The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Arts Council announces its next phase of programming that showcases community artists: Amplify, a monthly local music series. This concert series, hosted by guest artist Spencer Aubrey (known on stage as ps edekot), provides a professional platform for musicians to share their work with new audiences. Each episode of the monthly series will feature a unique lineup of emerging and established musicians and performance artists from a variety of genres.
The concert series began with a “soft launch” last month and will begin publicly on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Place Theater, located at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Performers on this month’s lineup include distinguished jazz saxophonist Michael Kinchen, emerging folk duo Discount Rothko (finalist in the Not Your Average Folk competition, NC Folk Festival 2022) and poet Tamika Wells.
“As a city of arts and innovation, Winston-Salem has surprisingly few venues for emerging musicians to perform professional performances,” says Corinne Bass, director of operations and theater programming for the Arts Council. “The old beloved venues like The Garage, The Werehouse/PS211, Ziggy’s and Elliot’s Revue that laid the foundations of Winston’s prolific music scene are gone. The current venues are doing a terrific job attracting national talent and regions, and we see an opportunity to help bridge the gap for local artists. With Amplify, the Arts Council is giving musicians in the community a boost – helping them reach new ears and new professional opportunities. and providing more frequent and accessible ways for audiences to experience the diverse flavors of our local music scene.
Amplify guest curator Spencer Aubrey is a creative connector. Born in Arizona, he received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Arizona State University and his master of arts in poetry from Wilkes University. He moved to North Carolina in 2019 and currently resides with his wife Emily in Boston’s historic Winston-Salem neighborhood. Spencer spends his waking hours as a freelance DJ, poet and singer, seeking depth and authenticity in his faith, as well as with his friends and family. He is a creative storyteller and poet for the Happy Hill Gardens Open Documentary Project (Renew Forsyth), has been featured as a poet and interviewed in a Wake Forest University documentary about the Boston neighborhood, and has published poetry ( North Carolina Bards) and articles (North Carolina News Daily, Barista Magazine).
“We provide a platform for local musicians and artists that they wouldn’t otherwise have, resulting in new music emerging,” says Aubrey. “Some of these groups are newly formed or young, some artists have projects they are taking in new directions, and some share things that have never been performed for live audiences before. By creating a paid opportunity for them to perform in a setting with professional sound and lighting, develop their skills, explore new projects and reach new audiences, we give artists the opportunity to seize the opportunity and follow the rhythm. our city is growing.