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Sunday Q&A: Wyndhem Ennaemba

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Trombonist (Atlantis Collective), Label Co-Founder (CloudStepper Records), Audio Engineer (The Loft Recording Studio) How did playing in a marching band prepare you to become a professional musician? “A lot of the marching band stuff that I did, especially later in high school, was in more of a leadership role. A lot of it was listening skills—knowing how to be part of a band. The leadership...

Sunday Q&A: Jontavious Willis

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A Budding Blues Star and the Destiny of Success Baptized into blues stardom two years ago by the legendary Taj Mahal as “my wonderboy,” Greenville, Georgia native Jontavious Willis has already enjoyed a blockbuster 2019. His music drove the Kia “Just a Small  Town in Georgia” commercial aired during the Super Bowl halftime in February. Last week, he dropped the album Sophisticated Class...

Ramble On

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Joey Allcorn wondered if he “could live a normal life” three years ago when he moved into his grandparents’ house off River Road. An alt-country troubadour seasoned well past his 38 years, Allcorn made a big splash soon after graduating from Shaw by winning a regional talent contest. He spent 15 years traversing the South form show to show, back and forth to Nashville for studio sessions. “I...

Of Men, Music & Myth

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Now entering its second weekend at the Springer Opera House, Kudzu the Musical celebrates in story and song this place we call home—the quintessential eccentric Southern community that is Columbus, Georgia. In this Q&A with Electric City Life Editor Frank Etheridge, local music luminary Allen Levi shares his insights into the original musical theater production he created in collaboration...

Good Viberations

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“St. EOM made up his own words, like Pasaquan and viberations,” Charles Fowler says. “We decided we wanted to bring back Artists for Pasaquan weekend but to put our own spin on it. So in the spirit of St. EOM, we renamed it a word we came up with: Pasafest.” An artist and musician, Fowler is also caretaker of Pasaquan: the surreal vision of inter-planetary utopia on 7 acres erected by mystic...

Words & Music, Southern Gothic Style

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“I’ve written one song off Reflections of a Golden Eye from the passage where the main guy takes his wife’s horse out riding,” Aimee Bobruk says of a songwriting process that led the Austin, Texas musician to where she sat Tuesday night, sipping wine on the front porch of  Carson McCullers’ childhood home. “He’s riding, loses control and finds his bliss,” she continues, talking during a quick...

A Star Is Born

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Fresh from summer break, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra returns to the RiverCenter stage tonight eager to share its new star attraction. While plenty of excitement surrounds the return of classical piano phenom Clare Huangci to perform with CSO, the buzz building inside Bill Heard  Theatre is not about a person or a player. It’s about a piano. A really, REALLY nice piano. This elite concert...

Hidden Gem

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“We’re the best kept secret in Columbus, Georgia,” Columbus Botanical Garden Development and Marketing Director Danita Gibson Lloyd says, standing on the brick courtyard behind the simple elegance of the 19th century farmhouse housing the nonprofit’s offices and special-event space on a sunny summer afternoon. “And we no longer want to be a secret.” With more than 10,000 visitors annually to the...

Columbus Screams for The Estate

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WRITTEN BY SETH SEYMOUR There have been several underground music venues in Columbus over the years that have catered to an alternative fanbase. Whether you saw hip hop & metal at The Sanctuary, or you were a scene kid at The Core or Gallery 13 back in the day, there has always been a spot you could find fringe music in town. The Estate is the latest bearer of that torch and has far surpassed...

Royal Treatment

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Royal Treatment Local music-community stalwarts honored as Music Legends by Frank Etheridge “Yeah, it’s pretty damn nice,” Tim O’Brien says of being included in the local class of honorees at the Music Legends Awards.  Humble in tone but brimming with gracious good vibes, as he prepared to close up shop at his American Guitar Boutique on 13th Street in Phenix City and hit the red carpet leading...