Let’s Put on a Show: Hurrah Players Brings the Heaven of Detroit to NFK

Written by Penny Neef on .

You know that time-honored movie trope where all the spunky young kids (or furry Muppets) get together to save the theater, their city or the world? The amateurs put a show together just in the nick of time that is joyous, professional and displays soaring talent on the stage that the audience just didn’t expect.

The Karaoke Cult of Ghent: Singing Loud & Proud at Belmont

Written by Brittany Shearer on .

For many, karaoke conjures images of drunk people enthusiastically singing along to dated ballads with little regard for key or pitch.

As a karaoke regular at the Belmont House of Smoke, my pleas for karaoke night have been met more often with cringes than shared excitement from my musically-averse friends.

Midnight North: Scarlet Skies

Written by David Paul Kleinman on .

Ever wonder what the Grateful Dead would have sounded like fronted by Phil Lesh? Or what the Dead would have sounded like with Bonnie Raitt or Melissa Etheridge or Emmylou Harris sharing lead vocal duties?

Dancing in the Streets: The Magic and Music of Motown

Written by Penny Neef on .

I am from the Motor City. I may have mentioned it once or twice. The music of Motown is the soundtrack of my teens. I danced in the streets, in my girlfriend’s rec room and at junior high sock hops with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. We tried to copy the tight choreography and pretend we were as cool as the Vandellas or as chic as the Supremes.

The Panyard on Church Street

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Crispus Attucks Cultural Center in Norfolk is Mosaic Steel Orchestra’s home. It’s where they practice. It’s where their steel drums are kept when they’re not being played. It’s where their board meets. It’s where Mosaic’s heart is.

The Love You Make: A Review of Paul McCartney at Firefly

Written by Jesse Scaccia on .

Back in junior high and high school The White Album was the Bible to my friend Mike Fish and I. It taught you everything you needed to know about life. It taught us how to make it in a marriage (sing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da), how to make it through a fight with someone you care about (see the love there that's sleeping), how to be a good son (sing a song of love), how to fuck (do it in the road), how to fight for love (burst in stinking of gin), how to deal with the blues (remember you're of the universe), and even how to have a revolution (free your mind instead).

Phish: Amsterdam

Written by David Paul Kleinman on .

Towards the end of the first disc of Phish’s new box set, Amsterdam, the band plays their best version of “Billy Breathes,” a tender ballad about Trey Anastasio’s daughter.

Unlocking the Enigma of Glass Animals

Written by Tyler Warnalis on .

This Friday June 12th, the Oxford UK band Glass Animals comes to town to play the Norva. Steeped in sonic references to soul, R&B, hip hop, and psychedelia, the band mystifies me, and I want to know more about their approach, their angle, and what to expect when they grace us with their presence amidst an extensive tour taking them to clubs across North America and Europe, as well as almost all of the biggest summer festivals spanning those continents.