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Phuzz Sounds, SECCA team up to host Pine State Holiday music festival on Saturday, Oct. 14

The good folks who put on the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, local music festival Phuzz Phest have teamed up with SECCA to host Pine State Holiday: a day of music and relaxation on the picturesque grounds of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).  Continue reading

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Lucinda Williams to perform at Millennium Center as part of SECCA’s popular Crossroads series on Friday, Aug. 11

UPDATE: The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) announces a venue change for the Crossroads #019 @ SECCA concert featuring Lucinda Williams on Friday, August 11, 2017. Due to inclement weather forecast, the concert will now be indoors at the Millennium Center downtown Winston-Salem, located at 101 West 5th St., Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Doors at the Millennium Center will open at 5 p.m. and music will begin at 7. Food trucks will be on site and a cash bar will be available inside the venue. No coolers, chairs/blankets, outside food or drinks, or pets are allowed at the venue. There are also several dining options in the downtown Winston-Salem area.

Free street parking is available after 6 p.m. and paid parking garages are throughout the downtown area. For more information including a detailed map of parking options, please visit the Millennium Center.

The Millennium Center venue provides unreserved seating and standing room areas. Seats are provided on a first come, first served basis.

“We regret having to move the concert from outside on the SECCA grounds, but weather forecasts are predicting thunderstorms and lightning for Friday, which would make doing the show outside difficult and potentially unsafe.” said Andy Tennille, curator of the Crossroads @ SECCA concert series and a member of the SECCA Foundation board. “We appreciate the support of our sponsors, vendors and audience in this decision and thank Greg Carlyle and his team at the Millennium Center for their help.”

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SECCA to host David Holt with special guest Amythyst Kiah on May 20

Don’t miss this opportunity to see four-time Grammy award winner David Holt and his band along with special guest Amythyst Kiah at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem
The concert, which is a Crossroads @ SECCA event, is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Music Center.

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Zoe & Cloyd to release second album, ‘Eyes Brand New,’ on April 7, tour dates announced for March, April

Listen up: Fans of the former Americana trio Red June will be happy to hear Zoe & Cloyd, the Appalachian roots husband and wife duo that made up two-thirds of that group, have a second full-length album, “Eyes Brand New,” coming out April 7.

I have had the opportunity to hear Zoe & Cloyd perform at MerleFest as well as at SECCA in as part of “MerleFest on the Road.” I was particularly impressed by the fiddle stylings of Weinstein and the guitar and banjo talents of Miller as well as their gorgeous harmonies. Their traditional approach to their music take you back to an earlier era. If you like Mandolin Orange, you’ll like Zoe & Cloyd.

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller — who have been making music together in various arrangements since first meeting in 2005 — recorded the new album at Sound Temple Studios with fellow musician and engineer Chris Rosser.

The CD Release Show will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. A schedule of the duo’s March and April dates preceding the release show follow.

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SECCA opens ‘SoundSeen: Remix Exhibit’ with free performance by jazz artist Anthony Braxton

From the good folks over at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA):

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 6, 2017) — Legendary jazz artist and MacArthur Fellow Anthony Braxton highlights the opening night of SECCA’s SoundSeen:Remix with a live performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium.

This is one of only two scheduled performances in the U.S. this year by Braxton, who has released more than 100 albums in his  40-plus year career. Performance and exhibit admission are free.

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Gillian Welch, David Rawlings to perform at Crossroads @ SECCA on Aug. 25, tickets on sale June 13

From the good folks over at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA):

SECCA is proud to announce that Gillian Welch will headline its concert series Crossroads @ SECCA for an outdoor concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $30 – $40 and go on sale 11 a.m. June 13 at All tickets are general admission, lawn seating and outdoors, rain or shine.

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Catch Justin Townes Earle and Caleb Caudle on Saturday, Dec. 13, @SECCA concert series

Fresh off the success of his newest album, “Single Mothers,” Justin Townes Earle is preparing to release, “Absent Fathers,” (hmm wonder who’s the subject?), which he recorded simultaneously. But first he’s coming to Winston-Salem on Saturday, Dec. 13, to headline The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) Crossroads@SECCA concert series. Winston-Salem-based alt-country singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle will open the show that marks the 11th installment of the series. I had the pleasure of catching Caudle at a private performance at Underdog Records earlier this year and I thought he was great. I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Earle perform live. Hoping to change that this weekend.

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