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Jun
17
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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.

LOS COAST
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm
LOS COAST
LOS COAST
On their eagerly awaited debut album Samsara, the visionary Austin, TX combo Los Coast delivers a fresh blast of punchy psychedelic-pop-soul that effortlessly incorporates a wide range of genres. The band’s seamlessly soulful songcraft incorporates the band’s distinctive grooves along with the inventive compositions and commanding vocals of principal members Trey Privott (lead vocals, guitar) and John Courtney (guitar, keyboards, vocals).

Even before Samsara had been recorded, Los Coast had already earned a reputation as one of Austin’s most exciting and inventive young bands. With its lineup rounded out by Megan Hartman on bass, Damien Llanes on drums and Natalie Wright on keys, plus a varied assortment of guest players, Los Coast was already renowned for its rousing, expansive live sets.

That same mix of energy and expertise is reflected on Samsara, which features such memorable, no-nonsense tunes as “Simplify,” “Monsters,” “Graves” and the frantic, tongue-twisting “(Everything But) The Kitchen Sink.” The album delivers infectious hooks, ironic lyrical twists and explosive funk grooves in equal measure, providing an irresistible frame for Privott’s soulful vocals and the band’s explosive grooves.

“We love pop music, but we also love to experiment,” says Courtney. “We try to avoid letting the listener know what’s coming, and we like playing with people’s expectations and catching the listener off guard. It becomes stale if it’s too familiar, so we like to come up with music that’s familiar and surprising at the same time.”

“We’re lucky to be able to explore these different sounds and different attitudes, and do a little dabbling,” adds Privott. “We started with a blank canvas, and we built a diverse color palette around the album that we wanted to create. It felt like everything was fair game, from psychedelic funk to the blues to acoustic singer-songwriter pop.”

“I think this album captures a moment in time for the band, and a moment of time in Austin too, with certain things that were in the air at the time, and certain tides turning,” Courtney offers.

Georgia-born Privott’s first love was jazz — thanks to the influence of his uncle, noted guitarist and former Late Night with David Letterman band member Hiram Bullock — but his musical consciousness soon came to embrace gospel and soul, thanks to his family’s Southern Baptist faith, as well as punk rock, folk and hip-hop. He began picking up various instruments in his early teens and began experimenting with recording soon after. Although Texas native Courtney focuses on lead guitar with Los Coast, he’s a versatile multi-instrumentalist whose sensibility was influenced by his extensive studies at the prestigious Berkley College of Music.

“I see us as a rock and roll band with a lot of soul influences, like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding,” Privott states. “Otis was from Georgia, Little Richard, too, and that music is in my blood. What I think makes Los Coast stand out is that we’re psychedelic. As a guitar player, John Courtney is into guys like Jerry Garcia and he’s also jazz-trained. His playing defines the band just as much as my voice does.”

Trey and John hooked up in Austin in 2015, and quickly won an audience in their adopted hometown, thanks to a long-running weekly residency at the Austin club C-Boy’s. “We had wanted to use the residency as a chance to get comfortable onstage, and to really learn to play as a group,” Trey explains. “But more and more people started showing up, which we hadn’t expected at all.”

A high-profile gig at 2016’s Austin City Limits festival helped to spread the band’s reputation beyond its hometown, as did some out-of-town touring that helped to build demand for Los Coast’s long-simmering debut album, elevating the group to official buzz-band status. The band’s memorable first indie single, “Summer Samaritan,” gave way to the indelible gospel-funk of its follow-up “Simplify,” which now serves as a key track on Samsara.

“We reworked the album multiple times because we wanted to get it right,” Courtney admits. “We were being a little perfectionist, but we finally got to the point where we felt good about it. It was a long process, but it was time well spent.”

“We built the sessions from the ground up,” adds Privott. “It was kind of a non-traditional way to make an album, to work on it for so long. We went moment by moment, instrument by instrument, and we used everything we had to work with. That seemed to work for us. Now we’re looking forward to sharing it with the world.”

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
New Music Open Mic Night
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Charlotte New Music Festival invites musicians and composers to perform their music in a fun, casual setting at Crown Station! Whether it’s performing a previously written work, exploring something new and unusual, or an improvisation, sign up now and share your creativity! Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/fMgHZhOVzkSLFKDj2

For this year’s New Music Open Mic Night, we’re partnering with John Shaugnessy and his jazz improv night. The house band will perform a short set and then composers and performers from all over the world will be presenting new and experimental compositions in classical, improvised music, electronic music, and jazz. Admission is FREE.

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.

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam
Jun 18 @ 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.

Menastree Residency
Jun 18 @ 10:30 pm – Jun 19 @ 2:00 am

A continuous monthly residency featuring Menastree and special guests. We play original music as well as a blend of modern jazz, hip-hop, funk, and pop including artists such as Robert Glasper, Roy Hargrove, Thundercat etc. Join us for a spontaneous night of music. 

Jun
19
Wed
MOON HOOCH with Nathan-Paul & The Admirables
Jun 19 @ 9:00 pm
MOON HOOCH
MOON HOOCH
Cave Music / ˈkāv myo͞ozik / It’s like House, but its more wild, more jagged, more free, more natural to live in.

“Whoever thought of a band with two saxophones and a drummer? That’s the stupidest idea, right?” Moon Hooch saxophonist Wenzl McGowen asked the crowd at a recent gig. Well, Wenzl, James Muschler (drums) and Mike Wilbur (saxophone) never intended on forming a band together. The three guys attended The New School for Jazz and contemporary music. James is the only graduate.

The three began busking in the subway and in the city’s parks to pay off the New School’s extreme tuition costs. At the same time, Wenzl was producing electronic music. One day he wrote a simple tune with two part harmony. When the guys played this music in the subway, people immediately began dancing. 

One subway goer asked, “What’s your band’s name?” 

Mike blurted, “Moon Juice.” 

A Google search revealed that there were already multiple bands called Moon Juice. With the help of a thesaurus, the name Moon Hooch was selected, and more importantly, the trio now realized that they were, in fact, a band. 

