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June Residency : PINKY DOODLE POODLE w/ Bitterhearts
Jun 12 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 13 @ 2:00 am
PINKY DOODLE POODLE: In 2008, PDP has been started. PDP received many offers of gigs or interviews from the overseas fan who heard PDP music or gig by YouTube etc.
PDP did 4 times European tour (included UK), performed at the greatest festival in Myanmar and the biggest Japanese festival in U.S.A, etc.
After release of two mini-albums in Europe and Japan, PDP got offer from Mr.Robby Takac(GOO GOO DOLLS) who owns his own label GOOD CHARAMEL RECORDS in U.S.A. And then, the first full album was recorded at GCR audio in Buffalo NY(produced by PDP and Robby Takac).
In April of 2014, global debut album “PINKY DOODLE POODLE” has been released.
After that, PDP made the recording of next album, performing at festival and PV shooting etc in U.S.A.
In 2015, 2nd album “Inside is Out” has been released. Recording for next album at GCR audio in Buffalo NY. And PDP made a 1st U.S.tour.
Rock ‘n’ roll / pop-punk brought to you by members of 25 Minutes to Go, The Kyle Perkins Band, Sext Message, and more.
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

inger-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. A resident of Mount Holly, North Carolina, he’s a former high-school football player with the aw-shucks demeanor of a good ol’ Southern boy. But he’s also a well-read poet and painter who cites Chaucer and Kerouac as influences, fell in love with folk as a teen, listens to jazz and opera, and fed his family by practicing law before turning in his license to concentrate on his creative passions.

The legal profession’s loss is certainly the music world’s gain. Childers’ new album, Run Skeleton Run, is filled with the kinds of songs that have made him a favorite of fans and fellow artists including neighbors The Avett Brothers. Scott Avett contributes to four tracks, and Avett’s bassist Bob Crawford co-executive-produced the effort with label head Dolph Ramseur. (Crawford and Childers, both history buffs, have recorded and performed together in the Overmountain Men).


  • When: Thursday, June 13
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Betty Buckley Hello, Dolly: The Musical
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

Blue Water Highway CD Release!
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm
Blue Water Highway

Blue Water Highway

Blue Water Highway comes from the working class, coastal town background that has informed the work of so many of rock’s greatest writers and artists. They take their name from the roadway that links their hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas to Galveston, where the cops, the teachers, the baristas and the chemical plant workers travel to work hard and to play hard, blowing off steam, dancing to their favorite bands. Blue Water Highway’s music is the soundtrack for their lives. “Best Friend” is the first single from their upcoming album Heartbreak City, coming out on Blue Water Highway Records/Thirty Tigers on June 8th. With a hook that’s a mile wide, it chronicles the lives, loves and friendships that sustain us. Blue Water Highway was started by two “best friends” from high school – Zack Kibodeaux (lead vocals, guitar) and Greg Essington (vocals/guitar). Zack then turned to Catherine Clarke (vocals/keyboard) to complete the three-part harmonies the band would soon be known for. They were then joined by Kyle Smith (Bass) and Jared Wilson (drums).
Keep Flying & More
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm

FBT Entertainment Presents:

Keep Flying
absinthe father
10 O’clock High
An incredible group of bands gathered on one stage in Charlotte North Carolina to literally tear your face off with awesomeness.

June 13, 2019
Skylark Social Club
2131 Central Ave. Charlotte NC

Doors at 8 PM

ADMISSION: $5 Adv. / $7 Day of Show
Tickets available at

Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm


Composed of some of the most accomplished players from Asheville’s diverse musical scene, Moves is a seven-piece rock band sporting a trio of lead vocalists backed by ambulatory rhythms and inventive combinations of keys, guitars and brass. Like Dr. Dog, Lake Street Dive, and Vulfpeck, these experienced musicians carry on the traditions of layered instrumentation and stout three-part harmonies, proving themselves students of ‘60s and ‘70s rock greats while finding plenty of room for contemporary flair. On stage, they provide non-stop entertainment with each member moving seamlessly from one instrument to the next, delivering well-crafted shows with undeniable ensemble-wide chemistry that’s as much a visual treat as a sonic one. Moves released its self-titled debut album in December 2018. Funneled through smooth production by River Whyless’ Dan Shearin, the dozen original tracks feature lyrics that reflect on love and loss, while making eloquent pleas for social justice and harmony. Pocketed between them are bursts of raw storytelling that would feel at home in an anthology of modern Southern literature and further showcase the versatility of this gifted group.

