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September 19, 2009 – QNotes

SC Pride in photos

Close to 7,000 people from across South Carolina (and even some from North Carolina and Georgia!) gathered Sept. 12, 2009, in Columbia’s Finlay Park for the 20th anniversary celebration of SC Pride. President Ryan Wilson (pictured) presided over his last year as head honcho of the statewide Pride group. He’ll step down as planning and …

escape: artist

DJ Escape brings his big room beat to Raleigh

While many of today’s top DJs complain of the lull in today’s dance scene — arguing crowds are waning and clubs are not investing money in parties — Escape says clubland is actually experiencing a resurgence. “The scene is more fun than ever,” he says. “All of a sudden, the industry is back to high …

A season of sound

Q-Notes' annual Music Issue

Musical performers of all stripes are heading to the Carolinas this fall — Pop, Jazz, Country, Classical and more. Here are some of Q-Notes’ editorial staff’s picks. Featured Picks Zac Brown Band Topping Billboard charts with singles “Chicken Fried,” “Whatever it is,” and “Toes,” the Atlanta, Ga.-based Zac Brown Band is taking Country music fans …

‘Drift’-ing into Raleigh

Actor Christian Campbell in cast of new musical, in town for NC Pride

Actor Christian Campbell has come a long way since he played the adorably youthful Gabriel in the 1999 film “Trick.” The Toronto native starred in “Reefer Madness,” played the closeted gay Republican son of a preacher in the short-lived NBC drama “The Book of Daniel,” and appeared as a recast Bobby Warner on ABC’s “All …

The Sanford effect

Governor’s sex scandal paved way for mainstream news coverage of Andre Bauer’s outing

Andre Bauer is gay. Or, at least that’s the rumor. One-time U.S. House candidate, openly lesbian Linda Ketner, repeated the meme in June. But it was Washington, D.C.-based blogger and activist Mike Rogers who leant the claim a bit more credibility when he reported on Bauer in early September. Rogers’ work usually doesn’t get that …

NC Pride at 25

Festival unites region with parade, parties, community events

DURHAM — It is a quarter-century worth of Pride. A history of community building, equality and awareness. During the last weekend of September, thousands of Tar Heel LGBTs will gather in Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh for the NC Pride Fest and Parade. The festivities include parties, social hours and a concert on Friday, Sept. …

Spaulding speaks

Durham-based blogger Pam Spaulding will keynote NC Pride 2009

DURHAM — It is an honor five years in the making. On Sept. 26, Durhamite Pam Spaulding will take to the NC Pride Fest stage and deliver the annual festival’s keynote address. “I feel honored to be asked to be asked to do it — after being the average citizen attending the parade, and now …

Indigo Girls cap off Pride weekend

The Indigo Girls will serve up a great finish to NC Pride Fest weekend. They’ll perform in the HopeFest along with Matt Nathanson at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. on Sunday, Sept. 27. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the Girls hitting the stage at about 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for gold circle, …

‘Voice like an angel’

20-year-old pianist performs at Evening Muse

Twenty-year-old Seth Glier’s voice catches you off guard, like the first time you heard Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall sing “Holding Back The Years.” Glier backs up this “aha” moment with an album’s worth of diverse material — showcasing his rich falsetto, his Cat Stevens-esque hushed storytelling, and a prodigious vocal range in between. On Nov. …