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My middle child had begun his vinyl collection a couple days earlier with some Jethro Tull and Elton John, and a turntable from by Brian Clarey Sharper Image that wasn’t too different from the small, briefcase-style one I got for Christmas when I was 8. We came to Hippo Records in Greensboro’s Lindley Park neighborhood in search of some Hendrix, maybe some Beatles and whatever else the rest of his birthday money could buy him, with me acting in an advisory capacity. The 1980s came back to me in a rush of sense memory, triggered perhaps by a Bananarama album from the dollar bin, one my sister owned in 1983, or the Stray Cats’ 1981 eponymous breakthrough, which at the time it came out was as important to my sense of self as Catcher In the Rye had been just a year or so earlier. I’m old enough to remember vinyl and too old to collect it, a true convert to the
digital revolution that destroyed the old business model but made it possible for me to hear whatever song I want, whenever I want to, for free. If you had told me that when I was 12, my head would have exploded. But I still added the Stray Cats record to his stack, along with an old Cheap Trick LP from 1979 and some Steely Dan, both because guitarist Walter Becker had died the day before and because everybody needs at least one Steely Dan record. My boy made his own way through the crates, nabbing some John Lennon and Axis, Bold As Love, a Hendrix album that I had practically internalized by the time I was 18, but which he had never, as they say, experienced. It’s all new to him: this ancient, analog technology and this music written decades before he was born. And he sees a value in blowing his birthday money on records, even though he can listen to these songs whenever he wants to for free on his phone. I’m not sure I completely understand. But I think I get it.
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If I have to get my brothers and sisters together, I’m going to do it with purpose. It’s to raise our voices together for social justice, for the environment. It’s to speak to current issues and celebrate — celebration in the sense of what folk music has always been about. Not every song is a protest song, but there’s always been a tradition of speaking to labor issues, social justice or issues like saving the water. — Laurelyn Dossett, in Citizen Green, page 9
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September 7 – 13, 2017 Up Front News Opinion Culture
by Lauren Barber
Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors @ various locations (W-S), 5 p.m. Bookmarks Bookstore hosts the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, inviting more than 45 authors, storytellers, illustrators and panelists from around the county to share their books in a variety of formats. On Saturday, the whole family can explore a free street festival in and around the Milton Rhodes Arts Center. Find an event map and learn more about both free and ticketed events at bookmarksnc.org. The Bicycle: Art Meets Form opening reception @ Theatre Art Galleries (HP), 5:30 p.m. Theatre Art Galleries hosts a multidisciplinary art exhibit relating to bicycles or cycling in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic, which begins Friday. Prizes will be allotted to first, second and third place finalists, and attendees will be able to view oil, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, linocut prints, assemblages, and photography as well as rare bikes. The exhibit is open through Sept. 22. Learn more at tagart.org. Panel discussion about Charlottesville @ Wake Forest University (W-S), 6 p.m. Join professor Melissa Harris-Perry in Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University as she moderates a panel discussion on race, politics and the South. Harris-Perry grew up in Charlottesville and her father served as the first dean of Afro-American Affairs and as a professor at the University of Virginia for decades. Michael Signer, mayor of Charlottesville, Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent at Slate, UVA alumnus Michael B. Dougherty, senior writer at National Review, and Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, will take part. Doors open at 5:30. Learn more and access the livestream link at news.wfu.edu.
Demo Day @ BioTech Place (W-S), 2 p.m. New Ventures’ annual accelerator capstone event features exhibition demos from more than 30 startup tech companies. Hear new pitches from startup founders and attend the after party at Wise Man Brewing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Learn more and register to attend at newventuresnc.com.
Central Carolina Fair Concert Series @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex (GSO), 5 p.m. (GSO) 100.3 KISS FM’s Back-to-School Jam features indie-pop band AJR and special guest Jorge Blanco at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The concert is free with a fair admissions ticket and for all children. Get your ticket at the box office or ticketmaster.com.
The 77th National Folk Festival @ downtown (GSO), 6 p.m. Featuring performances and demonstrations by more than 300 musicians, dancers and craftspeople, the festival returns to downtown Greensboro Friday through Sunday, Sept. 10. The Family Stage hosts special performances for the kids, but everyone can enjoy a non-stop dance pavilion. Learn more about the free, outdoor event at nationalfolkfestival.com or on page 10.
International Village Food and Music Festival @ Corpening Plaza (W-S), noon This annual festival showcases global cuisine, entertainment by cultural organizations, crafts for purchase and education about Winston-Salem’s international community. Learn more at internationalvillage.ws.
Greensboro City Council candidate forum @ Scuppernong (GSO), 4 p.m. Scuppernong Books hosts an open conversation with several candidates running for Greensboro City Council. Candidates in attendance will include at-large candidates Marikay Abuzuaiter, Irving Allen, Dianne Bellamy-Small, Michelle Kennedy, Lindy Perry-Garnette and David Wils. Learn more at facebook.com/GSOperSisters. Jazz concert for Hurricane Harvey relief @ College Park Baptist Church (W-S), 4 p.m. The Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra is performing a free, 45-minute charity concert and 100 percent of the cash donations will go directly to recovery efforts in Houston. Wake Forest University School of Divinity students will also collect diapers and new underwear and socks for all ages to send to Covenant Church in Houston for their “Building Bridges with Britches” campaign to help residents impacted by flooding last week. Learn more at collegepark.ws. Salsa classes @ Limelight (GSO), 6 p.m. Two levels of salsa rueda classes begin on Limelight’s rooftop at 6:15 p.m. before the party starts. Spend the evening enjoying drink specials and moving to salsa, timba, bachata and kizomba music from 7:30 to10 p.m. No partner required. Learn more at meetup.com/messinadancegso.
