Calendar

Jun
23
Sat
Ancient Cities at Heist Brewery
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Formed in North Carolina in 2013 by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Stephen Warwick, Ancient Cities melds well-crafted lyrics with fuzzed-out guitars, hints of psychedelia, and a pop sensibility.
Warwick gained noteriety in 2010 with his lof-fi folk endeavor titled Talking Machine, receiving local acclaim as best song-writer and landing on Shuffle Magazine’s top 10 list of best albums that year.
Seeking a new musicial outlet, Warwick headed back to the studio and enlisted friends to join him in the for . Towards the end of the recordings, Justin Fedor (The New Familiars) joined Warwick and the two set out as a duo for their first tour under the name Ancient Cities, after a dream Warwick had as a child. July 2014 marked the release of Ancient Cities’ self-titled debut album, and they expanded their live sound with the addition of Justin Faircloth (The Houston Brothers) on organ and synth.
They’ve been touring up and down the east coast for a few years playing club dates as well as festivals such as CMJ Music Marathon, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and the prestegious Newport Folk Festival’s 56th anniversary. They were one of three bands chosen by Converse to play Newport, as well as record at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Boston where they started work on their follow-up album Supermoon Blackout. Ancient Cities has been featured in the Vanity Fair and the Village Voice, as well as a series of live videos with famed music sites PASTE Magazine and Live & Breathing. You can catch them this summer/fall out on tour in support of their second album.

Jun
24
Sun
JJ Grey & Mofro at NoDa Brewing Co
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless.

Joshua Davis
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Joshua Davis is an American designer, technologist, author and artist in new media. He is best known as the creator of praystation.com, winner of the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica for ‘Net Vision / Net Excellence”.

Jun
29
Fri
Sons of Bill
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sons of Bill is a band from Charlottesville, Virginia founded by brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, along with bassist Seth Green and drummer Todd Wellons.

Jul
13
Fri
Urban Soil
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailing from Raleigh North Carolina, Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their explosive live shows and polished recordings.  Their studio albums display the uncompromising energy that Urban Soil consistently delivers live, and are a stimulating representation of the band’s skillful-yet–visceral sound.  Urban Soil has the unique ability of capturing the energy of their live shows and translating it to their studio recordings, resulting in an electrifying experience with every listen.

Jul
17
Tue
La Santa Cecilia and Chócala
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

La Santa Cecilia consists accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Ther common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians.

 

Chócala is a sonic amalgamation of Latin rhythms, rock, and jazz with a touch of tropical psychedelia resulting in an experimental yet approachable sound with an infectious groove. The band is fronted by keyboardist Liza Ortiz who’s powerful lyrics about self-assessment and affirmation are earnest, heartfelt, and entirely in Spanish. Michael Anderson (saxophone), Davey Blackburn (percussion), and Claudio Ortiz (bass) playfully harmonize and explore polyrhythmic soundscapes, offering up novel yet familiar experiences with each song.
 
Jul
26
Thu
ZAC CLARK featuring Bob Oxblood
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ZAC CLARK (of Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness) at The Evening Muse

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Jul
28
Sat
Bakalao Stars
Jul 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bakalao Stars, Charlotte’s hottest and most energetic Latin band. Since 2002 Bakalao Stars has played at Charlotte clubs and helped organize the annual Carlotan Rock Festival of local Latino rock music. Their sound is a mixture of influences and genres that range from reggae to Latin ska and punk rock. Bakalao fuses these rhythms to create catchy melodies, which are performed with the highest level of energy and enthusiasm. Over the years, Bakalao Stars has become Charlotte’s most popular Latin band due to their unique style, and their energetic shows.

Jul
29
Sun
Freddy Jones Band
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

One of America’s premiere roots rock acts, Freddy Jones Band (and no, none of the members are actually named Freddy Jones) is fronted by the founding member, guitarist and singer/songwriters Marty Lloyd, joined by bassist Rich Ross, guitarist Stu Miller and drummer, Goose LaPoint.

The band is best known for its number-one hits ‘In A Daydream’ and ‘Take The Time.’ Now, this long-running act is back with their new release, Never Change, helmed by Producers Justin Niebank (Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock) and label partner Timm Martin of Dustimmoff Music.

Marty Lloyd characterizes the sessions for Never Change—which features the hit song “Those Diamonds’ and the project’s title track —as euphoric…“Looking back, our approach to making Never Change was very similar to the historic days down at Muscle Shoals.” he says. “The essence of our sound and songwriting was supported by Justin’s ‘A Team’ cast and the room soared from the first down beat. As recording artists we chase that feeling. It was incredibly uplifting and joyful!”

Justin Niebank, a three-time Grammy winning producer/engineer, adds of the album, “Never Change is the best record I have worked on in years!”

Aug
2
Thu
Greg Humphries Electric Trio at Free Range Brewing
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio‘s debut Lucky Guy finds critically acclaimed artist Greg Humphreys creatively invigorated. He and his accomplished and artistically intuitive bandmates simmer through a collection of sweetly soulful Americana and raucous roots rock that showcases Humphreys’ elegant virtuosity and his heartfelt songwriting.

Aug
12
Sun
The Sword
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
There’s an unspoken edict handed down through the ages when it comes to rock bands: there are no rules.

Nobody picks up a guitar to be constricted or oppressed. It’s all about feeling free artistically. Now, The Sword—John Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums]—cut out boundaries since day one. Their style never stood predicated on a trend or a template. They always create what feels right and let the results speak for themselves.

When it came time to record the group’s fifth full-length album, High Country [Razor & Tie], Cronise landed at something of a spiritual crossroads. Following the final tour for their critically acclaimed Apocryphon, he holed up in his North Carolina home and eventually began writing new songs. The material began to veer into a different space that at the time Cronise felt was somewhat outside of The Sword’s sphere.

“I didn’t even intend for the demos to be Sword songs,” he explains. “But then I realized that I had taken on a sort of limiting view of what The Sword was, and that wasn’t actually what I wanted it to be. I think the new album is more reflective of the music I listen to and where our heads are at collectively. With each of our albums, it’s become less about fury and bombast and more about trying to write good songs. We realized that our music can go wherever we want it to go. There’s no pre-determined course here now, and there never was.”

High Country became new territory for The Sword, and they began doing things differently. That approach included more attention to backing vocals and harmonies, implementing more synthesizers and percussion elements, and tuning to E-flat instead of all the way down to C. As a result, the guitars stand out as more vital and vibrant than ever.

“I felt like the low tuning had become more of a crutch than a tool,” he says. “It was all a matter of trying to keep things fresh, and not fall prey to habits or expectations. We wanted to break out of any classifications and just put out a good rock record.”

Inspired, the boys headed to Church House Recording Studio in Austin, TX to cut High Country with Adrian Quesada of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma producing, Stuart Sykes [The White Stripes] engineering, and J. Robbins mixing. Over the course of four weeks, they hammered out the album’s 15 tracks in the old converted church. Thematically though, Cronise’s head was still in North Carolina.

“There are a lot of lyrical themes that run throughout the album,” he explains. “I live out in the mountains, so nature really inspired the whole record. That’s a large part of the lyrics.”

The title track and first single “High Country” springs from a transfixing guitar melody into a sweeping refrain, illuminating the group’s inherent dynamics. Over those rolling riffs, the singer paints a thought-provoking topography.

“That was actually the first song I wrote that ended up going on the record,” he says. “The title can have quite a few meanings. Physically, it might mean mountains and literal high country, but it can also refer to a plane of being; a place of wisdom and enlightenment.”

“Empty Temples” opens with a psychedelic buzz that quickly ramps up into towering guitars and another robust vocal display evocative of rock’s golden age.

“It’s loose and swinging, but it has these epic moments,” says Cronise. “Lyrically, it’s about letting go of the past and moving on. You just have faith if you embrace change and be unafraid, and you’ll find where you need to go.”

The gathering storm of “Early Snow” eventually gives way to a rapturous horn section, another first for the band, while “Mist and Shadow” stirs up a haze of blues that’s instantly thunderous. “That song is based around riffs written by Bryan, which is a new thing for us. He contributed quite a bit of music to this album, and in many ways it’s our most collaborative work to date.”

