Calendar

Dec
8
Sat
#LocalOnly: Family Friend, Kyle Perkins Band, Smelly Felly
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Local Only Saturday presents a TOTALLY FREE bar room matinee show, Saturday December 8th at The Milestone Club in Charlotte, North Carolina
come out & enjoy the sweet sounds of Family Friend(singer/songwriter/guitarist Neil Mauney of Late Bloomer & Pullman Strike), Kyle Perkins Band and Smelly Felly!
bar opens at 4:00PM, music starts at 4:30 or so
ages 18 & up welcome / no cover charge before 7:00PM but the performers have a hat & will gladly accept tips!

Alternative Pop Showcase featuring: MVTCHI, Galaxzi, Messenger Down, and Amy Peters
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

MVTCHI infuses alternative pop beats and soulful vocals. Carried by her rock and roll past, she writes freely and fearlessly. The 24-year-old songwriter is everything strong, sultry, and sad. Central FL born and raised, currently Upstate SC based. Her debut self-produced album ‘COPE’ releases this Fall 2018.

​​Emerging pop vocalist Galaxzi has created a new kind of pop which she has appropriately dubbed ​‘Sci-Pop.’

With a ​synthesis​ of catchy pop melodies, futuristic synth driven beats, sultry vocals,​ ​and an edgy guitar for an added dimension, we are pulled into the iridescent world of Galaxzi. ​Her work meshes themes of apprehension, anxiety, melancholy, love, and longing with  immersions of galactic distances, spacetime, and extraterrestrial life.  

“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… the next Lady Gaga. I’m not kidding. Saw Galaxzi perform down in  Asheville while I was on tour with Alright Junior. She is a badass performer with an amazing voice. Great  talent here, people! Give her a listen!”, Jamie Victor of alt-rock band, ​Alright Junior​.  

Skinkage, Kairos, Haymaker & the Silencing Machine
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

SkinKage
and Kairos.
with special guests Haymaker
and The Silencing Machine

8:00 PM DOORS / 9:00 PM SHOW / AGES 18 & UP 
$8 in advance / $8 day of show (+$2 surcharge for under 21, collected at the door) 

Abbey Road Live
Dec 8 @ 8:30 pm

Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the WHITE ALBUM with Abbey Road LIVE!, the Southeast’s premier Beatles tribute band.

In 1968, The Beatles were at the top of their game. They had ushered in rock’s psychedelic era with their groundbreaking Sgt Pepper album., and successfully completed the transition from mop-topped pop superstars to sophisticated songwriters, Meanwhile their musical output was growing more prolific.

By the summer of 1968, John, Paul, George and Ringo had written so many new songs that a regular two-sided album simply wouldn’t suffice. And so on Nov 22, 1968 they released a double LP simply titled ‘The Beatles’, which immediately came to be known as the WHITE ALBUM. The 4 sides of vinyl contained thirty songs that covered vast swaths of musical ground – rock n roll, blues, folk, country, ska, avant-garde, and even heavy metal.

Come hear the best of the White Album come to life as Abbey Road LIVE! pays tribute to this amazing musical work! Favorites such as ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’, ‘Dear Prudence’, and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ will be performed alongside rarely heard oddities like ‘Bungalow Bill’, ‘Piggies’, and ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun’.

Additionally, the show will include a second set of tunes spanning the entire Beatles catalog!

Bill Noonan Band • Brandy Lindsey & The Punch • David Childers
Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm

Bill Noonan Band

Bill Noonan Band is a retro Country and Western band from Charlotte, NC.

Brandy Lindsey & The Punch:

“It’s like being in a honky-tonk or a greasy rock club that isn’t embarrassed to serve good wine along with Pabst Blue Ribbon.” Knoxville News Sentinel

David Childers:

North Carolina-based singer/songwriter/musician/poet/historian/painter

Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock
Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm

Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing – that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never ‘retro;’ bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie. Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood floor, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, but all Wayne Hancock wants to do, is simply ENTERTAIN you, and what’s wrong with that?

Mickey Stephens
Dec 8 @ 10:30 pm

Mickey Stephens is a songwriter/musician from Northern Ireland. He fronted Irish punk soul band The Mighty Shamrocks but emigrated to America in 1985 to escape the “troubles”. He eventually settled in South Carolina. In Charlotte in 2014, Mickey began recording new songs and enlisted Otis Hughes on bass. Poor Blue was formed from this nucleus with Jeff Kephart on drums and Tom Williams on lead guitar. 

In March 2018, the group released “Wasteground”, a biographical song cycle about Stephens’ childhood and youth during the Northern Irish troubles. This collection of moody, jazz, punk & folk influenced songs about Stephens’ journey through PTSD has been highly praised in America and Europe. 

