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

AJ Ghent [ j-ent ]

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

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

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

 
JMichael Peeples

JMichael Peeples

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Heckler

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

DAMIEN JURADO

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

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

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

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

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

Corrina Repp

Corrina Repp

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

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

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

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

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

Bryan Elijah Smith

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

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

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

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

Szlachetka

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

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

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

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

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

Casey & The Comrades

Casey & The Comrades

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

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

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

Jun
29
Sat
Computer Music Concert
Jun 29 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Charlotte New Music Festival invites you to our Laptop Orchrestra and Computer Music Concert at the end of our festival!

Come explore new sounds and musicial spaces with performances crafted for humans, laptops and a variety of input devices and speaker arrays! 

Admission is free.

Concert of the Miniatures featuring Beo String Quartet
Jun 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Charlotte New Music Festival presents a night of speedwriting premieres performed by Bro String Quartet!

Concert: Arts Align – Music and Dance Concert
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Dance Co-lab at the Charlotte New Music Festival presents an evening of new music and new dance works created in collaboration by the festival participant composers and choreographers.

Oshima Brothers
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm
Oshima Brothers

Oshima Brothers

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

MICHELLE MALONE

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

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

SARAH PEACOCK

SARAH PEACOCK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arson Daily

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

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

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

BadCameo

BadCameo

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

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

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

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

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

The Spongetones

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

KRISTIN HERSH - Electric Trio Show

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

“Kristin Hersh is a musical genius” — Huffington Post

“A fearless rock innovator” — New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

Fred Abong

Fred Abong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

SCOWL BROW

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

Green Fiend

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

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

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

 
The Poontanglers

The Poontanglers

 
Paperback

Paperback

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

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

 

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

Jason Bieler

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

Aarodynamics

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

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

Audacity Brass Band

Audacity Brass Band

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

Future Friend

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

Justin Moyle

Based out of Charlotte, Justin Moyle got his start in the industry producing music for other artists. He spent most of his time in the studio but he always had a dream to create and perform music of his own. His first step into the performance world came after a single release of the song ‘The Way You Move’. It’s an R&B laced electronic soul track that gives a nod to producers such as James Blake and Jack Garratt. His singer-songwriter background gives him the sensibility to be honest and vulnerable while also giving you something you want to dance to. ‘I just want someone to feel something.’ He says while explaining his songwriting process. ‘If I can make you cry and dance at the same time, I’ve done my job!’ As he croons through the hearts of the listener he shows that he is an artist to watch in the coming years.
Dot.s
Jul 6 @ 10:30 pm
Dot.s

Dot.s

Dot.s is an endeavor to take ‘dance music’ far from where it comfortably rests in its current, popular state. We venture to challenge the status of an art form that began as something primal and turned into something calculated and boring and kinda depressing. Drums, bass, and synthesizers rest in the center of our five-piece arrangement, followed by whatever auxiliary instrumentation feels cozy on top of that. We hope to give you something that is as fun and refreshing as our collective ideology: that sounds can prove-ably change the way people act, and should, thus, be made with obsessive care.
Jul
8
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm

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

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

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

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

 

Jul
9
Tue
PARTY NAILS + PRXZM w/Rodes Rollins
Jul 9 @ 8:00 pm
PARTY NAILS

PARTY NAILS

Party Nails is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer originally from
Chatham, New York. Following numerous single releases, features withMitiS and
Getter, a fan-adored EP and four successful national tours (Lights, PVRIS, PRXZM, Eve
6, Bad Bad Hats, MitiS) Party Nails released her debut album Past Lives and
Paychecks on October 19, 2018 to praise from media publications such as Billboard,
Ones To Watch, Popdust and Earmilk, as well as indie radio play and ecstatic fans.
Party Nails is touring the US as a headliner this spring and summer and is releasing
singles ahead of a new album, slated for a fall 2019 release.

“An absolute dream.” – Neon Gold

“A fierce bit of pop.” – Noisey

“Part Charli XCX and part Cyndi Lauper.” – Bullett Media

 
PRXZM

PRXZM

Electro synth-pop duo made up of Nick and Emma
 
Rodes Rollins

Rodes Rollins

f a spaghetti western and Nancy Sinatra had a love child, it would be Rodes Rollins. The 23-year-old singer could fool you into thinking she’s from another time, care of her haunting vocals and sprawling psychedelic-tinged Americana rhythms. But it’s 2019 and Rollins proves that her music transcends space and time.

Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, the singer-songwriter – born Talia Taxman – has been making music since she was eight years old. After her sister decided guitar lessons weren’t for her, Rollins picked up the instrument and started songwriting, eventually recording songs in her guitar teacher’s studio at nine years old. From childhood until she was 19, music was a hobby for Rollins. It wasn’t until her time studying at NYU’s Gallatin School that she would consider becoming an artist her full-time gig. With time spent living abroad in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, she was compelled to take more risks and began performing during her travels – something she had never done before. Initially Rollins began making music under her given-name but soon realized she transformed into a different person when she was on stage. It seemed natural for her to become a character; so, Rollins chose a moniker with a meaning. “Rodes” was derived from a “rode” – a thick rope that attaches to an anchor of a ship, while “Rawlins” was the name of a town in Wyoming she once saw on a bumper sticker. It was the perfect fit: the town paid homage to the western ethos of her songs, and it reminded her to stay grounded.

In 2017, the Rodes Rollins project really began. The rising musician released her debut EP Young Adult with the help of producer Alex Goose (Weezer, Kevin Gates): a coming-of-age tale full of vintage rock, ethereal pop and wavy melodies. Tracks like “Young & Thriving” and “Wes Come Back” stood out on the EP, inspired by her first love who had a momentary lapse in judgment and was put in jail and later deported. With a story so heavy and personal, she spent the five-track EP analyzing the lack of humanity there was surrounding his situation. Now Rollins is ready to introduce the world to more of her self-described “cowgirl poetry.”

Throughout 2018, Rollins released a series of singles – “Nasty Woman” and ‘Boom Pow’. With these two songs, Rollins was truly focused on opening up the narrative. For both singles, Rollins collaborated with Goose once again, but recruited Portugal. The Man’s Kane Richotte to play drums. This isn’t the first time she’s worked with big players in the game: Rollins’ recordings have featured accomplished artists like Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, Matthew Compton of Electric Guest, and Greg Rogove of Devendra Banhart. Major Lazer’s Jillionaire has even championed Rollins over the years, helping facilitate a collaboration between she and producer Branko for his album Atlas.

In Fall 2018, Rollins began a new chapter in her discography with the launch of ‘Velvet’ an A/B Side produced by Noah Georgeson. Velvet shares a new, evermore opiated country side to Rollins’ writing.

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

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

 

Jul
10
Wed
John Baumann
Jul 10 @ 7:30 pm
John Baumann

John Baumann

Hard-working, creative, and possessed of admirable humility and good humor, John Baumann likely would have seen success in whatever field he chose to ply his talents. Fortunately for listeners who love country music graced with a literary eye for detail and poetic charm, he made the bold choice to try his hand at singing and songwriting. 

A San Antonio native who has also called Amarillo, Lubbock, Fort Worth, and now Austin his home at some point or another in his young life, Baumann tinkered with the mechanics of songwriting in between college and day jobs for several years before making the leap of faith to record a debut EP West Texas Vernacular in 2012. Released with little fanfare, it still emboldened him to piece together a band and hit whatever stages would give him the chance. The personable young musician honed his craft on the way up, making connections within the business (not to mention with thousands of fans) en route to releasing his full-length 2014 album High Plains Alchemy and landing coveted opening slots at some of the state’s most revered venues. At Gruene Hall, Floore’s Country Store, and the Nutty Brown Amphitheater, among many others, he has shared the stage with red-hot headliners like the Turnpike Troubadours and the Randy Rogers Band. 

As Baumann’s music came into its own – a follow-up 2015 EP, Departures, garnered him some radio play for new signature songs like “Bay City Blues” and “Vices” – a clearer picture of what he is going for has emerged. Like his heroes including Texas songwriters Robert Earl Keen, James McMurtry, and Adam Carroll, he has cultivated a gift for near-journalistic lyrical detail, leavened with humor and spiked with heartache. His songwriting talents have garnered co-writes with artists including Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Wade Bowen that he was once content to just enjoy on a fan level: not insignificantly, Morrow included three co-writes with Baumann on his recent album The Good Fight. Even the country music mainstream took notice: Baumann’s poetic “Gulf Moon” was on hold for a platinum-selling country artist for several years before a last-minute change of direction handed him a rare disappointment in a still-new career that has otherwise been steadily on the rise. 

