Anders Osborne with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers Live at the BAC!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Doors at 6 PM, Show starts at 7PM
Tickets on sale Friday, November 6 at 10:00 AM!
This is an all ages event!
--USA TODAY Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail. He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes. Osborne seeks an epic quality to much of his music, crafting layer upon layer of hugely scaled soundscapes.…never lazily derivative…every slashing guitar figure, every cry of a lyric, seems to come from an authentic place.
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans' Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him "the poet laureate of Louisiana's fertile roots music scene." New Orleans' Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year.
OffBeat named him the Crescent City's Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.
Since the release of his 2010 Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, his 2012 follow-up, Black Eye Galaxy, and his critically acclaimed 2013 EP, Three Free Amigos, Osborne has earned hordes of new fans. He has toured virtually non-stop, either with his road-tested trio, as a solo artist, or as a guest with his countless musical admirers, including Toots and The Maytals, Stanton Moore, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. He's appeared on Galactic's Ya-Ka-May album, and in 2011 produced and played on critically acclaimed albums by Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone and Mike Zito.
Now Osborne delivers the next chapter of his spiritual odyssey, Peace. With the new CD, Osborne continues the journey started by American Patchwork and Black Eye Galaxy, emerging from a whirlwind of emotional chaos and moving toward a sense of inner peace. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Louisiana and produced by Osborne and Warren Riker, Peace looks at the title subject from all angles. Drawing strength and inspiration from his family and friends, Osborne created the most observational record of his career. According to Osborne, "Peace is light from darkness. The songs are written from the outside looking in. They are not making any judgments. I'm just stating facts. I'm writing from a brighter perspective. There's less dusk and dark, and much more sunlight. The results are greater than I expected. The driving tones and sounds are free and natural. This is one of the coolest records I've ever made."
Since his recording debut in 1989, Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo's Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders' song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne's compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO's New Orleans-based drama, Treme.
Amy Helm's deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.
The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.
A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.
Her lengthy resume is highlighted by many years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived, launched and perfected the Midnight Rambles, intimate performances held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, N.Y. The musical chemistry, affectionate humor and family pride that Amy shared on stage with her father helped shape the Midnight Ramble as it evolved into a musical event that still attracts fans and musicians from around the world. She co-produced Levon Helm's 2007 CD Dirt Farmer, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, and she is prominently featured on the Levon Helm Band's Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman Grammy-winning albums.
Helm continues to perform with the Levon Helm and Dirt Farmer Bands, both of which carry on the eclectic roots music tradition of the Midnight Rambles. She is poised to release her first solo album in the spring.
Art for All 6
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) is excited to announce “Art for All 6” on Saturday, February 20, from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 21, from noon to 6 p.m.
Renowned as "downtown's cutting-edge art show" and attended by more than 1,000 shoppers and dozens of artists from around the region, Art for All 6 is a two-day event that will again be the go-to cultural experience of the month. With a wide array of paintings, illustrations, sculptures, and more, Art for All 6 is always an exceptional community event for art lovers and artists alike. Wilmington’s finest food trucks, a full coffee shop in the courtyard tent, and the BAC cash bar will supply sustenance to one and all.
Admission to Art for All 6 is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Art for All 6, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Truck Schedule:
Saturday: Catch the Food Truck
Sunday: T'Geaux Boys Food Truck
Best of 2016 Encore Awards Party and Benefit!
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Brooklyn Arts Center
516 N. 4th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Doors at 6 PM, Show starts at 7PM
Tickets at encoredeals.com
Awards party and fundraiser to benefit DREAMS Center for Arts Education
$15 adv / $20 day of / VIP: $40 in advance, $50 day of
(VIP includes balcony seating, food station, personalized waitstaff, parking; limited availability)
All tickets include:
- Live music from The Midatlantic
- Comedy from our hosts, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps
- Food samples from nominees
- Costume contest
- Cash bar
- And awards galore!
Join us as we honor the nominees and announce the winners of our annual Best of Wilmington readers poll!
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit DREAMS, a nationally award-winning nonprofit dedicated to building creative, committed citizens, one child at a time, through providing youth in need with high-quality, free-of-charge programming in the literary, visual, multimedia and performing arts.BUY TICKETS
Made in NC 2016
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) is excited to announce “Made in NC” on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, from noon to 6 p.m.