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CITY LIFE Sept. 7 – 13
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libertarian Cato Institute projects that ending DACA will drive them into illegal employment, at wages 10 percent to 20 percent of what they previously earned working on the books. That means they’ll drive down wages for other low-wage workers (presumably the “forgotten Americans” Trump championed during the campaign). It also means a loss of payroll and income tax revenue, as well as sales tax revenue “as a result of greater consumption associated with higher incomes.” All told, the Cato Institute estimates that ending DACA will result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade.
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4. Reinforcing white supremacy While the decision is a cruel blow to immigrant families and fails to deliver benefits to the wider population, it essentially sends a gratifying signal to Trump’s white nationalist base that they’re still at the top of the social pecking order. It’s a crappy bargain for white workers — continued exploitation for the benefit of elites in exchange for the illusion of social dominance — that’s as old as the history of America.
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2. Forcing young people back into the shadows Consider what this means to one person. “For me and thousands of other
young people in North Carolina, DACA has been nothing short of life changing,” said Yazmin Garcia Rico, a Guilford College graduate who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at UNC-Chapel Hill. “DACA has given me the chance to open a bank account, buy a car, and pursue my dreams while investing in my community. Revoking this program will mean that hundreds of thousands of young people could lose their ability to drive, to work and to continue living in the country where we grew up and have established our lives. We are active and productive members of American society — we should not be forced back into the shadows.” 3. Lost tax revenue, lower wages Now, multiply the personal devastation and reduction in consumer demand across the 750,000-800,000 DACA recipients across the country. Considering that most DACA recipients don’t even know the countries they’re supposed to go “back” to, may not know the language and have little concept of how to survive, the most realistic assumption is that they’ll retreat into the shadows. The
1. Passing the buck to Congress Putting aside the absolute fecklessness of President Trump’s decision on Tuesday to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the move will have significant and negative real-world effects. But first let’s just take a moment to marinate in the cowardice of the decision. Remember, this is a man who said during a press conference in February that DACA recipients were “some absolutely, incredible kids,” and pledged that his administration would “deal with DACA with heart.” Just for emphasis, he added, “I love these kids, I love kids, I have kids and grandkids.” By rescinding DACA with a “wind-down process” to give Congress the opportunity to act, Trump made a discretionary decision while tossing the buck to Republican lawmakers who will be facing mid-term elections next year and potentially receiving the wrath of conservative constituents who have been baying for blood.
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What is unique about live jazz performances? The record really isn’t fair to jazz musicians or to the live musician, period. Think of the song as the subject of a conversation. No matter how many times we have that conversation, we’re not going to talk about it the same way…. The song title is an open-ended question and everybody’s personalities are mixing in the space. As long as there’s a sense of unity and happiness on the stage… people are drawn in. [Jazz] is a very inclusive and personal type of music.
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How has growing up in eastern North Carolina influenced your music? There [were] a lot of older musicians around [and] as a kid, it’s amazing to hear people right around the corner that can sound like the stuff you hear on the radio. Growing up down here… you have this impression that everybody has got to be from [a big city] to be a great musician [because] that’s all you see on TV. When you’re seeing that [in your hometown] that’s a different experience than just being at church and seeing a piano player and a rhythmic
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You’re associated with African American Music Trails. How is that partnership meaningful to you as a professional musician? It’s an effort of the North Carolina Arts Council to recognize Why did you gravitate towards the saxophone? the musicians from certain eastern North Carolina counties that I grew up around music; my father was a [jazz and R&B] have represented the music well, whether it’s gospel, R&B or musician and would have little jam sessions blues. I really appreciate this because… even at the house… and I would play keys and try Learn more about Eric Xavier though it’s not the ’20s, or even the ’70s, to teach myself. Then I got into [my dad’s] do see an overrepresentation of white and check out the National you record collection and he had a lot of Grover musicians as if African-American musicians Folk Festival schedule at Washington. I was like, This is the coolest never existed…. To see an organization make dude on saxophone. I told my dad I wanted efforts to recognize that and give opportunationalfolkfestival.com. to play saxophone in the fifth grade and he nit[ies] to play means a lot, [and] the effect bought me one the next year. I immediately took that thing home of that long term is more diversity of programming in all types [of] and tried to transcribe everything Grover Washington played. festivals.
by Lauren Barber Eric Xavier is a jazz saxophonist from Kinston, NC, a hotbed for jazz, soul, funk and R&B. He and his band will perform four afternoon sets at the National Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro this weekend.
