Calendar

Jan
27
Sun
Young Dolph
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm

Emerging from the rough streets of Memphis, Adolph Thornton Jr., better known by his stage name, Young Dolph, came on the scene with grim club bangers and cold punch lines, turning himself into a local hero via a series of mixtapes before breaking nationwide around 2014. Dolph debuted in 2008 with his Paper Route Campaign mixtape, then releases like The Weed Album and South Memphis Kingpin brought him to 2012 when he dropped the first in a successful series of mixtapes dubbed High Class Street Music. His from-the-bottom grind and mixtap’ing his way out of the mud lead Dolph to bec o me one of the only independent musicians to have multiple Top 20 records from 2014-2016. Young Dolph’s thick Tennessee drawl distinguishes him from most rappers and has gained him collaborations with rap superstars such as 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, to name a few. In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King Of Memphis, which debuted at number 8 on Billboard ‘ s Top R&B / Hip-Hop Album Charts and number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 11-track project has no features, and boasts production from the likes of Mike WiLL Made It, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, TM88, Cassius Jay, Nard and B and more.

Jan
28
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jan 28 @ 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.

Marco Benevento, Daniel Shearin (of River Whyless)
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to match. It has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort Festival, while headlining shows coast to coast.

Marco Benevento’s latest studio LP, The Story of Fred Short, and its companion live re-lease, The Woodstock Sessions, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making “bold indie rock” says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, “Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul.” Honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.

As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he’s a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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.

 

Jan
29
Tue
Bronze Radio Return, Sontalk
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm

For nearly a decade, Hartford, Connecticut’s Bronze Radio Return has traveled the world, urging their listeners to dance and sing along. Their rousing, anthemic sound creates an undeniable upbeatatmosphere that’s one part dance party and another part roots-rock. If their name doesn’t ring a bell,odds are you know one of their acclaimed singles, leaving them affectionately dubbed “the band you’ve probably heard, but haven’t heard of.”

Racking up more than 60 million streams on Spotify, and with songs such as “Light Me Up,” “Further On,” and “Shake, Shake, Shake,” they have impressively notched nearly 100 high-profile placements ranging from the 2014 film St. Vincent, to commercials for Nissan and Starbucks, to numerous television shows. Along the way, their hyper-charged and hypnotic stage presence has turned bystanders into believers at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Hangout, and Firefly, and gained international recognition with tours throughout Europe and China.

Their last LP, 2016’s Light Me Up skyrocketed them to even further success. Regarded as “infectiouslycatchy and fun to listen to from the very first line of the title track all the way to the very end” (The Prelude Press), the music of Bronze Radio Return’s former album cemented that these boys stand primed forimpact in a big way.

Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Smokey Joe’s for rustic drinks-only, live music, big TVs & pool tables in relaxed, kitsch-filled digs. Show what you got at our Open Mic nights! 
 
 
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jan 29 @ 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. 

 

Jan
30
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Jan 30 @ 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.

Jamundo
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm

Jamundo is an eclectic acoustic/electric jam band whose influences include world music (middle eastern, gypsy, African), folk, funk, ambient and surf music. This trio plays a dizzying array of instruments that range from ethnic (oud, cajon, darbuka, bazouki and more) to electronic (guitar/bass/violin synthesizers and electronic hand percussion). Jamundo is known for their extended jams and experimentation with exotic rhythms, instrumentation, and musical modes.

Jan
31
Thu
Meagan Davies, MamaDear
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm

Megan Davies is a Nashville-based, Alt-Pop Artist originally from Harrisburg, PA. She graduated from Belmont University where she studied song-writing and classical guitar. During the summer of 2013, Megan began uploading acoustic covers and mashups to YouTube – collaborating with both her sister, Jaclyn, and other artist friends in Nashville. Since then, her creative stylings have garnered her over 189 million views and 1.3 million subscribers. Her influencer status has offered up many amazing opportunities. From collaborations with the Red Cross & American Cancer Society to performing for Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya & the creators of The Greatest Showman and attending the films premiere in New York City.
While Megan enjoys producing covers and mashups, her passion lies in writing and performing her own original music. Her unique sound has been influenced by a combination of commercial pop, indie folk and experimental rock. Her debut original project, Bad Poetry EP, was released July 2017. This completely independent project has amassed over 2.8 Million Spotify streams and the title track from the EP was played on Sirius XM’s, The Coffee House station 5x per day for 5 Months. She’s opened shows for Jennifer Hudson, Boyce Avenue, Madilyn Bailey & Noah Guthrie. As an intro to her forthcoming sophomore project, Megan has released two singles in 2018. Megan’s emotional single, “Doesn’t Matter” was premiered by Parade Magazine and charted on the Mediabase Radio charts. Her follow up endless summer jam, “Moonlight” was released on August 3rd and is streaming 36+ times per week. Next February Megan will be headlining The Moonlight Tour in the US & across Europe! 

