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PBNJ lead singer Paul Langwell and bassist Brandon Dail perform with the band during the Music on the Green summer music series at Mariners' Wharf Park, Tuesday, Aug. 31. Music on the green returns. – Page 6

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Contents Front Porch Music on the green returns

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Gospel performers find more music venues

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Jazz appeals to both musicians and audiences

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Albemarle Chorale hopes to start rehearsals soon

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Local promoter hopes to expand interest in hip hop

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Glass helps others pursue music-making itch

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Calendar

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Back Porch

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Front Porch DO YOU LIKE GOOD MUSIC? That lyric from Arthur Conley's 1967 monster hit "Sweet Soul Music" kept coming up as we were putting together this fall 2021 edition of Albemarle Magazine, which as you'll read, is devoted solely to local music. Whether it be rock music as performed by the local band PBNJ at the Music on Green summer music festival, jazz music as performed by the local band Connected, or Gospel music as performed by Barry Overman and his daughter, Brooke, it's all — as Conley crooned — good music. Being able to listen to good music live has been a challenge, however, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Local bands, groups and performers have faced difficulties over the past year doing what they love to do best — perform before live audiences — because of health restrictions. Correspondent Kesha Williams spotlights some of the challenges local bands like PBNJ, Joel Taylor and Connected have faced performing over the past year. She also talked with Elizabeth City State University music professor Doug Jackson about the lasting appeal of jazz, and why audiences can't get enough of the improvisational talents of its performers. Staff Writer Reggie Ponder also profiles several Gospel singers Barry Overman and Billy Briggs, highlighting some of the challenges they've also faced over the past year finding opportunities to sing before live audiences. Overman, locally known as a member of Step of Faith, also talks about how he's started performing with his daughter, Brooke, a junior at N.C. State University, passing on the passion for Gospel singing to a new generation. Correspondent Anna Goodwin McCarthy outlines the challenges COVID has presented members of the Albemarle Chorale, the community singing group that performs free concerts at Christmas and in the spring. The group, which usually would already be rehearsing by now, hoped to begin practicing this month for its upcoming December concerts. Multimedia Editor Chris Day talked to a local music promoter who represents several artists who perform a genre of music that's rising in popularity in the region: hip hop. Guap, who founded King Music Corp., also discusses how the digital age has provided easier opportunities for young artists to promote themselves and their music. For instance, a performer can now film a quality music video and post it for free at YouTube. Bands have access to websites and social media accounts as promotional tools, too. Finally, you can't make good music without instruments, so McCarthy interviewed Dan Glass, owner of Glass Music in downtown Elizabeth City. Glass, who comes from a family of musicians, decided to set up shop as a licensed luthier. For those who don't know, and we didn't prior to reading McCarthy's piece, a luthier repairs stringed instruments. Glass says the pandemic also affected his business — in a good way. Sales of instruments was way up, he says, as people with more time on their hands decided to learn how to play guitar or other instruments. We hope you enjoy this edition of Albemarle Magazine. We also hope that when you feel safe doing so, you get out and support our local musicians by attending their live performances. There really is nothing like good music.

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The band PBNJ performs on the stage at Mariners' Wharf Park for the Music on the Green summer music series, Tuesday, Aug. 31. The music festival features a different performer playing a different type of music each week. Chris Day/The Daily Advance

Music on the green returns Summer music series again draws music lovers to the waterfront By Kesha Williams Correspondent After being canceled last summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Music on the Green is back. And no one could be happier than the local musicians who again get to perform before a live audience at Mariners' Wharf Park. About the only people who could be happier are the appreciative music lovers spread across the park's lush green lawn on blankets or folding chairs, glad for both an evening out and a chance to hear good music by local performers.

