The Holiday Flea at BAC
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) is excited to announce “The Holiday Flea at BAC” on Friday, December 4, from 3-9 p.m., Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, from noon to 5 p.m.
Renowned as the “ultimate vintage flea” and attended by more than 1,500 shoppers and dozens of vintage vendors from around the region, The Holiday Flea is a three-day event that will again be the go-to shopping experience of the season—with a wide array of vintage, retro, antique, and upcycled treasures—and tons of fun, with Wilmington’s finest food trucks feeding the crowds, a coffee shop in the courtyard, and the BAC cash bar serving liquid refreshments.
Admission to the flea is $5 at the door—good for all three days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about The Holiday Flea at BAC, please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Truck Schedule:
Friday: Funky Fresh Food Truck
Saturday: Catch the Food Truck, So Sweet Chocolates
Sunday: Soulful Twist Food Truck, So Sweet Chocolates
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Wilmington Weddings and Events
Wilmington Weddings and Events Presents:
Vendor Christmas Party at the Brooklyn Arts Center
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Come let your hair down and have some fun together! Let's all celebrate the end of the year and 2015 wedding season! Thanks to all of our awesome vendors for putting this evening together:
Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center
Planner: Design a Dream Events
Music: Port City Shakedown
Food: Art Catering and Events
DJ: Absolute Best DJ
Photo Booth: Absolute Best DJ
Furniture Rentals: Pomp
Lighting: Illuminating Events
Florals: Blossom Bay Botanicals
Cash bar provided.
Dawes + Hiss Golden Messenger LIVE at the BAC!
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Doors at 6:30 PM
GA Floor Tickets - $25
GA Balcony Tickets - $35
"And may all your favorite bands stay together," sings Taylor Goldsmith on the title track to Dawes' fourth album, All Your Favorite Bands, on their own HUB Records, harking back to a time when that very special rock group helped define who you were, expressing the joy and passion the foursome put into the release.
Your favorite band can identify you, express how you see yourself," explains Goldsmith, who co-wrote the song with Jonny Fritz and is the sole author of the album's other eight tracks. "They enable you to articulate your feelings through the way they play their instruments and the lyrics.
On All Your Favorite Bands, Dawes manage to transcend their well-documented Southern California influences to establish their own sound and themes, which range from the glass half full optimism of the first single, "Things Happen" and the minor-chord tension of "I Can't Think About It Now" (featuring background vocals from Gillian Welch and the McCrary Sisters) to the soulful gospel of "Waiting for Your Call," the rocking tongue-in-cheek lyrics of "Right On Time" and the epic, Dylan-esque set piece, "Now That It's Too Late, Maria."
Produced by David Rawlings (Dave Rawlings Machine, Gillian Welch, Robyn Hitchcock, Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson) at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Dawes recorded these new songs after they had already been road-tested in front of live audiences in intimate venues from Sonoma to Santa Barbara, with Rawlings in tow. The producer even played guitar solos on two of the tracks (including that jangling noir Epiphone acoustic on "Somewhere Along the Way"), with Richard Bennett on acoustic guitar and Paul Franklin on pedal steel, also contributing.
"We played and recorded the songs as a band, with very few overdubs," explains Taylor. "It was a real joy to work with Dave, who is such an incredible musician with a deep understanding of what goes into a song. We found ourselves immediately speaking a language we both understood."
Rawlings originally jammed with the band when they were Simon Dawes in their North Hills, CA, rehearsal space around seven years ago, then joined the group on one memorable occasion at the tiny Crepe Place in Santa Cruz for a raucous encore after one of his own shows down the street. Dave threw his hat in the ring to produce them, mutually agreeing on the goal of making their recordings sound more like they do live.
"I was always a big supporter of the way they went about things, and how hard they worked," said Rawlings. "I was also impressed with their growth as musicians."
The pairing of Dawes with Rawlings couldn't have been a more perfect match of band and producer.
"Playing these songs with them in a live setting in front of an audience before we ever set foot in the studio was a lot of fun," enthused Rawlings. "I was really pleased to see the new material not just holding its own with the older stuff, but in some cases sound even better and fresher." Fresh from his game-changing experience working on the New Basement Tapes with producer T Bone Burnett and bandmates Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor took the spontaneity and organic interaction of those sessions – along with a newfound self-confidence – into recording the new album.
