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Apr
16
Tue
A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.” – amNewYork

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

“Wonderful and refreshing! 

The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” – The New York Times

Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Apr 16 @ 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
Apr 16 @ 10:30 pm

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

Apr
17
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Apr 17 @ 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.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.” – amNewYork

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

“Wonderful and refreshing! 

The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” – The New York Times

The Accidentals
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm

Female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut album, Odyssey, with Sony Masterworks. They followed the album release with two-hundred days of touring nationally, seventeen festivals, sync placement with Turner Classic Movies, FOX sports, and a RAM Trucks BANDvan #tourtough commercial.

They released their latest single, ‘Heavy Flag,’ produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray, The Decemberists) in October, and they aren’t slowing down going into 2019. They are currently scoring an indie film, touring, teaching workshops across the country, and releasing new music.

PopMatters says you can’t define them by comparison to any one band, comparing them to a mash up of influences including, “The Beatles, Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Ani Difranco, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, etc.’ NPR says “they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression,” adding, “they might be the most compelling songwriters of our time.’

The Accidentals display a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops. -BILLBOARD

Already known for their high-energy live show and a willingness to connect with fans through personal tunes, plugged-in social media awareness and an intriguing backstory, The Accidentals are going places. -HUFFINGTON POST

They display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression. -NPR FIRST LISTEN

Apr
18
Thu
20 Ride LIVE at Alive After Five
Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Alive After Five and 20 Ride this Thursday, April 18th from 5 to 8:30pm for the best and longest running (20 years strong!) after work party! We’re back this year with more live music, drink specials, a new location, and a damn good time! All ages welcome!

Alive After Five is how Charlotte kick-starts the weekend every Thursday in style! As the largest weekly happy hour and free entertainment celebration, Alive After Five provides a destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind, and network while enjoying great live music, tasty beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2019.

Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more!
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Thursdays Live music series
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You’re invited to Thursdays Live – free live music, cold beer, food from Hawthorne’s NY Pizza and refreshments from 6 until 8pm. It’s happening all summer, the 3rd Thursday of each month. Come hang out with your MoRA neighbors! At the new Embrace sculpture, located at the intersection of Monroe Rd and Conference Dr.  Here’s a short video from last year:  https://youtu.be/n_kkmLDi2zc

A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.” – amNewYork

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

“Wonderful and refreshing! 

The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” – The New York Times

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Apr 18 @ 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.

Apr
19
Fri
A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.” – amNewYork

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

“Wonderful and refreshing! 

The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” – The New York Times

Apr
20
Sat
A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.” – amNewYork

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

“Wonderful and refreshing! 

The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” – The New York Times

Apr
21
Sun
A Bronx Tale: The Musical
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.” – amNewYork

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

“Wonderful and refreshing! 

The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” – The New York Times

Apr
22
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm

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

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Apr 22 @ 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
Apr 22 @ 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
Apr 22 @ 10:00 pm

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

Apr
23
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Apr 23 @ 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. 

 

Apr
24
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Apr 24 @ 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.

Apr
25
Thu
Swim in the Wild LIVE at Alive After Five
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Alive After Five and Swim in the Wild this Thursday, April 25th from 5 to 8:30pm for the best and longest running (20 years strong!) after work party! We’re back this year with more live music, drink specials, a new location, and a damn good time! All ages welcome!

Alive After Five is how Charlotte kick-starts the weekend every Thursday in style! As the largest weekly happy hour and free entertainment celebration, Alive After Five provides a destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind, and network while enjoying great live music, tasty beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2019.

Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more!
FB: @AliveAfterFiveCLT
IG: @aliveafter5
T: @aliveafter5
Snapchat: aa5clt

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Apr 25 @ 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.

Apr
26
Fri
Blue October LIVE at Rooftop 210
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

107.9 The Link presents Blue October LIVE at Rooftop 210!

Your ticket(s) will be available for pick up at the venue will call on the day of the show.

Please bring your ID and purchase confirmation.

VIP Package includes:
(1) ticket for an up close seat at the show
(1) Meet and Greet: 5:00 PM Souncheck Party, meet the band, receive an autograph poster, and a photo with the band. Please arrive by 4:45 PM.
(1) copy of latest CD from Blue October.

*No cameras or cell phone cameras are allowed during the meet and greet and soundcheck.*

**Due to recent events and the safety of the band and crew, we are asking that no backpacks, bags, or purses be brought to the meet & greet. Please leave these items in your vehicles when you arrive.**

Apr
28
Sun
An Archaic Agenda | DB Rouse | Smelly Felly
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm

An Archaic Agenda
An Acoustic Pseudo Celtic New-Folk Indie band out of Charlotte. Members: Pk Chaney, Jordan Townsend (Jay Town), & Felly Castelow.