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On a recent Tuesday night — because that's when Music on the Green performances are held — local band PBNJ was performing for Music on the Green for what band members reckoned was their fifth time. The music series, sponsored by the Elizabeth City Parks & Recreation Department, is now in its 10th season. PBNJ has been performing together since 2015 and past gigs have taken them to music venues across the region. Brandon Dail plays bass with the band; Josh Quidley

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plays drums; Nick Simmons plays guitar; and Paul Langwell provides vocals. Each band member earns a living from a full-time job that doesn't include music. Like most local bands, PBNJ would like to book performances beyond their immediate region. But for now, they're happy to be back performing live and providing their audiences with a good mix of rock, soul, reggae and pop. While most bands play cover versions of the chart-topping tunes audiences are familiar with, PBNJ likes to stretch their listeners' tastes a little. “We don’t play much of what other bands play. We wanted to be everything the other bands weren’t,” Langwell says. Dail said PBNJ has been successful performing songs that fell just short of topping the charts — “songs people liked in the past and still enjoy hearing.” Quidley said the band has enjoyed “playing for close-knit communities,” particularly on the coast, and hopes to book those venues again. Simmons said PBNJ was thrilled to return to the Elizabeth City waterfront and see a live audience that was ready for an evening out. Their goal, he said, is to enter a studio in the fall and record some original music. While a surge in COVID-19 cases since July forced many music venues to rethink booking live performances, Music on the Green organizers decided the outdoor park where audience members could spread out was safe. Weekly performances have gone forward except when thunderstorms threaten. Which is what happened on Aug. 24 when Joel Taylor's band was scheduled to perform. Taylor and his band had just set up their instruments when an evening thunderstorm forced them to pack everything back up and head for shelter. Taylor said it was disappointing he and the band didn't get to perform, but he's looking forward to other upcoming opportunities. “The events hosted by Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation and some scheduled for Applebee's are still coming up, so people can come out and enjoy them," he said. Taylor said he likes to sing "feel-good" music from any genre. "Having the right song, knowing where the heart is when it comes to lyrics is what matters," he said. "Country, jazz, hip hop — wherever I find that inspiration is what matters to me,” he said. Local music lovers still have a few more chances to enjoy live music before the Music on the Green series ends for the summer. Connected, a local jazz band, was scheduled to perform on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Amelia's Mechanics, which performs vintage country music, was set to perform Sept. 14. Into the Fog, which plays "newgrass," will perform Sept. 21. All performances are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 is the rain date for concerts that were rained out. Debbie Malenfant, executive director of Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., said Music on the Green features both local and regional bands that perform a variety of musical genres. Besides Americana, reggae, funk, acoustic rock and hip hop, bands perform jazz, classic rock, Motown, pop, vintage country and Newgrass. A different band or performer playing a different genre of music is featured each week. “We balance our loyal and popular bands who support us every year with new and up-and-coming bands. It’s a great mix,” Malenfant said earlier this summer before the series began. In addition to the music, the weekly concerts also feature a face-painter and games and activities. American Legion Post 84 also sells food and drinks in the park. Beer and wine are also for sale for on-site consumption only.

Joel Taylor and his band were scheduled to perform for the Music on the Green series on Aug. 24 but their performance got rained out. Taylor said he's looking forward to other upcoming opportunities to perform again before a live audience. Photo courtesy Joel Taylor

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ocal Gospel singers are again performing in churches and at other events after the COVID-19 pandemic brought most of that to a halt in 2020. But they also are now navigating a new landscape marked by the delta variant of COVID. Barry Overman, known especially for his work in the group Step of Faith with Pastor Darryl Stallings, lately has also been performing with increasing frequency with his daughter Brooke. He noted that he and his daughter had the opportunity to perform 45 minutes of music and comedy in North Myrtle Beach in early August for the N.C. Seedsmen Association Convention. Overman explained that they were invited to sing at

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Billy Briggs sings during an outdoor worship service at Middle Swamp Baptist Church in Gates County. Briggs' home church is Beulah Baptist Church in Sunbury but for more than three decades, he's sung at churches across the Albemarle region and in the Virginia cities of Suffolk and Franklin. Photo courtesy Billy Briggs

