Calendar

Dec
14
Fri
Alexa Jenson EP Release, with Emerson Carter, George Banda
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

Born in Concord, NC, Alexa Jenson began her love for performing in grade school talent shows, long car rides, and 30 minute showers. At a young age she was introduced to the magical powers of ABBA, and was inspired to make music her lifelong pursuit. After picking up her first guitar when she was twelve, she ventured in the world of songwriting, completing her first original song only a year later. Working hard to hone her skills and develop her own unique vibe, she began experimenting with tones and styles of anything from 50’s pop to 90’s indie rock. Jenson’s lyrics, symbolic of her life experiences, continue to embody the soul of her influences such as Billy Joel, The Cranberries, and Alanis Morisette, while her vocals are reminiscent of Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, and Doris Day. 

Continuing to pursue her goal of becoming an accomplished performer, but dissatisfied with only playing amongst her fellow students, she started creating YouTube vides, and finally hitting the local open mic nights in 2015. As she found her place in the Charlotte music scene, she began booking gigs at various places around town, including Summit Coffee House, Camp Northend, Old Town Public House, and The Evening Muse (which she frequents currently), and sharing the bill with local artists such as Dane Page and George Banda. Eventually Jenson earned an interview in online magazine, Shutter 16, and a featured spot in Priceless Miscellaneous’ music video series, Down Yonder vol. 1.

When she was playing shows, she spent her time writing and practicing songs in her bedroom, working her job at a pizzeria, and finishing high school. Now graduated, and constantly developing her art as a young musician in a booming city, Jenson continues to write songs and play out on the town whilst completing her first EP, due to be released at the end of 2018.

Magic of Christmas
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Mics and Mochas at Comic Girl Coffee
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mics and Mochas: Comic Girl Coffee has started presenting an open micFridays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dates are scheduled through January 19th. Check back to see if the series is extended. Suggested $5 donation. Free lattes for performers. Comic Girl Coffee is an inclusive place, very comfortable for the LGBT community.
516 East 15th Street

Acoustic Syndicate
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

Acoustic Syndicate is a rock/folk/bluegrass band from North Carolina formed in 1992. They have toured nationally in the US, including appearances at Farm Aid and the Bonnaroo festival. Their sound is characterized by three-part vocal harmony and complex polyrhythmic banjo playing. Lyrically, the group often discusses themes relating to subsistence, sustainability and quality of life.

The McMurry family comes from a small family farm in Cleveland County, North Carolina, near Shelby, North Carolina. They have been farming the same region that their ancestors settled over 200 years ago.

Acoustic Syndicate also has roots in Asheville, NC, where Jay Sanders is an active member of the local music scene.

Acoustic Syndicate’s sound has always been characterized by growth and evolution. Since the band officially formed in the early 1990s, they have continued to challenge themselves to grow as a band with the same earnest intensity that permeates their music. This evolution is never more strikingly apparent than on Long Way Round, their second release for roots label Sugar Hill and their first foray into injecting a studio project with the drive and passion that typifies their live shows.

The band did a lot of things different this time around&Perhaps it was the addition of Texas music legend and producer Lloyd Maines into Acoustic Syndicate’s mix that propelled the band to create what they consider their best project ever. Or perhaps it had something to do with saxophonist Jeremy Saunders joining the band, after having been long thought of by the other members as their unofficial fifth member. Front man Steve McMurry would venture to say that the change of the band’s sound from gentle and melodic to bold and live was a natural progression.

Over the last three or four years, the live material seemed to be adopting a bigger, bolder attitude& The trend continued on until the new material started to sound more like live songs than studio stuff. This evolution was of its own doing. We’ve always tried not to impede any obvious, eventual metamorphosis of the band or of the music. Whatever the reason, the result is a powerful and fluid record that seamlessly blends the group’s past melodic, pretty recording style with the power and driving rhythm of their live show. One of the main shifts of focus involved bringing their strong vocals and dead-on harmonies to the forefront.

