Dance from Above celebrates 10th party tonight at The Crown

By Rebecca Harrelson

Dance From Above (DFA) will be celebrating its 10th dance party tonight in The Crown at The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro.  DFA is known for its nonjudgmental, clean safe dance parties. Jack Bonney, one of the DFA founding members, spoke about the movement forward after the first event in June 2014.

“We took a break for December-February and then brought it back with a real marketing campaign in March with Free the Robots as the headliner,” said Bonney.  “We created a website linked in to all the social media outlets and developed a logo.  John Carey, one of our resident DJ's now (Fiftyfootshadows), has a strong graphic design background and developed all of the marketing.”

With each event growing bigger and better, some really great dance parties are taking place.
“We have July and August booked already and are planning a possible outdoor event in September.” said Bonney.  “We are still working on this and details are still being finalized, but that one could be special.”

Tonight’s show will consist of Marley Carroll, the very first DJ Dance From Above booked, and new to the DFA stage Body Games.

Excited about coming back for a repeat performance Carroll said, “It didn't take much convincing to keep me involved with DFA after that first experience. The hospitality, crowd response, setting, and visual engagement were all on-point. It was clear to me from the jump that this was a very special group of people trying in earnest to create something really cool, and succeeding.”

Body Games consists of three members, Kate, Dax and Adam. Dax and Adam are both from Greensboro, and Kate is from Raleigh.

“It’ll be exciting to perform in the city where two of us met. On top of that, DFA is such an awesome event as it is and we’ve been talking about playing it for months now.”

DFA is creating a whole new original scene in the market and has re-invigorated the Greensboro electronic/dance music scene by bringing in forward-thinking regional and national acts and curating them in a format that is unlike anything else happening in the area.

“It really does feel global in its scope and ambition,” said the members of Body Games. “Developing a community and family around this kind of scene only helps to benefit and lift up all artists in the area, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

Dance from Above is held monthly in The Crown at the Carolina Theater, 310 S. Greene St., in Greensboro. The event starts at 9pm with a $10 admission fee.

The National Folk Festival Adds More Performers to Its 75th-Anniversary Lineup

Eleven more outstanding performers—including Greensboro native Rhiannon Giddens—add to the array of cultural traditions that will be showcased on seven outdoor stages during the National Folk Festival, coming to downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015

Greensboro, N.C., June 24, 2015  — The National Folk Festival today announced that it has added another group of traditional artists to the 2015 schedule. For its 75th anniversary, the Festival will feature 300 artists on seven stages in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The three-day Festival is FREE to the public. 

“The richness and variety of American culture never ceases to amaze. The National Folk Festival brings together all of these astonishing artists—who represent so many different facets of our nation’s cultural landscape—in one place. Each one of them is a national treasure. And there’s more to come. It’s going to be a very special 75th anniversary year,” said Julia Olin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), which is co-producing the Festival with ArtsGreensboro.

More than 40 people of different backgrounds—and with a deep knowledge of traditional music and art forms—came together from across North Carolina to serve as the local Festival Programming Advisory Committee. “The local Programming Advisory Committee gave us great insights into the Triad and North Carolina cultural communities,” Olin continued. “Their thoughtful input was an invaluable addition to the Festival programming process.”

Tom Philion, President and CEO of ArtsGreensboro, said, “This second group of performers further highlights how diverse and exciting the Festival’s programming will be. We’re thrilled that these artists, who are the true keepers of their unique musical, artistic, and cultural traditions, will be celebrating the National Folk Festival’s 75th anniversary in Greensboro—the Festival’s first time ever in North Carolina.”

“The Festival is free to the public, thanks to the support of sponsors, foundations, the City of Greensboro, and so many others who are helping to make this one of the largest events of its kind in North Carolina,” Philion added.

Approximately 300 artists—musicians, dancers, puppeteers, storytellers, potters, and craftspeople—will appear during the 75th National Folk Festival, with at least 30 different groups performing on seven outdoor stages throughout downtown Greensboro.

Newly announced artists include:

·      AurelioGarifuna: Aurelio Martinez is a musical ambassador and champion of the Garifuna, a culturally threatened African Amerindian ethnic minority living primarily along the Caribbean coasts of Belize and Honduras, but also Guatemala and Nicaragua. He grew up immersed in Garifuna rhythms, rituals, and songs. With his powerfully evocative vocals and his talent as a composer, guitarist, and percussionist, Aurelio is a central figure in the perpetuation and innovation of this unique musical tradition.