September 7 – 13, 2017 Up Front News Opinion Culture Crossword
Winston-Salem imposes application fee on accessory dwellings by Jordan Green
Winston-Salem City Council imposes a $1,000 fee on homeowners who want to apply for a rezoning to put in a tiny house in their backyard. Don’t look for a proliferation of tiny houses in Winston-Salem anytime soon. Despite a unanimous vote by city council on Tuesday evening to revise the city’s ordinance on accessory dwellings, remarks by city officials and staff suggest that the changes are unlikely to spark a wave of affordable housing innovation across old-line residential areas like Ardmore and the West End. The multi-year saga began in 2013 when a court ruling invalidated Winston-Salem’s previous ordinance, which allowed accessory dwellings — often referred to as garage apartments, coach houses or granny flats — if the occupant was a blood relative or employed as a servant. Based on the court’s judgment that cities don’t have the authority to regulate whom people lease their property to, the city stopped enforcing the ordinance. A proposed revision went before the planning board in February 2016, but the measure remained stalled in the city council’s community development, housing and general government committee for 18 months. That lasted until Tuesday, when the council voted to allow property owners to add accessory dwellings through a special-use rezoning hearing, provided they’re willing to pay a $1,000 application fee. Councilmembers John Larson and DD Adams argued opposite sides of the issue, with Larson sounding a note of caution and Adams expressing enthusiasm, although they both landed in support of the same policy. “What I fear is that we’re moving
A Greensboro couple stands in front of a shipping container they planned to convert into a tiny house in their backyard.
from a rent-free grandmother house, almost like a spare bedroom in the back of the yard, to a de facto subdivision of the lot without any public input,” said Larson, who represents the South Ward. “We are planting multi-family occupancy on traditional, single-family lots with rental units being placed in the rear yard, all installed without neighborhood awareness or input. “If we are required by the new legal interpretation to remove previous safeguards, then it seems prudent to put in place a system of transparency and public review that allows construction of these buildings, but respects neighborhoods in which they are placed,” Larson added. “Thus, the special-use zoning option… seems the most efficient way to do that, and I will support that.” Adams, who represents the North
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Ward, said she endorses “the tiny house concept” and a “small is better” philosophy. “I also believe that as we age, the boomers, we cannot afford, all of us, to send our loved ones and even our best friends to an assisted home or establishment,” Adams said. “I believe that some of us are not lucky enough to have a great Social Security or pension or 401(k).” But councilmembers Robert Clark and Jeff MacIntosh, who respectively represent the West and Northwest wards, warned that the application fee to obtain a rezoning is prohibitively expensive for most property owners. “I think that if within a year or two we see no applications to put [accessory dwelling units] in, then we’re not managing change; we’re blocking change,” said MacIntosh, a neighborhood advocate, realtor and self-described “planning geek,” who added: “We’ll need to come and take a look at this again, because it’s a difficult process as it is. It’s not a slam-dunk from an economic standpoint. And if we get no people stepping up to say they want to do it, then I think that would be proof-positive that we were being overly restrictive.” Kirk Ericson, the city’s principal planner, said that since the city stopped enforcing the ordinance, only 14 people have applied through building permit requests to build accessory dwellings. MacIntosh cited that number as
evidence that unscrupulous landlords aren’t abusing the lack of regulation to convert single-family lots into multifamily housing. He also suggested that looking at the experience of other North Carolina cities would be instructive. “Wilmington, Greensboro, Durham and Asheville have very little regulation around this, and their neighborhoods that are like our Ardmores and our Holly Avenues do not suffer from absentee-landlord invasion,” MacIntosh said. Ericson said people who are attracted to the idea of accessory dwellings as a source of additional revenue may find they’re more expensive than they originally thought. The reason is that small dwellings are more expensive per square foot because a larger proportion of the structure is consumed by the kitchen and bathroom, in contrast to a conventional house where the cost per square foot is spread across large living rooms and bedrooms. The city’s building code requires that accessory dwellings be built on a permanent foundation with water and sewer hookups. In contrast, Ericson said, tiny houses tend to be built on wheels, allowing mobility. “The places where accessory dwellings are really taking off are places with robust tourist or student populations,” Ericson said. “They’re very popular in places like Vancouver, Boulder and Portland, where you have high property values.” From talking to builders, Ericson said he believes someone trying to supplement their income by adding housing would do better to build a duplex, and rent one side out while living in the other. Carolyn Highsmith, president of the Konnoak Hills Neighborhood Association who ran unsuccessfully for the South Ward seat last election, asked city council to reduce the application fees to make rezoning for an accessory dwelling affordable to the typical homeowner. Planners noted that in addition to staff time, part of the fee covers the cost of advertising the rezoning so that neighbors have an opportunity to attend hearings and provide input. Councilwoman Adams said she wants to look at the possibility of reducing fees to make the process more affordable to homeowners, but Mayor Allen Joines said he would like to tackle it as a separate issue at a later date.
