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May
19
Sun
Trismalux; Band of Tomorrow
May 19 @ 7:30 pm
Trismalux

Trismalux

Trismalux is a genre melting, 4 piece band from Charlotte NC. After Conrad a long international odyssey and and a year of incubation, the tastes, styles and backgrounds of 4 very different musicians fused into a unique blend of Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll fusion. With the improvisational tendencies of Jazz musicians, the lyrical inclinations of a Hip Hop and the structure of a rock band Trismalux strives to reach their branches into the electronic future with their roots firmly planted in live instrumentation.”
Band of Tomorrow

Band of Tomorrow

‘The Band of Tomorrow ping-pongs between genres and weaves together harmonic sections in a way no other band would dare to. In the same way, their pre-written lyrics don’t shy away from any subject, nor does any special guest find it challenging to make a Band of Tomorrow song their own. This Band structures its mission around an unpredictable and transformative experience – always high energy, always premium quality, based often in familiar melodies and intellectual lyrics, but exploring improvised ideas with every new layer.’ – Carly Shields, Ever Upward Entertainment, Denver, CO
WILLY PORTER
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
WILLY PORTER

WILLY PORTER

Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. 

From the release of his breakthrough album, 1994’s Dog Eared Dream, to the launch of his own record label, Weasel Records, in 2005, Willy is an artist dedicated to delivering high-test, original musical experiences. His 2015 album, Human Kindness, featured the songs “Train” and “Chippewa Boots,” performed live on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion by Willy and his singing/songwriting partner, Carmen Nickerson. The pair teamed up again in 2016 to make Bonfire to Ash, a record of co-writes produced by Grammy award-winner Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke). 

Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, his songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events–equal parts grit, soul, and muscle–that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Willy’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.

Whether in the studio or on stage, Willy Porter gifts listeners with an unforgettable ride, embodying the very best of what live music has to offer. 

“If you need another flat-top guitar hero, look no further than Willy Porter, a blindingly fleet and maddeningly nimble player. If you’re trying to get the hang of fingerstyle picking, you’ll either curse the dude or forsake all and follow him.” –Riverfront Times 

“I found Willy on iTunes six years ago. Went to see him live and joined the converted.“ — Al Kooper (Bob Dylan/Blood, Sweat & Tears)

“Porter is a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone…“ – The Washington Post

“Porter accentuates well – rendered tales with spit – fire – percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color – chord picking.“ – Billboard

May
20
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
May 20 @ 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.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 20 @ 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.

 

May
21
Tue
CRACKER Taylor Phelan
May 21 @ 8:00 pm
CRACKER

CRACKER

Cracker’s tenth and most recent studio effort, the double-album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape — the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ’70s and ’80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ’60s and ’70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.

As Lowery explains, ‘On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup — Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.’

‘This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band. Throughout the band’s 24-year history we’ve dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.’

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century — amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (‘Low,’ ‘Euro-Trash Girl,’ ‘Get Off This’ and ‘Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me’ to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base — that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry — continues to grow each year.

Taylor Phelan

Taylor Phelan

Taylor Phelan is a songwriter, singer and alt-rock artist. Phelan was raised within a tight-knit musical family in his home state of Texas and began to play guitar and write his own songs at 16, cutting his teeth at coffee shops. He started his professional career as the founder and frontman for the Chicago-based alternative band, The Canes. In 2014, Phelan was a favorite contestant on the seventh season of NBC’s hit reality series, The Voice, an experience that revealed his tremendous talent as a solo artist. In 2015, shortly after signing with the indie label, Native Nine Records, Phelan gravitated back to his southern roots and teamed up with Nashville-based producer Joshua D Niles to work on his first collection of solo material. Now touring the country with a powerhouse backing band, and new music on the way!
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 21 @ 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. 

 

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam
May 21 @ 10:30 pm

Free show by Jesse Lamar Williams & the Menastree Jazz Jam. 3rd Tuesday of month.

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam
May 21 @ 10:30 pm
Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam

MENASTREE

Menastree- was born in the early summer of 2014, originating from Charlotte North Carolina. 

Beginning with musician/producer and videographer DJ Lil Tone, Musician/producer Jesse Lemar Williams and musician/vocalist Jeremy Mayher. Menastree created their formula for their sound by backing various artist deriving from various genres and performing at festivals such as SXSW. As a result of the new age mashup sound with elements of hip-hop/trap/jazz/house and R&B. By January 2017 Menastree had officially been established.

Solidifying the establishment with the particularly chosen additions of Zach Wheeler , Braxton Bateman , Malcolm Charles, Waneisha Nish Massey , Curt Keyz , Stefan Kallander , and Marcus Jones. Jesse Lamar Williams then planted Menastree in the heart of Charlotte North Carolinas art district Noda at the corner of E. 36th St. and N. Davidson Ave. at the prestigious listening room The Evening Muse where they can often be found cultivating the culture in a monthly residency.

May
22
Wed
Marti Jones & Don Dixon
May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Marti Jones & Don Dixon

Marti Jones & Don Dixon

Marti Jones began her musical journey in her teens in Ohio. After being discovered by Liam Sternberg in the early 80s, she was signed to A&M records where she made three albums that helped define the trajectory of Americana. She moved to RCA in 1990 but after a few more years of relentless touring, she opted for motherhood. Since then she’s made the occasional record, done the occasional tour and spent lots of time painting, her first love.

She became known for her stylish interpretations of songs by Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, David Bowie, Peter Holsapple and Marshall Crenshaw. 

Don Dixon: Singer, musician, songwriter, producer and occasional actor. Has twelve solo albums including Most of the Girls Like to Dance But Only Some of the Boys Like To which contains the mid 80s MTV hit “Praying Mantis”. Tours with his wife, acclaimed singer Marti Jones. Has played and sung on numerous records and is a long-time member of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s band. Has songs recorded by Joe Cocker, Ronnie Spector, Hootie & the Blowfish, and the Counting Crows to name a few. Produced recordings for R.E.M., the Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, Guadalcanal Diary and James McMurtry along with dozens of other influential acts. Acting credits include a featured role as Bert Hanley in 2003’s hit cult film, Camp.

May
23
Thu
Matt Stillwell (Full Band Show)
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Matt Stillwell

Matt Stillwell

Matt Stillwell, a nationally touring country music artist from Sylva, NC, is a fully independent country music artist. Before he jumped into music, he played baseball at Western Carolina University where he was an All Conference player on the Catamount’s Southern Conference Championship Baseball team. He has recorded seven full length albums, opened for most country superstars, and toured the country several times. He lives in with his wife Lindsey, and two beautiful girls, Carolina and Ruby in Knoxville. 

