David Menconi, Durham Herald-Sun

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Durham Herald-Sun

Raleigh, NC, United States

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Past articles by David:

Elton John saying goodbye and Hootie saying hello highlight 2019 spring concerts

Paul McCartney, Elton John, KISS and Hootie & the Blowfish will bring their tours to Raleigh, NC, this spring while Dreamville Festival tries again for Dix Park. → Read More

‘Best of Enemies’ film brings a pivotal moment of Durham’s history to life

“The Best of Enemies” stars Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell as Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis and Taraji P. Henson as civil-rights activist Ann Atwater. It tells the true story of events in Durham, NC. → Read More

The revolutionary art in ‘Pop America’ exhibit helps define what ‘America’ looks like

Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and other pop-art giants have works in “Pop America” at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. → Read More

Dawes, Mipso and other favorites coming to the NC Museum of Art’s 2019 concert series

Dawes, Mipso, Steep Canyon Rangers and Trampled by Turtles are among the acts playing the NC Museum of Art’s outdoor-concert series in 2019. → Read More

Raleigh band Sidecar Social Club stars in a short film with a ‘SNL’ connection

Wilmington is scene of the crime in ‘At Midnight,’ set at a wedding where Raleigh’s Sidecar Social Club is the band. ‘Saturday Night Live’ film production coordinator Louis Leuci directed. → Read More

Scotty McCreery nabs his second No. 1 country hit with love song to his wife

Country singer Scotty McCreery earns his second consecutive No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Singles Chart with “This is It,” a song he co-wrote for Gabi Dugal, his longtime girlfriend who he married last year. → Read More

‘I felt these voices were significant.’ Grammy nominee creates portrait of rural creativity.

UNC professor and folklorist William Ferris’ “Voices of Mississippi” is nominated for this year’s Grammy for Best Historical Album. The Grammys will be presented Sunday, Feb. 10. → Read More

One of the world’s first ‘augmented reality’ murals leaps from downtown Raleigh wall

‘Abstracted Motion,’ sponsored by Google, is a three-dimensional Augmented Reality mural in downtown Raleigh on South Salisbury Street. Viewers need to download an app to get the full effect. → Read More

Mandolin Orange quietly has become one of the biggest live draws around

Mandolin Orange, the North Carolina folk-pop duo, is performing in Durham to celebrate the release of their new album, ‘Tides of a Teardrop.’ → Read More

As ‘Black Panther’ racks up awards buzz, it’s returning to theaters for free

‘Black Panther’ broke ground as the first black-superhero movie in the Marvel Comics Universe. After grossing more than $1 billion and earning seven Academy Award nominations, it plays for free on select screens Feb. 1-7. → Read More

Band Together NC announces its headline act for Red Hat Amphitheater

St. Paul & the Broken Bones, a soul band from Alabama, will headline the 2019 concert for Band Together NC, a non-profit that raises money for charitable causes with concerts. The organization has raised $9 million since 2001. → Read More

Cher apologizes for dropping expletives at her Raleigh concert: ‘I’m inconsolable’

Cher’s ‘Here We Go Again’ tour date at Raleigh’s PNC Arena had songs, dancing and some harsh language. She issued an apology on Twitter for her language. → Read More

Ringo Starr set to perform in the Triangle, years after HB2 cancellation

Ringo Starr, of Beatles fame, and his All Starr Band will bring their anniversary tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center. In 2016, he canceled a Triangle stop because of HB2. → Read More

Review: If you’re Cher, normal rules of time and space do not apply. She’s still fabulous.

Cher’s Here We Go Again Tour at Raleigh’s PNC Arena is a multi-media scrapbook of her career, with most but not all of her biggest hits. Nile Rodgers’ Chic opened her show. → Read More

International Blues Challenge winner is Jon Shain, from Durham

The International Blues Challenge draws competitors from across the world. Durham blues musician Jon Shain won the solo/duo category in Saturday night’s finals at Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. → Read More

‘Country Megaticket’ shows highlight some of country music’s biggest stars

The 2019 Country Megaticket at Raleigh’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek includes summer dates for Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and other big country acts. → Read More

Link Wray, the most important guitarist you’ve never heard of, belongs in the Hall of Fame

Link Wray, Dunn native and hugely influential guitarist for the 1958 garage-rock classic “Rumble,” is up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2014 class. Musicians agree he deserves to get in, but will he? → Read More

A new online series stars the Durham music scene. One of the city’s biggest stars is behind it.

Phonte Coleman of Little Brother and Foreign Exchange is executive producer of “Hype,” a new online series from filmmaker Holland Gallagher. It shows the music and tech-startup world in Durham. → Read More

At the NC Museum of Art, Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence goes beyond flowers

Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists, will have an exhibit at NC Museum of Art that places her alongside contemporary artists, including Negar Ahkami, Britny Wainwright and Cynthia Daignault. → Read More

Watch the film ‘High Fidelity’ with John Cusack, the movie’s star

John Cusack will attend a screening of “High Fidelity,” the 2000 film based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 best-seller, in Raleigh. He’ll answer questions after about his career, which includes roles in “Say Anything” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.” → Read More