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High Point at-large election draws familiar faces and newcomers by Jordan Green
The seven candidates in the High Point City Council at-large race range from a 73-year-old veteran of the 1960 Woolworth lunch-counter sit-in to a 25-year-old admissions employee at Wake Forest School of Medicine. High Point voters will get the opportunity to vote in a municipal primary for the first time in at least 10 years on Oct. 10. In the case of the at-large contest, that means a field of seven candidates will be narrowed to four, who will vie for the two available seats in the general election in November. During the last election, in 2014, Cindy Davis overwhelmed the opposition with a total of 9,219 votes, forcing the retirement of then-incumbent Britt Moore. Latimer Alexander edged out Moore for the second seat. This year, Alexander is retiring, leaving Davis as the sole incumbent. As the most popular at-large council member, the 48-year-old Davis has found herself in the odd position of voting as an outlier, suspicious of big government, on a council friendly towards public spending designed to stimulate private investment and expand the city’s tax base. She cast the lone no vote against spending $15 million to acquire land and design a site for a multi-purpose stadium at the north end of downtown that boosters are promoting as a “catalyst” project. Davis argues that the private sector should foot the entire bill for the stadium, and the only way she would support public financing would be if citizens had the opportunity to vote on a bond referendum. “We, as representatives of the people, our primary role is services like police and fire,” Davis said. “We’re supposed to be working to keep the cost of those as low as possible so that businesses want to come to our city. The higher we increase taxes, the harder it is to keep the poor working and middle class above water. We’re killing our middle class.” The other six candidates represent a range of views on the role of city government and different levels of public-service experience. At the more seasoned end of the spectrum are Britt Moore, a 54-year-old property manager and developer looking to reclaim his seat, and Mary Lou Andrews Blakeney, a 73-year-old activist who was one of the 26 William Penn High School students who launched the 1960 sit-in
movement at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in High Point. Moore describes himself as a progrowth advocate, but during his four years on council from 2010 to 2014, he took a cautious stance towards public investment. He said he’s not inclined to second-guess the decision made by the current council to move forward with the stadium project, and wouldn’t support a bond referendum at this point. He noted that similar projects in Winston-Salem and Greensboro have spurred “collateral” private investment. “At this point, we have to look at where it is in the stage and what the other opportunities are if the initiative doesn’t go forward,” Moore said. “What does the reality look like and what are the options for addressing this in the next 20 years? High Point has had some great growth in the greenfield areas. We’re meeting Kernersville; we’re meeting Greensboro and Jamestown. The core brownfield area, if you look at the total overall numbers, has kept us behind our other neighbors in total growth. Something has to be identified. It all comes down to the tax base and the tax rate. We’ll have another assessment soon; it’d be nice to see ours going up.” Mary Lou Andrews Blakeney has also previously served on city council, and lost her seat to Moore after serving one term from 2008 to 2010. She’s also the immediate past president of the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau, and was the first African American to hold that position. Blakeney said she got involved in local politics because she didn’t see anyone else advocating for senior citizens. She’s an enthusiastic supporter of the stadium project, although her primary concern is still senior citizens, and she wants to enhance housing and public transit to make it easier for seniors to stay in their homes and remain active. “The cost of long-term care facilities has gone up; they are quite expensive,”
Blakeney said. “Somewhere around $6,000 per year is a low average. That’s a lot of money. Many of the seniors would prefer to stay in their houses if they could. Seniors are living longer. It’s projected that by 2020 we will outnumber teenagers. What are we going to do? Preparing ahead of time will probably serve us better.” Although Don Scarborough is a political newcomer, the 68-year-old comes to the race with the advantage of powerful connections and fundraising acumen as a recently retired vice president of planned giving at High Point University. With a reported $3,099 in cash on hand, including a $1,000 contribution for downtown property manager Coy O. Williard Jr., Scarborough has dramatically outpaced his opponents in fundraising. In fact, with the exception of one other first-time candidate, none of the other candidates — including Davis, Moore and Blakeney — have reported any fundraising so far. Like other candidates, Scarborough emphasizes support for the police department as the city reels from record-level gun violence. He supports the stadium project, arguing that it’s not an option to allow the core city to remain underdeveloped. If elected, Scarborough said he would approach his role as a council member as a listener, particularly as the stadium project develops. “We have to keep our hands on it,” he said. “We have to encourage the other citizens to submit their ideas.” Michael Holmes, a 42-year-old lean manufacturing expert at Ikea, ran unsuccessfully for the same seat three years ago, finishing last among eight candidates. While the stadium project has “potential,” Holmes said he’s “not really sold on it yet,” adding that he’s yet to hear anyone articulate a compelling vision for it. “I’m a guy who moved to High Point about nine years ago because the South-
west [Guilford High School zone] was ranked one of the best,” he said. “I’m now part of High Point. High Point is where I’m raising my family. I want High Point’s future to be bright, not just because I live here but because everyone lives here. I want to make sure we have a growing, thriving city for everyone.” Daniel Gardner, a 26-year-old community branch banker at BB&T in Greensboro, has been involved in politics since he was in middle school. He’s worked polls for conservative High Point politicians like Chris Whitley and Jim Davis; the latter is running for mayor this year. With the exception of Scarborough, Gardner is the only at-large candidate who has reported any fundraising to date, including a $99 check from former Guilford County School Board member Ed Price. Gardner takes a skeptical view of the stadium project. He said he would favor rescinding the vote to provide public funds for the project, and allowing citizens to have a voice through a bond referendum. “One of the big issues we have is transparency,” he said. “People I’ve talked to say the city is not being transparent. Citizens are very aggravated that this stadium was not brought to them.” Sarah Jane Otte, who works in admissions at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, is the youngest candidate at 25 and the only one to secure the endorsement of Equality NC. She moved to High Point 18 months ago and bought a house with the assistance of a grant from the NC Housing Finance Agency to help cover her down payment. Otte said she’s ambivalent about the stadium project. “I’m really torn on my feelings when it comes to the stadium,” she said. “Revitalizing that part of town is a great idea to get more tourists. I don’t know if a baseball stadium is the best solution. Winston-Salem already has the Dash, and Greensboro has the Grasshoppers. What about a soccer arena? We have a large number of people interested in soccer.” Otte said she’s not trying to land high-dollar contributions to finance her campaign. “I am running a total grassroots campaign, just me and my dog,” she said. “I talked to my mom and she said, ‘That should be your campaign slogan.’”
