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Fri
Doctor Ocular live at Skylark w/ LBF & The Bloodworth Project
May 17 @ 9:00 pm – May 18 @ 1:00 am

Doctor Ocular returns to Charlotte NC Friday May 17 for a night of space funk, soaring synth & sax, roots rock, bluesy jam, & fusion jazz with Little Blue Fish & The Bloodworth Project.

Doors open at 8 pm
Music 9 pm – 1 am
Tickets $10

https://doctorocularband.com

http://lbfmusic.com

https://facebook.com/TheBloodworthProject

Doctor Ocular

Band
Groovy jam rock inspired by funky duels between synth and guitar, fusion jazz, and electronica.
 

Little Blue Fish

Musician/BandConcord, North Carolina
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STRESS FRACTURES w/ Charles Walker, Cicala
May 17 @ 10:00 pm – May 18 @ 2:00 am
Stress Fractures:
Stress Fractures is an emo/punk band from the southeastern United States. Taking inspiration from a wide range of artists including The Wonder Years, Tiny Moving Parts, Title Fight, Death Cab For Cutie, and Into It Over It, Stress Fractures has developed a unique sound which has allowed them to have the pleasure of sharing the stage with a diverse selection of artists.

Charles Walker:
Boone, NC-based artist Charles Walker blends alt-country and folk influences (Jason Isbell, Songs:Ohia) with indie/emo influences (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers) to create a blend of dark and honest southern songwriting.

Cicala:
The grandsons and nephews of Bruce Springsteen
THE LENNY FEDERAL BAND
May 17 @ 10:00 pm – May 18 @ 1:30 am

THE LENNY FEDERAL BAND

May
18
Sat
BRUT BEAT (Live Album Recording)
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come be a part of our live audience and experience the sounds of one of Charlotte’s best new jazz bands! Special guests include LeAnna Eden, Mara Robbins, Indigo Jo, Justin Aswell, That Guy Smitty, and Bluz will host.

Brut Beat:
Brut Beat is what could be considered as abrasive jazz influenced by an assortment of musical styles from afro-beat to heavy punk, free/bebop/cool jazz and old school hip hop mixing a blend of intricate rhythms.
LeAnna Eden: LeAnna Eden is a singer-songwriter originally from Milwaukee, WI. She is an eclectic mix of musical genres ranging from neo-soul to alternative rock. A self taught guitarist she has been growing her brand. Over the past ten years she has played the Midwest, the Rust Belt and is slowly making her way up and down the East Coast.
That Guy Smitty: Simple purveyor of cosmic groove. Doin’ it to your earhole.
DJ Justin Aswell: Mega party thrower, beat-maker extraordinaire, half human/half hip hop
Indigo Jo: Joel, a minor Prophet from the bible, Verdad the Spanish word for Truth. A fitting moniker for up and coming rapper; Joel Verdad, a Charlotte North Carolina native who is poised to bring hip hop back to its roots. His lyrics, while enlightening and fun, possess an emotional and spiritual element rarely seen in today’s musical lineup.
Bluz: Words are a grouping of letters, formless, void, with very little meaning until poet and author, Bluz speaks them. Born Boris Rogers, Bluz, is a supramind of poetic expression and has been unwavering in his quest to stretch the boundaries of poetry. During the past six years of performing, Bluz has won two 2010 Emmy Awards, 2010 Southern Fried Poetry Slam, ranked 13th internationally in the Individual World Poetry Competition held in Vancouver, Canada, and is Slam Master and Coach of 2007 and 2008 award winning competitive slam team, Slam Charlotte.
VINTAGE PISTOL
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Vintage Pistol resembles the sound of today’s Marcus King Band and Gary Clark Jr., while sticking true to that of yesterdays Allman Brothers Band and Van Morrison. Comprised of a heavy rhythm section, encompassing guitar work and well crafted songwriting, Vintage Pistol is a tight but explorative live performance not to be missed.

The band has opened and supported on multiple occasions: Doyle Bramhall II, Devon Allman, Andy Frasco & The U.N., CBDB, Big Something, Wild Adriatic, Consider The Source, Marc Broussard, Eric Lindell, and plenty more!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, May 18
  • 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.
Arielle
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Arielle

Arielle

Arielle is considered a music industry triple threat because she could enjoy an impressive career solely as a singer, songwriter or guitar player, but she has combined all three of those gifts to create a unique artistry that defies genres and borders. 

She recently opened for Eric Johnson on his 3-month long tour earlier this year, as well as played and/or opened for Vince Gill, Gregg Allman, Heart, Joan Jett, Country Joe McDonald, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, and many more. She has already made the cover of Guitar Player magazine and released the single “California,” which reached No. 3 on CMT Pure Charts. 

She is the guitar player for Avery in the TV show Nashville, where she currently resides. Her voice gains comparison to Karen Carpenter and Eva Cassidy for the purity with a fouroctave range. Arielle has an associate degree from the Musician’s Institute in L.A. and studied at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Queen’s Brian May created a guitar role specifically for her in the West End musical We Will Rock You. She also played guitar on tour with Cee Lo Green. 

Her most recent release, ‘My Gypsy Heart,’ her classic folk rock release debuted for 8 weeks on the Billboard Charts in 11 different categories. 
Arielle is also a dolphin and whale activist, and is currently working on a unique guitar line, based off her custom prototype, Two-Tone, with Brian May (Queen). Whether it’s her guitar playing or singing, she never feels the need to show off. Indeed, she adheres to the philosophy that less can be more when it comes to expressing experiences through her songs. “The hardships and the insecurities are the reasons why I’m able to be vulnerable and real” she says.

THE DEVIL MADE ME DUET
May 18 @ 8:00 pm

You’ve just awakened only to find you’re dead and have gone to Hell. Now what? Luckily, the dynamic demonic duo, Robyn O’Ladies and Charlotte Douglas, are fully prepared to give you an extremely warm welcome to the lake of fire. Using their powers of song and harmony, they’ll introduce you to your new eternal home while giving you a comprehensive rundown of what to expect in the great beyond. It’s sure to be one hell of a good time!