was very special because the first recording that Step of Faith made was at Evangelical Methodist Church in 1996. Overman said that while he, his daughter and Stallings are all together Labor Day weekend they probably would discuss the prospect of performing a Christmas concert. Usually they would already have begun rehearsals for the Christmas concert by now, he said. Overman said he is excited that Brooke has become so involved in Gospel music. "She has got a great voice and loves the Lord," Overman said of his daughter, who is a junior at N.C. State University. They will continue to sing when opportunities present themselves, he said. For most of 2020 they didn't even get many calls to come sing because so many churches were simply trying to figure out how to navigate their regular worship services during the pandemic and were not holding special events. The requests have picked up recently, but now many events are being reconsidered because of the spread of the delta variant of COVID, he noted. Overman said he and his daughter are talking about making a recording soon. He hopes to start working on that soon, he said. It's nice to have a recording available when you are invited to a church to a sing, and right now he and his daughter don't have one to offer, he said. Gates County resident Billy Briggs said that after Gospel singing opportunities basically shut down across the area in 2020 he is glad to see them beginning to rebound. "I believe it's picking back up," Briggs said. "But as I say that, this Delta variant seems to be rearing its head in the circles I'm in."

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Briggs' home church is Beulah Baptist Church in Sunbury. For more than three decades, though, he has sung as often as he was able in churches from Chowan, Hertford and Gates counties to Perquimans and Pasquotank counties and the Virginia cities of Suffolk and Franklin. Briggs said his music is always focused on salvation through the grace God offers in Jesus Christ, and the way God's mercy meets the needs of people in their everyday lives. He selects songs based on the message in the words and delivers them in a straightforward style that conveys his passion for the Gospel and love for people. Briggs typically shares between songs his testimony regarding how God has led him in his recovery from alcoholism. He has been sober now for 37 years, he said, and has been singing Gospel music and sharing his testimony through song for about 35 years. Briggs said that in the past six weeks or so the pace of church revival services seems to have picked up to about where it was before the pandemic began. "Singspirations have been slow but they seem to be picking back up as well," he said, referring to the song services that some congregations hold several times a year. Briggs said he wants to visit churches and share the Gospel in song but also wants people to be safe. "It is hard to sing with a mask on," Briggs said. "I have done it but I don't like it." Nevertheless, Briggs said he hopes to be able to continue to come to churches and sing, and will sing while wearing a mask if that's what it takes. "I believe that God gave us good sense, and if wearing a mask is good sense then I think we should do it," Briggs said.

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The local jazz band Connected recently performed at Mariners' Wharf Park for the Music on the Green summer music series. Photo courtesy Connected

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Jazz appeals to both musicians, audiences Jazz's improvisation is what draws both performers and listeners By Kesha Williams Correspondent For Douglas Jackson, the reason why so many people still want to crowd into clubs and concert halls to listen to jazz is pretty simple. “Jazz has a long history of being interesting music to listen to," he says. Jackson, an associate professor of music at Elizabeth City State University who is also a musician himself, says watching jazz performed live is also fun.

"The interaction between musicians, observing the technical expertise of musicians using their instruments as they interact with one another on stage, is something people look forward to,” he says. Jackson describes jazz as essentially "a conversation between musicians." “That conversation starts with stating what the melody is together," he said. "Then you can hear the individual

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Douglas Jackson, an associate professor of music at Elizabeth City State University, is also an accomplished trumpeter. He's shown here performing in an undated photo. Photo courtesy Doug Jackson Elizabeth City State University associate professor of music Douglas Jackson provided a behind-the-scenes look at music during the 1960s with his presentation, “From Bandstand to the Beatles — 1960s Pop Music Culture,” at Museum of the Albemarle’s “History for Lunch” program Wednesday, June 16. Photo courtesy Doug Jackson

ECSU associate professor of music Douglas Jackson released "In Style," a new album of global musical styles, earlier this year. The album is a follow-up to Jackson's "Night Moves" album released last year. Southeast Asian, Afro-Cuban, reggae and rhythm and blues are some of the musical styles found on "In Style." Photo courtesy Doug Jackson

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improvisation that takes place within the song." Jazz musicians in fact distinguish themselves by giving different interpretations to an original piece of music. One reason musicians like to perform jazz is the freedom it allows. “Jazz music allows freedom of expression in its most basic form and improvisation is a key component of that expression,” says Dennis Figgs, pianist for the local jazz band Connected. Audiences love the improvisation in jazz as well. It's what has "brought people from their homes in the past just to listen in person — and will continue to do so,” Jackson said. But jazz performances are no more immune to the COVID-19 pandemic than other forms of popular music. A number of high-profile jazz festivals in fact have been canceled out of concern for both performers and audience members. “It’s all based on local venues and decisions that local people can make with the information available, the preferences of musicians and others involved with event productions," Jackson said. In some areas of country, jazz festival organizers are moving forward with their traditional festival season, he said. "For example, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival scheduled a live performance in mid September,” Jackson said.

