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EMPIRE STRIKES BRASS
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) is a high energy Brass-Funk-Rock band hailing from the city of Asheville, North Carolina. Formed on the streets of their hometown, ESB is rooted in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk. Combining complex musical arrangements with thoughtful lyrical song structure, ESB can stretch out and dig deep when they are feeling it or keep things tight and concise. The fat sound of the horns paired with one dirty rhythm section makes the music downright psychedelically nasty! Founded in 2012, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from various genres and weaving them together with the common thread of Brass. The diversity of the music within their sets keep audiences guessing what is next to come.

Featuring rich group and strong lead vocals including Grammy Award winner Debrissa Mckinney (Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), ESB not only takes its audiences on a ride to the dark side and back instrumentally, they also use the force of soaring melody and lush harmony to transport the listeners to another dimension. The band released its debut album, “Theme For A Celebration” in 2017 and it was tapped as one of the top 100 album releases in 2017 by WNCW 88.7 radio. Since their conception, ESB has been a consistent fixture at various festivals throughout the east coast. They’ve had the pleasure of having Warren Haynes (Allman Bros. Band and Gov’t Mule) sit in with them at New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, NC and the honor of headlining four years in a row celebrating the life of Dizzy Gillespie in his hometown of Cheraw, SC, for the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival. ESB has co-billed with such artists as Dr. John & Lettuce. The horns have sat in on performances with Galactic, The Big Something, and many others. ESB horn players JP Furnas, Paul Juhl and Alex Bradley are also featured on the live album compilation from world-renowned artists Beats Antique entitled “Creature Carnival” released in 2015. The band is known to regularly parade off stage into the audience leading the crowd in a raucous procession around the venue before, during or after their set.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, June 27
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
AJ Ghent [ j-ent ] JMichael Peeples
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm
AJ Ghent [ j-ent ]

AJ Ghent [ j-ent ]

“… high-energy romp through gospel, soul and funk-infused landscapes…” – Relix 

AJ Ghent [ j-ent ] and his Singing Guitar are all about positive energy: musically, physically and spiritually. He takes his family’s heirloom that was created in the 1930s, the ‘Sacred Steel Tradition” and brings it to a broader audience. Continuing in his family tradition, AJ can literally make his guitar sound like a voice. AJ and his Singing Guitar have reached millions worldwide through viral videos.

Over the years, this fireball has shared music with Zac Brown, Dave Grohl, and legendary freeform artist, Colonel Bruce Hampton. From the church to the streets, AJ’s latest creation, THE NEO BLUES PROJECT, released March, 2018, debuted #7 on Billboard Blues Charts in the first week of the release. This project is filled with everything that it should be: grooves, riffs and above all, message.

 
JMichael Peeples

JMichael Peeples

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a place to showcase your musical talent? Look no further! Join us every Thursday for our Open Mic. It’s free to watch and play! If you would like to perform, please show up at 7pm to sign up.

 

CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS
Jun 27 @ 9:00 pm

Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. 

Banjo player/actor/director Steve Martin declared that, “Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters,” and called The Night Drivers “some of the best players in bluegrass.”

The band is led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing, songwriting, and solid rhythm and lead guitar. Chris boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs, and the acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. Mark Stoffel, who is originally from Munich, Germany, has a mandolin style that perfectly fits the band sound with his beautiful tone, taste, and rhythmic sense. Jon Weisberger, whose playing has made him a sought-after fill-in bass player in Nashville with The Del McCoury Band, the Roland White Band, Larry Cordle, and others, anchors the band’s strong rhythmic foundation. Newest member, Gina Clowes, a driving and innovative banjo player, and another contributor of original material, hails from Front Royal, VA. Mountain Home recently signed her as a solo artist as well, releasing her critically acclaimed album, “True Colors.” Gina was nominated for IBMA Banjo Player of the Year.
The band is also becoming known as a songwriter’s bluegrass band, with Weisberger and Jones now co-writing many of the band’s current songs, and all four members contributing material. Jon has had over 200 of his songs recorded by various other artists as well, from The Infamous Stringdusters to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, including numerous #1 songs. Chris and Jon are both IBMA award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” Altogether, members of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers have won nine IBMA awards and have recorded ten #1 songs, including two from their latest Mountain Home album “Made to Move.”
The Night Drivers also bring name recognition in related fields, as bluegrass fans are well-familiar with Jones for his award-winning work as a SiriusXM DJ, on both Bluegrass Junction and Willie’s Roadhouse. Meanwhile, Jon Weisberger is heard weekly as co-host and producer of Bluegrass Junction’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury.”

RILEY BYRNES
Jun 27 @ 9:00 pm
Riley Byrnes is a singer and songwriter based out of Charlotte, NC. When not performing, she goes to school at UNC Charlotte. 
Her music, like her, is soothing and rejuvenating at the same time and is guaranteed to lift your mood. 
 
 
Riley is a born and raised Charlotte native who learned how to read music since she was seven years old. Her uncle got her first guitar for her on Christmas when she was just thirteen. Now, she is taking on local businesses with her voice and her guitar. 
There is Art in Everything | The Lamplight Gospel | Caleb Lail
Jun 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

There Is Art In Everything
In early 2017, Matthew Alexander had just quit his local metalcore band in Charlotte, tried and failed to start a pop punk band, and was looking for a creative outlet. He had already determined that he wasn’t going to stay in Charlotte, and wanted one last hoorah before he left to go back to New York.
https://thereisartineverything.bandcamp.com/track/february-demo

The Lamplight Gospel
Acoustic sad boy music from the heart of Columbia, SC.
http://www.thelamplightgospel.bandcamp.com

Caleb Lail
Folk/Punk
http://possumwithaboxfiddle.bandcamp.com

Doors: 8pm | Show: 9pm

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Jun 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Shana Blake Band is an innovative new take on the old soul cover band. The ensemble hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and features singer/songwriter Shana Blake (The Near Misses, Wavy Space, Tesser), veteran guitarist Keith Shamel (Virgo Musik, Daily Soul), bassist Dave Eatman (Bellyful, Automatic Chi) and drummer/percussionist Scott Newell (Vonce, Justice League). The expressive vocals and rich textures of the instrumentation fuse coherently to create a sound that’s as smooth as honey, with a hint of R&B, funk, reggae, southern rock, gospel, country, jazz and the blues. The repertoire covers the gamut from emotionally-charged ballads to energetic, danceable grooves. The song choices are anything but ordinary and, along with the original compositions, appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. An evening with Shana Blake & Pivotal Soul is like a breath of fresh air. Funky fresh air.