Both “The Dreamthieves” and “Tears Like Diamonds” have titles inspired by the work of science fiction author Michael Moorcock, though Cronise insists the lyrics have lives of their own. “I’d prefer to let people interpret the songs how they want,” he says, “which is one reason the lyrics aren’t printed in the album sleeve this time. I think they’re pretty intelligible and accessible, and I didn’t want them to distract from the music.”

The Sword’s impact continues to expand. 2012’s Apocryphon debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest entry on the chart. Since first emerging with 2006’s Age of Winters, the group has been extolled by everyone from Rolling Stone and The Washington Post to Revolver and Decibel. Metallica personally chose them as support for a global tour, and they’ve earned high-profile syncs in movies including Jennifer’s Body and Jonas Åkerlund’s Horsemen. However, High Country is the band’s biggest, boldest, and brightest frontier.

“I want to make positive, uplifting music,” Cronise leaves off. “High Country has moments of darkness and thoughtfulness, as anything I write probably will. But at the end of the day I want to put smiles on people’s faces.”

 
Aug
25
Sat
The Vegabonds and Pierce Edens at Free Range Brewing
Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
With their third European tour under the belt, three full-length albums including a fourth nearing completion, and a gravitational pull to their growing fan base down every American highway, the Vegabonds are on a musical pilgrimage to spread the gospel of pure, unadulterated New South Rock.

Some might assert that their sound is Americana, while others may consider them to be true rock ‘n’ rollers. Regardless of what fans like to call them, the Alabama-born, Nashville-bred quintet is pulling themselves up by the bootstraps just in time for 2018, forging ahead into the future by avoiding pigeon holes.

A group of five musicians with myriad influences between them, The Vegabonds are fronted by lead vocalist and songwriter Daniel Allen, with Richard Forehand (lead guitar/vocals), Paul Bruens (bass), Beau Cooper (keys/vocals), and Bryan Harris (drums) rounding out the quintet.

The Vegabonds released their critically acclaimed record, “What We’re Made Of,” with the help of Grammy-nominated producer Tom Tapley, whose portfolio includes that of Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, among others. Tapley returned to record The Vegabonds’ latest single, “Long Haired Country Boy,” now available on iTunes and Spotify.

“Long Haired Country Boy” gives listeners a taste of the upcoming album slated for early next year as they breathe new life into the Charlie Daniels Band’s country classic. Their modernized rendition of this legendary ballad pays homage to the hard-working, blue-collar lifestyle of the Deep South, but with an electrified, psychedelic intensity that only The Vegabonds can conceive. As they steadily become one of the most sought after, highly-acclaimed Southern Rock bands in music, The Vegabonds’ roots run deep, even alongside the fan base having now extended across the U.S. and Europe. Their devotion to music and their tireless tour schedule illustrates their laser-sharp focus on growing into one of the biggest names out of Nashville, while never forgetting their humble beginnings.

The Vegabonds got their start in 2009 by playing the college circuit across the Southeastern United States. Their popularity quickly burgeoned to the point that they found their fans singing along word-for-word to their first hits like “Georgia Fire” and “American Eyes.” From Ole Miss to South Carolina, students were buzzing about The Vegabonds’ authentic sound and their seemingly effortless ability to bring the house down. Through pure word of mouth, the group’s fan base grew rapidly, and the guys learned they had something distinctive with their eclectic mix of Southern Rock, Country, and earnest songwriting.

With a sound reminiscent of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers mixed with the grit and twang of the Allman Brothers Band, The Vegabonds give their fans a sensational performance with powerhouse guitar riffs and impactful songwriting night after night. Their hard work and unbridled talents have not gone unnoticed; the group has opened for such notable acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the late Gregg Allman, and Kid Rock, among others. Rousing performances at festivals like Peach Fest, Magnolia Fest, Sunfest, and Toadlick grew their notoriety nationwide, leading to a west coast tour that formed in-roads with the music and comedy community in Los Angeles. It’s no wonder that Live for Live Music has compared them to musical legends like My Morning Jacket and The Black Crowes, calling them “a force to be reckoned with,” complete with “gorgeous harmonies and impressive instrumental skills mak[ing] for a perfect combination.”

With their focus on growth, The Vegabonds have much in store for old and new fans alike. Upon returning from their third European tour, the band’s focus will shift to perfecting their highly-anticipated new album, slated for release in early 2018. With a new management and publicity team behind them, their New South Rock sound is destined to reach an even broader audience than ever before. The band is excited to bring in new blood to achieve their overall strategic vision.

Born in Alabama. Bred in Nashville. Seasoned by the Road. Celebrated the world over. Come let your hair down with The Vegabonds.

-Liz Bogie

The Vegabonds are…

Daniel Allen (Lead Vocals)
Richard Forehand (Guitars/Vocals)
Paul Bruens – (Bass)
Beau Cooper – (Keys/Vocals)
Bryan Harris – (Drums)

 
Aug
26
Sun
Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Revue
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mike Farris is a renaissance man. He is the only artist who can claim rights to GRAMMY@, Americana, and Dove awards, which is a testament to the broad reach of his musical spectrum.

Following the dissolution of his band, The Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, he joined up with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s backing band, and Rock & Roll Hall Fame alumni, Double Trouble in support of their debut album. Then, launching his own solo career he began to explore and reinterpret black spiritual music by own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 GRAMMY® award for Best Roots Gospel Album.

He has appeared at top festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Merlefest, Telluride & Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and so many more, electrifying audiences with the impact of his live performance. He has contributed vocals to Patty Griffin’s GRAMMY®-winning Downtown Church project, as well as Rodney Crowell’s album, Tarpaper Sky. Additionally, Farris was invited to be a featured performer in 2011 at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert honoring Aretha Franklin along side such acts as Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, and Ronald Isley. Most recently he performed on Austin City Limits for their inaugural “Hall of Fame Show” into which Willie Nelson and Double Trouble were inducted.

Aug
31
Fri
The Company Stores at Free Range Brewing
Aug 31 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Company Stores have been hard at work over the last four years as a band. Since their start as a full band in May 2013 they have released two albums, have been on the iconic Mountain Stage Radio Show, countless festivals including Deep Roots Mountain Revival, Camp Barefoot, and Blue Plum Festival, and have toured all over the east coast. Their latest album “Little Lights”, released in April 2017, has received countless positive reviews proclaiming it as one of the best regional releases of the year.

Mother Church Pew writes, “Little Lights features the sultry sassitude of frontwoman Casey Litz against a fiery backdrop of musicality that begs for a festival-sized stage and a whole lot of sunshine. It’s punchy, it’s poignant, and it’s perfect.” The album was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville, NC with Grammy Award winning record producer Julian Dryer.

From the first track’s, “Strip It Away”, subtle fade in to the shining epic ending of the final title track “Little Lights”, the album is a roller coaster ride of musical genres, moods, and emotions. Fiddler and trumpeter Joe Cevallos jokingly explains “We used the Forrest Gump method in our music. Our album is like a box of chocolates.” Guitarist and song writer, Matthew Marks, goes on to say “I think I identify certain moods with certain genres. If I’m super confident, then something funky like ‘So Good’ comes out. If I’m feeling sad or angry, then heavy blues rock comes out in songs like ‘Love Me Again’. ”

“Little Lights” is definitely an eclectic piece of art. Songs range from the funky first single “So Good” and dark blues rock feel of “Love Me Again”, to the driving electric folk rock songs of “Fall From Heaven” and “Shenandoah Fall”. The album also boasts the song “Nightingale”, which was inspired by the early 20th century composition “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The album’s final track, “Little Lights”, based on the suicide of Marks’ lifelong friend, gives a hopeful and inspiring finish to the album. Online music magazine Dope Cause We Said says ” Little Lights is an album that takes the listener on a contemplative, modern American journey.”

The name “The Company Stores” is a throwback to the old coal mines of West Virginia. It refers to system set up by coal companies during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where they paid the miners in “scrip” or “coal money” that was only good at the “company store”. This form of indentured servitude kept miners and their families in bondage to the coal companies, and was a classic case of the rich and powerful exploiting the poor. This name not only shows the bands heritage, but also the gritty, yet hopeful feel of their music and the meaning behind many of their songs about the struggles of the common man. When talking about the band name, vocalist Casey Litz added, “In a coal town, the Company Store had a little bit of everything. I think that sums the band up pretty well.”