Matt’s debut single “Shine” reached the TOP #50 on Billboard’s Country Charts. The accompanying music video reached #5 on CMT Pure while breaking into the Top 10 on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The album went on to pro-duce another Top 50 Billboard single in “Sweet Sun Angel” and two more top videos on CMT Pure with “Dirt Road Dancing” and “Sweet Sun Angel”. The first single “Ignition” from his album ‘Right On Time’ reached the TOP #50 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart and has over 1 million streams. Stillwell’s song “Hey Dad”, written as a tribute to his late father, has over 500,000 streams and the video has over 40,000,000 views online. His current project, “Stillwell EP” is available everywhere you can purchase and consume music online. Physical product is available on his website, www.mattstillwellmusic.net, and at his live shows. The first single from that EP, “Hot Minute”, has already received over 500,000 Streams on Spotify and is the #1 Video on the CMT 12 Pack. He’s cur-rently finishing up songs to complete a brand new album with producer and fre-quent co-writer, Lynn Hutton.

Stillwell has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox and Friends, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, and Atlanta TV Morning Shows, and co-hosted an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri on the Food Network (Season 26, Episode 5). In 2017 he became the ambassador for the Cal Ripken Sr. Founda-tion’s “Badges For Baseball” program that puts at risk youth together with law enforcement using baseball as the hook. To date the tour has partnered with Major League Baseball for 14 events and effected hundreds of kids and cops alike. MLB.com host a video that showcases the tour and gives more details about the program. 

Stillwell will kick off his “Got Your 6 Tour” this spring, partnering with SAE (Sig-ma Alpha Epsilon) across the country. A portion of the proceeds will go to bene-fit The Comfort Crew For Military Kids, and in select markets, The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 23 @ 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.

 

May
24
Fri
Gareth Asher Record Release; Jason Adamo
May 24 @ 7:30 pm
Gareth Asher

Gareth Asher

Gareth Asher returns to Charlotte, NC promoting his new album, “Defend the Flame.”

With lyricism reflecting and celebrating the inner struggles we face through life’s smiles and tears, “Defend the Flame” reminds us to accept and release the emotions that can often feel insurmountable within us. This message is one that has no doubt been felt through much of his previous music, but through this album, Gareth lays himself bare in a way that he has not shared before. The honesty in the tone of these new and precious songs is one that will leave you feeling more connected to the self and perhaps a little lighter with the knowledge that you are not alone.

Join us May 24th in welcoming Gareth Asher back to The Evening Muse.

Jason Adamo

Jason Adamo

An interesting thing happens when a talented musician ditches gimmicks and masks; honest, unpretentious, full-bodied music is born. Jason Adamo is a truly soulful singer with inspired lyrics and raspy falsetto. Currently residing in Raleigh, NC, Adamo has lived in New York City and Nashville immersing himself in each cities music and songwriting scene. 

Jason Recently received RIAA Gold and Platinum plaques as a songwriter for the song ‘Beautiful Believer’ on Brett Young’s debut album on The Big Machine Label Group.

Adamo’s Joe Cocker-like “bold grit and heart,” and ability to take a captive audience from “engaged silence” to a “floor stomping, rollicking, good time.”

May
25
Sat
Monty Mak
May 25 @ 10:30 pm
Monty Mak

Monty Mak

Monty Mak, fronted by Charlotte Native Singer/Songwriter Monty Makarow, melds voice, instrument and story together to create interesting and complex layers of rhythm, beat and experience. The band itself, a union of family and friends, brings their individual talents to Makarow’s haunting scenes from songs such as Mystical Child and In Her Own Blood. In Calhoun we are reminded of Makarow’s roots while California sets us dreaming of other lives. The upbeat Papa keeps your feet moving while daring you to follow the story of a young girls struggle to connect.

However your ear perceives it, MONTY MAK has much to offer – a true and explosive fusion of sound and story.

May
27
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
May 27 @ 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.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 27 @ 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.

 

May
28
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 28 @ 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. 

 

May
29
Wed
Grizzly Goat; The New Rustics
May 29 @ 7:30 pm
Grizzly Goat

Grizzly Goat

“The band’s music speaks to those who fine solace in the woods, find awe in the great expanse of the desert, who can hear the mountains calling to them.”–Tahoe on Stage, Reno, NV

Grizzly Goat’s music is as the band’s name suggests, undomesticated. Grizzly’s blend of folk-rock spans the entire breadth of the Americana genre; from soft and sincere campfire ballads to rocking electric harmonica solos on top of pounding drums and flailing banjo.

The band is hardworking and tireless. They’ve brought their rootsy compositions from coast to coast in their white passenger van. Whether at a festival or a small scale BBQ joint, Grizzly Goat’s aim is to connect with their audience on an individual level, building a relationship with each listener.

The New Rustics

The New Rustics

Singer/songwriter Jeff Robinson may not have the image you would think of for a southern rock style band, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover! A NC native who has in the past called Charlotte home, now leads a new Americana/roots rock band ‘The New Rustics’, who have been compared to legendary artists such as The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Uncle Tupelo, and Arlo Guthrie among many others. Basing their music off of classics in an attempt to bring back a southern rock genre that people still long for, The New Rustics have added a modern day twist to a classic rock style. Fusing elements of country, rock, and folk, intertwined with light jams and meaningful lyrics, The New Rustics are making their way in a highly competitive industry. ‘I sing about home a lot, because well, almost everyone can relate to that. There is definitely a theme to my songs that if you pay attention you will hear; traveling, family, music, becoming the best version of yourself, mistakes made, and of course, girls, haha.’
MICKEY AVALON + DIRT NASTY
May 29 @ 8:00 pm
MICKEY AVALON

MICKEY AVALON

Remember the urban legend of the boy next door that played records all day, and at night kept the neighborhood up with songs of his own? He left home one day and was never heard from again. You heard he moved to the big city, lived in cheap motels, ate dollar hamburgers, worked the boulevard with ex-models, thorazine freaks, transvestites, mothers, fathers, drunks, junkies and punk rockers alike. Only, this story is no urban fairytale, it’s the true-life journey of American rapper Mickey Avalon has taken on his path to realize his present day success.

Avalon struggled through many long, lonely, desperate nights under the dizzying city lights but made a personal vow that he would never forget the magic of things he loved the most in this world: his first fix, his first girl, and most importantly the first time he rocked a microphone. Mickey Avalon has done whatever it took to get him to and off Hollywood Blvd and is now inviting everyone into his world.