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

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


Rock en Español with MoFunGo and Dorian Gris
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 12:00 am

MoFunGo is a Latin Pop-Rock band from Charlotte NC that plays original and cover songs

Dorian Gris, an alternative rock group with punk undertones. Dorian Gris blend plays loud: updated interpretations of great Latino and Spanish classics as well as fresh verbs of their own. Band members count such groups as The Cure, U2 and Radiohead

Bach at the Brauhaus: Tom Burge
Jun 13 @ 8:30 pm

Trombonist Tom Burge of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra explores some Bach & musical delights (with a twist!) on his modern trombone. Come on down to Free Range Brewing, grab a beer, and and join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening!

Tom Burge is a trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He also is the Low Brass Instructor at Wingate University, University of North Carolina- Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, and Pfeiffer College, and a clinician and teacher in his Charlotte-based private studio. Burge is host of the radio show “Sunday Evening” on classical public radio station 89.9 WDAV and has been a guest morning, midday, and evening presenter on Boston-based 99.5 WGBH.

A native of Australia, Burge has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Masters Degree in 1996 as a full scholarship student at the Juilliard School, having received a Queen Elizabeth II Award. Now living in the United States, Burge has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Jun 13 @ 9:00 pm

Self Aware Records 10th Birthday Celebration (NIGHT ONE) featuring:
Late Bloomer
and Nerve Endings

$10 in advance / $12 day of show (+$2 surcharge for under 21, collected at the door)

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Jun 13 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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

Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Nick Schnebelen Band is an amazing American Roots Experience that’s based in Kansas City, MO. The band welds together huge frame pieces of Blues, Rock and even some fast and funky swing, just to show off their mechanical skills. Playing with Nick are Cliff Moore on Bass, and Adam Hagerman on Drums. Whether it’s an electric guitar, lap-steel, dobro, Nick plays them all. You can catch the Nick Schnebelen Band hitting the road all across the US with their new album ‘Live at Knucklehead’s Vol. 1’.


  • When: Friday, June 14
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
PLAYER MADE : An Ode To Southern Rap of All Eras
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Permanent Vacation’s Elevator Jay, Jaboi B Rab and A-Huf present an Ode To Southern Rap of All Eras
Permanent Vacation: DEEP FRIED FAMILY ~ Est. 2010 Work hard & party hard w/ the intent to get that P/V…
Sounds of Summer in First Ward Park – HISS Golden Messenger w/ the Dead Tongues
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

First Ward Park, at 301 E 7th Street, is again hosting a FREE Americana concert series in 2019.

Sounds of Summer in First Ward Park

Hallelujah Anyhow  is the latest studio album from  Hiss Golden Messenger , out September 22 worldwide on Merge Records. Its ten new songs, penned by HGM principal M.C. Taylor, were recorded with Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Chris Boerner, Josh Kaufman, Darren Jessee, Michael Lewis, and Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Tift Merritt, Skylar Gudasz, Tamisha Waden, Mac McCaughan, and John Paul White provided vocal harmonies.

“I see the dark clouds. I was designed to see them. They’re the same clouds of fear and destruction that have darkened the world since Revelations, just different actors. But this music is for hope. That’s the only thing I want to say about it. Love is the only way out. I’ve never been afraid of the darkness; it’s just a different kind of light. And if some days that belief comes harder than others, hallelujah anyhow.”
—M.C. Taylor

Performing With: The Dead Tongues – 7pm

Betty Buckley Hello, Dolly: The Musical
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

The Arcadian Wild
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Arcadian Wild

The Arcadian Wild

The Arcadian Wild is guitarist Isaac Horn, mandolinist Lincoln Mick, and fiddler Paige Park. Inhabiting a space at the intersection of folk, bluegrass, formal, and pop music, the band presents a unique acoustic sound that is simultaneously unified and diverse. Their ability to exist gracefully in that ambiguity is perhaps part of the appeal, and there seems to be something for everyone in The Arcadian Wild’s music. Ear-catching three-part harmony draws in listeners immediately, and those who continue to engage joyfully discover great depths to be explored and enjoyed. With memorable melodies, stirring harmonic tension, engaging rhythmic trinkets, and thought provoking lyrics, the band displays a deep love of layers, and invites audiences into a world rich in meaning and substance.