 
Oct
7
Sun
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Neighborhood Theatre

Facebook Event

Oct
12
Fri
Rare Creatures w/ Grayson Foster
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm

Formed initially as an experiment in diverse songwriting, Rare Creatures has grown into a full on rock spectacle. Their sound navigates between heavy synth rock and melodic acoustic rhythms seamlessly from song to song, switching it up around every corner. Influenced by bands from Alt-J to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, with some ethnic spices sprinkled in for good measure. The group is fronted by Coleman Sawyer on vocals and guitar, with Hugh Camp on bass and synthesizer, Aaron Reece on lead guitar, and Logan Crank banging the drums. Their debut album was released on July 27th, 2018.
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Grayson Foster is so totally indie it’s totally not even funny. Hailing from Charlotte, NC and currently living in Nashville, TN Grayson is writing all kinds of music but keeping the most honest and personal music for this project…

He spins J-MAY, Bahamas, and The Postal Service on the reg and thinks that tremolo pedals are pretty chill.

He is also a Jedi.

Facebook event

Oct
13
Sat
Diamonds and Whiskey with special guest Gladshot
Oct 13 @ 10:30 pm

Where the swamps of Louisiana meet the hills of North Carolina, a new sound emerges. 

Diamonds and Whiskey have their mail sent to Charlotte, North Carolina as they black snake moan all over the country, stomping and storming a sweet strong molasses of what they call their ‘Dark Country Voodoo.’ For them, it’s tour, tour, tour!

Made up of Von Bury’s finely chopped and grinding guitar riffs, and deliciously glazed and fired up by singer Jennifer Lauren’s swamp-siren vocals, their pine and swagger is anchored and swung by drummer Christopher McKinney’s beats and brushes. 

Dark Country Voodoo is also the name of their debut, and its combination of barroom beauty and backwoods danger is a potent blend of the previous groups the front duo did time in: For Jennifer, Henry River Honey, and for Von Bury, Lovesucker, Red All Over, and Chelsea Daggers. Christopher was in The Coming Dawn, and Blue Static, among others. Charlotte duo Diamonds and Whiskey is introducing Dark Country Voodoo to the world.
For the album Dark Country Voodoo, they hooked up with Seattle music maven Graig Markel (the Animals at Night, Dead Ship Sailing), a multi-genre producer and engineer with incredibly spontaneous and creative instincts for covering sounds, especially roots music. Von Bury says, ‘He’s world class, pays attention to all the details, literally fills in all the blanks. All the slide work and acoustic guitar work is Graig.’

For further description of the Diamonds and Whiskey alchemy, Von Bury offers up handles ‘Classic alt-country, swampy New Orleans-rooted rock with an indie sensibility.’ ‘It’s a true-blood kind of sound,’ Jennifer says. They tap into the red, red blood of American music, touching base with everything intoxicating and heart-palpitating from The Zac Brown Band, The Black Angels, Allison Kraus, Tanya Tucker, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Darius Rucker, to Garth Brooks.

Jennifer loves her sangria and her guns, and that explains both the raw-sugar pleasuring and forceful kick of her mighty words. She brings her ideas in to Von Bury, who then woodsheds the entire song with her till it’s something brand new they can both be super proud of. 

Diamonds and Whiskey is as valuable as their name implies; it’s hard-cost music, and worth experiencing no matter how melancholy or angry it gets, as every moment can spill over into a rich feeling of good changes coming, and life well worth loving.
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Gladshot
Considering they’ve already worked on everything from a “dystopian rock musical” (Barcode) to songs that scored TV shows on TNT, ABC and MTV – and after wrapping up a live set on WFMU’s Goddamn Dave Hill show where they lit up Dave’s message board and then went on to headline a sold out NYC show – it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Debb Andrews and Mike Blaxill are at the peak of their creative powers on the new Gladshot album These Are Vitamins. Released in the fall of 2017, its their second effort with super producer John Agnello (Drive by Truckers, Son Volt, Waxahatchee), who continues to perfect the push-and-pull dynamics Mike and Debb perfected on their last EP, Maxwell’s Cool Demon. 

It’s something they’ve been working on ever since the two met at a songwriter collective that performed and critiqued one another’s songs. At the time, Mike and his propulsive guitar were on more of a roots-rock tip, and Debb pulled in pop influences and the serious jazz skills that earned her a National Endowment for the Arts nod and lessons with the legendary pianist Joanne Brackeen (a session player and live performer for such esteemed musicians as Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, and Stan Getz). 

Now Gladshot can be best described as bold garage band, striking a perfect balance between amaericana and psychedelic music. Not to mention reflecting such varied influences as the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, AC/DC, Crowded House, Marvin Gaye, and the road-tested records of Cherry Glazerr, Langhorne Slim, and Speedy Ortiz. 

“We each generate our own musical ideas,” the pair explains, “then we get together to decide what will be a song. Once it’s written, one of Debb’s favorite things is coming up with keyboard parts—cool ones that meld into the song, the way Nicky Hopkins does on ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ or ‘She’s a Rainbow’. They inspire her to keep it all lo-fi and simple.”
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Oct
14
Sun
Ana Popovic
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm

L.A. based, Belgrade born guitar-player and singer ANA POPOVIC is back on the road promoting her new triple album TRILOGY – Her most ambitious project yet. 

With TRILOGY Ana releases three albums in one! Twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy) and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and many others.

The only female guitarist part of the ‘all-star’ Experience Hendrix 2014 – ’17 line-up about the release: ‘In an era where most are skeptic about the current state and future of the music industry, I wanted TRILOGY to tell a different story. The record biz might be broken and Spotify might rip us off, but that can’t keep an artist down. Creativity is very much alive, and music is the celebration of life.’

Oct
18
Thu
Albert Cummings
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm

Entertaining audiences from his phenomenal guitar work to his incredibly impassioned lyrics and overall songwriting prowess – one thing has certainly become clear about Albert Cummings’ music: He is FAR MORE than simply just the guitarist or the bluesman he’s often painted as by fans and the media alike. He offers the complete package.

Though undoubtedly a masterful guitar player who burst onto the blues rock scene in the early 2000’s and almost immediately began gaining praise in that realm, his latest release “Live at the ‘62 Center” further portrays not only his versatility as singer/songwriter and live performer but as an artist first and foremost.
This comes to fruition in the true spontaneity and creative spirit of the album, in which he put together a newly formed version of his usual trio that afternoon of the October, 2016 recording. With longtime friend and Grammy Winner Jim Gaines behind the soundboard, what comes through in both sight and sound is an incredible journey into the live performance world and true artistry of one of today’s most seasoned musicians.

Oct
20
Sat
SeepeopleS, Trismalux
Oct 20 @ 10:30 pm

The anti-genre indie pranksters SeepeopleS have been a band for 17 years. The band, which is the brainchild of bandleader/songwriter/producer Will Bradford, has released 5 full length albums and 2 EPs on their own imprint, RascalZRecordZ. It would be an accurate statement to say that there isn’t a single band on the planet that covers as much ground musically, or traverses through as many musical universes as SeepeopleS does. Musicians have long since taken notice and members of Morphine, Spearhead, Dave Matthews Band (Tim Reynolds), and even members of Parliament/Funkadelic are featured on previous albums. All seven records were co-produced by Will Holland (Pixies, New Pornographers, Dead Can Dance) The band has toured ceaselessly, playing over 1500 shows in 46 states during their long career. Most importantly, SeepeopleS features songwriting that is the definition of timelessness and lyrically have been busy writing the most important musical anthems of our generation. It may be long after our lifetimes before this band gets their due, but they certainly will. Nothing this good can remain hidden forever. 

Trismalux is a genre melting, 4 piece band from Charlotte, NC. After forming in 2016 and a year of incubation, the tastes, styles and backgrounds of 4 very different musicians fused into a unique blend of Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll fusion. With the improvisational tendencies of Jazz musicians, the lyrical inclinations of a Rapper and the structure of a rock band Trismalux strives to reach their branches into the electronic future with their roots firmly planted in live instrumentation. Often asking “what would Jazz be if it were born today?”.

Oct
26
Fri
Driftwood, Zack DuPont
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm
When Driftwood released its first full-length album, Rally Day, recorded in their hometown of Binghamton, a unique sound transpired that reflected not only the working-class ethos of an upstate New York town, but a coalescing of identity, influence, and uninhibited musical spirit.