Blue Dogs, Cravin’ Melon
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

On Friday, December 29, 2017, the Blue Dogs once again took over The Charleston Music Hall in their hometown to celebrate 29 years of making music. This show marked the Americana band’s fifth ‘homecoming’ since their 25th Anniversary show in 2013, and to solidify it as annual affair, in 2014 the band brought in the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital as a charity partner. By evening’s end of the 2017 show–thanks to support from a variety of local sponsors, donations of ticket holders, as well as a generous gift by an anonymous donor and the overall match by The Press On Fund (for pediatric cancer research)–the Dogs fetched over $180,000.00, all of which benefited the capital campaign for the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital by funding the pediatric cancer research of MUSC Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka. Their four-year total is close to a half a million dollars raised.

The show was again a sellout, and as in years past, the show included special guest appearances–this year featuring two legendary bands from the Carolinas: The Connells from Raleigh NC and The Killer Whales from Charleston SC.

Guests at past shows have included Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Radney Foster, Grammy-award-winning songwriter and producer Shawn Camp, 2015 Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductees Drivin’ N Cryin’, SC native Sadler Vaden (former Blue Dogs sideman who is now guitarist for Grammy-nominated Americana artist Jason Isbell), Cary Hudson (formerly of Blue Mountain), Pat McGee, Doug Jones of Greenville SC’s Cravin’ Melon, acclaimed South Carolina singer-songwriter Danielle Howle, Matthew Mayes & John Felty of Brevard, NC’s Jupiter Coyote, and most of the former and current members of the Blue Dogs. Unannounced guests are expected each year.

The band continues to perform in 2018 on a regular basis at venues mostly on the East Coast, including clubs, festivals, and colleges as well as for a variety of events. They continue to maintain an international fan-base, with all 9 of their recordings available through iTunes and other digital portals via their distributor, Redeye, and their CD’s, DVD’s and other merchandise offered exclusively at their website, www.bluedogs.com.

Carl Thomas
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
God Bless Relative, Cave Mode Shake
Dec 14 @ 10:30 pm
God Bless Relative:

Communal Indie Rock from Nashville, TN
 
Cave Mode Shake:
 
“Hailing from the indie rock pocket of East Nashville, TN, Cave Mode Shake brings you their debut project: Time Traveler’s Party. With instrumental influences from bands like The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, and Radiohead; CMS maintains a lively presence on stage with poppy melodies drizzled over top of slushing reverb and crunch.”
Dec
15
Sat
Magic of Christmas- Family Series
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Jason Bieler (of Saigon Kick)
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Songwriter, guitarist, hand model, amateur surgeon, producer, Owl Stretching, Saigon Kick, quipster, director of frivolity & music freak.

Magic of Christmas
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

The Beach Boys
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

The Beach Boys–Reason for the Season Christmas Tour

Tribute to the 80s to Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm

The Charlotte music community comes together again for the 12th Tribute To Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital at NODA’s Neighborhood Theatre on Friday, June 29th. Organized and created by local musician, Justin Fedor (The New Familiars/Ancient Cities), the concert series has raised almost $50,000 for the hospital and this time around, bands will pay tribute to the 80’s.

A $10 suggested donation will go to benefit the hospital. The concert showcases some of best acts from Charlotte and beyond: Ashley Armstrong, Time Sawyer, The Sammies, Evergone, The Business People, Modern Primitives, The Wormholes, Kodiak Brotherhood and the Superjam featuring members of The New Familiars, Ancient Cities, The Houston Brothers, Chosovi, Mirror Man and more!

Tonight’s artists will pay tribute to: INXS, The Cure, Poison, The Police, Tears For Fears, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner & more!!

Misnomer
Dec 15 @ 10:30 pm

Misnomer (formerly Mister Tie Dye) is a nine-piece ensemble based out of Athens, Georgia. It began as a collective of students from the University of Georgia channeling their influences from classical, hip-hop, funk, and jazz music into something original. The group is comprised of alto and tenor saxophone, two trumpets, tenor and bass trombone, keyboard and synthesizer, bass, and drums. They perform a repertoire of music that spans several genres, influenced by artists and composers like OutKast, NO BS! Brass Band, musicians from GroundUp Music, and more. According to Flagpole Magazine, “[Misnomer’s] music is as exciting as it is uncategorizable. The nine-piece, horn-centric outfit blends jazz fusion, deep funk, instrumental hip hop, and modern classical to create an intoxicating sound that’s unlike anything else in town.”
Misnomer has enjoyed sharing the stage with several national-touring acts such as Turkuaz, CBDB, The Werks, and more. In February 2017, they released their EP, Mister Tie Dye, and in April 2018 released their first full-length album, Neighborhood. This album is composed of original songs and features Drí of Partials (Athens, GA) on the track “New World.” The diversity of their composers is apparent in Misnomer’s music, elevating their sound beyond a single genre. The group incorporates the writing techniques of older big bands into modern genres of popular music. To call it jazz fusion or a jam band would be a misnomer.

Chase Rice
Dec 15 @ 11:00 pm

Fame often has a chilling effect on one’s psyche. However much as he’s done his entire life, when faced with a No. 1 major label debut album in 2014’s Ignite the Night, as well as a pair of Top 5 singles with the RIAA Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and Gold- certified “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Chase Rice turned his cheek and took the path less traveled. As he readily recounts, the country music maverick has only grown more self- aware, mature and grateful in the wake of his success. “I’m a different person in a lot of ways,” Rice says looking back at his younger self, who moved to Nashville following the sudden death of his father “having no clue what the hell I was doing,” wrote a batch of killer songs and went for broke in the country music industry. “I was searching,” Rice says. “I didn’t know who I was as an artist. But now, it’s a new me. It’s a whole new deal. Now I know exactly where I am in life.” He laughs. “Well, not exactly. But I’ve got a better idea, anyway.”
The past few years have been monumental ones for Rice: following the release of Ignite the Night, the 31-year-old budding superstar toured the world with four massive headlining tours and stadium-show opening runs for country megastars including Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. “I was just having fun. I was riding the wave,” he says.

Dec
16
Sun
Magic of Christmas
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Double Door Inn Anniversary Reunion Party
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm

Lenny Federal Band, Randy Franklin & the Sardines, The Monday Night Allstars

For over 43 years, the Double Door Inn was more than an old house on Charlottetowne Avenue. It was recognized as one of the oldest blues music venues in the United States, bringing in musicians of all genres to Charlotte, NC. It was the place that you went to hang out on Friday afternoon, or Saturday night. To meet old friends, and make new ones.

What had once been the house built by the Wearn family, one of the prominent families in Charlotte during the early 20th centuries, become the home of the Charlotte music scene, and the place where owner Nick Karres oversaw countless nights of music and memories.

While we cannot bring it back, this show is a homecoming for the many that had the Double Door Inn pass through them, just as much as we passed through it. On the week that the venue would have celebrated its 45th anniversary, we bring together two of the most famous names in the Double Door¹s history. The Lenny Federal Band, and the Monday Night All Stars.

We also welcome back Nick Karres and his family, who have been part of our own extended families for many years.

Gather, return, and let the music play on.
-Daniel Coston

Magic of Christmas
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Reina Del Cid (Full Band), American Opera
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm

Part singer-songwriter, part rock band, you can find Reina del Cid at the intersection of lyrical storytelling and scorching solos. In January of last year, Del Cid released a music video for the song ‘Death Cap,’ filmed in Iceland and directed by the band’s longtime creative collaborator, Jason Ho. Their music has been featured by Paste Magazine, NPR, and Baeble Music. Their new release, Rerun City is out now!

Erika Jayne Presents: The Pretty Mess Tour
Dec 16 @ 9:00 pm

Known for her alluring vocals, catchy melodies and electro beats, not to mention an infectious taste of decadence, pop vocalist, songwriter and performer ERIKA JAYNE is a bona fide queen of the charts. Distinguished by industry powerhouse Billboard magazine for an “uncommon feat” (issue date 6/26/10), ERIKA JAYNE has sent all six of her singles to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

Erika was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother and grandmother served as her first musical influences and inspirations, which inevitably lead to pop stardom. Her true love for the limelight, started when she joined musical theater in high school playing roles such as Val from ‘A Chorus Line’ and Frastrada in ‘Pippin’ at the North Atlanta School of Performing Arts. She toured the world in the school revue show where she performed “9 to 5” and Madonna’s “Get Into The Groove”. Wanting to truly give the music business a try, at 18 she moved to New York and was in a few girl groups, but always wanted to step out on her own. 

Dec
17
Mon
Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Dec 17 @ 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
Dec 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.

 

Knocturnal
Dec 17 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 18 @ 12:00 am
A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
Knocturnal: A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
Dec
18
Tue
The Weepies, with Matt the Electrician
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm

Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than 1.5 million records with over 54 million streams on Spotify, 25+ million views on YouTube, and over 110k social media followers. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music; five records over seven years.

Just before Christmas 2013, when their youngest son was 17 months old, Deb Talan was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She was in chemo by New Year’s Eve.

In 2014, Deb beat cancer, and The Weepies recorded the best album of their career. Coming back from the edge sharpened their skills and focus. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.

The couple was unable to travel while Deb was in treatment, so they worked at home, inviting guest musicians to record remotely wherever each musician happened to be, resulting in an unlikely superstar backing band. Players from across the spectrum jumped in, including: Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello), Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Oliver Kraus (Sia) and Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), as well as veteran Weepies compatriots Frank Lenz, Eli Thomson, Jon Flaugher, Meg Toohey, and Whynot Jansveld, plus a horn section from New Orleans.

The Vegabonds, Red Dress Amy
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm

Following three European tours, four full-length albums, and a tour schedule packed with more festivals and venues than ever before, The Vegabonds are forging into their second decade spreading the gospel of pure New South Rock.

The quintet joins LA-based Blue Elan Records with the first album deal of their career. The new record, “V”, symbolizing their fifth release, will debut worldwide in January. Produced by Tom Tapley in Atlanta, The Vegabonds’ highly-anticipated release audibly illustrates their unconventional yet contagious self-titled genre of rock. With Americana, Country, and Rock influences, The Vegabonds’ sound is one that cannot be duplicated, manipulated, or pigeon-holed. After his work producing the band’s critically-acclaimed album “WhatWe’re Made Of” and the “Long Haired Country Boy” single, Tapley’s execution of albums for Blackberry Smoke to Sugarland, Tyler Farr to Mastodon, highlights the best of The Vegabonds’ unique musicianship, vocals, lyrics and sound.

Gold Old War, Beta Radio, Allman Brown
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm

Good Old War will release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.

Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Dec 18 @ 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
Dec 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
Dec 18 @ 10:30 pm

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

Dec
19
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Dec 19 @ 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.

Karla Davis
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm

Karla Davis is a soulful singer/songwriter from Monroe, North Carolina. Driven by the church, it was the choir that invoked her musical spirit. Music found Karla just as quickly as her fingers found their home on the fret board of her first guitar just over five years ago. 

Karla took a leap of faith in the fall of 2009 when she decided to move to Nashville, TN. In January 2010 Karla was named the national winner of the Colgate Country Showdown and was given the title Best New Act in Country Music. After starting her own independent record label and recording her first two albums, Karla found herself on Season 2 of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ in 2012 where she made it to the top 16 on Team Adam.

Following her success on The Voice, Karla began working with industry veterans Gordon Kennedy and Jeff Balding with whom she released her single ‘I Can’t Sleep Tonight’ in February of 2015. Karla is currently writing and in the studio working on her upcoming EP with Mapletop Entertainment.

Vienna Boys’ Choir
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Vienna Boys’ Choir or Vienna Choir Boys is a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world. The boys are selected mainly from Austria, but also from many other countries. 

 

Dec
20
Thu
Live Music at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Located in the beautiful Center City Charlotte ( 4th street and Tryon), just a few blocks from the Belk Theatre, Overstreet Mall and the Bobcats Arena. Chima offers authentic Brazilian cuisine and chic dining experience. Enjoy cocktails and the best view of Uptown Charlotte in our elegant upstairs lounge. Chima also offers live music every Thursday at the bar & Lounge from 6 to 9. 

Lisa De Novo at Growler USA
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lisa began singing and songwriting at a very young age. By age 10, she had 3 albums handwritten in journals. She started performing at community outreaches through music, drama, and dance, then branched out to open mics and solo gigs. “I’ve been in love with music for as long as I can remember. I tried out different career paths, but the only thing that felt right for me was music. Music is a powerful thing. It allows you to get things off your chest while connecting with others on a very deep level.”

 

Lisa’s influences include Amy Winehouse, Florence and the Machine, Foster the People, Lights, Ed Sheran, Above and Beyond, Odesza, and Coldplay. In October 2016, she released her first solo EP the Stars Align – now available on itunes and spotify. She has done several electronic dance music collaborations with DJ’s all over the world. The songs have more than 300,000 hits on youtube. 

 

The alternative pop/rock band – Lisa De Novo Band – is made up of singer-songwriter Lisa De Novo, lead guitarist Zach Willard, bass player Michael Lanigan, and drummer Mitch Moore. “We’ve officially been a band since April 2017 after I asked the guys to join me at Shakedown Festival. We could tell after the first time we jammed together, that we instantly clicked. The guys heard my songs and added their own unique twists to them! My jaw dropped and I knew we had to make an album.”

The Big Bang marks Lisa De Novo’s first full-length studio album. “Recording was a very difficult process. There were so many setbacks like losing my voice from late night gigs and early morning studio sessions as well as struggling to make time to write and practice.” Lisa worked hard to complete the album with a packed schedule, working more than 60 hours a week. In order to fund the album, she taught music at two different preschools, worked a studio job, hosted open mic nights, played shows, and led worship at her church—with little or no time off. Despite the personal sacrifices and recording challenges, Lisa embraces the art form of the recording process at its core. “Guitar takes were the hardest because there are so many ways to strum a G chord! The harmonies were the most fun because I was able to experiment with new vocal sounds and sing notes I never knew I could sing.’

 

The Big Bang Album is a unique blend of pop, soul, and alternative rock. Combining Mitch’s metal drum background, Michael’s funk bass techniques, Zach’s progressive rock guitar style, with Lisa’s sweet yet soulful voice, the album evokes a truly organic sound. The album includes 7 full band songs, including “Not Giving Up,” “Cigarette Love Song,” and the crowd favorite “Monkey See, Monkey Do.” There are also 3 acoustic songs that feature different instruments giving the album an exciting dynamic vibe.

 

Please join them for the Big Bang CD release show on 5/5/18!

 

*A portion of the proceeds will go to Girls Rock Charlotte – a nonprofit organization that amplifies the confidence of ALL girls and women through the power of music. www.girlsrockclt.org

Lisa De Novo debuts first full length album The Big Bang on 5-5-18 at the Visulite Theater! Click here for tickets

 
 
Howie Day, Alex2e
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm

Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million records and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road in support of his new studio album, Lanterns. 

A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft. 

After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, and hit the road to support it. The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” After three subsequent years of intense worldwide touring, Day moved to Los Angeles and returned to the studio. His next release, Sound the Alarm, built on the emotionally complex spirit of its predecessor and delved into Day’s journey from indie wunderkind to platinum-selling artist. Its lead single, “Be There,” became a staple at modern AC radio. 

After parting ways with Epic and relocating to New York City in 2010, Day released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. Over the next two years, as a reenergized Day toured North America, Australia and Asia, new songs began to emerge and evolve. His fourth full-length album, Lanterns, was recorded in Boston with producer and longtime friend Mike Denneen. Awash with a warm musicality and unique instrumentation, the album also features guest vocals from Aimee Mann. Lanterns was released in April 2015.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 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.

 

Renelvis (free show)
Dec 20 @ 9:00 pm

Renelvis emerged in Charlotte during the early 90s, claiming to be just another Elvis Presley impersonator. While he may not look or talk like your typical Memphis bluesman, all one has to do is listen to him belt out “Hound Dog” or watch him swivel his hips, and you’ll be convinced that The King is back.

 

Rene will be performing a mix of his original songs and some Elvis favorites, as well as telling stories from his book.

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Dec 20 @ 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.

Dec
21
Fri
Christmas Show with Dane Page, Chip McGee and George Banda
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

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.

Magic of Christmas
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Mics and Mochas at Comic Girl Coffee
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mics and Mochas: Comic Girl Coffee has started presenting an open micFridays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dates are scheduled through January 19th. Check back to see if the series is extended. Suggested $5 donation. Free lattes for performers. Comic Girl Coffee is an inclusive place, very comfortable for the LGBT community.
516 East 15th Street

A Soulful Noel
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm

In its 6th year, Our Annual Holiday Tradition is back again and just in time for those that’ll be home for Christmas!

OnQ presents Soulful Noel, directed by Quentin Talley with musical direction by Tim Scott Jr., is an original musical revue telling the age old story of the reason for the season. The cast of OnQ creatives re-frame tradition in a contemporary way with classics such as, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, and What Do the Lonely Do. Fill your cup of eggnog with some R&B, Funk, Gospel, Soul, a dash of Noel, and a lot of OnQ!

Larkin Poe, with Moses Jones and the Dirty Southern Soul
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm

Following their sold-out show last March, the rootsy rock duo returns to Charlotte with a brand new set. Larkin Poe, led by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, celebrate the release of their fourth album, Venom & Faith. Grab a traditional seat in Booth Playhouse or opt to surround yourself with the electric energy of the crowd in the general admission pit by the stage.

Larkin Poe’s audacious instrumental mastery reinterprets classic rock and blues for a contemporary audience. Unbound by tawdry embellishments, Larkin Poe infuse pop sensibilities into their sound, blending old-school elements of rock and soul with drum samples, hip-hop production elements, and resonant lyrics like “California king-sized dreams in a twin bed.”

The Sammies CD Release Bash, with Parker Gispert from The Whigs
Dec 21 @ 9:00 pm

The Sammies are proud to announce the release of their 4th studio album Bonfire Nightclub.  Recorded in 2017 at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium in Kernersville NC, and coming in at just under 40 minutes, it harkens back to their eponymous first album.  In part due to the fact that The Sammies enlisted famed indie rock producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) to produce/mix/engineer the session, just as he did on that first album.  Brothers Huntley again fire back and forth at one another, taking turns on vocal duties, and at times adding a little “blood harmony” to the mix. 

Formed in Charlotte by way of Wadesboro NC, The Sammies have played hundreds of shows all across the United States, from Claremont CA to Boston MA, SXSW to Sundance, and everywhere in between.  With songs placed in movies (Employee of the Month) and TV (Friday Night Lights, Entourage), and albums available for streaming or however you take your music now, come check out the band that Bill Murray would give 3 thumbs up to had he met them.

The Orange Constant, Noonday Sons
Dec 21 @ 10:30 pm

Formed in the college bars of Statesboro, Ga. in 2012 and transplanted to Athens among the reminiscence of R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, vintage rock outfit The Orange Constant blends the organic charm of southern psychedelia, heartfelt narrative and progressive composition all with a spontaneous yet pop-like sensibility.

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Magic of Christmas
Dec 22 @ 3:00 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Mad Crush CD Release, Admiral Radio
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm

Two parts June Carter sassing Johnny Cash with one dash of Itzhak Perlman on a midnight hayride, Chapel Hill’s Mad Crush sings theatrical, back-and-forth songs between protagonists Joanna Sattin and John Elderkin. Along with NC stalwarts Chuck Garrison (Superchunk, Zen Frisbee), Laura Thomas (Hindugrass, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle), and Mark Whelan (The Popes, The Veldt), each band member’s personality emerges in the saucy, poignant character sketches and full-blown dramas the band unwinds with its songs — remarkable and fresh storytelling!

Magic of Christmas
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

A Soulful Noel
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm

In its 6th year, Our Annual Holiday Tradition is back again and just in time for those that’ll be home for Christmas!

OnQ presents Soulful Noel, directed by Quentin Talley with musical direction by Tim Scott Jr., is an original musical revue telling the age old story of the reason for the season. The cast of OnQ creatives re-frame tradition in a contemporary way with classics such as, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, and What Do the Lonely Do. Fill your cup of eggnog with some R&B, Funk, Gospel, Soul, a dash of Noel, and a lot of OnQ!

Peter Rowan
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm

Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Born in Wayland, Massachusetts to a musical family, Rowan learned to play guitar from his uncle. He spent his teenage years absorbing the sights and sounds of the Hillbilly Ranch, a legendary Country music nightclub in Boston frequented by old-time acts like The Lilly Brothers and Tex Logan. In 1956 Peter Rowan formed his first band, the Cupids, while still in high school.

After three years in college, Rowan left academia to pursue a life in music. Rowan began his professional career in 1963 as the singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. “One thing I started to like about the Monroe style was that there was a lot more blues in it than other styles of bluegrass,” reflects Rowan. “It was darker. It had more of an edge to it. And yet it still had the ballad tradition in it, and I loved that.”

The late ‘60s and early 70’s saw Rowan involved in a number of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, including Earth Opera, Sea Train, Muleskinner, and the Rowans, where he played alongside brothers Chris and Lorin Rowan. After the Rowan Brothers disbanded, Rowan, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn formed a bluegrass band christened Old & In the Way. It was during this incarnation that Rowan penned the song “Panama Red,” a subsequent hit for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and a classic ever since.

Rowan subsequently embarked on a well-received solo career in the late ‘70s, releasing critically acclaimed records such as Dustbowl Children (a Woody-Guthrie style song cycle about the Great Depression), Yonder (a record of old-time country music in collaboration with ace dobro player, Jerry Douglas) and two extraordinarily fine bluegrass albums, The First Whippoorwill and Bluegrass Boy, as well as High Lonesome Cowboy, a recording of traditional and old-time mountain music with Don Edwards and Norman Blake. Rowan’s recent releases- Quartet, a recording with the phenomenal Tony Rice and Legacy with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, coupled with a relentless touring schedule have further endeared Peter Rowan to audiences around the world.

Following on the heels of the celebrated album “Crucial Country: Live at Telluride” Peter recorded his second album for Compass entitled “Old School” with memorable new songs such as “Doc Watson Morning” , “Drop The Bone” and “Keepin’ It Between The Lines (Old School)” with members of the current Bluegrass Band plus Chris Henry, Michael Cleveland, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie, Robbie and Del McCoury and more. Since then the prolific singer songwriter has recorded and released Peter Rowan’s Twang an Groove Vol. 1 (his electric band with drummer Jamie Oldacker and bassist Mike Morgan) on There Records, Dharma Blues (produced by John Chelew and including Jack Casady, Jody Stecker, Patrick Korte and Manose Singh performing songs of the Buddhaverse) on Omnivore Records and his newest, My Aloha, also on Omnivore Records.

Internationally, Rowan often performs as a solo singer-songwriter, while stateside, along with solo appearances, he plays in three bands: the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, a quintet featuring Keith Little, Chris Henry, Blaine Sprouse and Paul Knight; Big Twang Theory and its Texas Cousin Twang n Groove and rock band The Free Mexican Air Force.

Moose Kick
Dec 22 @ 9:00 pm

Moose Kick is a five piece rock n’ roll powerhouse based out of the beautiful Charleston, SC. The band began in a blue room during the winter of 2013 and since has spent countless days touring, recording, mastering and sharing their sound with the world. During the summer of 2014 the band spent time in Charleston Sound Studios where they recorded their first full length album ‘Blue Room Revival’ which is avaliable on iTunes and all major music selling platforms today. After working with the band throughout the summer, sound engineer Trevor Maron deemed the sound as progressive-southern-funk, which truly rings out in the band’s first album. Since releasing the album in October of 2014 the band has taken their talent to the road touring virtually nonstop, and selling out shows throughout the region. Great strides and long hours have created a very unique writting proccess which has ultimately translated into a heavy hitting yet beautiful live performance. 

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