Jun
28
Fri
SLEEPWALKERS
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It was the winter of 2013, when a casual lunch at Burger King manifested the hearts of four lost souls and transformed the gang into an unstoppable courier of smash hits. SLEEPWALKERS, a group of outlaws who rose from the blue collar depths of a glorified suburban landscape, seek to recreate the golden age of songwriting.

Combining the soothing sounds of Yanni with the angelic melodies of Enya, SLEEPWALKERS are sure to be the butter to your bread. Matthew McConaughey says, “SLEEPWALKERS songs are more historically significant than the Declaration of Independence…Nick Cage won’t have to look far to find this National Treasure.” SLEEPWALKERS have diamonds on the soles of their shoes they’re not going to Graceland.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, June 28
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Matt Heckler Casper Allen
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm
Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler

The Catskills, where he grew up and the Carolina Appalachians he calls home are old mountains, but the kids there are more likely to be raised on punk than old time string bands. Heckler took both with him when he left and sharpened a distinctive sound on banjo and fiddle the scientific way, as a street performer who could measure the days artistic growth in single dollar bills. Attracting the attention of musicians, as well as passers-by, he spent half a decade touring and releasing three albums with the band Deep Chatham. Since then his room silencing solo act has become an exciting yet poorly kept secret in DIY music scenes around the country. After The Flood will be his first full-length release showcasing a songwriting ability that audiences, distracted by his casually virtuosic musicianship, might have previously overlooked. Don’t wait for his next reinvention, find Matt Heckler now and remember what music should be.
*repeat repeat
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm

*repeat repeat

your favorite band’s favorite band. On their new album Glazed, *repeat repeat deliver a batch of songs entirely true to the album’s title: sugary and sticky and impossibly shiny, all glistening harmonies and candy-coated hooks. But beneath the gloss lies something more jarring and jagged, a raw vitality generated by the Nashville band’s buzzy rhythms and blistering guitar work. Fortified by the distinctly thoughtful songwriting of husband-and-wife duo Jared and Kristyn Corder, the result is an album that finds an unlikely power in irrepressible sweetness. The follow-up to 2017’s Floral Canyon, Glazed marks a period of major growth for *repeat repeat, who’ve spent the better part of the last few years touring, highlighted by a 2018 debut at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival that saw them lavishly praised by Rolling Stone, who hailed them as “Most Enthusiastic Rockers”. In bringing the new album to life, *repeat repeat worked closely with producer Patrick Carney (drummer for The Black Keys and producer for such artists as Arctic Monkeys, Black Lips, and Tobias Jesso Jr.), immersing themselves in a more rigorous songwriting and recording process than they’d ever attempted before. “Patrick was deeply involved in every aspect of the album, and it sparked this whole new level of creativity in all of us,” says Jared, who serves as lead vocalist, guitarist, and main songwriter for *repeat repeat. “He was adamant about pushing us and working on something until we got it exactly right. It was really challenging at times, but I think it taught us how to make the best song that we can possibly make.” In another monumental shift, Kristyn expanded her role far beyond anchoring *repeat repeat’s bold harmonies, playing keyboards, and directing the band’s design aesthetic, moving on to writing guitar parts and lyrics for the band. On lead single “Hi, I’m Waiting,” the increased depth of their collaboration reveals itself in tender expressions of affection, unfolding in swinging melodies and crunchy guitar riffs and lyrics capturing a quiet sensitivity (e.g., “You say when you want me/I want you when you do”). “So many love songs come from a place of demanding love, or feeling like it’s owed to you,” Jared points out. “I liked the idea of conveying a different romantic sentiment, especially as a straight white male—I mean, the least we can do as dudes is wait.” All throughout Glazed, *repeat repeat bring a certain defiance to their songs, a passionate refusal to let the world crush their optimism. With its dizzying textures and driving beat, “Head On” makes a glorious case for defining your own destiny. Darkly charged but no less exuberant, “Apocalyptic” finds the band facing a doomsday scenario with unabashed romanticism (“The idea behind that song is, ‘If this is the end of the world, let’s go down holding hands,’” notes Kristyn). And on “Pressure,” *repeat repeat lament the endless stresses of modern times, while their determined vocals and urgent guitar work speak to sheer indomitability. At the heart of Glazed is the kinetic tension that’s fueled *repeat repeat since the band’s inception; the wildly differing sensibilities of Jared (a former punk-rock kid raised on Bad Religion and Black Flag) and Kristyn (a California girl who grew up on the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas). “This band is truly a combination of Jared’s most authentic and creative self and my most authentic and creative self, and how those two things combine to make something new,” says Kristyn. But despite their undeniable chemistry, the two initially had no intentions of forming a band together. Meeting soon after Jared moved to Nashville, the couple got engaged several months later, as Jared first set about getting *repeat repeat off the ground. It wasn’t until Jared teamed up with producer Gregory Lattimer and set to work on the band’s first album that Kristyn made her way into the lineup. “Gregory told me that the most punk-rock thing you can do is write a good love song, and I took that to heart and started writing all these songs about our relationship,” Jared recalls. “I knew I wanted a female singer in the band so I had Kristyn on a couple demos, and as soon as Gregory heard them he said, ‘I think you just found your girl singer.’ It all just took off from there.” Adds Kristyn: “ I have a performing arts degree, but being in a band isn’t an adventure I necessarily saw myself going on. Joining *repeat repeat has certainly made everything so much more fun, so maybe it’s something I was subconsciously moving toward the whole time.” Through the years, the duo’s singular dynamic has manifested in *repeat repeat’s magnetic stage presence, with Jared bringing a joyfully rebellious spirit and Kristyn channeling a subtle effervescence. “The music we make is really an extension of our life together,” says Jared. “A day on the road is no different from a day on our honeymoon.” To that end, the title to Glazed partly nods to a greeting card Jared gave to Kristyn on a recent anniversary. “It was a picture of donuts and the message said, ‘You’re a rainbow sprinkle in a sea of glazed,’” Jared explains. “I thought that was a really sweet sentiment, but there’s also a double meaning to it: the world right now has such a frenetic energy, and it makes people kind of glaze over after a while. We wanted to create something that takes you out of that reality—music that makes you feel hopeful and positive and empowered, and just completely leads with love.” photo: @kingsburyeyes / Jonathan Kingsbury

www.repeatrepeatmusic.com

 


TBA

Start Time: 8:00

DAMIEN JURADO with Corrina Repp
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
DAMIEN JURADO

DAMIEN JURADO

Spend any amount of time with Damien Jurado and he’s going to talk with you about movies. Speaking about the films that influenced his 14th album, the solitary masterwork In the Shape of a Storm, Jurado tosses out a list of favorites—American Graffiti, Paris, Texas, The Last Picture Show—films in which settings serve as silent, omniscient characters. But inquire about the curious way he writes songs, the hazy manner by which he seems to channel them from beyond the beyond, and the cinematic reference point he reaches for is a surprising one. “You ever see that movie Ghost? Whoopi Goldberg’s character, Oda Mae Brown—that’s who I am. These spirits are showing up at her door, jumping into her body. That’s how I feel. I don’t know what’s coming out of me…I just show up and deliver it.”

