South Carolina State Fiddling Championship

Heartstrings 17 - FiddleSouth Carolina State Fiddling Championship

September 19, 2015, 11:00 am till 4:00 pm

at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

On September 19th Hagood Mill Historic Site becomes the host for the annual South Carolina Old Time Fiddling Championship. Some of the best fiddlers in the southeast will gather to compete for the title of South Carolina champion.  There will be cash prizes for competition in senior and junior fiddle categories as well as old- time string band,  old- time banjo, guitar, and “wild cat” open categories.

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taking another listen to Ramsey Lewis

ramsey_promo“Taking Another Look – Ramsey Lewis and his Electric Band, Deluxe Edition” is number eighty for Ramsey Lewis. Eighty is a number that has a definite ring to it. Eighty albums qualifies as prolific.

The album features a new electric quintet with Henry Johnson on guitar, Michael Logan on keys, Joshua Ramos on bass and Charles Heath on drums.

Some folks have played and lived music for so long that you could say that they are music. They defy classification and are so comfortable with their instrument that everything they play sounds natural and right. The remixes from the seventies blend seamlessly with the new  to create a party album that is both funky and romantic.

Lewis takes another look at tracks from “Sun Goddess,” released in 1974, and  also offers a re-editing of the original studio recording of the title track, featuring Earth, Wind and Fire. Lewis and his new Electric Band cover Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City,” and you can hear him play the Fender Rhodes on “Tambura.”

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Angelique Kidjo with SF Symphony

thFor one night only, Angelique Kidjo performed with the SF Symphony, and the line for tickets at Davies Hall extended around the block. A full contingent of fans and season ticket holders guaranteed an excited buzz as the orchestra began to play. After Symphony musicians opened with “Summertime,” a George Gershwin aria, Kidjo quietly walked onstage dressed in traditional Yoruba garb and transported her listeners with her voice, her spiritual composure and her knowledge of languages (Yoruba, Fon, French and English).

Her repertoire included Olodumare, Yemandja and Oshumare (with lyrics printed in two languages). Philip Glass composed “Ife: Three Yoruba Songs” at Ms. Kidjo’s request. These creation poems, as Glass called them, refer to one of the most important kingdoms in Yoruba history and legend. Continue reading Angelique Kidjo with SF Symphony

HONDURA, a film and a performance

Hondura_4-125x190Filmmaker Eve A. Ma will screen her feature-length drama, Domino: Caught in the Crisis (Dominó: agarrado por la crisis), and renowned flamenco dancer “la Tania” will perform in “HONDURA, a film and a performance” starting at 7:30pm on Saturday, Aug. 22, in Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St., San Francisco. Tickets are $15 general, $12 students/seniors. For advance purchase go HERE.

Domino: Caught in the Crisis, Ma’s first drama, tells the story of Luis, a middle-aged family man who is caught up in Spain’s economic crisis, the most severe that country has undergone in decades. Besides putting a human face on the crisis, Domino reminds us of the emotional cost of falling out of the middle class, and some of the current economic and social problems in the United States such as homelessness, economic disparity, and the dangerously high cost of education.

We have joined the screening with a performance by award-winning flamenco dancer, “la Tania,” since the core of flamenco is so closely aligned with the film’s theme: tragedy, and the harshness of life. In addition, Antonio de la Malena, the movie’s star, is himself a world-touring professional flamenco singer, and there is plenty of flamenco as background music. Continue reading HONDURA, a film and a performance

Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Review (August 15th)

The wheel will be turning and the hills resounding in song at Hagood Mill on Saturday, August 15th, as “Music in the Mountains 2015” presents an old time camp style sing-along.  Bring your lawn chair or blanket to Hagood Mill and be prepared to sing all the familiar old gospel songs with heritage singers.

At 11:00 am the songs will be led by the  gospel renderings of Lib Porter and Heartstrings

Beginning around noon, Last Road will take the stage performing an old-style gospel set. 

At 1:00 pm we will enjoy the mellow renderings of Roosevelt Baker and the Gospel True Tones African-American Gospel group from Easley. 

Following the Gospel True Tones there will be  a second set by Last Road. Continue reading Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Review (August 15th)

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