Brazilian-born Eumir Deodato deftly infuses R&B, combo jazz, Latin, funk, and symphonic musings into a zesty swirl of Grammy-winning harmony. Deodato boasts production and arrangement credits for a diverse net of performers including Aretha Franklin, Björk, Kool & The Gang, and more. High Point Theatre cradles its melody seekers in the spacious yet inviting confines of its nearly 1,000-seat auditorium, ensuring all ears are filled to the brim during Deodato's palpable performance.
Studio B's lofty, 2,400-square-foot arts and performance space is the perfect place to enjoy an evening of cultured conversation and ubiquitous urbanity. Soaring ceilings craft an acoustically decadent experience, while the glossy aquamarine cement floor tempts taciturn toe-tappers to reach down and pull out their inner Bob Fosse by the bespangled ankles. Studio B's ever-evolving events calendar brings the cochlea-captivating sounds of local and national jazz, rock, folk, and instrumental groups ($5–$10 per event), such as the Carolina-based experimental folk group Songs of Water or the pop leanings of Thieves and Villains (June 23). Jazz lovers get half off tickets to Studio B's Saturday Night Jazz events ($15–$25), usually held on the third Saturday of every month. In June's offering, singers channel the chops of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, and others in two productions of Harlem Nights, at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on June 19. Stop by on First Fridays (the first Fridays of each month) for an aural and visual feast, replete with newly exhibited art and danceable tunes.
As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the two-hour event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, where Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his daunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for select members of the audience.