For more than two decades, Jurado has sung folk songs brimming with prophetic imagination. Whether singing ballads about killers, wounded lovers, UFO cults, or yes, the phantoms of departed friends, he’s populated his work with eerie foretelling, the sense that he’s divining something just on the verge of happening. He wrote his last record, 2018’s The Horizon Just Laughed as a goodbye letter to his home of Seattle, Washington, before he’d even decided to leave there for sunny Los Angeles. And while he recorded the ten songs featured on In the Shape of a Storm months before the passing of his longtime collaborator and close friend Richard Swift, it’s no coincidence that Swift’s death looms over the album. “His absence is very much felt on this record,” Jurado says.

Damien has always worked fast, but In the Shape of a Storm came together with unprecedented speed. Recorded over the course of two hours one California afternoon, it’s Jurado’s sparsest album to date. Gone are the thundering drums and psychedelic arrangements that defined the trilogy of concept albums he made with Swift. Gone even is the atmospheric air that hovered above his early albums for Sub Pop. Here, there’s only Jurado’s voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon, playing a high-strung guitar tuned Nashville style, rendering its sound spooky and celestial. Though fans have long requested a solo acoustic album, the prospect never made sense to Jurado, until one day it simply did. “It just felt like it was time,” Jurado says. The idea of an unadorned album became its own medium in his mind, like a painter who sets down his brushes and instead opts for charcoal pencils instead.

“There is nothing left to hide,” Jurado sings on “Lincoln,” which opens the record. It’s something of a thesis statement for these songs. Everything here is clear and laid bare, two-tone, like the drawing Jurado crafted for the record’s cover. Originally written for 2000’s The Ghost of David, “Lincoln” was shelved and forgotten about until Damien came across it on an old cassette tape. The discovery inspired him to go about gathering up songs that had never found proper homes. As a result, In the Shape of a Storm is like an archive of previously abandoned songs. And yet, despite their disparate nature, Jurado’s visions hang together in curiously symmetrical ways: the moon shines in both the echo-drenched “Silver Ball” and closer “Hands on the Table”; rain ties the title song to the lilting “Oh Weather.” Jurado repeatedly returns to oceanic poetry—waves, tides, and shores—and to the theme of anchors, the metaphorical ones we use to tether ourselves to the sea floor and to each other. These are songs about the enormity of the unknown — the shape of storms that threaten to swallow us whole— and above all, they are songs about the connections that keep us from drifting away. “We are not meant to be on our own,” Jurado sings on “Throw Me Now Your Arms.”

Damien Jurado’s discography is filled with songs written as miniature movies, cinematic vignettes that capture people, the places they are from, and where they are going. In the Shape of a Storm is his first black and white picture. It’s both a snapshot of two hours in a California recording studio and a document spanning 19 years and a life of music. It is the sound of a singer pouring out possible futures and visions. “I believe songs have their own time and place,” Jurado says. For these ten, that time has finally come.

Corrina Repp

Corrina Repp

Specializing in sparse, fragile songs that favor the electric guitar, singer/songwriter Corrina Repp emerged from the music scene of Portland, Oregon in the late ’90s. After releasing her fourth album, 2006’s The Absent and the Distant, she focused on the indie rock band Tu Fawning (2007-2012) before reviving her solo career with The Pattern of Electricity in 2015. Repp has also acted in films and on television, including a recurring role on IFC’s Portlandia.

Settling in the Pacific Northwest after frequent childhood relocations, Repp began her career as a musician thanks to a part-time job. While selling band merchandise online, she connected with the Decemberists, who were so impressed by her songs that they recommended her to Hush Records. The label released her debut album, A Boat Called Hope, in 1998. The CD-R EP The Other of Mud materialized a year later. Repp followed up with the albums I Take on Your Days in 2001 and It’s Only the Future in 2004, both on Hush. After touring with the Decemberists, M. Ward, and Cat Power, among others, Repp released The Absent and the Distant on Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde label in 2006.

Putting her solo career on hold, Repp and musician Joe Haege formed the band Tu Fawning with Toussaint Perrault and Liza Reitz in 2007. They released a pair of albums for the City Slang label (2010’s Hearts on Hold and 2012’s A Monument) and toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. After Tu Fawning disbanded in late 2012, Repp took on several acting roles in small independent films and appeared on multiple episodes of the popular Portland-based sketch-comedy show Portlandia. In 2015, she resumed her solo career with her fifth LP, The Pattern of Electricity. It arrived via Caldo Verde. A joint release between sonaBLAST! and Jealous Butcher Records, How a Fantasy Will Kill Us All, followed in 2018.

LEON MAJCEN + BRYAN ELIJAH SMITH + SZLACHETKA
Jun 28 @ 9:00 pm

Leon Majcen is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Clearwater, FL, whose original songs are listened to on a daily basis by a national audience on SiriusXM’s The Coffee House channel.
Leon first got his start by playing at local open mic nights at coffeeshops and bars in the area. After writing his first song at only ten years old, he continues to write and produce his material while constantly developing his sound and image. With a rapidly growing fan-base, Leon humbly continues to pursue his passion by performing at various Tampa Bay locales and writing meaningful, heartfelt lyrics that relate to real life experiences of his and others around him.
With just his voice and guitar, Leon Majcen’s charming melody has drawn comparisons to the works of John Mayer and The Lumineers as well as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Bryan Elijah Smith

Their unique sound defined by their raw energy & Smith’s unbashedly genuine songwriting & voice makes this band one worth not only listening to but experiencing live. Completely independent of any outside label or management, they are a self-produced well oiled machine. They even wrote this bio.

