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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).
Jul
20
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PRÓXIMA PARADA w/ Little Bird
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm
PRÓXIMA PARADA
Próxima Parada blends soulful melody with hard-hitting rhythm into a sound distinctly their own. They’ve released several full-length albums independently and, with new songs written, are preparing to record their next.

Starting in 2012 as a group of college friends wanting to extend their dynamic to their community in San Luis Obispo, CA, they never dreamed that their passion would reach a global audience through being placed on Spotify playlists, that they’d perform at beautiful historic venues and music festivals, that their songs would earn awards, that their music would soothe and uplift people around the world. Their last single, Time In A Circle, currently has over 1.1 million plays on Spotify alone.

Próxima Parada is Nick Larson (vocals, keys, guitar), Kevin Middlekauff (bass), Josh Collins (guitar), and Aaron Kroeger (drums).

PRÓXIMA PARADA

 
 
Little Bird
Born and raised in Annapolis, MD, Indie R&B/Soul outfit, Little Bird, now hails from Charleston, SC. They are currently touring their 2018 release, Familiar, which reflects the sonic alchemy of a broad range of musical influences, such as legendary artists, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, along with revered modern acts, Hiatus Kaiyote, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and Nick Hakim.

With the release of Familiar, and a consistent, impressive live performance, Little Bird has received acclaim in their new hometown, being voted the 2018 Charleston City Paper ‘RnB/Soul Band of the Year’. New members Ben Mossman (Bass), Oleg Terentiev (Drums), Noah Jones (Piano) have joined originators Jay Hurtt (Guitar/Vocals) and James Rubush (Guitar) to create the sound heard on Familiar, and continue to develop their sound with material set to be released in 2019. Familiar was released in April 2018, recorded with Engineer/Producers Shane Woods, and Jeff Lucci (Mo Lowda & the Humble) recorded at Headroom Studios (Philadelphia, PA) in October 2017. 

Formed originally in 2014 as the brainchild of Jay and James, the group began began relentlessly touring throughout the East Coast in early 2017 on the heels of their self-produced record ‘Groove’ (2015). The early and new sounds of the band landed them gigs performing and headlining festivals such as Silopanna, EastPortaRockin’, Savannah Stopover along with sharing bills with the likes of G. Love & Special Sauce, Zach Deputy, Boy Named Banjo, Jimmies Chicken Shack, The Hip Abduction, Caroline Rose, Stop Light Observations, Mo Lowda & the Humble and many more.

Little Bird

 
Lovely World + Ted Marengos
Jul 20 @ 10:30 pm
Lovely World

Lovely World

Hailing from Spartanburg, SC, since 2015. Lovely World has managed to put a twist on youthful themes of love and fear with their ethereal, intense rock n’roll music. Close friends since elementary school, Lovely World is Landon Rojas (vocals/guitar), Cade Rojas (drums), Cameron Smith (guitar), and Colton Weathersby (bass). With a truly remarkable musical chemistry, Lovely World has developed a unique rock sound.
 
Ted Marengos

Ted Marengos

Formed in 2011, Ted Marengos was born from the union of ideas and inclusions of the brothers Júlio Starace (vocals and guitar), Luiz Pimentel (bass) and Thomaz Ayres (drums).
In 2014, the band released their first album, First Prints , which won awards and praise in Brazil.
In 2017, Ted Marengos released their second album, Lifts . With more organic sound and recorded on analogue tape in New York, and yielded the classification of most interesting retro band of the times, according to the Roling Stone Magazine and rated 4 of 5 stars.
2019 saw the release of their third album, Timeless Beat and will tour the US all summer in support of this release.
Jul
21
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Natalie Royal w/ Raymond Joseph
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm
Natalie Royal

Natalie Royal

Self-proclaimed “gut folk” songwriter/artist, Natalie Royal, has been writing and performing since she was in elementary school. In 2009, she made the move from Charlotte, NC to Nashville, TN to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Songwriting at Belmont University. She released her sophomore album, Harbinger, in 2016, and with several fresh tunes in her repertoire, she plans to hit the studio again later this year. When she’s not writing songs, Royal enjoys cooking, starting (and finishing) jigsaw puzzles, and reading historical fiction novels.
 
Raymond Joseph

Raymond Joseph

‘Using a delicate voice and intricate arrangements, Nashville’s Raymond Joseph spins life’s most complicated sentiments into quietly powerful songs that waver between fragility and catharsis.’
Jul
22
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm

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

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Jul
23
Tue
EX HEX w/ Spider Bags
Jul 23 @ 8:00 pm
EX HEX

EX HEX

When Ex Hex exploded onto the scene with their unfettered brand of rock and riffage, the power trio for our generation had finally arrived. Made up of Mary Timony (guitar, vocals), Betsy Wright (bass, vocals), and Laura Harris (drums), the group’s 2014 debut Rips was a gleaming collection of tightly wound gems that scored Best New Music honors from Pitchfork, the top spot on Magnet Magazine’s Best of 2014 list, and No. 11 in that year’s Pazz & Jop critics poll. Near-constant touring throughout 2015 and 2016 established the band as a force to be reckoned with: an audacious three-piece distilling rock music to its essence with formidable skills and a reputation for frenzied and unabashedly fun live shows.

On It’s Real, the group’s forthcoming second album, Ex Hex’s commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined Rips has grown in scale and ambition. What started as a reaction to the blown-out aesthetic of Rips would test the sonic limits of the power trio and lead the band on a quest for a more immersive and three-dimensional sound. Vocal harmonies are layered ten tracks deep, solos shimmer and modulate atop heaving power chords, and the codas linger and stretch toward new frontiers of sound. On first listen, you might think you’ve unearthed a long-lost LP carved from the space where crunch-minded art rock and glitter-covered hard rock converge, an event horizon at the intersection of towering choruses and swaggering guitars.

