Music

One of tenets of Buddhism is: ‘We’re all connected.’ A live concert this Friday night at Virginia Tech will celebrate that idea. Faculty from The School of Performing Arts will perform with Musicians in California, New York and Mexico. They’ll all be connected via the Internet and the public is invited.

Rocking the Wall

Nov 6, 2014
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On Sunday the world will remember a startling event.  Twenty-five years ago, East Germany announced it would no longer stop its people from passing through a wall that had divided Germany for a generation. 

Historians point to the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, supposing the new leader of that country, Mikael Gorbachov, would no longer  support East German leaders, but there’s another theory going around – a claim that rock and roll music helped topple the wall.

Over the years, Virginia has nurtured a variety of arts and crafts - from beekeeping  and quilting to making farm implements and mole sauce. 

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities wants to keep these traditions alive through an apprenticeship program pairing young people with old masters willing to share their skills. 

“No, no.  They’re below the finished or special export they call it now, but anyway they’re decent.”

Cigar Box Blues

Oct 1, 2014

Hard economic times sometimes give rise to remarkable products, and here in Virginia one of them is making a comeback. 

The cigar box guitar was especially popular during the Great Depression, and these days you’ll find YouTube videos showing how to make your own. 

We talked with a retired plumber who’s devoting his life to the instrument.

Steve Armstrong has been many things in his life – a Marine who served in Vietnam, a biker with heavy tattoos, a plumber who supported a wife and kids, and a musician who was well-known in Richmond, Virginia.

The Music Never Dies

Sep 25, 2014

“The Music Never Dies: A Jazz Documentary” will tell the story of several legends of jazz and blues as the movie producers catch up with them in their later years.

Some of them are in their 60s and 70s and still laying gigs entertaining jazz and blues loving audiences around the country and beyond.

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