“It’s sometimes tough to keep any sort of focus on style or sound when you have three different songwriters,” guitarist Dan Forsyth conceded. Longtime friend and banjoist Joe Kollar offers, “I consider our sound to be more of an attitude and an approach – the result of all of our influences in a completely open musical forum where the only stipulation is to create it from the heart.” “Really Driftwood is a song based group,” fiddler Claire Byrne added incisively.

And even though they come from different directions, the three founding members – along with bassist Joey Arcuri – tend to end up at the same place.

That unity, as well as the joy derived from playing together, can be heard throughout City Lights. It takes them on a familiar road and serendipitous evolution, replete with folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock, depending on their personal moods and their songs’ needs.

 
Zack Dupont a Burlington, VT based, independent songwriter and guitarist. Active since 2008, music has lead him all over America to festivals like SXSW, The Cambridge River Fest and Grand Point North sharing the stage in support of nationally touring acts like Taj Mahal, Sturgill Simpson, Grace Potter, Blake Mills, Suzanne Vega, Julian Lage, Jerry Douglas, Bahamas, Sam Amidon and Pat Benatar to name a few. Poetic lyrical imagery, finger style guitar work and a comforting-humorous stage presence creates a working landscape in which Dupont dwells. 

“I want to create music that is a sound track of the human brain and experience. I have a strong belief that people should be able to see or hear themselves in the songs without any limitations. It’s an environment where people are free to be exactly where or who they need to be in that shared moment. “ – Zack Dupont

“Simply put, Dupont is an elite guitarist. Here and throughout the album, his attention to dynamic subtlety — in addition to immaculate technical polish and engaging melody lines — is remarkable. 

Similarly, Dupont’s vocal performance is intimate, nuanced and affecting. He appears to take as much care with his hushed delivery as he does with his impressively understated guitar work.

The Oh Hellos with Samantha Crain
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
THE OH HELLOS

The Oh Hellos are Maggie and Tyler Heath, intentionally-independent self-produced musicians hailing from the great state of Texas. The siblings bend and blend styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock. Joined on stage by a rotating cast of characters, sometimes as many as 13, The Oh Hellos weave a sound that is one moment intimate, the next explosive and joyful.
 
Samantha Crain

“To make an impact as an artist, you have to make people a little uncomfortable,” says Samantha Crain. The musician believed so strongly in this ethos, that she started by shaking up her approach to songwriting. By radically rethinking the way she wrote and recorded her fifth album, ‘You Had Me at Goodbye’ (out March 24 on Ramseur Records), Crain has managed to put her wholly original aural fingerprint on pop music.

“Oh, Dear Louis,” the release’s first single, makes no mistake of Crain’s new voice. Brightly harmonic, it deftly bridges the song’s off-kilter rhythms with sharp strings. “Many pop songs have a lot of cool key changes, modulations, clever lyrics,” she says. “I wanted to show that pop music isn’t usually common, uneducated, or uncreative.”

Until now, the musician’s soulful-nightingale voice had been invested in plaintive, rootsy compositions cut from the Bob Dylan cloth. Based on word of mouth, the organic success of Crain’s debut, The Confiscation, an EP of evocative narratives, had crescendoed into 2014’s Kid Face, for which Rolling Stone singled her out as an Artist to Watch. By the time she dropped the gracefully outspoken Under Branch & Thorn & Tree a year later, Crain—who by then had toured with the Avett Brothers, First Aid Kit, and Neutral Milk Hotel—was anointed one of Oklahoma’s most earnest, underrated storytellers since Woody Guthrie.

Oct
27
Sat
Kenny George Band EP Release, Ben Sutton
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Music’s elders and icons established the initial template for Rock ‘n’ Roll, but it’s the newer generation that keeps it thriving and moving forward. So credit the Kenny George Band for doing exactly that. Comprised of Kenny George (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), Bucky Brown (drums, harmony vocals), Center Ely (steel guitar), Brooks Andrews (bass) and Scott Rankin (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), this hardworking ensemble has earned their stripes the hard way. Performing an average of 150 to 180 shows per year throughout the heartland, they bring their music to the masses one gig at a time.

“Our goal has always been to connect with our audiences,” George insists. “Our music is honest and organic, and we deliberately avoid pretence. We may seem like a ragtag bunch, but there’s a passion, purpose and sincerity that underscores everything we do, and hopefully that’s apparent even the first time you hear us play.”

Hailing from Aiken, South Carolina, the Kenny George Band has created an indelible impression with fans throughout the Southeast and Midwest, playing 250 concerts in the last two years alone. They’ve travelled the highways and byways between North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Missouri, reconnecting with their fervent followers and picking up new fans along the way. Their explosive live performances have made them a band on the brink of a breakout, and it’s little wonder that in 2016, they were voted South Carolina Artists to Watch by the South Carolina Music Guide.

Tempered by the time they’ve spent on the road, the band’s latest album, Borrowed Trouble, looks at life, longing and relationships through the vast spectrum of constant tours and travel. Like the road itself, it dips and sways, advancing not in a straight line, but rather in a series of circuitous twists and turns that reveal a uniquely personal perspective every step along the way. These are songs infused with tattered circumstance and a view of life as seen looking out the windows of one’s touring van, where miles of highway offer plenty of time for reflection and contemplation. The music is underscored by a drive and determination that makes it both engaging and enlightening in equal measure. It’s melodic, it’s measured, and it’s often gritty, but it’s a sound that resonates in ways that are both tender and tenacious.

That’s no accident. George himself has been drawn to music most of his life. He picked up the violin at the age of eight, but didn’t take to formal lessons, so he then took up bass. Eventually though, he decided that guitar would be the better match. “My dad told me that the guitar players get all the girls,” he laughs. “So he bought me my first guitar as a gift when I graduated from junior high. I learned to make music on that guitar and I’m pleased to say I still have it to this very day.”

Oct
28
Sun
An Evening With Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is touring in support of its latest release, Phosphorescent Harvest. Praised by Rolling Stone as “at once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic,” it’s the band’s third long-playing album for Silver Arrow Records. Robinson declares: ‘We’ve created a piece of rock ‘n’ roll here. People can look to us and rest assured the genre is alive and well. 

The CRB (as they are affectionately known by fans) made an immediate impact upon their boldly unconventional debut in early 2011. They would play close to 50 shows over nine weeks in California before ever leaving the Golden State. In fact, they’d wait until 2012 to truly introduce themselves nationally with the release of two sprawling studio albums: Big Moon Ritual (June 2012) and The Magic Door (September 2012), which showcase a freewheeling improvisational chemistry, but with songwriting depth to back it up. The band—Robinson (Lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam Macdougall (keys, vocals), Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) and Tony Leone (drums)—would further develop their identity as a self-defined “farm to table psychedelic rock band” over a 118-show stretch. Late 2013 saw the fruits of this labor forever captured by legendary tape priestess, Betty Cantor-Jackson (Grateful Dead), on the eight-sided limited-edition vinyl release Betty’s S.F. Blends Volume 1, which documented a glorious five night run the previous December at San Francisco’s famed Great American Music Hall. 

Nov
2
Fri
Patrick Sweany, with Early James & the Latest
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm

Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.

On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy – it’s his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own. 

It’s no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad’s extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants. 

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide – with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style. 

But Patrick wouldn’t stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed him to form a band. 

After 6 critically acclaimed records (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and Europe. He’s played premiere festivals (Newport Folk Fest, Merlefest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews) and supported international acts such as The Black Keys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour. 

Early James & The Latest:
 
While drawing influences from both old and new, we attempt a unique spin on something that has been spun many times over. A combination of Blues, Folk, and Jazz that will not only knock your socks off, but put them back on for you afterwards.
Thorp Jenson, Erin & The Wildfire
Nov 2 @ 10:30 pm

Thorp Jenson:

Richmond, Va.-based guitarist Thorp Jenson creates the kind of music that makes you want to spend all night in a Southern dive bar and wake up the next morning just to drive across the country—and his songs are at home in either scenario.