Mickey Avalon is known to the world as one of the hottest underground American rappers and has become a fan-favorite in part because of his back-story; Avalon’s family upbringing was considered tumultuous. Avalon’s family history starts with paternal grandparents, Holocaust survivors, who endured lasting injuries from their imprisonment at Auschwitz. Avalon grew up in Hollywood, California with his sister. His parents had a hard life and previously abused drugs; his dad was a rock-music-lover heroin addict and his mom a concert ticket and pot dealer, a profession he acquired at age 14. In his late teens, the rapper (born Yeshe Perl) became an Orthodox Jew and tried to be a good teenager. By his early 20s, he had married, had a daughter, shaved his beard and moved to Portland, Oregon, where he turned to prostitution, giving sexually pleasure to fund a raging smack habit. While in Portland, tragedy struck his family: his sister died of a heroin overdose and his father was killed in a car accident by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.

After the deaths of Avalon’s two family members, he decided to move back to Los Angeles and tried to clean up his act, wanting more out of life. He was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty) who encouraged Avalon to pursue his passion of Hip-Hop and collaborate with him on some tracks. The two quickly began passing out demos to Hollywood clubs and developed a following among fans of the Los Angeles nightclub scene. Soon after the guerilla promotions tactics, Avalon signed with Interscope Records/Killer Records/MySpace in 2005. After signing the first-ever Interscope/Myspace record deal, Avalon debuted his self-entitled album in 2006, which showcased his unique rhyming style and focused on experiences on the streets, with drugs, and prostitution. He was also a member of the Dyslexic Speedreaders, a rap group which also included rappers Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, and Beardo, who all appear in Avalon’s music video, ‘Fuckin’ ‘Em All’.

In his short time on the music scene, Avalon has collaborated with many artists such as Young Jeezy and Jermaine Dupri for a recent Boost Mobile commercial. Early in Avalon’s music career, he collaborated with the Happy Mondays on their 2007 album Uncle Dysfunktional, providing vocals on the track “Deviants”. In addition, Avalon co-wrote Unwritten Law’s radio hit, “Shoulda Known Better,” and provided vocals for a remix version which has been released on Unwritten Law’s “Best Of” album, The Hit List. Avalon’s songs have been featured in several film and television projects including the 2008 movie “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” his song “Jane Fonda” was featured briefly in an episode of HBO original series “Entourage,” and his song “My Dick” was featured in the end credit for the HBO original series “Hung.” On the stage, Avalon has opened up for great music artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Travis Barker.

Mickey Avalon has been featured in several magazines including Blender, BPM, LA Weekly, Skinnie as ‘America’s Glam Rapper’. He recently performed in several events this year including fashion mogul Christian Audigier’s on the opening day of the annual MAGIC Marketplace 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Avalon performed hits and fan favorites ‘Jane Fonda,’ ‘So Rich, So Pretty,’ ‘Mr. Right’ and sneak previews of two new songs, ‘Fast Life’ and ‘Stroke Me’ from his highly anticipated second album featuring new collaborations with Kid Rock, Katy Perry(Kitty Perry) and Travis Barker and production by mega-hit producer Dr. Luke. Known for his cult following and non-stop tour schedule, Avalon met a man who shares similar likes of music named DJ Mackey who he befriended in 2006. The rapper recently came off a 20-city run on the ‘Blazed and Confused’ summer tour alongside Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid, and DJ Mackey as his DJ on tour. Avalon is set to release his new single “Stroke Me” to radio this month and is put the finishing touches on his upcoming album tentatively entitled “ELECTRIC GIGAGLO” scheduled for a February 2010 release.

DIRT NASTY

DIRT NASTY

Simon Rex was first introduced to television audiences as an MTV VJ. Soon after, Simon hit fame and popularity delving into acting on shows such as Felicity, Jack and Jill, and What I Like About You. Rex also made guest appearances on Baywatch, Everwood, and Summerland and starred in the Lifetime Series, Monarch Cove. He has also acted in feature films including Scary Movie 3, Karate Dog, Superhero Movie, Scary Movie 4 Hotel California, King Of The Avenue, and Scary Movie 5.

As his alter ego “Dirty Nasty,” actor, musician, producer, and comedian, Simon Rex has developed a die-hard and rabid fan-base across the world since the release of his debut rap-comedy albums 2007 release. Dirt’s second album (2010’s “Nasty As I Wanna Be”) debuted and stayed at the top of Billboard’s comedy charts for weeks and featured guests such as Ke$ha, LMFAO and others.

His music and persona have excitedly received a cult following which are not only dominant on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and iTunes; but at his sold out shows and concerts across the globe.

May
30
Thu
Stephen Day; Alexa Rose
May 30 @ 7:30 pm
Stephen Day

Stephen Day

In the veins of Ben Rector and John Mayer, Buford, Georgia native Stephen Day is carving a path all his own in the landscape of today’s pop music. Day’s Crooning vocals paired with his compelling stage presence has garnered the praise of fans and critics alike, with Noisetrade adding “Stephen Day is an artist that comes along once every decade.” 

The soulful singer-songwriter began his musical journey upon moving to Nashville, TN in 2014 to pursue music while attending Belmont University. It was during that time he released his debut EP, Undergrad Romance and the Moses in Me, which has garnered over 11 million streams since its release. The six-track collection is also home to the standout “If You Were the Rain,” which alone has racked up over 2.2 million streams and counting on Spotify. The song also earned a spot on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, peaking at number two. Day’s latest album is set to unveil this fall.

Alexa Rose

Alexa Rose

Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.

Amidst the sea of earnestly soft-sung songs on the Americana circuit, Rose’s voice stands out with depth and complexity, capable of gymnastic yodels and deep resonance. Rose’s sound evokes the likes of Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margot Price, but she cultivates her own hard-working perspective without imitation or posturing. What separates her from the crowd is a tangible, relatable sense of hunger and realism about the sacrifices of the road, the elusiveness of fulfillment, and the bittersweetness of dreams.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 30 @ 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.

 

PAUL THORN BAND Steve Poltz
May 30 @ 8:00 pm
PAUL THORN BAND

PAUL THORN BAND

“This is the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my gospel roots,” says Paul Thorn about his newest album, Don’t Let the Devil Ride. “My message on this record is ‘let’s get together’—I want to help lighten your load and make you smile.”

The son of a preacher man, Mississippi-raised Thorn spent much of his childhood in church, participating in multiple weekly services with his father as well as at neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with the music whose infectious spirit is captured on the new album.

Don’t Let the Devil Ride collects soulful songs originally cut by black southern gospel groups, and features guests Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns, and Bonnie Bishop.