“Invitation” is perhaps a defining word for The Arcadian Wild. “Hospitality” is another. Perhaps this is in part due to the fact that house concerts were such a vital part of their beginning, and remain a constant in their current tour schedules. Having much experience with stepping into a stranger’s home, only to quickly feel seen, cared for, and like family, the band searches to create something similar through song. Music that invites, shelters, feeds, and nurtures. Whether they’re performing in a living room, or on the mainstage of a folk festival, The Arcadian Wild’s goal is to make everyone who hears them feel at home.

In 2015, after a successful crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter, the band released their self-titled debut record, and in 2018 released a four-song EP called Wander. Wonder. Now on the heels of their second successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, the band is preparing to release their second full-length record in May 2019.

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters with Zoe & Cloyd
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

The songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

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

The successes of On The Ropes [2016] and Me Oh My [2015] have propelled Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters onto the national scene and they have been featured on NPR’s World Cafe’s Sense of Place, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Nashville’s Music City Roots, and Folk Alley and they have performed at AmericanaFest, MerleFest, and IBMA. On The Ropes debuted at #39 on iTunes Top 40 Country Chart on release day and landed on a plethora of year end lists including placing #35 on the Top 100 Albums played on Americana Radio in 2016 and landing at #1 on Western North Carolina’s WNCW Radio’s Year End Listeners Poll of Top Albums of 2016!

Zoe & Cloyd
Zoe & Cloyd

Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian mountains, Zoe & Cloyd is renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Their show is as diverse as their upbringing: coming from a lineage of klezmer and jazz musicians, Natalya trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts before moving south in 2004. John, a twelfth generation North Carolinian and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler, Jim Shumate, is a 1st place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest as well as an Artist Fellowship recipient for songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council. 

As founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June, and long-time fixtures of the Asheville, NC music scene, the couple shifted focus to Zoe & Cloyd in 2015. Their debut recording, Equinox, as well as their 2017 album, Eyes Brand New, both met with high praise and the pair have continued to gain momentum with their brand of “New Appalachian Music” at performances and festivals all across the country. Zoe & Cloyd delight audiences of all ages with soaring harmonies and heartfelt songwriting, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. Their eagerly anticipated third studio album, produced by Jon Weisberger, will be released on Organic Records in September 2019.

Eyes Brand New named one of the “Ten Best Roots Music Releases of 2017″ by No Depression Magazine

“Favorite Musical Picks of 2017″ – Lisa Snedeker, Huffington Post

1st Place Winners of the 2015 FreshGrass Duo Contest

Knowne Ghost* PNLTYBX * Futurists
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 12:00 am

5 piece rock n roll band who enjoy long walks on the beach and the occasional candlelit dinner

Pnltybx bnd
Pop-punk band out of Raleigh, NC

Knowne Ghost
Indie Rock incorporating simplicity with memorable melodic textures

The Fab Four
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm

Come Experience Why The Fab Four is The Ultimate Tribute!

With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics like ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Yesterday’,  ‘A Day in the Life’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, and ‘Hey Jude’,  The Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of The Beatles’ ever-changing career, this loving tribute to The Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world including Japan, Australia, France, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

The Fab Four is not to be missed and they will headline the first annual FABFEST here in Charlotte at Knight Theater – tickets will go fast, so book yours now!

Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm

Grown Up Avenger Stuff
and Charlotte’s own Vortex Of Old Men (ex-members of Lamb Handler, Semi-Pro & Dirty Box)
with Charleston, South Carolina‘s Black Power Mixtape
and special guests The Fill Ins

$7 in advance / $7 day of show (+$2 surcharge for under 21, collected at the door)

Shutterings w/ Bunker Babies, & Something Went Wrong
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm


we are a band and we make music
contact info/booking-

Something Went Wrong

Punk and old-school hardcore band from Charlotte, NC
Sierra Ferrell
Jun 14 @ 10:30 pm
Sierra Ferrell

Sierra Ferrell

Wicked and wild, her sirens call an oil spill, floating atop thee languid waves of torment, a nanny-nanny-bew-bew to the ocean beneath, she caresses thee buoying masses, holding them aloft with thee effortless grace of a branch-bearing dove. Born from the dark, rich soil of West Virginia, raised in the clear, hop-scented country air, Sierra Ferrell cut her teeth on the rail lines, truck stops, street corners, and dingy, dimly lit listening rooms all across the land, belting out her old-time melodies, a sorcery, drawing her patrons, ever more deeply, into her animated tapestry of forlorn, star-crossed love, of longing, poverty, of suffering and triumph, encompassing that irreconcilable thrum of the human spirit and all the complexities of emotion that come with it. 

