BAND SPOTLIGHT: The Lady Comes First

The Kannapolis based band The Lady Comes First  is the collaborative effort of Adrian Emberley and Shoney Lamar, two singer songwriters who have been honing their craft since adolescence. Over the years, after hundreds of songs written each, their individual songwriting styles have emerged full-formed, fearless and distinct. 

The two met in the murky Boston music scene in 2011 while each fronting their own successful indie rock bands.  When those bands had run their course, Adrian and Shoney found themselves living together, already singing together at open mics and during each other’s sets. The idea to begin performing together seemed inevitable.
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While listening to The Lady Comes First, one hears a combination of melodic styles from early blues and jazz singers and a clear love for modern rock and roll, citing influences such as Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Annie Lennox, Portishead, Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, and Howlin Wolf.  Adrian and Shoney are multi-instrumentalists with an unwavering focus on songwriting.
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Their distinct voices somehow blend seamlessly, often confusing audiences as to whose voice is actually being heard. Though they perform live as a stripped-down drums and guitar duo with the occasional harmonica or ukulele thrown in the mix, the studio is where the true breadth of their musical vision shines, using any and all means of fleshing out what they feel each song needs to properly convey the intended emotion and thought.


Kannapolis Arts is looking for videographers/filmmakers to create web videos

Kannapolis Arts would like to start producing a short video series that present 1 to 2 minute videos that profile an artist or band. We are looking for individuals who could come out to the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and film some of our artists talking about their work and some video of the work to edit into a short 1 to 2 minute profile. We would also like video “overviews” of the festival that capture what it’s like to attend Kaleidoscope.

If anyone is interested contact for more information.

#ArtsVote2016 campaign pushes for presidential candidates to support the arts

Every four years, extraordinary national media and political attention is placed on the top two presidential early primary/caucus states in the country: New Hampshire and Iowa.

Both the media and presidential candidates seek to learn more about the policy issues that the residents in these states care about most in order to win their vote.

As a result, an opportunity is created for advocates living in these two influential states to have meaningful discussions about the arts, the needs for the future, and the economic opportunities for growth on behalf the entire nation.

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FREE screening of Cabarrus County made faith-based/sci-fi movie

Modern Film Fest returns to the Gem Theatre with a FREE monthly screening series at the historic 900 seat theater., located at 111 West 1st St., Kannapolis.  At 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Gem Theattre there will be a free screening of an independent movie.


October’s film, screening at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 will be the faith based sci-fi film “My Name is Paul” which was filmed in CABARRUS COUNTY.

Cast and crew from the film are scheduled to do attend the screening for a short Q&A afterward.

Here is a synopsis of the film:

Paul blinded by hate and intent on destruction is determined to find and kill Peter, the enemy of his Leader. However, a terrible accident and a miraculous discovery take him off course and on a road of self-discovery where he learns to live and love the Way.

And here is one review of the movie:

This movie gives the viewer a glimpse into an apocalyptic future that is dark and grim and yet offers a ray of light and hope.

This interesting movie uses the analogy of the Apostle Paul, and how that he was once Saul, a hater and persecutor of Christians.

His turnaround was fantastic when he met the Lord on the Road to Damascus and, though blinded, received his sight again when the Christian man named Ananias prayed for him.

In this movie, Paul is a persecutor of those who follow “The Way” (Christ) and he winds up blinded during an accident. When an underground Christian named Ananias prays for him, his sight is restored and his encounter with the Lord changes his heart completely.

Now he must find the leader of the underground movement, Peter, but the anti-God government plots to use Paul to lead them to Peter.

There is a lot of action in the movie and it features the idea of being committed to one’s beliefs no matter what. Although there is nothing explicitly graphic, there are several characters that are shot and killed and a little blood seen on the ground in one scene.

We are awarding this futuristic film our Family Approved Seal for ages twelve and over due to the several killings that take place. This movie will keep your attention with its suspense and apocalyptic plot. Continue reading FREE screening of Cabarrus County made faith-based/sci-fi movie