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jan 31 @ 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.

 

Windhand, Genocide Pact
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm

For a band who traffic in measured, unhurried riffage, Richmond’s WINDHAND have moved awfully quickly over the last few years. Founded in 2009, the VA quintet have been making waves since the release of their 2010 practice space demo, a two-track CD that garnered the band comparisons to artists like Electric Wizard, The Devil’s Blood, and Black Sabbath. That auspicious start was further realized in March 2012 when the band released their self-titled debut, which quickly became an underground hit and sold out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months.

A year later, the band officially signed to Relapse Records. After a steady touring schedule, the band collaborated with Richmond brethren Cough on a split entitled Reflection of the Negative, which was released on Relapse in April 2013. Pitchfork deemed the split WINDHAND’s “best music to date,” and the record’s positive critical reception helped pave the way for WINDHAND to release the highly anticipated album Soma in September 2013. Stereogum, Spin, and the LA Weekly featured Soma prominently on their overall best-of lists. The album was heavily represented in countless metal publications including Revolver, Invisible Oranges, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection. Rolling Stone, NPR, and Pitchfork all took note of Soma as well; the former considered the album the third-best metal release of 2013.

Soma was no flash-in-the-pan internet phenomenon. In 2013 and 2014, the band embarked on a series of support and headlining tours across North America, Europe, and Australia, sharing the stage with the likes of Sleep, High on Fire, Dead Meadow and Kvelertak. In addition, Windhand appeared at major festivals including Roadburn, SXSW, Scion Rock Fest, Day of the Shred and Maryland Deathfest. Windhand also took the time in October 2014 to follow up Soma with a brief two-track Halloween split alongside Swedish doomsters Salem’s Pot (released on Riding Easy Records). Noisey liked the record so much that they declared the band “must have definitely sold their souls for their new split.”

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Jan 31 @ 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.

Feb
1
Fri
Pink Martini
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Morel, conductor

Genre-bending and multi-lingual Pink Martini is a charming ‘little orchestra’ unto itself. This 8-piece band joins the orchestra for a rollicking ’round-the-world musical adventure.

Pink Martini
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Morel, conductor

Genre-bending and multi-lingual Pink Martini is a charming ‘little orchestra’ unto itself. This 8-piece band joins the orchestra for a rollicking ’round-the-world musical adventure.

Donna the Buffalo
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm

Donna the Buffalo offers everything you want in a roots band — songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community.

Dance in the Street, their first new album in five years, captures the dynamic energy that has earned the band the love and respect of their fans, “the Herd”, for thirty years.

Donna The Buffalo is well known for their lyrics about human potential and community. Throughout Dance in the Street, Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, the band’s co-founders, share songs of social commentary and self empowerment. “We feel the album provides an enjoyable ride between the general and the personal, from both male and female perspectives,” says Puryear.

Puryear took it upon himself to write a topical song after a friend slyly commented, “We could use some songs like you used to write.” That off-handed remark led directly to “Dance in the Street,” which falls somewhere between Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.

Steel Wheels
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here. The Steel Wheels recorded their album in rural Maine, where producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) owns a recording studio inside a renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members – Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass) and Jay Lapp (mandolin) – hunkered down for a week and a half to create Wild As We Came Here. The band’s name is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. By incorporating percussion and keyboards into their recording sessions for the first time, Wild As We Came Here adds new textures to their catalog, as themes of discovery and perseverance run throughout the collection.

