Multi-Grammy Award Winning Band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet to Bring Special Blend of Cajun Music to the Triad

Traditional meets musical innovation in sampler of group's varied musical offerings, 
Fri., Feb. 26

"High Point, NC – Multi-Grammy award winning band, BeauSoleil avec  Michael Doucet, has a deep connection with, and dedication to, the music of the sacred French-Cajun culture. With a distinctive sound derived from the distilled spirits of traditional Creole, New Orleans’ jazz, blues, rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, Triad listeners can expect a raucous good time when the band hits the stage at the High Point Theatre on Fri., Feb. 26, at 8 pm.
Since the band’s inception in 1975, this Lafayette-based group - brothers Michael Doucet (fiddle, vocals) and David Doucet (guitar, vocals), Billy Ware (percussion), Tommy Alesi (percussion), and Mitchell Reed (bass, fiddle) - has played a vital role in the revival of Cajun and Southern Louisiana-Creole culture through its music. In 1998, BeauSoleil became the first Cajun band to earn a Grammy Award when "L'amour ou la Folie" clinched the Traditional Folk Album title, earning a second Grammy in 2010 with its live New Orleans Jazz Fest album.
Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and driven by Michael Doucet’s mesmerizing fiddle playing and expressive, soulful vocals, the band’s unique blend of musical innovation and tradition is reflective of Doucet’s own intuition and past experiences. He credits his apprenticeships with Dennis McGee, a Cajun fiddler heavily influenced by French musical traditions, and Canray Fontenot, a Creole musician who integrated elements of Afro-Caribbean culture, as especially influential. Doucet also found musical traditions to be dynamic rather than static; accepting and embracing that folk music had actually absorbed multiple influences over the centuries and, furthermore, believing it must continue to do so, in order to remain relevant.
While BeauSoleil’s repertoire includes traditional Louisiana-Cajun folk and Zydeco, concert goers can expect to hear music as varied as sedate waltzes, no-holds-barred two-steps, propulsive reels, and western swing-infused swamp pop. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk to the set of the hit HBO series Treme, and from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.

“Our season would not be complete without a salute to Mardi Gras and a re-visit to this rich and fun-filled Southern Louisiana culture,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Notorious for bringing even the most reserved audiences to their feet, chances are the audience at this show won’t remain sitting for very long! Tickets are $25-$30, available online at or by calling (336) 887-3001."

- A Press Release

Local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete wins Atlanta International IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the adult Black Belt level.

"Winston Salem, NC- Kevin Pyles, Spokesperson for American Martial Arts Academy, Inc, confirmed today that Paulo Santana won the Atlanta Winter International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the adult, light feather weight, black belt division on Saturday February 6, 2016. “Our mission is to bring world class instruction and passion for Jiu-Jitsu to allow people to pursue their goals whether it be to become a world class competitor or to learn self-defense and get in shape,” says Lepri.  Due to its practical application and proven success in sports such as MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the fastest growing martial arts in the United States.

“We believe jiu-jitsu is more than just a sport, self-defense system, or fitness program; it’s a lifestyle that improves the whole person,” says Pyles.  American Martial Arts Academy first opened its doors in 1998 as one of the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training facilities in the state.  “Being directly affiliated with Lucas Lepri, who is one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jiu athletes in the world today, has been an unbelievable experience and gives us access to the most current and relevant techniques available,” says Lonnie Price, General Manager of American Martial Arts Academy.  To have a local athlete right here in Winston Salem that can compete and win in an international competition like this is incredible, says Pyles.

American Martial Arts Academy offers world class training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu six days per week and up to three classes per day. 

For more information on Brazilian-Jitsu in Winston Salem contact Lonnie Price at 336-765-1950 or visit"