The album was recorded at three temples of sound: the Sam C. Phillips Recording studio, whose namesake gave another son of Tupelo his start; at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, where Thorn worked as a songwriter for legendary producer Rick Hall early in his career; and at Preservation Hall, where horn players from the celebrated jazz venue lent songs a New Orleans vibe.

The new release marks Thorn’s first time recording gospel music, after a dozen albums in roots-rock mode, though his upbringing has previously been reflected in his creation of a body of strikingly original songs. In his own songwriting, Thorn often addresses the foibles of human relationships, although he doesn’t favor the sacred over the profane. 

As an accomplished painter, former professional boxer, and seasoned skydiver, Thorn has never shied away from new challenges, but cutting a gospel record was just like going home.

Thorn’s father Wayne was a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, a Pentecostal denomination, and Thorn was just three when he began singing and playing tambourine at services. Congregational participation was valued more than skilled soloists, and Thorn also found a showcase for his talents at Saturday night “singings.”

But his most memorable musical experiences were at an African American branch of his father’s church, the Okolona Sunrise Church of Prophecy. “There might be ten people playing the tambourine, but the rhythm was locked in, and they’d let me play bass. I loved the Appalachian gospel of my parents’ church, but it was a treat to play with those musicians. They worshiped in a different way and the music was different, and I feel blessed to have been in that church setting.”

The sermons in Church of God of Prophecy churches warned sinners of fire and brimstone, and it wasn’t uncommon for congregants for congregants to speak in tongues. But the lasting legacy for Thorn wasn’t a strong sense of guilt, as it was for many others who grew up in Pentecostal churches. “I think that they use guilt to intimidate you, but I don’t buy into that anymore. There ain’t no love in that.”

Instead he continues to be inspired by the strong sense of communion that was fostered by musical fellowship. “One of things that I take a lot of pride in is that I love everybody, and what I learned in church paid dividends. When I’m up there entertaining it’s also a glimpse of what my life has been, and how gospel music has molded me into who I am.”

Thorn’s parents wouldn’t allow him listen to secular music at home (in his teens, he had to hide his only two LPs – Elton John and Huey Lewis – from his father), so he listened at friends’ houses to Kiss, Peter Frampton and the bawdy “chitlin’ circuit” comedy albums that he credits with inspiring the dark sense of humor that pervades his lyrics. But gospel music remains Thorn’s most abiding musical touchstone, the sounds that first stirred his soul.

He was just 14 when sometime gospel artist Elvis Presley died – “the world stood still in Tupelo,” he recalls – and while the King’s records weren’t a major influence, Thorn emphasizes the similarity of their early experiences.

“Elvis literally went to a lot of the same churches I did. It’s almost identical how we started. When they filmed him from the waist up, it wasn’t vulgar, it was the moves he learned in church, dancing in the spirit.”

At 18 Thorn was caught sneaking out his bedroom window to romance a young neighbor, and his father presented the ultimatum of publicly repenting or “disfellowship” – losing his church membership. He chose the latter, and immediately took out a loan to buy a trailer (where he lived ‘in sin’ with that girlfriend), landed a full-time job at a furniture factory, and joined the National Guard.

Tupelo presented few avenues for professional musicians, but Thorn soon met his longtime songwriting partner Billy Maddox, who had strong ties to the musical hub of Muscle Shoals. The duo began writing under contract for Rick Hall, owner of the legendary Fame Recording Studios, where Thorn cut demos of their songs.

As a performer, Thorn was playing solo gigs in Tupelo for $50 a night, and further supplemented his factory income with boxing. He learned to box from his paternal uncle Merle, a one-time pimp celebrated in “Pimps and Preachers,” Thorn’s autobiographical song about his two mentors: “One drug me through the darkness/One led me to the light/One showed me how to love/One taught me how to fight.”

Thorn would box fourteen professional fights (10-3-1) as a middleweight between 1985 and 1988, with his most prominent match against four-time World Champion Roberto Duran. He lasted a respectable six rounds before a doctor stopped the fight due to multiple cuts.

Although proud of his boxing career, Thorn says that he’s not surprised he’s achieved more success as a performer. “I went a long way in boxing, and got to fight one of the greatest, but the reason Duran beat me and everyone else was that he had the ability to relax under extreme pressure. When I was in the ring I was nervous and afraid, but when I’m on stage I’m comfortable. I’ve been singing in front of people all my life, and I know what I’ve got to do.”

The songs on “Don’t Let the Devil Ride,” co-produced by Billy Maddox and Colin Linden, likewise fall into that same comfort zone.

“We’re bringing Paul’s fans under the tent at a revival,” says Maddox, who likewise grew up listening to black gospel. “A lot of emotion goes on in those places, with people being saved while the band’s playing behind them.”

The exuberance of the music, says Thorn, evokes the warm-hearted nature of these social gatherings. “The first track, ‘Come On Let’s Go,’ it’s talking about going to church—that I can’t wait to see you, and see you how you’ve you been doing,” says Thorn.

Few of the songs here are well known. Maddox found most of them while digging through releases from small gospel labels in Mississippi and Alabama. “We just picked things that had a great pocket,” he says. “One person described the feel as ‘gospel lyrics set to stripper music’ and that’s pretty close. The songs are slinky and greasy and right in Paul’s wheelhouse.”

The most familiar track here is no doubt Thorn’s relaxed tempo version of the O’Jays “Love Train,” a song whose feel-good qualities readily adapt to a gospel setting. The Mighty Clouds of Joy, whose records Thorn listened to as a teen, made it a staple of their live performances.

The other songs stretch back much farther, but their themes – of redemption, taking stock of one’s life, and resilience in the face of troubles – are universal, making them readily adaptable to the fresh takes here. Nashville’s McCrary Sisters, for instance, lend a buoyant feel to “You Got to Move,” a northeast Mississippi standard, best known through a solemn, slide guitar take by Mississippi Fred McDowell.

The sisters’ father was a founder of the Fairfield Four, a capella gospel singers whose live radio broadcasts on CBS in the ‘40s and ‘50s were extremely influential. Fellow guest artists the Blind Boys of Alabama, founded in 1944, were founders of the “hard gospel” quartet style that dominated the era from which many of the songs on this record where drawn. Also joining Thorn on vocals is Texas-born Bonnie Bishop, who attributes her soulful singing style to spending her formative years in Mississippi.

Both Maddox and Thorn were longtime friends with Hall and the Phillips family, and Maddox says that recording in Memphis and Muscle Shoals was a natural extension of the whole process, and the only proper way to honor this particular body of work. “We were returning to the Motherland.”

Rick Hall died in January of 2018, making the whole experience that much more poignant for Thorn and co-producer Maddox.

