Shannon J. Effinger has been a freelance arts journalist for more than a decade. Her writing on all things jazz and music regularly appears in Pitchfork, Bandcamp, Jazziz, Jazzwise, and Downbeat. As of the fall of 2020, her arts coverage can also be found in The New York Times and The Washington Post; the latter features her Sunday arts cover story on Marshall Allen, the longtime leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Pastor Shirley Caesar is known around the world for her sermons and songs. The 83-year-old Durham, North Carolina, native will perform May 5 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, one of her biggest concerts since the start of the pandemic.