D.B. Rouse
Hobo-Folk
http://dbrouse.com

Smelly Felly
anarchist folk country
http://SmellyFelly.bandcamp.com

Apr
29
Mon
Lunch Hour Jazz
Apr 29 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Spend your lunch break at the Jazz Pavilion on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza! It’s FREE! The Pavilion stage will feature some of Charlotte’s best jazz artists plus some special guests daily Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM. Food trucks will be on site.

Artist Lineup

April 29 at 11:45AM – Calvin Edwards Trio (straight ahead jazz)

April 30 at 11:45AM – Airstream (alternative jazz)

May 1 at 11:45AM – Ariel Pocock Quartet (classic soul jazz)

May 2 at 11:45AM – Shrimp and Grits (modern jazz)

May 3 at 11:45AM – Pharez Whitted Group (straight ahead/modern jazz)

Find Your Muse Open Mic
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

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

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Apr 29 @ 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
Apr 29 @ 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
Apr 29 @ 10:00 pm

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

Apr
30
Tue
Lunch Hour Jazz
Apr 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Spend your lunch break at the Jazz Pavilion on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza! It’s FREE! The Pavilion stage will feature some of Charlotte’s best jazz artists plus some special guests daily Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM. Food trucks will be on site.

Artist Lineup

April 29 at 11:45AM – Calvin Edwards Trio (straight ahead jazz)

April 30 at 11:45AM – Airstream (alternative jazz)

May 1 at 11:45AM – Ariel Pocock Quartet (classic soul jazz)

May 2 at 11:45AM – Shrimp and Grits (modern jazz)

May 3 at 11:45AM – Pharez Whitted Group (straight ahead/modern jazz)

SUNDRESSED + HEARTS LIKE LIONS
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
SUNDRESSED

SUNDRESSED

“We’re all in this weird world together” is a perfectly suited mantra to describe Phoenix, Arizona’s Sundressed. The quote, from vocalist and songwriter Trevor Hedges’ description of the message behind his own lyrics, is hopeful and unifying – and thoroughly summarizes the band. Sundressed was initially created, in part, to help vocalist & songwriter Trevor Hedges maintain sobriety. Years later, the calm of a sober life has allowed Hedges to take his struggles and successes and refocus them to a broader scope. What’s truly remarkable is that he’s managed to achieve this without straying away from his signature mixture of self-deprecation and eager determination. What’s left is an uplifting take on the heavier aspects of life, inspiring hope without treading into trite or conceived territory.

The past two years have been monumentally prolific for Sundressed, releasing two EPs and a split with Nashville’s Secret Stuff in rapid succession between April 2015 and July 2016. Now, the five-piece outfit has readied their first full-length record, “A Little Less Put Together.” The LP (OUT NOW!) , full of syrupy, yet poignant pop-punk songs wrought with massive hooks and stark lyrical honesty, is a must-listen for fans of Saves the Day, The Starting Line, & Transit. The uptempo bounciness and complex vocal melodies of “Mill Ave and Broadway” call back to mid-era Relient K, while the melancholy, synth-tinged “A Little Less Put Together” shows the band taking influence from Motion City Soundtrack. Ultimately, “A Little Less Put Together” is a perfect windows-down-on-a-warm-spring-day kind of record – capable of tugging at heart strings, but also demanding singalong after singalong with its huge, addictive choruses.

HEARTS LIKE LIONS

HEARTS LIKE LIONS

Composed of vocalist/guitarist Stephen Ramos, guitarist Michael Grasseschi, bassist Luke Schoepf, and drummer Nick Sturz, the Long Beach alternative rock group combines infectious melodies and unfiltered emotion to produce a nostalgic yet unique sound that blends thoughtful songwriting, elaborate rhythms, and untamed honesty. Hearts Like Lions’ chart-topping ability proves to resonate with long-term and first-time listeners alike—their run is just beginning.
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Apr 30 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

May
1
Wed
Lunch Hour Jazz
May 1 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Spend your lunch break at the Jazz Pavilion on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza! It’s FREE! The Pavilion stage will feature some of Charlotte’s best jazz artists plus some special guests daily Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM. Food trucks will be on site.

