In a World of Music Streaming, Charlotte’s Lunchbox Records Keeps on Spinning

Lunchbox Records is one of the most recognizable record stores in the Charlotte area, not only because it’s painted a very bright blue, but also because of its impact in the music community.

It’s known for hosting in-store performances for all ages, stocking records from local acts and even selling concert tickets for Charlotte venues. It may seem like we’re in an age of music streaming, but Lunchbox Records owner Scott Wishart shows that, in actuality, we’re in a record renaissance.

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Melinda Whittington On ‘Amplifying the Human Experience’ Through Opera

Melinda Whittington in “The Ghosts of Versailles” at Worlf Trap Opera

Halloween is the one day a year where it’s more than acceptable to heighten the drama of life through elaborate costumes and wigs… that is, unless you work in opera. In which case, your day-to-day career combines costumes and characterization with a love of history, languages, cultures and singing.

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QUISOL Wants to Restore Power to the (Music) People

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Queer and Trans People of Color often face issues of equity in their communities, and the music industry isn’t any different. QTPOC artist QUISOL is using his music (as well as his DIY music space Queens Collective) as a vehicle to try and change that.  Continue reading “QUISOL Wants to Restore Power to the (Music) People”

Jamie Hoover Soaks Up Nearly 40 Rock’n Years with The Spongetones

The Spongetones Jamie Hoover
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If the opportunity doesn’t exist, create it. In the case of one Charlotte resident, if you can’t join The Beatles after being inspired by their landmark 1963 performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” then you join the next best thing:  The Spongetones — hailed as one of the best American bands to perform Brit power-pop music. The Spongetones’ Jamie Hoover has been rocking ever since.

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A Sign of the Times, Unearthing History One Song At a Time

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” said civil rights leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a thought that could just as easily apply to the history (or lack thereof) of music.

Look at the iconization of Elvis Presley, which rarely mentions the influence of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, or chart-topping Bruno Mars who learned how to bust a move from soul forefathers like James Brown. For Tyrone Jefferson and Toni Tupponce, A Sign of the Times’ legacy is to share these oft-forgotten stories of black history through music, dance and spoken word.

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Steps to Indie Music Success From Artist Arsena Schroeder

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Whether you’re an independent musician or a DIY business owner, here are a few Charlotte tips to keep in mind: 1. Keep pounding (the pavement for opportunities) 2. Don’t sell out (but make it sell). 3. Listen to the wise words (and beautiful R&B singer-songwriting) of entrepreneur artist Arsena Schroeder.

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