October 16, 2008...
Did you know that Northport, Alabama was originally called Kentuck? And that's where the Kentuck Festival of the Arts got its name. The Festival was initially a small arts celebration on the downtown sidewalk, but it's grown into a major, two-day outdoor juried art festival that attracts more than 30-thousand visitors to historic downtown Northport.
There are nationally-acclaimed folk artists, demonstrations by traditional craftsmen and music from groups as diverse as The Figs - an all-girl folk group that started as a garage band -- to Cajun band Feufollet. Feufollet has been hailed as the future of Cajun music, but it's probably more accurate to describe them as the "present" of Cajun music. Chris Stafford started Feufollet at age nine with a childhood friend. As the band has grown into young adults, they still pay homage to traditional Cajun music. At the same time, the group pushes the envelope of Cajun music. WBHM's Michael Krall spoke with accordionist, vocalist and fiddler Chris Stafford...
Alabama native Mae Robertson was living in the New York area running a business and raising a family when a friend heard her singing to her child and complimented her on her voice. With some urging, Robertson recorded her first CD and she's been writing and performing ever since. In addition to doing gigs and recording for her own record label, for several years now Robertson has performed at an annual concert to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. In fact, the proceeds from her new CD, In White Light, will also benefit Breast Cancer Research.
Singer Songwriter Mae Robertson's new CD is In White Light. The CD and her concert Oct. 23rd at the Alys Stephens Center benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.
Movie stars make acting look glamorous. If they've mastered their craft, the stars of stage make it look effortless. But, pull back the curtain and you soon learn that there's a lot of work that goes into it, and much of that work starts before an actor ever gets cast. When Birmingham actor and director Dane Peterson moved to New York City, he often found himself preparing audition pieces in a vacuum - with no one to give feedback. So, now that's he's returned to Birmingham, he's launching what he calls a "theatre salon" - to give actors a safe space to try out new material. He explains to WBHM's Tanya Ott.
Dane Peterson's Theatre Salon is Sunday evening at the Women's Clubhouse on Highland Avenue.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. If you've got an idea of the program - perhaps a musician or artist you think deserves profiling - drop us an e-mail.