Friday on the Square: Jazz Concert with Cashmere Williams and Band

Join friends, family and co-workers to experience Friday on the Square featuring a jazz concert by Cashmere Williams and his band on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m.   
Cashmere Williams has become one of the most prominent musicians in the Southeast. He has recorded three albums on Lenoah Records Label established in 1998. He started playing the guitar in church at the young age of seven years old where he honed his skills and learned how to interact with different musicians. In 1995, he was accepted into Berkley College of Music on a partial scholarship where he majored in composition and arranging while studying with world-class musicians. In 2003, he was asked to back Ruben Studdard and began touring nationally appearing on shows like: The David Letterman Show, The Ellen DeGeneres show, the Jay Leno Show, The View, and many more. After three years on the road, Cashmere slowed down so he could focus on spending time with his newly born daughter Harmonie Williams which spawned his latest release “New Birth” Presently, cashmere’s working on publishing his first book due for release in 2016.
“Police Chief Tommie Reese encouraged the arts council to contact Cashmere Williams for a jazz concert on Public Square,” says Two Rivers Arts Council President Carolyn Cowling. “Last year’s concert was a huge success and the weather was perfect. I think our community is in for an entertaining night of music!”
The event is sponsored by the Two Rivers Arts Council.  The event is free and the public is encouraged to bring coolers, chairs, and blankets for this night of jazz in Public Square in historic, downtown Demopolis. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Marengo County History and Archives Museum located behind The Mustard Seed in the Rosenbush Building.
We encourage everyone in Marengo County to support the arts by becoming a member of the Two Rivers Arts Council.  An Individual membership is $25 and a patron membership that includes two membership cards is $60. For more information contact Judy Etheridge at 334-295-4254  or visit us on Facebook.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. opens Thursday at DHS

Aladdin, played by Brian Tripp, reacts to Genie, played by Tyler Ward, in Monday’s dress rehearsal at DHS. Aladdin Jr. opens Thursday at 7 p.m. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Prepare to be transported to the land of Agrabah this weekend as the Tiger Arts Guild (TAG) at Demopolis High School presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

“The beautiful colors and costumes, the uplifting music, we really just hope that patrons are able to come in and be transported to the world of Agrabah,” said director Jody Tartt. “The show is visually stunning, and ultimately my goal is for it to be an escape for those who come to see it.”

Tartt, who has led the theater program at DHS for 16 years, was quick to point out those who have helped make the show a success.

“My goal has always been to involve not only the entire arts department, but also other classes from campus, and this has been the perfect show for that,” Tartt said. “My theater classes of course play a role, but for this show we are also fortunate to have Madaline Jacobs directing the musical portion, and Charles Jones and his industrial maintenance students help us in assembling the set.”

From left, Genie (Tyler Ward), Aladdin (Brian Tripp), and Jasmine (Allison Polk). (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Tartt also was able to once again partner with visual artist Garland Farwell, marking the 10th year the duo has collaborated on various projects

“Garland is always so gracious to give his time to this program and this school, and once again I have been blown away by his art and the intricacies in this set,” said Tartt.

For the set design, Tartt’s Theater Design class was tasked with researching Arabian architecture and art. A collage was then created and Farwell used that research, coupled with his real world experiences in the Middle East, to design the Aladdin set.

“The really cool part about working with Garland is that he brings his ideas, his designs, and our students tap into that. He directs them, gives them tips of the trade, and so what you see at the end of the day is a collaborative project between our students and Garland,” Tartt said. “Every time we collaborate on a project, his work far exceeds my expectations.”

More than 35 DHS students make up the cast and crew of Aladdin Jr., and for Tartt, that’s a good thing.

“I want to get as many students and teachers as possible involved,” she said.

Aladdin Jr. opens Thursday at the DHS Theater and runs through Saturday at 7 p.m. nightly. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students.

2017 Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at Lyon Hall (gallery)

Two Rivers Arts Council presenting Don Irwin Sunday


The Two Rivers Arts Council (TRAC) is presenting Steinway artist Don Irwin on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium.

Irwin’s works have become known around the world. His music is uniquely fused with varying blends and textures acquired through his travels and experiences in diverse world cultures. His beautiful melodies, sweeping ranges, unique sounds, and exotic rhythms are intertwined to form what has become the Don Irwin signature.

As a classically trained musician, Irwin surprises many with his very versatile non-classical repertoire. He studied Piano Performance and received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Illinois. His expansive musical styling allowed him to work as a recording studio musician for artists such as Prince, Donna Summer, and many others. On Aug. 6, 1998, Irwin received a letter from Steinway & Sons, officially welcoming him to the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists.