Berlin DJ Lord Litter: “The album has incredible depth”
John Amen in No Depression: “a sublime work or art”
Mark Kemp in Creative Loafing: “mesmerizing”
Robert Kreutzer in Garagerocktopia: “the very best songs about that period I have heard. The lyrics and music indeed convey the darkness of what that time must have been like.”

Riley Green
Dec 8 @ 11:00 pm

ABOUT RILEY GREEN: Born in Jacksonville, Alabama, Riley Green was raised on the sounds of old traditional Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Gospel music. He learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Bufford Green, who ran Golden Saw Music Hall. Riley shared the stage with him and other men of his generation, laying a foundation for the songs he’d craft in the years to come, reflecting on the experiences of a young Southern man trying to find his place in the world. With a mixture of outlaw-rebellion and respect for tradition, Riley’s original music has already tallied over 51 million streams to date. Currently on his headlining OUTLAWS LIKE US TOUR, Riley has built fierce support traveling the southeast for the last five years growing his loyal fanbase on social media. Named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “Artists You Need to Know,” his recently released IN A TRUCK RIGHT NOW EP on BMLG Records was produced by Dann Huff and features four songs he co-wrote: “There Was This Girl,” “Same Old Song,” “Break Up More Often,” and “In A Truck Right Now.” 

Dec
9
Sun
Robert Glasper
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

“Real music is crash protected,” state the liner notes of Black Radio, a landmark album by the Robert Glasper Experiment that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. Like an aircraft’s black box for which the album is titled, Black Radio holds the truth and is indestructible. Rapper yasiin bey (Mos Def) illuminates the metaphor on the title track:

Big bird falling down on a mountain pass
Only thing to survive the crash 
Black Radio

You wanna fly free go far and fast
Built to last
We made this craft
From Black Radio

Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other in hip-hop and R&B. He’s worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s 2008 album The Renaissance and co-writing the album single “Life Is Better” which featured his label mate Norah Jones. Glasper also serves as the music director in yasiin bey’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell. 

The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “it’s a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,” adding that “he’s equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,” and praising the organic way in which he “builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones.”

Coco Montoya
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

“Stratocaster-fueled, fierce slash-and-burn guitar work…dramatic, smoldering Southern soul-rooted intensity. Montoya’s voice is as expressive as his guitar.” –Washington Post

“Montoya is a show-stopper…Heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn…he swings like a jazz man and stings like the Iceman, Albert Collins. He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation.” –Living Blues

The old Willie Dixon adage, “blues is truth,” perfectly describes the searing, contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist COCO MONTOYA. Taught by the “Master of the Telecaster,” Albert Collins, but with a hard-edged sound and style all his own, Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues’ hardest truths. He earned his status as a master guitarist and soul-powered vocalist through years of paying his dues as a sideman with Collins (first as a drummer) and then with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, before launching his solo career in 1993. Five years of constant touring with Collins and ten years with Mayall turned him into a monster player and dynamic performer. Montoya has released eight solo albums—including three for Alligator between 2000 and 2007—and has played at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. Guitar Player says Montoya plays “stunning, powerhouse blues with a searing tone, emotional soloing, and energetic, unforced vocals.”

Returning to Alligator with his new album, Hard Truth, Montoya delivers one career-topping performance after another, the music immediately ranking among the best he’s ever recorded. Produced by drummer Tony Braunagel (Eric Burdon, Curtis Salgado, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt), the album features eleven songs, each delivering a hard truth of its own. From the radio-friendly, gospel-inspired celebration of love, I Want To Shout About It, to the haunting Devil Don’t Sleep to the icy-hot cover of Albert Collins’ The Moon Is Full, Hard Truth covers a lot of emotional ground. Montoya’s unpredictable guitar playing and smoking soul vocals blend effortlessly with a backing band featuring renowned musicians including bassist Bob Glaub (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis), keyboardist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Taj Mahal), guitarists Billy Watts (Eric Burdon) and Johnny Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt), and Braunagel on drums. Slide guitar master Lee Roy Parnell guests on Lost In The Bottle.

Dec
10
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

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

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Dec 10 @ 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 10 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Brangle at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Dec 10 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Brangle bends a guitar in a way that takes you on a journey through the blues. Blending acoustic/loop and electric guitar styling with interpretations of blues classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, to name a few..
Knocturnal
Dec 10 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 11 @ 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
11
Tue
Celtic Thunder X Tour
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm

A brand new show to celebrate 10 Years of Celtic Thunder with a fantastic performance featuring 27 new songs including traditional and contemporary Irish songs, classic hits, love songs, nostalgic songs and fun retro songs drawn from the soundtrack of our lives. A variety of solo and ensemble numbers featuring something for everyone and showcases the magic that turned Celtic Thunder into a household name in 2008.