Still, 2016 was overall a solid year, including a run of shows opening for Texas music’s ultimate hero Willie Nelson and laying the groundwork for what should be a much-anticipated 2017 full-length album. With his growing crowd of fans, peers, and even a few musical forefathers rooting for him, John Baumann has become one of the newest worthy links in the long chain of ambitious, progressive, and relatable artists that plays the singer-songwriter-performer game by their own rules.

Jul
11
Thu
THE GET RIGHT BAND
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm
The Get Right Band

The Get Right Band

The Get Right Band is a psychedelic indie rock power trio from Asheville, NC. They are a band focused on following their muses to honest self-expression, to whatever excites them and pushes them into unexplored territory. The Get Right Band proudly carries the torch for a long line of genre-bending power trios from Cream to The Jimi Hendrix Experience to The Police to Violent Femmes to Primus to Green Day to Nirvana to Sublime. It’s the space between the notes, the rawness and the maneuverability, that makes a power trio, well, so damn powerful.
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

Jul
12
Fri
Erin Enderlin w/Justin Clyde Williams
Jul 12 @ 7:30 pm
Erin Enderlin

Erin Enderlin

The last few years have been especially busy for singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin. While she first turned heads as a godsend to those aching for an artist with some golden-era country backbone, Enderlin’s acclaimed 2017 record Whiskeytown Crier cemented her as something even more: a literary songwriter and superb vocal stylist with a knack for sharply drawn––and often sad––characters. Named a member of the 2018 CMT Next Women of Country class and recipient of the Arkansas Country Music Awards Songwriter and Album of the Year trophies, she has surged to the forefront of new artists rooted in the genre’s rich history. Enderlin is also a go-to writer for stars looking for heavyweight country with classic panache––Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church,” Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call,” Luke Bryan’s “You Don’t Know Jack” and a host of other songs recorded by Randy Travis, Joey + Rory, Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, and more are all Enderlin-penned. 

In a twist that stretches the possibilities of storytelling through song, Enderlin plans to release four EPs throughout 2019, with each three-track collection driven by a single character. The first EP, Chapter One: Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn, is slated for release April 26. “I’m obsessed with characters, and the idea of being able to take that to the next level really appeals to me,” she says. “It’s ambitious,” she says with a laugh before adding, “but I do think it’s going to be something really cool.”

Justin Clyde Williams

Justin Clyde Williams

Armed with six strings or backed by a full band, Justin Clyde Williams takes listeners on an emotional journey through his own personal encounters, telling stories with his songs. Growing up surrounded by dobros and banjos in the foothills of western North Carolina, his tale is one many can relate to regardless of where they call home. Tough times, rebellion, love, heartbreak and a resilience hardened by military service, crowds are immediately drawn to his unique sound and penetrating lyrics that dig much deeper than three chords and the truth.

Injecting a fresh perspective and unwavering commitment to situations some shy away from, Justin Clyde Williams attacks these issues head on without hesitation. Connecting with audiences in a way most only dream about, his levels of persona are quickly navigated as the songs strike a feeling similar to an inspiration for being the, “Life of the Party”.

Raised from Jones to The Stones, his own musical journey involved consuming classical guitar and heavy metal but always leads back to the sounds born in the Carolina hills. Justin Clyde Williams always leaves people wanting more with an unwavering experience that is blunt, therapeutic, candid and above all – unforgettable

PANTEON ROCOCO
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm
PANTEON ROCOCO
Mexican ska band founded in 1995 in Mexico City.
Tanis – Percusiones
Monel – Guitarra Eléctrica
Shenka – Voz
Felipe – Teclados
Missael – Sax
Paco – Trombón
Gorri – Guitarra Eléctrica
Dario- Bajo
Quiet Hollers w/ Rare Creatures
Jul 12 @ 10:30 pm
Quiet Hollers

Quiet Hollers

Quiet Hollers formed in Louisville around the songwriting of singer/guitarist Shadwick Wilde, who originally formed the group with the idea of playing only one show—the CD release of his solo effort, Unforgivable Things, in 2010. The group’s debut, I Am the Morning, followed in 2013. The alt-country styled album was a limited success, spawning a cult following in the US and some international critical praise, allowing the band to continue touring on the DIY circuit, where changes in personnel and taste saw the band exploring territory beyond the genre.

