On the Beat Blog
Posted by David Menconi on December 6, 2013
Nikki Glaspie, who was part of Southeast Raleigh High School’s first start-to-finish graduating class in 2001, is a drummer whose credits include five years in Beyonce’s band. Being a female drummer is not quite as much of a rarity as it used to be, but it’s still unusual for a woman in the music industry. Glaspie has encountered her fair share of sexism going back to church choir rehearsals with her mom, but it tends to be short-lived.
“I’d say I was the drummer and people would look at me and go, ‘Really?,’” Glaspie recalls. “But then I’d sit down and play and it was, ‘I guess she is the drummer.’ After almost every show, a lot of females come up to thank me for what I’m doing, playing in a male-dominated world. I’m here doing it because it’s what I love, not to prove a point. But that’s what happens in the process.”
For more, including details on Glaspie’s upcoming Raleigh performance with her band Nth Power, see the preview in Friday’s paper.
Posted by David Menconi and Colin Campbell on December 5, 2013
With television news cameras in place and an unusual amount of fanfare - the sort generally reserved for the likes of U2 and former Beatles - Mayor Nancy McFarlane held a news conference Thursday morning to announce that PNC Arena would play host to a 2014 concert by Billy Joel in February.
Posted by David Menconi on December 3, 2013
Kinston outsider-art rapper Wild Man Chris (Christopher Clayborne) has an entry in Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest, and a documentary film in the works.
Posted by David Menconi on December 2, 2013
A dozen recommendations for the music afficionado on your list (and half of them are from North Carolina).
Posted by David Menconi on November 23, 2013
The late great Link Wray grew up in Dunn, and he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for many reasons.
Posted by David Menconi on November 18, 2013
Kat Robichaud of Raleigh is in the top-10 of NBC’s “The Voice” and hopes to stay there.