One moment, with startling clarity, she calls to bear the opium opulence, that seductively solemn soujorn of the 1920s jazz club stage, the next, she’ll have you taking to your toes, dancing in careless merriment, whirling, winking, and carrying on with all the confidence of a honky tonk king or queen, while she plays, sings, stomps, and yodels out the utter essence of the honky tonk country blues. You turn to your partner, peer into their eyes with the recognition of a perfect moment, and plant a kiss firmly upon their lips. They smile as your lips meet, pull you in tighter

FABFEST – Charlotte’s Beatles Festival
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm

FABFEST is a weekend celebration of Beatles music that will be unlike anything previously staged in the Southeast. Beatles fans from near and far will be arriving in Charlotte to have a fabulous time
 with John, Paul, George and Ringo in their hearts and great music ringing in their ears!

FABFEST includes 2 evening concerts at Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte AND
 2 days of live music, speakers and activities at Fairfield by Marriott on Saturday and Sunday.

Durag Fest
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Celebrate Juneteenth with art, fashion, music, food and more at our 2nd Annual Durag Fest on Saturday June 15, 2019

5th annual Queen City Jazz Fest presented by Lowes’!
Jun 15 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It’s the 5th annual Queen City Jazz Fest presented by Lowes’!

Headlined this year by five time Grammy winner and former Doobie Brother, Micheal McDonald. Also featuring Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright. This event is going down on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Doors open at 5:00 pm and the show starts at 6:00 PM.


  • Michael McDonald
  • Michael McDonald
  • Gerald Albright
  • Gerald Albright
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Al B. Sure!
  • Al B. Sure!
  • Such
  • Such
Freedom Summer Jazz Series in Freedom Park – Marqueal Jordan with special guest, John Dillard
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 Freedom Summer Jazz Series is bringing jazz to Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, in several free concerts summer 2019. Bring a lawn chair. Concessions will be sold. No tents, over-sized umbrellas or outside alcohol. Brought to you by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.

Marqueal Jordan is not your mainstream artist. A Los Angeles native who has made Chicago his home for the past 20 years, Marqueal is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. His indelible talent is a virtual emporium of musical genres that encompasses R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and Pop. Each magnetic performance embodies the foundation that music is built upon, and also delivers the energy to captivate audiences worldwide. It is rare that you find an artist that can not only cross musical styles, but can do so effectively and convincingly.

Having been a member of Brian Culbertson’s band, the Jazz world has been blessed to hear the big tone and melodic sounds that flow from Marqueal’s saxophone. As a vocalist, his sultry voice has often been compared to Marvin Gaye and Maxwell. His critically acclaimed debut CD, “CATALYST”, showcases his fluid versatility and laid-back grooves.


Performing With: John Dillard – 6pm

Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fronted by 21 year old triple threat vocalist, songwriter and guitar player, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones boasts a resume that can be hard to match for most multi-decade musicians. With over 2,500 shows under their belt, three completed albums and festival appearances at Peach Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and Kaaboo Del Mar, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are on their way to becoming Rock & Roll’s next marquee act.

Formed in 2006, by a then eight year old Wicklund, the band has come along way from playing Janis Joplin and Neil Young covers. Between then and now, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones have been billed alongside legacy acts such as Jefferson Starship, Kansas, and The Marshall Tucker Band. Fast forward to now, one year after the 2018 release of their 10 track self titled album, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones has amassed over 2.5mm streams on their most recent project and have been billed alongside current and legendary chart topping mainstays such as X Ambassadors, Cage the Elephant, Tom Petty, Alanis Morissette and Muse.

Although Hannah’s roaring guitar riffs on her custom Tom Anderson guitar and orange amp set the tone for The Steppin Stones performances, it’s her vocal range and well-beyond-her-years songwriting that have led to the success of their latest release, helping to propel them to a regular mainstay festival act. Hannah’s musical vision stays close to her classic rock roots, but in no way is a classic rock tribute. Their music is a refreshing focus on raw and organic emotions in a time of digitally driven recordings and performances.


  • When: Saturday, June 15
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Tosco Music Beatles Tribute
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm

Tosco Music Beatles Tribute

Now in its 30th year, Tosco Music has been presenting this annual, sell-out community event for the past 15 years. This popular Charlotte tradition brings together fans of all ages to enjoy a uniquely wonderful evening of local and regional acts performing Beatles songs in a variety of musical genres. Tosco Music Beatles Tribute takes place at the 1,200-seat Knight Theater and is interlaced with audience singalongs of the famous tunes that everyone knows so well. 