Produced by Jonah Takagi (who also produced Rips), It’s Real was a more collaborative effort than its predecessor. Mary and Betsy could be found writing late into the night, leaning on Takagi to tighten up arrangements. Egos were surrendered in service to the music: Nothing was sacred or precious, and there was a relentless devotion to both songcraft and exploration. Dozens of guitar amps sat mic-ed in the next room, and the group experimented at a frenzied pace parsing countless combinations of instruments, pedals, and amps. They even dusted off Mary’s old Rockman, a small headphone amp designed by Boston guitarist Tom Scholz in 1982. Mary recounts, “It’s only about the size of a Walkman and takes eight AA batteries, but it sounds massive. We read that parts of [Def Leppard’s] Hysteria were tracked through it, and when we finally plugged it in, it blew our minds!”

The opening track “Tough Enough” is punky and defiant, with stacked backing vocals posing the question “Are you tough enough (to let it go)?” that’s resoundingly answered in the affirmative by a searing, triumphant guitar solo. “Cosmic Cave” is a bittersweet rave-up with shimmering phased guitars, a gooey-candied chorus, and beamed-in “whoa-oh-ohs” that add a touch of melancholia to the frenzied speed-of-sound pace. The ferocious and anthemic “Rainbow Shiner” is what Wright describes as “a victory song.” Her mordacious central riff is coupled with dueling guitar-god solos that explode from the stereo spectrum. The starlit “Another Dimension” has it all: pounding drums, palm-muted humbucking chugs, soaring harmonized vocals, and a stark, ethereal bridge that sends listeners deep into the lush sonic landscape that the band set out to create.

Ex Hex were already one of America’s best guitar bands—but on It’s Real, their musical savvy has thrillingly combined with anything-goes curiosity, studio experimentation, and a dedication to refinement, resulting in an album that’s ready to be played at maximum volume.

 
Spider Bags

Spider Bags

Daniel McGee formed Spider Bags in 2006, and the band now includes Rock Forbes on drums and Steve Oliva on bass.

Four years after releasing their Merge debut, Frozen Letter, Spider Bags return with an LP that ascends to new levels of aural punch and perspective. The years that elapsed between records were crucial in enabling that progress to take place.

Recorded in Memphis at Bunker Audio by Andrew McCalla (who also engineered 2012’s Shake My Head), Someday Everything Will Be Fine leverages the limitations and glory of the Tascam 388, a vintage recording/mixing device that’s acquired a mythos via its association with legendary records by Dinosaur Jr. and others. Unlike the error-erasing editing software Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee has favored in the past, the Tascam’s charms are more immediate, and it has a visceral resonance all its own.

Someday Everything Will Be Fine, which is about the importance of saying f**k it and dancing to a rock and roll record, is an album only Spider Bags could make.

Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 23 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

Jul
24
Wed
Jake La Botz
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm
Jake La Botz

Jake La Botz

Jake La Botz’s story seems entirely too cinematic to be true – a film with shades of Merle Haggard and Tom Waits and Charles Bukowski and Mark Twain and Sid Vicious and David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Jim Jarmusch and Boxcar Bertha and Jack Kerouac all wrapped into one. And all of these experiences play into his new album ‘Sunnyside,’ out May 12 on Hi Style Records, a record that shows that his imagistic songwriting, storytelling range, and recounting of his experiences are just as deep as the aforementioned list of greats.

A juvenile delinquent in the early ‘80s discovering punk music and drifting. A high school dropout who works odd jobs. A subways and street busker taken under the wing of grizzled, wise bluesmen in Chicago. Avid reader who charts a self-education in a public library while falling under the spell of music, tattoos, sunshine, cheap motels, and drug addiction in southern California. Film actor. Gospel musician in all-black church. Buddhist. Meditation teacher. Then, through innumerable gigs with his Chet Baker looks and his large-bodied guitar, he finds friends and admirers in J.D. McPherson and a whole new crop of Americana musicians in his new abode in Nashville. This is Jake La Botz’s true story.

PLASTICIAN w/ Klasey
Jul 24 @ 9:00 pm
PLASTICIAN
Chris Reed, also known as Plastician (formerly Plasticman), is a DJ / Producer and owner of Terrorhythm Recordings from Thornton Heath in the London Borough of Croydon.

Plastician is a name synonymous with groundbreaking and forward thinking electronic music. In his early years he was most noted for his involvement at the forefront of establishing both London’s Grime scene, and the Dubstep scene. He is unique in the sense that he is the only artist who is recognised as a true pioneer of both sounds from their humble beginnings. As well as being one of only 4 resident DJ’s at world famed originating Dubstep club night, FWD, Plastician’s roots in Grime run equally strong, as he spent much of his time touring with JME and Skepta before the brothers formed the Boy Better Know collective, and has numerous productions to his name for everyone from Skepta & JME to Frisco, Wiley and Lethal Bizzle. 

In more recent times, he has been globally recognised for his efforts to unearthing new and exciting music without boundaries, showcasing it in his sets and through releases on his record label, Terrorhythm Recordings, which is responsible recently for introducing the world to acts such as AWE, GANZ and Louis Futon among others. Never one to be put in a box, Plastician specializes in finding music that joins the dots between all that is exciting in bass music across the board.

He plays a prime time weekly radio show on Rinse FM, having been on the station for 13 years he is the longest standing DJ on the station, representing them from their humble roots as a London pirate station, and helping them on their way to legal status. In 2006 he spent 18 months as part of BBC Radio 1’s “The Residency”, which then became “In New DJ’s We Trust”, continuing his Rinse FM show under an alias “Blue Stripe” during that period.
He is noted for being the first DJ to play tracks by Emalkay, Joker, Om Unit, AWE and Rustie among countless others, and adds more to that list every week.

Besides his work as a DJ he is a respected producer, having worked with countless record labels through his career, and working with the likes of Wiley, Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., JME, Skepta and others through his productions.

PLASTICIAN

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

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

 

Jul
26
Fri
The Big FanDamily Band
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Founded in 2014 by singer/songwriter Josh Carter, The Big FanDamily Band! is a network of musicians with the common goal of bringing great original music to the Carolina’s. The FanDamily found there niche creating ‘Mash Ups’ of Carter’s original music with other hit songs from every decade. The band combines elements of Country, Rock and punk and is often compared to other artist like Dropkick Murphy’s, Robert Earl Keen, and Zak Brown Band. The Big FanDamily’s High energy music and performance has landed them in venues and festivals throughout all over the Carolinas. They are currently working hard in and out of the studio to create a full length album and put on the best live show anywhere!

