Archive for February, 2016

Legendary Percussionist Joe Chambers to perform with Benny Hill Quartet at Cape Fear Community College on March 3

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
BENNY_HILL_SLIDE (1)Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Department, in partnership with Benny Hill Music and Music Medic, is proud to present the Benny Hill Quartet featuring Joe Chambers, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in a concert to support CFCC’s music students. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the CFCC Jazz Scholarship.
The concert will highlight many different jazz eras featuring both standard and original compositions and will include the original members of The Benny Hill Quartet, Brad Merritt, Doug Irving, and Israel Bannerman, as well as legendary drummer and vibraphonist Joe Chambers. Chambers is best known for his work with Wayne Shorter on the album Adam’s Apple. He has worked with high-profile artists such as Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Lou Donaldson, Chick Correa, and Freddie Hubbard.
Benny Hill, CFCC music instructor and saxophonist, put the show together as a way to raise funds for CFCC student musicians. “I’m so blessed and excited about the opportunity to play with a jazz legend like Mr. Chambers and help students in the process,” he said.
Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for CFCC students with a student ID, and may be purchased online atwww.capefearstage.com, by calling Ticket Central at 910-362-7999, or in person at the Ticket Central counter inside the Humanities and Fine Arts Center located at 703 N. 3rd Street.
For more information about Cape Fear Community College’s music program, please visit http://cfcc.edu/hfa/music/ or call 910-362-7000.

 

Cape Fear Stage presents: Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars on Saturday, April 23

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

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Legendary guitarists Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi will perform at Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center on Saturday, April 23, 2016 as part of their North American tour, Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars.  Tickets may be purchased this Friday, February 19, beginning at 2 p.m. online at www.capefearstage.com, by calling Ticket Central at 910-362-7999, or in person at the Ticket Central counter inside the Humanities and Fine Arts Center located at 703 N. 3rd Street in Wilmington.

About Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars:

The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a new tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning.

Introducing: Generation Axe, featuring Steve VaiZakk WyldeYngwie MalmsteenNuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi.

Beginning on April 5th in Seattle, Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars is hitting the road for 26 performances in North America.  Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, February 19th.

“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” commented Steve Vai.

The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam.  Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys.  Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems).

Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitar masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia.  A front row package (including a meet & greet), a meet & greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available.  For more information, visit www.generationaxe.com.

About the Generation Axe Members:

While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable.  Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery.  He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business.  The GRAMMY Award-winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake.  Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums.  He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.  For more info, visit: www.vai.com

GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne during which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multi-platinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set, Ozzmosis.  With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff in Guns N’ Roses.  But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are as quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad.  For more info, visit:  www.zakkwylde.com

When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down; never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others.  Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down, with his brand new record World on Fire due for release in April 2016.  For more info, visit:  www.yngwiemalmsteen.com

Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the GRAMMY-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid-1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and “Hole Hearted” that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.  For more info, visit: www.nunobettencourt.com

Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders.  Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity.  His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.  For more info, visit:  www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders

Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars is produced by Copeland International Arts and is booked by CAA.  For more information:  www.generationaxe.com.

7th Annual Pineapple Guild Foodraiser

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
frenchfilmCape Fear Community College to host Tournées French Film Festival, February 18-20
Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College will host the Tournées French Film Festival, a program of the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus from February 18-20 in the Union Station Auditorium (U-170).
The Tournées Film Festival aims to bring French cinema to American colleges and universities. Celebrating its 20th year, the Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of French cinema.
“We are thrilled to bring to Wilmington some of France’s most critically-acclaimed feature films as examples of the rich cinematographic tradition in France,” said Caroline Hudson, CFCC French instructor. “It is such an opportunity to offer these seven high quality films free to our students and to the public thanks to two generous grants: one from the FACE Foundation for six films (French-American Cultural Exchange), and one from the CFCC Foundation for another film.”
Each year, the FACE Foundation provides nearly $200,000 in Tournées Film Festival grants to fund festival endeavors and has partnered with over 450 universities and colleges, reaching an audience of over 500,000 students and community members across the United States.
The screening schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. – The Cave of Forgotten Dreams (La Grotte Des Reves Perdus), (rated G)
  • Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m. – Because I was a Painter (Parce Que J’etais Peintre), (unrated)
  • Friday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. – Daybreak (Le Jour Se Leve), (unrated, contains some violence)
  • Friday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. – Girlhood (Bande de Filles), (unrated)
  • Saturday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. – Augustine (Augustine), (unrated, contains some violence and sex)
  • Saturday, February 20, 5:00 p.m. – Mood Indigo (L’ecume des Jours), (unrated)
  • Saturday, February 20, 8:00 p.m. – The Connection (La French), (rated R)
All films are in French with English subtitles. All screenings are free and open to the public.
For more information visit http://cfcc.edu/global/french-film-festival/, or contact Caroline Hudson at chudson@cfcc.edu or Autumn McGimsey at amcgimsey@cfcc.edu.
Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de I’image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.