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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.
May 22 @ 9:00 pm – May 23 @ 12:00 am


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



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.


  • 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

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


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

‘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,, 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. 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.

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!

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.


May 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


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


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.

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.

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.


  • 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.
Gareth Asher Record Release; Jason Adamo
May 24 @ 7:30 pm
Gareth Asher

Gareth Asher

Gareth Asher returns to Charlotte, NC promoting his new album, “Defend the Flame.”

With lyricism reflecting and celebrating the inner struggles we face through life’s smiles and tears, “Defend the Flame” reminds us to accept and release the emotions that can often feel insurmountable within us. This message is one that has no doubt been felt through much of his previous music, but through this album, Gareth lays himself bare in a way that he has not shared before. The honesty in the tone of these new and precious songs is one that will leave you feeling more connected to the self and perhaps a little lighter with the knowledge that you are not alone.

Join us May 24th in welcoming Gareth Asher back to The Evening Muse.

Jason Adamo

Jason Adamo

An interesting thing happens when a talented musician ditches gimmicks and masks; honest, unpretentious, full-bodied music is born. Jason Adamo is a truly soulful singer with inspired lyrics and raspy falsetto. Currently residing in Raleigh, NC, Adamo has lived in New York City and Nashville immersing himself in each cities music and songwriting scene. 

Jason Recently received RIAA Gold and Platinum plaques as a songwriter for the song ‘Beautiful Believer’ on Brett Young’s debut album on The Big Machine Label Group.

Adamo’s Joe Cocker-like “bold grit and heart,” and ability to take a captive audience from “engaged silence” to a “floor stomping, rollicking, good time.”

May 24 @ 8:00 pm

Coddle Creek is a high energy creekgrass band from the foothills of NC in beautiful Coddle Creek! It’s traditional bluegrass music with a kick,we like to play fast and let our light shine bright!!! The sweet harmonies and dueling acoustic guitars of longtime friends Travis Weddington and Adam Lawrence are like no other.  Travis Weddington is from Coddle Creek, NC. He grew up playing traditional bluegrass with his family. Travis then got bit by the blues bug, under the wing of Rusty Barkley in the Part Time Blues Band. Shortly thereafter, Travis started ripping up electric guitar leads for the ‘improvisational project band Duk Tan”. His vocals songwriting and acoustic guitar licks are the icing on the cake in Coddle Creek.  With his original songs, vocals, and acoustic guitar picking, Adam Lawrence is a large part of the sweet sounds of Coddle Creek. After hearing recordings at a young age of his father, Jack Lawrence, and the late Doc Watson, Adam dove into the guitar and hasn’t looked back. He has had the honor to play on stage with many of the great flatpickers of our time, which only increases his desire to play. Adam’s influences include the late Doc Watson and his father, Jack Lawrence, to Django Reinhardt, Clarence White, Bryan Sutton, Stephen Mougin and far too many others to include. Adam also enjoys branching out with many different genres, from progressive blues and most recently jam bands. Adam continues to redefine and create his own style of flatpicking with traveling and playing any kind of music nationwide.  Dave Mclendon, the veteran musician and long time bass player for Duk Tan, hails from the backwoods of Richfield, NC where you can hear the slapping of the cat gut on the hollow body of a sexy stand up fiddle off in the distance, if all is quiet and you put your ear to the ground…Just listen, you’ll hear it!  Steven Davidson has been all around this great country of ours and played with some of the living legends of our time. He’s toured around with Spongecake and the Fluff Ramblers holding down the low end but barely holding his eyes open behind the wheel of their slow moving van! Steven has twice the strings now and he’s using every one of them and chucking his way along with the Coddle Creek crew! He’s a well rounded musician and the perfect fit for this group of misfits, plus, the Mandolin makes him look alot bigger than the bass does! Waylon Bayard will be making appearances from time to time when the spirit of the night comes calling him to lay down a sweet beat to some creekgrass music, like a train chuggin’ down the line! Waylon has been holding down the tempo for some time now with all types of bands and music is his genre, the kid can make any song, no matter how rough, smooth as silk! Waylon is the long time drummer for Duk Tan and has toured the world with some great industrial bands such as Voodou and The Haitian Hate Gods and this has prepared him to go fast and shine with Coddle Creek!  See y’all at the show!!!