"We didn't get super-precious about it," he said. "The rest of the band were able to react and respond in the moment, so even during the guitar solos, you can hear everyone else expressing themselves as well."
The first single, "Things Happen," is accompanied by a video that expresses Dawes' joie de vivre, a bittersweet tale of a Beatles busker (played by their actor friend Nate Michaux) who works Hollywood Blvd., where he meets fellow street performers Charlie Chaplin (Taylor), Elvis Presley (Gelber) and Marilyn Monroe (Strathairn in drag).
"In a literal way, I'm singing to a friend, but I'm also giving myself a pep talk," said Taylor. "Things might be bad, but the only thing you can do is shift your perspective to deal with it. Hoping it will go away by itself is a little unreasonable."
There are also glimpses of past relationships in "Somewhere Along the Way" and "Waiting for Your Call," while "I Can't Think About It Now" offers a disquieting view of how repressing your problems ends up making things worse, and "Right on Time" describes the serendipity that makes up a long-lasting romance, posing a dichotomy between the dramatic music and the blatantly over-the-top lyrics. The sprawling, nine-minute-plus "Now That It's Too Late Maria" was the first song the band recorded in the studio, and set the template for the album's loose-limbed, yet deliberate approach. "Griffin played a relaxed, mid-tempo beat and I just started singing it that way," recalls Taylor. "Dave just told us not to think about what we were doing, just do it, and that's what we did. It was a very special moment for us as a band. It really set the mood and made us confident and comfortable in our own skin, helped us embrace ourselves as a band. We realized nobody could do what the four of us do together."
Making the new album helped Dawes realize just how special – and unique – they were as a unit. It's a worthy addition – and a noticeable advance – on their three previous albums, 2009's debut North Hills, 2011's Nothing Is Wrong and 2013's Stories Don't End.
"They are a tremendously talented group of guys focused solely on the music as part of their lives," offered Rawlings. "I remember sitting in the control room with Taylor and Griff as they went through their iPods and pulled out pieces of songs, swapping ideas back and forth over a great breadth of different styles from all different eras. There's a good level of passion and friction, and there was a healthy give-and-take, of questioning things, then coming to an informed decision in the studio. I certainly learned a great deal working on this album."
Taylor suggested the energy of All Your Favorite Bands matches that of their very first album, though this time the spontaneity was part of a concerted plan rather than the necessity of budgetary limitations. "There is so much joy in these songs, they make me smile when I hear them," he concluded. "We woke up every day looking forward to the fact we would be playing together in the studio. That's all we ever care about doing." All Your Favorite Bands is the kind of album that could well make Dawes your favorite band.BUY TICKETS
12 Tastes of ChristmasCape Fear Literacy Council Presents:
Friday, December 11, 2015
Starts at 7:00 PM
"The talents of our local eateries and drinkeries unite once again for the 12 TASTES OF CHRISTMAS – a holiday tasting party to benefit adult literacy in the Cape Fear area.
This all-inclusive benefit will take place at the historic Brooklyn Arts Center and feature 12 food and drink pairings, music and more – all in the spirit of the season. Guests 21+ are invited to join CFLC for delicious delights from:
•Chops Deli •Costellos •Delish •Detour Deli •Duck & Dive •Flytrap Brewing •Folks Cafe •Goat & Compass •PinPoint Restaurant •Port City Java •Soulful Twist •The Blind Elephant •Twist and Stout Cakery •Wilmington Brewing Company and more...
TICKETS ARE $30 PER PERSON - GET THEM SOON AS THE EVENT ALWAYS SELLS OUT!"
L Shape Lot
Mark the Date!!! On December 19th, 2015 L Shape Lot is hosting their 4th Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, at the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center, along with special guest Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey.
Sat, December 19, 2015
Doors : 6:30pm / Show 7:30pm
Brooklyn Arts Center
Wilmington, NC 28405
Tickets - $10 at the door
Accepting all new and unwrapped toy donations. :)
Last year, with your help, over $10,000 worth of toys were collected, and we are hoping to exceed that this year. We ask you to mark your calendar, tell a friend, invite a friend, and come be a part of a magical evening while helping others.