- A Press Release

Police Looking for Man Who Escaped While being Questioned

"GREENSBORO, NC (Feb. 9, 2016) – Greensboro police are looking for a man who escaped from police custody at approximately 2 pm today while being questioned in connection with some open warrants for arrest.
            Dominique Jerell Blount, 23, of 4314 Hew3itt St., was being questioned by police at the 300 S. Swing Rd. sub-station when he left the interview room without police permission.
            Blount was being questioned in connection with warrants for a larceny from motor vehicle that occurred on Dec. 29, 2015 on Veasly St.; and, warrants for arrest for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Kidnapping, and Larceny of Motor Vehicle that occurred on Dec. 31, 2015 on the 200 block of Webster Rd. In the latter case, investigation revealed that the victim in the incident was known to Blount, and the offenses occurred during a pre-arranged drug deal.
            Blount was not armed at the time he was in police custody.
            Police and K9 units are searching for him in the vicinity of Stagecoach Rd. and his residence.
As a precautionary measure, Western Guilford High School has placed on a modified lock down. Also as a precaution, additional police have been placed at WGHS, Newcomer High School, and Guilford Elementary School.
Anyone who sees Blount should not approach him, and call 911 immediately.
Blount has a history of arrests that include narcotics violations, larcenies, and breaking and entering. He does not have a history of crimes against persons.
Officials from the Greensboro Police Department are investigating how the escape occurred.
Anyone with information about Blount’s location is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000."

- A Police Report


Greensboro College Music Department Presents Winter Concert Tuesday, Feb. 23

"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro College Music Department's bands and choirs present their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Gail Brower Huggnis Performance Center in Odell Building on campus.

Admission is free, and the public is invited.

The Greensboro College Chorale will present selections by Diemer, Gray, Stroope, and Martin. The college Chamber singers will perform a selection by Vijay Singh and "Songs Mein Grossmama Sang" by Lloyd Pfautsch.

The Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble also will perform.

The Greensboro College music program stresses intense individual musical development in the context of a rigorous liberal-arts curriculum. For more information about the program, contact Jane McKinney, department chair, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5281, or

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

MerleFest adds three powerful names to lineup! Tier 1 Early Bird Discount ends soon

"WILKESBORO, N.C. (February 09, 2016) – MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is proud to announce three powerful new additions to the 2016 lineup: breakout Americana star Jason Isbell, legendary Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and inspiring gospel songster Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Revue. These three new artists join over 100 other artists already announced, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Doug Seegers and more! The four-day event, the largest roots and Americana music festival in the nation, takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the heart of Appalachia. MerleFest continues the legacy of Doc Watson and is a benefit for the college. This homecoming of roots music artists and fans draws nearly 80,000 participants every year.

Alabama native Jason Isbell is having quite the year! His new album, “Something More Than Free,” was not only a chart topper, it was a chart redefiner, bringing in simultaneous No. 1 rankings in Billboard’s Rock, Country and Folk charts. Critically acclaimed by nearly everyone, Isbell took his place at the head of a new generation of country artists transforming the Nashville sound. The once lead-singer for famed alt-country band Drive By Truckers now has a solo career that can’t be stopped. Born in Green Hill, Ala., Isbell is undeniably inspired by the soul-tinged rock, country and blues produced in neighboring Muscle Shoals. As a lyricist, Jason is willing to tell the difficult stories, whether raw, introspective, messy or poetic. As an artist, he reveals his own vulnerabilities – his successes and failures – in which listeners might find kinship or perspective.

Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is an accomplished fingerstyle player, frequently threading three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band that handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. There ’s is a science to assembling the parts, and Emmanuel’s technical gift has earned him multiple awards and made him a Member of the Order of Australia, an honor bestowed by the Queen Elizabeth II in his homeland. But the average fan could listen without even considering the precision behind the work, focusing instead on the artful tension and release of Emmanuel’s melodies. A friend and follower of the late Chet Atkins – who christened Emmanuel a Certified Guitar Player, making him one of only five musicians to receive the C.G.P. distinction from the master – Tommy Emmanuel easily skates between musical styles, playing with blues, infusing Spanish tradition and exploring folk, making him the ultimate “traditional plus” artist.

Inspirational songwriter Mike Farris is a man who knows personal struggle and knows how to take life experiences and turn them into something beautiful. The 2007 recording by Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Review, “Salvation in Lights,” was Farris’ first project after recovery. The year after the release, he won an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging Artist. His live performances at Bonnaroo, SxSW, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and others drew rave reviews. Revered artists like Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin and Marty Stuart were struck by his incomparable voice, and Mike opened shows for Patti LaBelle, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. He released his next album, “Shine For All The People,” in 2014, which won a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Traditional Roots Gospel Album. Mike says, "There was a time when I carried all the songwriting on my shoulders, but then the ego gets in the way of what it should be. These days, I don't have to write everything. I just open the door and these songs show up ... songs I need to hear in my struggle; songs I know people need to hear in theirs."

MerleFest has announced over 100 artists so far, and there are additional performers to be announced next month. The 2016 lineup is available online at

Early Bird Ticket Tier 1 Deadline – February 15, 2016
The deadline to take advantage of the Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is coming up on February 15. A three-tiered pricing structure is offered for MerleFest 2016. The Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 16, 2015, through April 22, 2015, and the third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Tier 1 discount now. Tickets for MerleFest 2016 are now on sale and may be purchased at or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.""