“The last time I saw Rick he came into the FAME studio to say hello,” Maddox recalls. “We invited him to sit down and listen to the playback of a track we’d just finished. He closed his eyes and leaned over the console as the music played.

“About halfway through the tune he turned the monitors down, looked me right in the eye and said, ‘What have you done?’ I asked him what he meant. Then he got this big grin on his face and said, ‘Well, that sounds just like me.’ That moment validated everything about this record for me and Paul.”

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is not normal.

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen – Canada/USA – but has often said that, ‘should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.’

Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans.

He’s also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer/observer with an absurdist’s view of this crazy world and the various life-forms that inhabit it. He’s interested in it all – the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn’t just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do…

As a recording artist, he’s fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible for a critically lauded body of work on his own: One Left Shoe, Chinese
Vacation, Answering Machine, The Barn (a children’s album), Tales From The Tavern (a performance DVD), Traveling, Unraveling, Dreamhouse, Noineen Noiny Noin and most recently the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild – The Life of Dayton O. Hyde.

As good as his albums are (and they’re very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It’s also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That’s what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you.

Whether he’s Canadian, or American, or simply from space there’s no denying there’s only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.

May
31
Fri
Dalton & The Sheriffs
May 31 @ 10:30 pm
Dalton & The Sheriffs

Dalton & The Sheriffs

The one constant in Dalton & the Sheriffs’ remarkable rise from three-hour sets in the barrooms of Boston, to national stages such as CMA Fest, is the band’s authenticity.

Brian Scully (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jon Silva (lead guitar), James Zaner (drums), Sam Bouve (bass) and Ryan Jackson (keys/guitars) rip through shows with frenetic energy, perhaps best described as country music, tinged with Americana heartland vibes, and played with a bar-friendly edge-of-punk rowdiness. Everyone sings along. The patrons are as much a part of the show as the band itself. The result is a live band that manages to make every show — from small clubs to the largest of festivals — feel a little like a reunion of like-minded souls at their favorite local bar.

Their debut live album, After the Parade, cracked four Billboard Country and Heatseeker charts in 2018, and a newly recorded album is on the way. Always good for a draw, Dalton & The Sheriffs have been chosen to open for artists such as Sam Hunt, Lee Brice and Old Dominion, and the band has earned their own fervent headline following throughout New England. In addition to packing them in at prestigious venues like Paradise Rock Club and the House of Blues, Dalton and the Sheriffs quickly sold out four sets in one fall Nashville weekend, and 2019 will see this tremendous live band expand their fan base coast to coast.

Jun
1
Sat
Groove 8 Masseuse
Jun 1 @ 9:00 pm
Groove 8

Groove 8

Groove 8 began in Charlotte NC in 2005 with a collection of the city’s best independent jazz musicians collaborating to form the project. The band began performing locally and expanded regionally. Groove 8 focused their sights on the college music scene and released their first album under the name RARE B-SIDE GROOVES in 2007 – a loose collection of original instrumentals popular with fans. That was followed by DEBUT which became the band’s first full length album and was recorded and produced by Groove 8 and Alan Evans (Drummer for Soulive) at his Play On Brother Studio In Massachusetts. In 2012, Groove 8 released CURIOUS POSES which included two vocal tracks for the first time. In 2013, the band released for free a download of hits from all three albums entitled REFLECTIONS OF SOUL: THE MIXTAPE SINGLES 2005-2012. In 2018, Groove 8 released a 4-track EP entitled RPM, VOL. 1.
 
Masseuse
Masseuse

Based out of Chattanooga, TN Masseuse is a four piece ensemble that takes you on a journey from world-inspired themes to delicate, jazzy timbres, all wrapped up in a funk groove to get you moving. Musically, the group blends harmonious vocal melodies, smooth guitar textures, and driving bass lines. 

Since their formation, Masseuse has toured the southeast and beyond sharing stages with bands such as Perpetual Groove, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Dopapod, and Keller Williams. Recently the band took to the studio to record their first full length album, ‘Ambidextrous’. Displaying their ability to wrap multiple styles into one unique and infectious sound, Masseuse surely lives up to their motto as ‘Music to Massage Your Mind!’

Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/
Jun
2
Sun
Liz Longley Michael McArthur
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm
Liz Longley

Liz Longley

While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. With five albums to her name, Liz’s music has been featured on TV shows such as ABC’s “Beauty & The Beast”, Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, and MTV’s “Scream”. The latest release, ‘Weightless’, is the highly anticipated follow- up to Longley’s eponymous 2015 Sugar Hill Records debut, which earned accolades from critics, who proclaimed the album “a thing of beauty,” (Popdose), and praised her “captivating stories set to tunes that will be running through your head after a single spin.” (American Songwriter). Liz is currently recording her sixth album with 5-time GRAMMY nominated producer, Paul Moak.
 
Michael McArthur

Michael McArthur

Songwriting has always been a form of therapy for McArthur. Over the past decade, the Florida native has filled a handful of EPs with his own mix of raw soul and lushy layered folk, working with producers like David Bianco (Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams) and Greg Wells (Adele, One Republic) along the way. He makes his full-length debut with 2019’s Ever Green, Ever Rain, an album
that’s by turns warm, woozy, and wistful. The album shows the full range not only of McArthur’s voice – a gorgeous instrument that soars and swoons, flecked with vibrato and palpable emotion – but his songwriting, too, bouncing from the soft acoustics of “Elaine” to the percussive pulse of “Save Me From the Fire.” Recorded with Grammy-winning producer, Ryan Freeland and inspired by McArthur’s long period of isolation and self-repair, Ever Green, Ever Rain is both earthy and anthemic – the sound of a songwriter who’s unafraid to shine a light on his own faults.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/
Jun
3
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jun 3 @ 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.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 3 @ 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.

 

Jun
4
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 4 @ 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. 

 

Jun
5
Wed
Motherfolk Wylder
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm
Motherfolk

Motherfolk

MOTHERFOLK HAS BEEN REVERED AS ‘THE BEST BAND EVER’ BY ALMOST ALL OF ITS CURRENT MEMBERS. WHAT STARTED IN 2014 AS A WRITING PROJECT BETWEEN TWO COLLEGE FRIENDS HAS GROWN INTO A PHENOMENON THAT HAS CAPTURED THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF DOZENS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WITH TWO FULL LENGTHS AND A FEW SINGLES UNDER THEIR BELT, MOTHERFOLK HAS TOURED HEAVILY ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND HAS MADE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES WITH THEIR HIGH-ENERGY PERFORMANCE. CURRENTLY IN 2018, THEY CONTINUE TO TOUR REGULARLY AND ARE SPENDING THE TIME IN BETWEEN IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON WHAT’S NEXT.