 

AMERICAN AQUARIUM + BOTTLE ROCKETS
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm
AMERICAN AQUARIUM

AMERICAN AQUARIUM

In the lush tobacco fields of North Carolina where BJ Barham was raised, people work hard. Families stay nearby, toiling and growing together. BJ loves those farms and his tiny Reidsville hometown, but he had to run off and start American Aquarium, a band now beloved by thousands.
BJ couldn’t stay. But he couldn’t really leave, either: he’s still singing about the lessons, stories, and lives that define rural America––and him.

“I moved to the big city to go to college and fell in love with music,” BJ says. “But half the songs on our record are about small towns––little pieces of my childhood. I’ve had moments where it turns out a piece of broken English my father repeated twice a week is the most accurate way to say something. So I put it in a song.”

American Aquarium’s seventh studio album Things Change offers the band’s finest collection of folk infused Southern rock-and-roll to date. Stacked with BJ’s signature storytelling––always deeply personal but also instantly relatable––the record questions and curses current events, shares one man’s intimate evolution, and leaves listeners with a priceless gift: hope.

“In my early 20s, I was not as hopeful,” BJ says. “Now, as I’m getting ready to become a father, I think I have to be hopeful––especially with the situation our country is in now. For her sake, I have to be positive.” He pauses. “Her” is his daughter, due in the spring of 2018. BJ adds, “Being self-aware has always been a blessing and a curse. But that’s what’s always made my songwriting relatable to people. I don’t hold back. I’m almost too honest.”

BJ’s candor has fueled American Aquarium’s runaway appeal, visible most clearly in consistently sold-out shows across the country and throughout Europe – between 200 and 250 dates a year. Much has changed for the band and BJ since their acclaimed last effort, Wolves. In 2017, every American Aquarium member save BJ quit the group. American Aquarium has featured about 30 players since BJ founded the outfit in 2006, and while each member has left indelible marks, the band has always been anchored by the literary songs and sometimes roaring, sometimes whispering, drawl of BJ Barham. BJ’s personal life also underwent seismic shifts: He got sober. He got married. Soon, he’ll be a dad.

Featuring a new band lineup that includes Shane Boeker on lead guitar, drummer Joey Bybee, bassist Ben Hussey, and Adam Kurtz on pedal steel and electric guitar, as well as a reinvigorated frontman in BJ, Things Change is American Aquarium’s first release on a label after selling thousands of records on their own. “As an artist, your goal is for the newest thing you do to be better than the last. You’re slowly whittling away the bullshit to try and get to the truth,” BJ says. “With this album, I learned how to cut some of that fat so that it’s just truth. It’s our best record.”

Recorded at 3CG Records in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Things Change was produced by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fulbright and features cameos from Americana standouts including John Moreland and Jamie Lin Wilson. Brazen album opener “The World is on Fire” is a richly layered rock-and-roll anthem that documents BJ and his wife’s stunned reaction to the last presidential election. Emotional and conversational, the song taps into widespread feelings of confusion and fear: “She said, ‘What are we going to do? What’s this world coming to?’ / For the first time in my whole life, I stood there speechless.” But what begins as despair builds into defiant faith, as BJ growls a call to action to cap off one of his favorite songs he’s ever written. “I’m complaining about the state of things, and then the third verse almost serves as a challenge to myself: hey, you’re in charge of another human being. You can create change,” he says.

Driving rock-and-roller “Crooked + Straight” explores the small-town consequences of questioning religion, and the tightness of family in the face of one member’s rejection. His father’s advice anchors the song. “I come from a blue-collar family. I’m the only one who didn’t go into farming. I learned if you want something, you have to go out and take it. You can’t expect anything from anybody,” BJ says. “You can only go out there and work harder. My dad always said you can outwork anybody else.” Love for hard work and the people who carry it out appears repeatedly throughout Things Change. Guitar-heavy “Tough Folks” is a snarling ode to those with dirt under their fingernails, while bass- and pedal-steel-infused “Work Conquers All” spins a tale in praise and pursuit of Oklahoma’s state motto.

The album’s love songs are the kind of achingly beautiful that only comes with maturity and a willingness to expose one’s own flaws. Haunting “Shadows of You” recalls a lover’s flight as the protagonist longs for what he let get away. Gorgeous “Till the Final Curtain Falls” celebrates loyalty and pledges endless devotion. The moving title track takes an often doleful topic––people’s tendency to change––and turns it on its head, tracing BJ’s personal growth and recognizing his now-wife’s steadfast love.

BJ’s other two favorite tracks are album standouts. Moving “When We Were Younger Men” addresses the break-up of American Aquarium head on. As BJ professes love for his former bandmates over stripped down acoustic guitar, his voice is honeyed and deep. “It’s an open letter to five guys who I spent eight years of my life with seeing the entire world,” BJ says. “I think anyone who has ever had to walk away from a friendship or has had somebody walk away from them will relate to the song.” Stunner “One Day at a Time” is self-perceptive and vulnerable, detailing BJ’s battles with himself. Even within his career full of well-written gems, the song is a towering accomplishment.

“At the end of the day, if you’re not writing songs to affect other people’s lives, you’re in it for the wrong reasons,” BJ says, reflecting on the new album, where he’s been, and where American Aquarium is headed. “Money may come and go. You may never get fame. But if you sit down and write songs to affect people, you can do it your whole life and be happy.”

BOTTLE ROCKETS

BOTTLE ROCKETS

Formed nearly 30 years ago, the Bottle Rockets helped forge a now-popular subgenre—small-town, middle-class, Midwest American roots rock—part right-to-the-gut poetry, part rock ‘n’ roll, all truth. Bit Logic is a different sort of album for the St. Louis natives and shows them at their most self-aware, self-challenging, and socially alert.

Recorded in St. Louis at Sawhorse Studios, engineered by Mario Viele and produced by longtime studio collaborator Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (The Del-Lords, Steve Earle), the Bottle Rockets’ 13th album has them looking at their unique stylistic blend through a different lens. While one of the group’s earmarks is constructing blue-collar anthems, Bit Logic has the quartet focusing outside themselves, at how change and adaptation affects the bigger picture.

“We were not planning any kinda ‘theme’ to this album, but one kinda showed up,” said lead singer and guitarist Brian Henneman. “If it’s about anything at all, it’s an album about existing in this modern world. Trying to dodge depression and anger. These songs are views from the moments when you’re mostly succeeding at it.” Yet, to balance those times when success may seem just a breath out of reach, the album includes the infectious pop masterpiece “Maybe Tomorrow” which offers an optimistic and buoyant outlook on momentary failure.

The band returned to its more democratic songwriting approach this time, which generated four co-written songs, in contrast to their previous and critically acclaimed album, South Broadway Athletic Club, which Henneman primarily wrote. Leading up to their time in the studio, Henneman sent around some bare-bones acoustic iPhone recordings that would serve as the album’s blueprint, and the group fleshed out one song a day by means of three 4-day studio sessions.

The group went into the recording sessions with a fresh outlook—to bring out more of their Americana influences and to write a record that more accurately reflected their collective approach. What they found while doing so surprised them.

“The past provided touchstones,” said Ambel. “Times when you could hear Merle Haggard and the Grateful Dead on the same radio station. The country vibe came from the sounds that inspired us in the studio. Sounds from the more experimental times of country. Post Hank, post George.”

Other inspirations came from “off-the-beaten-path Americana” sources like Don Williams, Poco, Jackson Browne, Jerry Reed, and more, all of whom “showed up” in the music during the sessions, audibly channeling themselves through John Horton’s hot-shit, phase-shifted country-folk pickin’; Henneman’s penny philosopher, raspy drawl; or Mark Ortmann and Keith Voegele’s in-the-pocket, country-rock overdrive.

The title track and “Lo-Fi” are pointed laments of how the ever-relevant topic of modernization affects the individual—how it can be a marvelous dream, but also a dehumanizing reality. In “Bit Logic” Henneman and Ortmann team up to pen some of the band’s most clever and conscious wordplay, “In my technicolor childhood / We burned incandescent dreams / Illuminatin’ on these future things / That didn’t turn out like we thought they would.” But there’s always the other side of the coin, as in “Lo-Fi”: “Al Green in the kitchen/ On the AM radio/ Best bad sound that I ever did know/ Scratchy and it’s muddy / But it carries me through/ Straight on down to Memphis in ’72.”

It all funnels into the brilliant, poignant, quotable critique on the music industry, “Bad Time to Be an Outlaw.” In the bouncy, meta, swampy country number Henneman takes stock, rethinks his choices in life, but still ends up at the same outcome. The lyrics are pure Prine, the music wonderfully reminiscent of Waylon and Reed.

That Nashville Pop it ain’t my deal
Even though that cash flow’s real
But these days “What Would Waylon Do?”
Don’t make much money sad but true
It’s a bad time to be an outlaw

Don’t get me wrong I love what I do
Couldn’t even change it if I wanted to
But random selection of the universe
Is makin’ me think my job’s a curse
It’s a bad time to be an outlaw

Through it all, the album is the simple meeting the complex, traditional meeting modern, stick-to-your-guns resoluteness meeting adaptation. It’s what Bottle Rockets have always done, but with a fresh take. Bit Logic breaks new artistic ground but remains in character.
Full Bio

The Bottle Rockets will release their new album Bit Logic on October 12th, 2018.

The band was unceremoniously birthed in 1992 and they very quickly became a forebearer for the new style alongside Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks, Old 97’s, Blue Mountain and Whiskeytown.

When The Bottle Rockets hit the scene in the mid ’90s, the world wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. With their punk-rock pedigrees and arena-rock energy, their tougher-than-Springsteen storytelling and their romantic hearts sewn bare on their denim sleeves, the pride of Festus, MO confounded musical generalities as they laid waste to clubs across the Midwest and then, soon enough, the nation.

Back in a time when the critical language and resulting idioms for mixing underground rock with country was in its infancy, The Bottle Rockets were fearlessly — and quite loudly — playing rootsy weepers alongside howling rave ups, with singer/guitarist Brian Henneman (who paid some dues as a roadie for Uncle Tupelo and playing on their March 16-20, 1992 album and Wilco’s debut A.M.) leading the charge as some sort of Roger Miller of the indie set. It’s a sound propped up (and hopped up) just as much on the pillars of Leslie West & Mountain as it was on those of the Ramones and the Clash.

Until every regular guy gets a fair shake, the songs and sentiments of the Bottle Rockets will never get stale. The band, and their sound and their message, goes beyond a time or a place or a fad. The Bottle Rockets are true folk music, albeit it with beards, biker wallets and a lot more muscle.

Jul
29
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm

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

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

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

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

 

Aug
1
Thu
Gabrielle Sophia Going Away Show w/Halloween Costume Contest
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm
Gabrielle Sophia

Gabrielle Sophia

Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Gabrielle Sophia has been writing since the first day she picked up a guitar. In the years since, She has developed a unique blend of folk instrumentation and atmosphere while maintaining a pop sensibility in her writing. Taking influence from the likes of Norah Jones,Hop Along, Margaret Glaspy, Florence Welch, and The Shins, her songs are delivered with heartfelt intensity and have a direct and emotional impact on the listener.
At age 17 Sophia received the Queen City Awards Youth Artist of the year. Her debut EP “Unhinged Peace” was released in June of 2018 featuring seven well crafted songs aimed at the struggles of life’s complex emotions. She shows a diverse range of musical ideas on this project, from the quiet build and strong payoff of Eggshells to the rock-infused Burning Paint. Moving forward with a full band she is guiding her music in new lyrical and sonic directions, looking to mix her folk roots with a chamber pop aesthetic.
 
Halloween Costume Contest

Halloween Costume Contest

Josh Allen aka Halloween Costume Contest has been making music as a solo artist under various names since 2015. Influenced by artists such as Flatsound, Field Medic and Florist, they released their first EP ‘A Ghost in Autumn’ in early 2018 with various new songs released here and there since then. While trying to get their first album created they have frequently played The Milestone, The Odditorium, Oso Skate Park, and various house shows.
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 1 @ 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.