Since solidifying as a band, Moon Hooch has quickly gained a reputation for inciting “subway raves” (they were banned from performing at the Bedford Ave stop off the L line in Brooklyn for “starting too many dance parties”), their strange instrumentation and explosive live show. Their frequent presence in New York City subways and parks has brought them notice and fans which has led to appearances as the house band on Australian TV show “Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year,” and a national tour with Mike Doughty (Doughty saw them on a train platform and immediately invited to tour as his supporting act). They have also held residencies at The Knitting Factory and Brooklyn Bowl.

The band has already begun to expand its sound beyond just two saxophones and drums. Wenzl inserts a cardboard tube into his saxophone to create a Dubstep style womp, and switches between a contrabass clarinet and electronic wind instrument. They also have begun experimenting with various vocalists, inviting both singers and rappers on stage with them at shows. 

Recorded in just a single day, their debut record, “The Moon Hooch Album,” gives the listener a taste of what’s to come for these guys. They seamlessly blend House, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, and Jazz into style that is uniquely Moon Hooch: Cave Music.

 
Nathan-Paul & The Admirables
Nathan-Paul & The Admirables
ʜᴀɪʟɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴜɴᴋʏ ʀᴜsᴛ ʙᴇʟᴛ ᴛᴏᴡɴ ᴏғ ᴄʟᴇᴠᴇʟᴀɴᴅ, ᴏʜɪᴏ, ɴᴀᴛʜᴀɴ-ᴘᴀᴜʟ & ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴅᴍɪʀᴀʙʟᴇs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴀʟʟ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ɢᴏᴏᴅ ᴠɪʙᴇs! ɢᴏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴀɴ ᴀᴅᴍɪʀᴀʙʟᴇs sʜᴏᴡ ɪs ᴀ ᴘᴀʀᴛʏ. ʙᴏʟᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ғᴜɴᴋʏ ᴇᴀʀᴛʜ ᴛᴏɴᴇs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴏʀɴs ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ғʀᴏɴᴛ ʟɪɴᴇ ʟᴇᴀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴅʏɴᴀᴍɪᴄ ᴛᴡɪsᴛs ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴜʀɴs. ʜʏᴘɴᴏᴛɪᴄ ɢʀᴏᴏᴠᴇs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ʀʜʏᴛʜᴍ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ɢᴇᴛ ʜᴇᴀᴅs ʙᴏʙʙɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ʙᴏᴅɪᴇs ᴍᴏᴠɪɴɢ. ᴀɴ ᴀᴅᴍɪʀᴀʙʟᴇs sʜᴏᴡ ɪs ᴀ ʜᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇxᴄɪᴛɪɴɢ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇ. ᴡʜᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴅᴍɪʀᴀʙʟᴇs ᴀʀᴇ ᴊᴀᴍᴍɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴀ ᴛʀᴀᴘ ɢʀᴏᴏᴠᴇ ᴏʀ ʟᴀʏɪɴɢ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴜɴᴋ, ᴛʜᴇɪʀ #? ɢᴏᴀʟ ɪs ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴍᴏᴠɪɴɢ. ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀɴᴅ ᴄᴀʟʟs ᴜᴘᴏɴ ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴇᴇʟ-ɢᴏᴏᴅ ᴍᴜsᴇs ᴏғ ɢʀᴏᴏᴠᴇ ᴍᴜsɪᴄ sᴜᴄʜ ᴀs ᴋᴏᴏʟ & ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴀɴɢ, ᴊ-ᴅɪʟʟᴀ, ᴊᴀᴍᴇs ʙʀᴏᴡɴ, ᴇʀʏᴋᴀʜ ʙᴀᴅᴜ, ᴍɪʟᴇs ᴅᴀᴠɪs, ʜᴇʀʙɪᴇ ʜᴀɴᴄᴏᴄᴋ, ᴘʟᴜs ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴍᴏʀᴇ. ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʟᴅ ᴀᴅᴀɢᴇ ɢᴏᴇs ᴍᴜsɪᴄ ɪs ғᴏᴏᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ sᴏᴜʟ. ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴅᴍɪʀᴀʙʟᴇs ᴡɪʟʟ ɢᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ғᴇᴅ!
Jun
20
Thu
SAWCE
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm
SAWCE

SAWCE

SAWCE is a primarily instrumental math rock/prog rock band from New Jersey, USA.
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 20 @ 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.

 

TODD SNIDER – Cash Cabin Sessions Vol. 3 Album Release Tour with Kevin Gordon
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
TODD SNIDER
TODD SNIDER
One morning near the end of August, Todd Snider was relaxing with a visitor on the back porch of his house just outside Nashville, drinking coffee and shooting the breeze while his dog, Cowboy Jim, took a nap nearby. After awhile, Snider said to his guest, “I’ve got an album’s worth of songs, and I think the songs are telling me to make a folk record.”

This was a surprising bit of news considering he had spent the last six years making rock albums of one kind or another. But Snider was feeling as if he had “maybe drifted too far from the shore.” He was feeling the pull to start over, to go back to what he was doing when he first began, to return to his roots as a folksinger. 

If Snider needed any further evidence that was the direction he should pursue, he got it a half hour later. Back inside his home office, he checked his email and had one from his manager informing him he had just received an offer to play the 2019 Newport Folk Festival, an event he had never done.

Snider mentioned he had been listening to Woody Guthrie’s Library of Congress Recordings, then crossed the room to the turntable and put the needle down on side one of the record. “Woody Guthrie sometimes gets me reset on why you do a song, instead of how,” Snider explains of the man who has long been a touchstone for him. “When I was young, there was something about him that made me want to do it. So once or twice a year, I’ll go back to him, I’ll go back to the source.”

Guthrie famously had the words “This machine kills fascists” printed on his guitar, and on several of the songs on Snider’s new album, Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3, he squarely aims his guitar at the creeping fascism he sees in America. He had been wanting to make a political record since 2016, and although only half the songs lean in that direction, there is one constant throughout the album: a man, his guitar, and the truth.

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Snider has long been recognized as one of his generation’s most gifted and engaging songwriters, so it’s no surprise he has returned with a brilliant set of songs — and make no mistake, Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3 contains some of his best work as a writer. But what really jumps out on the album is Snider’s growth as a musician and vocalist. He plays all the instruments on the record, and his guitar work and harmonica playing are nothing short of exceptional; not only full of feeling, but highly skilled. In regards to his guitar playing on the record, Snider says he wanted to take everything he’s learned over the past 30 years and play the way he used to play really well. 