 

www.robynandcharlotte.com

Blues Man Walking CD Re-Release Party
May 18 @ 9:00 pm

“Blues Man Walking” CD Re-Release Party!
3 new bonus tracks included!
Free CD with purchase of 2 drinks!
Killer venue! Cheap drinks! +21

CD features:
Greg Brangle – guitar
Hooter Hough – drums
Richard Howard – bass
Jim Brock – percussion
Jason Atkins – keys

The Brangle Bros will host this special event! You don’t want to miss it!
Greg Brangle – guitar
Tim Conard – bass
Brian Shanahan – drums
Special guest appearance – TBA

Brangle Bros Band

Musician/BandCharlotte, North Carolina
Brangle Bros Band packs a big sound, celebrating guitar greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, ZZ Top, Allman Bros and more..
FOGMAN w/ THE FLIGHT RISKS, SOMETHING WENT WRONG & THE BORON HEIST
May 18 @ 9:00 pm

FOGMAN
with
The Flight Risks
with special guests Something Went Wrong (ex-Dysplacer)
and The Boron Heist

BAR OPENS AT 4:00PM FOR #LOCALONLY SATURDAY / AGES 18 & UP WELCOME / NO ONE ADMITTED WITHOUT VALID PHOTO ID

SUGARAY RAYFORD
May 18 @ 9:00 pm
SUGARAY RAYFORD

SUGARAY RAYFORD

On March 1st Forty Below Records will release Somebody Save Me the new studio album from Texas-born soul blues singer, Sugaray Rayford. On the album’s opening track, “The Revelator”, Rayford forcefully sings, “I’m a freak of nature / I ain’t no honey bee / I’m an unknown creature / The like you’ve never seen.” At 6’5” and 300 pounds, this cigar chompin’ ex-Marine with a voice like a force of nature holds court in any room he enters. Possessing a magnetic personality, and an old school vocal style that echoes Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass, Rayford is also a stellar dancer with moves reminiscent of the Legendary James Brown.

Somebody Save Me is an ambitious album that slides gracefully between the new blues of Gary Clarke Jr. and Fantastic Negrito, the rock & soul stylings of The War & Treaty and the vintage Daptones soul of the late Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, bringing a fresh take to classic sounds.

The album was written and produced by Forty Below Records founder Eric Corne. Best known for his work with blues legends John Mayall and Walter Trout, Corne and Forty Below have also launched the careers of several talented new artists, such as Sam Morrow, Jaime Wyatt and KaiL Baxley. A number of mainstays from Corne productions feature strongly here including guitarist Rick Holmstrom (Mavis Staples), bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Dwight Yoakam), drummer Matt Tecu (Jakob Dylan), keyboardist Sasha Smith (Sam Beam, Jesca Hoop), guitarist Eamon Ryland (The Happy Mondays) and the horn section from Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Corne recorded the bulk of the record live and the chemistry of the performances infuses the songs with a spontaneity and raw emotion.

The ten songs on the album explore contrasting themes of darkness and light. There is social commentary like on “Time to Get Movin’” “The mansions on the hillside / Look down on homeless camps / While we’re caught in the crossfire / Lookin’ for the exit ramps”. There are several love songs, including two gorgeous soul ballads, “My Cards are on the Table” and “Somebody Save Me”, the Stax inspired “You and I” and the more Motown leaning “Is It Just Me”, “She could bring peace to the Middle East / They’d be ready to sign / Free the worst villain / From the tightest prison / And have the warden waving goodbye”.

The album is full of inspired arrangements with several unexpected twists and turns; like the John Barry (James Bond) inspired bridge of “Angels and Devils”; the wobbly 1950s inspired keyboard solo and lush strings of the title track, recorded with The Section Quartet (Ryan Adams, Father John Misty); and the gospel choir, shape-shifting keyboards and dramatic horns of “The Revelator” which seamlessly blends blues, soul and jazz with a hint of reggae. But at the center if it all is Sugaray Rayford’s commanding voice, tying it all together.

Rayford began his musical career at the tender age of seven, singing and playing drums in church, and his gospel influences definitely shine through in his music. The soulful rasp and emotive vocal style hint at his first-hand experience with hardship, and a childhood marked by poverty and loss.

“I remember a sad game I used to play with my brothers, a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused,” recalls Rayford.

His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. “She suffered and we suffered,” Rayford says. “Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives improved. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.”

As front-man of The Mannish Boys, Rayford and the band won the Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2013 and Rayford himself has been nominated for over a dozen BMA’s, including Vocalist of the Year multiple nominations for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

With his 8-piece crack band and personal charm, Rayford’s live shows are quickly becoming re-known for their high-energy and celebratory nature, with Rayford whipping the crowds into a frenzy, like a Gospel Preacher. In the studio and in person, Sugaray Rayford is developing a reputation as a force to be reckoned with and an artist to watch in the coming years.

Career Highlights:

Suga’s first solo release, Blind Alley was a self-released project put out in 2010 that garnered critical acclaim.

In May of 2012 Ray made his stage debut starring in the Tony award winning play “Ain’t Nuthin’ But The Blues,” joining members of the New York Broadway cast and had a 6-week run with every show ended with a standing ovation.

In 2013, Suga sang lead vocals on 9 songs for the Mannish Boys’ CD “Double Dynamite” released on the Delta Groove Label. The CD went on to WIN Best Traditional Blues Album in May 2013 at the Blues Music Awards.”

2013 was a good year as Suga released his second solo CD “Dangerous,” also under the Delta Groove label and debuted at # 2 on Billboard Blues Charts, #6 on the Roots Music Chart and #2 on The Living Blues Chart.”