In 2015 the band’s self-titled sophomore album Quiet Hollers introduced them to a much broader audience, drawing praise both for the breadth of its influences and for Wilde’s lyricism. Consequence of Sound called it a “beautiful portrait… breaking the confines of roots music” with PopMatters aptly noting the band’s “strong post-hardcore influence.” The album brought the band to Europe for the first time, selling out shows there and back at home stateside. Breakout singles found their way onto TV shows, coffeehouse playlists, and a #9 debut on the FMQB college and indie charts.

Quiet Hollers signed with the indie label SonaBLAST! for their third album, Amen Breaks. The album draws parallels between the modern entertainment landscape and the cultural crossover of the 1970s– another decade marred by division, political corruption, and terrorist bombs. Their shape-shifting palate makes use of orchestral strings and brass, vintage drum-machines and samples (including the Amen Break, the most sampled piece of music in history). Amen Breaks explores themes of spirituality, sexuality, and mental illness.

 
Rare Creatures

Rare Creatures

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.
Jul
13
Sat
NIGHT GLITTER
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm
NIGHT GLITTER
 
Night Glitter is a Dreamy Psychedelic Synth-pop band from Austin, Tx. The Band consists of John Michael Schoepf (Guitar, Bass Vi, Vocals) and LouLou Ghelichkhani (Synthesizers, Farfisa and Vocals).

‘Taking the influences from every corner of her life and turning them into a distinct musical style is something Loulou Ghelichkhani (Thievery Corporation) does with ease, all en français. In this iteration, her and partner John Michael Schoepf (The Happen-Ins) are putting a slacker rock twist on dream pop. ‘ KUTX

‘Five years after relocating to Austin, Loulou Ghelichkhani ( Thievery Corporation) chose to hang her hat, in part, because the music scene proved less rigid than longtime home Washington, D.C., momentum is building for the cinematic dream-pop prism known as Night Glitter. The band co-anchored by singer/multi-instrumentalist John Michael Schoepf and featuring guitarist Kyle Ellison, and the secret weapon Jonas Wilson, turned ears with the Adrian Quesada-produced ‘Tunnels’/’Radio’ cassette, a fetching psych-pop double A-side single. Night Glitter performed to thousands opening for the Black Angels at KGSR’s annual Zilker Park convergence, Blues on the Green.

Now, the group casts forth a deeper listen via Hangin’ on a Dream. Slow-moving and beautiful, the five-track effort christened at Mohawk unfolds with Ghelichkhani’s brokenhearted ‘Believe,’ which sounds like Mazzy Star on a lunar mission. An omnipresent force in Austin music – backing giants in the Austin Music Awards and All-ATX house bands, and playing bass for the Happen-ins, Roky Erickson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, and Kelly Willis – Schoepf steps up to the mic on Night Glitter’s EP. The title track and highlight ‘Hangin’ on a Dream’ positions him as a shoegazy singer and impressive songwriter. The sonically rich collection may be Austin’s most headphones-mandatory release of 2018.’ (Austin Chronicle)

Van Hunt Presents “TRIM” (The Reimagined Van Hunt). A celebration of the 15 year anniversary of his debut album along with other favorites”
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm
Van Hunt

Van Hunt

Van Hunt, a Dayton, Ohio-born musician, made his way to Atlanta where he drew acclaim for his production efforts and crafty songwriting, featured on recordings by such diverse artists as Dionne Farris, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer as well as the platinum-selling soundtrack, Love Jones. His own self-titled debut album arrived in 2004, instantly establishing Hunt as a distinctive and original talent with its idiosyncratic melding of R&B, soul, funk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll. Hunt received a 2005 “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Grammy nomination for his breakthrough hit single, Dust that was featured on his debut album.