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new material. They’re not in relief; they’re one body of work.” The concert will be presented more as a songwriter-in-the-round affair than as a talent showcase, with an emphasis on raising voices together in common purpose. Many though not all of the artists are longtime collaborators, including Molly McGinn, Sam Frazier, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Logie Meachum, Scott Manring, Alex Bingham, Eddie Garcia and Alex McKinney. “Greensboro does have a deep and rich talent pool,” Dossett said. “That’s wonderful, but we also have a job. We need to just go ahead and embrace that notion for today and do it from here. Kelcey Ledbetter is from here; she has her own take on events. Eduardo Cisneros is a beautiful singer and guitar player. His mother is in sanctuary and is threatened with deportation. We don’t have to look far or think of issues or music as being of some place else. It’s all right here.”
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speaking to labor issues, social justice or issues like saving the water.” In the exhausting final weeks of the summer in Year 1 of Trump’s America, there is sadly no shortage of tribulation, and by the same token, no shortage of material for protest singers. Listen to “Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm,” an early 20th Century folk song covered by Odetta and Nanci Griffith that memorializes the deadliest natural disaster in American history — the 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galveston, Texas — and tell me if you don’t flash on the image of families wading through waist-deep water in Houston in 2017. Look at those old photos of Woody Guthrie, with “This machine kills fascists” scrawled on his guitar, and see if you don’t experience a thrilling jolt of vicarious revenge towards the madman who carried out the deadly car-ramming attack in Charlottesville. For that matter, listen to Guthrie’s 1948 protest song “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos),” with its refrain, “Who are all these friends all scattered like dry leaves?/ The radio say they are just ‘deportees’,” and try not to experience sorrow over the damage wrought by Trump’s order to rescind DACA. The point, Dossett told me, is that these songs are as current now as they were when they were written, and the songs being written by her contemporaries today are part of the same canon. “I think there’s sort of a misconception with Odetta and Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and the songs of the freedom riders that all that music with social commentary is a thing of the past, and it’s not,” Dossett said. “Most of those songs are just as true and just as relevant and today. Songs about civil rights from the early 1960s are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. We’re really trying to do two things. One is to honor the tradition of those older songs. The other is to shed light on
It’s hard to think about the National Folk Festival completing its threeyear run in by Jordan Green Greensboro and not be reminded of the Gate City’s rich history of social justice, from the antebellum Quaker abolitionists through the birth of the sit-in movement in 1960, even including the tragic turn of the 1979 Klan-Nazi massacre. That’s why the Songs of Hope & Justice concert is an essential component of the festival. While the festival proper highlights the best of regional folk music from across the country as a kind of celebratory national mosaic, it falls on the locals to carry the flame for music of conscience and protest. For the third year in a row, singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett hosts the Songs of Hope & Justice concert, an event sponsored by ArtsGreensboro, on the eve of the festival. (The 7.p.m. concert on Thursday in the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.) When Dossett was drafted to organize the inaugural Songs of Hope & Justice concert in 2015, less than three months had passed since the murder of nine African-American parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC by white supremacist Dylann Roof. Dossett knew that if she was going to curate a group of local voices, it had to be for something more meaningful than showcasing individual talents. “If I have to get my brothers and sisters together, I’m going to do it with purpose,” she recalled. “It’s to raise our voices together for social justice, for the environment. It’s to speak to current issues and celebrate — celebration in the sense of what folk music has always been about. Not every song is a protest song, but there’s always been a tradition of
Arguments at Tuesday night’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting about accessory dwellings — known in the common parlance as tiny houses or granny sheds — provide a near-perfect example of a growing city grappling with the evolving demands of a new century. Accessory dwellings are not a new thing. Cities across the country are filled with large homes carved into apartments, coach houses off the main estates and rooms for rent above garages. In most of these places, as Councilman Jeff Macintosh of the Northwest Ward noted, this sort of growth is lightly regulated, and even encouraged. But fear of absentee landlords, which MacIntosh said is not much of a problem in other North Carolina cities, and the specter of tiny-house Hoovervilles in private yards influenced council to throttle this progress instead of embrace it. Accessory dwellings bring easy solutions to many problems that growing cities face. They are infill projects that increase density and tax base. They enable homeowners to create a little income for themselves. They provide convenient and safe affordable housing at a time when cities like Winston-Salem need it most. And because the target market for such units includes a lot of elderly Americans, accessory dwellings address another pressing, contemporary need: What do we do about grandma? As Councilwoman DD Adams of the North Ward pointed out, not all Baby Boomers have pensions and 401(k)s. Council’s decision to impose a $1,000 application fee as the cost of entry for establishing an accessory dwelling seems needlessly cautious, elitist and tone-deaf to the people in the city who desire these living arrangements. Surely some regulation is needed — you shouldn’t be able to pop a shed from Lowe’s into your backyard and move your mother into it, and there must be a limit to how many humans can occupy a plot of city land. But the hearing phase of the process handles most of those issues, and existing laws concerning rental properties take care of the rest. For the most part, council seems interested in managing growth rather than engineering it, a wise path for a city on the rise. But it’s not always smart to err on the side of caution.