Rebelution with New Kingston Live at the BAC!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Doors at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Friday, October 16 at 12:00 PM!
This is an all ages event!
“Too blessed to be stressed,” is one of many key song lyrics from Rebelution’s new album Count Me In. The California band’s fourth full-length release on its own label 87 Music, and partnering for the first time with Easy Star Records, marks its tenth year together. And while surely every band has its share of stress, Rebelution feels they have been “too blessed” to have much time to worry about it.
Said guitarist/singer Eric Rachmany about the band in its decade milestone, “we still have the same energy as we did as a young band, if not more. The more experience we had doing this, the more inspired we became.”
The songs on Count Me In show that as they combine ever-youthful energy with a mature perspective. For every hopeful “Count Me In,” there’s a worldly-wise “Counterfeit Love.” For every message of positivity, as in “More Love” (“You’re in a dream, wake up and now gear up/Come on”), there’s a look at the hard edge of history: “Invasion” recounts the plight of the oppressed as Eric sings, “No time for questions/Don’t ask for reasons/Washed of their faith/Thrown in the fire.” “Every song has a story,” the singer explains matter-of-factly. The acknowledgement of injustice that deepens some of Rebelution’s stories draws on the roots-reggae tradition that inspired the band in the first place. Indeed, their love for the inspirational roots of modern Jamaican music have culminated in a collaboration with Don Carlos himself, on the jam-anthem “Roots Reggae Music.”
Count Me In, released on June 10th, 2014, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #14 and marked the band’s third consecutive #1 Reggae album.
The seeds of Rebelution germinated in Santa Barbara’s college town of Isla Vista in 2004. A student named Marley D. Williams had recently switched from baseball to bass guitar when, walking to choir practice one night, he heard strains of roots-reggae coming through a door. The fellow reggae enthusiast turned out to be Rachmany, a devotee of roots-reggae and dancehall, and especially the music of Don Carlos and Black Uhuru.
The nucleus of a new and innovative “California Reggae” band got rock-solid when Marley heard percussionist and drummer Wesley Finley’s impressive solos on a big African drum in a World Music class. At the same time, the bassist had befriended a local band featuring keyboardist Rory Carey, who soon became another cornerstone of the budding Rebelution.
Fate? Good luck? Some combination of forces had stirred in Isla Vista to bring these boys together. Guerilla-style cover gigs led to bigger local shows, original songs, and a homemade five-song EP that surprised everyone by becoming a radio hit in Hawaii, quickly leading to a tour there. The eye-opening thrill of headlining a show in front of 600 fans, all singing along, told the young musicians that even though they were still college kids, they were onto something big there on the Big Island.
Back home, it was time to invest in recording a full album. After a few growing pains, Courage to Grow hit the airwaves, and of course the internet – it was the heyday of Myspace, and the band took full advantage. The album’s title expressed their fearless energy, and the same kind of organic underground surge that had created their early Hawaiian fan base propelled Courage to Grow to #4 on the Billboard Reggae chart and earned it the nod as iTunes’ Editors’ Choice for Best Reggae Album of 2007.
Bright Side of Life, released on their own 87 Music label in 2009, hit #1 on the iTunes Reggae chart, and was the third most downloaded album in the U.S. in all genres while reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart and #34 on Billboard’s top 200.
As if that weren’t enough, their third LP, Peace of Mind, released in 2012 with additional acoustic and dub versions of all twelve songs, marked an even higher chart debut: #13 on the Billboard Top 200, not to mention #1 on the Reggae chart and #1 on the Independent chart – and it was the #4 iTunes album overall.
All very different, but always musical brothers, these tireless pioneers of California Reggae now play 100-120 shows a year. Tours have taken them to South America, Guam, Aruba, New Zealand and Europe. They’ve performed at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits. They’ve headlined and sold out Red Rocks and the Santa Barbara Bowl, and done all this with no backing from any major label and very little media support.
Marley explains: “Our music is meant to move people physically and mentally at the same time. When people are really dancing and really thinking, that’s a double threat.” Among other things, he adds, it evokes “It’s a ‘one love’ spirit and we’re doing it in our own style, influenced by the diversity in California and the people we were surrounded by growing up.”