Smith has opened for such acts as Nathan Moore, The Barr Brothers (at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC), Paul Curreri, Trent Wagler, Fastball, Emmitt-Nershi Band and Corey Smith (at Wilson Hall in Harrisonburg, VA). Smith has also jammed/performed with Steve Kimock, Zach Gill (of ALO & Jack Johnson’s band), Greensky Bluegrass, Brock Butler (of Perpetual Groove), Trevor Garrod & Reed Mathis (of Tea Leaf Green), Hot Buttered Rum and Pimps of Joytime on Jam Cruise 9 & 11. Smith has a catalog of over 500 original songs, has released 7 full legnth albums since October 2009 & has performed up and down the entire East Coast as well as in Roatan Honduras.

Smith & the Wilds Hearts have opened for Langhorne Slim & David Mayfield Parade (at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA), Trampled by Turtles & Old Crow Medicine Show on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage at FloydFest X, Trevor Hall, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Sons of Bill & The Steel Wheels.

The latest album, Turn It Up, was recorded like they did back in the 60’s. Released on October 3rd, 2012, ‘Turn It Up’ consists of 11 original Alternative-Americana tracks written & produced by Bryan Elijah Smith. The Wild Hearts, consisting of Jeff Miller on piano, banjo & vox, Justin Shifflett on drums & Tyler Reardon on bass, helped fuel the fire behind this record with their raw energy & distinguishable sound. Recorded, engineered & mixed by Bryan Elijah Smith at Empty Sound Productions in Dayton, VA. Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering (The Shins, Lera Lynn, The Black Keys, Ryan Bingham & Eric Clapton).

Szlachetka

The sophomore album from Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch,” SZLACHETKA (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) was released February 16, 2018. With its mix of modern Americana, 70s California rock, and singer/songwriter sentiments, Heart of My Hometown is a classic record for the contemporary world. Singer/songwriter Szlachetka co-wrote the 11 songs for his record while on the road—finding breaks during a busy two-year period that saw him playing roughly 400 shows. Traveling alone, he kept an eye on the world unrolling outside his car window. The sights, sounds, and stories he encountered along the way eventually found their way into his own music, resulting in a hook-filled, guitar-driven record about highways, homes, and the people who fill both. 

Years before he teamed up with Grammy-winning producer David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams) for the Heart of My Hometown sessions, Szlachetka was the frontman of acclaimed LA-based roots-rock band the Northstar Session. With the band, he recorded five albums and appeared in NBC’s TV series Parenthood. He began his solo career in 2014 releasing Waits for a Storm to Find. Three years later, Heart of My Hometown shines new light on Szlachetka as a singer, prolific songwriter, storyteller, and fiery lead guitarist. It’s an album whose touchstones include the charged roots-rock of Tom Petty and the warm, acoustic sounds of Jackson Browne. Szlachetka moves between both ends of that spectrum with ease, splitting his time between full-band anthems — including the riff-heavy ‘Until That Echo,’ co-written with Train’s Scott Underwood — and more intimate, acoustic moments like ‘Wildflowers on the Highway,’ featuring an appearance by duet partner Katelyn Clampett. The album’s title track rests somewhere in the middle, layering pop hooks and three-part harmonies into a nostalgic song about remembering one’s roots. It’s an album built for road trips, slow dances, wild Friday nights, and everything in between. 

Rolling Stone hailed Szlachetka as one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know, describing his forthcoming album as ‘a soundtrack for both the highway and the heartland…a collection of road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads inspired by the people (and places) he’s left behind in the rearview mirror.’ Now based in Nashville, Szlachetka continues to tour nationally with a schedule that’s seen him open for Brandy Clark, the Byrds’ Chris Hillman, the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, Brandi Carlile and more.

THE LENNY FEDERAL BAND
Jun 28 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Lenny Federal Band Federal, formerly of the … 
wait for it … Federal Bureau of Rock ‘n’ Roll (yes!) 
was, along with his musical (com)patriots, a staple in 
the burgeoning Charlotte rock scene of the ’70s and 
early ’80s. Known for its brand of relatively 
straightforward bluesy originals and for its good taste 
in classic cover tunes, the Federal Bureau always 
resisted making the move to the Allman Brothers-like 
sound so many of their Caucasian compatriots did, 
in favor of keeping it simple. Federal, a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn’t changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it’s musical meat and potatoes you’re getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice. Appearing at The Comet Grill (Timothy C. Davis) a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn’t changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it’s musical meat and potatoes you’re getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice. Appearing at The Comet Grill (Timothy C. Davis)            – Charlotte Now

http://tunegroover.com/interview-charlotte-music-institution-lenny-federal/

Casey & The Comrades (Dead & Company After Show)
Jun 28 @ 10:30 pm

Dead & Co. After Party featuring members of Big Something, The Mantras, The Lee Boys and more.

Casey & The Comrades

Casey & The Comrades

Casey Cranford of Big Something brings his cosmic new side project to The Evening Muse in Charlotte to keep the night alive following the Dead & Company show. Casey & The Comrades features Casey and Ben Vinograd (Big Something), Julian Sizemore (The Mantras), Bill Stevens, and William Trentini. 

This dynamic group of musicians create an explosion of sounds. This one of a kind performance will feature expansive Jazz sounds combined with the unique space dance odyssey that only Cranford and his band can deliver. This will be the Comrades first trip to The Evening Muse and they will be pulling some special tricks just for the affair!

‘You have noticed a new light has appeared on the horizon, dim at first but growing brighter and illuminating the night. It seems alien in origin, as this luminescent bulb begins to fuse with the cosmos. Excitement takes you, as the glow comes further into fruition; it is Casey & The Comrades, orbiting earth and preparing for descent!’

Jun
29
Sat
Computer Music Concert
Jun 29 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Charlotte New Music Festival invites you to our Laptop Orchrestra and Computer Music Concert at the end of our festival!

Come explore new sounds and musicial spaces with performances crafted for humans, laptops and a variety of input devices and speaker arrays! 

Admission is free.

Concert of the Miniatures featuring Beo String Quartet
Jun 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Charlotte New Music Festival presents a night of speedwriting premieres performed by Bro String Quartet!

CODDLE CREEK
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Coddle Creek is a high energy creekgrass band from the foothills of NC in beautiful Coddle Creek. It’s traditional bluegrass… music with a kick. We like to play fast and let our light shine bright. The sweet harmonies and dueling acoustic guitars of longtime friends Travis Weddington and Adam Lawrence are like no other.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, June 29
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Concert: Arts Align – Music and Dance Concert
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Dance Co-lab at the Charlotte New Music Festival presents an evening of new music and new dance works created in collaboration by the festival participant composers and choreographers.

