Thursday, September 21, 2017

Listen Up: Faye Gets Twee On 'Local Vibes'

Episode 10

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Fresh off the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, Susan Plante and Sarah Blumenthal of Charlotte band Faye came by the studio to chat with Mark and Ryan about Riot Grrrl comparisons, how Self Aware records started as a zine and why learning about their spirit animals made Susan cry.

This week is Episode 10, which is some sort of milestone, right? Either way, catch up with past episodes on our iTunes page, or on Stitcher.

[From left] Mark Kemp, Sarah Blumenthal, Susan Plante and Ryan Pitkin.
  • [From left] Mark Kemp, Sarah Blumenthal, Susan Plante and Ryan Pitkin.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

'CL' Tampa Bay Creates 'Furricane Relief' for Irma's Animal Victims

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Our friends at Creative Loafing in Tampa Bay, Florida, have set up a GoFundMe for its "Furricane Relief" project to raise funds animal victims of Hurricane Irma, which swept through that state last week.

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"Tampa Bay is coming together in countless amazing ways to help and support one another in the wake of Hurricane Irma. It's truly inspiring, and makes us proud to be a part of this community," James Howard, the publisher of CL Tampa Bay, wrote in an email yesterday.

"In that spirit, we've created a Furricane Relief GoFundMe to help raise money for two local organizations going above and beyond to help local pets and wild animals despite limited resources, an already packed workload and their own Irma-related issues: The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the Suncoast Animal League.

"Both of these outfits work year-round to provide shelter and services for domestic and wild animals throughout the Bay area (and often beyond)," Howard wrote. "Now is an especially critical and busy time, and we're asking you to do what you can to help. Every cent raised through this campaign will be split evenly between HSTB and SAL, and presented to both at our annual Best of the Bay Awards Party at St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 27."

Please go to the GoFundMe page and help CL Tampa Bay raise desperately needed funds for these important organizations.



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Listen Up: DJ SPK and Black Linen Drop In to the 'Local Vibes' Studio

Episode 9

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:49 AM

In this week's Episode of Local Vibes, DJ SPK and Black Linen talk about Charlotte's hip-hop scene, from how it compares with Atlanta to Black Linen's battle against pay-to-play.

And don't forget to catch up on all the past episodes on our iTunes page.

[From left] Black Linen, Mark Kemp, Ryan Pitkin and DJ SPK.
  • [From left] Black Linen, Mark Kemp, Ryan Pitkin and DJ SPK.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Listen Up: Mason Parker Returns to the Queen City for 'Local Vibes'

Episode 8

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 11:10 AM

We last spoke with Charlotte rapper Mason Parker in May, as he prepared to fly out to Los Angeles and start building his brand on a national level. He recently came back to Charlotte to see his kids and send them off to school for a new year, but we couldn't let him go without having him in the studio for a chat about how life in L.A. has been treating him, what makes him homesick and his thoughts on the Charlotte rap scene as it is today.

And don't forget to check out our iTunes page to catch up on past episodes.

[From left] Ryan Pitkin, Mason Parker and Mark Kemp in the Hygge West studio.
  • [From left] Ryan Pitkin, Mason Parker and Mark Kemp in the Hygge West studio.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chinese Lantern Festival kicks with multicolored art

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Chinese Lantern Festival got off to a multicolored start September 7, hosted this year for the first time by Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

CL sent intern Tate Roberts out to shoot some photos of the animals, made from rayon fabric and metal frames, and shipped all the way from China, which is about a 9,000-mile commute. In fact, the elephant statue itself was made from actual China.

But there's more than just lanterns. Here's the full nightly schedule:

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Family Activities
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Chinese Folk Art Marketplace
6 – 9 p.m.: Food Truck(s)
6 – 6:45 p.m.: Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
7 – 7:30 p.m.: Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities
7:45 – 8:30 p.m.: Kung Fu Show followed by a Coaching Session
8:45 – 9:15 p.m.: Shadow Play followed by Backstage Activities

The festival runs every Wednesday through Sunday, from 5:50 to 9:30 p.m. until October 29.
For tickets, go here.


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Listen Up: Special Edition of 'Local Vibes' Discusses Bigotry and Inclusivity in CLT Music Scene

Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 4:00 AM

For our first special episode of Creative Loafing's "Local Vibes" podcast, we filled up the studio following CL's publication of an article that confronts a disturbing image posted on FB two years ago by the frontman of a popular Charlotte band. The discussion that followed on Facebook among Charlotte musicians, as well as other recent events across the country, convinced us this was a conversation worth having, and we hope it continues around the Queen City, in music and arts scenes and beyond.

Don't forget to check out our iTunes page to catch up on past episodes.

