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The BUZZ This Season pre-interview: Courtney Devores, panelist

October 14, 2012

The BUZZ This Season on Oct. 24 is an event where arts fans can engage in thoughtful discussion about our city’s cultural scene with local critics and journalists. Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts, host Tony Brown will guide the discussion onstage between five of the city’s thought-leaders on the arts and culture: Mike Collins of Charlotte Talks on WFAE; Courtney Devores, who writes about popular music for The Charlotte Observer and Charlotte Magazine; Michael J. Solender, a freelance writer and City Life Editor at Charlotte Viewpoint; Perry Tannenbaum, theater critic for Creative Loafing; and Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer’s theater critic.

The BUZZ This Season kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square. Admission is free! Click here for more info on the event. As a lead-up to the event, the panelists shared their thoughts on some questions. Today, Courtney Devores talks about what’s on her mind:

What area(s) will you discuss during The BUZZ This Season?

Music events and concerts. I may venture into kid’s music events, too, since that’s something I look for now more closely. I don’t cover too many symphony concerts but I’m excited about conductor Jacomo Rafael Bairos’ “Dancin’, Rockin’ and Hip-hoppin’” program in January. My kids are obsessed with music.

Which show(s) are you most looking forward to? Which one are you keeping an eye on… because of subject matter, cast, musicians, etc.?

I’m most excited about David Mayfield and his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield at Evening Muse in December. Both are very different (he’s hilarious, she’s timeless) live, but both are fantastic and to have them together is a treat. There’s lots of Americana — Kathleen Edwards, because I had just had a baby last time she was here. I always love Justin Townes Earle and Tift Merritt, and they’re together at McGlohon. Lots of good rock. Chappo at the Muse, the Whigs, who are great live at the Visulite the same night as Wolf Gang, who opened for Coldplay this summer, at Stage Door. I really enjoy Silversun Pickups, too. They’re at the Fillmore at the end of November. They always create a vibe. Oh, and the Yacht Rock Revue at Visulite in January looks like a must-see even though I’m not a fan of that era. My husband and best friend love it. And I do love camp.

What’s your biggest hope for the city’s cultural scene in ’12-’13?

Music-wise, it truly seems like there are big possibilities for Charlotte bands breaking out on a national level, which seems like it would only draw more attention here. Hopefully, outside attention will invigorate audiences to go out and check out more local artists. There are several bands from mainstream rock to hip-hop to alternative involved with labels and development. You never know which ones will hit, but it should be interesting to watch.

Coming Up

Wednesday: Lawrence Toppman

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