Oshima Brothers
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm
Oshima Brothers

Oshima Brothers

Oshima Brothers’ magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Their debut album, ‘Oshima Brothers,’ released in 2016, is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean, and arranged and recorded by Jamie. The brothers live in Maine but are often on the road performing, producing music videos, and dancing.
Little Lesley & the Bloodshots | Jason Moss & the Hosses | Wes & the Railroaders
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 12:00 am


Little Lesley & The Bloodshots
Little Lesley & the Bloodshots light up the stage with their soulful twang and captivating songs. Hailing from New York City and South Carolina’s upstate, they’ve been making waves and making friends around the world with their honest approach to American Roots music.
http://www.thebloodshots.com

Jason Moss and The Hosses
Carolina Honky Tonk

Wes and The Railroaders
Meet Wes And The Railroaders! Charlotte, North Carolina’s, newest country-rock quartet, led by Wes Hamilton of the defunct alt-country band Pullman Strike.

MICHELLE MALONE & SARAH PEACOCK: Kickin’ and Singin’ Tour
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm
MICHELLE MALONE

MICHELLE MALONE

‘While the vocals and songs on Slings and Arrows are outstanding, the slide guitar work is the real revelation. ” – NO DEPRESSION

Michelle Malone’s musical roots run deep and wide like the mighty Mississippi river, twisting and turning through rock, blues, and alt-country music territory. She is ‘a master at mixing blues and Americana music” (GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE). Over the course of Malone’s career, she has shared stages with artists from Gregg Allman to Indigo Girls, SugarLand’s Kristian Bush to Brandi Carlisle, Mississippi All-Stars Luther Dickenson to ZZ Top, released more than a dozen records, and went indie when it still took guts. Her powerful live show will take you on a journey from red dirt back roads to bright city lights, whether she’s solo acoustic in a living room concert or in a big arena backed by her band. She ‘has the soul of a bluesman, the heart of a folk singer, and the guts of a rock and roll star wrapped up in one fiery bad ass’ (NASHVILLE RAGE), and she’s determined to bring the masses back together in the name of love and music with her latest, Slings and Arrows.

SARAH PEACOCK

SARAH PEACOCK

1.2 million miles, 2,800 shows, and fourteen years of flying solo is quite a road trip. Sarah Peacock bridges gaps between Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. Her music is raw, truth telling, and fiercely unique. 

Held hostage by her record label at 21, the troubadour life came with a rude awakening for the young Georgia native. Peacock made her home in a ‘92 Volvo with her dog and a guitar, and for nearly seven years earned a living in the corner shadows of American dive bars. 

The tables turned in 2011 when an anonymous fan helped Peacock buy out of her recording contract. Since then, she has released six additional albums and won multiple awards for her songwriting. “Hurricane” won Best Song in the American Songwriting Awards, and “Beautiful” was a winner with International Unsigned Only. “The Cool Kids,” and “Are We There Yet” have nominated her for Best Female Artist and Best Song in a number of songwriting competitions. Peacock was also named Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year. 

In 2013, Peacock released her self-produced album, Albuquerque Sky, recorded in hotel rooms across the country while maintaining her rigorous 250 show tour schedule. Albuquerque Sky was followed by a season of goodbyes, tremendous growth, and challenges, and became the catalyst for her next album, Dream On (2016). “This record helped me get un-stuck. I had a collection of live recordings which became Dream On. After such a creative dry spell, I knew I needed to hit the road and stay out a while – reconnect with my fans,” says a determined Peacock. “I found this old silver eagle tour bus in Austin, TX. I was so enchanted with it, and the renovation process really reigniting my troubadour flame. So I bought my very first bus. Oh, what a feeling!” But less than 4 months later, she would watch it burn to the ground at a California truck stop. 

One of Peacock’s fans voluntarily initiated a fundraiser, which is what kept her on the road. Another fan, so touched by her story, donated his motor home so that her tour could go on. That special connection between Sarah Peacock and her fans is what gives her the strength to continue overcoming. “You have to be unstoppable, even when you don’t believe you are.” That’s the modus operandi for the now half Tennessean, half Texan road warrior. 

Sarah Peacock is active in the anti-bullying community, and her song, “The Cool Kids” has become a powerful anti-bullying anthem. Its message has taken on a life of its own. As she travels the country, Peacock shares her story in schools, empowering young people to embody her message of kindness and love. 

Peacock is also an animal lover and tours with her pups as often as she can. Her late road dog, Gibson, was one of the first canines to receive a prosthetic mitral valve in a clinical trial at CSU in Ft. Collins, CO in May of 2017. Unfortunately, Gibson passed away. To honor his memory, Peacock recently formed her own 501(c)3, The Band Waggin,’ benefiting various animal health and rescue programs throughout the United States. 

After completing two EP’s for Nashville label, American Roots Records, Peacock plans to release a full length album on her own label in 2019. Sarah Peacock is the truest definition of a self-made overcomer, hustler, and DIY machine. She’s got a remarkable knack for finding beauty in the ashes, and there’s no denying the future is looking bright for this tenacious up and comer.

ABACAB THE MUSIC OF GENESIS
Jun 29 @ 8:30 pm

ABACAB THE MUSIC OF GENESIS

‘A Trick Of The Tail’ album show’

Formed by five well-seasoned musicians in the Charlotte NC metro area, ABACAB is comprised of vocalist/multi instrumentalist Pete Lents, bassist/rhythm guitarist Cliff Stankiewicz, keyboardist Patrick Raymaker, lead guitarist James Nelson and drummer Matthew Hedrick. We came together with a common goal…Pay loving tribute to one of the most iconic bands of the 20th century, and bring their music back to the stage where it belongs… From progressive rock pioneers of the 70’s, to pop stadium rock icons of the 80’s, to the multi platinum solo careers…This is the music of GENESIS.

 

www.abacabtmog.com

Deadbolt (UK) X Emo Night Carolina / MySpace Party
Jun 29 @ 9:00 pm

🖤 Deadbolt (UK) BRINGS THE MYSPACE PARTY TO SKYLARK SOCIAL CLUB 🖤

After recently celebrating their 8th birthday in style in their home of Manchester, UK Deadbolt has thrown parties in cities all over the UK and are now partying in the US for the first time on June 29th at Skylark Social Club in Charlotte, NC!