As far as his vocals on the album are concerned, Snider is singing with more confidence than ever, a confidence born in part from his time with Hard Working Americans doing nothing but sing. His stirring vocal performances range from slurring blues mumble to Dylanesque talking blues to gravely, honest ache.

Of the five songs on which Snider serves up his humorous brand of socio-political commentary, three are performed in the talking blues style: “Talking Reality Television Blues,” a hilariously accurate short history of television; “The Blues on Banjo,” a bad case of the blues caused by the sorry state of everything from the crooked international monetary-military-industrial complex to the spineless politicians who serve it and which references “Blue Suede Shoes,” Richard Lewis, and Townes Van Zandt; and “A Timeless Response to Current Events,” a brilliant bit of wordplay on which he calls bullshit on faux patriotism, crooked capitalism, and lying politicians. Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires contributed backing vocals on the latter two songs.

There are two other songs on the album featuring Snider’s socio-political points of view: “Just Like Overnight,” about the surprising inevitability of change, and “Framed,” written from the point of view of the framed ‘first dollar bill’ in a bar, a point of view that shows doing the right thing doesn’t pay.

There also are three songs with a music theme. If not for the events that led to the writing of one of those songs,“The Ghost of Johnny Cash,” there almost certainly would be no Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3. After a visit to Cash Cabin Studio for a Loretta Lynn session in 2015 where she recorded a song they cowrote, Snider began having a recurring dream about the studio that featured the Man in Black himself. The dream led him to book time at the studio and ultimately inspired him to write “The Ghost of Johnny Cash,” which tells the story of Loretta Lynn dancing with Cash’s ghost outside the studio in the middle of the night. As he did on much of the record, Snider played the century-old Martin that had long been Johnny Cash’s favorite instrument on that song.

Snider paid tribute to Cash’s longtime friend and confidante in another of the music-themed songs, “Cowboy Jack Clement’s Waltz.” Inspired by the iconic record man’s oft-quoted maxims regarding the art of recording, the song achingly laments Clement’s passing, while touchingly celebrating his legacy. 

The album opens with the other song with a music theme, “Working on a Song.” It’s an existential exercise, a song Snider wrote about writing a song called “Where Do I Go Now That I’m Gone,” an idea he actually has been working on for thirty years, but which remains unfinished.

There are also two songs that are personal in nature: “Watering Flowers in the Rain,” which was inspired by a former associate of Snider’s whose nickname was “Elvis,” and “Like a Force of Nature,” a philosophical reflection on the orbital nature of friendships. Isbell also added harmony vocals to “Like a Force of Nature.”

If Snider is anything, he is a true artist, and he reminds us of that on Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3. At a point in time when the world has never been more complicated and confusing, with people getting louder and louder, Snider did a 180, went back to his roots as a folksinger, to a simpler, quieter form of expression; and it might be what the world is waiting to hear: just a man, his guitar, and the truth.

 
Kevin Gordon
Kevin Gordon
A Louisiana native, now 20-year East Nashville resident, Kevin Gordon is a touring recording artist and songwriter. His latest release, Gloryland, garnered high critical praise from The New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and many others. His songs have been covered by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Irma Thomas, Ronnie Hawkins, and more. The title track from his Down to the Well CD, a duet with Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, was featured on two prominent compilations: the Oxford American Southern Music Sampler, and No Depression: What It Sounds like, Volume 1. Also a published poet, Gordon earned an MFA degree from the renowned University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Jun
21
Fri
Nathan Angelo (Full Band) Kevin Goodwin
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
Nathan Angelo

Nathan Angelo

In the ever-changing landscape of modern pop, Nathan Angelo shines as a refreshing alternative, embracing the classic elements of popular music and celebrating the backbeat of American tradition. As the revival of music in the 60’s and 70’s brought together the heritage of the Great American songbook, the flair of jazz and heartache of the Delta blues, Angelo integrates these forms into his own music with great ease and delight. For the past decade, Angelo has captivated audiences across the country with his high-spirited live show and captured the imagination of a loyal following through prolific songwriting, independently selling over 40,000 albums along the way.
Angelo’s latest full-length album A Matter of Time (Aug 2017) reflects his journey through the life-altering experiences of becoming a father and facing his daughter’s rare, life-threatening metabolic disease. His daughter received a liver transplant in Fall 2016, and Angelo’s latest release A Matter of Time wrestles with the aches of adversity and ultimately celebrates the beauty of life and the hope he has for his daughter. A Matter of Time embraces the soul, classic r&b and piano-pop of some of Angelo’s more prominent influences — Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Elton John — while fearlessly venturing into new sonic territory to compete with pop contemporaries like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Alongside his finest songwriting to date, Angelo’s voice resounds as an irrefutable force as he carries listeners to new places unfamiliar to the likes of modern pop music.

A Matter of Time debuted at #12 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and has already garnered more than 1,000,000 streams on Spotify.

Kevin Goodwin

Kevin Goodwin

Kevin Goodwin is a singer/songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina.
An active songwriter since childhood, Kevin Goodwin made his debut onto the music scene with his 2018 single, ‘All I Can Think About’. The upbeat, pop-rock song followed the theme of missed opportunities and was accompanied by a story driven music video. 

Soon after his first single began to receive airplay on local radio stations, Goodwin released a second single, called ‘Alaska’. A stark contrast to his first release, ‘Alaska’ told the story of a young woman struggling with suicidal thoughts. The emotional track would go on to be added to Spotify’s ‘Radar Indie’ playlist, where it garnered thousands of streams.

After the success of ‘Alaska’, Goodwin released his debut EP, “This Is How It Starts”, on February 1st, 2019. The record included both of his previous singles, as well as three new songs that have quickly become crowd favorites at live shows. 

With piano driven verses, lush guitars, and an earnest voice, he aims to relate to listeners in a direct and intimate way. Drawing influence from artists such as The Fray and Jack’s Mannequin, Goodwin’s music strives to stand out from today’s pop music with deep lyrical storytelling and emotionally expressive music.

HIPGNOSTIC
Jun 21 @ 9:00 pm
HIPGNOSTIC

HIPGNOSTIC

HIPGNOSTIC is a live hip-hop band from Charlotte, NC. Driven by powerful lyrics and creative instrumentation, HIPGNOSTIC is inspired to be fresh and delicious. The result is a fusion of hip-hop, psychedelic funk, and melodic rock.

BearCat Kringle, whose lyrical content ranges from straightforward to metaphorically obscure, has teamed up with familiar partners to produce creative compositions with a unique sonic palette. The players are Boss Jones on guitar and vocals, Joni Flynn on keyboards and vocals, Jacob Gresham on drums, and Jason Pentecost on bass. A shared vision inspires each musician to challenge himself to keep the work hypnotic and original.

The members of HIPGNOSTIC have played together since 2005 in varying incarnations and in front of thousands of people, from headlining sold-out club shows to sharing bills at numerous festivals up and down the East Coast. They are currently in the studio recording their newly hatched ideas for an EP to be released in early 2017.
As this reincarnated hip-hop machine again embarks on a mission to deliver a fresh take on new ideas, HIPGNOSTIC eagerly awaits the opportunity to drop an earworm into your head.

MIKE STRAUSS BAND – Escalating Blues CD Release
Jun 21 @ 9:00 pm

For over 10 years, Mike Strauss has been a prominent character in the Charlotte music scene. Throughout the years, Mike has put together an impressive catalog of rural rock featuring songs described as warm, lyrical and gritty.

Appearing in different incarnations, the Mike Strauss band consists of a core trio along with 4 other members that assemble the ‘big band.’

Forming The Void
Jun 21 @ 10:30 pm
Forming The Void

Forming The Void

Imagine you are a celestial traveler powering through the blinding lights at the end of the tunnel into the next world, crossing barriers of space and time without fear. Interdimensional shamanic sludge rockers Forming the Void are here to conjure an ecstatic trip of atmospheric wonder and immerse you in waves of psychedelia.

Topping the August Doom Charts, their fourth effort ‘Rift’ evokes the progressive and heavy tendencies of Mastodon and Torche, the psychedelic and soaring melodies of Pink Floyd, and rolling approach of Soundgarden. Swamp mud stuck to their feet as they trudge from South Central Louisiana, Forming the Void aren’t afraid to slow things to a crawl.

Their otherworldly sound has earned them spots on large festivals such as Psycho Las Vegas, Denver’s Electric Funeral Fest, EndHipEndIt, Stoner Daze and Stoner Jam at SXSW, and Descendants of Crom. Transcend through space and time with Forming the Void as they traverse the cosmic murk.

Jun
22
Sat
Dane Page Heart Hunters
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm
Dane Page

Dane Page

Dane Page is a singer-songwriter living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Influenced by the traditions of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, his music reflects the complexities of modern life while keeping true to the simple tenets of songwriting. Dane’s lyrics weave listeners through Greek mythology, 20th Century literature, and American history while telling stories of love, loss, happiness, and pain. His music pulls from contemporary folk artists like Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov, but also ventures into sounds reminiscent of The War on Drugs and Tame Impala.

Dane Page continues to tour through the southeast and mid-Atlantic in support of his independently produced EP City to City. A collection of bawdy, rambler tunes perfect for taprooms, bars, and breweries. Selma (Summer 2018) will be his first full-length record. Selma is a more mature album that pushes the boundaries of folk and gives Dane the space to fully develop his sound.

Dane is a storyteller perfect for intimate rooms where audiences can delve into the imagery and lyricism of his songs. The full band—Eric Fellner on bass, Kevin Orlando on guitar, and Josh Kelley on drums—is a dynamic act taking Dane’s solo storytelling ability and adding an infectious blend of folk, rock, and blues capable of filling music halls and festival stages. In either setting, listeners are welcomed into the music and leave feeling like old friends after a bonfire.

Heart Hunters

Heart Hunters

Heart Hunters’ Drew de Man founded his first band, No River City, in 2001 and spent the next several years making records, touring the country and sharing bills with artists such as Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Alejandro Escovedo. After a decade away from the spotlight, his new project Heart Hunters—a duo with his wife, singer/songwriter Brianna Blackbird—builds on the moody indie/alt-country sound de Man explored with No River City, updating them for a new era with debut LP American Eclipse. 

Produced by Peter Case (T-Bone Burnett, John Hiatt, Mike Campbell), American Eclipse puts Heart Hunters’ gorgeously wounded harmonies front-and-center

KIM RICHEY + JOSH ROUSE
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
KIM RICHEY

KIM RICHEY

Edgeland moves roots singer/subtle excavator of the human condition Kim Richey through the topography of the life lived by a woman committed to following her music. Flinching over hurting another, knowing the ways of the road, seeking higher ground and accepting the fact everyone’s truth isn’t a white picket fence, she continues defying labels as she defines the thinking person’s life.

“Right now, my stuff is all in storage,” she says of her state of constant motion. “I’ve lived in a lot of different places – different countries even. It’s a little overwhelming, keeping track of stuff, but it’s been an amazing trip because music has taken me places I never dreamed.

“I’m the same way with writing. Even when I’ve finished a record, or am in the middle of recording, I’m writing. Writing songs is what I do; it’s how I connect with the world.”

That sense of motion infuses Edgeland with immediacy. From the Buck Owens/Don Rich opening notes of “Red Line,” the dusky blond sweeps listeners up in her whirl. If “Red Line” is a missed train and a moment of immersion in the station, “The Get Together” shimmers with a Laurel Canyon lushness and ease in the awkward (that evokes J.D. Souther’s post-romantic midtempos) and “Can’t Seem To Let You Go” owns the ‘60s Merseybeat pop luxury of the Seekers or Dusty Springfield in Memphis. Demonstrating a facility for slipping in and out of oeuvres and emotions, this – in many ways — culminates her passage through music.

Kim Richey is a traveller, after all. Musically, physically, emotionally. Not merely restless or rootless, it’s who she is. Willing to follow where the music leads, she’s landed in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, working with a who’s who of producers – Richard Bennett, Hugh Padgham, Bill Bottrell, Angelo, Giles Martin. She’s attracted a coterie of top-shelf genre-definers — Jason Isbell, Trisha Yearwood, Chuck Prophet, My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, Wilco’s Pat Sansone – for her critically-lauded projects. She has also sung on records for Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Isbell, and Rodney Crowell.