On The Jungle Floor followed two years later, highlighted by the single, Character, as well as by a surprising cover of Iggy Pop & James Williamson’s Kill City classic, No Sense Of Crime.

In 2007, Hunt received a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals,” honoring Family Affair, a collaboration with John Legend and Joss Stone found on the 2006 Sly & The Family Stone tribute album, Different Strokes For Different Folks.

Hunt’s third album, Popular, was slated for 2008 but was pulled from the label’s release schedule in late 2007 at the dawn of a tumultuous decade for the music industry. Nevertheless, the album become an underground sensation, a classic lost album hailed by LA Weekly as “a left-field stunner” for its “trippy fusion of funk grooves, punk guitar and soul vocals.” Popular was officially released in August, 2017.

In 2011, Hunt released What Were You Hoping For?. Reaching both Billboard’s Top 50 R&B/Hiphop and Heat Seekers charts, the album also received rave reviews. Metacritic branded the record’s critical success as “universal acclaim”, for an album averaging a score of 90 among music critics. What Were You Hoping For? was listed among “The Best Albums of 2011” by The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, The AV CLub and a league of other music publications.

A charismatic and engaging live performer, Hunt has also attracted critical praise touring both as headliner as well as alongside such diverse acts as Kanye West, The Roots, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, and Dave Matthews Band.

Van Hunt’s fifth album, The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets., was released on May 5, 2015. Inspired by the music of The Delfonics, Parliament-Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, and Billie Holiday, the album chronicles love, loss, and nostalgia through the sounds of original funk and old soul. The Boston Globe says Hunt “…achieves the kind of heated, raw sound that has virtually disappeared in too much of today’s overly manicured R&B.” and, “…Hunt, never loses sight of the past as he progressively forges his own way forward.”

Kerry Blu + Menastree w/ Prodaj, Hundreds Thousands
Jul 13 @ 11:00 pm
Kerry Blu

Kerry Blu

Brooklyn-based and a North Carolina native, Kerry was raised by a mother who loved gospel and soul and a father who remains a top percussionist on the east coast; both of which continue to inspire Kerry’s Rapclectic Soul’ sound. Experiencing this soulful, rock littered Hip Hop performance is like experiencing a tidal wave, whose candid and brutally honest depiction of the world encourages his listeners to lift themselves up while pulling his own life experiences into full view. Says Kerry, “My Mission is clear: I just want to make the most of my life and make music. One day I’ll be gone, so while I’m here, I’m going to create and feel everything I possibly can. I just want my story heard and I want to be remembered…don’t you?” Now, with the DRKarts Collective and Empire State Music & Arts Management, the stage is set for Kerry Blu to carve out a legacy in music and entertainment that will not be soon forgotten.
 
Menastree

Menastree

Menastree- was born in the early summer of 2014, originating from Charlotte North Carolina. 

Beginning with musician/producer and videographer DJ Lil Tone, Musician/producer Jesse Lemar Williams and musician/vocalist Jeremy Mayher. Menastree created their formula for their sound by backing various artist deriving from various genres and performing at festivals such as SXSW. As a result of the new age mashup sound with elements of hip-hop/trap/jazz/house and R&B. By January 2017 Menastree had officially been established.

Solidifying the establishment with the particularly chosen additions of Zach Wheeler , Braxton Bateman , Malcolm Charles, Waneisha Nish Massey , Curt Keyz , Stefan Kallander , and Marcus Jones. Jesse Lamar Williams then planted Menastree in the heart of Charlotte North Carolinas art district Noda at the corner of E. 36th St. and N. Davidson Ave. at the prestigious listening room The Evening Muse where they can often be found cultivating the culture in a monthly residency.

 
Prodaj
Concord North Carolina based Emcee Prodaj is a lyrical mastermind, with a heart for R&B and soul. After serving in the military, Prodaj returned home, and became close with current manager Samuel J Kluttz. The two of them would go on to form the Flightbrothersnc production team. In 2017 Prodaj began to hone his skill for songwriting and pulling from the life changing experiences he encountered in the military, Prodaj released single after single and eventually landed a spots in both The New Era Music Festival in Charlotte NC, and The Empire State Music & Arts Festival In New York City. Currently working on his debut album, slated to drop late 2019, Prodaj is ready to take on the world of music, and leave no doubts he is the future.
 
