Comedians Wayans, Brown Headline A Robust Weekend Of Amusement For Charlotte | WFAE 90.7

It truly is a further total weekend of enjoyment and routines in the Charlotte area. There’s Jazz at Victoria Yards in uptown, Petra’s in Plaza Midwood is hosting a single of the godfathers of hip-hop and spoken-phrase poetry, and two perfectly-known comedians are in city, as nicely — actor and comedians Damon Wayans and J Anthony Brown, a Columbia, South Carolina indigenous.

With WFAE’s “All Matters Considered” host Gwendolyn Glenn to communicate far more about them and other events for this edition of Weekend in Leisure is Patrick Moran, a author for Queen City Nerve.

Gwendolyn Glenn: Hello Pat!

Patrick Moran: Hello, Gwendolyn. Thanks for possessing me.

Glenn: Let us commence with J Anthony Brown, because he’s a form of nearby male who made it massive, to start with on the “Tom Joyner Early morning Present” and now you can hear him every single morning on the syndicated “Steve Harvey Early morning Present.”

Moran: Yeah, J Anthony Brown has had a seriously intriguing story. He is a tailor turned comedian. He was commencing to be a garments designer at Denmark Specialized Faculty. That’s an HBCU in Denmark, South Carolina. He went on a local “Gong Demonstrate” contest. And there, you know, he identified his calling. He moved to L.A. He became a employees author for “The Arsenio Hall Exhibit.” And he afterwards wrote for sitcoms these kinds of as “Parenthood.” And then from there, you know, he picked up a mic and hit the phase. Most individuals are acquainted with his operate with Tyler Perry. So he’s around a ton.

Glenn: Okay.And also on the comedy front, the star of many movies, tv sitcoms and a former “Saturday Night time Reside” cast member, Damon Wayans will be in city. Pat, tell us a lot more about him and his well-known family members.

Moran: It can be an exceptionally gifted relatives. Damon Wayans is likely best regarded for his profitable Television sitcom, “My Spouse and Youngsters.” He was an motion films, “The Last Boy Scout” with Bruce Willis. But 1st and foremost, he is a good comic. And floor zero, I think, for his admirers is the common comedy range display “In Living Coloration,” which was completed with some relatives users. Keenan Ivory Wayans, he established a bunch of characters, it’s possible is very best acknowledged as Homey the Clown. This is Wayans’ “Just Indicating” tour, and he’s generally going back to his roots. He started off out as a stand-up comedian in the early ’80s.

Glenn: Where will he be, periods and dates?

Moran: This will be at the Comedy Zone Thursday. It can be at 7 p.m. There are two displays on Friday and Saturday and then a single exhibit at 7 on Sunday.

(recording) Umar Bin Hassan Of The Final Poets: Tormenting a person another, making an attempt to ease the pressure. Dreaming of tomorrows we might like to know. Repressing our views, but wanting to row. The heart and soul and not included. Idle chatter turns into reality. My problems go unsolved.

That was Umar Bin Hassan, just one of the members of the iconic The Last Poets. The authentic team fashioned in the late 1960s throughout the Civil Rights/Black consciousness movement. Pat, convey to us much more Bin Hassan and the influence The Last Poets experienced on the region.

Moran: Bin Hassan was a key member of The Very last Poets. They introduced albums in the ’70s. They inspired jazz artists like Pharoah Sanders. But primarily Hasaan and The Past Poets are the godfathers of rap. They’re a significant affect on Public Enemy, who in change were being a massive affect on numerous performers. And they have collaborated with Common, the Wu Tang Clan and many others.

Glenn: And of program, a person of my favorites. Now, he was not with the original Very last Poets, but the subsequent customers. 1 of my favorites was Gil Scott-Heron.

Moran: Right. And Hassan is at Petra’s on Saturday. He will also be showing with our have spoken term huge, Boris Bluz Rogers. And then also Tony McCullough of the Charlotte-primarily based jazz-funk band Groove 8 will also be on the invoice.

Glenn: What time does all the things get started on Saturday?

Moran: Saturday at 8 p.m.

Glenn: Ok and far more on the music front, Ross Adams is doing Thursday at River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Heart.

Moran: So, Adams is a Charlotte singer-songwriter and his songs, they’re driven by his guitar, which can be lyrical, can be propulsive. These are pensive and potent tracks. Typically they’re clever, witty, small stories, or perhaps even thumbnail sketches about heartbreak, redemption. You can spot influencers like Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell. But Ross is his individual male. It is a unique Carolina voice.

Glenn: Appears great. What time does the concert start out?

Moran: Thursday at 7 p.m.

Robyn Springer


Robyn Springer

Glenn: And Pat, the remaining clearly show of the calendar year in the Jazz at Victoria Yards Summer months Series is Saturday with Robyn Springer headlining. Convey to us about her.

Moran: Robyn Springer is a vocal powerhouse. She can catapult you from a church pew to a juke joint to a advanced jazz club. She can go from easy to sultry to uplifting. She has played a number of occasions at the Jazz Place at Blumenthal Arts Centre, like in 2019 a superb Stevie Wonder tribute. Her most recent album is named The Acoustic Task, and it is an acoustic collaboration with guitarist and songwriter Greg Cagle.

Glenn: Time and day?

Moran: Friday at 6 p.m.

Glenn: Excellent. Nation artist Jason Aldean hits the PNC Pavilion Thursday at 7 p.m. Multi-platinum rapper Rick Ross will be at the Fillmore on Friday, as nicely. The display starts at 9 p.m. The Starving Artist Market is Thursdayevening at 5 at Armored Cow Brewing, and on Saturday night time, Alanis Morrisette will be at the PNC Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Pat, many thanks for joining us on this edition of Weekend in Entertainment.

Moran: Terrific. It’s been a pleasure.

Glenn: Patrick Moran is a author for Queen Metropolis Nerve.