Arts and Culture

Evansville's Jewish Folk-Rock Band Keeps It Groovin'

Sep 13, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

On the first Friday of every month, the congregation at Temple Adath B’nai Israel in Evansville marks the start of Shabbat in a way few other synagogues do.

Their folk-rock house band, Kippah Groovin', leads the evening's prayers.

Rabbi Gary Mazo tells his congregation that the night's worship service, just a few days before the start of the High Hily Days, will not be the usual ones. Tonight, a handful of the band’s founding members, who now live across the country, are back in Evansville.

Reese Moore

The Henderson Area Arts Alliance kicks off their 25th anniversary season with a free show featuring Ranky Tanky at 7:30pm on Saturday, August 18th in Henderson's Central Park. The band, featured on Fresh Air, mixes traditional Gullah songs with jazz, gospel, and R&B among other genres. HAAA Executive Director Alex Caudill talks to WNIN's Mareea Thomas about Ranky Tanky and other upcoming shows. 

Arts Council waiting to move into new digs

Jul 27, 2018
John Gibson

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is packing up and moving…down the sidewalk. 

Arts Council Director Anne McKim tells WNIN the group is vacating its space in the Innovation Pointe building and moving to the former site of the Christian Science Reading Room at 212 Main Street…

"We have the opportunity to really expand our programing and our impact downtown by moving down the street." 

The new location is a long, narrow building that McKim said will provide more wall space for art, and no columns likes the ones in the current building…

Sam Bush To Perform At Bluegrass Museum Opening

Jul 3, 2018
Jake Jacobson / Wikimedia Commons

The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky has announced that Sam Bush will perform for its opening weekend in October. 

The mandolin player performed this past weekend in Owensboro at ROMP Fest, which is hosted by the museum.

Museum Executive Director Chris Joslin said in a press release that Bush’s show at ROMP proves the Kentucky-born musician is “at the top of his game.”

Joslin said Bush is a long-time supporter of the museum and, as a link between older and younger bluegrass players, is a good choice for the museum’s opening act.

ShrinersFest Kicks Off On The Riverfront

Jun 29, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

The audience cheered when members of the army’s parachuting team, the Golden Knights, stuck their landings on a grassy spot near the Four Freedoms Monument.

The team was rehearsing for this weekend’s shows, and the Hollingsworth’s were right there to watch. They all said it's the best place to view the parachutes.

The parachutes are the children’s favorite part. Mariah and Juanita practically finished each other’s sentence to tell me.