In 2017 Sugaray Rayford is nominated for 2 Blues Music Awards, the prestigious BB King Entertainer of the Year Award and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year Award as well. Suga is very proud and excited about his next release recorded on Blind Faith Records in Italy and will be released on May 26th. “The World That We Live In” is an album of all original material with the feel of 1960-70’s soul. It includes a full band with horns, strings and back-up vocals that has an old school feel. Be on the lookout for Suga’s latest release and an extensive world wide tour!

THE TURNSTILES
May 18 @ 9:00 pm – May 19 @ 12:00 am

THE TURNSTILES

AfroPop! Charlotte, Vol.31: Afrobeats, Soca + Live Drums
May 18 @ 9:30 pm – May 19 @ 2:00 am

Ready for the May Edition of AfroPop! CLT? I know WE are! Come party with #TheTribe Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Crown Station!

Music curated by DJ & Percussionist The Dynamic DJ Kato (Ifeanyi Ibeto) + Special Guest…

Sounds include (but not limited to): Afrobeats, AfroHouse, Soca, Afro-Latin House, DanceHall, Afro-Trap, and so much more… paired with turntablism, live African drums and other cool ish… WE DO WELCOME crowd participation!

Doors open 9:30pm, goes until 2am; Price will go up AFTER 11pm!!! We also have a special Early-Bird tickets available online in LIMITED QUANTITIES! Get them while the last!

Vendors are a mainstay at this event. Come ready to view great crafts, art & products by local entrepreneurs/retailers in your area! If you’re interested in becoming a vendor/partner, please visit: http://clt-vendors.afropopnation.com

Please spread the word, and feel free to share the event with friends. See you there!

#WeAfroPoppin!

★★Repost, Invite Friends & Spread The word!★★

TIX: http://clt-tix.afropopnation.com/
★★Repost, Invite Friends & Spread The word!★★

Sol Kitchen presents TALL BLACK GUY w/ Preach
May 18 @ 10:00 pm – May 19 @ 2:00 am
Tall Black Guy:
From humble origins in Detroit, raised on a healthy diet of Motown, Jazz and early Hip Hop – Terrel Wallace (aka Tall Black Guy) has become a standard bearer for the current hip hop beats scene. Through a steady stream of productions filled with incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops, he has won fans across the world, including Gilles Peterson (who included him on one of his Brownswood Bubblers albums), Lefto, Anthony Valadez, Jazzy Jeff, Questlove and countless others. With the tangible beginnings of worldwide recognition, Tall Black Guy has established himself to be one of the most influential producers working today.

Preach SC:
Emcee / photographer / journalist
The JOB LIVE
May 18 @ 10:00 pm

Join Richmond rockers The J.O.B. at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern on this springtime Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hear the songs from their new LP, their radio hits, and fan favorites. Alternative rock with Americana and blues infusion. 🎶

Showtime: 3 sets from 10:00 pm till 1:00 am.

The J.O.B.

Musician/Band
Virginia’s ‘Top 40’ Charting Independent Recording Artists
Visit our Official Website at: www.thejoband.com
Redbeard Samurai featuring members of Charlotte’s Menastree Jazz Ensemble
May 18 @ 10:30 pm
Redbeard Samurai

Redbeard Samurai

Redbeard Samurai is a creator, wielding his creative edge for the greater good. He is at his most basic a musician, blending rapping and singing with conservatory jazz guitar and producing skills. As a songwriter, he approaches compositions with conservatory-level theoretical prowess, technical virtuosity, and a diversity of influences. 

His command of musicianship, lyrical agility, and stage presence generate a uniquely original voice in party music. He wields a myriad of influences which blend together in a larger-than-life musical experience. His aesthetic is built on a bedrock of influences from the popular culture of his childhood: neo-soul, anime, and MTV. His flow and lyricism resonate a dynamic range of reverence, from MCs like MF Doom, to Snoop Dogg, to Kanye; and frontmen like James Brown and Prince.

At the live experience, he comes with the fervor to deliver you a “license to cut loose.” The show features a five piece band paired with a set of original vibes. Expect audacious lyrics and instrumentals that bang. His soul power as frontman is regal, funky, and encourages the listener to discover their own uniqueness. 

Redbeard Samurai aims to inspire people with the power of hardwork and dedication to your craft. For his debut album “Second: Banished from Highstrung Falls”, he’s focused on creating party anthems and lounge-y B-sides.’

May
19
Sun
PAT MCGEE
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
PAT MCGEE

PAT MCGEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

The song “Overboard” features a guest vocal from Train’s Pat Monahan, and is a perfect example of how things just fell into place for this album, Pat’s fourth solo effort and tenth album overall. “I’ve known Pat since 1996 when Train toured with my band and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Pat knew how important this album was to me, so he offered to sing on the record.” Written for his wife, the song relays the idea of how he tends to go overboard with his feelings for her and his family, at times leading to vulnerable moments. “I was so inspired by listening to those old vinyl records that everything truly just flowed out of me.

Extremely proud of this record, McGee is hard-pressed to choose a favorite track. “I’m sure any artist is going to say this but it’s hard to pick a favorite,” he says. “Certainly there are musical moments that really put a smile on my face, like the mood of ‘Caroline’, the vibe of ‘Four-Door Dynamo’, the funk chops of ‘Kite String’ and the harmonies throughout the entire album from Patrick McAloon and Jonathan Williams…”

McGee started his professional music career in 1995 as leader of Pat McGee Band, touring relentlessly for over ten years all over the United States, including one stretch doing 98 shows in 103 days. The band, dubbed PMB by legions of adoring fans, sold out venues all over the US and shared stages with The Who, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Rat Dog, Levon Helm & more. Pat McGee Band even performed for President Clinton.

