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for Indy Week Vol. 31 Issue 40, October 2014
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Durham’s Lakewood Shopping Center is seeing a new store arrive and possibly, the start of some growth. The Scrap Exchange is a reuse, art and creative center which sells items to artists that might normally go to the garbage dump. With its arrival, hope for the revitalization of the neighborhood and shopping center is high as many think the business and its customers will attract others.
The bluegrass festival is fast becoming Raleigh’s signature annual event. The World of Bluegrass conference and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival are being supported by the city like no event in the past. Some question whether the festival will be as successful in its second year, but increased growth and excitement surrounding this year’s festival, suggest it may stay in Raleigh for years to come.
Raleigh resident Joe Newberry is an award winning songwriter and will perform at this year’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Newberry serves as the director of communications for the North Carolina Symphony. Newberry’s songs have won several awards as performed by artists such as the Gibson Brothers and he has performed together with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion several times.
Mentally ill inmate Michael Anthony Kerr died of dehydration after a month-long stay in solitary confinement. Kerr’s death has spurred investigations by the State Bureau of Investigations and Disability Rights NC. Disability Rights is composing several reforms that will guide how prisons treat mentally ill inmates in the future.
Music Makers Relief Foundation is a nonprofit record label dedicated to promoting forgotten blues, gospel, soul, and country artists. Founder Tim Duffy looks specifically for musicians who have the closest connect to the earliest forms of the blues. The label helps promote the artists, rebuild their careers, and pay the artists for their talent. All this is in effort to make sure the artists talent is known and lives on beyond their life and local area.