NBTF-related activities available this week, too

Joe Robinson

NBTF-related activities available this week, too
August 03
01:00 2017

The Chronicle will sponsor a Jazz Festival tonight, Aug. 3, at the Hawthrone Inn and Convention Center, 420 High St. SW, beginning at 10 p.m.  Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Local jazz artist Trumpeter Joe Robinson, a Winston-Salem native, will be the featured entertainer. He has been part of the jazz community for more years than he cares to count.  Call 336-722-8624 for more information.

On Friday, Aug. 4, also at the Hawthrone Inn beginning at 10 p.m., The Chronicle is sponsoring The Get Down featuring 9th Wonder, a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, and rapper from Midway, North Carolina.  Call 336-722-8624 for ticket information.

Workshop, etc.

Winston-Salem native and best-selling author CleRenda McGrady will host an interactive workshop, “Birthing Your Dream” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Marriott Hotel in Hearn C as part of the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF).

In her book “Push Thru! Redefine & Create Your Own Success Story,” McGrady engages readers in her personal journey from the shadows of her seven-time NBA superstar husband Tracy McGrady to defining success and purpose for herself.

CleRenda McGrady has been recognized as one of the “Top 30 Influential Women of Houston.”

She will also hold book signings at the Authors Alley in the Vendors Market at NBTF on Friday, Aug. 4 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 5 from 2:30-4:00 p.m.  She will also read an excerpt from her book “Push Thru!” Her husband, NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, wrote the foreword. 

In addition, she will hold a Q&A during the Festival’s popular “Coffee & Conversations” on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. 

Offering music

Michael Thomas from the Winston-Salem-based band Envision reports that his band will be playing at the National Black Theatre Festival’s Old School Block Party on Friday Aug. 4, at Merschel Plaza and for Summer On Liberty Concert Series in downtown W-S on Saturday, Aug. 12.

“As a strong regional act, we travel and perform throughout the Southeast,” Thomas says. “Our presentation is a dynamic and professional stageshow. We play a wide variety of musical styles, but we specialize as a ‘party” band,’ covering Beach, Motown/Oldies, Pop R&B and today’s contemporary hits, guaranteed to have everyone up on their feet and dancing as we play all your favorites, ensuring a great celebration for all in attendance.”                                          

Envision is in the process of releasing its debut CD in August as well. Go to to check the band out.

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