Will Varley Travers Geoffray
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
Will Varley

Will Varley

Rambling folk singer Will Varley, who this year walked over 500 miles along England’s south coast with a guitar on his back, is gearing up for the release of his third album next year. His last two received rave reviews from The Independent, fRoots & Q magazine and in February the 27 year old singer-songwriter was invited to open for Frank Turner, who described him as ‘One the best singer-songwriters in the UK.’
His return from the walking tour saw tracks played on BBC Radio 2, 6 & XFM including mentions from Steve Lamacq, Communion Records show and Rob Da Bank. The summer saw Varley visit some of the country’s finest music festivals, performing his fiery brand of contemporary folk songs from Kendal Calling to Cambridge Folk Festival and everywhere in between. He was also invited to play the BBC Introducing stage at 2014’s Secret Garden Party.
Travers Geoffray
Travers Geoffray

‘The music of New Orleans courses through singer/songwriter/pianist Travers Geoffray’s veins like the Mississippi River cuts across the South.

You can hear the Crescent City in his piano playing, steeped in the classic ragtime-turned-stride styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and James Booker.

What makes Geoffray’s music endure, though, is his commitment to the melodies and harmonies of classic American songwriting tropes, from the musical theater to the Brill Building.’

KIKAGAKU MOYO with Sarah Louise
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm

“Masana” is a fictional word created by Kikagaku Moyo to express a Utopian feeling; an existence where everything can interact harmoniously and offer inspiration and understanding. Their fourth album Masana Temples radiates this vision, architecting a vibrating world that isn’t confined to the known limits of what came before it.

Kikagaku Moyo progressed from early days in Tokyo’s experimental scene to traveling the world with their mind-bending sounds, exploring different facets of psychedelia on each new release and blowing minds with a live show that was just as searching as their records. The shifting dimensions of Masana Temples are informed by various experiences the band had with traveling through life together, ranging from the months spent on tour to making a pilgrimage to Lisbon to record the album with jazz musician Bruno Pernadas. The songs came together in the wake of the band breaking up the communal house most of them had shared in Tokyo, with some members relocating to Amsterdam, and others moving to different parts of Japan. Transitioning from being based in the scene they had roots in to scattering around various locales made for an even more enhanced understanding of how mystically connected the sum of their parts were when the band reunited to record new material. The music is the product of time spent in motion and all of the bending mindsets that come with it.

The band sought out Pernadas both out of admiration for his music and in an intentional move to work with a producer who came from a wildly different background. With Masana Temples, the band wanted to challenge their own concepts of what psychedelic music could be. Elements of both the attentive folk and wild-eyed rocking sides of the band are still intact throughout Masana Temples, but they’re sharper and more defined. Without sacrificing any of their experimental impulses, songs are more composed and cohesive. Pernadas’ bright production meets with nearly telepathically locked-in performances, on both lazy cloud-like jaunts like “Nazo Nazo” or fuzzed-out expeditions like lead single “Gatherings”. Drummer/vocalist Go Kurosawa, guitarist/vocalist Tomo Katsurada, bassist Kotsuguy, sitar and keyboard player Ryu Kurosawa and guitarist Daoud Popal Akira act as a unit, with an intuitive attention to space and dynamics that could only come from years of playing together in every imaginable setting.

More than the literal interpretation of being on a journey, the album’s always changing sonic panorama reflects the spiritual connection of the band moving through this all together. Life for a traveling band is a series of constant metamorphoses, with languages, cultures, climates and vibes changing with each new town. The only constant for Kikagaku Moyo throughout their travels were the five band members always together moving through it all, but each of them taking everything in from very different perspectives. Inspecting the harmonies and disparities between these perspectives, the group reflects the emotional impact of their nomadic paths.

Coming together in a way more deliberate than the beautifully floating improvisations of their Stone Garden EP or the sometimes hushed dreamstate of 2016 album House In The Tall Grass, Masana Temples is focused and clear in its vision in a way that feels unlike any of Kikagaku Moyo’s earlier sounds.