·      Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstarsklezmer: Led by trumpeter Frank London, the Klezmer Brass Allstars include members of the world’s leading klezmer bands. Combining their knowledge, talents, and decades of research into the traditional roots of klezmer, the Allstars set out to capture the sound and ethos of the raucous, earthy old-country klezmorim of the 19th century. Frank and the Allstars deliver performances described by one critic as “a frenzied eruption of klezmer … like a street party to which everyone’s invited, it quickly gets hot, sweaty, and dizzyingly intense.”

·      Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka & the San Francisco Taiko DokoJapanese taiko drumming: Seiichi Tanaka is a Grand Master of the ancient Japanese form of ritual drumming known as taiko that combines percussive sound with physically demanding choreographic movement. Originating 1,400 to 2,000 years ago, taiko drums were probably first used as a military device, then later incorporated into agricultural rituals. After World War II, taiko drumming evolved into a more complex musical form, employing a variety of different-sized drums in dramatic ritual performance. Seiichi Tanaka, the only Grand Master in the United States, is a central figure in the evolution of modern taiko, as well as the establishment and development of the taiko movement in North America.

·      Henry Butler & Jambalaya ­– New Orleans piano professor: Henry Butler is the Crescent City’s reigning keyboard king. Versatile and gifted, this brilliant pianist’s mastery of jazz, funk, Caribbean, classical, R&B, blues, and stride piano styles is unrivaled. His music is an amalgam of influences, as exciting and eclectic as his birthplace. Critics rave about this virtuoso pianist who mixes soul with brains. As Dr. John says, Henry is “the pride of New Orleans and a visionistical down-home cat and hellified piano plunker to boot."

·      Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers bluegrass: Joe Mullins has built a life on “banjo picking and broadcasting”; that’s why the bluegrass band he leads is called the Radio Ramblers. Carrying the family torch lit by his highly respected father, Paul “Moon” Mullins, Joe is a driving force in the world of bluegrass. Over the past three decades, he has devoted his life both to bluegrass performance and to disseminating great bluegrass, gospel, and country music over the radio. A masterful Scruggs-style banjo picker and gifted singer known for his soaring high tenor, he leads a top-notch band that can do it all, delivering impeccable instrumentals and superb harmony singing with equal ease.

·      Lloyd Arneach Cherokee storyteller: “There is a great power and wisdom in the old stories,” says master storyteller Lloyd Arneach. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Arneach learned the old stories told by two of his uncles while he was growing up. It wasn’t until later, after a career of teaching about his traditional culture, as well as a stint working for AT&T, that he took up storytelling full time. Lloyd’s humorous, informative, and moving stories will engage festival audiences of all ages.

·      Maggie Ingram & the Ingramettes  – gospel: For more than five decades, Maggie Ingram & the Ingramettes, one of Virginia’s premier gospel ensembles, has brought its music and ministry to congregations in the Tidewater and Piedmont. It’s always been a family affair for Evangelist Ingram—three generations are now represented in the group, including daughter Reverend Almeta Ingram-Miller, and granddaughter Cheryl Maroney-Beaver. Their commanding, spirit-filled performances demonstrate the extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel.

·      Pine Leaf BoysCajun: The Pine Leaf Boys are at the forefront of several young Cajun bands that have breathed new life into the music, bringing a high-energy sound to dance halls in French Louisiana. Playing “with an unabashed rock ’n’ roll energy conducive to the elbow-flying, hip-swiveling spirit on the dance floor” (Geoffrey Himes, New York Times), the group has updated the fiddle-and-accordion-driven sounds of Cajun music for a new generation, while maintaining their Cajun musical legacy. While the band has a passion for reviving and revitalizing forgotten Cajun classics, digging for songs “buried under a rock for decades,” the Pine Leaf Boys also remind listeners that Cajun music is not frozen in time.

·      Rahim AlHajIraqi oud: A 5,000-year-old musical tradition from the heart of Mesopotamia is alive and well in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That’s where renowned Iraqi oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj—who, in 1991, made a harrowing escape from Baghdad and Saddam Hussein following the Persian Gulf War—lives. Sharing his thoughtful and expressive compositions and masterful improvisations with audiences across America and the globe, AlHaj is a cultural ambassador for the deep musical heritage of his homeland. His music evokes the experience of exile and of new beginnings in his adopted country.

·      Rhiannon GiddensAfrican American string band, gospel, and balladry: To the delight of her many friends and fans, singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens will be returning to her hometown of Greensboro to celebrate the 75th National Folk Festival. An untiring explorer of—and advocate for—traditional music, Giddens is best known as the frontwoman of African American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig earned the group a Grammy® for Best Traditional Folk Album.