 

Aug
2
Fri
Tuatha Dea
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm
Tuatha Dea
Combining primal rhythms, melodic and ethereal ballads, screaming guitar riffs with an Appalachian/Celtic vibe this FAMILY born of a family drum circle delivers an authentic tribal and clannish feel that not only draws the audience into the music but into the moment and clan as well. 

Their rhythmic groove and interaction naturally inspires audience participation which has become a staple of their performances. From the beginning the band has embraced its Celtic heritage and meshed the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland with their own bold blend of mainstream rock, mountain drumming and Appalachian blues to produce a truly unique sound that has a universal appeal! Dubbed “The Eclectic Steam-Punk Partridge Family in Kilts and Corsets” and “The Appalachian Fae”, this band is REAL family!!! 

Tuatha Dea tours and performs Nationally and Internationally and have been celebrated for their uniqueness, energy and personal connection to their fans and audiences! Songs like “Appalachia Burning” “Kilts and Corsets” and “Open letter to You” drawn from personal experiences relate the depth and heart of the bands creative spirit while Powerful hard hitting tunes like “Wisp of a Thing”, “Morgan La Fey” and “Amy” reflect the groups Rock edge! Want something tribal? The pulse pounding rhythm of “Bagabi” may be your cup of tea. 

In 2014, the band released their 4th CD which is associated with the novels of recognized published Sci-Fi- Fantasy Author for Tor Publishing, Alex Bledsoe. {The band appears as characters in his 3rd book in the series “Long Black Curl”! Tuatha Dea ranked #15 out of 10,000 in the Hard RocK Cafes International Battle of The Bands in 2014 and Ranked in the top 25 worldwide in 2015! Tuatha Dea produced and sponsored ‘The Green Album’ in 2016 comprised of 14 Artists from around the Globe with 25% of ALL proceeds going to Rainforest Trust and the efforts around the world! Over 10,000 acres of Rainforest have been saved to date! Tuatha Dea’s 5th CD the much anticipated ‘Kilts and Corsets’ Album was produced by Grammy Nominee Travis Wyrick and released in June of 2017 !And in 2018 Tuatha Dea let their Appalachian Rock side loose with the release of their single “Get Along Home” available only on the historic collection, The New Bristol Sessions with Dolly Parton, Richie Owens, Virginia Ground, 49 Winchester and others! What ever the genre Tuatha Dea has something for everyone! In 2018 Tuatha Dea opened for AND performed LIVE on stage with celebrated Hall of Famer Paul Simon in Montauk New York! 2019 is STILL happening with over 70 performances booked Nationwide and 2020 marks the bands 10 year anniversary! Look for Tuatha Dea’s forthcoming NEW Album Project X and Who knows what’s next!

THE GROWLERS
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm
THE GROWLERS
From their first LP Are You In or Out? (2009) to their latest LP Casual Acquaintances (2018), The Growlers have forged their own twisted path on the global music scene. They’re the party band that grew into a traveling circus that spawned their own hit event, Beach Goth. Lead singer Brooks Nielsen draws a particular devotion among Growlers fans, as does chief cohort Matt Taylor, The Growlers’ music director and lead guitarist. The band’s 2016 LP, City Club, produced by Julian Casablancas, saw them expand their palette to include West African, dance and electronic influences.
 
IAmDynamite
Aug 2 @ 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.

Aug
3
Sat
Laura Thurston
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Armed with a guitar, harmonica, tambourine and suitcase kick drum, ​Thurston is a one-woman band’

Aug
4
Sun
House Of Waters and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Aug 4 @ 7:30 pm
House Of Waters
Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to India, where he received a grant to study under the santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.

Moto Fukushima has been playing music for as long as he can remember. Accompanying such greats as Joe Lovano, Mike Stern, and Dave Weckl, he has redefined the role of the bass. With a strong background in jazz improvisation, Western classical music and the African inspired musics of South America, Moto’s playing is an amazing combination of finesse, subtlety, and power.

Drummer Ignacio Rivas Bixio mixes South American rhythms with powerful fusion beats. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ignacio moved to NYC after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and is one of the most sought after drummers on the scene.

House of Waters has scored an Emmy winning documentary for ESPN, and has shared the stage with some of the most influential musical leaders of the century including: Pandit Ravi Shankar, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, Snarky Puppy, Karsh Kale, and more.

Their self titled first record on Snarky Puppy’s GroundUP Record Label – House of Waters – debuted at #2 on the iTunes World Music Charts. All About Jazz calls it, “A rare and beautiful gem,” while TimeOutNY calls their performances “A sight to behold.”

PRESS QUOTES:
“…Grasping for definitions is useless with this band. Their genre can only be described by other words like fresh, calm, serene, and bliss. Hearing something this new to me feels like I’m hearing music for the first time all over again.”
Paste Music and Daytrotter

“One of the most unique groups you will ever come across . . . I can only describe their sound as being a sound which one has longed to hear without truly realising it.”
The Bubble

“London’s new favourite band.”
Ticketmaster UK

“House of Waters is a band that is bending the very fabric of the musical universe as we know it.”
Onstage Review 

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music.

• Latest album PILLAR reached #5 on the iTunes Jazz Chart

• Selected by the U.S. Department of State as a cultural ambassador, with tours in Asia and Africa

• Artist Business of the Year award from Minority Enterprise Development Committee in North Carolina 

• Selected as a TEDx speaker

• 3x special guest performer at Victor Wooten’s prestigious music camps

DELHI 2 DUBLIN
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm
DELHI 2 DUBLIN
 
Since first coming together in 2006, Delhi 2 Dublin founding members Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran and Ravi Binning have followed a unique path, often incorporating the distinct sounds of tabla and dhol into the electronic pulse of warehouse raves. The Vancouver-based electronic ensemble has developed its own decisive genre they refer to as ‘Subcontinental Pop,” bringing their South Asian influences into the world of Western pop music. And now, with the release of their new single, “Home (Everywhere I Go),” and forthcoming album, We Got This, Delhi 2 Dublin is poised to take their sound from the main stage to mainstream radio.