Sarah Louise
Sarah Louise

Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars is Sarah Louise’s most fearless work to date. Louise broadens beyond folk forms on her latest, turning streams of raw electric guitar into entire oceans of aural texture. Her rich playing is warped beyond recognition through inventive synthesizing and digital manipulations. The innovative songs share warmth and compositional tendencies with Deeper Woods; however, remarkably, Sarah Louise’s stunning sophomore Thrill Jockey album breaks through the boundaries of solo guitar, bearing little resemblance to its predecessors.

The pieces on Nighttime Birds mine components of the Appalachian folk music Louise is steeped in, as well as spiritual jazz, contemporary classical, and new age, while drawing intensely personal inspiration from the natural world. “Ancient Intelligence” ruminates on the power of and connection to Mother Earth through wordless, almost alien skitters. For Louise, the natural and the psychedelic are indelibly linked through their ability to provide healing. Drawing inspiration from a profound healing experience she had, Sarah assembled the pieces in dedication to that healing. Compositions exude spiritual relief and exploration, as they are both explorative musically and soothing in their gentle, delicate details. Moments of surreal intensity bubble forth on tracks like “Chitin Flight” which stoke curiosity and provide flares of tension and relief. Pieces like this offer Louise’s unique take on what a guitar solo can be while whimsically playing with guitar tropes of the psychedelic era.

Technically she approached performance on the album in a patulous manner, improvising on electric guitar in standard tuning, rather than her signature 12-string acoustic guitar and song- specific tunings. This radically different approach for Sarah was in and of itself liberating as well as inspiring. Louise carried this intuitional mindset with her into recording new pieces. Like Deeper Woods, she engineered the album herself, but with a new focus on innovative use of her recording program. With her improvisations as the raw material, she carefully crafted deliberate compositions that are her most painterly and cosmic work to date. Sampling herself, Louise’s approach to composing with guitar magnifies single notes, short patterns and overtones to reveal microtonality and otherworldly timbres. Frayed rhythms flow freely atop and between lush waves of devotional drones. Variations in speed and tone transform the guitar across the album from brassy bellows to the sounds of rustling insects.

Louise’s daring blend of heartfelt stream of conscious playing and bold studio processing demonstrates her unique ability to craft poignant music regardless of what tools she uses. She finds harmony rather than dissonance in synthesizing raw and organic materials with the technological. Sections of electronic bursts swell and ebb with a lifelike pulse, collapsing distinction between the natural and artificial. Each piece inhabits its own biosphere and Louise’s guitar and voice act as the flora and fauna. With Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars, Sarah Louise has reimagined the limitations of guitar music to create a work of sublime resplendence.

Charles Latham & the Borrowed Band
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm

Charles Latham

America’s #1 tragicomic troubadour and bon vivant.
Nearly a decade since leaving the Triangle to wander from Philadelphia to Nashville to Memphis to the U.K., singer-songwriter Charles Latham returned to North Carolina in late 2014, laying roots down in Durham where he began working on the songs that comprise his fourth full-length release.
“Little Me Time” finds Latham recording outside of his home studio for the first time, enlisting an ensemble of local talent. The result is an album that stays true to Latham’s
non-traditional songwriting while exploring new sonic territory, from Cosmic American psychedelia to lush, string-buoyed folk in the vein of Bryter Layter-era Nick Drake.
His music is a lyric-heavy mixture of folk, pop, and country steeped in dark humor and social criticism, and he has been compared to artists as wide-ranging as Loudon Wainwright III and The Buzzcock
The Mike Strauss Band
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm

For over 10 years, Mike Strauss has been a prominent character in the Charlotte music scene. Throughout the years, Mike has put together an impressive catalog of rural rock featuring songs described as warm, lyrical and gritty.

Appearing in different incarnations, the Mike Strauss band consists of a core trio along with 4 other members that assemble the ‘big band.’

OLD FLINGS (Reunion) w/ Alright, Bangzz
Jun 15 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 2:00 am
Old Flings:
Formed in August 2010, ended in October 2016. We released a demo tape, a full-length LP, and five 7′ splits. We toured in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and had the time of our lives.

Alright: we started playing music together and it was Alright.
The Technicolors
Jun 15 @ 10:30 pm
The Technicolors

The Technicolors

The Technicolors are an American rock band from Phoenix, Arizona formed in 2010. The band’s line-up includes founder Brennan Smiley (lead vocals, guitar), Sean Silverman (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Nico (bass guitar), and Austin Scates (drums, percussion). They are best known for their nuanced approach of combining lo-fi, cerebral groove-oriented elements with anthemic, often bombastic themes reminiscent of the early 00’s garage revival.
FABFEST – Charlotte’s Beatles Festival
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

FABFEST is a weekend celebration of Beatles music that will be unlike anything previously staged in the Southeast. Beatles fans from near and far will be arriving in Charlotte to have a fabulous time
 with John, Paul, George and Ringo in their hearts and great music ringing in their ears!