A big supporter of the US military and all that they do, McGee performed for the USO in Greenland as well as in The Middle East and Africa with Navy Entertainment. McGee and his band were also granted the opportunity to land on The USS Eisenhower to play for 5000 brave men and women serving on the Arabian Sea, certainly a career highlight. “My support of the Navy Entertainment and the USO feels, to me, something that every musician or artist or entertainer should be embracing,” McGee says. “I did not grow up in a military family, although my father did serve in Vietnam and to know the years he spent away from my sister while she was young is something I can relate to when meeting the troops overseas. These experiences have really shed some light on how incredibly difficult their jobs are. The men and women I’ve met while doing these tours really inspire you to go home and strive to be a better person.”

Reflecting back on this opus he’s created with these iconic performers, Pat McGee is proud of what he’s accomplished. “It sure feels good to have a record out right now that I want to share with everyone, and not just because they are songs that I wrote,” he explains. “I truly believe that all of the musicians that played on this album need to be credited for what they do. That seems to be lost in the modern music listening atmosphere.”

“It’s not just that these guys are masters on their instruments, because they certainly are that, it’s that their natural instinct is to put the perfect part down to whatever song they’re working on. That is why they have lasted over 50 years in this business. It’s just remarkable that they’re such a cornerstone of the sound of the American songwriter,” McGee says humbly. These new recordings are an indication that McGee has gained the acceptance and approval of his heros, an enviable feat in modern music.

McGee’s self titled upcoming record, his 10th effort and it’s a doozie. Recorded in Los Angeles in 2014, with a legendary band: Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, Jeff Pevar and guests: Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher as well as the PMB powerhouse players!

McGee wrote all the music himself inspired by the classic albums of the 1970’s that he grew up listening to. To land this incredible band, dubbed The Section, for these sessions was truly amazing and you can hear the passion and creativity on each track. These are the same players who helped create the signature sounds of Jackson Browne, James Taylor and so many more iconic artists.

Pat McGee Band was founded in 1995 and released and eight albums (2 on Warner Brothers) and a live DVD. PMB toured relentlessly for ten years all over the United States, in one stretch doing 98 shows in 103 days. They were asked to perform for President Clinton, sold out venues all over the US, shared the stage with The Who, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Rat Dog, Levon Helm & more. The band was crushed with the untimely death in 2006 of founding drummer Chris Williams. He was the backbone of the band and an integral part of the signature sound of the group, both live and in the studio. McGee has assembled various star-studded ensembles over the years aand continues to have a focus on the song supported with strong harmonies, percussive acoustic guitars, mandolins as well as a tight rhythm section and tasteful electric guitars.

Pat has performed for USO in Greenland and more recently in The Middle East and Africa with Navy Entertainment. This allowed McGee and his band the opportunity to land on The USS Eisenhower to play for 5000 brave men and women serving on the Arabian Sea–an experience that was a highlight of his career.

Trismalux; Band of Tomorrow
May 19 @ 7:30 pm
Trismalux

Trismalux

Trismalux is a genre melting, 4 piece band from Charlotte NC. After Conrad a long international odyssey and and a year of incubation, the tastes, styles and backgrounds of 4 very different musicians fused into a unique blend of Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll fusion. With the improvisational tendencies of Jazz musicians, the lyrical inclinations of a Hip Hop and the structure of a rock band Trismalux strives to reach their branches into the electronic future with their roots firmly planted in live instrumentation.”
Band of Tomorrow

Band of Tomorrow

‘The Band of Tomorrow ping-pongs between genres and weaves together harmonic sections in a way no other band would dare to. In the same way, their pre-written lyrics don’t shy away from any subject, nor does any special guest find it challenging to make a Band of Tomorrow song their own. This Band structures its mission around an unpredictable and transformative experience – always high energy, always premium quality, based often in familiar melodies and intellectual lyrics, but exploring improvised ideas with every new layer.’ – Carly Shields, Ever Upward Entertainment, Denver, CO
ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N. with THE TRONGONE BAND
May 19 @ 8:00 pm

It felt like time to switch gears.  In 2017, Andy Frasco reached a fork in the road. Renowned for a jubilant jambalaya of rule-breaking rock n roll his career kept rolling ahead at full steam. To date, he had released three independent albums, chronicled a German gig in front of 15,000 screaming fans on the recent live opus Songs from the Road, made jaws drop at festivals such as Grandoozy, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Summer Camp, Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park and Electric Forest, generated millions of streams, launched Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast, and performed at festivals alongside icons such as Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., The Revivalists, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dog, Joe Walsh and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few.  After a string of wild shows (and wilder nights) on tour somewhere in the heart of America, one morning sounded a very loud wakeup call for the singer, songwriter, performer, and namesake of Andy Frasco & The U.N. “I woke up after a five-day bender on cocaine,” he recalls. “This relationship I was in didn’t work out. I bought a house in the Midwest to be close to a girl, but she didn’t trust me. I wouldn’t trust me either, because I was fucking chicks and doing drugs every night on the road. I would take ecstasy just to get out of bed. I was sleep deprived, losing all of my friendships, and fucking overworked. I decided to make a change in my life. I realized that I’m getting older; I couldn’t only be the party guy. I wanted to chronicle my life. I wanted to capture my feelings. I wanted substance in my life and music. I decided to take a step back from this wild life for a second and reevaluate, so I could genuinely enjoy the ride I’m on for the long haul.” The ride ramps up on his third full-length album, the aptly titled Change of Pace. Andy approached recording from a new vantage point encouraged by iconic Widespread Panic bassist and producer Dave Schools.  At sessions in a remote Sonoma County mountain studio in a converted chicken coop of all places, Schools challenged him as a songwriter and lyricist. “Dave sat me down and asked, ‘Who do you want to be? What do you want to be remembered by?’,” recalls Andy. “I never really thought of it that way. He dialed things back for me. He’s become a huge inspiration to me as a musician and a friend. The album began there.” Cutting six songs with Dave, he embarked on something of a “studio tour” to finish Change of Pace. He tapped the talents of Ben Ellman in New Orleans, Charles Goodan in Los Angeles, and Caleb Hawley in New York at Lady Gaga’s Atomic Studios.  As a result, the songs reflect the respective regions. “There’s a grungy Bourbon street feel, hard-working and moody New York energy, and that indie California vibe,” he goes on. “I’m a traveler at the end of the day. I became a musician to travel and give people therapy through music. As part of this revelation, I realized I don’t need to stay at home when I’m off tour. I decided since I’m most comfortable on the road, so I might as well make this record on the road.” The first single “Up/Down” slips from a simmering beat and bass line into a horn-driven swoon. Produced by Goodan, its undeniable refrain proves immediately irresistible as he sings, “Your love is up and down.” “I was just getting through my relationship with that girl from Arkansas,” Andy goes on. “One day, she was happy. The next day, she wasn’t. I speak on the bipolar nature of a relationship. This was the first time I felt that. Normally, I’d be in the next town before things got any further. The song came from an outside point-of-a-view by a guy who never had a real relationship before this in his life!” Meanwhile, the boisterous “Waiting Game” features Schools’ touch and thrives on delightful proclamations such as “I wanna be the man you can tell your momma about!” The theatrical piano chords, cinematic accordion, and barroom chant delivery on “Don’t let the Haters get you down” takes dead aim at “online trolls talking shit from their parents basements.”  The title track “Change of Pace” gallops ahead on tambourine and organ as Andy’s voice stretches to the heavens and back on the admission, “I’m looking for change of pace. Then, I’ll be on my way.” “Everyone has an idea of how you should live your life,” he states. “If you’re dealing with something that you’re not into, try something the complete opposite. Instead of always pondering what you could do tomorrow, do it today.” In the end, this change elevates Andy to a new level. “I’d love for people to connect to the songs in addition to the live show,” he leaves off. “I’m a philosopher and a musician at the end of the day. I want to emulate those aspects in my work. I’m also just a guy trying to find happiness like everyone else is. It’s about being okay with the lows, not getting too high with the highs, and being comfortable in your own skin.”  