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Your curated 2017 guide to the National Folk Festival The Beat[box] Goes On: Rahzel, Nicole Paris and Ed Cage (New York City & St. Louis, Mo.) Saturday at the Wrangler Stage at 2:10 p.m. and at the Dance Pavilion at 5 p.m. Sunday at the McDonald’s Family Stage at 12:15 p.m., the LeBauer Park Stage at 1:45 p.m. and the Dance Pavilion at 3:30 p.m. Masterful beatboxing is shocking. Particularly for those who aren’t familiar with the art form and its wizards of noise, its engineers of sound, beatboxing is barely believable. While tongues, lips and breath make carnivals of intonation and calisthenics of the human mouth, a naive audience’s jaws can only drop. The art form took off as a part of the birth of hip hop in the 1970s, and the two evolved together, each bent to the new reaches of inventiveness and technology that continued to birth new sounds. Growing up in Queens, Rahzel — “the Godfather of Noyze” and a former member of the Roots — has been beatboxing for decades. But though he may be the most
Rahzel, formerly of the Roots, is among the performers.
accomplished beatboxer at the Folk Festival, the father and daughter joining him might just steal the show. If you’re thinking of skipping their Folk Festival performances, watch the Nicole Paris and Ed Cage beatbox battle at nationalfolkfestival.com. Their imitations don’t stop at the drum kit, or even the drumline. These beatboxers can imitate a disc jockey — a really good one — complete with scratches, loops and rewinds. They incorporate the robotic snatches of words, the jackhammer rumble of a double-pedal kick drum and the gunshot smacks of a snare, all while leaving space for silence. Their talent drops you on the dancefloor of a Berlin club, less a few thousand dollars of equipment. Among the synthesized, fierce, industrial sounds comes rapid gesticulation. Paris even incorporates words, including “Smash that,” a flash of power that rightly dismisses her delighted dad from their competition. —Joel Sronce
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Dom Flemons (Hillsboro, NC) Sunday at the NC Traditions Stage on at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
African-American singer-songwriter Dom Flemons has become an integral talent in the North Carolina folk scene. As a founding member of Grammy-winning folk group Carolina Chocolate Drops and now as a solo artist, Flemons blends traditional melodies and lyrics with an innovative twist to his songs. Moving between ragtime, gospel, blues and Appalachian traditional Flemons’ music has reanimated a lost tradition of Southern music, bringing it to stages across the country. “It’s the music I love,” Flemons told Triad
City Beat in spring of 2017. “I’ve studied it almost all my life, and I think the history of where it all came from is as important as the music itself.” Incorporating a wide array of instruments — from guitar, banjo and fiddle to spoons, harmonica and fife — Flemons focuses on the importance of African-American musicians in traditional music, undertaking numerous projects and sharing the stage with such acts as Jonny Grave, Paperhaus, the Hackensaw Boys and Letitia Van Sant. — Spencer KM Brown
Sun Ra Arkestra (Philadelphia, Pa.) Saturday at the Lawn Stage at 1:50 p.m. and at the Dance Pavilion at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at Citystage at 3:20 p.m. According to many scholars, cultural critics and other-worldly figures, Afrofuturism began with Sun Ra. As an intersection of black culture, imagination and freedom, Afrofuturism encompasses the aesthetics of sci-fi writer Octavia Butler, the psychedelic music of Jimi Hendrix, the alien avatars of OutKast and the alternative works of many other artists. But years before these contributions, Sun Ra first took flight. Born Herman “Sonny” Blount in Alabama, the jazz artist changed his name to Sun Ra — an homage to the Egyptian sun god — after joining the Chicago jazz scene in the 1940s.
Sun Ra is gone, but the Arkestra lives on.
The following decade, the Sun Ra Arkestra formed. Over the years, its many members have let soar Sun Ra’s avant-garde incorporations of fusion, swing, bebop and free jazz, while the ensemble’s elaborate garb has always coupled ancient-Egyptian robes with Space-Age ornamentation. After Ra’s death in 1993, the Arkestra’s leadership transferred to Marshall Allen, one of the group’s original members. Allen, now 93, leads the Arkestra today, bringing Ra’s cosmic style to new ears and new worlds. In October, the Arkestra takes the stage with Solange in Washington, DC — part of what the music star has dubbed “the lineup of my actual dreams.” In some far off place, many light years in space — where human feet have never trod, where human eyes have never seen — Sun Ra waits in a world of his own abstract dreams. —Joel Sronce
Innov Gnawa (Brooklyn, NY) performs all three days of the festival: Friday at the Dance Pavilion at 9 p.m., Saturday at LeBauer Park at 12:15 p.m., News & Record Backstage Beat at 7:15 p.m., Lawn Stage at 9 p.m., and Sunday on Wrangler Stage at 1 a.m. and Lawn Stage at 3:45 p.m. Led by Maâlem Hassan Ben Jaafer, the Brooklyn-based sextet Innov Gnawa carries the ancient tradition of Moroccan gnawa music to the stage. Founded in 2013, the group features a distinctive, throaty singing style, with hypnotic, ancient melodies played on the guembri, a three-stringed, long-necked lute. With acclaimed musician Jaafer as the band’s leader and frontman, the five backing vocalists complete the sound with thick-layered vocals, accompanied by a backing rhythm of distinctive iron castanets known as qraqeb, drums and traditional stringed instruments. Gnawa is a rich Moroccan collection of ancient African and Islamic religious songs and rhythms. The centuries-old heritage combines ritualistic poetry with traditional music and dancing. Innov’s music features the enchanting use of repetitive melodies and verses, blended with an inspiring and provocative performance featuring its members often clad in the centuries-old style of clothing, traditional of Morocco. The rhythms — performed mostly with castanets and hand-clapping — are the lifeblood of gnawa music, with rich layers of strings flowing jagged yet soothing above the beat. Hailed by critics, Innov Gnawa are an act not to be missed. — Spencer KM Brown
Alash (Republic of Tuva, Russian Federation) Saturday at Citystage at 2 p.m. and at the Lawn Stage at 8 p.m. Sunday at LeBauer Park Stage at noon and 1:45 p.m., News & Record’s Backstage Beat at 4:15 p.m.