Start Time: 8:00

The Local Boys are a band that has been waiting for the appellation ‘Americana’, as ‘Bluegrass’ just doesn’t cover the material they do. With all members of The Local Boys having deep roots in traditional music, they have a love for the musical styles that influenced and evolved from old time, country, and bluegrass.  The Local Boys are fairly standard in their acoustic instrumental arrangement. Lead Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Rhythm Guitar, and Bass. Additional instruments may be available upon request including mandolin, fiddle, classical violin, cello, and percussion. They can accommodate as a duo, all the way to a large production band! All members of the band are superb lead and harmony vocalists. This gives them the ability to find the perfect combination of voices to render any song.  The Local Boys have performed at Merlefest the last 20 years running. In addition, they’ve hosted the Plaza Stage with the late, Grammy award winning, Tut Taylor. They actively participate in the outreach program, sponsored by Merlefest, bringing music to surrounding area schools. Look for them at the festival this year!

Emmy Law; Paulina Evers
May 24 @ 9:00 pm

Emmy Law 9-10:30pm

Paulina Evers 10:45-1:30am


May 24 @ 9:00 pm

Misanthropic Aggression
with Novgorod
and special guests Oculum Dei
plus Valle Crucis
and Atlanta, Georgia’s Internment 666


SNUG 600 : PLEASURES w/ Whispering Man, Chew, Acne
May 24 @ 10:00 pm – May 25 @ 2:00 am
PLEASURES: Psychedelic Dark Space Pop
CHEW: fuzz-laden psych
Dreamy, noisy punk.
May 24 @ 10:00 pm – May 25 @ 1:30 am


Joyfest Gospel Music Festival at Carowinds
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
One of the country’s largest gospel music festivals is returning to Carowinds! Be blessed and inspired from award-winning gospel musicians including Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, and more.

Set for Saturday, May 25th, the concert will showcase national headlining artists from across the country at Carowinds’ 13,000-seat, outdoor Paladium Amphitheatre. 

Buy your park admission and concert tickets in advance!

May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ben Sparaco and The New Effect formed in 2017 when Florida-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist began playing with drummer Anthony Quirk and bassist Adam Discipio. Now based in the flourishing musical oasis of Nashville, TN, Ben and the band have maintained a massive touring schedule, cutting their teeth playing coast to coast in clubs and festivals.

Sparaco spent his teen years making a name for himself in the jam scene of the southeast, playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band, Dead and Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more before he had even turned 21. This included a touring stint in late Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks’ band. After recording his 2016 release “Bring the Jubilee EP” with a Florida-based group of musicians, he moved to Nashville. There, he amassed a group of some of Nashville’s finest to record his debut solo record “Wooden” with producer Ross Holmes (Mumford and Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes), which also featured a guest appearance from Luther Dickinson.

After finalizing The New Effect’s powerful lineup with Berklee College of Music graduates Quirk and Discipio, Sparaco’s songwriting started drifting from his southern rock roots, showing indie rock, new wave, and pop influences, evident on the EP “Greetings, from Ben Sparaco and The New Effect.” Following this with the single “Scared of The Dark” in the fall of 2018, Sparaco and his band have earned glowing press reviews, further establishing themselves as up and comers to watch in the indie rock world.


  • When: Saturday, May 25
  • 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.
May 25 @ 9:00 pm

DIGITAL NOIR with DJ Spider & DJ Price

SATURDAY, MAY 25th 2019


at The Milestone Club in Charlotte, North Carolina


May 25 @ 9:00 pm – May 26 @ 12:00 am


When Particles Collide/Motel Glory/SpyBaby
May 25 @ 9:00 pm – May 26 @ 12:00 am

Join When Particles Collide with Motel Glory and Spybaby at Tommy’s Pub for a night of rock n roll. It also happens to be almost Chris’ birthday (at midnight) so we may as well make it a Charlotte Birthday Bash.

When Particles Collide

On its new EP, “Fade To Gold”, WPC is at the top of its game, harmonizing and thrashing as one. -Joe Sweeney, The Bangor Daily News//The Bollard, 9/2018

Motel Glory

Inducing tinnitus and hangovers since 2009.
SNUG 600 : TEMP JOB w/ Indigo De Souza + Icky Bricketts, GASP
May 25 @ 10:00 pm – May 26 @ 2:00 am
TEMP JOB is an eclectic 8 piece band based in Knoxville, Tn who perform music inspired by 70s funk, 80s New Wave, and modern hip hop.