Deadbolt will be hosting their MySpace Party on Saturday June 29th in association with Emo Night Carolina which means it’s time to turn back the clock to the 2000s – questionable fashion choices, studded belts and posting bulletins to get those sweet, sweet picture comments.

🖤 THE SOUNDS OF MYSPACE!
As well as the usual Emo Night Carolina anthems, you can expect to hear From First To Last, Atreyu, Hadouken, The Medic Droid, My Chemical Romance and other guilty pleasures. Time to take a stroll down memory lane.

🖤 PRIZES FOR THE WORST DRESSED!
So you think you’re the scene king or queen? Prove it. You can win free drinks and other stuff on the night by going all out and partying like it’s 2007. How many colours CAN you wear to one night?

🖤 MYSPACE NAME TAGS!
Display that ridiculous old user name with PRIDE!

FALL OUT BOY | MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE | FROM FIRST TO LAST | MAYDAY PARADE | ATTACK ATTACK! | THE USED | ALEXISONFIRE | ATREYU | FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS | BLINK 182 | HADOUKEN | TAKING BACK SUNDAY | PANIC! AT THE DISCO | ENTER SHIKARI | BROKENCYDE | FALLING IN REVERSE | EVERY AVENUE | FINCH | COBRA STARSHIP | FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND | THE MEDIC DROID | METRO STATION | 30 SECONDS TO MARS | THE STARTING LINE | ALL TIME LOW | PARAMORE | HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS | 3OH!3 | THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS | BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE | THE ALL AMERICAN REJECTS | SIMPLE PLAN & MANY MORE

PC4PC?

This event is 21+ | #deadboltclub #fuelledbyfireball

THE BARBED WIRES
Jun 29 @ 9:00 pm
Bill Noonan and The Barbed Wires are Country and Western traditionalists with rock and roll tendencies: they play old fashioned C&W with a reverence for the roots, and a dynamic creative spirit. Their approach can be compared to other bands that have explored the border of C&W and rock and roll: from way-back influences like the Byrds and Gram Parsons to more contemporary acts such as the Derailers and the Hacienda Brothers. The Barbed Wires combine an extensive repertoire touching on C&W, bluegrass, blues, and rock and roll with Noonan’s catalog of top-notch original tunes. Noonan is known as former leader of the Rank Outsiders, regional favorites in the 90s and early 00s. His more recent work is reflected on two solo albums Catawba City (2006) and The Man That I Can’t Be (2009). All of the Barbed Wires: Bill Walpole (steel guitar), Joe Williams (bass), Lee Sharpe (drums) and Chris Chandek Peace (guitar) are long-time veterans of the Carolina music scene, known among players and fans alike for their musical versatility, and their energetic and highly entertaining live performances.
 
The band lineup has really just come together since the first of this year, with Lee Sharpe (Leebo) coming on board on drums, and Country Bill (Walpole) back in the mix. Chris Peace is doing a great job on guitar and harmony vocals, and there is nobody more solid than JoeW (Williams) on bass. It’s a great bunch of guys, and everybody really loves to play, so we’re excited about the possibilities…so many tunes, so little time. Leebo and Joe have been playing around town forever, but our musical circles did not overlap until fairly recently. Chris was one of my guitar students back in the 80s, he played in Sugarsmack in the 90s, but then left music for quite a few years…we reconnected about the time my last CD came out 2 years ago. Country Bill has been one of my very best compadres for many years…he played with Lenny Federal and the Federal Bureau of Rock and Roll back in the day, and we had an act for a while in the early 00s called Country and Western Bill…we hadn’t done much together over the past couple years, so it’s great to have him back on board in the Barbed Wires.
Arson Daily BadCameo
Jun 29 @ 10:30 pm
Arson Daily

Arson Daily

‘North Carolina natives, Zach Dunham, vocalist/ guitarist, Quincy Platt, bassist, and Adam McLean, drummer, formed Arson Daily in 2014. The band mates, aka trifecta of talent, work hard, and play harder – While making music and performance professionalism their main focus in a proper rock n’ roll fashion.

In the early stages of Arson Daily, they spend months playing in packed basement shows; Contributing to their inspiration and growth of stage performance. Their energy encapsulates the listener, holding them hungry for the next show. The blending of Dunham’s vocals, coupled with Platt’s golden-groove bass licks, and the complex sound of McLean’s percussion, create the vox-garage style that is the revelation Arson Daily.

When put up against the world, music like Arson Daily can teleport you to a tropical brit-rock reservoir, with their story telling abilities that showcase the sentimentality that even an extroverted three piece can provide. For listeners looking to walk like a badass, throw on Arson Daily to put some party pep in your step.’

BadCameo

BadCameo

Hailing from the landscapes of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Rock/Jazz & Americana artists BadCameo have been hitting the ground running in the music industry relentlessly since forming in 2017.

The band is well known for their multifaceted sound, with influences stemming from Funk, Jam, and Jazz. All of that is wrapped up in a tight and versatile Rock sound that gives BadCameo a style that is fresh, authentic, and attention-grabbing. On October 13th, 2017, they released their debut single on Spotify and quickly began to garner critical acclaim and positive reception among fans, landing on a Spotify ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist within a week.

The band performed on a very prominent live radio spot December 15th, 2017 on WHUP in Hillsborough, NC. Shortly after, they released their anticipated follow-up single for their fans to indulge in, with an active show schedule to follow suit.

As BadCameo continues to climb their way to the top, be sure to connect with them on their official social media and music streaming platforms for booking, contact info, news, events, and all things that surround the band.

Jun
30
Sun
BALLANTYNE SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS: SUMMER JAM ’19
Jun 30 @ 4:30 pm

BALLANTYNE SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS: SUMMER JAM ’19

Visulite Theatre (ALL AGES SHOW) 

Doors Open: 4:00 – Show Starts: 4:30

Tickets: $5.00 (Advance) / $8.00 (Day of Show)

www.ballantyneschoolofmusic.com

Charlotte Symphony Community Concert: Pineville
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm

We’re traveling to Pineville to perform a FREE family-friendly program including classical, pops, and patriotic favorites!