DON’T SLEEP ON THIS BAND, SLEEP ON A BED.

 
 
 
Wylder

Wylder

Wylder writes rhythmic, haunting and lyrically-driven indie-folk with a penchant for strange, foreboding storytelling about family and loss.

First formed in Virginia by singer/guitarist Will McCarry, the group quickly grew to include Lonnie Southall (guitar/mandolin), Mike Pingley (drums), and Jackson Wright (bass/piano). Wylder’s unique blend of indie-rock and chamber-folk combines the spirit of alternative rock giants like Arcade Fire and The Shins with the intimate, harmony-laden sounds of Fleet Foxes and Radical Face.

Their debut album, Rain and Laura, which was released in April of 2016, caught the attention of Train’s Pat Monahan. He premiered their last two singles “Bitter” and “Save a Way” on his Sirius XM program Train Tracks, kicking off a successful run on AAA stations around the country. The band’s music has also been featured on the ABC show The Good Doctor as well as many popular MTV programs. In 2018 they performed aboard lineup of The Rock Boat XVIII alongside Need to Breathe, Barenaked Ladies and Sister Hazel.

They are currently in the midst of recording their next full-length album, Golden Age Thinking.

Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/
Tosco Music Open Mic
Jun 5 @ 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.

Jun
6
Thu
Mir Fontane’s Who’s Watching The Kids 2 tour Justice Plant, Kayo Bracey, Austin Royale
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm

This event is 18 and over

Mir Fontane

Mir Fontane

Jamir “Mir Fontane” Daaliya is a Camden, New Jersey based Hip-hop artist. At 23-years-old, Mir Fontane has released a handful of mixtapes, viral videos, and even stared a lead role in award winning independent film, “I Am John Wayne.”

Influenced by the sounds of 50 Cent and Drake, Mir Fontane is truly a chameleon in rap, with the ability to deliver unapologetic lyricism, or serenade the ladies with a melodic single.

Fontane first began to bubble on a local level upon the release of his “PAM” single and ‘He So Crazy’ mixtape, a 12-track project influenced by the Martin show.

Since then, Fontane has continued to prove to be a candid lyricist known for his vivid storytelling and hard-hitting punchlines that depict life in the gritty streets of Camden.

 
Justice Plant

Justice Plant

Jaye Gibson, is an 18 year old musical prodigy soul singer originally from Newark,New Jersey but is South Carolina Raised. He and his sister (Samira Gibson, who is also a nationally known recording artist) were bread musicians from age four and grew up knowing to play six different instruments and learning to read and write music at such a young age. Jaye, grew up singing and playing guitar for his home church in South Carolina where he later mastered his craft and sharpened the iron tool that he now posses today, his voice to fulfill his purpose and calling in life. He studies underneath the great works of many musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Andre 3000, Jon Bellion, and Mali Music, which is where the inspiration lies with him. Jaye, is now a senior in high school and has just recently released an EP on the twenty-third of March entitled ‘HOUSE’ based off of his everyday living and experiences residing up north. ‘HOUSE’ is available on every music media platform right now so make sure you go shop that. He is Music, and Music is him.
 
Kayo Bracey

Kayo Bracey

Dakota “Kayo” Bracey was born in Greensboro, NC. He graduated from Morgan State University after receiving a full athletic scholarship to play football. He remained in Baltimore for a few years after graduation before eventually relocating back home to North Carolina. 

Kayo hit the ground running once he returned home. He quickly began releasing several mixtapes. His most prominent mixtape was entitled “All Purple Everythang”. This project was downloaded and streamed over 155,000 times. This accomplishment garnered Kayo a “New Artist of the Year” award from the North Carolina Underground Music Awards show.Austin

 
Royale
Austin Royale

Austin Copeland, also known as Austin Royale, is a 23 year old artist/producer originally from Durham, NC. Austin has been an active artist in the NC Hip-Hop scene since 2011, formerly performing by the name of A-10. Co-founder of former creative collective, The Frequent Flyers. Austin has performed at numerous venues & events across NC, in addition to branching out nationally over the past few years performing in various cities such as Atlanta and Los Angeles. After an official name change in 2014, Austin took a hiatus in order to gain experience, improve his craft of songwriting & engineering, and conceptualize the AU$X. and the new, American Millennials brand. Since then, he’s been displaying his authenticity as an artist dropping nothing less than quality content with perfect timing. Nevertheless, this 2019 embodies the arrival of Austin Royale’s official debut (but not really), with the release of his first full-length original project “PLAN | A”; just recently finished after 4 years in the making.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 6 @ 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.

 

Jun
7
Fri
ROONEY – 20th ANNIVERSARY Break The Wall Tour 2019
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm
Rooney

Rooney

Los Angeles based indie alternative group, ROONEY, have been playing together since 1999 and led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Robert Schwartzman. Rooney was initially signed to Geffen/Interscope by record producer and label icon Jimmy Iovine. They released multiple albums and singles that reached platinum sales. After returning from a hiatus in 2016, the band made the decision to go fully independent, releasing new music under Schwartzman’s label, Beachwood Park Music. Rooney continues to stay true to their sound and musical roots. 2019 will not only see the release of more new music, but the group is now celebratating their 20th Anniversary. Schwartzman will be taking Rooney on the road this summer for a special and intimate nationwide “Break The Wall Tour” where he will be playing live and unplugged sets across 26 US cities in May and June. Full dates and more info can be found on www.rooneymusic.com
100 Watt Vipers
Jun 7 @ 10:30 pm
100 Watt Vipers

100 Watt Vipers

2 piece Hard Garage Blues out of Jax FL
Jun
8
Sat
Caroline Spence CD Release Charlie Whitten
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm
Caroline Spence

Caroline Spence

‘Her debut for Rounder Records, Mint Condition follows Spades and Roses—a 2017 release praised by American Songwriter as “an album of stunning beauty and lasting impact.” In bringing Mint Condition to life, Spence worked with producer Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Erin Rae) and recorded at his Nashville studio Goosehead Palace, landing a guest appearance from Emmylou Harris and enlisting musicians from Spence’s previous projects and live band. “It’s wonderful to step into a room full of people who already know me,” says Spence. “They have this unspoken understanding of my instincts, so it made the whole
process really comfortable and collaborative.”
 