The New Orleans Jazz Festival, on the other hand, was canceled both this year and last year. “Closer to home in Durham, the famous Sharp Nine Gallery opened again" for performances, Jackson said. However, patrons are required to show proof of vaccination before they can get in and have to wear a face-covering once inside. Members of the local jazz band Connected are looking forward to playing in person for fans again. Figgs, who is also a local educator, said performing in public is an “exhilarating experience" for both audiences and "musicians who love to perform in front of them." Connected fans recently got to see the band perform live at Mariners' Wharf Park as part of the Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation Department's Music on the Green summer music series. Another reason fans find jazz so appealing is its empathetic nature. Hearing their favorite singers and musicians perform contributes to the hope that better days are ahead. Musicians, after all, have also experienced hurt and rejection. They've also experienced the sting of personal loss by going through some of the same events their fans have. Oftentimes they find ways to use music to promote healing. “I can think of Harry Connick Jr., a New Orleans native and musician, who did much for the city a few years back when New Orleans was hit by a hurricane," Figgs said. "He (Connick) was a vocal presence during those difficult times."

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Albemarle Chorale hopes to start rehearsals soon Community singing group looking to perform Christmas concerts in December By Anna Goodwin McCarthy Correspondent After being sidelined last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Albemarle Chorale are hoping to be able to share sounds of the season this December. Lynwood Winslow, director of the Albemarle Chorale, said recently the group is looking forward to starting rehearsals for its holiday concerts, which are scheduled for early December. “We are really hoping we can get back to singing,” he said. “We certainly hope we can (perform). We plan for the best.” Of course the delta variant will likely have a say in the group's plans. Winslow said the Albemarle Chorale began making plans

for rehearsals and its Christmas concerts before the variant started to affect the area. The group was supposed to meet for its first rehearsal on Aug. 23. But Michael Morgan, who accompanies the Albemarle Chorale on piano, said recently the group plans to restart rehearsals on Sept. 13. Winslow said Albemarle Chorale encourages people who previously have sung in choirs or performed with groups, to join. “We really like for people to come who have some experience,” said Winslow. "Anybody can participate.” There is no auditions for joining the group. Chorale

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members meet at Edenton United Methodist Church Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to practice and sing. It has been a while since the group met for its regular rehearsals. When the first COVID-19 outbreaks were reported in 2020, Winslow — like most people — thought the disruption it would cause was "going to be a little blip." “We thought we would be out for a month. That didn’t happen,” he said. Winslow said Chorale members knew by March 2020 "we could not continue" to meet and rehearse. Winslow said he missed seeing members of the Chorale. “I miss making music, but I have really missed seeing these people,” he said. Winslow said he was very touched when some members of the group came together this March to sing at his mother’s funeral service. “It was really special,” he said. Winslow, who has been the director of the Albemarle Chorale for more than 15 years, said the group's membership has ranged from 30 to 60, and includes many members who travel each week from surrounding counties to participate. The singers range in age from teenager to persons in their 90s. “They bring a wide range of talent and experience,” Winslow said. Winslow said the Albemarle Chorale gives members an opportunity to sing and produce quality music in front of an audience. “It’s important to have a public outlet for that,” he said. Winslow said he's excited about being reunited with Chorale members, some who have been with the group since it was founded more than two decades ago. Although currently an independent nonprofit with its own executive board, Albemarle Chorale has, at several times in its history, been affiliated with College of The Albemarle. A Perquimans County native, Winslow’s own background and experience includes a bachelor's degree in music education from Guilford College and a semester abroad in London. Winslow returned home to Belvidere, and he accepted a position as the choral music and theatre arts teacher at Perquimans County High School. He retired after 30 years in 2016 and currently serves as organist at Up River Friends Meeting in Belvidere. Morgan, the accompanist for the Albemarle Chorale, also serves as music director for Edenton Baptist Church. Winslow said Morgan plays the piano during most rehearsals but organ during most of the group's concerts. Winslow said the Chorale likes the organ's sound, especially