Admission to the performance is $10 for adults at the door. You can also purchase a yearly membership to the TRAC. An individual membership is $25 and a patron membership that includes two membership cards is $60. For more information contact Judy Etheridge at (334) 295-4254, or visit us on Facebook.

Canebrake Players – It’s A Wonderful Life

Patrick George and Lee Jordan perform during The Canebrake Players presentation of "It's A Wonderful Life."

Patrick George and Lee Jordan perform during The Canebrake Players’ presentation of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

The Canebrake Players are presenting “It’s A Wonderful Life” which is being directed by Kelley Mullins. The play is delivered as a live radio play as adapted by Joe Landry.

David Willis and Donna Bishop perform during The Canebrake Players presentation of "It's A Wonderful Life."

David Willis and Donna Bishop perform during The Canebrake Players’ presentation of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Main character George Bailey spends his whole life giving up his own big dreams for the good of Bedford Falls, the town in which he lives. But this Christmas Eve, George is suicidal over the misplacing of a large loan and the practices of the less-than-honorable millionaire, Mr. Potter. Clarence, George’s guardian angel, quite literally falls to Earth and shows him what the life in his town and his family and friends would have been like, had he never been born. George had no idea that he meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?



‘Halloween Screams’ opens Thursday at DHS (video)

The Tiger Arts Guild is presenting “Halloween Screams,” a comic thriller in two acts by L. Don Swartz this weekend at the Demopolis High School Auditorium. The show opens Thursday at 7 p.m. and runs Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be no Friday night show due to a DHS home football game.

Chris Stapleton & Anderson East at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater (gallery)

Stapleton, East to play Tuscaloosa Amp Thursday

Chris Stapleton, along with special guest and Alabama native Anderson East will play a sold-out show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Thursday, Oct. 13 at. The show, which sold out when tickets went on sale through Ticketmaster in July, has a few tickets remaining on StubHub for those interested. At last check, those tickets were available starting at $35 for upper level.

About Chris Stapleton



Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it the best-selling first week by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received immediate and extensive critical acclaim and landed him bookings on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The View,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” among others.

Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards — Stapleton is the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards – Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks. Stapleton also performed a “show-stealing” (Rolling Stone) duet on the live awards show with superstar and friend Justin Timberlake, which Entertainment Weekly called, “an unapologetic display of abnormal levels of talent.”

Stapleton capped off the year with four nominations at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards — Album of the Year, Best Country Album, Best Country Song (“Traveller”) and “Best Country Solo Performance (“Traveller”).

Co-produced with Dave Cobb, who is also nominated in the Producer of the Year category, Traveller is comprised of songs written throughout Stapleton’s 15-year career and evokes his childhood when country, blues, rock and R&B swirled together to create a distinctive sound that still resonates with modern fans. Beloved by critics, fans and fellow artists, the album has received “Best of 2015” attention at publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, NPR Music, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Stereogum, Taste of Country, Noisey and many more.

Renowned and respected in Nashville, Stapleton has co-written six No. 1 hits for some of country music’s biggest stars and has continually worked as an in-demand session musician, providing masterful backup vocals and guitar work to countless pieces of music.

Canebrake Players: The Addams Family (gallery)

You’ve got four chances to see this one. Don’t miss out!

Performance dates: July 29 @ 7, July 30 @ 7, July 31 @ 2 and August 1 @ 7
Admission: Adults $12 and Students $8

Canebrake Players To Present “The Addams Family”


THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Directed by Laurie Willingham

Music directed by Deborah Truelove

Cast List
Gomez – Dylan Daniels
Morticia – Catherine Akins
Wednesday – Brittany Anne Lowe
Pugsley – Nick Finch
Uncle Fester – James Robinson
Grandma – Susanna Naisbett
Lurch – Brad Daniels
Lucas – Drew Martin
Mal – Mike Baker
Alice – Jennifer Roemen

The Addams Family Ancestors
Indian Maiden – Donna Bishop
Saloon Girl – Kathleen Randall
Flapper – Kelley Mullins
Nurse – Paige Smith
Gambler – Brian Tripp
Caveman – Christopher Hoven
Courtesan – Deborah Truelove
Bride – Olivia Brooker

Performance dates: July 29 @ 7, July 30 @ 7, July 31 @ 2 and August 1 @ 7
Admission: Adults $12 and Students $8