bringing a thunderous and memorable performance to the stage. Having toured relentlessly across the United States, Dark Water Rising has garnered boughs of critical praise for two full-length albums and a third to be released later this year. — Spencer KM Brown
News Los Texmaniacs (San Antonio, Texas) Friday at the Wrangler Stage at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at the News & Record’s Backstage Beat at 1:15 p.m. and at the Dance Pavilion at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the Dance Pavilion at noon, the Lawn Stage at 2:30 p.m. and the Citystage at 4:30 p.m.
Conjunto Tejano embodies the border — the struggle, the culture and the blooming of creation along the trumped-up line where the United States and Mexico meet. It’s as old as its migrants and colonies. It’s Tex Mex without the exploitation, the commodification, the tortilla shells made of fried chicken.
Los Texmaniacs won a Grammy for best Tejano album.
For Los Texmaniacs, the mix of classic conjunto with rock and R&B doesn’t cheapen any culture or genre; rather its fusion reaches out to wider audiences while maintaining, and celebrating, the existing traditions. When Eastern-European immigrants began to migrate into the lands that now make up southern Texas, their button accordions — as well as polka and other genres of music — met the already vibrant Mexican musical traditions. From this immersion, conjunto emerged. Born in Albuquerque, NM, Los Texmaniacs founder Max Baca started learning the accordion at age 5. His ascension in the world of conjunto music led Baca to one of his idols, accordion legend Flaco Jiménez, who asked Baca to join him on the bajo sexto, a 12-string Mexican guitar. Baca continues to play bajo sexto in Los Texmaniacs, alongside fellow members who wield the accordion, electric bass and drums. In 2010, the group’s album Borders y Bailes won a Grammy Award for best Tejano album. This year, the band celebrates its 20th anniversary. —Joel Sronce
Xöömei is the coolest thing you’ve never heard, or even heard of. But they say that Tuvan throat-singing is one of the oldest vocal traditions on Earth, older even than human language. From Tuva, or the Tyva Republic — a Russian Federation state in southern Siberia near the geographical center of Asia — comes the ancient vocal art in which a single vocalist produces up to four different pitches at once. As the National Folk Festival description interprets, the music conjures up the world of Tuva’s nomadic herdsmen, including “the wind whistling across the steppes, the deep lowing of the yak, and the high trill of birdsong, syncopated by the rhythm of trotting horses.” While Alash — a three-member group that has been performing traditional Tuvan throat-singing for almost two decades — brings a brand new style of music to most ears at the festival, they’re already familiar with many of the musical traditions common in the United States. Though the group originally accompanied their vocals with only traditional Tuvan instruments, the members began to incorporate non-traditional and even distinctly Western instruments, such as the accordion, guitar and even the rhythmic accompaniment of beatboxers. Alash was featured on Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ 2009 album, Jingle All the Way, which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. They cite Jimi Hendrix as an influence. —Joel Sronce
Dark Water Rising claims roots with the Lumbee tribe.
Alash hails from Tuva.
Claiming roots with the Lumbee Indian Tribe in Robeson County, Dark Water Rising has grown in popularity and importance, earning three Native American Music Awards since forming nearly a decade ago. Featuring powerful lead vocals from Charly Lowry (a former “American Idol” finalist), influences of blues, gospel, rock and folk rush through the veins of the band’s music, blended with traditional Native-American drums and melodies. The group performs with powerfully inventive skill. As a means to explore and share their heritage and culture with fans, Dark Water Rising incorporates themes of their Native American heritage, bringing to light various struggles and hardships in their lyrics, giving it a new life through more modern modes of music. As active members of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes, Dark Water Rising’s music deals with themes of race, poverty and pride in heritage,
Dark Water Rising (Robeson County, NC) Saturday at the NC Traditions Stage at noon.