Still, at heart, the story of Rebelution is a pretty easy one to understand. As the band embarks on its second decade, Eric explains, “Rebelution is a great example of four friends who got together to play music for the fun of it, and still do that today. We just play music that we really enjoy.”
NEW KINGSTON - formed in 2006 in the basement of their Brooklyn home, when brothers Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) & Stephen (guitar) began covering music by the likes of Bob Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, The Whispers and many more. The three brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., called themselves New Kingston to appropriately reflect a combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. The musical styles of both places informed their sound and songwriting.
"We used to come home from school and we'd be marched right down to the music room by our dad," said Stephen.
They began performing in other basements and small backyard parties around town, all the while developing their skills and beginning to write their own original music. Talent rises to the top, and soon enough New Kingston started a heavy touring cycle supporting reggae stars such as Rebelution, The Green, SOJA, Matisyahu, Beres Hammond and Collie Buddz, while also securing spots on notable festivals such as the California Roots Festival, Reggae On The River, Summer Jam (Germany), and Uppsala Reggae Festival (Sweden), to name a few. For a while, they joined Collie Buddz to tour as his backing band, which exposed them to international audiences, while continuing their education on what it takes to make a great live show. It also helped them realize they had tons of their own original material and they quickly moved from that role to being a headliner on their own.
The band's background and upbringing are reflected in their approach to the industry, as well: they are truly a U.S. reggae band, part of the movement that has revitalized and evolved the genre domestically, with a focus on digital marketing, heavy national touring, and never sticking to a stale formula for what reggae should sound like. As second generation Jamaican-Americans, they are able to just as easily hold their own with the traditional reggae scene.
New Kingston self-released two full-length albums: In The Streets (2010) and Kingston University (2013). The band recently announced the signing to New York-based reggae label Easy Star Records and will release their third studio album Kingston City on January 27, 2015. The record features collaborations with Tribal Seeds, Kimie Miner, France's Dub Inc., Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great father of dancehall, Sugar Minott. If that guest list doesn't give you a snapshot of the combination of the old world and new horizons that New Kingston is all about, nothing will.BUY TICKETS
98.3 The Penguin FM & HUKA Entertainment Present
Ani DiFranco with Hamell on Trial LIVE at the BAC!
Friday, January 22, 2016
Doors at 7:00 PM
Tickets on sale Friday, November 13 at 10AM!
This is an all ages event!
Ani DiFranco is a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist perpetually on the move. From the raw "folk punk" of her early albums through the jazz/funk grooves she created during her years touring with a five-piece band to the twists and turns of her current work as a solo artist, Ani's restless creativity continually leads her and her listeners into ever more exciting territory.
Hamell on Trial
The musical alias of New York-based anti-folk hero Ed Hamell, Hamell on Trial is a one-man punk band that plays loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy and intelligence. His caustic tongue and devil-may-care attitude has long been a favorite of anti-establishment musical icons Henry Rollins and Ani DiFranco and the critical elite and incited Rolling Stone to call him "bald, bold and superbad", describing his signature sound as "attack-dog protest folk and ferocious staccato strumming (think Husker Du on Folkways Records)."
He has been described as "Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson and Joe Strummer all rolled into one" by Philadelphia Weekly and a "one-man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply offensive" by the Village Voice.
His ninth album, The Happiest Man In The World, has just been released on the prestigious New West Records. The album sees Hamell still as uncompromising, fearless, insightful, absurd, hysterical and as poignant as he was when he descended upon the music world with his debut 25 years ago. The LP is chock full of Hamell's biting wit, rapid fire strumming, motor mouth rants, spoken word interludes, genre hopping and comedic one-liners and features collaborations with Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches and longtime friend and mentor Ani DiFranco.
Hamell spent several months on the road last year supporting The Uncluded, the project of Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock and will be touring extensively in the U.S. and Europe in support of the album and performed at this year's SXSW. In July he comes to the UK for a tour and in August will be world premiering his one man show The Happiest Man in the World at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he previously won the coveted Herald Angel award. Armed with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can't stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Sam Kinison. Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveller's soul. There's no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the freethinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer-songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth.BUY TICKETS
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) and Jonkheer Jewelry and Art Studio are thrilled to announce “Precious Metal: The Region's Best Handcrafted Jewelry Show” on Sunday, January 31, from 12-6 p.m.
