VIDEO: Hiroshi Arakawa, a young Japanese musician who came to Raleigh to learn English and bluegrass, plays in public for the first time during Beer & Banjos at The Raleigh Times Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, as Arakawa continues his recovery from a devastating Thanksgiving night car crash that killed his girlfriend and hospitalized him for 72 days.
Rapper Kanye West made an appearance in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 13, 2016. He did not talk to reporters before hopping on the elevator, but when he came back into the lobby, President-elect Donald Trump was with him. The musician, who was recently hospitalized, has shown support for Donald Trump at multiple concerts after the election.
President Barack Obama hosted his final Kennedy Center Honors gala in the East Room of the White House on Sunday. Actor Al Pacino, rock band The Eagles, pianist Martha Argerich, gospel singer Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter James Taylor all received the honors on Sunday.
Cincinnati resident Alicia Cintron, Sacramentan Laura Ting and Truckee resident Matt Rueling describe their disappointment the morning after Kanye West left fans high and dry at a pricey Golden 1 Center performance. West played three songs Saturday, ranted for awhile about everything from Facebook to the radio and abruptly ended his show.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant joins fans during Sunday's Kanye West concert performance in the general admission floor section at Oracle Arena in Oakland. It was a classic "mosh pit" and Durant, accompanied by security, thrust himself into the mix. Kanye will be in Sacramento for a Golden 1 Center performance on Nov. 19, and in Fresno to play the Save Mart Center Nov. 22.
Rhiannon Giddens plays "Pretty Little Girl" with Giri and Uma Peters, two kids of Indian descent from Nashville who were one of the hits of last week's World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh. After reading that Carolina Chocolate Drops had inspired Uma to take up banjo, Giddens arranged a meeting at their home in Nashville and stayed about two hours, teaching them songs, history and musical techniques.