Doors 6:30pm. / Show 7:30pm. All dates, acts, & ticket prices subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable service fees via all points of sale. Special Offer! A Celtic Thunder CD is included with every order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer approximately 7 days after your ticket purchase.

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Fri, 30 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Celtic Thunder Fan Club Presale Platinum : Mon, 26 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Celtic Thunder Fan Club Presale Gold : Tue, 27 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Celtic Thunder Fan Club Presale Green : Wed, 28 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Ticketmaster Presale : Thu, 29 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Dec 11 @ 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 11 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

Dec
12
Wed
Underoath
Dec 12 @ 6:45 pm

With eight years having passed since we last heard new music from Underøath, that near decade-length absence weighed heavily upon music lovers’ hearts. When you consider all of the bands that formed using their idiosyncratic power and texture as blueprints (and then hearing those pretenders fail anyway), you can clearly see the hole Underøath left behind. Whatever real-life worries, psychic baggage or other concerns plagued Spencer Chamberlain, Aaron Gillespie, Tim McTague, Chris Dudley, Grant Brandell and James Smith at the time of their 2013 farewell tour, Underøath’s collective consciousness has been fortified by a renewed commitment to their art. On their Fearless Records debut Erase Me, Underøath have added another crucial chapter to their formidable legacy. When the band went in the studio in the summer of 2017 to record their sixth album with producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3), and Ken Andrews (co-founder of acclaimed LA outfit Failure), they knew exactly what they wanted to do as well as what they needed to do. Having already established themselves both as melodic songwriters (2004’s RIAA-Certified Gold record They’re Only Chasing Safety) and as ambitious power merchants (2006’s stentorian, gold-selling Define The Great Line and its majestic follow-up, 2008’s Lost In The Sound Of Separation), the evolution detailed on Erase Me finds them using the sonic dialects they’ve crafted to reveal where they are now. Clearly, Erase Me is the apex where melodic heft, indefatigable power, spatial resonance and arcane electronic textures converge to reveal a band that’s positively fearless. The band who once openly–and without apology–professed their faith-based worldview onstage nightly, have since moved beyond the realm of seemingly impenetrable polemics. At various junctures, Erase Me illustrates those moments of sanctuary, anxiety, betrayal and conflict that inevitably arise when humanity grapples with belief systems. Even with a comeback title seemingly marinating in self-fulfilling prophecy, nobody in their right mind would dare delete Underøath’s measurable contribution to the advancement of post-hardcore and heavy rock. The only thing you need to erase is your patience with their pretenders. Accept no substitutes and your culture won’t feel destitute. It’s great to have Underøath back—especially on their terms.

Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Dec 12 @ 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
Dec 12 @ 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.

Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm

Influenced by a wide range of music genres introduced to him at an early age, Zo! utilizes multiple layers of thick instrumentation to shape his compositions, as demonstrated on his solo albums. While touring his own material regularly, Zo! can also be seen on stage as the keyboardist and Musical Director for GRAMMY-nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange. In 2014, he completed music work for the Adult Swim animated series, Black Dynamite. Zo! co-produced The Foreign Exchange’s 2015 release, Tales From The Land Of Milk and Honey. Zo! released his newest offering, SkyBreak in 2016 along with its accompanying behind-the-scenes, two-time award-winning documentary, Making SkyBreak (2017). Most recently, Zo! has expanded his musical repertoire to include film scoring, completing full scores for two documentaries: Black, White & Blue (2018) and the Northwestern University commissioned, The Takeover (2018). While in production for another upcoming studio release, Zo! is also currently composing music for the newly-acquired IFC sketch-comedy series, Sherman’s Showcase (2019). He continues to emphasize the usage of live instrumentation and raw emotion as the blueprint for his music while continuing to expand his sound with each album release.

Bayside (Acoustic), Golds
Dec 12 @ 8:30 pm

Anthony Raneri – Vocals, Guitar
Jack O’Shea – Lead Guitar
Nick Ghanbarian – Bass
Chris Guglielmo – Drums 

At their inception, BAYSIDE consciously stood apart from the pack and has maintained that commitment to integrity and earnestness for over 18 years. Skipping over pop-punk clichés like landmines and forcefully resisting the fake rebellion and thinly veiled misogyny too often dominating the “scene” around them, BAYSIDE takes their cues from Nirvana and Green Day, never the rulemaking bros.  

Originating in Queens and eventually establishing personal lives and careers that extend across the country, BAYSIDE became a staple of pop-punk and alt-rock world, powered by the strength of sing-a-long ready anthems that are both deeply personal and welcomingly universal. Songs like “Devotion and Desire,” “Sick, Sick, Sick,” “I’ve Been Dead All Day,” and “Blame it on Bad Luck” are cherished by the BAYSIDE faithful, the lyrics brandished like badges of misfit honor.