Hundreds Thousands

Hundreds Thousands

Jul
15
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm

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

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 15 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Jul
16
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 16 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam
Jul 16 @ 10:30 pm

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

Menastree Residency
Jul 16 @ 10:30 pm – Jul 17 @ 2:00 am

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

Jul
17
Wed
Harriet Brown
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm
Harriet Brown

Harriet Brown

Sultry r&b solo artist Harriet Brown is back with a new batch of fully-realized future funk, a slow-burning dispatch from a dayglo dance floor.

Mall of Fortune is his second full-length album, an airtight meditation on anxiety, paranoia and indecisiveness – decision paralysis and the free-flowing guilt that follows. 

The album was produced, arranged, composed and performed by Harriet Brown. He plays every note of every instrument, sings every come-hither falsetto flight – save for two felicitous features from singers Ana Roxanne and Felicia Douglass. Pressing play is stepping into a damn-near singular vision, a world apart. 

And what a world it is. This album is 14 songs of meticulous and introspective soul from LA’s foremost funk documentarian. Where his debut album was more cosmic, more spiritual, this follow-up is grounded and personal, driven by day-to-day experiences and self-imposed solitude. The best albums sound like emotions registered in real time, then rendered for maximum impact. 

Album opener ‘Window Shopping’ lays it out clear – ‘Baby what you want, what you spend your life on / when it’s time oh what kind of fortune are you bringing back home?’ The weight of each decision can cause conniptions, but choosing nothing is no choice at all. 

‘Shower Up, Saddle Up’ is a bucket of water in the face, the moment you shake it off and find peace with your dime piece, new cologne and a time piece – you stop worrying what people think and hit the town for some me time. 

As personal as the album is, its also a rumination on the deep murky macro mess we’re all in. ‘Cinnamon Sky’ wonders how LA can be this beautiful and this polluted, a sun-soaked biohazard. 

‘Hardwalkin’ takes on our growing police state, surveillance and the fear we feel around people who are supposed to protect and serve.

This is a sonically and emotionally eclectic album, a ‘Sign O’ The Times’ for our times. It’s a stew of r&b, soul, funk, and free experimentation, both dense and expansive. Repeated listenings rewarded. 

You’ll walk away from Mall of Fortune craving the smell of the food court, the stickiness of the arcade. But no matter what you’re in the mall for, pull your check out, hit the checkout, we close in five minutes.

Jul
18
Thu
Max & Heather + Stalling and Rob Baird
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm
Max Stalling

Max Stalling

Max & Heather Stalling are a singer-songwriter duo based out of Dallas, TX. Max handles rhythm guitar and lead vocals and Heather provides fiddle and harmony vocals. Their collaboration has been a long time in the making and they are excited to bring their show to new audiences.

Heather is an award-winning violinist and fiddle player who picked up her instrument at 3 years old and has never stopped playing it since. As a child she traveled with her parents across Texas and the surrounding states competing in fiddle contests. As a teenager she moved to Branson, MO to be a member of the “The Texas Gold Minors”. They performed 7 days a week for two straight years. Upon returning home she took side jobs playing for various touring acts to include Johnny Lee, Cory Morrow, Bob Schneider, Ed Burleson, Mark David Manders and The Old 97s. In 2005 she put together her own project, blactopGYPSY, released two full length studio albums and toured relentlessly until the lead singer (and her best friend) became gravely sick.

Max followed a slightly different path into the music business. He has a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University and left a day job as a research scientist for snack food giant Frito Lay to pursue a fulltime career as a songwriter. He has 6 studio albums and two live projects including a full-length DVD. He is a staple in the Texas/Red Dirt scene as well as having chart-topping history in the Americana radio format. He has a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame and is a former member of the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of NARAS. In addition to solo and duo shows, Max travels with a five-piece band and does 150+ shows annually. Of recent, Heather has been playing with Max’s band after her band’s lead singer fell ill. 