 

www.andyfrasco.com

 


THE TRONGONE BAND

Start Time: 8:00

Hailing from Richmond, VA, The Trongone Band is touring in support of their 2017 debut album, “Keys to the House”, released on Harmonized Records. With a sound that Paste Magazine likens to the “freak-outs of My Morning Jacket with the Muscle Shoals-inspired Leslie speakers and The Band’s narrative storytelling”, The Trongone Band is turning heads and making an impact on the Southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana scenes. Formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone with father John Sr on bass, The Trongone Band (tron-GO-knee) has grown from a family affair to a full on touring machine with the addition of keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Chip Hale. In the words of Live for Live Music, “the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound reminiscent of The Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting edge original compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.” Keeping with the homegrown vibe, the band nestled into the woods outside of RVA, tapping into Montrose Recording’s Flickinger console, one of only seven remaining in the world. Known as the console that revolutionized the recording industry in the 60s & 70s, the Flickinger provided the warm sounds that turned into “Keys to the House” and brought to life what MusicFestNews described as “imagery of boxcar drifters, rolling hills and dirt roads that are easy to close your eyes and get lost in”. Summer and Fall of 2017 saw The Trongone Band taking “Keys to the House” on the road while touring in support of stalwarts including Umphrey’s McGee, Reckless Kelly, American Aquarium and Cris Jacobs, Having graced the stages of Virginia’s Roosterwalk and FloydFest, Tennessee’s Riverbend Music Festival, The Allman Brothers’ Peach Festival in Pennsylvania, Atlanta’s Sweetwater 420 Fest and Macon’s “Big House Presents Summer Jam”, the band took the show abroad and completed their first full European Tour to close out 2018. This four-piece ensemble may not all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it’s fair to call them brothers. Hailing from Richmond, VA, The Trongone Band is touring in support of their 2017 debut album, “Keys to the House”, released on Harmonized Records. With a sound that Paste Magazine likens to the “freak-outs of My Morning Jacket with the Muscle Shoals-inspired Leslie speakers and The Band’s narrative storytelling”, The Trongone Band is turning heads and making an impact on the Southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana scenes. Formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone with father John Sr on bass, The Trongone Band (tron-GO-knee) has grown from a family affair to a full on touring machine with the addition of keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Chip Hale. In the words of Live for Live Music, “the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound reminiscent of The Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting edge original compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.” Keeping with the homegrown vibe, the band nestled into the woods outside of RVA, tapping into Montrose Recording’s Flickinger console, one of only seven remaining in the world. Known as the console that revolutionized the recording industry in the 60s & 70s, the Flickinger provided the warm sounds that turned into “Keys to the House” and brought to life what MusicFestNews described as “imagery of boxcar drifters, rolling hills and dirt roads that are easy to close your eyes and get lost in”. Summer and Fall of 2017 saw The Trongone Band taking “Keys to the House” on the road while touring in support of stalwarts including Umphrey’s McGee, Reckless Kelly, American Aquarium and Cris Jacobs, Having graced the stages of Virginia’s Roosterwalk and FloydFest, Tennessee’s Riverbend Music Festival, The Allman Brothers’ Peach Festival in Pennsylvania, Atlanta’s Sweetwater 420 Fest and Macon’s “Big House Presents Summer Jam”, the band took the show abroad and completed their first full European Tour to close out 2018. This four-piece ensemble may not all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it’s fair to call them brothers. 

 

www.trongoneband.com

Local Metal Showcase
May 19 @ 8:00 pm

Haymaker, Cadaver Creator, Dragged by the neck, Divine Treachery

Haymaker

Musician/BandCharlotte, North Carolina
Metal band from Charlotte, NC

We’re just a bunch of fun loving, beer drinking dudes that ride motorcycles and take our music very seriously.

WILLY PORTER
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
WILLY PORTER

WILLY PORTER

Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. 

