Top 10 Videos of 2019

Saturday, December 21, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we are reflecting on some of the biggest moments of Come Hear North Carolina this year. Over the last 12 months, we published dozens of video's profiling musicians venues and one-of-a-kind concert series in North Carolina. We’ve compiled the 10 most popular videos of the year below! 

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Behind the Scenes with Phonte Coleman and Holland Randolph Gallagher

Musician Phonte Coleman and filmmaker Holland Randolph Gallagher, creator of the Durham, N.C. based web series Hype, produced two documentary shorts about the Little Brother for Come Hear North Carolina. Started in a college dorm room by a group of North Carolina Central students in 2001, Little Brother defined the sound of Durham hip-hop for years to come, constructing a style altogether distinct from everything to the north and south. This level of innovation turned heads with some of hip-hop’s biggest names, and the members of Little Brother (9th Wonder, Big Pooh and Phonte) have gone on to work with superstars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Questlove, who appears in the documentary shorts. Through the use of extensive interviews with the group and never before seen archival footage, short films chronicle key moment in Little Brother’s past and present: the creation of their first album and their surprise reunion show at Art of Cool in 2018. Phonte and Holland have worked together before, on Hype and they reflect on their collaboration and Come Hear North Carolina in this clip.

 

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Rhiannon Giddens | Come Hear North Carolina In The Water Concert

For her In The Water session Greensboro, North Carolina's Rhiannon Giddens took the Come Hear North Carolina team across the state to Wilmington  - to share the too-often-forgotten history of the Wilmington insurrection of 1898. The tragic events of that year saw a white supremacist mob take over the city of Wilmington, burn and destroy African American-owned businesses and take an untold number of African American lives. Before the insurrection, Wilmington was considered to be one of the South's great examples of a city coming together in Reconstruction.

 

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Vanessa Ferguson | Come Hear North Carolina In The Water Concert

Nina Simone was an integral part of the 2019 Year of North Carolina Music. Our campaign coincided with a national effort to restore the iconic musician and Civil Rights leader's childhood home in Tryon, N.C. In this moving In the Water performance - supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation - Vanessa Ferguson, a performer from Greensboro, N.C. who gained national fame and fans as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” in season 12, performs Nina Simone's work in the legend's childhood home which was designated a National Treasure in the summer of 2019.

 

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Music at the Mansion: Charly Lowry & Friends

"Music I would say is very central in our lives just because there so many talented people that it’s undeniable," said Charly. "I've had a love affair with music and wanting to entertain since I was a toddler. It's always been something that makes me feel alive." Charly interweaves stories about significant her musical roots, Robeson County, and indigenous music and cultural pioneers throughout her 60-minute set, which features support by a talented group of musicians from her home community.

 

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Music at the Mansion: The Harris Brothers

The Harris Brothers are are steeped in the cultural traditions of their home region in the western Piedmont and foothills of Caldwell County. They started playing music through the influence of family members and neighbors, who tutored them in country, bluegrass, swing and blues music that you find in and around Lenoir, which was once a furniture making center in North Carolina. The kicked off the Music at the Mansion series, hosted by First Lady Kristin Cooper.

 

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the Mountain Goats | Come Hear North Carolina In The Water Concert

Durham, North Carolina's the Mountain Goats wanted to record their In The Water session in John Coltrane's hometown of Hamlet, N.C. The session was filmed at the beautiful Hamlet Depot, the only Victorian Queen Anne-style train station in the state.

 

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the Mountain Goats "Let Me Bathe In Demonic Light" | Come Hear North Carolina In The Water Concert

The Mountain Goats premiered a brand new song in their In The Water concert, and to the surprise of anyone familiar with the band - their cult following of devoted fans loved the new song.

 

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Homecoming: The Story Behind Little Brother's Surprise Reunion at The 2018 Art of Cool Festival

In 2018 Little Brother shocked the hip hop community with a surprise reunion at the Art of Cool music festival in Durham, N.C. Their unannounced reunion came together in a matter of hours, and marked the first time the group had performed together in over a decade. Through candid interviews with the founding members of Little Brother, this short film explores the story behind the band's estrangement and subsequent reunion show. It is the second of two short films about the group directed by Holland Randolph Gallagher, creator of the web series Hype, and produced in collaboration with Little Brother for Come Hear North Carolina.

 

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The Listening: The Story Behind Little Brother's Debut Album

Started in a college dorm room by a group of North Carolina Central students in 2001, the Justus League collective and offshoot trio Little Brother defined the sound of Durham hip-hop for years to come, constructing a style altogether distinct from everything to the north and south. This level of innovation turned heads with some of hip-hop’s biggest names, and the members of Little Brother (9th Wonder, Big Pooh and Phonte) have gone on to work with superstars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Questlove, who appears in the documentary. Through the use of extensive interviews with the group and never before seen archival footage, The Listening chronicles a key moment in Little Brother’s past and present: the creation of their first album. It is the first of two short films about the group directed by Holland Randolph Gallagher, creator of the web series Hype, and produced in collaboration with Little Brother for Come Hear North Carolina.

 

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Music at The Mansion: Mandolin Orange

It's fair to say that Chapel Hill's Mandolin Orange are darlings of the folk music scene. The duo played a beautiful set at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh that helped usher in a partnership between Come Hear North Carolina and the Americana Music Association (AMA). Their performance featured intimate storytelling and a guest appearance by John Teer of Chatham County Line.