The new album, We Got This, produced by Toronto hitmaker Gavin Brown (Barenaked Ladies, Metric, Tragically Hip) is slated to be released on Warner Music Canada in early 2019. Gavin worked closely with the band to help them find their inner voice and focus their energies toward crafting the best songs of their career so far. With songs like “My People” and the title track, “We Got This,” they’re speaking to the band members’ experiences as descendants of immigrants in a new world, making these the most personal and meaningful songs since their inception. The first single, “Home (Everywhere I Go)” in particular, paints a powerful picture of an outsider searching for and finding their place in this world.

Each of these songs has an accessibility that transcends the band’s personal experiences and reaches toward a depth of meaning for people of all cultures, backgrounds and ages. For the first time in their career, Delhi 2 Dublin feel as though they’ve been able to articulate everything they’ve experienced and craft a collection of thought provoking and socially-conscious songs, while still remaining pop-accessible and dance-worthy. 

Over the past few years, Delhi 2 Dublin has averaged 100 shows a year in places that have ranged from grimy, mid-2000’s LA dispensaries, to the Glastonbury Festival and Burning Man, to even performing as invited guests in the Kingdom of Brunei. Not too shabby for a group that was essentially pulled together last minute for what was intended as a one-off performance at the 2006 Vancouver Celtic Festival. That initial public jam session instantly galvanized the festival attendees into wildly dancing fans of a band that didn’t even technically exist. The surge of performance invitations that followed ensured that the hypothetical band became a reality. Instantly they were part of the fabric of Vancouver’s electronic music scene and California’s Jam Band festival circuit. In 2007 they released a self-titled album which sold out in under ten minutes the first time they brought it to a festival.

As might be expected with a spontaneously generated act, some skilled musicians have rotated in and out over the years. But the three core founding members have always remained and followed their own paths from that fateful first gig. Originally from Montreal, Tarun Nayar studied classical tabla from childhood with a seriousness that would eventually lead him to spend long periods of time studying with mentors in India. While Indian classical music is generally performed in concert halls, Tarun moved to East Vancouver in his early 20s and found his way into its frenzied rave scene and began to envision the tabla’s possibilities in warehouse raves. He co-founded Beats Without Borders, one of the first Canadian West Coast electronic outfits to throw big parties that incorporated various non-Western musical styles and traditions. 

Sanjay Seran describes growing up as a ‘brown sheltered suburban kid’ with a ‘what the fuck is quinoa?’ kind of perspective on the world. He was always singing, he recalls, like a ‘human jukebox.’ Encouraged by friends’ reactions, he picked choir as a senior high school elective, and then joined extracurricular Vocal Jazz. At university he found a Bhangra Club and started hitting Vancouver’s massive network of Desi dance parties while binging on Napster’s generous offerings of UK garage infused bhangra. He started his own bhangra act, Signia, that included Ravi Binning, who had spent his entire life filling rooms with the sounds of his traditional Punjabi folk dance and drumming and has brought that experience to the current line-up. For the past four years Delhi 2 Dublin have been touring and recording with violinist Serena Eades. Berklee trained and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Serena deftly blends her classical and folk influences, bringing a new dimension to their sound. 

With their new album, We Got This, and for their first time as a band, the members of Delhi 2 Dublin feel as though they’ve been able to reach inside themselves and come together on a collection of songs that they hope will resonate with all people, and even leave them thinking…as they’re dancing and singing along!

Aug
5
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Aug 5 @ 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.

Find Your Muse Open Mic welcomes Jackson Lundy
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm
Jackson Lundy

Jackson Lundy

Jackson Lundy is a singer-songwriter from New York City whose blend of R&B, Jazz, and Folk is as smooth as butter. Mixing softer songwriting with groove inspired production, Jackson’s music is a unique sound influenced by artists from D’Angelo to Tom Misch. His breakout single “Calypso” has surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify, reaching number 4 on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart following its debut.
Find Your Muse Open Mic

Find Your Muse Open Mic

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
Aug 5 @ 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.

 

Aug
6
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 6 @ 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. 

 

Aug
7
Wed
Tosco Music Open Mic
Aug 7 @ 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.

Aug
8
Thu
Late Night Special w/ Taylor Kelly
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm
Late Night Special
A diverse group of talented musicians strung together by passion to create a blend of euphoric energy, that tames a groove that keeps you wanting to party all night. Soaring vocals carry a thrilling sound painted with the majestic accompaniment of dulling electric guitars that surround a pocket of high energy pocket rhythms. No single genre can contain the caliber of high energy this band admits day in and day out, show after show. 

Veterans of the east coast touring scene, they have earned their reputation as the true Late Night Special . Bringing unforgettable memories to a wide variety of venues, genres , and people 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Be prepared to never lose the memory of this 
nostalgic group of rockstars. 

Fred Lee Heintz IV- Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar 
Mikey Marrero- Bass/ Lead Guitar / Vocals 
Derek Furr-Lead Guitar 
Serge Mnarsakanov- Drums

Taylor Kelly

Taylor Kelly

Taylor Kelly was born and raised in the suburbs of Rochester, NY and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where she is further discovering herself as an artist. She has a voice that blends both the smoothness and rhythmic nature of jazz, soul and funk. Her tasteful songwriting tells tales of truth in hopes to inspire many to love, live and let go. Also a trumpet player, she proves the importance of a strong horn section and hot horn lines and strives for an instrumental-vocal approach, a rhythmic phrasing and an improvisation that is reminiscent of many of her trumpet playing influences (Chet Baker, Roy Hargrove and Miles Davis to name a few). Her musical stylings are reflective of Erykah Badu and Stevie Wonder as they possess what she believes to be the true essence of music- harmonic complexity, strong melodic contour and lyrical honesty with an absolutely relentless underlying groove. 
Taylor graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Music where she had diligently studied the vast realm that is music. She leads an 8-piece group that has shared the stage with Moonchild, Becca Stevens, Bahamadia and Georgia Anne Muldrow and has released three albums, her most recent entitled ‘Do U Feel Me’ that released 23 June 2017 (www.taylorkelly.bandcamp.com). Her fourth album, Up Up and Away, releases August 1st 2019.
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 8 @ 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.