Michael Moore is the pianist for the Albemarle Chorale.

for Christmas songs. The Chorale typically begins rehearsals for its Christmas concerts in August and performs in December. It group resumes rehearsals in January after a holiday break and concludes the season with a spring concert in May. For this year’s Christmas concerts, Winslow plans to include songs that are “readily familiar” like traditional Christmas carols. He also plans to include some parts of what is known as the Christmas section of "Messiah," composer George Handel's famous oratorio. Winslow said the Chorale currently plans to hold its Christmas concerts at Edenton United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 5, and at First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth City on Sunday, Dec. 12. Both concerts are at 4 p.m. There is no admission fee for the performances, but the Albemarle Chorale does accept donations to pay for budget items like the rental fee for the rehearsal space at the church. For more information about the Albemarle Chorale, visit the organization’s Facebook page.

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Local promoter hopes to expand interest in hip hop

Greenville-based hip-hop artist Playboy Poppy works on his music during a recording session. Photo courtesy Guap

Music promoter aims to grow region as hip-hop scene By Chris Day Multimedia Editor

A local music promoter is working to shine the light on northeastern North Carolina as place known for producing talented hip-hop artists. King Music Corp., which is owned by a Hertford native who goes by the name Guap, represents a handful of rising talented artist in the rap and hiphop scene. KMC’s website, kingmusiccorp.com, boasts two of the acts Guap currently represents, Greenville-based artist Playboy Poppy and another performer named Tonio Dollaz. “He doing magnificent things right now,” Guap said of Playboy Poppy. Speaking in his office in downtown Elizabeth City, Guap was equally enthusiastic about Tonio Dollaz. “Look for more things from him,” Guap said, of the Tonio Dollaz’s growing potential. A large percentage of Guap’s job is keeping his eyes open for potential local talent, but also keeping up with the music trends outside the 252 area code. “I’m very much in tune with the streets,” he said. Guap's heard from several local aspiring artists

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seeking his advice and assistance in getting started in the music business. “There have been quite a few who have reached out to me,” he said. The music business is tough and not everyone reaches the big time. “It requires a lot to be successful in this industry,” Guap said. That’s especially true when an artist is just starting out and trying to build a fan following, he explained. When given the opportunity to perform live, regardless of the venue, the artist has to give 100% effort, whether there are five people in the audience or 1,000.

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“You gotta give the same energy,” he said. In August, Guap spent about a week working with other music promoters and artists in Nashville, Tennessee. His networking efforts paid off, he said, as KMC “planted our roots out there, too,” he said. KMC specializes in managing and promoting independent artists who, because of circumstances like their distance from bigger music scenes, have a tough time getting that one big break. KMC is becoming known, at least regionally, for helping artists reaching their goals, according to Guap. “We’re definitely in the southeast,” he said, of his small company’s presence. Guap got his start in the business before the digital age. He remembers when years ago he used to purchase bulk packs of Memorex CDs to burn copies of a group’s music that he was trying to promote. The analogue days of music were a time when promoters “had to beat the street” to sell CDs and try to get air time or to book a concert venue. Today is just as busy for music promoters but now they do their work digitally, Guap explained. “It’s a different game, it’s a different market,” the music executive said. The digital age has provided easier opportunities for artists to promote themselves. For instance, Guap pointed out, a performer can film a quality music video and post it for free at YouTube. Bands have access to websites and social media accounts as promotional tools, too. There’s also Apple Music, Amazon and other online platforms where artists can post their music for purchase.