Max & Heather were married in 2007 and are now finally finding that the timing is right for them to do a project together. 
While they perform the occasional song they have written together as well as a handful of cover songs, the bulk of the show is songs that Max has written in his 20+ year career as a performing singer-songwriter. First-time listeners can expect a fun and witty show balanced between solid original songs, amazing fiddle playing and fun banter.

 
Rob Baird

Rob Baird

A gambler of wit, Rob Baird spins lyrical luck in his fourth record, ​After All​to find out what happens when you go looking for yourself in someone else. In the 2019 follow-up to his third 2015 record, ​Wrong Side of the River​, Memphis-bred Baird smashes right into heartache, chasing losses just to end up winning back the love he never knew he was looking for.

“For me, until you get your heart broken as an adult, you don’t really know how to write anything meaningful. You can make it up…that works for a little while. I’m not saying you have to be completely unhinged to make music, but I think you do have to know what it feels like to be completely vulnerable,” explained Baird of the record. “Every emotion you feel in a breakup — anger, anguish, disappointment, lust — you’ll feel it as you listen.”

Recorded straight to tape, at Battletapes, an East Nashville studio under the direction of Jeremy Ferguson (Cage The Elephant, Andrew Combs, Lucie Silvas) — ​After All combines the known with the unknown applying new processes with familiar relationships. Produced by long time friend and collaborator, Rick Brantley who did time on Music Row as well as in the trenches with the likes of John Hiatt and Brandi Clark; Texas-based musicians’ Austin ‘Woodrow’ Morgan and Z Lynch, After All brings together a depth of sound only musicians playing together for a decade can make. According to Woodrow: “We’ve gone from hating each other to living together to playing together so much that we hated each other all over again. Somewhere along the way we figured out how to grow up and now after so much time spent talking about it, we have finally made a record together.”

Drawing inspiration from Lucinda Williams’ tender melodies to the raw chords of James McMurtry, Rob surrounded himself with the sounds and souls that have known him best to make his latest album. Shaped serendipitously and with the help of friends Burleson Smith, David Beck and Brian Douglas Phillips, the songs were crafted over a couple years at a kitchen table in Austin.

The material gnaws on the hard truths that heartbreak surfaces. The title track, “After All,” an ironically light-hearted start for the relationship roadtrip it confesses. Rob sings of the road less travelled in “Losing Hands,” admitting you can’t be made whole when your down this low. With the song, “Devil Woman Blues,” Rob illustrates a series of

seductive vignettes that tackle faded dreams of innocence. “Greedy Eyes” alludes to the infallible realities that come with making promises no man can keep. In “I Tried,” Baird takes you on a haunting journey of the self-realization that comes when you’ve risked everything and put too much of you into us. To wrap up the record, “Best That I Was” intentionally drags out closure to the relationship rollercoaster you’ve been on. The entire record is like a handshake with heartache that ends in a hopeful goodbye bringing warmth to a cold shoulder lover.

“It’s my fourth record and after ten years of recording I have — through luck and shear persistence, surrounded myself with the right people. It’s these people, living these songs with me one-by-one, note-by-note. These people living this album with me that have brought an honesty I wouldn’t have found on my own.”

The more you listen to ​After All, ​the more you hear the depth of gray that lies between the black and white lines of love, “thank God I got out of my own way and back to my roots,” shares Baird.

Throughout the last decade playing and writing songs, Rob’s mastered the art of skating as close to the truth as you can without sinking the ship. It’s hard to make an album come alive with each listen and Rob’s done just that with ​After All​— and not by mistake.

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

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

 

XYLO
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm
XYLO
‘Born & raised in Los Angeles, XYLØ found breakthrough success with brooding debut single ‘America’ in 2015. Following a string of sold out one-off headline shows, a platinum record with The Chainsmokers and over 250+ Million streams on Spotify, Paige Duddy aka XYLØ has been described by Nylon Magazine as the ‘Queen of Dark Pop’. The brand new EP ‘yes & no’ is out now and tickets to the first ever XYLØ headline tour are now on sale.’

 

 
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SCR
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm
SCR

SCR

Based out of New York, SCR (Sir Cadian Rhythm) is an alt-rock band known for their captivating live performance and infectious melodies. 