From the release of his breakthrough album, 1994’s Dog Eared Dream, to the launch of his own record label, Weasel Records, in 2005, Willy is an artist dedicated to delivering high-test, original musical experiences. His 2015 album, Human Kindness, featured the songs “Train” and “Chippewa Boots,” performed live on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion by Willy and his singing/songwriting partner, Carmen Nickerson. The pair teamed up again in 2016 to make Bonfire to Ash, a record of co-writes produced by Grammy award-winner Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke). 

Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, his songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events–equal parts grit, soul, and muscle–that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Willy’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.

Whether in the studio or on stage, Willy Porter gifts listeners with an unforgettable ride, embodying the very best of what live music has to offer. 

“If you need another flat-top guitar hero, look no further than Willy Porter, a blindingly fleet and maddeningly nimble player. If you’re trying to get the hang of fingerstyle picking, you’ll either curse the dude or forsake all and follow him.” –Riverfront Times 

“I found Willy on iTunes six years ago. Went to see him live and joined the converted.“ — Al Kooper (Bob Dylan/Blood, Sweat & Tears)

“Porter is a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone…“ – The Washington Post

“Porter accentuates well – rendered tales with spit – fire – percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color – chord picking.“ – Billboard

BIG LAZY & DON TELLING’S ISLAND MYSTERIES
May 19 @ 9:00 pm

New York cinematic instrumental trio Big Lazy
and Charlotte exotica collective Don Telling’s Island Mysteries (featuring members of Patois Counselors, Chócala, Sea Of Cortez & Soft Parts)

BAR OPENS AT 4:00 PM FOR METAL CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICE / SHOW STARTS AROUND 9:00 PM / AGES 18 & UP WELCOME / NO ONE ADMITTED WITHOUT VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION

OMARI & THE HELLHOUNDS
May 19 @ 10:00 pm – May 20 @ 2:00 am

OMARI & THE HELLHOUNDS

May
20
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
May 20 @ 8:00 pm

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

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
May 20 @ 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
May 20 @ 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.

 

Mondays Open Mic With Jeff
May 20 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

FILTH w/ DEPTHS, SLEEP WAKER, ALBERT THE CANNIBAL & MORE
May 20 @ 9:00 pm

Guttermouth Promotions is proud to bring to Charlotte one of the heaviest tours of the spring, courtesy of Enterprise Talent Agency! Come witness hometown heavyweights FILTH on their headlining tour with New Zealanders DEPTHS, on their first-ever US tour, with Michigan’s SLEEP WAKER and California’s ALBERT THE CANNIBAL.

Featuring performances by:

Filth (Downtempo/Deathcore // Shelby, NC)
Watch the music video for ‘Seventh Seal’ HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7B8EaRMD_0

DEPTHS (Death Metal // Palmerston North, NZ // Deadboy Records)
Watch the music video for ‘Dethrone’ HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HrXHiVADoY

Sleep Waker (Nu Metalcore // Grand Rapids, MI // Stay Sick Recordings)
Watch the music video for ‘Bitter’ HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZCPZuxoNB4

Albert The Cannibal (Deathcore // Bakersfield, CA)
Listen to the single ‘Forgotten’ HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umIZfo_nHPo

and special guests to be announced soon

8:00 PM DOORS / 9:00 PM SHOW / AGES 18 & UP WELCOME / NO ONE ADMITTED WITHOUT VALID PHOTO ID

May
21
Tue
CRACKER Taylor Phelan
May 21 @ 8:00 pm
CRACKER

CRACKER

Cracker’s tenth and most recent studio effort, the double-album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape — the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn’t be further apart from one another. In the late ’70s and ’80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the ’60s and ’70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker’s two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.

As Lowery explains, ‘On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup — Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics.’

‘This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band. Throughout the band’s 24-year history we’ve dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.’

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century — amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (‘Low,’ ‘Euro-Trash Girl,’ ‘Get Off This’ and ‘Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me’ to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base — that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry — continues to grow each year.

Taylor Phelan

Taylor Phelan

Taylor Phelan is a songwriter, singer and alt-rock artist. Phelan was raised within a tight-knit musical family in his home state of Texas and began to play guitar and write his own songs at 16, cutting his teeth at coffee shops. He started his professional career as the founder and frontman for the Chicago-based alternative band, The Canes. In 2014, Phelan was a favorite contestant on the seventh season of NBC’s hit reality series, The Voice, an experience that revealed his tremendous talent as a solo artist. In 2015, shortly after signing with the indie label, Native Nine Records, Phelan gravitated back to his southern roots and teamed up with Nashville-based producer Joshua D Niles to work on his first collection of solo material. Now touring the country with a powerhouse backing band, and new music on the way!
RED ROCKIN’ CHAIR
May 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

RED ROCKIN’ CHAIR

ANCHOR DETAIL w/ Mountainwalker, Uncle Buck
May 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Anchor Detail: Rock/Post Punk
Mountainwalker:
Spiritually driven lyric Hip Hop backed by full live band laced with moments of soul and psychedelia
Uncle Buck: Groove driven hard rock and blues roots. Modern fuzz laden psychedelia. Genre-bending songwriting… UNCLE BUCK!
HEY THANKS! & RIGHT ON, KID w/ DUTCH TULIPS, BIG WAVE SMALL WAVE & MORE
May 21 @ 9:00 pm

Hey Thanks!
with Albuquerque, New Mexico‘s Right on, Kid
and Dutch Tulips
plus special guests Big Wave Small Wave (members of Ol’ Sport & The Stayhomes)
and more to be announced soon

8:00 PM DOORS / 9:00 PM SHOW / AGES 18 & UP WELCOME / NO ONE ADMITTED WITHOUT VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION

Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 21 @ 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
May 21 @ 10:30 pm

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

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam
May 21 @ 10:30 pm
Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam

MENASTREE

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

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

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

May
22
Wed
Marti Jones & Don Dixon
May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Marti Jones & Don Dixon

Marti Jones & Don Dixon

Marti Jones began her musical journey in her teens in Ohio. After being discovered by Liam Sternberg in the early 80s, she was signed to A&M records where she made three albums that helped define the trajectory of Americana. She moved to RCA in 1990 but after a few more years of relentless touring, she opted for motherhood. Since then she’s made the occasional record, done the occasional tour and spent lots of time painting, her first love.

