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UNC Musical Empowerment is hosting their first ever mini music festival on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the CURRENT ArtSpace on Franklin Street.

Musical Empowerment to host free music festival this Saturday

This Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Musical Empowerment will hold a free concert on Franklin Street for community engagement.  “We're hoping people come by, enjoy the music for some time, hang out together and then learn a little bit about Musical Empowerment,” Tess McGrinder, UNC senior and co-president of the club, said. 

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J Cole headlines Dreamville Festival on April 2, 2023 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

Thousands flood Raleigh to see Drake, J. Cole, Usher at 2023 Dreamville Festival

Dreamville Festival, put on by rapper J. Cole’s record label of the same name, claims to be “one of the most anticipated annual events in the state of North Carolina," according to its website. The event drew a crowd of over 50,000 people to Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park, where they got to see several popular rap, hip hop and R&B music acts including J. Cole, Drake and surprise guests like Lil Uzi Vert.

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Drake speaks onstage during Drake's Till Death Do Us Part rap battle on Oct. 30, 2021, in Long Beach, California.
Photo Courtesy of Amy Sussman/Getty Images/TNS.

Column: A look at the 2023 Dreamville Festival lineup

"Hip-hop artist J.Cole and his record label are headed back to Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh this weekend for the third annual Dreamville Festival. As a huge fan of the Dreamville artists and based on my attendance at the 2022 festival, here are my rankings of the artists I am most excited to see this weekend."

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Members of the cast from 'Next to Normal' rehearse at Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

'Next to Normal' is up next for Company Carolina and Pauper Players

On Friday, the UNC Pauper Players and Company Carolina will perform their version of “Next to Normal,” a musical about a mother with bipolar disorder and the impact her illness has on her family. Emma Clements, a senior and producer, said the musical was selected last summer and rehearsals have been going on since auditions were held in January. The groups chose "Next to Normal" because of the musical's focus on mental health, she said. “There's a big emphasis in the show that we should take care of ourselves and seek help, but we should also be allowed to embrace our emotions and how we feel and all of those things are also valid,” she said. 

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DTH Graphic. City & State Editor Emmy Martin and her father in 2006.

Office DJ: Stealing my dad's music taste

"Even though I'm 20 now, sometimes it feels like I'm still only old enough to be 'driving' the big tractor outside the State Farmers Market Restaurant in Raleigh. I wonder if other college students ever feel like they're in a weird limbo between childhood and adulthood. Between dependence and independence?"

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Photo Courtesy of Finesse. Rhythm and Blues group Finesse performed at the Century Center in Carrboro on Saturday, Feb. 19, as part of its Black History Month Concert Series. 

Carrboro Recreation Department hosts Black History Month concert series

Members of the Carrboro community gathered on at the Carrboro Century Center on Sunday, Feb. 19 to listen to Finesse, a rhythm and blues band, perform for the Black History Month concert series. The Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department organized the series — along with other events such as lectures and open mic poetry nights — to celebrate Black history and unite the community. 

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Guillermo Molero is pictured screaming in the flat he stayed in while studying abroad in London, with his signature curly hair straightened for the bit, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. 

Office DJ: Singing. Yelling, even.

" There’s nothing more cathartic than channeling your frustrations into a ballad you’re belting in an empty room in the middle of the night. Nothing like getting into the shower and pouring your sadness into a lament for someone’s long-lost love.  Nothing like taking a deep breath and then trying to match Whitney Houston note-for-note to get all that pressure off your chest, making you feel alive again."

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