- A Press Release

The truTV IMPRACTICAL JOKERS’ ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour starring the Tenderloins MAY 3 - WHITE OAK AMPHITHEATRE GREENSBORO

"The truTV IMPRACTICAL JOKERS’ ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour starring the Tenderloins will perform at White Oak Amphitheatre Greensboro on May 3rd

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free presale starting THURSDAY, February 11 at 10:00 a.m.   The app is available via the App Store and Google Play.

The Tenderloins are the creators, executive producers, writers and stars of truTV’s hit television series, Impractical Jokers.  About to enter its 5th season, the Impractical Jokers follows the Tenderloins’ four members - Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano - as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras.  With each new season, the show continues to take dares to outrageous levels with new over-the-top hijinks.  During its 4th season, the series celebrated 100 episodes in the US with a live television event, The Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special.  Hosted by Howie Mandel, the special drew in 3 million viewers with an impressive 150 MM social media impressions.
The troupe have toured steadily nationwide with their “The truTV Impractical Jokers’ ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour starring the Tenderloins,” live show, which is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos, stories and insight.  The highly successful tour has crisscrossed the country playing to 2000-8000 capacity theaters including a recent 3-night sold out run at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall.
Natives of Staten Island, New York – Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn met while attending high school, and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999.
After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy shows in theatres, clubs and festivals across the country, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their Internet sketches. They went on to win the $100,000 grand prize of NBC’s “It’s Your Show,” a sketch comedy competition show, hosted by Carson Daly.  A single-camera, scripted sitcom pilot with Spike TV followed, based on the guys’ real lives.
They have also had pilots with A&E, TBS, CMT and VH1, as well as their own independently produced sitcom pilot, which was an official New York Television Festival selection.

About Live Nation Entertainment

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- A Press Release

What Makes a Woman Perfect? Piedmont Opera knows! A one-woman Cabaret that explores the journey for perfection and the characters who show us the way

When: February 25, 2016 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Hanesbrands Theatre (209 Spruce St N, Winston-Salem, NC 27101)
Cost: A limited number of premium seating available for $36
          General Admission tickets $26
          Student tickets $14

"WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Join Piedmont Opera for a very special event when Award-winning singer/actress Jennifer DeDominici explores diverse “perfect” women from opera, musical theatre, art song, and the Great American Songbook. From innocent Maria in “The Sound of Music” to Sexy Carmen and her “Habanera” to sophisticated Mary Poppins in “Practically Perfect,” Jennifer explores how drastically different women can all be perfect.
Jennifer starred as Nellie Forbush in Piedmont Opera’s production of South Pacific and will also star in our upcoming production of A Little Night Music.
Following the performance, Piedmont Opera will host a reception where there will be an opportunity to meet the cast of A Little Night Music. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available by calling Piedmont Opera at 336.725.7101 or Piedmont Opera will open Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music on March 18th (8:00 PM), March 22nd (2:00 PM) and March 22nd (7:30 PM)."

- A Press Release


"WINSTON-SALEM, NC – As a thank you to its customers and its community, Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub and Kitchen will combine two traditional celebrations into one, free event on March 17th, 2016.

In years past, festival goers pay for a $30 ticket to enjoy food, drink specials, and more than 12 hours of live entertainment.  This year there will be no entry fee and many amenities will be the same.

“We are so grateful to Winston-Salem and our customers – many of whom come visit us from across the U.S. – for making the pub such a success for a decade,” says proprietor Philip “Opie” Kirby.  “I feel blessed to be able to follow my dream, and this year for St. Patrick’s Day, we really wanted to celebrate big.”

Festivities will start at 7:00 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat Irish breakfast buffet for only $10.00.  Traditional menu favorites, such as fish ‘n chips and Guinness Stew, will be available at regular menu price beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Music will be acoustic with breakfast and lunch, and beginning at 3:00 p.m. the pub will open its 4,000 square foot tent in the parking area adjacent to Finningan’s Wake.  More live music, Irish dancers, the Jamestown Pipe and Drum Corp, the Wake and more will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last until midnight, with a DJ spinning until 2:00 a.m.

Kirby says, “We have waited 10 years for this event to engage our customers and community in what we hope will be a Winston-Salem tradition for many more years to come.”"

- A Press Release