FABFEST includes 2 evening concerts at Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte AND
 2 days of live music, speakers and activities at Fairfield by Marriott on Saturday and Sunday.

Tim McWilliams Live at Free Range Brewing
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

‘Whether he’s playing solo, or with his band Redleg Husky, Tim McWilliams displays a dazzling skill on the acoustic guitar, flatpicking traditional tunes and his own material like a modern-day Doc Watson.’ – Greenville Journal

Jun 16 @ 9:00 pm

Another Hospital
and ModernEverything.
with Charlotte’s own Pet Bug (members of The Mineral Girls, Gravewaves & It Looks Sad.)
and special guests Pretty Baby

$7 in advance / $7 day of show (+$2 surcharge for under 21, collected at the door)

Jun 16 @ 9:00 pm

Sweet and soulful sounds to top off your weekend. Seriously one of the best kept musical secrets in Charlotte is Sunday’s at the Comet Grill with Omari and the Hellhounds, no cover.

Country Music Monday at Hattie’s
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm

Some people listen to everything ‘but country’ – this night is not for them.

Come hang out at Hattie’s every Monday for Country Music, Boots, Bolo Ties, Belt Buckles and Jorts. The last Monday of every month is Karaoke Country Music Monday.

Drink Specials
$4 Kentucky Gentleman
$2 12oz Bush Light, Natty Light and Narragansett Lager

The Underground Open Mic: June Edition
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come join us for The Underground Open Mic. All performers, styles, genres, and skill level are welcome to signup. Each month will have a featured artist.

Proceeds to benefit the UNDERGROUND Mobile Art Gallery.
The UNDERGROUND Mobile Art Gallery will bring amazing visual, musical, poetic, graphic, and historical works from local and accessible black artist right to Charlotte lower-income neighborhoods.

Our goal is to put an interactive Renaissance style art movement right in the heart of the hood, thus giving the youth in Charlotte’s at risk neighborhoods (where there’s mad talent, but nowhere to cultivate it) the opportunity to work with local artists, musicians, writers, gardeners, and historians on their own turf!


*Petra’s is a 21+ private club. Please be expected to provide a valid ID to enter. If you are not already a member please also be expected to pay a $1 annual membership fee upon arrival.

Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jun 17 @ 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.

Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm
On their eagerly awaited debut album Samsara, the visionary Austin, TX combo Los Coast delivers a fresh blast of punchy psychedelic-pop-soul that effortlessly incorporates a wide range of genres. The band’s seamlessly soulful songcraft incorporates the band’s distinctive grooves along with the inventive compositions and commanding vocals of principal members Trey Privott (lead vocals, guitar) and John Courtney (guitar, keyboards, vocals).

Even before Samsara had been recorded, Los Coast had already earned a reputation as one of Austin’s most exciting and inventive young bands. With its lineup rounded out by Megan Hartman on bass, Damien Llanes on drums and Natalie Wright on keys, plus a varied assortment of guest players, Los Coast was already renowned for its rousing, expansive live sets.

That same mix of energy and expertise is reflected on Samsara, which features such memorable, no-nonsense tunes as “Simplify,” “Monsters,” “Graves” and the frantic, tongue-twisting “(Everything But) The Kitchen Sink.” The album delivers infectious hooks, ironic lyrical twists and explosive funk grooves in equal measure, providing an irresistible frame for Privott’s soulful vocals and the band’s explosive grooves.

“We love pop music, but we also love to experiment,” says Courtney. “We try to avoid letting the listener know what’s coming, and we like playing with people’s expectations and catching the listener off guard. It becomes stale if it’s too familiar, so we like to come up with music that’s familiar and surprising at the same time.”

“We’re lucky to be able to explore these different sounds and different attitudes, and do a little dabbling,” adds Privott. “We started with a blank canvas, and we built a diverse color palette around the album that we wanted to create. It felt like everything was fair game, from psychedelic funk to the blues to acoustic singer-songwriter pop.”

“I think this album captures a moment in time for the band, and a moment of time in Austin too, with certain things that were in the air at the time, and certain tides turning,” Courtney offers.