 
Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten

Whitten has previously released a few pieces under his own name but says he ‘enjoys being sideman just as much as a singer-songwriter.’ Pretty obvious that he enjoys it when you can catch Charlie playing guitar for Andrew Combs and Becca Mancari. He’s also played and sang with Molly Parden, Erin Rae McKaskle, Caleb Groh, Chrome Pony, and his current side project, Stationwagon; a band of tall songwriters and friends featuring Mark Fredson, Pete Lindberg, Andrew Hunt, Brett Resnick. You can hear bits a pieces from his heroes Jim Croce, Don McLean and Harry Nilsson in his songs. There’s a bit of Rayland Baxter in his arrangements as well.

Dreaming, Whitten’s 2012 debut, channeled some of the trippier sounds that came out of those two decades, from Dark Side of the Moon to Big Star’s Sister Lovers. The album was lush. It was dreamy. Keyboards, horns, and percussion collided, creating a soft foundation for Whitten’s vocals and guitar leads. When it came time to write songs for 2014’s Hey Love, though, Whitten took the electric guitar out of the forefront and focused on a quieter, stripped-down sound. In other words: less David Gilmour, more Don McLean. 

Charlie Whitten’s new EP, Playwright, was released August 25th. The whole thing is phenomenal, a quick 4-song EP showcasing a moment in time for the young songwriter. The writing on each of these tracks is wonderful and points to Whitten’s budding brilliance but the up-tempo, jaunty, pining of ‘Since She’s Gone’, with it’s entwining of heart-break, acceptance and humility is really impressive. 

Charlie Whitten grew up during the last gasp of the 20th century, a time when grungy rock bands and teen idols ruled the airwaves. You can’t blame the guy for looking back a bit, for rustling through his Dad’s collection of vintage records and finding some better music to soundtrack his life. Years later, the Nashville-based songwriter is rolling those influences into his own sound, a mellow brand of folk-rock that tips its hat to Pink Floyd’s psychedelic swirl one minute and Simon and Garfunkel’s acoustic wistfulness the next. 

Some would call him an old soul. Others would just say he’s got good taste.

Cal Maro Meyru
Jun 8 @ 10:30 pm
Cal Maro

Cal Maro

Brooklyn-based Singer-Songwriter / Producer Cal Maro sits comfortably and confidently in the pocket of Neo-Soul and Contemporary R&B, gently layering soulful melodies over head-nodding grooves, implementing dynamics of both live and electronic production.
Cal Maro has been performing around New York, creating new material, and working as a writer, producer, and engineer on projects for other artists. His lauded debut album Cal Maro (2016) has been followed by multiple single track releases within the past year, with more anticipated to come. His recent work as a producer has included the Too Glam EP (October 2018) from the alternative band Yank (North Carolina – https://yanktheband.bandcamp.com/) and the debut, self-titled album (May 2019) from the pop-indie group Meyru (Brooklyn – https://www.meyrumusic.com/), as well as featured vocals on tracks of various artists and producers.

“This definitely is an example of the magnificent new brand of soul music being created. ‘Coco Pt. 2’ is up there with one of the best drops of 2019 yet.” – Fashionably-Early

Meyru

Meyru

Meyru is a New York City rock band with a fresh take on nostalgic indie rock. Made up of two cousins and their lifelong friend, the group plans to release their debut album “Good To See You” in early 2019. The crew’s indie pop melodies, bolstered by intricate guitar leads and driving bass were quickly grasped by local crowds leading to a series of sold out shows at NYC Venues such as Mercury Lounge, The Bowery Electric, Pianos, and The Bitter End. After becoming known for their energetic live shows the band spent a month in the mountains of North Carolina where they recorded their debut album in the basement of an abandoned church with the help of Brooklyn based producer, Tyler Brown (Cal Maro), and mastering engineer, Dan Millice (A$AP Rocky, Al Green, 50 Cent). The band is currently gearing up to tour the rest of the country.

‘Meyru’s new track ‘Running Day Dreams” meshes an Interpol-like post-punk presence with a grunge-friendly vocal feel, resulting in a bustling and melodic effort that shows the NYC rockers’ numerous strengths’ – Obscure Sound

Jun
9
Sun
Cave Twins Vanessa Peters
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
Cave Twins

Cave Twins

The Cave Twins is David Mayfield & Abby Rose. Identical twins separated at birth and reunited in song. David Mayfield, a Grammy & Emmy nominated artist grew up in a family band and has toured & recorded with groups like The Avett Brothers, Black Keys, & Mumford & Sons, and made numerous appearances on television including The Late Show with David Letterman & The Grand Ole Opry. Abby grew up alone. With no one to hear her cries. She eventually turned those cries into ‘songs’ and toured extensively with Northeast Ohio supergroup ‘The Speedbumps’ until she found out that she had a long lost twin brother. However, It’s not their sordid pasts or even the chilling tale of their separation and journey to find each other that makes them special. No, it’s their unique blend of playing instruments and singing words that really sets them apart. Their music has been described as ‘A nice mix of short cute little songs & shorter cuter littler songs’ Make a point to go see them in a cave near you!
 
Vanessa Peters

Vanessa Peters

Weaving thoughtful, introspective lyrics with irresistible melodies, Vanessa Peters has been releasing album after album of well-crafted folk/rock gems for more than a decade. She has played over 1000 shows across the US and Europe, receiving accolades from abroad and in her hometown of Dallas, where she has been nominated as ‘Best Folk Artist’ and “Best Female Vocalist” by the Dallas Observer. She has recently opened for artists like 10,000 Maniacs, John Oates, and Horse Feathers, as well as fellow 30A songwriters Griffin House and Edie Carey. Her new album, ‘Foxhole Prayers’ (Idol Records) has been receiving stellar reviews; MOJO gave the album 4 stars, proclaiming that ‘her songs have the intensity of short stories; gut-punching, laconic’ and No Depression says that ‘her instantly accessible songs—a mix of gorgeous ballads and well-hooked rockers—come loaded with pensive, clever lyrics.’ Dallas music critic Jeremy Hallock wrote that she is ‘a brilliant songwriter with a literary quality that makes her songs comparable to short stories. Vanessa Peters is Dallas’s Aimee Mann.’ She’s been a well-kept secret in Texas for many years, and the rest of the world is finally starting to take notice.
Jun
10
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jun 10 @ 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.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 10 @ 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.

 

Jun
11
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 11 @ 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. 