Feb
2
Sat
Fine Lines, RevelWood Mission
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Like Jagger and Richards, Lennon and McCartney, and peanut butter and jelly, some things combined are better than their individual parts. Fine Lines, one of Nashville’s best new rock ’n’ roll bands, is no different. Comprised of two members of Indiana’s hard rock music scene, and two former members of a prodigious Alabama bar band, Fine Lines converged in Music City to make a sound that is both aggressive and soulful, sweet and sour, sticky and smooth.

Pink Martini
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Morel, conductor

Genre-bending and multi-lingual Pink Martini is a charming ‘little orchestra’ unto itself. This 8-piece band joins the orchestra for a rollicking ’round-the-world musical adventure.

Pink Martini
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Jessica Morel, conductor

Genre-bending and multi-lingual Pink Martini is a charming ‘little orchestra’ unto itself. This 8-piece band joins the orchestra for a rollicking ’round-the-world musical adventure.

Tosco Music Party
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Come experience a sense of community through live music! Each Tosco Music Party is unique. Tosco Music Parties showcase an eclectic mix of music styles and engage the audience with singalongs throughout the evening. Three times each year (winter, spring, and autumn), Tosco Music Parties feature performances of one or two songs by a variety of approximately 15 scheduled acts (professional and amateur). Every June, Tosco Music hosts a Beatles Tribute in the same format – only all Beatles songs for every performance and singalong! Visit www.ToscoMusic.org for more details.

Three decades ago, John Tosco invited a few of his musician friends for an informal song circle/jam session in his living room. These “music parties” became a way to gather with friends and fellow musicians to create an evening of acoustic music. What began in John’s living room grew to large venues and now takes place at the 1,200-seat Knight Theater.

The Decades of Rock Starring Randy Franklin & The Sardines, The Mannish Boys
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm

CLT Rock & Roll Reunion Presents:
The Decades Of Rock starring Randy Franklin & The Sardines, and the Mannish Boys 

Rock & Roll is the story of American music through the decades. The turbulent times, the happy times, and all of the changes in our world that Rock & Roll reflected, and continues to do so. Great songs and great stories that again being people together for great times.

The Decades Of Rock show features two Charlotte bands playing the story of Rock & Roll through its most revolutionary times. The Mannish Boys, featuring former members of the Spongetones, Belmont Playboys, and the Mighty Diamells, deliver the authentic sound of the 1960s garage rock, R&B and psychedelia. Randy Franklin and the Sardines then deliver the super sounds of the 1970s rock and pop (before pop was a four-letter word), and the decades that followed.

Come together, now and again. For the music, for the times that used to be, and the times that are again.

Feb
4
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Feb 4 @ 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
Feb 4 @ 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
Feb 4 @ 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.

 

Feb
5
Tue
The Lil Smokies, Michigan Rattlers
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor.

The Lil Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellin’ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. The Lil Smokies have become festival favorites coast to coast with highlights including Delfest (MD), Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass (CO), ROMP Fest (KY), Hangtown Halloween (CA), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Roseberry Music Festival (ID), Northwest String Summit (OR), Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY), River City Roots (MT) and more! This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).

 
Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Feb 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Smokey Joe’s for rustic drinks-only, live music, big TVs & pool tables in relaxed, kitsch-filled digs. Show what you got at our Open Mic nights! 
 
 
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Feb 5 @ 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. 

 

Feb
6
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Feb 6 @ 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
Feb 6 @ 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.

Feb
7
Thu
The Contenders, Elise Davis
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm

The Contenders have made an album that only this brand of troubadour’s optimism could have inspired. A tacit assumption, based on experience, that people are generally good and want the same things. But there’s a flip side, and Laughing with the Reckless is basically a sad album, as it deftly conveys that unique heartbreak that comes from having allowed oneself to be so hopeful—from being intimately connected to so many different kinds of people, knowing the joyful communion that comes so naturally when we’re together, and confronting the reality of how often and severely we fail to live up to that potential. For a troubadour, observing current American political discourse is like watching two brothers bludgeon each other in a fistfight, or two best friends get divorced. The people screaming at each other these days are not strangers to us. We know them. We’ve slept on their couches. 

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Feb 7 @ 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.

 

Rayland Baxter, Illiterate Light
Feb 7 @ 8:00 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.

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Feb 7 @ 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.

Feb
8
Fri
Scheherazade
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm

Tales of the pursuit of love and conquest connect this provocative program complete with Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic portrayal of history’s most entrancing storyteller.