·      Thomas Maupin, Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek with Kory PoseyAppalachian buck dance and old-time music: Seventy-seven-year-old Thomas Maupin is the most renowned Tennessee buck dancer of his generation. He grew up on a farm in Eagleville, Tennessee, with nine brothers and sisters. All of them were self-taught buck dancers. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Maupin began to enter dance competitions; since then, he has won 60 titles, including the National Old-time Buck Dancing Championship six times. Maupin is a recipient of a 2011 Tennessee Folklife Heritage Award, and is the subject of the documentary Let Your Feet Do the Talkin’.

These artists join the first group of artists announced in May:

·      Dale Watsonhonky-tonk & country: A true son of the Texas musical outlaw tradition, Watson is king of uncompromising deep country.
·      Marquise Knoxblues: Channeling the power of old-school masters, this prodigiously talented 24-year-old is the future of the blues.
·      Los Tres Reyestrío romántico: The gorgeous harmonies and dazzling guitar work of a beloved Latin style are honed to perfection by this celebrated trio.
·      Mythili Prakash Dance EnsembleBharata Natyam: A rising international star, this young Indian American dancer is a master of a 3,000-year-old South Indian tradition.
·      The Dardanellestraditional music of Newfoundland: Young keepers of jigs, reels, and seafaring ballads, this group performs with the energy of a punk band.
·      Sheila Kay AdamsAppalachian songs, stories, and ballads: This North Carolina treasure is the seventh generation of her family to carry on an unbroken, 350-year-old singing tradition.
·      Babá Ken Okulolo & the West African Highlife Bandhighlife: Acclaimed Nigerian bassist Babá Ken and his all stars deliver the irresistibly danceable sounds of classic highlife.
·      Yuqin Wang & Zhengli XuChinese rod puppetry: Masters of an ancient tradition with strikingly lifelike puppets that have fascinated audiences for millennia.

More performers will be announced over the next month. Visit the website often for updates and information on all the performers.


About the 2015 National Folk Festival: Co-produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and ArtsGreensboro, the National Folk Festival is beginning its three-year residency in downtown Greensboro this year, when it will celebrate its 75th anniversary from September 11 – 13, 2015. The FREE, three-day event is America’s longest-running festival of traditional arts; it will highlight both long-standing traditions and the heritage and culture of North Carolina’s newest immigrant groups, and set the stage for a continuing and permanent North Carolina Folk Festival, beginning in 2018, after the “National” moves on.

Belk is the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Festival. With downtown Greensboro as the backdrop, audiences will enjoy seven stages featuring continuous musical entertainment—from rockabilly to old-time to mariachi, and from funk to Cajun to jazz. Attendees will also be able to dance non-stop to a variety of musical genres at the dance pavilion; dine on regional and ethnic foods; experience folk art demonstrations and performances by N.C. artists; and share the fun of the Family Activities Area with their children.

About the National Folk Festival: Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival has celebrated the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. Championed in its early years by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first event of national stature to present the arts of many nations, races, and languages on equal footing. It was also the first to present to the public musical forms such as the blues, Cajun music, polka bands, Tex-Mex conjunto, Peking Opera, and many others. An exuberant traveling festival that embraces the diverse cultural expressions of the American people in the 21st century, the National Folk Festival is FREE to the public, and is produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in partnership with communities around the country.
About the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA): The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is one of the nation’s premier non-profit cultural organizations dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk, tribal, and ethnic arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation’s oldest producing and presenting organization with such a focus. Its programs celebrate and honor deeply rooted cultural expressions—music, crafts, stories, and dance passed on through time by families and communities as well as by tribal, ethnic, and occupational groups. The NCTA stresses excellence and authenticity in presenting artists to the public in festivals, tours, concerts, media programs, exhibitions, recordings, and other activities, and works in partnership with communities across American to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that bring lasting social, cultural, and economic benefits.

About ArtsGreensboro: With an annual budget of approximately $4 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, I HEART ARTS Month, power2give, and other initiatives such as the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming."

- A Press Release

Theatre Alliance to perform Tick, Tick…Boom!

Photo Credit is as follows: (l-r) James Crowe, David Joy, and Kaylee Gonzalez in Theatre's Alliance's TICK, TICK, BOOM! [photo credit: Dancing Lemur Photography]
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd; Winston-Salem, NC

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Script Consultant - David Auburn
Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus

“Everyone has heard of Rent, but it’s time for you to hear about the man behind the story. You absolutely do not want to miss this.” – Kaylee Gonzalez, featured as Susan and others in Tick, Tick…Boom!

Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick...Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and TONY Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors, and a band, Tick, Tick...Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.

His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, and yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.

Everyone will love this youthful, endearing, and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life's most difficult challenges.

David Joy is a familiar TA face and starring as Jon, the show’s protagonist. Says Joy, “I wanted to do the show because it was created by Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, whose characters capture my generation’s angst and passion. I understand Jon’s neurosis about turning 30 and feeling you have not ‘made it’ to where you thought you would.”

Kaylee Gonzalez is quickly making a name for herself at TA and eager to take on this challenging three-person show: “This has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding shows I have been a part of.  Everyone transitioning between characters and the amazing three-part harmony results in a beautiful piece of work that will keep you intrigued and invested throughout the entirety of the show.”

“Charming…loveable.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“Searingly honest, frank, and unabashedly personal.” – Chicago Tribune

“Stunning stuff.” – Huffington Post

“A valentine to the creative spirit itself.” – Denver Post

The Theatre Alliance production is directed by Jamie Lawson and musically directed by David Lane. The cast stars David Joy, most recently seen at TA in White Christmas, and Kaylee Gonzalez and James Crowe, who were most recently seen in Tarzan. 


July 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm
July 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm
July 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm
July 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm
July 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Tickets to Tick, Tick...Boom! are priced at $18 for Adults and $16 for students/seniors. There is also a $2 per ticket discount available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets to Tick, Tick...Boom! may be purchased in person at the Theatre Alliance Box Office (Fridays from 12:30-3:00 p.m.), online at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006. Please call Theatre Alliance at (336) 723-7777 with any questions about this or future shows.

Student Rush: $14 before any performance. Tickets will go on sale five minutes before show time. MUST show current, valid student ID. Attendees must wait in a standby line until 5 minutes to show time, at which point, available seating is released. Tickets may not be reserved for Student Rush, under no circumstances; they must be purchased at the Box Office, 5 minutes prior to that day's performance. Limit one ticket per student.  All seats subject to availability."

- A Press Release


"Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte - October 27

MODEST MOUSE will play Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on October 27 in support of their latest album STRANGERS TO OURSELVES.

Tickets go on sale this Friday June 26 at 10am at, via the Live Nation app, at the Fillmore Charlotte box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more info or to purchase tickets go to livenation.comPresented by Live Nation."

- A Press Release

Final Bond Projects Set for Completion This Summer

Construction at Ragsdale and Southeast High scheduled to be completed by the end of August

Greensboro, N.C. – The last two projects from the original 2008 bond projects are scheduled to be completed this summer, and construction on the first six of nine priority projects will begin near the end of the summer.

Work on the HVAC renovations at Ragsdale are in the final phase after the board awarded the contract to Bar Construction Company at its May 12 meeting. Construction is underway and is scheduled to be complete in mid-August.

At Southeast High, the renovations and additions on the school’s athletics and performing arts project are more than half complete. Roof trusses and decking are complete on both the field house and the performing arts buildings, and interior rough-ins are in progress; grading, irrigation system and sod are complete on the football field; and brick veneer is complete on both the softball and Baseball concession and restroom buildings.

In 2008, Guilford County voters approved $457 million in school construction bonds. To date, more than $350 million has been spent or is currently under contract. Money saved on earlier 2008 bond construction projects and redirected funds from the Airport Area High School project is paying for nine priority projects in the district, six of which are scheduled to start construction near the end of the summer. For a complete list of these projects, click here.

In March, county commissioners approved allocating $60 million to start work on renovations and expansions at Northwood Elementary and High Point Central High, new traffic patterns at Dudley and Northwest High, renovations and upgrades at Bluford Elementary and a replacement school for Hunter Elementary.

Commissioners voted not to release money needed to start construction on the remaining three priority projects at Western High, Smith High and Guilford Middle until the summer of 2016. The district estimates these projects will cost an additional $46 million.

Finally, GCS spent more than 99 percent of the $34 million allotted in federal Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB). When addition and renovation projects at Allen Middle and Grimsley High, 13 HVAC projects, six roofing projects and 9 window/door replacement projects around the district came in under budget, the district was able to use the savings to add five HVAC projects, eight roofing projects, 12 window/door replacement projects and renovated the Allen Jay Middle Rock Gym into classroom and assembly spaces.

GCS also used the funds to address high priority technology needs, which included 51 sites receiving new fire alarm monitoring systems and four sites receiving voice communication upgrades. The district was also able to install intercom door access systems at 45 sites, network infrastructure upgrades at five sites and four additional sites received voice communication upgrades.

