Raleigh, Durham & the Triangle is the place to be when it comes to music. Many musicians got their start there, and it continues to be a place to hear and see the best bands around. Read onEdit date and time to find out what’s happening in North Carolina music news.
Reopening of the Cave
The Cave has a long history in Chapel Hill, over fifty years of being a place to have a drink and see some music. It closed for financial reasons but with the help of locals, both financial and otherwise, it’s to reopen under new leaseholders. Changes are expected, however, as the new owners want to institute a new policy on how bands get paid. They hope to take the route of suggested donations rather than a cover charge for entry. For a place that has a long history of community support, it looks like the new Cave has a bright future.
A tribute to Betty Davis and her Durham roots
The Motorco music hall in Durham hosted the showing of the film “They Say I’m Different: A Celebration of Funk Icon Betty Davis”, along with a performance by Davis’ backing band Funk House. Davis is one of the pioneers of jazz fusion, an icon of funk, and a feminist cult hero. Her roots in North Carolina run deep. When she was young, she listened to blues records by B.B. King and Jimmy Reed, and at 12 wrote her first song.
Her impact on her husband, Miles Davis, is one of her lesser-known achievements. Twenty years her senior, when they met he was losing his edge. The young Betty updated his wardrobe and his sound. His album “Bitches Brew” owes plenty to her, with its rock-jazz fusion showing the influence of Hendrix and James Brown. In return, he encouraged her singing and produced many of her sessions. Miles’ abuse would later drive her to leave the marriage and strike out on her own. She flourished as an artist after this and released three albums on her own with Funk House. Her energetic performances, huge afro, and passionate belting into the microphone marks her as one of the most memorable female artists of all time.
Arcade Fire returns to the place where it started
It’s not known by many that Arcade Fire, everyone’s favorite major indie band, got their start in 2004 in The Cave, opening for a Canadian band. The performance was meant to show their North Carolina record label Merge their work. Attendees remember a crowd that responded to anthems played by the band even though no one had heard them yet.
They returned to the area and played the Red Hat Amphitheater in what was called an epic show by reviewers. The nine-member outfit brought the violin, flute, synthesizers and more to complement the standard guitar, bass, drum and keyboard. There were also impressive visuals, including lyrics projected onto screens. During their song Reflektor, a huge disco ball twinkled along to the music.