With Mitzy Jonkheer, a local, regionally respected metalsmith, we are creating and presenting what we fully intend to be the coolest handmade jewelry show in the Southeast. BAC shows are renowned for being outstanding, full-scale, community events, with food trucks, coffee shop, and the BAC cash bar. Attendance at our events, locally and regionally, is outstanding.
Admission to the event is $5 at the door—good for all day and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Precious Metal, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica Pham at email@example.com.
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Anders Osborne with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers Live at the BAC!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Doors at 6 PM, Show starts at 7PM
Tickets on sale Friday, November 6 at 10:00 AM!
This is an all ages event!
Fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar. --USA TODAY Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail. He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes. Osborne seeks an epic quality to much of his music, crafting layer upon layer of hugely scaled soundscapes.…never lazily derivative…every slashing guitar figure, every cry of a lyric, seems to come from an authentic place. --New Orleans Times-Picayune Fiery anthems and tumultuous confessional songs punctuated with raw, inspired guitar.
--USA TODAY Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail. He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes. Osborne seeks an epic quality to much of his music, crafting layer upon layer of hugely scaled soundscapes.…never lazily derivative…every slashing guitar figure, every cry of a lyric, seems to come from an authentic place.
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans' Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him "the poet laureate of Louisiana's fertile roots music scene." New Orleans' Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year.
OffBeat named him the Crescent City's Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.
Since the release of his 2010 Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, his 2012 follow-up, Black Eye Galaxy, and his critically acclaimed 2013 EP, Three Free Amigos, Osborne has earned hordes of new fans. He has toured virtually non-stop, either with his road-tested trio, as a solo artist, or as a guest with his countless musical admirers, including Toots and The Maytals, Stanton Moore, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. He's appeared on Galactic's Ya-Ka-May album, and in 2011 produced and played on critically acclaimed albums by Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone and Mike Zito.
Now Osborne delivers the next chapter of his spiritual odyssey, Peace. With the new CD, Osborne continues the journey started by American Patchwork and Black Eye Galaxy, emerging from a whirlwind of emotional chaos and moving toward a sense of inner peace. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Louisiana and produced by Osborne and Warren Riker, Peace looks at the title subject from all angles. Drawing strength and inspiration from his family and friends, Osborne created the most observational record of his career. According to Osborne, "Peace is light from darkness. The songs are written from the outside looking in. They are not making any judgments. I'm just stating facts. I'm writing from a brighter perspective. There's less dusk and dark, and much more sunlight. The results are greater than I expected. The driving tones and sounds are free and natural. This is one of the coolest records I've ever made."
Since his recording debut in 1989, Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo's Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders' song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne's compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO's New Orleans-based drama, Treme.
Amy Helm's deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.
The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.
A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.
Her lengthy resume is highlighted by many years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived, launched and perfected the Midnight Rambles, intimate performances held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, N.Y. The musical chemistry, affectionate humor and family pride that Amy shared on stage with her father helped shape the Midnight Ramble as it evolved into a musical event that still attracts fans and musicians from around the world. She co-produced Levon Helm's 2007 CD Dirt Farmer, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, and she is prominently featured on the Levon Helm Band's Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman Grammy-winning albums.
Helm continues to perform with the Levon Helm and Dirt Farmer Bands, both of which carry on the eclectic roots music tradition of the Midnight Rambles. She is poised to release her first solo album in the spring.
Art for All 6
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) is excited to announce “Art for All 6” on Saturday, February 20, from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 21, from noon to 6 p.m.
Renowned as "downtown's cutting-edge art show" and attended by more than 1,000 shoppers and dozens of artists from around the region, Art for All 6 is a two-day event that will again be the go-to cultural experience of the month. With a wide array of paintings, illustrations, sculptures, and more, Art for All 6 is always an exceptional community event for art lovers and artists alike. Wilmington’s finest food trucks, a full coffee shop in the courtyard tent, and the BAC cash bar will supply sustenance to one and all.
Admission to Art for All 6 is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Art for All 6, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Truck Schedule:
Saturday: Catch the Food Truck
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Made in NC 2016
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) is excited to announce “Made in NC” on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, from noon to 6 p.m.