Part of what draws them to the dusky honey of her crystalline alto is the way she writes: to and from the soul, never flinching from the conflicts and crushing moments, yet always finding dignity and resilience. Her arc of the human heart is true. True enough that over the years, Richey’s been both Grammy nominated. Nominated for Yearwood’s truculently groove-country “Baby, I Lied,” she also co-wrote Radney Foster’s #1 “Nobody Wins.”

“Harlan Howard said – and maybe I’ve taken it too much to heart, ‘It’s always more believable if you sing it in the first person.’ And when I sit down to write, if it’s something I’m going to sing, I want it to be what I want it to be. I don’t really settle, which may make me a little hard to write with. But I have to be able to stand up and sing it night after night, and I can’t if I don’t really believe it.”

Those standards made Glimmer one of TIME’s Top Records of 1999 and Rise named People’s Best Alt-Country Record of 2002. Even when singing from the point of view of a guy working on a barge going up and down the Ohio River in “Dear John,” her aim is true. As she says of the man refusing to read the letter that ends his romance, “because if I don’t read your letter, then it’s not over. Sometimes these songs are specific and personal, but it’s also true in ways that reflect so many other people’s experience, too.”

Sometimes Richey channels profound truths. Sometimes she embraces breezy freedom. “Leavin’ Song,” a rambler’s shuffle, is more about tasting the world than exiting a bad situation. As its chorus offers, “This ain’t no leaving song, you ain’t done nothing wrong” over an electric banjo and Resonator guitar, Richey finds the sweet spot in exulting for just being alive.

Once again, Richey has drawn a multitude of collaborators who rival her own singular voice. Veteran journeymen artist/writers Chuck Prophet, Maendo Sanz, Mike Henderson (Steeldrivers), Bill Deasy (the Gathering Field), Pat McLaughlin (John Prine) and Al Anderson (NRBQ), plus Aussies Jenny Queen and Harry Hokey co-sign on these musical polaroids from the going, the leaving, and the pausing.

“I’ll be doing an interview, and people will say, ‘You co-write a lot…’,” she marvels, “like it’s a bad thing. But it’s inspiring to me, and takes me in other directions, to other places. The people I write with are funny, and smart, and a blast to hang out with, but they’re also really good writers in their own right. Nobody’s pandering or chasing ‘a hit,’ we’re all just trying to get to the best possible song.”

Whether growing up, owning and relinquishing high times in the sleek “Chase Wild Horses,” echoed in the ether-lite, percussive folk “High Time,” then jettisoned on the smoky acceptance of her own flawed inability to be in a romance on the Western-tinged on “I Tried,” the woman from Ohio makes our natural selves both exotic and homey.

Richey enlisted producer Brad Jones, known for Over the Rhine, Josh Rouse, Butterfly Boucher, Hayes Carll and Marshall Crenshaw, in crafting an adult album that evokes and provokes musically. “I wasn’t sure at first if we’d be a good combo because he has such strong opinions, and I do, too. But it was (laughter) the easiest record I’ve ever made. He has really different ideas, and it’s nice to have somebody push you in a direction you might not have gone – and have them respect your opinion, too. I really loved working with Brad.””

With three different tracking bands, Edgeland is a who’s who of Nashville’s roots players: beyond co-writers, steel player Dan Dugmore, drummer Jerry Roe, multi-instrumentalist Sansone, guitarist/various stringed thing players Doug Lancio and Dan Cohen, string arranger Chris Carmichael and Robin Hitchcock all contribute to the bewitchery.

“So many of these guys produce and make records on their own,” she marvels. “I’m open to collaboration, too. These songs wouldn’t sound the way they do without these players.”

The noir-slink of “Pin A Rose,” a cautionary told-you-so tale of domestic abuse’s repeat cycles, the neo-madrigal “Not for Money or Love,” inspired by the father Richey lost at 2, and the Mellotron-tinged austerity of “Black Trees,” finished after a few years gestation during a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts Colony and expanded to consider a refugee’s fortunes, all seek and explore. Here melody reinforces words, feelings, even interpersonal dynamics. Simplicity – as executed – breaks complicated things into evocative clouds that seep into the listeners unconscious.

“It’s a lot easier to say something in a song than in a conversation,” allows the easy-going grown-up. “And it’s not all about me, but the people in the songs. Even the stuff you leave out says something, so you’re creating on so many layers. And sometimes I don’t know where it comes from, just some other place.”

Listening to “Whistle On Occasion,” the Everly-esque closer duet with Prophet, Richey owns one’s place in the world. Here, there, going or gone, that’s all anyone can ask.

Holly Gleason

JOSH ROUSE

JOSH ROUSE

Never one to ignore the call of his muse, Rouse traded in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, a move that quickly pulled him in a slew of exciting, unexpected directions as he found himself freshly inspired by the endless array of possibilities at his fingertips. Where ‘Embers’ was a deeply personal, countrypolitan contemplation on identity and anxiety, the new material that poured out of him was breezier and more carefree, crafted with an 80’s-inspired sonic palette that complemented the shift from somber introspection to more playful observation. The end result, ‘Love In The Modern Age,’ is an album that still bears Rouse’s distinct fingerprints, even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career. 

Hailed as “a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst” by Uncut and praised for his “spare and easy sounding guitar songs” by NPR, Rouse first emerged in 1998 with his debut album, ‘Dressed Up Like Nebraska,’ which Billboard called a “dark horse gem.” Over the next two decades, he’d go on to release a steady stream of critically lauded records that would solidify his status as one of the his generation’s most acclaimed songwriters, both in the US and Europe, where he’s lived on and off since 2004. Q called his breakout album, ‘1972,’ “the most intimate record of the year,” while Rolling Stone dubbed his follow-up, ‘Nashville,’ “a landmark album,” and EW described 2013’s ‘The Happiness Waltz’ as “a big contender for Rouse’s best work.” In 2014, Rouse won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for “Do You Really Want To Be In Love,” from the film ‘La Gran Familia Española.

As he began work on ‘Love In The Modern Age,’ Rouse was caught in a moment of international limbo. He was ready to relocate from Spain back to Nashville with his family, but his wife’s green card process was stretching out interminably. As they awaited news from the US government, their Tennessee home sat empty for more than a year, and Rouse found himself making regular trips across the Atlantic to check in on the property.