 

Aug
9
Fri
That Guy Smitty
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Professional purveyor of all things groovin’. I have been blessed to have played alongside, and am respected by, some of the top DJ’s in the world.

Aug
11
Sun
The National Reserve
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm
The National Reserve
For nearly half a decade, The National Reserve has spent its Friday nights lighting it up at a Brooklyn bar, winning over barflies with epic sets and a remarkable breadth of song-craft and showmanship. With their 2018 release on Ramseur Records, Motel La Grange, the band crafted a rich and raucous collection that instantly placed them among Americana’s finest – its force, directness, and performance not unlike some lost recording unearthed from the golden age of 70s rock ‘n’ roll. Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and boozy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of American music. The National Reserve is now set to bring all the fun and fire of their fervent Friday night sets to the rest of the world, eager to pack as many folks into their late night scene as possible.
Aug
12
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Aug 12 @ 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.

Find Your Muse Open Mic welcomes back Eric Dodd
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Dodd
“When I write, I try to envision my live show and how the songs will translate to my fans. Personally, I’m in a really good place right now, and I am sure my new material reflects that” – Eric Dodd.

Eric Dodd grew up in Lake Oconee, Ga. chasing two things: golf balls and guitar.

He had a passion and natural gift for both. He earned a golf scholarship to Georgia College and State University, where he majored in business. When he wasn’t playing in golf tournaments, he was playing in frat houses with his band. He eventually transferred to the University of Georgia to pursue a music business degree and immerse himself in the fertile Athens music scene (R.E.M, Drive-By Truckers). 

But in the end, it was lyrics over links that brought him to Music City.

Dodd first gained national attention as a CMT Discovery Artist, but he honed his craft playing more than 200 dates a year throughout the southeast performing in clubs, SEC colleges, and music halls where his likable personality, feel-good lyrics, musicianship, and energetic stage presence earned him a faithful following in a region with strong musical tastes and a deep pool of talent. 

“I always aim for my shows to be engaging,” he explained of the years spent playing gigs and sleeping in a van to make ends meet. “Music is an escape from reality, and I want to give people that and take them on a trip during the hour I get with them.”

He’s opened for Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Corey Smith, Cole Swindell, Zac Brown Band, Rodney Atkins and recently for Sister Hazel, which was especially meaningful. “Opening up for Sister Hazel’s sold out show at the Georgia Theatre in Athens (Georgia) has to be one of my favorite moments onstage,” Dodd offered. “I earned my music business degree from UGA so it was one of those full circle moments.”

His musical journey has him weaving seamlessly between rock, country, and Americana with themes that speak to the heart of Friday night, as well as Monday morning. As a songwriter, he can be sweetly nostalgic and equally rambunctious. 

On “The Reason,” the debut single from his upcoming self-titled EP, “ So Right,” Dodd sings with equal parts ache and authenticity. Inspired by the example of his grandparents, Dodd writes about love and relationships with a heightened level of sincerity, respect, and honesty.

“That’s the type of love that lasts and inspires me,” he says with full candor. “There are ups and downs of course, but that is the love that endures and sets the bar for every generation that follows. It’s something I want to live up to in my own marriage.”

“The Reason,” released in June 2018 is approaching 3 million streams across the various music services. It was included in multiple playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora and YouTube. The video was featured on CMT’s “Must-See Indies You Need To Know” and the “12-Pack Countdown.” Wide Open Country called the song “heartfelt and anthemic.”

He’s a romantic with a wild side. Dodd also sang and co-wrote the theme song for “Wild Outdoors,” the longest running series on The Sportsman’s Channel. Dodd has also leant his talent to the Georgia Music Foundation, which supports cultural enrichment and music education programs in the state. 

Since arriving in Nashville, Dodd has assembled an outstanding group of industry veterans and business leaders to help him reach his career goals including management and label services with Jeffrey Gaccione at Gasworks Entertainment and an exclusive physical and digital distribution deal with The Orchard. Dodd is also a songwriter at MV2 Entertainment, whose roster includes another Georgia native and No. 1 hit songwriter, Thomas Archer. 

Often times writing twice a day, Eric’s songwriting prowess has led to his songs being recorded by artist such as Colt Ford, Kalie Shorr, Spencer Crandall, Waylon, a country artist from the Netherlands and more

“Whether it’s writing songs or playing shows, it’s all about getting to the people and kee

Find Your Muse Open Mic

Find Your Muse Open Mic

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.

ping in touch with them,’ said Dodd.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 12 @ 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.

 

Aug
13
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 13 @ 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. 

 

Aug
14
Wed
Connor Kelly w/Carson Hill
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm
Connor Kelly
During the entire twenty-seven minute interview with Connor Kelly, one word kept popping into my head: charisma. As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘charisma’ is, “compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others”. Now although proper journalism, most of which I’ve abandoned, forbids me to comment on the first half, I can confirm that Kelly has a charm unlike any other artist I’ve spoken to. This charm is what carried his hit song, “Things To Lose” straight to the top of my Discover Weekly and many others. Since its release date in September, “Things To Lose” has reached over 168,000 plays on Spotify, a remarkable feat for a new artist’s first stand-alone song. But that’s not where the magic stops. ~ Rocka Magazine
 
Carson Hill

Carson Hill

Carson Hill, based out of Franklin, Tennessee, is creating a name for herself across the southeast as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She began writing and performing her original songs at an early age, winning over the hearts of many in her home state of North Carolina. She moved to the Nashville area at the age of eighteen to pursue her songwriting career. 

Hill has been featured on some very prominent stages from the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to the Double Door Inn in Charlotte. She has also opened for singer-songwriter Edwin McCain, the legendary John Ford Coley, and Johnny Rivers. She has performed in front of thousands for Feld Motor Sports Monster Jams at arenas in her home state. Recently, she’s been traveling all around the US with the Vintage Market Days franchise on her first tour; the Vintage Tour ended mid-November 2017.