Renowned as "downtown's handmade marketplace" and attended by more than 1,000 shoppers and dozens of artisans from around the region, Made in NC is a two-day show that will again be the go-to event of the month for handcrafted creations. With a wide array of art, jewelry, household items, pottery, and more, Made in NC is always an exceptional cultural community event for craft lovers and craftsmen alike. Wilmington’s finest food trucks, a full coffee shop in the courtyard tent, and the BAC cash bar will supply sustenance to one and all.
Admission to Made in NC is $5 at the door—good for both days—and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in our North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Made in NC, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica Pham at email@example.com.
Food Truck Schedule:
Saturday: Catch the Food Truck
Shovels & Rope
An Evening with Shovels & Rope!
Friday, March 18, 2016
Doors open at 7 PM
It’s not all that unusual for musicians to talk the talk about taking a less-is-more approach to their work – but it’s rare indeed for artists to really walk the walk, and apply that philosophy across the board. Over the better part of a decade, Shovels & Rope have done just that, cutting unnecessary frills from their songs, not to mention the very way they live their musical lives.
Mississippi-born, Nashville-bred Cary Ann Hearst and Texas-born, Colorado-raised Michael Trent forged singular paths as solo artists before connecting – both musically and personally – in Charleston, South Carolina. While they’d both had burgeoning solo careers (Cary Ann earned kudos for her 2006 album Dust and Bones, Michael with his band, The Films, as well as his own solo outings), they quickly found that both their voices – which entwine with eerie beauty in their haunting harmonies – and philosophies matched up perfectly, and a beautiful partnership was born.
“Consciously or not, we’ve always insulated ourselves from outside influences,” says Cary Ann. “The key, for us, is to be authentic to ourselves – and, sometimes to a fault, we’ve managed to do that. I don’t think we’d be able to keep doing this if we backed off from what we were doing when we started.”
There’s no backing off or backing down on Swimmin’ Time, the duo’s much-anticipated sophomore set as Shovels & Rope, an album that brims with the confidence, energy and sinew of a band that’s accustomed to treating their career as a marathon, rather than a sprint. The album, recorded at the studio Trent constructed in the couple’s home, finds them cutting a new path through the sonic thickets they navigated so nimbly on their breakthrough bow, O’ Be Joyful – a disc that won rave reviews from outlets like Mojo (which called it “thrilling”) and Filter, which said “[they] were solid singersongwriters on their own, but this is truly a thing of magic.”
On Swimmin’ Time – a title that nods to the aquatic theme running through the disc’s songs -- Hearst and Trent bob and weave through a combination of witty, playful tales (like “Fish Assassin”) and brooding murder ballads (like the horn-tinged New Orleans shuffle “Ohio”) with a rare combination of intimacy and swagger. They know when to grab the listener by the shoulders and shake (as on the fiercely roiling opener “The Devil Is All Around”) and when to put a caring arm around those same shoulders in order to spin a gentler yarn (like “After the Storm,” a tale of surviving rough waters, both literally and spiritually).
“We weren’t trying to make a particular kind of record, but we knew early on that there would be some evolution,” says Trent, who also produced Swimmin’ Time. “There are all kinds of dark undertones, but there are other colors, too. Every song kind of played off, and built on, the ones that came before, so they fit together really well.”
That seamless construction helps Swimmin’ Time slide past the ears and into the memory banks with remarkable ease, each of its songs leaving a bit of an indelible mark, from the sonically brooding “Stono River Blues” (which could easily pass for a lost Grimm’s Fairy Tale) to the chiming “Save the World,” a sort of semaphore flag signaling hope on the horizon, to the woozy, closing-time waltz of "Coping Mechanism."
“Our working model has always been to use what we have lying around,” says Cary Ann. “It’s just that this time, we happened to have an organ lying around, we had a piano lying around…we definitely had more resources at hand, but we didn’t want to seem ostentatious or anything. Besides which, we still have to recreate the songs live, so there’s a limit - even though Michael can play five things at once, like a wind-up toy.”
Those live shows have played a huge part in building Shovels & Rope’s reputation among audiences and their peers – the latter of whom voted the duo in for two 2013 Americana Music Awards, Emerging Artist of the Year as well as Song of the Year (for the vivid, semi-autobiographical “Birmingham”). Over the past two years, Cary Ann and Michael kept their sleeves rolled up and their voices raised, an M.O. that helped them eventually sell more than 60,000 albums the old fashioned way – reaching one listener at a time, and making each one feel like part of the Shovels & Rope family.