PROGRAM
Albert-George Schram, conductor

WILLIAMS Liberty Fanfare
SMITH The Star Spangled Banner
BERLIN God Bless America
TRADITIONAL Armed Forces Salute
SOUSA The Thunderer
GOULD American Salute
CUSTER A Salute to The Big Apple
LOESSER Selections from Guys and Dolls
BAGLEY National Emblem March
WARD America the Beautiful
SOUSA Liberty Bell March
SOUSA The Washington Post
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever
The Spongetones
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm
The Spongetones

The Spongetones

The Spongetones formed in 1979 as an American power pop band from Charlotte, NC. Heavily influenced by the British Invasion, the Spongetones continued the musical genre through acclaimed original songwriting, jangle pop riffs, and lilting vocals of Beatlesque quality. Notable shows include CBGB’s, P. B. Scott’s Music Hall, WBCY-108 FM show with Nicky Hopkins, and Tokyo 2009. They were also commissioned to write and record a World News Now polka for ABC World News Now, which aired for many years, along with their song, “Skinny”.
Bill Hanna’s Jazz Sessions
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Every Sunday! 
8pm-11pm
Tickets: $7 + $3 Under 21

Charlotte jazz legend Bill Hanna brings his famous jazz session to Petra’s. Come join us each and every Sunday to see some of Charlotte’s best musicians perform in an intimate setting.

*Petra’s is a private club. You MUST have a valid ID to enter. Please be expected to pay a $1 annual fee if you are not already a member with us.

KRISTIN HERSH – Electric Trio Show with Fred Abong
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm
KRISTIN HERSH – Electric Trio Show

KRISTIN HERSH - Electric Trio Show

Influential songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Kristin Hersh, leader of the indie rock band, Throwing Muses and the noise rock power trio, 50 Foot Wave, is on the road with her highly acclaimed Fire Records release, “Possible Dust Clouds.” The touring trio is a hard hitting super group: Fred Abong, bass player from Throwing Muses (who opens solo, promoting his new ep, “Pulsing”) and Rob Ahlers, drummer of 50 Foot Wave. These electric trio shows are loud, tight and intense, featuring material from across Kristin’s thirty year career.

“Kristin Hersh is a musical genius” — Huffington Post

“A fearless rock innovator” — New York Times

“Possible Dust Clouds finds a kind of euphoria in its state of emergency” — Financial Times

“Possible Dust Clouds reinforces that Kristin Hersh is not just persevering in the now but flourishing as she makes some of the finest music of her career” — The Vinyl District

“The work of an artist both singular and shape-shifting, always herself but never predictable” — Uncut

“The portal to Hersh’s carefully documented world of otherness” — Mojo

“A stunning, stealthy, faintly malevolent collection of songs” — Q
“Possible Dust Clouds is her finest body of work to date. Dazzling and always fantastically bewildering.” — Drowned In Sound

Fred Abong

Fred Abong

Fred Abong is a singer/songwriter and one time bass player for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses and the Grammy nominated alt-rock band Belly.

Prior to that, Fred was active as a drummer and bass player in numerous bands centered on the Newport RI hardcore punk scene. 

In addition to playing music, Fred earned his Ph.D in Humanities in 2016.

OMARI & THE HELLHOUNDS
Jun 30 @ 9:00 pm

Sweet and soulful sounds to top off your weekend. Seriously one of the best kept musical secrets in Charlotte is Sunday’s at the Comet Grill with Omari and the Hellhounds, no cover.

Jul
1
Mon
Country Music Monday at Hattie’s
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm

Some people listen to everything ‘but country’ – this night is not for them.

Come hang out at Hattie’s every Monday for Country Music, Boots, Bolo Ties, Belt Buckles and Jorts. The last Monday of every month is Karaoke Country Music Monday.

Drink Specials
$4 Kentucky Gentleman
$2 12oz Bush Light, Natty Light and Narragansett Lager

Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm

Find Your Muse Open Mic is Charlotte’s premier open mic night. Each week we feature a special guest performer from around the region. Come out and see some of the area’s best up & coming talent perform their latest original tunes. Always a fun time, hosted by the semi-hilarious Mr. Erik Button. Look forward to the start of a great Monday night at 7:30pm as you are greeted by the rest of our FYM team; Aaaaron at the door, Donniebaseball behind the bar serving up cold ones, and Normal Dennis doing his best at making it all sound great from behind the board. Sign ups are at 7:45, so come out and get your time slot.

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment: Every Monday, at 8:00 p.m., Puckett’s Farm Equipment, a bar and music venue in Derita (and yes, it used to sell farm equipment), hosts an open mic that features all kinds of music. No cover. 18+.
2740 West Sugar Creek Road, 704-597-8230

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 1 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Looking to listen to nice smooth jazz, look no further than Crown Station Coffee House and Pub every Monday at 10 PM! 

Join us every Monday at Crown Station for a night of live music featuring Ocie Davis on drums and Troy Conn on guitar from 8:30-10:00. Afterwards there will be an open jam featuring Rob Linton on bass and Eric Chang on drums from 10:00-12:00.

 

Jazz Monday’s
Jul 1 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 2 @ 12:00 am

DC Suo Ocie Davis & Troy Conn 8:30pm – 10pm
Rob & Eric’s UNCC Jazz Jam 10pm – ???

No Cover.

Mondays Open Mic With Jeff
Jul 1 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

Knocturnal
Jul 1 @ 10:00 pm

A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being. *Beginning July 2, 2018, unless otherwise noted for special performances, admission will be $2 from 9 pm-midnight and then $5 from midnight-2 am.
Knocturnal: A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.

Jul
2
Tue
RED ROCKIN’ CHAIR
Jul 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Red Rocking Chair is made up of four veteran 
musicians, each bringing his own unique approach 
to the music they present. An acoustic quartet of 
multi-instrumentalists, they blend folk, bluegrass 
and country in a way that only players with decades 
of making music professionally can attain. Jack 
Lawrence, Michael Reno Harrell, Tom Kuhn and 
Dale Meyer present a blend of bass, mandolin, 
guitar, Dobro, banjo, and vocals that have kept their fans coming back time and again. All that aside, their music is just plain fun to listen to at the bar in Charlotte!
– Charlotte Now

Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 2 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Classical and modern R&B , hip hop , fusion and more. Local and visiting acts. Hosted by Ciroc. Join us every Tuesday at Crown Station for a night of live music. 

 

Jul
3
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summit Coffee continues to offer live music, usually with no cover. Summit is located at 128 South Main Street in Davidson. Call them at 704-895-9090 with questions.

Tosco Music Open Mic
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Mic format for the Tosco Music Open Mic is we gather for a sing-a-long session from 7:30 to 8 pm or so, then we start going down the list of performers. Everyone gets one song, so be in tune and ready to play when your name is called. It is first come, first play on the sign up sheet, however we give priority to school aged performers. 