Dale Ann Bradley (Middlesboro, Ky.) performs all three days of the festival: Friday, on Lawn Stage at 7:15pm, Saturday at Lebauer Park Stage at 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., News & Record Backstage Beat at 3:15 p.m., City Stage at 5 p.m. and Sunday on City Stage at 2 p.m. and Lebauer Park Stage at 4:15 p.m. erty-stricken community where music became her life’s focus. Since receiving her first guitar at age 14, Bradley has since carried the bare-boned, nearly religious tradition of bluegrass and country music in its purest form to stages across the country. With the 2015 record Pocket Full of Keys, she earned her first Grammy nomination for best bluegrass record. Her jubilant and joyful music blends a myriad of stringed instruments from guitar and banjo to fiddles and mandolins, calling forth the thrilling tones of string
music. Above it all, Bradley’s angelically sweet and fluid vocals call to mind the stylings of singers like Rhonda Vincent and Allison Krauss, along with the powerful Southern emotionalism of the late Hazel Dickens. In the span of her career, Bradley has revitalized the role of female musicians in traditional music, delivering the heart-throbbing, bare-knuckled punch of lyrics tackling poverty, loss and love with a gentle, joyful voice. — Spencer KM Brown
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Remaining steadfast in tradition, Dale Ann Bradley has been named one of the greatest contemporary bluegrass musicians of her generation. Having earned five International Bluegrass Music Association awards for best female vocalist, Bradley performed widely across the South. With family roots reaching deep in Kentucky, Bradley grew up the daughter of a coal-mining Baptist minister in a household of heavy religious restrictions. The influence of traditional bluegrass music was a part of her childhood, growing up in a pov-
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CULTURE Where to find pork candy, red curry and a ‘beef waterfall’
by Eric Ginsburg
’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I have to be honest; the best food I’ve eaten recently came from a food truck, and a Thai-centric one run by two white dudes at that. It isn’t that this area lacks for excellent Thai and east Asian cooking from our more formal and common brickand-mortar establishments, generally run by immigrants. Thai Sawatdee in Winston-Salem and Rearn Thai in Greensboro are my favorites that I’ve tried, and numerous readers in High Point have written in about Thai Herb. But Matt Pleasants and Steven McPherson really know what they’re doing. Expats from kitchens at the Honey Pot — the Winston restaurant I miss most — and Mozelle’s respectively, the two are committed to cooking with fresh, local ingredients, and it shows. With flavors as bold and vibrant as the colors of their dishes, their food truck quickly catapulted to the forefront of conversation. The Bahtmobile — named for the Thai currency and, obviously, Batman — is stunningly good. It makes sense that a former chef from the Honey Pot, which often provided Asian-influenced takes on its menu, would excel at making a rotating lineup of east Asian dishes, several of which on the current menu are vegetarian. And food trucks provide a low-overhead way for chefs to hang out their own shingles, as incubators of creativity that seem to naturally encourage experimentation and variation rather than staid menus. I’m mindful of not elevating certain chef’s cooking just because it’s hip. It seems almost cliché to extol the deliciousness of food from well-trained white chefs cooking cuisine they likely didn’t grow up with, especially from a restaurant on four wheels that rotates between breweries, craft beer bars, vineyards and the like. I’m also cautious of not wanting to be perceived as a duped dummy who is falling for clever branding. But despite any reservations, it needs to be said that the food at Bahtmobile is incredibly satisfying. I ordered the blistered shishito peppers with togarashi mayo, soy glaze and sprinkled with furikake as a sort of appetizer because it came topped with pork candy.
The Thai red curry — served atop a piece of roti — is incredibly satisfying (left). The pork candy (right) that comes on top of blistered shishito peppers is more of a movelty item, but is still delicious.
I’m so glad I picked the curry dish, which comes mounted on Yeah, you read that right. a piece of roti flatbread. From a distance the entrée might be I’d only seen pork candy — a sort of fuzzy, cotton-candy-esmistaken for an overflowing taco, with the ingredients piled que topping — on a menu once before, at the revered Xiao atop a pliable base that doesn’t sit flat in its container. But it’s Bao Biscuit in Charleston. Of course I ordered it, playing with thicker and fried, and watching just one instructional video on the fluffy topping and marveling at its texture despite a lack how to make Thai roti on YouTube is enough to make you want of any strong pork taste. For now it’s a novelty around here, to book a trip to Thailand. making it worth ordering as an appetizer to share, but even though it tastes good, once more establishments pick up on The red curry dripping across the sweet potato and eggplant are really where this dish’s strength emanates from, but the the trend I expect it will quickly die. roti is a more satisfying counterpart and vehicle than somePleasants said his favorite item currently in rotation is the thing like rice. spicy beef salad with coconut, cucumber Based on these two dishes, I’m confiand chili that’s nicknamed “the beef wadent that the other six menu items are terfall,” but by late in the lunch hour on Follow the Bahtmobile (W-S) also deeply gratifying, especially since Tuesday at the Coffee Park Airstream on on Facebook or Instagram to Reynolda Road, the Bahtmobile had run one is Pleasants’ favorite and another is find out where it will be next. the truck’s best-selling option. It helps out. The lemongrass chicken rice bowl is that I saw a talented local chef walk up their most popular item, but since it’s a to the window with his daughter as I little more straightforward, I opted for pulled out of the lot, but plenty of other Winston-Salemites the northern Thai red curry dish with roti, shiitake mushroom, cabbage, sweet potato and eggplant. can’t shut up about the food truck. And based on the triumphant curry roti dish alone, I’d be ready to vouch for the I almost didn’t order it, honestly, put off by its somewhat culturally insensitive name “jungle curry” on the menu board. cooking prowess of the Bahtmobile’s crew. Good thing you don’t need to throw up the bat signal to find But the sesame noodles and chicken wings didn’t sound quite them. as compelling, and the shrimp toast struck me as more of a gamble, taste-wise.
by Matt Jones
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