Indigo De Souza:
Asheville pop rock

‘One foot in the grave, the other dancing wildly about’– serves as a sort of GASP manifesto. A dark litany of worldly cares and psychic damage recounted across an existentialist cocktail of post-punk funk, the dark underbelly of Americana, a veritable bouquet of avant-garde influences, and an eight-limbed percussion section form the core of their baroque new-wave sound.
Monty Mak
May 25 @ 10:30 pm
Monty Mak

Monty Mak

Monty Mak, fronted by Charlotte Native Singer/Songwriter Monty Makarow, melds voice, instrument and story together to create interesting and complex layers of rhythm, beat and experience. The band itself, a union of family and friends, brings their individual talents to Makarow’s haunting scenes from songs such as Mystical Child and In Her Own Blood. In Calhoun we are reminded of Makarow’s roots while California sets us dreaming of other lives. The upbeat Papa keeps your feet moving while daring you to follow the story of a young girls struggle to connect.

However your ear perceives it, MONTY MAK has much to offer – a true and explosive fusion of sound and story.

SNUG 600 Cookout w/ Paint Fumes, Model Zero
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paint Fumes: Taco Bell eatin voodoo magicin mad dog 20-20 drinkin night train ridin lucid dreams
Model Zero:
Synth psych punk
May 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly has honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.

A powerful live performer, the musician has won over fans through non-stop touring as well as a heralded collaboration with the North Mississippi Allstars & Southern Soul Assembly.

Since his recording debut in 1989, Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo’s Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders’ song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne’s compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang, Edwin McCain, Sam Bush, Trombone Shorty and Aaron Neville and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO’s New Orleans-based drama, Treme.

Enjoy Rayland Baxter during the Memorial Day Celebration.


  • When: Memorial Day Celebration (May 26)
  • Time: 8:00pm – 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.
Typecaste, Low End, Curiosity Kills
May 26 @ 8:00 pm

FBT Entertainment, Blind Path Booking, Backroom Productions, & The Corillaz Agency Present:

Typecaste / Low End / Curiosity Kills
More TBA

May 26, 2019
Skylark Social Club
2131 Central Ave. Charlotte NC

Doors at 8 PM

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

$5 Adv. / $7 Day of Show

Curiosity Kills

Based out of Charlotte, NC, Curiosity Kills brings influences from all genres to provide the Queen City with loud, reckless, mosh/head banging metal!

Logan – Vocalist
Louis – Guitarist
Austen- Guitarist
Travis – Bassist
Tyler – Drummer


Low End

Steadfast E.P. out now!

Apple Music:


The Corillaz Agency

Event PlannerMyrtle Beach, South Carolina
Booking/promoting company in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Contact: | myrtlebeachSCshows@gmail

Backroom Productions

May 26 @ 10:00 pm – May 27 @ 2:00 am


Find Your Muse Open Mic
May 27 @ 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.

Neckbeard Deathcamp, Theories, WVRM, No Convictions
May 27 @ 8:00 pm

FBT Entertainment and Skylark Social Club Present:

Neckbeard Deathcamp
no convictions


WVRM is a grind band from South Carolina. 
Twitter: @wvrmgrind
Instagram: wvrmgrind
Musician/BandPanama City Beach, Florida
Bay County Beatdown.
Upstate Records
Scum Apparel
Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
May 27 @ 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 27 @ 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
May 27 @ 8:30 pm – May 28 @ 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
May 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s ‘Jaw-Dropping Spectacle’ (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical.

The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End).

Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this ‘dazzling tale of star crossed lovers’ comes to Belk Theater May 28- June 9, 2019

Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. 

May 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 28 @ 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. 


Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
May 29 @ 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.

Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s ‘Jaw-Dropping Spectacle’ (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical.

The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End).

Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this ‘dazzling tale of star crossed lovers’ comes to Belk Theater May 28- June 9, 2019

Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. 