Tosco Music’s mission is to…
present a wide variety of music through performances and outreach programs;
foster a sense of community among listeners and performers through inclusive participation; and
connect professional and amateur musicians to share and inspire one another.

RAYLAND BAXTER – FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today, Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit, but ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to writing without interruption or distraction. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced.

“I packed everything in my van and moved to Franklin for three months,” says Baxter. “It was the fist time I ever got to be alone and focus solely on songs like that. All I did was write, write, write all day every day. I was obsessed.”

By the time Baxter emerged, he’d penned more than 50 tunes and crafted a detailed blueprint for his spectacular new album, ‘Wide Awake.’ Deftly produced by Butch Walker, the record infuses Baxter’s easygoing, soulful sound with British Invasion melodies and rock and roll swagger, marrying lean, muscular songwriting with adventurous, inventive arrangements. It’s a cutting, insightful collection, one that takes a sardonic view the violence, greed, and division that seem to define the modern American landscape. Rather than point a finger, though, the music holds up a mirror, offering a sober reflection of the times thoughtfully bundled in bright, infectious hooks. There’s no judgment here, only keen observation, and Baxter implicates himself as much as his neighbor through it all.

Enjoy Rayland Baxter during the Fourth of July Celebration.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Fourth of July Celebration (July 3)
  • Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
SCOWL BROW w/Green Fiend, The Poontanglers, Paperback
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm
SCOWL BROW

SCOWL BROW

With the state of tired, humdrum, woe is me indie rock plaguing the airwaves it’s hard to find any glimmer of hope on the horizon. Shining like a beacon is Scowl Brow. Starting as the brainchild of singer/ songwriter Robbie Hale Scowl Brow is a powerful and honest approach to a genre that has been lacking substance for quite some time. With his prolific songwriting skills in tow Hale recruited veteran musician Joshua Taddeo to fill the slot as Drummer which cements the relentless thundering back beat of Scowl Brow. After several lineup changes with multiple bass players the boys in Scowl Brow chose another veteran musician in Justin Driscoll to give the three piece, finally, a sense of strong continuity. With their line up firmly in place Scowl Brow’s ready to take on the world. Robbie Hale’s poignant look into a life less ordinary and Taddeo and Driscoll’s hammering rhythms Scowl Brow maintains a strong punk ethos with a pop sensibility that is unparalleled with most bands out today. Scowl Brows music gives the sense that it’s dangerous and could fall apart at any minute but there’s a heart beating beneath all that angst that makes it warm and accommodating which makes it special.
 
Green Fiend

Green Fiend

Fast, heavy and loud stoner metal quintet. We blaze through riffs and rips. 

Joshua Taddeo – Vocals
John Stone – Guitars
Steven Funderburk – Guitars 
Justin Bickley – Bass
Taylor Arthur – Drums

New EP, ‘Garden of Weeden’ out on 5/24/19 via the Hell Command records!

 
The Poontanglers

The Poontanglers

 
Paperback

Paperback

Emo band from North Carolina. 
New single “Growing Pains” available now on Cardigan Records!
OPEN MIC WITH LEEBO
Jul 3 @ 8:30 pm

Open mic night tonight and we have a talented bunch of musicians ready to play.

Local, live, free music done right y’all!

Knocturnal
Jul 3 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 4 @ 2:00 am
A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.

*As of May 6, 2019, unless otherwise noted for special performances, admission will be $5 all night.

Knocturnal: A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
Jul
4
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a place to showcase your musical talent? Look no further! Join us every Thursday for our Open Mic. It’s free to watch and play! If you would like to perform, please show up at 7pm to sign up.

 

NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS – FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their third decade with perhaps the most vital album of their career. Recorded in studios across America during North Mississippi Allstars’ 2016 tour, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees the Dickinsons weaving their bred-to-the-bone musical sensibility with unstoppable energy, rhythmic reinvention, and a potent message of positivity, family, and hope. As ever, songs like R.L. Burnside’s “Long Haired Doney” and the impassioned title track pay homage to the country blues legacy while simultaneously pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback funk, electronic innovation, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.

Enjoy North Mississippi Allstars during the Fourth of July Celebration.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Fourth of July Celebration (July 4)
  • Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Jul 4 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Shana Blake Band is an innovative new take on the old soul cover band. The ensemble hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and features singer/songwriter Shana Blake (The Near Misses, Wavy Space, Tesser), veteran guitarist Keith Shamel (Virgo Musik, Daily Soul), bassist Dave Eatman (Bellyful, Automatic Chi) and drummer/percussionist Scott Newell (Vonce, Justice League). The expressive vocals and rich textures of the instrumentation fuse coherently to create a sound that’s as smooth as honey, with a hint of R&B, funk, reggae, southern rock, gospel, country, jazz and the blues. The repertoire covers the gamut from emotionally-charged ballads to energetic, danceable grooves. The song choices are anything but ordinary and, along with the original compositions, appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. An evening with Shana Blake & Pivotal Soul is like a breath of fresh air. Funky fresh air.

Jul
5
Fri
LITTLE TYBEE
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Little Tybee’s eponymous self titled 4th studio album is by far the group’s most ambitious work, and fully crystallizes the Atlanta sextet’s brand of dynamic and multi-layered dream folk. Named for a small island off the coast of Georgia, Little Tybee have been a mainstay in Atlanta’s burgeoning music scene since they formed in 2009. The group has developed a cult following for their celebrated live sets, and have opened for acts including Victor Wooten, Kurt Vile, Of Montreal, Maps and Atlases, Hundred Waters and many more. Little Tybee “have been developing their genre bending sound over the course of nearly seven years, three albums, and countless tours across the States,” and according to Vice’s Noisey, “it’s time to start paying attention.”

The bulk of the Little Tybee’s compositions begin their life as delicate creations, etched around the sinewy acoustic guitar and lilting vocals of singer songwriter and band leader Brock Scott. The songs are then fleshed out by the eight-string guitar virtuoso Josh Martin (endorsed by Ibanez & Dunlop), the classical flare of Nirvana Kelly’s violin, the deep pocket grooves of Ryan Donald’s hook-laden bass and Pat Brook’s gospel tinged beats, all rounded out by Chris Case’s driving keyboard arrangements. The result is kinetic and eclectic, an album which is both soothing and bombastic, and which rewards repeat listens. By blending elements of Folk, Psych, Jazz, and Bossa, Little Tybee have created a genre all their own, both creative and technical, with a keen ear for melody and accessibility.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, July 5
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.