“I started working on songs with my old friend and writing partner Daniel Tashian on those trips,” Rouse explains. “I’d just finished reading Sylvie Simmons’ great Leonard Cohen biography, ‘I’m Your Man,’ and it got me really into Cohen’s synthier records. I told Daniel that I thought it’d be fun to write some stuff in that vein, so we’d start with these moody soundscapes, and then I’d write lyrics on top of them.”

Inspired by Cohen and cult heroes The Blue Nile, as well as the English bands Rouse grew up listening to like The Cure and The Smiths, the songs were cinematic and enveloping. Each track created its own entrancing world out of dense synthesizer textures and shimmering electric guitar lines. While many of his previous albums were recorded with a full band performing live in one room, Rouse built up the tracks on ‘Love In The Modern Age’ a layer at a time, recording the majority of the instruments himself between Spain and Nashville.
in me that wouldn’t have happened with just an acoustic guitar.”

Much like love in our modern age, the album is defined by the coming together of those physical and digital worlds. Underneath it all, though, lays the same endless search for human connection that drives each and every one of us. Times may change, but the song remains the same.

SOUTH HILL BANKS
Jun 22 @ 9:00 pm

***Floydfest 17 “On The Rise” Competition Winner***

South Hill Banks – Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals), and Matt Eversole (upright bass) – have carved a niche for themselves with their jam infused bluegrass sound. Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as classic rock, jam, blues, to traditional bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new.

Since the release of their debut album, Riverside Dr., South Hill Banks has gone on to showcase at the IBMAs in Raleigh, NC, win Floydfest’s ‘On the Rise’ Competition, host a successful monthly residence at The Camel in Richmond, VA, and be feature in the ‘On the Rise’ section in Relix Magazine. SHB has created an ever growing fan base by headlining a multitude venues as well as directly supporting some of the top national touring acts in their genre.

The Buzzards of Fuzz Temperance League
Jun 22 @ 10:30 pm
The Buzzards of Fuzz

The Buzzards of Fuzz

For fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Blue Oyster Cult, or Roky Erickson– The Buzzards of Fuzz are a rock outfit from Atlanta with the sound of a ‘72 Corvette Stingray plowing through the desert on half a tank of bourbon.

The band’s legendary live shows and blistering singles have earned the group slots opening for Guitar Legend Dick Dale, Yawning Man, Truckfighters, Cage The Elephant, White Reaper, Gov’t Mule, 1,000 Mods, Low Cut Connie and Primus.

TBOF’s accolades include a Georgia Music Award & 13 2018 Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta nominations.

2019 will bring the Deep Fried Fuzz Run, the reissue of their first EP Buzzard Custard on limited edition hand lathed vinyl and the second year of their namesake festival, Fuzzstock.

 
 
Temperance League

Temperance League

Jun
23
Sun
George Banda Album Fundraiser
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm

Help our good friend raise funds for his next album!

George Banda

George Banda

George Banda was born in Arizona, where his father taught him to play guitar when he was just five years old. In the 25 years since, George has dedicated his time and resources to pursuing this passion. He attended Central Piedmont Community College and Queens University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors and was awarded degrees in music theory and guitar performance. In addition to devoting time to his studies, George has also released his own music. He has produced two albums, one of which was an independent EP (2016) and the other a collaboration with local Charlotte artists (2017). While he considers The Evening Muse his musical home, he has played on multiples stages in Charlotte and the surrounding region. When not performing locally, George makes a priority to give back to the community. He has worked with multiple Charlotte organizations, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dream Center, where he serves as the Creative Arts Director; and the School of Rock, where he teaches guitar, music theory, and provides any additional resources required for the musical education of the students the organization serves. In addition, he also provides private lessons. George enjoys expressing himself through both his writing and his musical compositions. His writing draws on themes of prior hardship and love, while his musical compositions have been performed by members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and members of the Queens University Music Department. He hopes to exert a positive influence on the world through his passion for music and works every day to achieve this goal through his commitment to personal growth, community involvement, and artistic expression. In his spare time, George enjoys MMA training, boxing, and riding his yellow motorcycle named Pikachu. He also hates cucumbers. A lot.
BENNETT WALES & THE RELIEF
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
BENNETT WALES & THE RELIEF

BENNETT WALES & THE RELIEF

Bennett Wales & the Relief are a band coming off of a very successful 2018 that saw the group play all over the East Coast region including several large music festivals. They have shared the stage with notable acts such as Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck, Better than Ezra, The All-American Rejects, Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms and many more high profile artists. The band’s five members are all from the Virginia Beach area and are dedicated to furthering their chosen career path in the music industry. They are currently recording their sophomore album and are looking forward to an even more successful 2019.
Jun
24
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Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jun 24 @ 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 24 @ 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
25
Tue
Futurist Alex Di Leo Cody Lovaas
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm
Futurist

Futurist

FUTURIST is the “Alt Rock, Psychedelic-Pop” rocketship launched in Brooklyn, NY, with a unique take on psychedelic rock, dance-able grooves, and earnest songwriting achieving a sound best described as ‘future-classic.’ By virtue of experimentation, a multimedia vision, and an energetic delivery, FUTURIST creates a wall of sound that inspires and uplifts audiences with their own style and modern mythology.

With appeal for both lovers of space-age and vintage, FUTURIST has been likened to the visions of Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, and Spoon. The band is known for its associations with folk-lore and psychedelia, with elements of this culture permeating the group’s instrumentation, effects, and composition.
Their debut 2011 LP War Is Yesterday laid foundation for the anthemic duality found throughout the band’s core sound. The Deli Magazine NYC wrote:

‘FUTURIST hearkens to the past with the sounds of strings and colonial drumbeats, but the underlying darkness meshed with sunny demeanor proves they offer enough light to burn.

Alex Di Leo

Alex Di Leo

Every song from Alex Di Leo is an automatic escape from day-to-day life, a retreat into a state of mind that’s more hopeful and carefree and full of possibility. With his soulful vocals and crystalline melodies, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter delivers an impassioned breed of indie-pop that melts away everyday worries and leaves the listener inspired to live more fearlessly.
Cody Lovaas

Cody Lovaas

Cody Lovaas is a Californian singer-songwriter and guitarist who grounds his simple and confessional lyrics in soulful vocals, melodic performances, and smooth pop production. Lovaas plays with the boundaries of pop, acoustic, and electronic music, crafting a variant that retains pop’s effortless melodies while exchanging the genre’s cosmetic compositions for sincere and wistful love stories. 