Grizzly Goat; The New Rustics
May 29 @ 7:30 pm
Grizzly Goat

Grizzly Goat

“The band’s music speaks to those who fine solace in the woods, find awe in the great expanse of the desert, who can hear the mountains calling to them.”–Tahoe on Stage, Reno, NV

Grizzly Goat’s music is as the band’s name suggests, undomesticated. Grizzly’s blend of folk-rock spans the entire breadth of the Americana genre; from soft and sincere campfire ballads to rocking electric harmonica solos on top of pounding drums and flailing banjo.

The band is hardworking and tireless. They’ve brought their rootsy compositions from coast to coast in their white passenger van. Whether at a festival or a small scale BBQ joint, Grizzly Goat’s aim is to connect with their audience on an individual level, building a relationship with each listener.

The New Rustics

The New Rustics

Singer/songwriter Jeff Robinson may not have the image you would think of for a southern rock style band, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover! A NC native who has in the past called Charlotte home, now leads a new Americana/roots rock band ‘The New Rustics’, who have been compared to legendary artists such as The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Uncle Tupelo, and Arlo Guthrie among many others. Basing their music off of classics in an attempt to bring back a southern rock genre that people still long for, The New Rustics have added a modern day twist to a classic rock style. Fusing elements of country, rock, and folk, intertwined with light jams and meaningful lyrics, The New Rustics are making their way in a highly competitive industry. ‘I sing about home a lot, because well, almost everyone can relate to that. There is definitely a theme to my songs that if you pay attention you will hear; traveling, family, music, becoming the best version of yourself, mistakes made, and of course, girls, haha.’
May 29 @ 8:00 pm


Remember the urban legend of the boy next door that played records all day, and at night kept the neighborhood up with songs of his own? He left home one day and was never heard from again. You heard he moved to the big city, lived in cheap motels, ate dollar hamburgers, worked the boulevard with ex-models, thorazine freaks, transvestites, mothers, fathers, drunks, junkies and punk rockers alike. Only, this story is no urban fairytale, it’s the true-life journey of American rapper Mickey Avalon has taken on his path to realize his present day success.

Avalon struggled through many long, lonely, desperate nights under the dizzying city lights but made a personal vow that he would never forget the magic of things he loved the most in this world: his first fix, his first girl, and most importantly the first time he rocked a microphone. Mickey Avalon has done whatever it took to get him to and off Hollywood Blvd and is now inviting everyone into his world.

Mickey Avalon is known to the world as one of the hottest underground American rappers and has become a fan-favorite in part because of his back-story; Avalon’s family upbringing was considered tumultuous. Avalon’s family history starts with paternal grandparents, Holocaust survivors, who endured lasting injuries from their imprisonment at Auschwitz. Avalon grew up in Hollywood, California with his sister. His parents had a hard life and previously abused drugs; his dad was a rock-music-lover heroin addict and his mom a concert ticket and pot dealer, a profession he acquired at age 14. In his late teens, the rapper (born Yeshe Perl) became an Orthodox Jew and tried to be a good teenager. By his early 20s, he had married, had a daughter, shaved his beard and moved to Portland, Oregon, where he turned to prostitution, giving sexually pleasure to fund a raging smack habit. While in Portland, tragedy struck his family: his sister died of a heroin overdose and his father was killed in a car accident by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.

After the deaths of Avalon’s two family members, he decided to move back to Los Angeles and tried to clean up his act, wanting more out of life. He was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty) who encouraged Avalon to pursue his passion of Hip-Hop and collaborate with him on some tracks. The two quickly began passing out demos to Hollywood clubs and developed a following among fans of the Los Angeles nightclub scene. Soon after the guerilla promotions tactics, Avalon signed with Interscope Records/Killer Records/MySpace in 2005. After signing the first-ever Interscope/Myspace record deal, Avalon debuted his self-entitled album in 2006, which showcased his unique rhyming style and focused on experiences on the streets, with drugs, and prostitution. He was also a member of the Dyslexic Speedreaders, a rap group which also included rappers Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, and Beardo, who all appear in Avalon’s music video, ‘Fuckin’ ‘Em All’.