BAYSIDE represent a lifestyle, a counterculture, and a deeply held conviction, diverse in thought and background but united by a shared desire for authentic expression. It’s a spirit that permeates an impressive and storied discography, including Sirens and Condolences (2004), Bayside (2005), The Walking Wounded (2007, celebrated with a 10 Year Anniversary tour in 2017), Shudder (2008), Killing Time (2011), Cult (one of Kerrang!’s Top Albums of 2014), and Vacancy (2016). 

Take away the distortion, the aggression, and the reckless ferocity that defines much of punk rock, and a great song is still a great song. With a spirit of deconstruction and re-imagination running counter to some bands’ lazy cash-grabbing collections, BAYSIDE returns refreshed and reinvigorated with Bayside Acoustic Volume 2. Twelve years since the band released the fan-favorite EP, Acoustic, BAYSIDE puts forward an incredible blend of instantly recognizable fan-favorites and deep cuts. BAYSIDE’s latest release throws off convention in search of the distilled melodic essence and emotive power of their catalog. These aren’t “stripped down” versions of BAYSIDE songs so much as they are completely new discoveries, refashioned and broadened by possibility.

Unburned by any expectations or preconceived notions, the band made the record quietly and at their own pace, steadily mining their past to build a new vision for the future. Musicianship and artistry is paramount, with a purposeful urgency throughout. “I didn’t have a studio, an electric guitar, or an amp setup in my house for many years of being in the band,” explains frontman Anthony Raneri. “I wrote everything on an acoustic. It always had to be good without the bells and whistles.”

Dec
13
Thu
Live Music at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Dec 13 @ 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. 

KISSmas 2018 with Why Don’t We, Sabrina Carpenter and Bryce Vine
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Merry KISSmas!
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, because KISSmas is back!

That’s right, Kiss 95.1 presents KISSmas 2018, the entertaining holiday concert celebration with some amazing artists.

On December 13th, 2018 at the Rooftop 2019 located in the Epicentre, Why Don’t We, Sabrina Carpenter and Bryce Vine will perform. So mark your calendar and grab your tickets today because this is one-holiday bash you do not want to miss.

This event is all ages. Rain or Shine. All Sales are Final.

Andrew Marlin
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

You may be familiar with Andrew from his involvement with Chapel Hill, NC duo
Mandolin Orange. As the songwriter for the band, Andrew has become known as a
gifted lyricist, producing powerful yet subtle, thoughtfully crafted songs. With Mandolin Orange, Andrew has toured the world, gracing famous stages including the Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Newport Folk Festival, to name just a few.

Buried In a Cape , Andrew’s first solo project, was released September 14, 2018. The
album is a collection of his instrumental work. He wrote the songs on and off the road,
and the recording session was scheduled on a whim at the Butcher Shoppe in
Nashville, TN with Eli West (guitar, banjo), Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle), and Clint
Mullican (bass). The compositions highlight Andrew’s skills as an instrumentalist, while showcasing that his writing skills are not confined to poignant lyricism.

With Buried In a Cape, Andrew follows in the footsteps of his previous accolades . The
Mandolin Cafe said ‘Marlin joins his heroes as a mandolinist of note, and a talent for the ages,’ while Red Line Roots praised the album saying ‘ Buried In a Cape is (in my
opinion) the best record to be released in 2018. For those of you who are already fans
of instrumental music, this will be your go to for years to come. For those who are not
fans of instrumental music, listen to this album and then I’ll say ‘welcome to the club’.’

For these shows, Andrew will be joined by his Buried In A Cape recording band
(Christian Sedelmyer, Eli West, and Clint Mullican). This cast of players have history
with a list of roots music luminaries including Jerry Douglas, Bill Frisell, and Tim O’
Brien alongside their acclaimed solo projects.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

The Hip Abduction, Little Bird
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm

Sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a far away place. Sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music.

The Hip Abduction (THA) began through informal jam sessions and quickly coalesced into a sound that attracted national attention. For “Gold Under the Glow”, the band’s 2016 third full album release, THA engage an indie pop acumen alongside a highly emotive and roots driven sound. The Hip Abduction featuring David New (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson (baritone, tenor sax), Cody Moore  (keyboards, sax), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals) and Justino Lee Walker (guitar, vocals, sitar) have shared stages with the likes of Grace Potter, Galactic, The Revivalists, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Thievery Corporation, Matisyahu, 311, Galactic, Moon Taxi and more.

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Dec 13 @ 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
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.

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.

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.

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
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. 

 

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