cutNscratch: an old man back at the helm of Fret Mill | Music

For 42 years, Fret Mill Music Co. has been a downtown mainstay. It is a meeting place as well as a music marketplace for countless people, and for 15 months it has been doing well under the ownership of Marie Anderson.

Anderson, however, said she found owning the store was too much. Among her regrets was time lost with family, and when her mother recently passed away, she was ready to close the store. Ken Rattenbury, the first owner of the Fret Mill, stepped in to buy it out. They filled out the paperwork on Tuesday, and Thursday was Rattenbury’s first day to take care of the shop again.

“I’m going to miss the customers,” Anderson said. “A lot of people came in and said, ‘I was Ken’s first client.’ A lot of people thought they were Ken’s first client, but all of their stories were really great.

She can continue to focus on her shelter for cats with feline immunodeficiency virus, continue her local concert schedule, and most importantly, spend more time with her dad than she could before, while still having time for his personal life.

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Rattenbury, who sold the store to retire, is happy to return because Anderson has maintained a staff he can trust, and his role won’t take up all of his time, he said.

“She did a great job,” said Rattenbury, 72. “They had record sales last year, and she just wanted to pursue other interests… The staff here are very good, and with me part-time to do the accounting, payroll, fill in when someone’s sick , if it works, I’ll stick with it for a reasonable amount of time.

“People expect it to be here, and I didn’t know how much people loved coming, so hopefully we’ve achieved Roanoke status. [Weiner] Support.”

Old dance, new nameA production of The Nutcracker Ballet that was due to travel to Roanoke in November has changed its name after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The traveling show formerly known as Moscow Ballet’s Russian Nutcracker is now called NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet, depending on the company that produces it. An email from Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Talmi Entertainment quoted its founder, Akiva Talmi, whose family came from Odessa, Ukraine, to America.

“Talmi Entertainment unequivocally rejects this war against Ukraine,” Talmi said in the email. “Our central message in bringing dance to America has always been one of peace and unity. This name change is consistent with the founding values ​​reflected in our first projects: the first international Glasnost festival and the Leap to Freedom by Kozlov, which was born at the time of the collapse of communism.

The Massachusetts troupe, which has been around for more than a quarter of a century, has visited Roanoke many times with the classic production. Several members are based in Ukraine but escaped, while two artists voluntarily stayed, according to the email.

It returns to the Jefferson Center on November 22, and tickets go on sale Monday through The Nutcracker.com. Let’s hope this international nightmare is long over.

“Do a little Dance Berglund Center announced the first two shows in its Bud Light’s Vinyl Vault Concert series this week, at Elmwood Park. The Alumni Parade kicks off with disco kings KC & The Sunshine Band on June 4, opening for Patty Smyth (of Scandal). It continues on June 17 with Air Supply, soft rockers from the 80s, and fellow Australian Little River Band as the opening act.

Tickets went on sale Friday at the venue’s box office, 853-5483, and berglundcenter.live. They’re $38 in advance, $43 the day of the show for KC & The Sunshine Band, with a VIP table seating up to eight for $700 (this includes a $10 food voucher and two tickets drink per person). Air supply fees are $41 in advance, $46 for the day, and $700 for a VIP table.

The Berglund Center will announce more acts from the Vinyl Vault series over the next three Mondays.

Kanye drops outside of Coachella concertsNews emerged this week that the hot mess formerly known as Kanye West has pulled out of his two scheduled performances at Coachella.

California’s biggest desert festival of the year always has options. The two-weekend event, which runs from April 15-17 and April 22-24, quickly booked Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd to replace Ye’s dates. Really, the most pressing concern is Ye himself.

It’s been spiraling Ye the last few months, and there’s no need to go into the Kim and Pete and Trevor and Instagram of it all. It has been widely reported that he has bipolar disorder, and it is a hellish condition, in my observed experience of at least a few good friends. For years, the best drugs for this have been problematic for those taking them.

It’s almost a sport for people to hate Ye, and it’s pretty obvious he knows it. Step into the depression spectrum of this case, and man, it’s scary. That said, it’s just not cool to do something you would call art that depicts you beheading your romantic rival, let alone constantly harassing your ex, who has made it clear that it’s not cool. was over.

The gossip mill reports that he is looking for help, whatever that means to him. It would be amazing if this help – as it would for anyone who rides a seemingly endless emotional roller coaster – looked wholesome, productive and groundbreaking, like the Kanye West of old.

We root it to get better.