The Daily Eastern News

FEATURE PHOTO: Splendid strings

FEATURE PHOTO: Splendid strings

Raine Zhu, Photographer

July 16, 2019

Jennifer Murphy, cellist for the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Summer Strings, performs "Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)" on the string bass during a concert at First Christian Church Tuesday night.

Janoma, local band of teenagers, talks beginnings, progression

Alyssa Cravens, Staff Reporter

July 9, 2019

Janoma's five bandmates sat in a circle, ready to rehearse for their next upcoming performance, among fragrant smells, wicks, jars and blocks of wax at Madison Avenue Candle Company Monday evening. The creation of the Janoma band started two years ago as a simple joke between friends, said 13-year-...

FEATURE PHOTO: Climbing the steps

FEATURE PHOTO: Climbing the steps

Raine Zhu, Photographer

June 26, 2019

Jessica Valenzuela, a senior Elementry Education student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, climbs stairs back and forth on Wednesday evening at the Mellin Steps outside the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Valenzuela said she does this to keep her body moving. She said she usually climbs...

FEATURE PHOTO: The ‘Broom Dance’ at the Civil War Ball

FEATURE PHOTO: The ‘Broom Dance’ at the Civil War Ball

Zoë Donovan, Staff Reporter

June 16, 2019

Dancers at the Lincoln Log Cabin Civil War Ball mix and mingle during the Broom Dance on June 15. The Broom Dance requires participants to find a new partner whenever the band stops playing. The dance is arranged so that there is one less woman than men on the dance floor. The man who is left without...

Great songs, playlists make a summer more enjoyable

Jessica Stewart, Columnist

June 16, 2019

Whether people are going on road trips or having cookouts in the backyard, great playlists can add so much more vibrancy and life to their experiences. My preferred summer vibe is driving at sunset with the windows down and the air dry (like the desert). My favorite bands create that exact vib...

FEATURE PHOTO: Roc’s Old-Time Jam

FEATURE PHOTO: Roc’s Old-Time Jam

Logan Raschke, Editor-in-Chief

June 9, 2019

Jerry Ellis (right), an acoustic guitar player from Charleston, plays old-time tunes from "Dear Old Illinois" with Jim Jand (middle), a banjo player from Tolono, and Jerry Myers (left), a fiddle player from Mattoon, at Roc's Blackfront Tavern & Grill Sunday afternoon. The three players were playing...

Local musicians to perform old-time music at Roc’s

Logan Raschke, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2019

People can gather at Roc’s Blackfront Tavern & Grill Sunday afternoon to listen to old-time tunes from local musicians while giving back to the Charleston community. Gaye Harrison, organizer for Roc’s Old Time Jam and fiddler for the band Motherlode, said local musicians will play traditional...

FEATURE PHOTO: Janoma performs at SweetTea’z

FEATURE PHOTO: Janoma performs at SweetTea’z

Raine Zhu, Photographer

June 6, 2019

Nora Gannaway, 13, puts the microphone back on its stand after singing a song at SweeTea'z Thursday evening. Gannaway is a singer from the local band Janoma, which is made up of young teens.  

A musical dream comes back to life

Karena Ozier, Columnist

April 15, 2019

This weekend, I found myself agreeing to do something that I wouldn’t have imagined that I would have agreed to. I used to play the piano in my free time throughout middle school and high school. I never got to learn more than a few songs because with my schedule becoming increasingly busier, I...

Saturday Night Live percussionist to perform, lecture on African music

Logan Raschke, News Editor

April 8, 2019

Valerie Naranjo, percussionist for Saturday Night Live, will perform and lecture about African music exploration and women’s studies Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Naranjo will join the West Percussion Trio, which includes percussion professor Jamie Ryan, for a recital and lectur...

Band of 7 siblings to perform alternative-folk music

Logan Raschke, News Editor

April 3, 2019

The Dvorak Concert Hall will be full of indie-alternative-folk music as The Hunts band performs for the Eastern and Charleston community Thursday night. Dan Crews, interim director of programming, publicity and promotions at the Doudna Fine Arts Center, said The Hunts is a 7-sibling musical group tha...

Celebration honors Asian heritage

Celebration honors Asian heritage

Brysen Carr, Contributing Writer

April 1, 2019

The celebration of Asian Heritage Month kicked off Monday with Asian music, Asian cuisine and lots of educational conversation at the Doudna Concourse. Members of the Eastern community gathered around tables bearing classic Asian food, such as sushi, spring rolls, crab rangoons, dumplings and coconu...

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