‘A singer-songwriter’s workbook of soulful, free spirited rock anchored with intriguing storytelling’ – Yahoo Music

‘Disarmingly catchy songwriting and free-spirited knack for blending the kind of anthemic, psych tinged indie rock and Americana perfect for echoing out across the festival masses’ – No Depression Magazine

 

Erin & The Wildfire:

Erin & The Wildfire is a Charlottesville-based band that has been steadily carving out a reputation for themselves in recent years as one of the most captivating live acts to come out of Central Virginia since their formation in 2012. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist and Fincastle native Erin Lunsford, the band has been making waves throughout Virginia stirring up their unique sonic melting pot of rock, soul, and funk. The group’s striking sound, goofy charm, and relentless work ethic has propelled them to some of the Commonwealth’s biggest stages, including main stage spots at Roosterwalk and Lockn Festival, as well as back-to-back appearances at Floydfest.

Nov
3
Sat
Ghostland Observatory
Nov 3 @ 9:00 pm

Ghostland Observatory’s entire approach to music – sonically, aesthetically, conceptually – is essentially a melding of the two distinctly different personalities of its two members, Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens. Whereas Turner, the producer/drummer/keyboardist of the duo, finds solace in the minimal, bleak cable-patch squawks of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the analog-disco-thump of Giorgio Moroder, Behrens’ interests lie more along the lines of psychedelia, rock and various country and blues artists.

The result is a shimmering, pulsing pop music that is at once kinetically alive with Behrens’ striking vocals and driving guitar work but also anchored firmly by Turner’s percussive beats and Moog-generated melodies and hooks. Common descriptions include “electro-dance rock,” “synth-funk” and “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk.”

Deciding to produce a style of music that as yet existed only in their collective consciousnesses; Behrens and Turner formed Ghostland Observatory in Austin in 2003 and haen’t looked back since. They now sell out prominent venues across the country, have played at Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, Coachella and the Austin City Limits music festival, which they headlined, and continue to play at various music festivals and venues around the globe to an ever increasing fan base, thanks to their now-famous live shows.

The duo has released four albums to date, all on Turner’s label, Trashy Moped Recordings: Delete.Delete.I.Eat.Meat…, Paparrazi Lightning, Robotique Majestique and their latest offering, Codename: Rondo, which was recorded in Turner’s Austin studio.

Nov
4
Sun
Peter Holsapple Combo
Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm

Peter Holsapple’s first four decades in the music business have provided the world at large with a raft of memorable song craft, recordings of taste and originality, and travels with some of the finest musicians performing. Holsapple has navigated a snaky course through the annals of modern power pop with quality tunes like The dB’s “Love Is For Lovers” or Continental Drifters’ “Invisible Boyfriend.” His versatility on sundry instruments has made him the go-to auxiliary player for groups like R.E.M. and Hootie and the Blowfish. He’s played the Apollo Theatre and the Ryman Auditorium. His songs have been played and recorded by Marti Jones, Don Dixon, the Troggs, Claire Lynch, Nada Surf, Bully, the Golden Palominos, Foster & Lloyd and Megafaun. Recently, Holsapple is a charter member of the songwriter collective podcast Radio Free Song Club, where he has turned in a perfect record for submissions over thirty-one episodes since December 2009. He is still waiting for his gold star. Meanwhile, in 2017, after two years of successful appearances at 30A Songwriters Festival, Holsapple has released a new 7” 45 rpm single “Don’t Mention The War” b/w “Cinderella Style” on his own Hawthorne Curve Records.

Morning Teleportation, Desert Noises
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm

Morning Teleportation: Morning Teleportation is a psychedelic rock band formed in 2009 when Bowling Green, Kentucky natives Travis Goodwin (keyboards) and Tiger Merritt (vocals/guitar), who had just moved to their hometown for college. In the last few years they have played at Electric Forest Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Sasquatch! Music Festival and supporting the likes of The Flaming Lips, Cage The Elephant, Primus and Modest Mouse.

Desert Noises: Desert Noises is back. Hailing from Provo, UT the band toured extensively throughout the years playing major festivals and venues of all sizes. After a brief hiatus, all four original members are ecstatic about playing music together again and continuing the journey that started over a decade ago. This extended break saw the guys dive into individual artist projects and tours with other bands such as, Cage the Elephant, RayLand Baxter, Wild Child, Harpooner, Dove & the Wolf, Nightingail, and Microwave Mountain. Now, Desert Noises returns to the scene more focused, wiser, and more inspired than ever. 

After recording and releasing two new songs (summer 2017) in Austin, TX with some help from members of Wild Child and Shakey Graves. They have started work on a new full length album in their relocated home of Nashville, TN. It’s a familiar sound – echoes of the spatial landscapes in Mountain Sea, the visceral growl in 27 Ways, and peak yearning from singer-songwriter Kyle Henderson. There’s no telling how high this mountain is that they are climbing, but for four friends from the desert, climbing is what makes them feel at home.

Nov
6
Tue
Los Lonely Boys
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm

Los Lonely Boys AUSTIN, Texas – Lots of musicians compare their careers to roller-coaster rides, but Los Lonely Boys have had so many close-your-eyes-and-hang-on moments in the 14 years since they recorded their self-titled debut, they should buy an amusement park.

The story of how the Garza brothers – vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist and drummer/ vocalist Ringo – rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. But the story of how they’ve persevered in the face of subsequent challenges is just as compelling. In 2013, they canceled 43 shows and paused work on their last album, Revelation, after Henry was seriously hurt when he fell from a stage in Los Angeles. A couple of years previously, vocal cord nodules had forced Jojo to stop singing for months. And in 2015, their mother passed away.

Their strong brotherly bond helped them through those rough spots – just as it did when they made the hard decision to step out from under their father’s musical leadership and form their own band after performing with him since childhood. The desire to follow their musical muse still drives them today, according to Jojo.

“There is no rest for those who are chosen to be musicians,” he says. “Ideas for songs are constant. We are being charged with what will be spread through our songs. We want to make music that brings people together.

John Nolan, Never Home
Nov 6 @ 9:00 pm

John Nolan:  Welcome to Abendigo, John Nolan’s third solo album. Earlier this year, after writing an album’s worth of songs, John took some time in May and spent two weeks at Barber Shop Studios in Hopatcong, NJ and Sapone Studio in Bethpage, NY. Working with producer / mixer Mike Sapone and engineer Brett Romnes, John was able to capture the energetic vocals and musicianship he
envisioned for this endeavor. Abendigo features John on guitar, bass, piano and vocals, Brett Romnes (Movielife, I Am The Avalanche) on drums and Josh Knowles on violin and backing vocals. Abendigo blends rock with elements of electronic and ambient music to create something
stylistically different than his first two records. “This album combines sounds and styles in a way I never have before. Lyrically it also combines approaches in a new way. It shifts from the personal
to societal, direct to abstract and deals with loss and happiness equally. In the end though, it all fits
together to form a cohesive album,” said Nolan.
On November 6th John and his band will begin a US tour that is more extensive than he’s done in the past and will cover most of the country. “We had this nice window of time off and I really enjoy playing with these guys, so I decided to make the most of it,” states Nolan. Starting in Charlotte,
North Carolina, the tour will cover the North East, Mid-West and West Coast, concluding in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 28th. Nolan will be joined by all of the same band from his February run, featuring Anthony Natoli on guitar, Mark Eriksen on drums, Camille Nolan on piano and Zach Kirsimae on bass. This talented group also performed on John’s live album that was recorded in April. Their set will feature songs from all three solo albums as well as Straylight Run’s full lengths and EP’s.

When John isn’t busy with solo work, he writes, records and performs in Taking Back Sunday.

Never Home: Never Home is inspired by the pop-punk bands of their youth (blink-182, New Found Glory, Sum 41) as well as the heavy hitters of modern day pop-punk (The Story So Far, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep). They combine the fun, melodic nature of the earlier generations of pop-punk with the aggression and attitude of the current generation. Listen for yourself on their self-titled EP, coming June 22nd.

Nov
9
Fri
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore:

On Stage Together! 

Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences. 

Though Texas born Gilmore was twice named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone, and California native Alvin first came to fame in the hard rocking rhythm and blues band The Blasters, they discovered that their musical roots in old blues and folk music are exactly the same. In these spontaneous shows, audiences enjoyed classic original compositions from the two, and also songs from a wide spectrum of songwriters and styles – from Merle Haggard to Sam Cooke to the Young Bloods. Mutually energized and inspired by these performances, Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again in 2018…

this time with a full band, an album, Downey to Lubbock and some new stories to share.