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

STRAUSS Don Juan
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

BJ Barham (second show)
Feb 8 @ 9:00 pm

This second show was added after the earlier show sold out.

American Aquarium has been touring extensively in support of their latest release Things Change, a powerful narrative chronicling the last two years as seen through the eyes of front man BJ Barham. Stacked with his signature storytelling, which is deeply personal and instantly relatable, the album is an introspective reflection of personal growth and change, which also touches on the current social climate in our country. Produced by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter John Fulbright, the band’s seventh studio album is their finest collection of southern rock-n-roll to date and the group’s first release on a label after building a loyal fan base and selling thousands of records on their own. American Aquarium recently made their television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly and their music has received praise from press including NPR Music, Billboard, Associated Press, American Songwriter and Rolling Stone who says, ”Things Change’ is an unabashed rock & roll record – a snapshot of a band and its reinvigorated leader.’

Feb
9
Sat
Folk Soul Revival
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

A modern band rooted in old-school southern sounds, Folk Soul Revival whips up its own version of amplified Americana on the band’s self-titled fourth record. 

The name says it all. Folk Soul Revival, like the band that created it, is an album that celebrates the sounds, stories, and small-town values of an earlier era, modernizing their approach with sharp songwriting and electrifying instrumental work. There’s country twang, bluegrass bounce, hillbilly hell-raising, chicken-pickin’ guitar, and roadhouse roots-rock, all sandwiched into a tracklist that mixes heartbreak, honesty, and humor in equal doses. Recorded in Nashville and road-tested on stages across the country, this is Folk Soul Revival’s finest work — an album that nods to the glory days of the past while still pushing the band forward. 

Formed in southwestern Virginia in 2008, Folk Soul Revival has spent a decade growing a wide au-dience both at home (where they’ve become a regular presence at local institutions like the Carter Family Fold, FloydFest, and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion) and on the road (where they’ve shared shows with Dr. Ralph Stanley, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, and oth-ers). They’re road warriors, logging roughly 100 performances a year. For Folk Soul Revival, though, those tours always lead back to Bristol: the group’s birthplace, home, and muse. Many of the life les-sons that lurk inside Folk Soul Revival’s 12 tracks can be traced back to that place.

‘These are stories of home,’ says frontman and chief songwriter Daniel Davis, who shares the band’s lineup with Justin Venable (baritone guitar, vocals, occasional songwriting duties), Brandon Sturgill (upright bass, bass guitar), Chad Light (guitar, pedal steel, banjo), and Justin Louthian (drums, vo-cals). ‘We’re all backwoods country people who grew up in this area,’ he adds, ‘listening to blue-grass and country. That’s where we come from, and that’s where this album comes from, too.’

Scheherazade
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

Tales of the pursuit of love and conquest connect this provocative program complete with Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic portrayal of history’s most entrancing storyteller.

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

STRAUSS Don Juan
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

Martin Sexton, Chris Trapper
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm

Martin Sexton returns with what Rolling Stone calls his “soul-marinated voice,” acoustic guitar, and a suitcase full of heartfelt songs.

The winter tour begins with an extensive run through Europe then takes Martin across North America trying out new material as well as reinventing his own classics for these critically-acclaimed solo performances.

Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for a new experience every time.

Feb
11
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Feb 11 @ 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
Feb 11 @ 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
Feb 11 @ 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.

 

Brangle at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Feb 11 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Brangle bends a guitar in a way that takes you on a journey through the blues. Blending acoustic/loop and electric guitar styling with interpretations of blues classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, to name a few..
Feb
12
Tue
Charlotte Concerts presents The Havana Cuba All-Stars
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 ‘Throughout the performance, toes were tapping, hands were clapping and hardly an audience member could find the discipline to sit still as delightful, fun and infectious rhythms took effect.’

—Times Enterprise

The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

In their upcoming “Asere”—or “Friendship”—tour, the All-Stars will be backed by three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.

Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Feb 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Smokey Joe’s for rustic drinks-only, live music, big TVs & pool tables in relaxed, kitsch-filled digs. Show what you got at our Open Mic nights! 
 
 
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Feb 12 @ 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. 

 

Feb
13
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Feb 13 @ 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.

Feb
14
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Feb 14 @ 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.

 

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Feb 14 @ 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.

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