Georgia-born Privott’s first love was jazz — thanks to the influence of his uncle, noted guitarist and former Late Night with David Letterman band member Hiram Bullock — but his musical consciousness soon came to embrace gospel and soul, thanks to his family’s Southern Baptist faith, as well as punk rock, folk and hip-hop. He began picking up various instruments in his early teens and began experimenting with recording soon after. Although Texas native Courtney focuses on lead guitar with Los Coast, he’s a versatile multi-instrumentalist whose sensibility was influenced by his extensive studies at the prestigious Berkley College of Music.

“I see us as a rock and roll band with a lot of soul influences, like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding,” Privott states. “Otis was from Georgia, Little Richard, too, and that music is in my blood. What I think makes Los Coast stand out is that we’re psychedelic. As a guitar player, John Courtney is into guys like Jerry Garcia and he’s also jazz-trained. His playing defines the band just as much as my voice does.”

Trey and John hooked up in Austin in 2015, and quickly won an audience in their adopted hometown, thanks to a long-running weekly residency at the Austin club C-Boy’s. “We had wanted to use the residency as a chance to get comfortable onstage, and to really learn to play as a group,” Trey explains. “But more and more people started showing up, which we hadn’t expected at all.”

A high-profile gig at 2016’s Austin City Limits festival helped to spread the band’s reputation beyond its hometown, as did some out-of-town touring that helped to build demand for Los Coast’s long-simmering debut album, elevating the group to official buzz-band status. The band’s memorable first indie single, “Summer Samaritan,” gave way to the indelible gospel-funk of its follow-up “Simplify,” which now serves as a key track on Samsara.

“We reworked the album multiple times because we wanted to get it right,” Courtney admits. “We were being a little perfectionist, but we finally got to the point where we felt good about it. It was a long process, but it was time well spent.”

“We built the sessions from the ground up,” adds Privott. “It was kind of a non-traditional way to make an album, to work on it for so long. We went moment by moment, instrument by instrument, and we used everything we had to work with. That seemed to work for us. Now we’re looking forward to sharing it with the world.”

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment: Every Monday, at 8:00 p.m., Puckett’s Farm Equipment, a bar and music venue in Derita (and yes, it used to sell farm equipment), hosts an open mic that features all kinds of music. No cover. 18+.
2740 West Sugar Creek Road, 704-597-8230

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 17 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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


Jazz Monday’s
Jun 17 @ 8:30 pm – Jun 18 @ 12:00 am

DC Suo Ocie Davis & Troy Conn 8:30pm – 10pm
Rob & Eric’s UNCC Jazz Jam 10pm – ???

No Cover.

Mondays Open Mic With Jeff
Jun 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

New Music Open Mic Night
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Charlotte New Music Festival invites musicians and composers to perform their music in a fun, casual setting at Crown Station! Whether it’s performing a previously written work, exploring something new and unusual, or an improvisation, sign up now and share your creativity! Sign up here:

For this year’s New Music Open Mic Night, we’re partnering with John Shaugnessy and his jazz improv night. The house band will perform a short set and then composers and performers from all over the world will be presenting new and experimental compositions in classical, improvised music, electronic music, and jazz. Admission is FREE.

On The Cinder (NY), Commonwealth, Aloha Broha
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

On The Cinder returns to Charlotte, NC this summer for an evening of punk rock debauchery at Tommy’s Pub. OTC plays a combination of blistering fast skate punk mixed in with melodic hardcore in the vein of Strike Anywhere, Bad Religion, and A Wilhelm Scream. Joining them are local favorites Aloha Broha (best band name ever) and good buddies The Commonwealth ready to rip it up on a Tuesday night. Free show, 21+, starts at 8ish, buy booze/give hugs.

On The Cinder (Buffalo, NY Melodic Hardcore Punk)

THE COMMONWEALTH (Charlotte, NC Punk/Oi)

Aloha Broha (Charlotte, NC Punk Rock)

Jun 18 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Red Rocking Chair is made up of four veteran 
musicians, each bringing his own unique approach 
to the music they present. An acoustic quartet of 
multi-instrumentalists, they blend folk, bluegrass 
and country in a way that only players with decades 
of making music professionally can attain. Jack 
Lawrence, Michael Reno Harrell, Tom Kuhn and 
Dale Meyer present a blend of bass, mandolin, 
guitar, Dobro, banjo, and vocals that have kept their fans coming back time and again. All that aside, their music is just plain fun to listen to at the bar in Charlotte!
– Charlotte Now

Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 18 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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



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