Aug
15
Thu
Laura Nicholson w/ Ryan Brooks
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm
Laura Nicholson
When you have a dream that won’t leave you alone, it can be terrifying and sometimes it’s not easy to say out loud. But when singer-songwriter/artist, Laura Nicholson finally shed the fear and made the move to Nashville, TN to pursue her passion for music and songwriting, the doors began to open immediately.

The up-and-coming songstress brings her positive, adventurous approach to life into her songs. Her lyrics are sweet, uninhibited, and raw.

Over the past 3 years, Laura Nicholson has been writing and honing her craft in Music City. Her songs have landed her exclusive gigs including a sold-out showcase called ‘Girls Of Nashville’ which features up and coming artist in town. She also made her Bluebird Cafe Debut last February. Now, the young artist is focusing on touring the country to promote her new project coming out this Fall. You won’t want to miss the heartfelt songs and captivating voice of Laura Nicholson.

 
Ryan Brooks
A native Charlottean, Ryan Brooks’ music contains a diverse perspective on the human experience. Inspired by life’s lessons with a dose of coastal influence, Ryan’s connectivity to his songwriting is showcased in his live performances and audience engagement. Having toured the eastern seaboard and Midwest he’s had the opportunity to perform at celebrated venues such as the Bitter End (NYC), Uncommon Ground (Chicago), and the Fillmore (Charlotte). He has also had the opportunity to open for Nashville recording artist and Grammy award winner Brad Paisley. With a syncopated rhythmic playing style and an ever expanding catalog of original material, Ryan continues to expand his music career and is currently in the studio working on a new album.

Ryan’s album ‘FORMATIVE’ is currently available on all digital outlets.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 15 @ 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.

 

Aug
16
Fri
VESS Album Release! SOLIS, Thousand Dollar Movie
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
VESS

VESS

Every iteration of his project VESS over the years are all summarized by killer cinematic indie pop songs that punch you in the gut and also make you kinda mad that he sounds so good live. His new album Shadows really captures that. producer and synth wizard Michael Finster (Flagship) and Vess went into Snug Records Studio in Faith, NC last year and came out with a collection of songs that have different personalities that all work really well as an album. 

Vess has been playing around CLT as the since 2007 and has a few singles out but this is the first full length.

From the soaring ethereal lightness of “Scaring The Dark”, to the uplifting neo-gospel joy of “Warm Heart Thick Skin”, Vess pulls you out of the pabulum of the ordinary and invites you into a new world, a more hopeful world, where true love is real, and eternity is present. 

“Airy with hypnotic vocals and overall cinematic vibe. It only takes a few seconds to get hooked to his songs.” -CaesarLiveNLoud

“A versatile and talented artist, VESS brings to us invigorating and hope-filled songs” – Wolfnasuit

SOLIS

SOLIS

S O L I S makes beautifully experimental electronic pop music. Based out of Charlotte, N.C., the wife and husband duo pushes sonic boundaries that blend the electric vocal performance of songwriter Kellie Solis with Leonardo Solis’ intelligently lush production. The result is resonating, spacious pop that is both immediately captivating even while it rewards multiple close listens.
Thousand Dollar Movie

Thousand Dollar Movie

“That’s show business for you.

One day, you’re the most important guy who ever lived.
The next day, you’re some schmo working in a box factory.” -Krusty

Thousand Dollar Movie embodies that quote musically with their take on vibey-post-post-surf-instrumental-indie-rock.

The Brummies w/ Thirsty Curses
Aug 16 @ 10:00 pm
The Brummies

The Brummies

‘Good evening, we’re the Brummies.’

With that simple introduction, so opens one of the year’s most immersive and adventurous rock albums, Eternal Reach. The debut LP by Birmingham, Alabama, band the Brummies ¬– their name is U.K. slang for a resident of Birmingham – Eternal Reach is a musician’s album, distinguished by inventive arrangements, lush melodies and straight-to-tape production. Perfectly suited for losing yourself beneath a pair of quality headphones, the record evokes the psych-rock vibe of the Sixties and the soft indie-folk of the Nineties, yet possesses a timeless sound all its own. 

Recorded at Battle Tapes Recording in Nashville with engineer Jeremy Ferguson and co-producer David Hopkins, Eternal Reach now serves as the Brummies’ stunning calling card. 

‘We knew we wanted to tell a story with Eternal Reach. It’s very thematic and it sounds like a movie,’ says Jacob. ‘But it’s a love story: from meeting the person to the breakup, to that feeling where you think you might die without them, and then the realization that it’s all going to be OK. We thought a lot about that.’

‘When fans hear the record, I’d love them to appreciate the sounds we chose, the lyrics we wrote and how this is the story we’re trying to tell,’ says Jacob.

‘It’s a complete piece of work and we want people to be able to tell that we took our time with it,’ adds John. ‘This is the sound of the Brummies.”

 
Thirsty Curses

Thirsty Curses

Thirsty Curses is a rock n’ roll outfit based out of Raleigh, NC. The band was formed by singer-songwriter Wilson Getchell (vocals, guitar, piano) in late 2016 and features Kelley Otwell on lead guitar, Phil Harrington on drums, and Clayton Herring on bass. Thirsty Curses’ material draws from numerous genres including punk, folk, country, pop rock, and grunge and explores lyrical themes ranging from the existential to the absurd. Thirsty Curses’ songs balance between exuberance and despair, are impassioned and sardonic, comical yet foreboding. 

YES! Weekly writes that ‘Thirsty Curses make rock’n’roll, with a boisterous beer-swilling edge to it. Many of these songs are about living it up while things fall apart at the seams, or at least trying to find some glory in chaos and meaninglessness. You might hear a connection to the Replacements, the Hold Steady, the Dropkick Murphys, and other rowdy rockers.’

Aug
17
Sat
H.L. Ruth IV
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist 
Sideman @ The New Familiars
Guitar and Vocals @ The Kodiak Brotherhood
Country- Bluegrass- Southern Rock

Aug
19
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Aug 19 @ 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
Aug 19 @ 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.

 

Aug
20
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 20 @ 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
Aug 20 @ 10:30 pm

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

Menastree Residency
Aug 20 @ 10:30 pm – Aug 21 @ 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.