Guap says he enjoys all kinds of music, from hiphop and jazz to old school doowap bands like the Chi-Lites. “The first time I heard it, I was destined to be a part of it,” he said, of his love for music. Guap's interest in a career in music was solidified when he worked with a local act in the early 2000s called Money Kids. At the time, he was the youngest member of the group’s promotional team. That experience “opened his eyes” to aspiring to a music career, Guap said. That group performed live at Levels, a former nightclub that was located on Colonial Avenue downtown. Levels closed in the late 2000s and since then there haven’t been many local venues for live hip-hop music. Earlier this summer, Guap and many area hip-hop fans suffered a tragedy when rapper and Winfall native Antwon Donta White was killed in a vehicle accident in Winston-Salem. Known by his stage name Lucciano Da G, White had been represented by KMC for several years. His loss took a tremendous toll on the area’s rap and hiphop scene. “He was an icon for the 252 area code … He’d performed for crowds as large as 5,000 people. He even had his own tour in 2019,” Guap said in July in the days following White’s death. Guap is hopeful that through KMC and the arrival of new talented artists, hip-hop’s footprint in northeastern North Carolina gets bigger. “I’d like to see the scene grow,” he said.

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Logan Stechschulte, 17, plays “Jingle Bell Rock” on the alto saxophone outside Glass Music on Poindexter Street in Elizabeth City during the First Friday ArtWalk in December 2020. Chris Day/The Daily Advance

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Growing up in a family of musicians in the mountains of West Virginia, it wasn't difficult for Dan Glass to develop a passion for music. “I was always around it as far as I can remember,” Glass, owner of Glass Music in downtown Elizabeth City, says of music. “And being from West Virginia, bluegrass was the order of the day.” Glass said many of his immediate and extended family members played musical instruments. His mother was a guitar player and his father “could play anything,” said. His parents passed down their love of music to Glass and he “pretty much self-taught” himself to play a variety of instruments. “Anything with strings, I can figure out,” he said. In his youth, Glass played drums in a rock band, and rock has remained his favorite genre of music. While Eddie Van Halen, the famous rock guitarist who passed away in 2020, was one of his favorite artists, Glass said his dad is his favorite musician. “He taught me a lot about what I know,” said Glass. As someone who loves rock music, it's probably not surprising guitar is Glass' preferred instrument. He said playing guitar can be challenging but also satisfying. “Guitar is one of those things you have to know what you are doing,” he said. “It is just spectacular.” Like most musicians, Glass had to find another gig to pay the bills. After graduating from high school in

1985, Glass moved to Virginia Beach, Va. and decided to join the U.S. Air Force and trained to became a firefighter. Four years later after his service was complete, Glass continued his career as a firefighter as a civil service firefighter at a U.S. Navy Base. He later transferred to work as a firefighter at Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City, where he remained until retiring in 2017. Deciding what to do after retirement was an easy choice for Glass. “I knew what I wanted to do,” he said. He took a course at Atlantic Guitar Works in Georgia and became a certified licensed luthier. As a luthier, Glass repairs stringed instruments. Glass then opened Glass Music on North Poindexter Street in August 2017, and utilized his certification to offer guitar repair services. To his knowledge, Glass says he is “pretty much the only one who is certified” as a lutheir in the area. Glass recommends keeping stringed instruments in a controlled climate. Humidity, as well as extreme cold or heat, can affect wooden instruments. Sudden fluctuations from cold to hot also are bad for the instruments, he said. Just like a car, instruments need to be maintained, Glass says. He helps owners maintain their instruments by offering a full range of repair services. In addition to repair services and retail sales of instruments and accessories, Glass also leases space at his business to music instructors who offer

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Dan Glass, co-owner of Glass Music, works on the strings of a guitar at the store. Glass said he grew up in a family that loved to play music and he's tried to pass along his love of music to his own three children. Photo courtesy Dan Glass

lessons on a variety of instruments to musicians of all ages. Glass said he moved Glass Music to its current location at 202 North Poindexter Street before the pandemic. He said the previous location was located across the street, but the new location offered more storefront visibility and windows. Because so many people had more free time during the pandemic, Glass says quite a number decided to learn how to play an instrument. The growing interest in music-making was good for business as the new musicians bought a lot of Glass's inventory. He says local interest in learning to play music continues to grow. “There are a lot of great, talented people in the area,” Glass said. Glass owns Glass Music with his wife, Jennifer, who is a high school science teacher in Camden. Glass said he's tried to pass along his love for music to their three children. One of his daughters helps run the retail and social media/marketing for Glass Music and his son plays in both the high school marching band and a band Glass Music featured during a first Friday ArtWalk. Glass said the best part of owning a music business is “the people.” “The music community is a family,” he said. For more information about Glass Music, visit the Glass Music Facebook page. Current hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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FALL 2021