 

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters are on tour with their latest album, a self-titled disc released June 9, 2017 on Organic Records. Lyrically driven, the songs of Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

“This is a band that does everything right,” says Goldmine’s Mike Greenblatt. “Platt deserves all that might come to her over this, her fifth (and best) album. Backed by pedal steel, electric guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, and vocal harmony, it’s Platt’s show as she writes, sings and co-produces. Complete with lyrics of introspection with the kind of words you can chew on long after the album ends, it also works on a lighter level by dint of the fact that it just sounds so damn good. Go as deep as you want. It’s all good, as they say.”

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Amanda is a storyteller by nature with an incredible band backing her. Performing along with Amanda Anne Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and guitar, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and guitar.

There is an empathetic and charming wit ingrained in Amanda’s songwriting. She has a knack for accessing a deep well of emotion and applying it to her story-telling, whether she is writing from her own experiences or immersing herself into the melody of emotions in another person’s life.

“She’s soothing (even in the hurtin’ songs) and sobering (except for the drinkin’ songs) and nuanced in a way that I think tops even those rather famous ladies of the moment named Margo and Kacey… I’d be hard pressed to find a finer string of recordings from any band working in the classic country/mountain tradition in these last five years,” writes Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst.

LISTEN: https://open.spotify.com/album/3y3Zrv42YZur33craetflX
LOOK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K168ib7ltTc

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Darla
Nov 9 @ 10:30 pm – Nov 10 @ 12:30 am

Darla is a 7-piece instrumental band from Philadelphia. Since forming in 2014, the group has honed their palette of funk and rock grooves, drawing from their origins in the Philadelphia DIY basement scene and influences of 1970s funk and fusion. The Darla sound is an accessible one—free from over-complication and over-indulgence. Fronted by saxophonists Wil Schade and David Bartler, the duo acts as the vocal core of the group, layering catchy melodies atop the methodical, feel-focused rhythm section of Michael Morrongiello (bass), Brendan Monahan (guitar), Jake Held (baritone guitar), Kosta Johnson (keys), and Richard Straub (drums). This talented group of non-conservatory musicians gets every crowd in the dancing mood with their raw, unpolished energy.

Darla has shared the stage with the likes of George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, KNOWER, The Disco Biscuits, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Kamasi Washington, Bill Laurance, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles. The band works closely with the legendary engineer and member of The Butcher Brothers, Phil Nicolo (Ms. Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, BonJovi, Bob Dylan) of Phil’s Records.

Nov
10
Sat
The Dirty Guv’nahs
Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An Evening with THE DIRTY GUV’NAHS at Neighborhood Theatre

511 E 36th St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28205 

 

The Dirty Guv’nahs are an American Southern rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee. Known for enthusiastic live shows, the band was continually named the Best Band in Knoxville by readers of the alternative newspaper, Metro Pulse

Nov
11
Sun
Toubab Krewe, The Get Right Band
Nov 11 @ 8:00 pm

Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.

Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, STYLO, (March 2nd, 2018). What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drumset), Drew Heller (guitar, organ), Justin Kimmel (bass, keys), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, Congas, Dundun, Sangban, Kinkini) have wrought on STYLO reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their last studio album, TK2.

This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they’ve exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury and Wakarusa, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets’ Umar Bin Hassan or Uncle Earl’s Rayna Gellert, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community.

Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group’s travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they’ve learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.

Nov
12
Mon
The Monday Night Allstars
Nov 12 @ 10:00 pm
The All-Stars were a Monday night tradition at The Double Door Inn. 

It all came about when Les Moore said ‘How ’bout me getting a few of my buddies (also some of the best Charlotte musicians) together to form a band to play off-night Monday night?’ And The Double Door Inn said go for it! Never in the history of the Charlotte music scene has a group come on so strong to draw a crowd and develop a fan base on a Monday night. Most people thought it could never happen on Mondays in Charlotte.

The MNAS’s, band members offer up their take on a variety of cover songs (the set list runs the gamut from Bob Marley to Earth, Wind & Fire). A diverse, and often large, crowd will dance and sing along, sometimes dropping their jaws at the talent that’s present on stage. They don’t call them ‘All-Stars’ for nothing.

Shana Blake -Vocals
Ziad Rabie – Saxes,Flutes,Vocals
Rick Blackwell – Bass & Vocals
Jim Brock – Percussion
Dustin Hofsess – Guitar & Vocals
Chris Allen – Drums & Vocals

Nov
15
Thu
SondorBlue, The Brook & the Bluff
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm

SondorBlue:

The members of Charleston, South Carolina’s SondorBlue have the markers of the so-called ‘New Bohemian’ movement – with focus on a healthy lifestyle, brotherly love, and individuality. From TIME Magazine in the US to THE GUARDIAN in the UK, people are talking about the return to this free-thinking way of life. While SondorBlue is a rock band writing tight pop songs, they share the relentless touring schedule, the fan culture and the raw musicianship of artists on the ever-expanding jam band scene.

The band is comprised of three exceptionally talented vocalists who could each easily front their own bands – Connor Hollifield on lead guitar, John Sheehan on guitar and keyboards and Andrew Halley at center stage on bass – with drummer, Drew Lewis holding down a clockwork backbeat. They come together to create harmonies unlike any you have ever heard. Connor explained of the arrangement “We had all had our own songwriting side projects when we were younger, but when we came together to play music — that’s when we were the happiest.” Sheehan added “I wanted to share this experience with my best friends. I knew we could go a lot further together than any of us could alone.”

If longevity for bands is determined by their ability to pull off their recorded material in a live setting, then SondorBlue is set up for a long, fruitful career. They have been aggressively touring all along the East Coast and make pulling off their complex harmonies and playing their intricate arrangements look easy. The band loves to play live. “It is one of my favorite things,” says Lewis. “It has been great to watch the songs develop as we take them out of the studio and onto the stage.”

“We’ve been lucky to connect with some great people on the road and they have been enormously supportive,” explains Halley. ‘We’ve been able to replicate some of our experience through social media, and it has been rewarding to engage and keep in touch with everyone we’ve met along the way.” It shows – the band’s single, “OPINIONS,” has over 173k streams on Spotify and a track off their 2016 REALOMETER EP release, “The Moon And You,” has over 194k streams. BuzzArtists called their musical combination “swirling, harmony-driven indie rock,” though you might want to add a touch of ‘pop’ to the band’s ever-evolving recipe. With YOU WILL FIND LOVE ON ASHLEY AVENUE, the band’s brand new EP, they bring context to their recent hit, “OPINIONS,” by wearing their Beatles influence on their proverbial sleeve. Gorgeous melodies, harmonies and expert instrumentation are the hallmarks of the other tracks “Escape!,” “A Beautiful Dream,” “I hate living like this” and the single “Ashley Ave.” 

As the band’s calling card is their amazing live show, they have recorded many sessions available online (B-Side Sessions, WSBF Live Sessions, Indaba Music Sessions and Break Thru Radio) in addition to a performance at Google’s NYC HQ . SondorBlue have had their music featured in diverse xoutlets like Relix Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, What Youth, Culture Collide and Popdust (who called them the new Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – a reference that has found considerable support among the press in general).

SondorBlue are poised for big things in the future. Look for them at a venue near you.

The Brook & the Bluff:

Established in Birmingham, AL, The Brook & The Bluff is a four-man band that consists of frontman Joseph Settine, drummer John Canada, guitarist Alec Bolton and bassist Fred Lankford.

The guys have quickly become recognized for their evocative blend of instrumental talent and vocal harmony. These elements are readily apparent in the band’s debut track, “Masks.” Having initially gained momentum via Spotify, the song has helped spur the band forward in their musical pursuits.

The group’s first year as a full band has been widely successful. From charting on Spotify’s US and Canada Viral 50 Playlists, performing at the NAMM shows in both Nashville and Anaheim, and selling out shows in Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville, Nashville and Opelika, the band has had an exhilarating first year. 

Originally an acoustic duo, Alec and Joseph started turning heads in local venues with clean vocals and expert guitar work. John noticed the talent and potential of the duo and offered to play drums and sing with the guys. Soon after, he officially joined the group, expanding their sound with driving rhythm and an added voice. The trio instantly locked in and have been playing together ever since. With their new bassist Fred Lankford, The Brook and The Bluff relocated to Nashville in 2018.

