Voices From The Community Apr 14th: Saxophonist, Letron Brantley

Photo of Letron "LTrain" BrantleyHe’s been actively playing the saxophone since he was 15 years old, and his heavy influences include Jazz, Gospel, and R&B music. They call him “LTrain” and on Thursday, April 14th during Voices From The Community I’ll talk with him about his musical journey, his current show schedule and upcoming release.

Letron “LTrain” Brantley studied music at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, allowing him to hone his craft as well as perform with various Jazz, Soul, and Funk groups. During his musical career, Letron performed with many great musicians and performers such as Jazz recording artist Bob Mintzer, saxophonist Lenny Picket of the Saturday Night Live band, and Gospel recording artist Donnie McClurkin to name a few. Currently, Letron serves as the musical director for the Nicci Canada Jazz Orchestra as well as band leader for the regional Jazz and Dance band Jazz Revolution.  He’s an active music community supporter and clinician who is dedicated to the mission of embracing and encouraging musicians like himself to be persistent in their craft while always striving for excellence.

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Voices From The Community, hosted by Bridget B., airs Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org or CLTCRadio.org. Feel free to ask a question of our hosts and/or guests while you listen via Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio.

Bridget B. ~ Voices From The Community

Soul Connections Apr 19th: Entrepreneur, Marvin Wilson

Photo of Marvin Wilson**Rescheduled: Now Airing LIVE April 19th**

Do you see with your Mind or do you see with your Eyes? My next Soul Connections guest, airing LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio this Tuesday, April 12th, is Marvin Wilson.

He’s known as Meta-Marvin and he emerged from a gift of the universe in the form of a book. From this book, he was introduced to many perspectives of life that led to an inspiring transformation of his life. During a 12 hour shift at work, a former co-worker gave him a book called “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen that opened the doors to limitless knowledge.

As a new entrepreneur, Meta-Marvin knew his life could be transformed into higher levels by obtaining new knowledge and being consistent with what he had learned. With the understanding of everything being connected, he named one of his businesses “Secret Entertainment Group” from a book called, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. His entertainment company led him to meet people with enhanced knowledge, epic goals and perseverance. Meta-Marvin quickly knew that being in the presence of such people would propel him to new heights, new opportunities, and motivate him to share this knowledge with others.

Join in the conversation of learning on Tuesday, April 12th to see with your Mind’s Eye. Nature provides us with the ability to hear with our ears, and our minds help us to do something with what we hear—that’s the difference between hearing and listening. There’s another level of listening that goes beyond that process, though. It’s tapping into the power of the Mind.

As always, I will allow 15 minutes at the end of the show for my signature private Guest reading.

Image for Soul ConnectionsSoul Connections, hosted by Denise Peters, airs every Tuesday from 8:00pm to 9:00pm via CharlotteCommunity Radio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts.

Denise Peters ~ Soul Connections

Simply aPauling Apr 11th: Stand-up Comedian, Nick Alexander

Photo of Stand-up Comedian, Nick AlexanderMonday, April 11th, Simply aPauling airs on Charlotte Community Radio from 9pm to 10pm and my in-studio guest this week is good friend Nick Alexander. Nick was one of the first stand-up comedians I met when I moved to Charlotte and we got along from the beginning. We had a lot in common outside of comedy, and I blame him for getting me addicted to WWE again.

Before doing comedy, Nick lived in Las Vegas as a professional poker player, and if you’re wondering how that went, there’s a reason he’s back in Charlotte doing comedy open mic nights. Nick covers a wide range of subjects from growing up in the ‘90s to politics, to the irresponsibility and laziness of his generation. He’s showcased his witty, playful, and well crafted jokes at music venues, comedy clubs, theaters and bars throughout a significant part of the country…depending on your definition of significant. Nick has worked with Bobcat Goldthwait, Andy Sandford, Joe Zimmerman and Chris D’Elia, he’s been featured on College Humor, was part of the mildly successful sketch group KYC Comedy, and hopes to one day be able to make eye contact with strangers. He’s one of the hardest working comedians in Charlotte right now, and I can’t wait to sit down and talk to him about his past and future.

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Simply aPauling, hosted by Paul Pallotta, airs every other Monday from 9:00pm to 10:00pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our guests and hosts during the show.

Paul Pallotta ~ Simply aPauling


Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Apr 8th: Beeswing Trio

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Beeswing – Margaret Rush, Jeanne Chirdon Herbas & Andi Hearn

The Charlotte Folk Society’s (CFS) April Gathering features Beeswing, a lively trio of women devoted to traditional music who share a special love for the songs and dance tunes of Ireland.

Soaring, diving, darting through sunshine and shadow, buzzing with vibrant, vital energy: the music of Beeswing takes you to many places – most especially, to a happiness that feeds your soul and sends you on your way humming. Beeswing

Margaret Rush (vocal, guitar) grew up in Dublin surrounded by a wealth of musical influences and her plaintive singing style conveys all this, and the power of the song itself to the listener. She is an enthusiastic sharer of songs, tunes, and music tradition everywhere she goes, and her responsive, rhythmic, DADGAD-tuned guitar accompaniment is the springboard for Beeswing’s soaring melodies and the truly enriching musical conversations that follow.

Jeanne Chirdon Herbas (banjo, vocals), born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio amongst a family of Irish musicians, learned her music from the playing of Sligo flute player Tom Byrne. Her style, and her eloquent and spritely touch on the banjo, were cemented after three years living in County Cork, Ireland, where she soaked up lots of great music at festivals and sessions.

Andi Hearn (fiddler, singer) has spent more than 20 years learning Irish fiddle music from the tradition’s very best music exponents. Along the way, she has also collected and studied songs from the vast unaccompanied “sean-nos” ballad tradition of Ireland, as well as solo songs from all over the world. Her vocal style is as rich and hearty as her fiddle tunes.

These three women are Beeswing and they’ll be in the listening room of  The Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm this Friday, April 8th as presented in partnership with the Charlotte Irish Connection and Charlotte Community Radio.

All CFS Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated.