Lots to Do in the Golden Belt Neighborhood – Third Friday August 19th!

Third Friday Schedule, August 19th

6 pm – 9 pm – LabourLove welcomes new artists Andrew Marder, Paula Siwek, and Scott Wilson; Here’s To Brewing Beer Sampling at LabourLove; New Show in Room 100; New Show at The Scrap Exchange

9 pm – Midnight – LabourLove After Hours with the Al Strong Quartet +1, Tickets $10

Al Strong Quartet +1

Don’t wait! Get your TICKETS today! Seating is very limited.

The Al Strong Quartet +1 will take over LabourLove Gallery for a three hour set of fine southern jazz. Gallery director, Kelly Dew, will create a live painting inspired by the evening to be auctioned during intermission.  Free wine and beer by Here’s To Brewing while it lasts. Light refreshments will be available, if you would like to bring your own bottle of wine or light snacks, please do so.

Al Strong is a Washington, D.C. native trumpeter, arranger, and composer. Since he first emerged on the scene in 1998 as a jazz studies major at NCCU, Strong has been an up and coming artist in jazz. He is an integral figure in the current local jazz scene having performed/recorded for local artists such as Mavis Swan Poole, Yahzarah, Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Voted 2011 Best Jazz Band in the Triangle), Clay Aiken, Big Daddy Kane, Orquesta Gardel, The Beast, and Zakiyah.

Strong got his first exposure to jazz while attending the esteemed Duke Ellington School for The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. There he not only received mentoring by some of the best-known names in jazz such as Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and Terrance Blanchard; but, he also gained performance experience at the world’s biggest Jazz Festivals such as North Sea and The Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Strong is an alumnus and current adjunct professor at the widely acclaimed North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Jazz Studies program. He considers his academic experience at NCCU under the direction of Dr. Ira Wiggins to be one of the most positive forces on his career today. Strong also has attained a Masters in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois.

Strong has spent time on local jazz scenes in Chicago, D.C., and abroad; however, he still considers Durham to be one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the country, and as so made it his home. Strong’s vision is to stay true to whatever style or genre of music he is asked to present, while still honoring the integrity, and spirit of the elders/ancestors who sacrificed so much to see that good music would always have an audience.

Free Beer! Here’s To Brewing Returns to LabourLove

Jason Salemme returns after a prolonged break to share his amazing home brew with our guests for Third Friday.

The following brews will be available:

Labour of Summer’s Love Hefeweizen (6.5% ABV; 21 IBUs)

This Hefeweizen is brewed with pineapple and creates a nice tropical twist to the German ale.  Named in honor of LaborLove Gallery this is a perfect thirst quencher during the hot days and nights of summer..

ESB (5.0% ABV; 32 IBUs) 

This Extra Special Bitter showcases the mild sweetness of the hops with the bitterness of mild hops that provide some spice and citrus flavors to the beer. Exceptionally refreshing and another great session beer in the lineup.

Experimental (5.75% ABV; 14 IBUs) 

This ale is a hybrid of styles to highlight various wheat and malt flavor profiles.  It is brewed with just enough mild hops to balance the malt sweetness.  Come try it out and let me know what you think!

Welcome New Artists

LabourLove is continuing to grow and we have added more artists to the collective. But we have room for more! We don’t take the saying”build it and they will come” lightly, we are planning on building out more walls/shelves/clothing racks so that we can grow the collective.  If you are interested or might know someone that is, you can find all the information here: Join the Collective.

Meanwhile, come check out the new work and our new artists this Third Friday, August 19th from 6pm-9pm!  Here is a sneak peek from Andrew Marder, Paula Siwek, and Scott Wilson:

Andrew Marder

Andrew Marder

Paula Siwek "Bird Sanctuary"

Paula Siwek

Scott Wilson "The Tree"

Scott Wilson

“Spot the Dot” and meet our artists

"Spot the Dot"

We have fine tuned the meet and greet concept to “Spot the Dot.”  If you see an artist’s work that intrigues you, and you would like to ask them questions about their process or get an idea of what they were thinking, simply look for a colored shape on the wall and then find the matching shape on the artist!

Our Artists in the News

We like to share when our artists make into the news, so starting next month we will be sending a monthly update to let you know what else our artists are up to. So, if you have a favorite, this is your chance to follow them, but for now we will just give you an idea of how this works with a couple of exciting news articles:

Other Exciting Events in the Golden Belt Neighborhood this Third Friday, August 19th from 6 pm – 9 pm

Show opening at Golden Belt/ Room 100 & Studios

Room 100 will feature a new show by artist Lee Delegard.  Be sure to check out all the artists in the studios as well!

New Show at the Scrap Exchange

Jason Osborne and Friends

August 19 – September 10

Opening Reception: Friday, August 19 from 6 to 9 pm

We hear that the Scrap Exchange will also have music for third friday!  Whew Hew, so come and enjoy the music, art and all the things that make Golden Belt the happening spot for third friday! It’s Free and open to all ages!

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