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The following events are scheduled for the rest of September and October but could be postponed or canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some events require a fee for admission.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS SEPT. 14 Music on the Green Amelia's Mechanics will perform vintage country music at Mariners' Wharf Park for the free music on the green music series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SEPT. 15 'Murder on the OBX' Museum of the Albemarle will host its History for Lunch program from noon to 1 p.m. Journalist John Railey will discuss the unsolved case of Brenda Holland, a 19-year-old woman who came to Manteo to work on the "Lost Colony" production and was murdered. The program will be both in-person and on Zoom. Register at the museum's website. Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle will hold a preview of the new exhibit on the mystery of Nell Cropsey's disappearance and death Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then on Oct. 6 at noon, author William Dunstan will give a presentation on "The Woeful Story of Nell Cropsey and Jim Wilcox" during the museum's History for Lunch program.

SEPT. 17 Home & Garden Expo The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce will host a sneak peek of its Home & Garden Expo at the K.E. White Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The expo will be held the following day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Day of Caring The Albemarle Area United Way will host its Day of Caring event. The event seeks volunteers to help complete work projects at the AAUW’s partner agencies. Virtual options are also available. Register by calling the AAUW at 252-333-1510 or email assistant@albemarleareauw.org.

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SEPT. 18 Toast the Perquimans Historic Hertford Inc. will host the fourth Toast the Perquimans at the marina behind the Hertford Municipal Building at 114 West Grubb St., Hertford, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Attendees can sample 12 craft beers and a dozen wines. The band Cuz'n Kirk Experience will provide live music. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at historichertfordinc.org.

SEPT. 19 Truck and Tractor Pull Big Daddy Motorsports will host a motorsport event starting at 5 p.m.

Lingerin' Live 2 Souls Wine Bar to host live music, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Pumpkin Patch Brothers Farm will host its Pumpkin Patch event, which includes a corn maze, hay rides, farm animals and food trucks, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday Sail Maritime Ministries will host its Sunday Sail program on the Pasquotank River at 1 p.m.

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Elizabeth City State University will host its homecoming football game at Roebuck Stadium Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. The Daily Advance

SEPT. 22 Palette Knife Painting Studio 511 will host a palette knife painting course at 116 N. Poindexter Street

SEPT. 25 Sip & Shop

Music on the Green Into the Fog will perform newgrass at Mariners' Wharf Park for the free Music on the Green music series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Anna Jean Boutique, Hyden Boutique, and Pine & Porch in Elizabeth City's downtown will team up for a Sip and Shop event from 10 a.m. to noon.

SEPT. 26 Summer Sounds

Wailin' Wednesdays The free music series will be held in Pailin's Alley from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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OCTOBER EVENTS OCT. 1 First Friday ArtWalk Monthly showcase of local artists and their artworks and live music will be held in Elizabeth City's downtown from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Film Festival Arts of the Albemarle will host its Manhattan Short Film Festival Oct. 1-3, at 7 p.m. Attendees will view and judge independent short films from around the world.

Cropsey exhibit Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle will hold its annual meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A preview of the exhibit on the mystery of Nell Cropsey's disappearance and death will follow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Out ‘n the Cold band will perform and light refreshments will be served. Contact: 331-4021.

OCT. 2 Currituck Farm Festival The Currituck Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension will host the Currituck Farm Festival at 120 Community Way, Barco, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will begin with recognition of Currituck’s “Century Farms” and Currituck farmers with an appreciation lunch. There also will be an “Agriculture Through the Years” display, a 4-H Chicken Show, skillet throwing contest, and Brunswick stew cook-off. Register for the event at currituckfarmfest21.eventbrite.com.