She became known for her stylish interpretations of songs by Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, David Bowie, Peter Holsapple and Marshall Crenshaw. 

Don Dixon: Singer, musician, songwriter, producer and occasional actor. Has twelve solo albums including Most of the Girls Like to Dance But Only Some of the Boys Like To which contains the mid 80s MTV hit “Praying Mantis”. Tours with his wife, acclaimed singer Marti Jones. Has played and sung on numerous records and is a long-time member of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s band. Has songs recorded by Joe Cocker, Ronnie Spector, Hootie & the Blowfish, and the Counting Crows to name a few. Produced recordings for R.E.M., the Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, Guadalcanal Diary and James McMurtry along with dozens of other influential acts. Acting credits include a featured role as Bert Hanley in 2003’s hit cult film, Camp.

Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summit Coffee continues to offer live music, usually with no cover. Summit is located at 128 South Main Street in Davidson. Call them at 704-895-9090 with questions.

Songs and Stories: An Evening with Art Alexakis and More
May 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Art Alexakis, the charismatic frontman of the multi-platinum rock band Everclear, brings an intimate, collaborative acoustic show to McGlohon Theater. Art has invited three of his friends to join him on stage – fellow platinum artists Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne), Max Collins (Eve 6) and John Wozniak (Marcy Playground). The Songs and Storiestour will deliver a one-of-a kind opportunity for each frontman to perform stripped down versions of their band’s hits, deep tracks, and new songs – and the stories behind all of them. The four men, collectively performing together for the very first time, will share the stage on multiple occasions during the show. The 2+ hour performance will be capped off by an interactive encore, allowing fans a unique opportunity for Q&A, special requests, and ‘come what may’ banter.

Levi Herman & The Harrowers
May 22 @ 8:00 pm
Levi Herman
Real country musician, dedicated to keeping real country music alive for real country music fans.
OPEN MIC WITH LEEBO
May 22 @ 9:00 pm – May 23 @ 12:00 am

OPEN MIC WITH LEEBO

No Rope/The Apartment Club/Beket/Waystray St.
May 22 @ 9:30 pm

Doors at 8:30 /
9:30 – Waystray St. (Melancholic bedroom folk from Rock Hill)
10:15 – Beket (Alt/Rock from SC)
11:10 – The Apartment Club (Alt/Rock from SC)
12:00 – No Rope (Punk influenced rock & roll from Charlotte)

The Apartment Club

Musician/BandSpartanburg, South Carolina
A Mom & Pop outfit from Spartanburg, SC.
Doubt Vol1. OUT NOW
Available on Spotify/ITunes/GooglePlay Etc

theaptclub.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/theaptclub

 

Beket

Musician/Band
Booking: 
garth@goodmeasuremgmt.com
May
23
Thu
THE HACKENSAW BOYS
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

For almost two decades, the Hackensaw Boys have plowed the asphalt bringing their raw, gritty American vernacular sounds to the music halls and streets across the world. Twenty years later, the group continues their burning hot vision of American roots music into a new age, fueled as much by a rowdy punk spirit as by the traditional masters that first inspired them.

The music began in 1999 when four friends from Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley found their collective ways to the roots music hub of Charlottesville. They didn’t waste time getting going, playing a show on the street the day of their first practice. The group let the good times roll and started adding like-minded people until their ranks reached twelve players for their first US tour. As with the folk and punk traditions which form the foundation of their sound, they’ve always operated more as a collective than a band. All said, twenty-eight members have cycled through the group—you never quite know who might sit in as a guest on any given night.

Helmed by founding member David Sickmen, the Hackensaw Boys have always had more in common with bands like The Clash, who celebrated the working class roots of their own music, than they did with an overly-polished Nashville mainstream. As evidenced in the Hackensaws’ history, their music fit as easily backing Charlie Louvin as it did in backstage jams on tour with Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips.

With their most recent release, a fresh take on Blaze Foley’s “Oval Room,” these roots music stalwarts speak directly to America’s political unrest. Written and recorded by Foley in the 1980s, the song recalls his list of grievances with the Reagan presidency: “Everywhere he goes, make the people mad / Makes the poor man beg, and the rich man glad.” The band was excited to resurrect this protest gem—which was recorded by their friend Thomas Olivier at Studio Americain in Amsterdam—as the words seem more timely than ever.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday,May 23
  • 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.
LOKELLA & Hail Your Highness WSG.
May 23 @ 7:30 pm

LOKELLA
Hail Your Highness
Fear Until Fury
+ TBA
Doors 7:30   21+   $10

LOKELLA

Musician/Band
Blending elements of grunge, jazz, and progressive rock, this band has absolutely no idea what subgenre they fit into and really doesn’t care to.
 

Hail Your Highness

Musician/Band
‘Hail Your Highness is a band striving to mesh eclectic styles and genres to create a unique sound with strong emotional vibes.’
 

Fear Until Fury

Musician/BandCharlotte, North Carolina
Our music embraces the pain that is so often unavoidable in life, that can cripple, and use it as a catalyst for energy and power to grow and change.
Matt Stillwell (Full Band Show)
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Matt Stillwell

Matt Stillwell

Matt Stillwell, a nationally touring country music artist from Sylva, NC, is a fully independent country music artist. Before he jumped into music, he played baseball at Western Carolina University where he was an All Conference player on the Catamount’s Southern Conference Championship Baseball team. He has recorded seven full length albums, opened for most country superstars, and toured the country several times. He lives in with his wife Lindsey, and two beautiful girls, Carolina and Ruby in Knoxville. 