Artist Lineup

April 29 at 11:45AM – Calvin Edwards Trio (straight ahead jazz)

April 30 at 11:45AM – Airstream (alternative jazz)

May 1 at 11:45AM – Ariel Pocock Quartet (classic soul jazz)

May 2 at 11:45AM – Shrimp and Grits (modern jazz)

May 3 at 11:45AM – Pharez Whitted Group (straight ahead/modern jazz)

Camille Thurman and The Darrell Green Trio
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Watch and listen as Camille Thurman joins forces with The Darrell Green Trio and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis to kick off the 2019 Charlotte Jazz Festival with an unforgettable night of entertainment in The Jazz Garden Tent at Romare Bearden Park!

Acclaimed  by  Downbeat  Magazine  as  a  ‘rising  star’  singer  with  “soulful  inflection  and  remarkable,  Fitzgerald-esque  scat  prowess”  and  hailed  by All  About  Jazz  as  a  “first  class  saxophonist  that  blows  the  proverbial  roof  of  the  place”,  Camille  Thurman  has  been  amazing  audiences  throughout  the  world  with  her  impeccable  sound,  remarkable  vocal  virtuosity  and  captivating  artistry.  Many  have  praised  her  vocal  abilities  to  the  likeness  of  Ella  Fitzgerald  and  Betty  Carter.  Her  lush,  rich  &  warm  sound  on  the  tenor  saxophone  has  led  others  to  compare  her  to  tenor  greats  Joe  Henderson  and  Dexter  Gordon.

Over  a  career  that  has  spanned  more  than  two  decades  Oakland,  California  native  Darrell  Green  has  become  a  master  drummer  and  prolific  sideman,  sharing  stages  with  leading  jazz  artists;  from  Blue  Note  vibraphonist  Stefon  Harris  to  saxophonist  Red  Holloway.  Though  jazz  is  his  primary  focus,  Green  is  conversant  in  every  genre  from  straight-ahead  jazz  to  Latin  and  West  African  music.

For an up-close-and-personal experience, choose cabaret table seating.

Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Tosco Music Open Mic
May 1 @ 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.

KINGS KALEIDOSCOPE – Zeal Tour Wordsplayed
May 1 @ 7:30 pm
KINGS KALEIDOSCOPE

KINGS KALEIDOSCOPE

A Seattle-based collective of ten members, Kings Kaleidoscope uses an eclectic range of modern, woodwind, string and brass instruments for a colorful, stylistic harmony that stands greater than the sum of its parts. 

The marriage of electronic and analogue soundscapes is a love letter to Motown and math rock, with illustrative lyricism that runs the gamut of haunting, uplifting, and resolved. 

Singer/songwriter Chad Gardner carries these lyrics with a soulful treatment that compliments calculated drum work to create a balance between groove and mathematics. Tracks are peppered with electronics and sampling that call to The Bridge Wars era of hip hop, all the while bringing a refreshing stamina that breathes life into these timeless constructs. 

KK’s trademark voice is their ever-growing accent across their 4 EP’s and critically acclaimed LP, “Becoming Who We Are.” Garnering attention since 2010, this collective is known for their musical and lyrical call for cosmic reflection.

Wordsplayed

Wordsplayed

Whether it be wowing crowds with his lyrical prowess or organizing community events for the elderly, Wordsplayed has emerged as one of the great riddles of modern rap music. A pioneer of the self coined “indie­trap” sound, John “Wordsplayed” Itiola uses his unique voice and whimsical lyricism to paint pictures that are equal parts fawn in
mid stride and 1980’s era Japanese race car engineering.

Coming off of the success of his first solo project Clowntown and his
groundbreaking collaborative project Magic & Bird Wordsplayed is now
ready to delight the world with some new music.

His latest effort “Lo­Fi Love Part 1 (LFL1)” and “Lo­Fi Love Part 2
(LFL2)” have been paired with his stellar “Lo­Fidelity Hour” and
“Lo­Fidelity Nights Uncut” direct to public access television series’,
respectively.

May Residency : THE BUSINESS PEOPLE w/ Modern Primitives, The Walbournes, Champagne Hercules
May 1 @ 10:00 pm – May 2 @ 2:00 am
The Business People:
Post-funk and quarter-punk since 2010
Modern Primitives: Modern Primitives have been growling around the Charlotte scene since 2011, honing their techniques by focusing on their prolific live performances. Their sound is a premium blend of loose psychedelia, wild rock, and just the right amount of boozy, hungover blues. These personalities work as one, culminating in the smirking, melted madness between garage glam and psych-rock.
May
2
Thu
Lunch Hour Jazz
May 2 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Spend your lunch break at the Jazz Pavilion on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza! It’s FREE! The Pavilion stage will feature some of Charlotte’s best jazz artists plus some special guests daily Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM. Food trucks will be on site.

Artist Lineup

April 29 at 11:45AM – Calvin Edwards Trio (straight ahead jazz)

April 30 at 11:45AM – Airstream (alternative jazz)

May 1 at 11:45AM – Ariel Pocock Quartet (classic soul jazz)

May 2 at 11:45AM – Shrimp and Grits (modern jazz)

May 3 at 11:45AM – Pharez Whitted Group (straight ahead/modern jazz)

Jazz at The Pavilion
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us Thursday night, Friday night and all day Saturday for continuous free jazz concerts at the Jazz Pavilion on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza. It’s totally FREE! No ticket. No reservation. No planning. Simply bring your friends and discover some of Charlotte’s best musical treasures!

ARTIST LINEUP

Thursday, May 2

5:30PM – Laura Reed

7:00PM – Noel Friedline

Friday, May 3

5:30PM – Jazz Arts Allstars Youth Ensemble

7:00PM – Kobie Watkins Grouptet

8:30PM – Dawn Anthony and the Synergy Jazz Ensemble

10:00PM – Sharp Nine Sextet

Saturday, May 4

1:00PM – Groove 8

2:30PM – Tim Scott and Friends

4:00PM – Jazz Band Showcase

6:00PM – Karen Gordon

7:30PM – Al Strong

9:00PM – The Reggie Sullivan Project

Havana Nights with Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for the ultimate Latin Jazz dance party as Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys bring their Cuban jazz flare to the Jazz Tent! Featuring a mixture of talented musicians from Connecticut, North Dakota, Venezuela and Cuba, GC & The Cuban Cowboys are known for their high-energy performances sure to get you on your feet. Gino Castillo is currently in a permanent residency at Prohibition in Charleston, SC, where he presents Havana Nights weekly.

The Future of Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Ellington Through the Ages
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wynton Marsalis, bassist Rodney Whitaker, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and saxophonist Dan Block lead an all-Ellington showcase with a group of young rising jazz stars. The band includes 16 of the best young professionals on the scene, many of whom came up through Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band program and love this music as much as our audiences. Ellington’s music is so elegant, so dynamic, so intimately detailed that it takes a group of musicians with a genuine collaborative spark to fully bring out its inner magic, and that is what you will experience.

This concert explores decades of Duke’s music, including his earliest hits, Hollywood charts, swinging blues numbers, pieces inspired by his international travels, and portions of his later suites. It’s an eclectic repertoire and yet unmistakably Ellington through and through—always enjoyable upon first listen, but teeming with brilliant details that continue to reveal themselves over time. This vital music is at the core of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy its timeless genius when the next generation of jazz leaders bring their fresh energy to it.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 2 @ 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.

 

STEVE GUNN Gun Outfit
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
STEVE GUNN

STEVE GUNN

For over a decade, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gunn has been one the American music’s most pivotal figures – conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced). Gunn is known for telling other people’s stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, The Unseen In Between, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the way—the work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded Unseen forces a reassessment of Gunn’s standing in the pantheon of the era’s great songwriters.

Getting to The Unseen In Between itself was not easy for Gunn. In the summer of 2016, Gunn released Eyes On The Lines, his winning and elliptical debut for Matador. It should have been a triumphant moment, but exactly two weeks later, Gunn’s father and namesake died following a two-year struggle with cancer. During his sickness, he and his son had connected as never before, listening to one another’s experiences and understanding one another’s perspectives; they became not father and son but real friends.

This experience yielded the emotional centerpiece of the album. “Stonehurst Cowboy” is a duet for Gunn’s raw acoustic guitar and spare basslines by Bob Dylan’s musical director Tony Garnier, whose featured throughout the album. The song distills the lessons Gunn learned from his father and it is a solemn but tender remembrance, a tribute to his father’s reputation as a tough, wise, and witty guy from far west Philadelphia.

A sense of musical renewal and emotional complexity fits the new songs perfectly; “Luciano” seems to be about the chemistry between a bodega owner and his cat, an unspoken romance of gentle obedience and quiet gestures. But Gunn peers below the relationship’s surface and wonders about the owner’s lonely future once the cat is gone, a devastating meditation wrapped in soft strings. And then there’s “Vagabond,” Gunn’s graceful attempt to humanize a rich cast of characters whose lives have gone astray, wanderers who live outside of society’s modern safety net, who pursue “a crooked dream” in spite of what the world expects. Supported by the perfect harmonies of Meg Baird, Gunn finds something lovely in the unloved.