Nov
17
Sat
End of a Brand: Rest in Paper Fest: Amigo, The Business People, KANG, more
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm

It’s a neighborhood takeover! We are sure that you have heard of the closing of a long lived and local alternative weekly newspaper here in Charlotte. The staff is brining it back and better than ever! We have organized this fundraising event to help with the launch of the new publication that will hit the streets in early December. Help us help them give back to our communities!

These are the performances at Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery:

Faye (1:00 – 1:25)
-Leisure McCorkle (1:30 – 1:55)
-Write The Ship (2:00 – 2:30)
-KANG (2:35 – 3:05)

-Dirty South Revolutionaries – DSR (8:45pm – 9:25pm)
-Indigo JO (9:35pm – 10:15pm)
-The Business People (10:25pm – 11:05pm)
-Amigo (11:15pm – 12:00am)

IAmDynamite, Bizness Suit
Nov 17 @ 10:30 pm

IAMDYNAMITE is the spirited, anthemic duo of Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips, two Michigan high school friends raised on the Seattle sound and 80s pop – anything with a beat that makes them move is an influence.

IAMDYNAMITE returns with an amazing follow up album to SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC in Wasa Tusa. This new record shows the creative reach IAMDYNAMITE has always possessed. The album highlights their melodic, hook laden songwriting skills and delivers on all emotional fronts.

When asked the difference between SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC and Wasa Tusa, Chris Martin commented, “Our first record was more of a documentation of our live show. This is our first record where the ultimate goal was to make cool and moving recordings, where the recording was the art form, not just a documentation of some songs. Our goal was to make recordings that make you feel something.”

Chris Phillips commented, ‘We took a no holds barred approach when recording this album. We needed to make a great album first and foremost. Our first album was written specifically for just drums and guitar, and to fully grab the attention of the listener and make them move. Wasa Tusa is just the next step for us as a band, it’s not just drums and guitar…. it’s so much more!’ Wasa Tusa is full of the catchy, powerful, and harmonic songs IAMDYNAMITE is known for, while showing a wider dynamic range that the band is fully capable of.

Wasa Tusa was recorded at Orb Studio in Austin, TX and finished back home in Michigan. Produced by Matt Noveskey, as well as IAMDYNAMITE, this time around the band has pushed themselves as writers, producers, and performers.

The first single, “In The Summer,” is poised to surpass the chart success IAMDYNAMITE experienced with “Where Will We Go.” That track spent over 20 weeks in the top 20 of the Billboard Alternative chart, a huge success for a debut single from the virtually, up to that point, unknown band out of Ann Arbor, MI. Two years of nonstop touring and airplay inspired so many new believers. Now the band stands poised to benefit from all those miles after delivering Wasa Tusa with 10 new tracks that will not only energize the existing fan base, but will create an even wider path of discovery for Chris and Chris.

Nov
21
Wed
Tinsley Ellis, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
Nov 21 @ 8:00 pm
Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs.

Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he says. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and keyboardist Kevin McKendree, the ten brilliantly performed, fervently sung tracks on Winning Hand include nine originals, ranging from blistering blues to heart-pounding rock to soulful ballads. As his only cover song, Ellis pays tribute to his greatest guitar-playing and songwriting influences with a Freddie King-inspired version of rock legend Leon Russell’s Dixie Lullaby. “Guitar, guitar, guitar is what this album is all about,” says Ellis, who recorded primarily with his 1959 Fender Stratocaster, his 1967 Gibson ES 345 and his 1973 Les Paul Deluxe. Guitar World says, “Ellis’ playing sparkles with depth and subtlety. Whether playing deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Ellis rides a gorgeously fat, pure tone.” Born in Atlanta in 1957, Ellis was raised in southern Florida. He discovered the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream and The Rolling Stones as well as Southern rockers like The Allman Brothers. One night he and a friend were listening to records when his friend’s older brother told them if they liked blues, they should really be listening to B.B. King. As luck would have it, King was in town for a week, and the upcoming Saturday afternoon show was just for teenagers. Tinsley and his friend went, sitting transfixed in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, mesmerizing Tinsley with his warmth and kindness. Tinsley’s fate was now sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. He saw Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and every other blues artist who came through town, always sitting up front, always waiting to meet the artists, take photos, get autographs. And yes, he still has B.B.’s string. Already an accomplished teenaged musician, Ellis left Florida and returned to Atlanta in 1975. He soon joined a gritty local blues band, the Alley Cats. In 1981, along with veteran blues singer and harpist Chicago Bob Nelson, Tinsley formed The Heartfixers, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band. After cutting a few Heartfixers albums for the Landslide label, Ellis was ready to head out on his own. Georgia Blue, Tinsley’s first Alligator release, hit the unprepared public by surprise in 1988. Critics and fans quickly agreed that a new and original guitar hero had emerged. The Chicago Tribune said, “Tinsley Ellis torches with molten fretwork. Ellis takes classic, Southern blues-rock workouts and jolts them to new life with a torrid ax barrage.” Tinsley’s next four releases—1989’s Fanning The Flames, 1992’s Trouble Time, 1994’s Storm Warning, and 1997’s Fire It Up—further grew his fan base and his fame. Features and reviews ran in Rolling Stone, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and in many other national and regional publications. Guests including Peter Buck (R.E.M.), guitarist Derek Trucks (who made his recording debut with Tinsley at age 14) and keyboardist Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) have joined him in the studio. Ellis’ song A Quitter Never Wins was recorded by Jonny Lang, selling over a million copies. He in turn has made guest appearances on albums by The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Colonel Bruce Hampton and others. Producers Eddy Offord (John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Yes) and even the legendary Tom Dowd (The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles) helped Ellis hone his studio sound. A move to Capricorn Records in 2000 saw Ellis revisiting his Southern roots. In 2002, he joined the Telarc label, producing two well-received albums of soul-drenched blues-rock. He returned to Alligator in 2005, releasing Live-Highwayman, which captured the crowd-pleasing energy of his live shows. He followed it with two more incendiary studio releases, 2007’s Moment Of Truth and 2009’s Speak No Evil. He has since self-released four successful albums on his own Heartfixer label. Over the course of his career, Ellis has shared stages with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, The Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he’s on stage with his own band or jamming with artists like Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always plays with grit, soul and unbridled passion. Back home on Alligator Records with his new album and a massive live tour in the works, Tinsley Ellis is ready to prove again that whenever he picks up a guitar, he’s playing with a winning hand.

 
Nov
23
Fri
The Mantras
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

The Mantras, a five piece jam machine born of Greensboro, NC have been conquering crowds and melting minds all over the country progressively for over a decade. The band’s music can be described with all types of varying rock and roll terminology, but is absolutely best defined by each listener’s ear and, equally important, their experience.

Since the inception of The Mantras in the mid 2000’s, the band has been touring the country and building a catalog of 4 studio albums and over 100 original songs. Performing an entirely different set of music each night is an integral part of the band’s direction and mission as well as the ability to truly improvise in between orchestrated pieces. With eclectic influences of sounds from around the globe, The Mantras create a musical escapade during each performance, giving every ounce of emotion to their craft of expression and communication through music.

The Mantras are a family of rock; their closely-knit bonds can truly be felt by the crowd while the band performs. This is a critical feature of their community. One can easily tell that the musical pockets created by radical guitar riffs, gut checked bass lines, screeching synthesizers, a complete projection light show and two symbiotic drummers are no accident. The musical conversation on stage is simply beautiful to watch. The feeling is not exclusive just to the members on stage, however. The Mantras’ loyal fan base can testify to the reciprocation of love between performer and attendee and in a scene where it is sometimes difficult to stabilize a fan base and a consistent identity, The Mantras do just that. It has all of the ebbs and flows, peaks and valleys and patterns of constriction and release that can hook someone for life. Each show is a story. Each story is unique.

In addition to the collaborative element between band and fans, The Mantras have shared the stage with some of the foremost titans of jam. Their most recent studio release, entitled Jam Bands Ruined My Life was recorded at Umphrey’s McGee, axe man Jake Cinninger’s home studio, where Jake is featured on two tracks. Shortly after recording, The Mantras opened for and shared the stage with Umphrey’s McGee members while performing the thumping single entitled, “Kinetic Bump.” In addition, The Mantras have collaborated with members of The String Cheese Incident, Tea Leaf Green, and Perpetual Groove among many others. The year 2013 saw The Mantras play over 180 shows, culminating in their annual Mantrabash music and arts festival, held in the beautiful backcountry of Ferguson, NC.