Lovaas’s records have premiered on Billboard, Idolator, Culture Collide, Ones to Watch and We Found New Music. In 2017, he released his debut single, “Lie,” which garnered over 5M plays and appeared on Spotify’s Chill Vibes and Pop Chillout playlists. The following year, he dropped “Find,” a single produced with artists Shallou and Kasbo that reached 17M streams as well as “Prove It,” which earned 3M streams and a place on Starbuck’s Coffeehouse playlist. Lovaas’s most recent releases Talk Slow and Finally Fallen gained over 50 playlist placements as well as Apple Song Of The Day. Both songs are from his upcoming EP which will release May 31st. 

Lovaas was fourteen and performing at an intimate open mic in his hometown of Carlsbad, CA, when he caught the attention of Jason Mraz, who began to mentor him and develop him as his protégé. Lovaas quickly emerged as an intuitive and prolific songwriter. Throughout his teenage years, he found his way up the coast and into studio sessions in Los Angeles. Today, his writing draws on a youth spent falling in and out of love in a small beach town and demonstrates the restraint and maturity of a seasoned artist.

WDAV’s Small Batch Concert Series: Beo String Quartet
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm

$12 Ticket = Beer + Glass + Classical Music

WDAV’s next Small Batch Concert will be off the hook. Beo String Quartet, the Charlotte New Festival’s quartet in residence, will present a program of fresh chamber works by composers at the festival. Here’s what you can expect:

#1 WORLD PREMIERES of classical works. That’s right plural, as in multiple premieres.
#2 BEER RELEASE by Free Range Brewing
#3 WDAV’s Mobile Record Store will be back with fresh vinyl. $1 a record or 6 for $5. We’re pricing them like it’s 1890 all over again.

WDAV has teamed up with Free Range Brewing and Charlotte New Music Festival to present the next Small Batch concert, bringing together good music, good people, and good beer. A $12 ticket supports the station and also gets you a Small Batch glass filled with a beer from Free Range. Get your tickets now to avoid lines at the door. NO ONLINE TICKETING FEES.

The Small Batch Concert Series is powered by OrthoCarolina and sponsored by Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center.

THE STOLEN with Mighty Mango
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm
HE STOLEN

THE STOLEN

The Jersey boys of the pop-rock outfit The Stolen have come a long way since they were ripping covers of classic rock anthems and Motown tunes at their elementary school’s Fifth Grade Fun Night. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Dominick Cuce, guitarist Rob Chiarappa, bassist Kevin Smart, and drummer Mike Chiarappa. Before they honed their songwriting skills to craft inviting pop hooks and kinetic guitar melodies, they started off as a group of friends exploring their love of music by learning and performing AC/DC songs together.

Almost 10 years later, after playing countless shows locally, the band released Adults in 2013, which they recorded with producer/engineer Jesse Cannon (Animal Collective, The Misfits). This also marked their first release with bassist Kevin Smart. In 2015, they reached a turning point with the release of their single “Chardonnay,” recorded with producer Paul Levitt (All Time Low, Have Mercy). This began a transition from their pop-punk beginnings to put more focus on their pop sensibilities. Spring of 2016 marked the arrival of their self-released, self-produced EP I’m So Dead, showcasing their shift from a fast, loud pop-punk band to a more groove driven, pop-rock sound. It also landed them recognition from MTV who called the EP “the perfect pop-alt soundtrack to take you into the summer season.” They recorded at Cannon’s New Jersey studio but produced and mixed the album themselves.

Meanwhile, between recording stints, the band continued touring aggressively whether it be self-booked stretches with their peers, touring/performing with acts like Neon Trees, The All American Rejects, The Academic, Jake Miller, Punchline or even following Vans Warped Tour to reach new fans and compete to see who could sell the most CDs and merch. These efforts show the bands perseverance and hustle that they display on and off the road.

Fragile Heart (released May 2017) is the band’s most collaborative effort to date and, once again, done with a DIY mentality with the drums and vocals being predominantly recorded from home. With Fragile Heart, The Stolen have accomplished something that sounds both familiar and comforting with an ’80s pop vibe that is simultaneously young, fresh and new. 

Their single “Overboard,” (released Feb 2018) which hit No. 21 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, perfectly illustrates where the band’s sound is going.

Mighty Mango

Mighty Mango

Mighty Mango was formed in Charlotte, North Carolina during the summer of 2016 by best friends and guitarists/singers Henry Moldenhauer and Tyler Ford. A mutual friend introduced them to drummer Eli Zerkle, and bassist, Casey Jaerling joined soon after. The band began playing in and around legendary Charlotte venues like the Double Door Inn and the Milestone club during their senior year of high school. After several months of playing together, Mighty Mango recorded their first EP ‘Kim’ at Catalyst Recording Studio in Charlotte. The EP eventually caught the ear of local alternative rock radio station 106.5 THE END and Mighty Mango was selected to play at the NC Music Factory for the iHeartRadio New Music Discovery series in Charlotte in June of 2017. The band played several other shows that summer before releasing two more singles. In the fall of 2017, the members parted ways as they began to attend different universities across the country, but they managed to play shows during breaks away from school. Mighty Mango got back together as the school year ended and played many shows in North Carolina including several packed shows at the Comet Grill, an opening spot at the Downtown Sundown Music Festival in Wilmington, NC, and a headliner spot at the Lower Southend Block Party for Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Towards the end of the summer, Mighty Mango went back to Catalyst Recording Studio to record their second EP, ‘Worth the Weight.’ Since the release of this EP in September of 2018, Mighty Mango has played at the homecoming tailgate at NC State University and a Christmas show at the Comet Grill in Charlotte. The band has undergone two lineup changes since its inception. Henry Moldenhauer and Tyler Ford are still on guitars and vocals, while Harrison McGoogan has taken over on bass, Chaandmon Croft on drums, and Cadman Styers on keys. The summer of 2019 will see Mighty Mango touring through North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. They are also planning on recording and releasing their first full-length album.
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 25 @ 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
26
Wed
Mad Souls featuring: Scott Bartlett (Saving Abel) and Chris ‘CJ’ Johnson (American Idol) Faith & Scars
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm
Mad Souls

Mad Souls

Mad Souls featuring: Scott Bartlett (Saving Abel) and Chris Johnson (American Idol) 

Scott Bartlett is one of the founding members of the platinum selling rock band Saving Abel. Famous for their hits ‘Addicted’, ’18 Days’, ‘Miss America’, ‘Drowning (Face Down)’, ‘Stupid Girl’, and more.