As a result, they were able to trade their well-loved and road-weary van for an R.V. and segue from tiny, sweat-soaked dives to larger halls, not to mention eye-opening performances at events like the Newport Folk Festival, Coachella and Lollapalooza. They may have had camera crews following them – for the intimate, revelatory documentary The Ballad of Shovels & Rope, which has been making the film festival circuit this past year – but they didn’t cut back on what Cary Ann calls “windshield time,” and certainly didn’t let their egos grow in tandem.
“Word of mouth has been a huge part of our story,” says Michael. “We just toured and toured, opening up for bigger bands and playing anywhere we could. Sometimes we felt more like t-shirt selling long-distance truckers. It wasn’t like we had a huge song that came out of nowhere and was suddenly on the radio all the time. I’d be terrified if that was the case.”
While they didn’t start showing up in the tabloids as a result, “Birmingham” (the numberone song on American Songwriter’s year-end list) and the rest of O’ Be Joyful did put Shovels & Rope on the larger stage in many ways – from an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman to an acclaimed set on Austin City Limits. But as they continue to prove, night after night on tour, they aren’t about to put their blue collars into mothballs. Cary Ann jokingly says, “We keep getting more famous, but we aren’t getting any better,” before turning serious.
“This is something we’ve both always dreamed of doing,” she says. “We enjoy each other’s music and we enjoy each other’s company. We thrive on doing exactly what we’re doing, and we’re making people happy with it. What could be better than that?”
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) and Quilters By The Sea Guild are thrilled to announce "Piecework: Quilting and Fiber Arts Show" on Saturday, April 2, from 12-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, from 12-6 p.m.
With Quilters By The Sea Guild, Wilmington's superb quilting guild, we are creating and presenting what we fully intend to be the coolest quilting and fiber arts show in the Southeast. This is not your grandmother's quilt show! BAC shows are renowned for being exceptional, full-scale, community events, with food trucks, coffee shop, and the BAC cash bar. Attendance at our events, locally and regionally, is outstanding.
Admission to the event is $5 at the door—good for both days and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in the North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Piecework, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica Pham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Truck Schedule:
Saturday: Catch the Food Truck
Want to be a vendor? Click HERE to apply.
The Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) and Kelly Starbuck Photography are thrilled to announce "Southern Exposure: A Photographic Arts Show" on Sunday, May 15, from 12-6 p.m.
The BAC has partnered with Kelly Starbuck Photography to create and present what we fully intend to be the coolest photographic arts show in the Southeast. We are seeking creative and innovative photographers to display and sell their beautiful work in our church.
Kelly Starbuck Photography offers a wide range of photo services from commercial photography to portraiture and curatorial services for photo events. Kelly Starbuck made her mark in the Wilmington art community by curating fine art photography shows at her gallery, SALT Studio Photography, in the Brooklyn Arts District. Starbuck’s gallery featured national and local photographers during the Fourth Friday Gallery night openings from 2013 through 2015.
BAC shows are renowned for being exceptional, full-scale, community events, with food trucks, coffee shop, and the BAC cash bar. Attendance at our events, locally and regionally, is outstanding.
Admission to the event is $5 at the door—and includes a raffle ticket (kids 12 and under are free). Parking in our North Fourth neighborhood is free.
For more information about Southern Exposure, please contact BAC Event Coordinator Jessica Pham at email@example.com.
Food Truck: Catch the Food Truck
Want to be a vendor? Click HERE to apply.
Concerts & Events
Brooklyn Arts Center is the most stunning and spectacular small-market, multi-use event venue in the region. We host weddings, concerts, fundraisers, art shows, upscale vintage flea markets, and other community-driven events.
There is abundant free parking in our neighborhood on North 4th Street or you can park in Historic Downtown Wilmington, two minutes away, and take the free trolley, which stops on North 4th Street in front of the church.
BAC is available to outside promoters. We offer state-of-the-art house sound and lighting systems and the finest event support service in the Southeast. If you'd like to bring an event to the Brooklyn Arts Center, contact Executive Director Richard Leder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless otherwise stated, BAC is a standing-room-only venue. For some concerts, there is limited, first-come/first-served seating on the balcony, with the purchase of a balcony ticket.
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