Dec
1
Sat
Rhett Price
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm

With over 30 million views and counting, hiphop violinist Rhett Price has gone from homeless to what the Boston Globe called ‘a Youtube Sensation!’ He has been featured in everything from the front pages of Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, and has performed on stage with Aaron Carter, Machine Gun Kelly, the Dropkick Murphy’s, and many more. Rhett regularly releases music videos on YouTube & social media, and his most recent original release is titled ‘Tom Brady Had Us Write This Song, But Then I Kept It For Myself’.

Dec
3
Mon
Monday Night Allstars
Dec 3 @ 10:00 pm

The All-Stars were a Monday night tradition at The Double Door Inn. 

It all came about when Les Moore said ‘How ’bout me getting a few of my buddies (also some of the best Charlotte musicians) together to form a band to play off-night Monday night?’ And The Double Door Inn said go for it! Never in the history of the Charlotte music scene has a group come on so strong to draw a crowd and develop a fan base on a Monday night. Most people thought it could never happen on Mondays in Charlotte.

The MNAS’s, band members offer up their take on a variety of cover songs (the set list runs the gamut from Bob Marley to Earth, Wind & Fire). A diverse, and often large, crowd will dance and sing along, sometimes dropping their jaws at the talent that’s present on stage. They don’t call them ‘All-Stars’ for nothing.

Shana Blake -Vocals
Ziad Rabie – Sax
Rick Blackwell – Bass & Vocals
Jim Brock – Percussion
Dustin Hofsess – Guitar & Vocals
Chris Allen – Drums & Vocals

Dec
6
Thu
Eric Gales, Marvelous Funkshun
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King had a thriving career as a blues artist himself before his untimely death in 2002.

Eric released his first record in 1991 at the young age of 16 for Elektra Records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine Reader’s Poll named Eric “Best New Talent,” in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up in 1996 as The Gales Brothers to record Left Hand Brand, which was recorded for the House of Blues label. Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see the likes of Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton looking on in amazement. Word was spreading about Eric as he was taking his God-given talents and working his crowds into a frenzy each night while on stage.

The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric as he was signed to Nightbird Records an affiliation of the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record That’s What I Am in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD Crystal Vision for Blues Bureau and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau follow-up, The Psychedelic Underground in 2007. Eric followed that up in 2008 with The Story of my Life and in 2010 hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album Relentless. That album combined with his latest studio album Transformation released in 2011 set the stage for his Double Live CD/DVD, Eric Gales LIVE released in October of 2012. The Eric Gales Trio recorded and released Ghost Notes, Gales’ first all instrumental recording, for Shrapnel Records in 2013. All Music Review says Ghost Notes “crackles with energy, a sturdy mix of blues, rock, and straight-out funk fusion, and Gales’ playing is joyous and elegant by turns, making this arguably his best album yet.” His latest effort, A Night on the Sunset Strip is a live record, just released on Cleopatra Records, in stores NOW.

As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. With a unique blend of rock, funk and blues styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre and is out to blow your mind and expand your musical horizons!

The road can be tough on musicians, and has certainly treated Eric no differently than others. Over the years he has had his ups and downs and battled some of his own demons. As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 comes into play, Eric is clean and sober and his clarity and focus to be the very best he can be is at an all time high! He is fully focused on his music, his wife and his sobriety. There has never been a better time to see Eric Gales LIVE!!!

 
The Talbott Brothers, Ross Adams
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

The Talbott Brothers are a Portland based duo composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. Born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, they began writing and performing together in the summer of 2012 before relocating to Portland, OR. Forming an alternative blend of folk, rock and blues, The Talbott Brothers creatively combine blood harmonies with storytelling and infectious melodies.

In their latest full-length album, Gray, The Talbott Brothers illustrate the tension between conflicting relationships and the various trials of the human condition. Ear To The Ground Music describes it as, “Equal parts optimistic and captivating, inspiring and hopeful.” Following the album’s release, The Talbott Brothers made their debut at KINK FM’s Skype Live Studio, embarked on a national headlining tour and shared the stage with artists such as Johnnyswim, ZZ Ward and Dead Horses.

In addition to having their music featured in national campaigns such as the Buckle and Tennessee Tourism, The Talbott Brothers are endorsed by Elixir Strings and have joined forces with Sennheiser for product showcase videos and annual performances at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. After playing more than 500 shows and releasing 3 albums, The Talbott Brothers’ deep-rooted passion and growing fanbase continue to drive them full steam ahead.

Dec
12
Wed
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.

Dec
15
Sat
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!!

Dec
16
Sun
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

Dec
28
Fri
Pat McGee, Ernie Halter
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm

“I never expected any of these legends to say yes, but I figured it was worth a shot,” says PAT MCGEE about his star-studded new self-titled album. “If nothing else, I wanted them to know that I felt they would have been the perfect band for these songs. I have never been a guy that asked for favors or perks in this business, but on this project I definitely swung for the fences and thought to myself, ‘Why not? The worst they can say is ‘no’.”

Fortunately, the iconic players he had hoped to work with gave him a resounding, “Yes!” The dream team McGee assembled includes musical legends Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar (nicknamed “The Section”). Other notable musicians such as Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher as well as Pat McGee’s own band contributed to the album’s sound.

Recorded in Los Angeles in 2014, Pat McGee was influenced by the classic albums of the 1970s that were spun in his childhood home. “I was inspired to write a record that was not based on a ‘single’ but on the wholeness of the complete album,” Pat explains. “I was at a friend’s house, listening to what I thought was someone’s playlist on an iPod. When I realized they were spinning full albums on vinyl, I was blown away. The very next day, I decided to buy a record player and picked up the ten records that lit the fire in me to start playing music, including seminal records by James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.”

Channeling the vintage warmth of those recordings, he began writing an album that would have the same timeless quality of singer/songwriter rock from the Laurel Canyon scene of the early 70s.

Once McGee had written enough material for an album, he began to wonder what would happen if he reached out to the musicians who helped to shape his ear. An impossible task, he thought, but he decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it. One by one, the pieces started to fit together and each of them accepted his offer. As though the universe had always intended for this record to be made. “You could tell when we got to the studio that all these guys just loved playing with each other,” McGee recalls. “From the moment that we played the opening warm-up casual jam, I knew that this was going to blow away anything that I could have ever dreamed.”

From the guitar intro of opening track “Bad Idea,” the natural connection between the players was obvious, sounding much more like a band who had been playing together for decades instead of being assembled for just one record. In lieu of the modern process of painstakingly tracking each individual instrument, the band jammed. “I would show them my song idea and they would ask to hear the meaning of the lyric, and 10 minutes later, we had a take on tape,” he says, still in awe of that process. “We never tracked more than two or three takes before moving onto the next song. In all of these moments, I felt like I was witnessing the creation of an iconic classic rock guitar moment, drum part or bass line– it was happening right before my very eyes. And the fact that these guys were making it happen on songs that I wrote is just still so unbelievable to me.”

Jan
18
Fri
King’s X, Sound and Shape
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
KING’S X
Dug Pinnick – Bass/Vocals
Jerry Gaskill – Drums/Vocals
Ty Tabor – Guitar/Vocals

King’s X is an American rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion rock groups. The band’s lyrics are largely based on the members’ struggles with religion and self-acceptance. King’s X was ranked No. 83 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Since being signed to Megaforce Records in 1987, King’s X has released twelve studio albums, two official live albums, and several independent releases. The band’s most recent studio album, XV, was released in 2008 on the InsideOut Music label. Since leaving Atlantic Records, following the release of Ear Candy in 1996, King’s X has released albums through Metal Blade Records, InsideOut Music and independently. Each member of the group has recorded several solo albums and have made numerous guest appearances on other artists’ albums, as well as participated in numerous compilation projects. Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor also have many albums released with side bands in which they participate.

Early in their major label career the band secured opening slots on arena tours, including opening for bands like Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Scorpions, Pearl Jam and Mötley Crüe as well as the Woodstock ’94 festival. To this day, they continue to tour and perform live.
The spiritual nature of the band’s lyrics, particularly on their first four albums, has often led to them being labeled a Christian rock band, a label the members have rejected.

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