Music

Radio Latijam continues without Latino teens

Radio Latijam continues without Latino teens

    When Radio Latijam airs on Friday evenings, Carrboro’s WCOM-FM studio is usually frenzied and hectic, the room packed with teenagers and young 20-somethings making spur-of-the-moment decisions before air time. By comparison, the studio is almost empty lately. Radio Latijam is a radio program broadcast completely in Spanish and tailored to local Latino youth, who in previous years have… Read more →

Local high school rockers light up the ArtsCenter

Local high school rockers light up the ArtsCenter

By Jeremy Gerlach Carrboro Commons Staff Writer If you closed your eyes in the Carrboro ArtsCenter auditorium on Saturday night, you might have forgotten you were listening to high school sophomores and juniors. Keeping your eyes shut, you’d probably wonder how ArtsCenter concert director Tess Ocana had snuck bands so similar in style to the Beatles, Mumford and Sons or the Black… Read more →

Carrboro gets taste of Latin dance and rhythm

Carrboro gets taste of Latin dance and rhythm

By: Zach Hamilton On Nov. 4, a group of people that included Carrboro residents as well as people from as far away as Spain received Latin dance and rhythm instruction at the Carrboro Century Center. The program was called Latin Jam and was the third installment in the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department’s “Jam Session Series.” Norberto ‘Betto’ Herrera, a… Read more →

Music Festival's variety of performers is 'a good problem to have'

Music Festival’s variety of performers is ‘a good problem to have’

By Callie Bost Carrboro Commons Co-Editor The fourteenth annual Carrboro Music Festival on Sept. 25 gave almost 200 performers, including a nontraditional Durham band, the chance to express themselves in front of thousands of Carrboro residents. The festival, which is organized by a committee of volunteers and sponsors from Carrboro, featured a variety of performers– from solo acts to a… Read more →

Ridin' the J Bus: J.R. and his saxophone

Ridin’ the J Bus: J.R. and his saxophone

Michael Bloom Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Back during the Jazz Age in New York City, you took the A Train to get to Harlem. But to get most everywhere in Carrboro, you take the J Bus. In the spirit of Charles Kuralt’s dictum that everyone has a story, Commons reporter Michael Bloom jumped on the J Bus and selected a… Read more →

Carrboro fiesta combines music, cultural awareness

Carrboro fiesta combines music, cultural awareness

By Alex Linder Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Carrboro was host to the sounds of shaking beads, strumming guitars and Spanish sing-along. These are the sounds of the fiesta, and they are becoming more and more common. “I definitely think that traditional Mexican music has a role to play in the future,” said Juan Díes, 48, producer and member of the… Read more →

'Plutopia' spices up Carrboro

‘Plutopia’ spices up Carrboro

By Trevor Kapp Carrboro Commons Staff Writer As a child growing up in the parish of Saint Andrew in eastern Jamaica, Pluto Richards did not take Tylenol when he had a headache or a cold. Instead, he would wait as his parents went to some nearby bushes to find the right combination of herbs and spices for a healing tea…. Read more →

Steel drummer Mickey Mills feels at home in Carrboro

Steel drummer Mickey Mills feels at home in Carrboro

By Trevor Kapp Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Mickey Mills has performed in front of 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He has worked onstage with artists like Mick Jagger, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney.  He has played in California, at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte and at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts…. Read more →

Carrboro Music Festival bigger and greener

Carrboro Music Festival bigger and greener

Gerry Williams, left, Carrboro Music Festival coordinator, and Kim Andrews, Recreation supervisor from the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department, hold up this year’s poster for the annual music festival set for Sunday, Sept. 28, all throughout the town. Staff photo by Lyndal Wilson By Lyndal Wilson Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The annual Carrboro Music Festival is back this month for… Read more →