The panel: "Local Vibes" co-host Mark Kemp, editor of Creative Loafing; CL contributor Kia O. Moore, founder of Hip Hop Orchestrated and Hip Hop University; Audrey Ayers, guitarist with Mineral Girls; "Local Vibes" co-host Ryan Pitkin, news editor of CL; Susan Plante, vocalist and guitarist with Faye; Phillip Gripper, drummer with Modern Primitives and pianist with Space Wizard; Brett Green, vocalist and guitarist with Mineral Girls; and Joshua Robbins, bassist with Late Bloomer and Alright, and co-founder of Self Aware Records.
  • The panel: "Local Vibes" co-host Mark Kemp, editor of Creative Loafing; CL contributor Kia O. Moore, founder of Hip Hop Orchestrated and Hip Hop University; Audrey Ayers, guitarist with Mineral Girls; "Local Vibes" co-host Ryan Pitkin, news editor of CL; Susan Plante, vocalist and guitarist with Faye; Phillip Gripper, drummer with Modern Primitives and pianist with Space Wizard; Brett Green, vocalist and guitarist with Mineral Girls; and Joshua Robbins, bassist with Late Bloomer and Alright, and co-founder of Self Aware Records.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Muslim in Charlotte: Saad Haq

Retaking the narrative

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Last year, CL contributor Lara Americo debuted her photo series "Trans & Queer in the Workplace" in Creative Loafing between August and December. The series was eventually picked up by Huffington Post and served as the basis for Americo's Chrysalis exhibit at C3 Lab. This year, Americo has decided to highlight another marginalized and misunderstood population, the local Muslim population. Every other week, we will be running a photo and some insights from another Muslim Charlottean, as they discuss their work, personal lives and the judgement they often live with.

Saad Haq, 38, lives with his family in Charlotte. In December 2015, he launched Muslim Storytellers, a podcast aimed at telling the stories of everyday Muslims.

Muslim in Charlotte: Saad Haq from Creative Loafing on Vimeo.

“The goal is to take back control of the narrative by telling their own stories ... It seems like our stories are being hijacked by the media and even in TV and movies where we’re being depicted as negative characters or villans where Muslims are not these villains or bad guys. We just want to blend in to society like everybody else is trying to do.

"Fortunately, I haven’t faced any direct acts of Islamophobia but my wife and my daughter have. When we were going to Charleston for vacation we stopped at a gas station to get gas and go to the bathroom. I was waiting in the car with the kids while my wife was coming out, she came to the car and she told me there was a guy in there who told her to go back to her country — to where she came from. This is why I wanted to do Muslim Storytellers, so that I have an outlet, and I can also provide people an outlet where they can use their voice to make a change, to be a positive influence on others.”

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Listen Up: Blame the Youth on CL's 'Local Vibes' Podcast

Episode 6

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

It's Pride Week in Charlotte, and we're celebrating with Amber Daniel and Francisco Gomez of Blame the Youth, who will be playing on the main stage at Charlotte Pride this year. We talk about their preparations for that show, existing as a political statement and writing songs about having sex in the woods.

Be sure to check out our iTunes page to download this episode to your phone, subscribe to the podcast, or catch up on past episodes.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Slideshow: Hundreds Rally at Marshall Park Against White Supremacy

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:20 PM


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More than 600 people showed up to Marshall Park on Saturday, August 19, to pay respects to Heather Heyer and other victims of an attack at the hands of a white supremacist in Charlottesville the previous week.

Activists with Charlotte Uprising organized the event as a call to action against white supremacy, and speakers took turns addressing the large crowd — many of whom held candles as a vigil for Charlottesville victims — about police violence, the prison-industrial complex and strategies for white allies to use to be most effective in the fight against racism.

Below are photos taken that night by news editor Ryan Pitkin:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Listen Up: Tony Arreaza and Davey Blackburn Talk CLT Latin Music on 'Local Vibes'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:41 AM



Tony Arreaza has been working to cultivate Charlotte's Latin music scene for more than two decades, and he's recently teamed up with local experimental musician Davey Blackburn to spread the music more widely. We chatted it up with the duo about their regular Latin Night in Plaza Midwood event at Snug Harbor, and the recent growth they've witnessed in the local Latin music scene as well as how music and arts can play a big role in today's political climate.

Listen below or check out our iTunes page to catch up with all our past episodes.

'Local Vibes' Aug. 17 crew: CL editor Mark Kemp (from left) with Tony Arreaza, Davey Blackburn, Oscar Huerta of UltimaNota, and CL's Ryan Pitkin
  • 'Local Vibes' Aug. 17 crew: CL editor Mark Kemp (from left) with Tony Arreaza, Davey Blackburn, Oscar Huerta of UltimaNota, and CL's Ryan Pitkin

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