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When Tiny Tim sang “Tiptoe through the Tulips” accompanied only by his ukulele on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1968, few would have predicted the Hawaiian instrument’s rise in popularity. But decades later, it is positively hip.

John Siler, organist at Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church, has published 14 musical works so far.

Piedmont Playlist: "Bright Lights of Elkin" by Charlotte country rock band the Turnstiles. The group plays the Double Door on Aug. 2 to celebrate new album “Souvenir Summer”.

Sara Bareilles, known for hit singles like 2007’s “Love Song” and 2013’s “Brave,” brought the acoustics outdoors for her “Little Black Dress” tour Monday at Uptown Amphitheatre.

Originally from Elkin, N.C., Time Sawyer, is a bluegrass-laced folk-rock quartet. Watch the band perform ‘Best Be Going’ and find out where they'll be performing next.

Amid the swirl of an early 1960s party scene in Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” the hit Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a television screen flashes an unexpected face: young Clint himself, in black-and-white.

A decade ago, R&B duo the Foreign Exchange released its first album without having actually met in person, after rapper/singer-songwriter Phonte Coleman (of Raleigh hip-hop trio Little Brother) heard Dutch producer Nicolay’s work online and the two began trading tracks.

Check out The Observer’s Piedmont Playlist, where we’ll feature videos of local bands and groups playing in the area. Here’s Bubonik Funk’s “Oddfish, Volume 1” and Gedeon Luke’s “Live Free & Love”.

Geoff Nuttall programs a remarkably eclectic chamber lineup at Spoleto.

The Central Avenue recording studio is being sold and will close. Whitney Houston, James Brown, Joe Walsh, Mary J. Blige and Robert Plant recorded at Reflection. So did gospel greats.

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