In his short time on the music scene, Avalon has collaborated with many artists such as Young Jeezy and Jermaine Dupri for a recent Boost Mobile commercial. Early in Avalon’s music career, he collaborated with the Happy Mondays on their 2007 album Uncle Dysfunktional, providing vocals on the track “Deviants”. In addition, Avalon co-wrote Unwritten Law’s radio hit, “Shoulda Known Better,” and provided vocals for a remix version which has been released on Unwritten Law’s “Best Of” album, The Hit List. Avalon’s songs have been featured in several film and television projects including the 2008 movie “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” his song “Jane Fonda” was featured briefly in an episode of HBO original series “Entourage,” and his song “My Dick” was featured in the end credit for the HBO original series “Hung.” On the stage, Avalon has opened up for great music artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Travis Barker.

Mickey Avalon has been featured in several magazines including Blender, BPM, LA Weekly, Skinnie as ‘America’s Glam Rapper’. He recently performed in several events this year including fashion mogul Christian Audigier’s on the opening day of the annual MAGIC Marketplace 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Avalon performed hits and fan favorites ‘Jane Fonda,’ ‘So Rich, So Pretty,’ ‘Mr. Right’ and sneak previews of two new songs, ‘Fast Life’ and ‘Stroke Me’ from his highly anticipated second album featuring new collaborations with Kid Rock, Katy Perry(Kitty Perry) and Travis Barker and production by mega-hit producer Dr. Luke. Known for his cult following and non-stop tour schedule, Avalon met a man who shares similar likes of music named DJ Mackey who he befriended in 2006. The rapper recently came off a 20-city run on the ‘Blazed and Confused’ summer tour alongside Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid, and DJ Mackey as his DJ on tour. Avalon is set to release his new single “Stroke Me” to radio this month and is put the finishing touches on his upcoming album tentatively entitled “ELECTRIC GIGAGLO” scheduled for a February 2010 release.



Simon Rex was first introduced to television audiences as an MTV VJ. Soon after, Simon hit fame and popularity delving into acting on shows such as Felicity, Jack and Jill, and What I Like About You. Rex also made guest appearances on Baywatch, Everwood, and Summerland and starred in the Lifetime Series, Monarch Cove. He has also acted in feature films including Scary Movie 3, Karate Dog, Superhero Movie, Scary Movie 4 Hotel California, King Of The Avenue, and Scary Movie 5.

As his alter ego “Dirty Nasty,” actor, musician, producer, and comedian, Simon Rex has developed a die-hard and rabid fan-base across the world since the release of his debut rap-comedy albums 2007 release. Dirt’s second album (2010’s “Nasty As I Wanna Be”) debuted and stayed at the top of Billboard’s comedy charts for weeks and featured guests such as Ke$ha, LMFAO and others.

His music and persona have excitedly received a cult following which are not only dominant on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and iTunes; but at his sold out shows and concerts across the globe.

May 29 @ 8:00 pm

‘a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy.’
– Village Voice

‘a new standard for fusions of rock n’ roll and West African music.’
– Afropop Worldwide

‘Their music avoids cliché with authentic extrapolations of traditional Manding beats, percussion, and jam-band flare.’   
– The New Yorker

 ‘…expertly meshed surf guitar with Malian rhythmic patterns, a Dick Dale moves-to-Timbuktu experiment in Afro-California fusion.’ 
– Boston Herald

‘Toubab Krewe has such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band’s capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock n’ roll and worldbeat being completely rewritten. This is the sound of liberation.’
– Blurt

‘one of the most innovative voices in music today.’  
– Honest Tune




Start Time: 8:00

Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players. Throughout these changes, Scales has demonstrated remarkable perseverance and persistence, a topic that he presented in a TED Talk, while continuing to write and develop his craft and touring the North American and European club and festival circuit—as well as dates in Japan, Central America and The Caribbean. Scales also represented the United States through the Department of State as a musical ambassador in a four week concert tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia in early 2017, an honor for which he was chosen from among three hundred finalists. Read Less

Bitches of the Sun
May 29 @ 9:00 pm

Bitches of the Sun



May 29 @ 9:00 pm – May 30 @ 12:00 am


May Residency : THE BUSINESS PEOPLE w/ Sinners & Saints, Colpa Mia, The Hell Yeah Babies, DJ Will Gilreath
May 29 @ 10:00 pm – May 30 @ 2:00 am
The Business People:
Post-funk and quarter-punk since 2010
Sinners & Saints: foot stompin shit kickin whiskey drinkin sweet lovin music
Colpa Mia:
Indie Rock/Indie Pop band based out of Richmond, Virginia.

The Hell Yeah Babies:

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