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OCT. 10 Salsa on Waterfront Arts of the Albemarle will host Salsa on the Waterfront, a free concert performed by the 10-piece salsa band Tumbaosalsero, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include a cash bar featuring beer and wine.

OCT. 12 Empty Bowls Food Bank of the Albemarle will host its Empty Bowls of the Albemarle event at Museum of the Albemarle starting with a preview party Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by its Empty Bowls luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For tickets, visit www.afoodbank.org.

OCT. 16 Alice, an opera Music off Main will hold performances at the Maguire Theater of "ALICE," a new opera based on the Lewis Carroll character in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets went on sale Sept. 1.

Herbie's Field of Screams A haunted trail will be held at 3174 West Main Street Extended Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 from 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Admission is free.

OCT. 23 ECSU Homecoming

History for Lunch Author William Dunstan will give a presentation on "The Woeful Story of Nell Cropsey and Jim Wilcox" during the Museum of the Albemarle's History for Lunch program at noon.

Elizabeth City State University will host its homecoming football game at Roebuck Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

OCT. 8 EC Fall Festival Elizabeth City will host its Fall Festival, a replacement event for the N.C. Potato Festival which had to be canceled because of COVID-19. The three-day event, Oct. 8-11, will feature amusement rides, games, concessions, kids activities and live music.

OCT. 9 Camden Heritage Festival Camden County will host its inaugural Camden Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature local arts and crafts, heritage exhibits and local live entertainment.

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OCT. 23 Rhythm & Brews Arts of the Albemarle will host its River City Rhythm & Brews event at 3 p.m. Attendees will be able to sample more than 20 microbrews and enjoy live music.

OCT. 29 AoA's Spooktacular! Arts of the Albemarle will host a tricked-out haunted house that is kid-friendly Oct. 29 and 30.

Kids’ Flix Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Parks & Recreation Department will host a screening of the film “Monster University” at 8:15 p.m. or at dusk, whichever comes first.

Halloween Ball Arts of the Albemarle will host its Halloween Ball. Event will feature prizes for best costumes and a dance contest. Event, which includes a cash bar, is for those 21 and older. Tickets are $25.

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Elizabeth City will host its Fall Festival, a replacement event for the N.C. Potato Festival which had to be canceled because of COVID-19, on Oct. 8-11. The three-day event will feature amusement rides, games, concessions, kids activities and live music.

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Meaningful (personal) moments in recent local music history By Reggie Ponder Albemarle Magazine Thinking about the music scene in this area for this issue of Albemarle Magazine has reminded me of something I suppose I never really forgot: This area has more than its share of talented musicians. I have been delighted with the local talent at the outdoor concerts held at waterfront venues in Elizabeth City, Hertford, and Edenton. Area churches sometimes host nationally known groups but regularly celebrate the remarkably talented singers and instrumentalists in this area. The bands and choir at Elizabeth

City State University are several notches above what you normally would hear in a town this size. Mid-Atlantic Christian University chapel worship features contemporary worship music of a very good quality. College of The Albemarle in its theater program, too, has its share of fine singers. The local schools have music programs that are doing a good job of preparing musicians for the next generation. It has been a blessing to be in this area and enjoy wonderful music here.

SOME PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM MORE THAN 10 YEARS OF ENJOYING LOCAL MUSIC: • The Fueston Brothers at the Edenton waterfront performing the Allman Brothers classic "Midnight Rider" • Out 'N the Cold performing "Wagon Wheel" on a number of occasions • EZ Malone's energetic version of "Sweet Home Alabama" with ironically reworked lyrics at Music on the Green • Toby Tate at City Wine Sellar • Pair a Docs at City Wine Sellar

• Uphill at Mariners Wharf Park • Step of Faith Reunion at COA • Blind Tony playing on the sidewalk in downtown Edenton • Shining Light performing a revved-up version of "Because He Lives" at Missing Mill Park in Hertford • ECSU Choir singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at Founders Day Convocation


Adam Nixon of the band Uphill performs on the main stage at Mariners’ Wharf Park for the Summer Sounds Musical Series in Elizabeth City in early August. Uphill's performance is on columnist Reggie Ponder's list of highlights from 10 years of listening to local music performers. Chris Day/The Daily Advance

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