 

Jun
12
Wed
Stray Fossa
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm
Stray Fossa

Stray Fossa

Drawing on mixed musical inspiration absorbed from parents’ record collections, the Nick and Will Evans got their start organizing regular free concerts with childhood friend Zach Blount in their hometown of Sewanee, Tennessee. Today, after a six-year hiatus, their creative process has reemerged in the face of opposing artistic tastes, yet shared obsession to make more sound than one would expect from a three-piece.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Sleeper Strip’ (2018), garnered praise from notable blogs and magazines, such as The Wild Honey Pie, Obscure Sound, and Whurk Magazine. Compared to the likes of Beach House, Real Estate and The War on Drugs, the release yields a “nocturnal vein of rock with strong melodic elements” – a “heart-rending blend of garage rock and dream pop” with “consistently superb vocal deliveries throughout”. Outlets were quick to applaud the songwriting, home recording and self-sufficiency in music production. Stray Fossa’s third single, ‘Commotion,’ released in September 2018, received positive reviews as a ‘compelling unconventional’ take on shoegaze, and following a successful stretch of shows up the east

Jun
13
Thu
Blue Water Highway CD Release!
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm
Blue Water Highway

Blue Water Highway

Blue Water Highway comes from the working class, coastal town background that has informed the work of so many of rock’s greatest writers and artists. They take their name from the roadway that links their hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas to Galveston, where the cops, the teachers, the baristas and the chemical plant workers travel to work hard and to play hard, blowing off steam, dancing to their favorite bands. Blue Water Highway’s music is the soundtrack for their lives. “Best Friend” is the first single from their upcoming album Heartbreak City, coming out on Blue Water Highway Records/Thirty Tigers on June 8th. With a hook that’s a mile wide, it chronicles the lives, loves and friendships that sustain us. Blue Water Highway was started by two “best friends” from high school – Zack Kibodeaux (lead vocals, guitar) and Greg Essington (vocals/guitar). Zack then turned to Catherine Clarke (vocals/keyboard) to complete the three-part harmonies the band would soon be known for. They were then joined by Kyle Smith (Bass) and Jared Wilson (drums).
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 13 @ 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.

 

Jun
14
Fri
The Arcadian Wild
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Arcadian Wild

The Arcadian Wild

The Arcadian Wild is guitarist Isaac Horn, mandolinist Lincoln Mick, and fiddler Paige Park. Inhabiting a space at the intersection of folk, bluegrass, formal, and pop music, the band presents a unique acoustic sound that is simultaneously unified and diverse. Their ability to exist gracefully in that ambiguity is perhaps part of the appeal, and there seems to be something for everyone in The Arcadian Wild’s music. Ear-catching three-part harmony draws in listeners immediately, and those who continue to engage joyfully discover great depths to be explored and enjoyed. With memorable melodies, stirring harmonic tension, engaging rhythmic trinkets, and thought provoking lyrics, the band displays a deep love of layers, and invites audiences into a world rich in meaning and substance.

“Invitation” is perhaps a defining word for The Arcadian Wild. “Hospitality” is another. Perhaps this is in part due to the fact that house concerts were such a vital part of their beginning, and remain a constant in their current tour schedules. Having much experience with stepping into a stranger’s home, only to quickly feel seen, cared for, and like family, the band searches to create something similar through song. Music that invites, shelters, feeds, and nurtures. Whether they’re performing in a living room, or on the mainstage of a folk festival, The Arcadian Wild’s goal is to make everyone who hears them feel at home.

In 2015, after a successful crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter, the band released their self-titled debut record, and in 2018 released a four-song EP called Wander. Wonder. Now on the heels of their second successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, the band is preparing to release their second full-length record in May 2019.

Sierra Ferrell
Jun 14 @ 10:30 pm
Sierra Ferrell

Sierra Ferrell

Wicked and wild, her sirens call an oil spill, floating atop thee languid waves of torment, a nanny-nanny-bew-bew to the ocean beneath, she caresses thee buoying masses, holding them aloft with thee effortless grace of a branch-bearing dove. Born from the dark, rich soil of West Virginia, raised in the clear, hop-scented country air, Sierra Ferrell cut her teeth on the rail lines, truck stops, street corners, and dingy, dimly lit listening rooms all across the land, belting out her old-time melodies, a sorcery, drawing her patrons, ever more deeply, into her animated tapestry of forlorn, star-crossed love, of longing, poverty, of suffering and triumph, encompassing that irreconcilable thrum of the human spirit and all the complexities of emotion that come with it. 

One moment, with startling clarity, she calls to bear the opium opulence, that seductively solemn soujorn of the 1920s jazz club stage, the next, she’ll have you taking to your toes, dancing in careless merriment, whirling, winking, and carrying on with all the confidence of a honky tonk king or queen, while she plays, sings, stomps, and yodels out the utter essence of the honky tonk country blues. You turn to your partner, peer into their eyes with the recognition of a perfect moment, and plant a kiss firmly upon their lips. They smile as your lips meet, pull you in tighter

Jun
15
Sat
Will Varley Travers Geoffray
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
Will Varley

Will Varley

Rambling folk singer Will Varley, who this year walked over 500 miles along England’s south coast with a guitar on his back, is gearing up for the release of his third album next year. His last two received rave reviews from The Independent, fRoots & Q magazine and in February the 27 year old singer-songwriter was invited to open for Frank Turner, who described him as ‘One the best singer-songwriters in the UK.’
His return from the walking tour saw tracks played on BBC Radio 2, 6 & XFM including mentions from Steve Lamacq, Communion Records show and Rob Da Bank. The summer saw Varley visit some of the country’s finest music festivals, performing his fiery brand of contemporary folk songs from Kendal Calling to Cambridge Folk Festival and everywhere in between. He was also invited to play the BBC Introducing stage at 2014’s Secret Garden Party.
 
Travers Geoffray
Travers Geoffray

‘The music of New Orleans courses through singer/songwriter/pianist Travers Geoffray’s veins like the Mississippi River cuts across the South.

You can hear the Crescent City in his piano playing, steeped in the classic ragtime-turned-stride styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and James Booker.

What makes Geoffray’s music endure, though, is his commitment to the melodies and harmonies of classic American songwriting tropes, from the musical theater to the Brill Building.’

The Technicolors
Jun 15 @ 10:30 pm
The Technicolors

The Technicolors

The Technicolors are an American rock band from Phoenix, Arizona formed in 2010. The band’s line-up includes founder Brennan Smiley (lead vocals, guitar), Sean Silverman (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Nico (bass guitar), and Austin Scates (drums, percussion). They are best known for their nuanced approach of combining lo-fi, cerebral groove-oriented elements with anthemic, often bombastic themes reminiscent of the early 00’s garage revival.
Jun
17
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jun 17 @ 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.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 17 @ 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.

 

Jun
18
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 18 @ 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. 

 

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam
Jun 18 @ 10:30 pm

Free show by Jesse Lamar Williams & the Menastree Jazz Jam. 3rd Tuesday of month.