Inspired by contemporary artist Walter De Maria’s Dia Art Foundation-affiliated installation of 400 stainless steel poles atop the high desert of New Mexico, “Lightning Field” considers what we get out of art when it doesn’t work, when lightning does not light up the night for visitors. Opener “New Moon” may begin in the mode of a deep track from Astral Weeks or Fred Neil, with its upright bass and sparse tremolo guitar. But during the song’s final minutes, strings double the melody, and then the guitar rushes headlong, pulling ahead in a wave of ecstatic deliverance. It is a brief but liberating solo, an instant release of tension from the fraught scene Gunn has built, complemented by one of his most arresting vocal performances.

In a final contrast, “Morning is Mended” is an acoustic beauty so resplendent it ranks alongside Sandy Denny or Jackson C. Frank. Buoyed by a melody that sparkles like sunlight on still water, Gunn acknowledges the hardships around him, the feeling of being a “nothing sky,” and then moves forward into the world, walking tall into the fresh morning. The song is an apt encapsulation of The Unseen In Between, a gorgeously empathetic record that attempts to recognize the worries of the world and offer some timely assurance. It is a revelatory and redemptive set, offering the balm of understanding at a time when that seems in very short supply.

Gun Outfit

Gun Outfit

From Olympia, Washington. Honing in on influences from bands like Meat Puppets and Dinosaur Jr., Gun Outfit create their own sound that is equal parts melody, jangle, punk and pop. Contemporaries with Sex Vid and Sisters (2).
MIKE STRAUSS TRIO
May 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

MIKE STRAUSS TRIO

HUNTER’S TRAVESTY
May 2 @ 9:00 pm

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WILDERADO with DUNCAN FELLOWS
May 2 @ 9:00 pm

An arresting confluence of soaring melodies, lush harmonies, and driving indie rock, the EP is the band’s most collaborative work yet, bearing the distinctive writing influence and unique sonic sensibilities of all four members (lead singer/guitarist Max Rainer, bassist/vocalist Colton Dearing, guitarist/vocalist Tyler Wimpee, and drummer Justin Kila). Recorded with production mastermind Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), ‘Favors’ marks the dawn of a new era for Tulsa rockers Wilderado, as their already-epic sound pushes into more nuanced and mature territory than ever before.  From the slow-and-steady build of ‘You Don’t Love Me” to the explosive power “Siren,” the collection elevates the grandeur and drama of the band’s arrangements without sacrificing any of the grit or muscle behind it. “We wanted big guitars, big cymbals, big drums, big vocals, but we still wanted it to come across pretty,” explains Rainer. Indeed, beauty is the EP’s hallmark: the beauty of radical honestyRead More

 

www.wilderado.co

 


DUNCAN FELLOWS

  
DUNCAN FELLOWS
  

Start Time: 9:00

On the sweltering, quiet corner of Duncan Lane there stood a wide one-story house with six bedrooms and fourteen inhabitants. During the summer of 2012 the house’s AC system failed, leaving the residents languid and dazed. The landlord was of disconnected affect and refused to repair the life-giving rotating fan… thus, great strife befell the house. Roaches began an invasion of the east wing, advancing at great speed to the kitchen trash. It was here that Colin Harman and Cullen Trevino first met and began to write songs. Not long after, the band Duncan Fellows formed.  After independently releasing two EPs, Twelve Months Older (2013) and Marrow (2015), the Fellows hit the road with Houndmouth through the southeast and Joseph on a run of sold out dates along the west coast. Eager to release new music, DF went into the studio in early 2017 to record their debut LP Both Sides of the Ceiling, resulting in a multidimensional shift both sonically and personally for the band. The release Read More

 

www.duncanfellows.com

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
May 2 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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

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Lunch Hour Jazz
May 3 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Spend your lunch break at the Jazz Pavilion on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza! It’s FREE! The Pavilion stage will feature some of Charlotte’s best jazz artists plus some special guests daily Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM. Food trucks will be on site.

Artist Lineup

April 29 at 11:45AM – Calvin Edwards Trio (straight ahead jazz)

April 30 at 11:45AM – Airstream (alternative jazz)

May 1 at 11:45AM – Ariel Pocock Quartet (classic soul jazz)

May 2 at 11:45AM – Shrimp and Grits (modern jazz)

May 3 at 11:45AM – Pharez Whitted Group (straight ahead/modern jazz)

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