The bonds were provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and GCS was issued bond funds in February and March of 2012. The district had three years to spend the money, or it needed to be used to retire debt associated with the bonds. At the end of the three years, GCS spent all but $233,686. That’s just .69 percent of funds remaining and represents the savings on the last two projects that came in under budget.

GCS currently has more than $1 billion in unmet facility needs across the district, and at least 60 percent of district schools were built before 1969."

- A Press Release

Board Approves Demolition of Grimsley Pool

GCS will take control of Smith High pool July 1

"Greensboro, N.C. – The Guilford County Board of Education voted to use $400,000 provided by the City of Greensboro to demolish the Grimsley High pool and make improvements on the pool at Smith High.

Both pools were built through a joint-use agreement with the City of Greensboro and Guilford County. Under the agreement, the pools were built on GCS property. The Smith pool was owned and operated by the county and the city was responsible for the pool at Grimsley.  A storm in 2011 seriously damaged the pool at Grimsley, but it was never repaired.

The joint use agreement ends on June 30, and the city agreed to provide GCS with $400,000 to repair or demolish the pool at Grimsley.

Since the money does not adequately cover repairs needed to make the Grimsley pool usable, the board voted to demolish the pool and use the balance of the funding to make specified repairs at Smith High, which GCS will take over management of on July 1.

GCS expects the demolition of the building, pool, locker room and toilet facilities to cost about $125,000 and an additional $50,000 to finish grading and miscellaneous issues that may arise. The remaining balance will be used to assist with capital upgrades to the pool at Smith High.

The pool at Smith High needs approximately $532,700 in repairs. It is currently used by GCS high school swim teams, the Greensboro Swimming Association and the Triad Masters Swimming Association.

Once GCS takes control of the pool, it will be used primarily for school swim teams, and will be open to outside groups under facilities use agreements when available.

The board also voted to send a request to the City of Greensboro to replace the pool at Grimsley High."

- A Press Release

Naming of Ragsdale High’s Media Center Open for Comment

Board considers renaming the media center after former principal, T.G. Madison

"Greensboro, N.C. – The community has 30 days to comment on a proposal to name the Ragsdale High media center after former principal T.G. Madison.

Madison served as the principal at Ragsdale for 20 years and worked for the school system continuously for 37 years.

“Mr. Madison was a positive influence on thousands of students during his 20 years as principal at Ragsdale High School,” writes nominator Mickey Peeler. “He was respected by the students and known to be stern but fair. The betterment of the students was always his priority.”

The nomination includes letters of support from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory; the Town of Jamestown’s Mayor, Keith Volz, and town council members; Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for High Point University Academic Affairs; and Rev. Jim Watford, Jamestown United Methodist Church.

The community is invited to comment on the nomination until July 23 via email to or via courier or U.S. Mail to Western Region Office, GCS Attn: Naming of Ragsdale High’s Media Center, 900 English Road, High Point, NC, 27262."

- A Press Release

35 Recruits Graduate as Part of the Greensboro Fire Department’s 67th Recruit Class

"GREENSBORO, NC (June 24, 2015) – Thirty-five recruits from the Greensboro Fire Department’s 67th recruit class will graduate at 10 am Friday, June 26 at a ceremony at the Carolina Theatre, 310 N. Greene St. The 35 recruits marks the department’s largest class in its history. The ceremony is open to the public.

The graduates completed 21 weeks of intense physical and practical exercises and were required to successfully pass numerous written examinations. Each individual is now certified as a North Carolina State Firefighter. Each graduate will be assigned to one of the 25 fire stations across the city and must serve a six-month probationary period. After that, the entire class will return to the academy to complete further written and practical examinations in order to maintain employment with the Greensboro Fire Department.

The City’s rigorous training program is related to the department’s national accreditation as a  Class 1 Fire Department by the Insurance Services Office.

The graduating class consists of: Brady Alton, Shannon Boller, James Burgess, Christopher Carlan, Peter Clark, Nathan Cockman, Larry Conaway, Damion Cox, Matthew Cross, Alejandro Cruz, Kyle Daniels, Tamisha Davis, Julian Fesmire, Joshua Hall, Jurica Hargraves, Todd Hargrove, Spencer Hill, Jordan Honeycutt, Anderson Marchi, Mitchell McMillion, Kurt Pearce, Matthew Robertson, William Routh, Roy Shaw, Dustin Shutt, Tyler Strader, Lamar Sullivan, Bradley Turner, Jack Veiga, Brandon Wall, Cody Walton, Keri Wells, Derek Williams, Jessica Williams, and Dustin York."

- A Press Release