The bands unique sonic blend, which teeters on the edge of pop and alternative rock, is the result of each member coming from different musical upbringings ranging from musical theater to horn-laden funk to psychedelic rock music. 

Since their formation in 2015, the band has gone on to perform all over the east coast opening for national acts including Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Blues Traveler, The Robert Randolph Band, and The Record Company. Their highly touted single, “Not Quite Done Yet”, went viral on social media platforms and has accumulated close to a half a million streams on Spotify since its release. The hit song was featured in the blockbuster video game ‘Nascar Heat 2” this past fall. The bands song “Run Around Town” was also featured in the film “Back in the Day” starring Alec Baldwin.

ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm
ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS
Bridging the gap between rock & roll, roadhouse Americana, and the music sound of the southwestern United States, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have carved their own path over the last 25 years. They’ve traveled the world, sent eight albums to the top of the Billboard Internet Sales Chart, launched an annual music festival in Mexico, started their own line of ultra-premium tequila and built a global community of music-lovers and peacemakers – all while remaining 100% independent.

The band just released their 10th studio album in 20 years – ‘Native Heart’. Produced by Grammy winning legend Steve Berlin and mixed by Michael Brauer at the iconic Electric Ladyland, they shine new light on a band that’s built a career on trekking their own path with their own sound style of twang and taller-than-life characters of the Southwest to a rock & roll soundtrack. 

The band’s roots run deep, sinking back to a time with The Refreshments – the hometown heroes of Phoenix during the mid-1990s, fueled by a major-label deal with Mercury Records, a popular song (”Banditos”) on American rock radio and MTV, and the unique distinction of being both the composers and performers of the theme song for the culture favorite ‘King of the Hill’ TV show. All served to introduce Roger Clyne’s songwriting to a national audience. The Refreshments sang about Mexico, liquored-up bandits and troubadours, mixing the lore of the American Southwest with guitar muscle and pop/rock melody. Clyne deepened that sound with The Peacemakers, a roots rock band relying not on a record label for support, but on near-constant touring and a rare, genuine connection with fans.

Last year, the band’s founders, Roger Clyne & PH Naffah, appeared in a full length documentary ‘here’s to life’ about The Refreshments. Which celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the debut album, Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy. Two decades after its release, the album continues to influence a wide range of rock and country musicians, 12 of who will put their own stamp on the album’s music with an upcoming, all-star tribute album recreation of the iconic album

 

 
Frederick the Younger, Grace Joyner, Modern Moxie
Jul 19 @ 10:30 pm
Frederick the Younger

Frederick the Younger

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, some of Jenni Cochran’s earliest memories are of writing songs. Returning to the USA after working in Vietnam for a few years, she met Aaron Craker (guitar, keys, vocals) who was performing with his band Dr. Vitamin. The two immediately bonded over their shared love of Elliott Smith and The Beatles. They formed Frederick the Younger a few years later, releasing their first full length record “Human Child” in 2017. 

The band is their bond, formed on groovy garage pop, soulful vocals, a hint of Broadcast, Dr Dog and 60s pop with a modern twist. There is an earnestness to their newest songs on a forthcoming EP that rings true – the kind of sincerity born from experience. These songs feel alive and well-lived, tragic, nostalgic, beautiful, and contemplative, all with a solid hook.

 
Grace Joyner

Grace Joyner

Grace Joyner started making waves with her debut LP ‘Maybe Sometimes- in C’ in 2016. She teamed up with Charleston’s Wolfgang Zimmerman (Band of Horses, Susto) again to record her sophomore LP set to come out later this year. Joyner’s ability to weave in & out of a haunting, powerful sound & a soft intentionality allow for captivating performance both in & out of the studio.
 
Modern Moxie

Modern Moxie

Indie pop/rock band Modern Moxie’s effervescent pop melodies floating over the distorted fuzz of angst-ridden guitar combine with unique vocal stylings to produce an intimate, first-person narrative with a nostalgic 90’s alt-rock vibe. Charlotte based members include Madison Lucas (vocals/guitar/synth), Phil Pucci (lead guitar), Harry Kollm (bass), and Charlie Weeks (drums).