Renowned as "downtown's handmade marketplace" and attended by more than 1,000 shoppers and dozens of artisans from around the region, Made in NC is a two-day show that will again be the go-to event of the month for handcrafted creations. With a wide array of art, jewelry, household items, pottery, and more, Made in NC is always an exceptional cultural community event for craft lovers and craftsmen alike. Wilmington’s finest food trucks, a full coffee shop in the courtyard tent, and the BAC cash bar will supply sustenance to one and all.
Admission to Made in NC is $5 at the door—good for both days—and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in our North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Made in NC, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica Pham at email@example.com.
Food Truck Schedule:
Saturday: Catch the Food Truck
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Shovels & Rope
An Evening with Shovels & Rope!
Friday, March 18, 2016
Doors open at 7 PM
It’s not all that unusual for musicians to talk the talk about taking a less-is-more approach to their work – but it’s rare indeed for artists to really walk the walk, and apply that philosophy across the board. Over the better part of a decade, Shovels & Rope have done just that, cutting unnecessary frills from their songs, not to mention the very way they live their musical lives.
Mississippi-born, Nashville-bred Cary Ann Hearst and Texas-born, Colorado-raised Michael Trent forged singular paths as solo artists before connecting – both musically and personally – in Charleston, South Carolina. While they’d both had burgeoning solo careers (Cary Ann earned kudos for her 2006 album Dust and Bones, Michael with his band, The Films, as well as his own solo outings), they quickly found that both their voices – which entwine with eerie beauty in their haunting harmonies – and philosophies matched up perfectly, and a beautiful partnership was born.
“Consciously or not, we’ve always insulated ourselves from outside influences,” says Cary Ann. “The key, for us, is to be authentic to ourselves – and, sometimes to a fault, we’ve managed to do that. I don’t think we’d be able to keep doing this if we backed off from what we were doing when we started.”
There’s no backing off or backing down on Swimmin’ Time, the duo’s much-anticipated sophomore set as Shovels & Rope, an album that brims with the confidence, energy and sinew of a band that’s accustomed to treating their career as a marathon, rather than a sprint. The album, recorded at the studio Trent constructed in the couple’s home, finds them cutting a new path through the sonic thickets they navigated so nimbly on their breakthrough bow, O’ Be Joyful – a disc that won rave reviews from outlets like Mojo (which called it “thrilling”) and Filter, which said “[they] were solid singersongwriters on their own, but this is truly a thing of magic.”
On Swimmin’ Time – a title that nods to the aquatic theme running through the disc’s songs -- Hearst and Trent bob and weave through a combination of witty, playful tales (like “Fish Assassin”) and brooding murder ballads (like the horn-tinged New Orleans shuffle “Ohio”) with a rare combination of intimacy and swagger. They know when to grab the listener by the shoulders and shake (as on the fiercely roiling opener “The Devil Is All Around”) and when to put a caring arm around those same shoulders in order to spin a gentler yarn (like “After the Storm,” a tale of surviving rough waters, both literally and spiritually).
“We weren’t trying to make a particular kind of record, but we knew early on that there would be some evolution,” says Trent, who also produced Swimmin’ Time. “There are all kinds of dark undertones, but there are other colors, too. Every song kind of played off, and built on, the ones that came before, so they fit together really well.”
That seamless construction helps Swimmin’ Time slide past the ears and into the memory banks with remarkable ease, each of its songs leaving a bit of an indelible mark, from the sonically brooding “Stono River Blues” (which could easily pass for a lost Grimm’s Fairy Tale) to the chiming “Save the World,” a sort of semaphore flag signaling hope on the horizon, to the woozy, closing-time waltz of "Coping Mechanism."
“Our working model has always been to use what we have lying around,” says Cary Ann. “It’s just that this time, we happened to have an organ lying around, we had a piano lying around…we definitely had more resources at hand, but we didn’t want to seem ostentatious or anything. Besides which, we still have to recreate the songs live, so there’s a limit - even though Michael can play five things at once, like a wind-up toy.”
