-up exhibit is called Local/Street, and it features the work of more than 40 local artists of color. And it’s a three-day pop-up starting on Friday through Sunday, and it’ll be on display this weekend at the Mint Museum Randolph. So this was curated in partnership with the Mint Museum and the group Charlotte is Creative.
Glenn: There’s another pop-up and it will be one of several these organizers are doing that will kick off on Saturday called Girl Tribe Pop-Up in the Garden.
Louis: So this is an semi-outdoor event. It kicks off this Saturday. It’ll showcase more than 50 women-owned businesses and brands so you can shop and visit the different vendors throughout the entire day. Shoppers and vendors are encouraged to wear your mask and they’ll also be taking temperature checks when you enter. So vendors will also be socially distanced, they’ll be monitoring the capacity to make sure that everyone is safe and can have a great time.
Glenn: Sounds like fun. And as you said, safe. And finally, Katrina, Charlotteans and actors Ron Lee McGill and Rahsheem Shabazz are bringing fairy tales of a different kind to the Queen City virtually this weekend through March 31.
Louis: In this hourlong hip-hop musical concert, Jay and Will Grimmz are the main characters, and they put a modern spin on classic fairy tales featuring original songs and choreography. And the production is called GRIMMZ Fairy Tales and it’s presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
So some of the fairy tales are Snow White and the Seven Shawties, Down with Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel: Lost In The Streets. And they also have a Cinderella Remix.
Glenn: OK, and how can people see it?
Louis: People can stream it now on-demand through March 31. You can visit the Children’s Theatre website to purchase tickets for access at CTCCharlotte.org.
Glenn: OK, and two other events Sunday from 2to 6 at Northridge Middle School Queens in Charge celebrates Women’s History Month with performances, cooking demos, spoken word, a DJ, Vendors market and more.
And also on Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Living Room in Belmont, Dena Palmer-Brice will be in concert. Thanks for being with us. Katrina.
Louis: Thanks Gwen.
Katrina Louis is a senior writer for Q City Metro