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The Restoration’s members grew up performing in orchestras, church choirs, fiddle groups and rock bands in the small town of Lexington, South Carolina. Their debut concept album, Constance, has been taught in university literature and history courses and was featured on pastemagazine.com.
Formed in 2007, the band have used their varied backgrounds as a lens for exploring the music and culture of their native soil, channeling storytelling and regional history through instrumentation associated with traditional and post-rock America alike. At the core of this exploration is a desire to preserve and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the South while taking responsibility to acknowledge the problematic history that created it.
Musically, the band wishes to take part in the evolution of traditional and regional music, providing a living, contemporary voice that embraces overlapping genre boundaries while remaining aware and respectful of music history.
Formed in October of 2011, Dead Surf started as the common project of two musical soulmates, Kelsey LopezdeVictoria and Randy Moore. With the addition of Lee Garrett on drums and Mike Roberts on Bass, the band ascended into its most glorious form, much like a Japanese fighting robot. Combining catchy pop hooks with intertwining male and female vocal harmonies, Dead Surf delivers pure surf-inspired jams, perfect for any spontaneous road-trip to the beach, or liquor run. Influences include The Beach Boys, Joanna Newsom, The Ventures, and Del Shannon.
Based out of Jackson, Tennessee (a small town in between Memphis and Nashville), The Kernal is a singer-songwriter who, as he calls it, plays “Imaginary Country Music.” Listening to his debut album, Farewellhello, this is an apt description. Farewellhello has a wonderfully worn-in feel to it; like it was custom built for long drives. With its Johnny Cash-style rhythm section, the playfully plucky opener “Where We’re Standing” is a great introduction to the record, welcoming the listener in with its beautiful simplicity. But don’t let that simplicity fool you, there’s a confidence here that allows room for each song to breathe, giving way to subtle surprises in each song and at time a real sense of humor. While rooted in the nostalgia of yesterday’s country sound, it also feels incredibly modern. This complexity builds an intriguing tension within each song, which never feels forced. Each subtle movement feels natural, progressing the sound of the album from track to track.
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba features Senegalese griot Diali Keba Cissokho-a vocalist, percussionist, dancer, and master of the kora (a 21-string African harp). Diali hails from a famed lineage of musicians and storytellers traceable to the 14th century in his native West Africa. The band is rounded out by four outstanding North Carolina-raised musicians, each bringing their own musical influences to bear.
Tradition meets modernity in this band; African music embraces its American offspring, jazz and blues, and the result is a fresh and exhilarating musical experience. Irresistible dance grooves, captivating performances, fiery percussion, and super-tight arrangements communicate unforgettable joy and passion-and bring audiences into the "great love and harmony" that the band's name signifies.
Kaira Ba's distinctive sound is reminiscent of the great West African dance bands - bursting with unison melody, adventurous improvisation, fiery solos and polyrhythmic frameworks.
With lyrics in Manding, Wolof, and English, Diali Cissokho immerses the audience in stories of ancient and modern West Africa, parables that bring into focus the need for cooperation and interdependence among all people of the world.
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at USC, MVS Chandrashekhar
Howard Zinn has articulated about how you can't be neutral on a moving train. Science is the same way too. In fact, quantum mechanics asserts that the world changes when we see it. So where and how does intention play a role in the eye of the beholder? The best artists have been able to harness the malleability of perception to describe the world. I will attempt to give the layman a feel for these issues through concrete examples in science and art. Ceramics will be the starting point through concrete examples. I'll then attempt to articulate more abstract examples in the paintings through dialog with the audience.
Excercise your art skills with a creative do-it-yourself project. Staff of Richland Library will be on-hand to help inspire your masterpiece.