Music in Your Backyard

If you've ever been to a live music show in Charlotte, you've likely seen Daniel Coston taking pictures. It's what he does.

I first met Daniel about a decade ago. He was shooting someone at the old Jack Straw's (Drivin' and Cryin', maybe?), and I was there for the music. I was also working here, and we needed freelance photogs. I introduced myself, and he's been shooting off and on for us ever since.

But he's really hit it big with his music photography (he might beg to differ with "hit it big," but I think being published in every major music magazine in the country, plus contributing to packaging for numerous CDs is pretty impressive). In October 2006, we ran a photo essay of his work. And this weekend, he opens his very own show at Levine Museum of the New South . The exhibit, called Music in Your Backyard, shows Daniel's photos of N.C. musicians (from The Avett Brothers to Doc Watson) and runs in conjunction with the museum's Rhythm and Roots: Exploring Southern Music Traditions exhibit. On Sunday, head to the museum at 2 p.m. for a reception to kick off the exhibit. There'll be some good Southern chow, and at 3 p.m., museum historian Tom Hanchett leads a special program called Hotter Than Nashville. It explores how Charlotte was a major recording center for country music, gospel and blues during the 1920s – 1940s. Tom'll discuss the history and share rare photos and sound clips from that era. (The reception is free, the program is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers.)

While you're there, check out another new exhibit, the excellent Comic Stripped . And tell 'em The Daily Buzz sent ya. —R.T.

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