Chris Johnson is a Memphis, TN based professional musician known best as a Top 12 Finalist in the 16th Season (aka The Farewell Season) of American Idol. 

The duo perform together acoustically under the moniker the Mad Souls and have been well received thus far. They perform a number of Saving Abel hits, original songs, as well as popular covers.

Faith & Scars
Faith & Scars is modern day hard hitting Rock, based out of North Carolina. They come at you with a Southern Flare and a Touch of Soul. 

Born out of hard times, Faith & Scars acts as a namesake of the code the members live by: Faith will see you through, and Scars will make you stronger.

Jun
27
Thu
AJ Ghent [ j-ent ] JMichael Peeples
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm
AJ Ghent [ j-ent ]

AJ Ghent [ j-ent ]

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

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

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

 
JMichael Peeples

JMichael Peeples

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Jun
28
Fri
Matt Heckler Casper Allen
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm
Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler

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

DAMIEN JURADO

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

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

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

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

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

Corrina Repp

Corrina Repp

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

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

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

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

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

Bryan Elijah Smith

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

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

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

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

Szlachetka

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

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

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

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

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

Casey & The Comrades

Casey & The Comrades

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

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

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

Jun
29
Sat
Oshima Brothers
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm
Oshima Brothers

Oshima Brothers

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

MICHELLE MALONE

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

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

SARAH PEACOCK

SARAH PEACOCK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arson Daily BadCameo
Jun 29 @ 10:30 pm
Arson Daily

Arson Daily

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

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

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

BadCameo

BadCameo

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

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

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

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

Jun
30
Sun
The Spongetones
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm
The Spongetones

The Spongetones

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

KRISTIN HERSH - Electric Trio Show

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

“Kristin Hersh is a musical genius” — Huffington Post

“A fearless rock innovator” — New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

Fred Abong

Fred Abong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

SCOWL BROW w/Green Fiend, The Poontanglers, Paperback
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm
SCOWL BROW

SCOWL BROW

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

Green Fiend

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

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

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

 
The Poontanglers

The Poontanglers

 
Paperback

Paperback

Emo band from North Carolina. 
New single “Growing Pains” available now on Cardigan Records!
Jul
4
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

Jul
5
Fri
Jason Bieler Of Saigon Kick At The Evening Muse
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm
Jason Bieler

Jason Bieler

I was born at a very early age, songwriter, guitarist, hand model, amateur surgeon, producer, Owl Stretching, Saigon Kick, quipster, director of frivolity & music freak.
Aarodynamics + Audacity Brass Band
Jul 5 @ 10:30 pm
Aarodynamics

Aarodynamics

Aarodynamics is a synth funk/hip hop duo out of Charlotte, NC. A strange amalgamation of styles and heavily improvised live sets ooze with 80’s synth funk, 90’s gangsta rap, and modern lyrical stylings. A full scale assault on popular music as we know it, Aarodynamics puts together the most memorable show you will ever see. Live instrumentation, large improvisational sections, and subversive hooks make a concert that transcends any one genre of music and embraces a new era of Americana which draws off the past 40 years of popular music and culture. Hip hop, funk, soul, metal, jam, EDM, and more leave the door open for a new kind of Americana music. Fully live, booty shaking mayhem, Aarodynamics aren’t a band many forget about.’A complex beat / jam-session emerged culminating in the moment when he threw down his flow out of nowhere. The whole room shot to attention and started clapping and hollering. It was beautiful.’ – The Capitol Heights After Action Report

‘Aarodynamics is the music project of Aaron Malander. Starting off as a solo project near DC, Aaron has now paired with drummer PJ Lemmon to melt faces and shake booties.
Using a loop pedal, Ableton Live, and an arsenal of instrumentation, Aarodynamics crafts live music on the spot. With a combination of live drums, samples, and beatboxing, butts shake, lips quiver, and the house gets down.
There is no stopping the onslaught of sickeningly fiendish funk, gangsta rap, granola jam, and untz wobble edm.’

Audacity Brass Band

Audacity Brass Band

Audacity is a 10-piece new-wave new orleans style party band that plays a wide range of covers and originals. Our style includes everything from hip-hop and funk to rock, latin, blues and pop. Every member has college education and training in music. From a fat tuesday second line to a street festival, shrimp boil, or a crazy saturday night, Audacity can do it all.
Audacity has performed high capacity music venues such as: The Broadberry (Richmond, Va), Martin’s (Roanoke, Va), The Camel (Richmond, Va), The Whiskey (Wilmington, Nc) and was also selected for the 2019 Rockn’ to Lockn competition and won the semi-final round (finals on 4/20/19).
Jul
6
Sat
Future Friend EP Release! w/ Justin Moyle
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm
Future Friend

Future Friend

Future Friend is an Indy Pop duo with groovy sounds and killer hooks. They are local to Charlotte NC and are the fresh faces to watch in the Pop industry with thousands of streams, high energy live shows, and a fan base that spans worldwide. The band is made up of brother sister team Mitch and Faith Froemming who write, record, and produce all of their own music in Mitches tiny bedroom studio. Future Friends debut EP follows melodies and emotions ranging from hard hitting break up songs such as ‘Get Well Soon’ to light, dancy, summer love songs like ‘Secret Handshake’. The goal of the group is to promote originality, make new best friends, and ultimately create crazy groovy jams!
 
Justin Moyle

Justin Moyle

Based out of Charlotte, Justin Moyle got his start in the industry producing music for other artists. He spent most of his time in the studio but he always had a dream to create and perform music of his own. His first step into the performance world came after a single release of the song ‘The Way You Move’. It’s an R&B laced electronic soul track that gives a nod to producers such as James Blake and Jack Garratt. His singer-songwriter background gives him the sensibility to be honest and vulnerable while also giving you something you want to dance to. ‘I just want someone to feel something.’ He says while explaining his songwriting process. ‘If I can make you cry and dance at the same time, I’ve done my job!’ As he croons through the hearts of the listener he shows that he is an artist to watch in the coming years.