Those live shows have played a huge part in building Shovels & Rope’s reputation among audiences and their peers – the latter of whom voted the duo in for two 2013 Americana Music Awards, Emerging Artist of the Year as well as Song of the Year (for the vivid, semi-autobiographical “Birmingham”). Over the past two years, Cary Ann and Michael kept their sleeves rolled up and their voices raised, an M.O. that helped them eventually sell more than 60,000 albums the old fashioned way – reaching one listener at a time, and making each one feel like part of the Shovels & Rope family.
As a result, they were able to trade their well-loved and road-weary van for an R.V. and segue from tiny, sweat-soaked dives to larger halls, not to mention eye-opening performances at events like the Newport Folk Festival, Coachella and Lollapalooza. They may have had camera crews following them – for the intimate, revelatory documentary The Ballad of Shovels & Rope, which has been making the film festival circuit this past year – but they didn’t cut back on what Cary Ann calls “windshield time,” and certainly didn’t let their egos grow in tandem.
“Word of mouth has been a huge part of our story,” says Michael. “We just toured and toured, opening up for bigger bands and playing anywhere we could. Sometimes we felt more like t-shirt selling long-distance truckers. It wasn’t like we had a huge song that came out of nowhere and was suddenly on the radio all the time. I’d be terrified if that was the case.”
While they didn’t start showing up in the tabloids as a result, “Birmingham” (the numberone song on American Songwriter’s year-end list) and the rest of O’ Be Joyful did put Shovels & Rope on the larger stage in many ways – from an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman to an acclaimed set on Austin City Limits. But as they continue to prove, night after night on tour, they aren’t about to put their blue collars into mothballs. Cary Ann jokingly says, “We keep getting more famous, but we aren’t getting any better,” before turning serious.
“This is something we’ve both always dreamed of doing,” she says. “We enjoy each other’s music and we enjoy each other’s company. We thrive on doing exactly what we’re doing, and we’re making people happy with it. What could be better than that?”
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) and Quilters By The Sea Guild are thrilled to announce "Piecework: Quilting and Fiber Arts Show" on Saturday, April 2, from 12-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, from 12-6 p.m.
With Quilters By The Sea Guild, Wilmington's superb quilting guild, we are creating and presenting what we fully intend to be the coolest quilting and fiber arts show in the Southeast. This is not your grandmother's quilt show! BAC shows are renowned for being exceptional, full-scale, community events, with food trucks, coffee shop, and the BAC cash bar. Attendance at our events, locally and regionally, is outstanding.
Admission to the event is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Piecework, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica Pham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) and SALT Studio Photography are thrilled to announce "Southern Exposure: A Photographic Arts Show" on Sunday, May 15, from 12-6 p.m.
The BAC has partnered with SALT Studio Photography and Kelly Starbuck to create and present what we fully intend to be the coolest photographic arts show in the Southeast. SALT Studio Photography, Wilmington’s unique “on-location” photography studio, offers a wide range of photo services from commercial photography to portraiture and curatorial services for photo events. SALT Studio Photography and Kelly Starbuck, made their mark in the Wilmington art community by curating fine art photography shows at The Gallery at SALT Studio which featured national and local photographers at the Fourth Friday Gallery night openings from 2013 through the summer of 2015.
BAC shows are renowned for being exceptional, full-scale, community events, with food trucks, coffee shop, and the BAC cash bar. Attendance at our events, locally and regionally, is outstanding.
Admission to the event is $5 at the door—and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in our North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Southern Exposure, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica Pham at email@example.com.
Food Truck: Catch the Food Truck
Concerts & Events
Brooklyn Arts Center is the most stunning and spectacular small-market, multi-use event venue in the region. We host weddings, concerts, fundraisers, art shows, upscale vintage flea markets, and other community-driven events.
There is abundant free parking in our neighborhood on North 4th Street or you can park in Historic Downtown Wilmington, two minutes away, and take the free trolley, which stops on North 4th Street in front of the church.
BAC is available to outside promoters. We offer state-of-the-art house sound and lighting systems and the finest event support service in the Southeast. If you'd like to bring an event to the Brooklyn Arts Center, contact Executive Director Richard Leder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless otherwise stated, BAC is a standing-room-only venue. For some concerts, there is limited, first-come/first-served seating on the balcony, with the purchase of a balcony ticket.
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