Matt’s debut single “Shine” reached the TOP #50 on Billboard’s Country Charts. The accompanying music video reached #5 on CMT Pure while breaking into the Top 10 on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. The album went on to pro-duce another Top 50 Billboard single in “Sweet Sun Angel” and two more top videos on CMT Pure with “Dirt Road Dancing” and “Sweet Sun Angel”. The first single “Ignition” from his album ‘Right On Time’ reached the TOP #50 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart and has over 1 million streams. Stillwell’s song “Hey Dad”, written as a tribute to his late father, has over 500,000 streams and the video has over 40,000,000 views online. His current project, “Stillwell EP” is available everywhere you can purchase and consume music online. Physical product is available on his website, www.mattstillwellmusic.net, and at his live shows. The first single from that EP, “Hot Minute”, has already received over 500,000 Streams on Spotify and is the #1 Video on the CMT 12 Pack. He’s cur-rently finishing up songs to complete a brand new album with producer and fre-quent co-writer, Lynn Hutton.

Stillwell has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox and Friends, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, and Atlanta TV Morning Shows, and co-hosted an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri on the Food Network (Season 26, Episode 5). In 2017 he became the ambassador for the Cal Ripken Sr. Founda-tion’s “Badges For Baseball” program that puts at risk youth together with law enforcement using baseball as the hook. To date the tour has partnered with Major League Baseball for 14 events and effected hundreds of kids and cops alike. MLB.com host a video that showcases the tour and gives more details about the program. 

Stillwell will kick off his “Got Your 6 Tour” this spring, partnering with SAE (Sig-ma Alpha Epsilon) across the country. A portion of the proceeds will go to bene-fit The Comfort Crew For Military Kids, and in select markets, The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

CBDB
May 23 @ 8:00 pm

Jamband of the Year” & “Studio Album of the Year” Reddit 2018 CBDB is a progressive rock, jam-band from Alabama and their music is spreading from the southeast across the nation like wildfire. Defining a newfound, southern blend of joyous and progressive rock n roll, they channel a sonic mix of soulful vocals and virtuosic musicianship with smart, tasteful songwriting. On stage, each member of CBDB fluidly plays between complex composition and loose exploratory improvisation creating an incredible and unique live experience. CBDB has played major festivals including Hulaween, Okeechobee, Sweetwater 420, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Sloss, Aura, Backwoods, Euphoria, and The Werk Out. They’ve also shared the stage with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Papadosio, Galactic, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Perpetual Groove, The Wailers, Blues Traveler, and many more. With their latest release, an impressive third full-length album titled ‘Out of Line’ – recorded at Zac Brown’s legendary Southern Ground Nashville studio – CBDB is set to take the country by storm. Soaring monthly listeners and followers have further propelled their growth & continue to bring the band widespread attention, interest, and new fans daily. Dive into CBDB’s eclectic catalogue of tunes today and catch them live on tour near you soon!

 

www.cbdbmusic.com

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 23 @ 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.

 

BENTWATER
May 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

BENTWATER

THE OUTLIERS w/ WITHHOLD THE BLOOD, BUTTERFLY CORPSE & FOOLS GENERATION
May 23 @ 9:00 pm

The Outliers (from Grand Rapids, Michigan)
and Muskegon, Michigan‘s Withhold the Blood
with special guests Fools Generation
and Charlotte’s own Butterfly Corpse

8:00 PM DOORS / 9:00 PM SHOW / AGES 18 & UP WELCOME / NO ONE ADMITTED WITHOUT VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
May 23 @ 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.

May
24
Fri
Sounds on the Square Featuring Blue Honey
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring your lawn chair and join us for Sounds on the Square! This free event takes place at The Square at Spirit Square. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. This event will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.

‘The Nashville based duo have the perfect blend of country and blues (hence their band name) in their music and we can’t get enough of it.’ – Juliet Schroder, Celeb Secrets Country

Blue Honey is the result of the combined efforts of individually lauded performer/songwriters Troy Brooks and Kassie Jordan, a husband and wife duo. The connection between the two is undeniable and can only be found between two people in love. Their harmonies intertwine flawlessly while showcasing Kassie’s powerhouse vocals and Troy’s blues inspired guitar riffs. They have brought that rare connection back into the studio to record their sophomore full-length project, Sweet Rebellion, which was co-produced by Kassie and Troy and includes twelve originals songs. The video for the debut single, “Angels Come Home,” debuted on world renowned outlet The Boot. The release of the new album falls on the heels of a milestone 2018 where they were named one of the “10 Country Artists To Watch in 2018” by The Nashville Knack, were included on The Country Source’s “One To Watch 2018” list and Buzzfeed’s “2018’s Country Music Obsessions” list. Their song “Wherever You Are Tonight” was also recently featured on Spectra Music’s Americana Made: Volume 1 compilation album.

TRAPPER SCHOEPP
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Trapper Schoepp is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 2​7​ years. That small army of rogues and rebels, drifters and dreamers, soldiers and schemers populate his songs, their tragedies and comedies, their lives and deaths recalled in his finely etched musical vignettes.

The Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), just returned​ ​with his second effort Rangers & Valentines (Xtra Mile Recordings). The record follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut Run Engine, Run. That LP earned notices in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Paste, with the folks at Huffington Post calling him a “master storyteller” and PBS hailing his “story songs that explore and explode the conventions of rock and roll.”

On Rangers & Valentines, Schoepp defies the limitations of the standard-issue Americana platter, hopping genres – you’ll hear lots of brass, backing singers and B-3 — as the songs build to delirious musical highs. His narratives, meanwhile, find subjects in the narrow margins of society, the strange twists (literal and metaphorical) in the weather, and the vagaries of a troubadour’s transient life – with lyrics that flash a lacerating wit and humanist streak that’s at the core of his craft.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, May 24
  • 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.
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