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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:
May 30 @ 7:00 pm

Blending styles of alternative folk, introspective songwriting, and elements of jazzy, soulful vocal styles, Holland Teed, a Singer/Songwriter from Charlotte, NC, Lends a refreshing approach to her genre of music.

Holland recorded and released her first original single, ‘Watercolors’ in 2017. Teed majors in Songwriting at Berklee College of Music, and is currently working on the release of her first EP. 

Follow Holland on Instagram @hollandteed for concert/music updates!

May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, Red Wanting Blue has spent the last twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts, notching appearances everywhere from Letterman to NPR and reaching #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, all while operating largely outside the confines of the traditional music industry. For their powerful new album, ‘The Wanting,’ the band handed production duties over to acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge, who helped them create their most ambitious, fully realized collection yet. Recorded in Nashville, TN, the record draws on many of the group’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious hooks, explosive performances—even as the making of it pushed them far outside their comfort zone and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break from touring.


  • When: Thursday, May 30
  • 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.
South End Jazz Jam
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Jazz is BACK! This Thursday night, make sure you come out to Not Just Coffee – Atherton Mill for our monthly South End Jazz Jam! As always, we got Marcus J Jones on sax, Howard McNair Jr. on keys, Lovell Bradford Jr. on bass and our special guest this month is my bro Malcolm Charles on drums! This is going to be a special night! Fellow musicians, feel free to bring your horns, your guitars, your basses or you drums sticks and sit in with the band. For those of you who just love Jazz or good music in general, come on out and enjoy the vibe. It’s BYOB so you can bring your own good vibes with you lol. Good music, good people and always a good time! Music starts at 7pm!

Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 30 @ 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. 

Mostly Motets
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, May 30th • 7:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlotte

Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers
Kenney Potter, conductor


Super Flumina Babylonis, Palestrina
Misereri Meus,  Allegri
O Vos Omnes, Gesualdo
O stellae coruscantes, Monteverdi
Strathclyde Motets,  MacMillan
– Data Est Mihi Omnis Potestas
– O Radiant Dawn
Lux Aeterna, Elgar
Hymn to St. Cecilia, Britten
The Luckiest, Jim Clements (Ben Folds)

Tickets: $20, available at the door.
Cash, VISA/Mastercard, AMEX, and personal checks accepted.

Westminster is centrally located just south of Uptown; off Randolph Road in the Myers Park area. Plenty of free parking available.
101 Colville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Stephen Day; Alexa Rose
May 30 @ 7:30 pm
Stephen Day

Stephen Day

In the veins of Ben Rector and John Mayer, Buford, Georgia native Stephen Day is carving a path all his own in the landscape of today’s pop music. Day’s Crooning vocals paired with his compelling stage presence has garnered the praise of fans and critics alike, with Noisetrade adding “Stephen Day is an artist that comes along once every decade.” 

The soulful singer-songwriter began his musical journey upon moving to Nashville, TN in 2014 to pursue music while attending Belmont University. It was during that time he released his debut EP, Undergrad Romance and the Moses in Me, which has garnered over 11 million streams since its release. The six-track collection is also home to the standout “If You Were the Rain,” which alone has racked up over 2.2 million streams and counting on Spotify. The song also earned a spot on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, peaking at number two. Day’s latest album is set to unveil this fall.

Alexa Rose

Alexa Rose

Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.

Amidst the sea of earnestly soft-sung songs on the Americana circuit, Rose’s voice stands out with depth and complexity, capable of gymnastic yodels and deep resonance. Rose’s sound evokes the likes of Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margot Price, but she cultivates her own hard-working perspective without imitation or posturing. What separates her from the crowd is a tangible, relatable sense of hunger and realism about the sacrifices of the road, the elusiveness of fulfillment, and the bittersweetness of dreams.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 30 @ 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 30 @ 8:00 pm


“This is the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my gospel roots,” says Paul Thorn about his newest album, Don’t Let the Devil Ride. “My message on this record is ‘let’s get together’—I want to help lighten your load and make you smile.”

The son of a preacher man, Mississippi-raised Thorn spent much of his childhood in church, participating in multiple weekly services with his father as well as at neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with the music whose infectious spirit is captured on the new album.

Don’t Let the Devil Ride collects soulful songs originally cut by black southern gospel groups, and features guests Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns, and Bonnie Bishop.

The album was recorded at three temples of sound: the Sam C. Phillips Recording studio, whose namesake gave another son of Tupelo his start; at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, where Thorn worked as a songwriter for legendary producer Rick Hall early in his career; and at Preservation Hall, where horn players from the celebrated jazz venue lent songs a New Orleans vibe.

The new release marks Thorn’s first time recording gospel music, after a dozen albums in roots-rock mode, though his upbringing has previously been reflected in his creation of a body of strikingly original songs. In his own songwriting, Thorn often addresses the foibles of human relationships, although he doesn’t favor the sacred over the profane. 

As an accomplished painter, former professional boxer, and seasoned skydiver, Thorn has never shied away from new challenges, but cutting a gospel record was just like going home.

Thorn’s father Wayne was a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, a Pentecostal denomination, and Thorn was just three when he began singing and playing tambourine at services. Congregational participation was valued more than skilled soloists, and Thorn also found a showcase for his talents at Saturday night “singings.”

But his most memorable musical experiences were at an African American branch of his father’s church, the Okolona Sunrise Church of Prophecy. “There might be ten people playing the tambourine, but the rhythm was locked in, and they’d let me play bass. I loved the Appalachian gospel of my parents’ church, but it was a treat to play with those musicians. They worshiped in a different way and the music was different, and I feel blessed to have been in that church setting.”

The sermons in Church of God of Prophecy churches warned sinners of fire and brimstone, and it wasn’t uncommon for congregants for congregants to speak in tongues. But the lasting legacy for Thorn wasn’t a strong sense of guilt, as it was for many others who grew up in Pentecostal churches. “I think that they use guilt to intimidate you, but I don’t buy into that anymore. There ain’t no love in that.”

Instead he continues to be inspired by the strong sense of communion that was fostered by musical fellowship. “One of things that I take a lot of pride in is that I love everybody, and what I learned in church paid dividends. When I’m up there entertaining it’s also a glimpse of what my life has been, and how gospel music has molded me into who I am.”

Thorn’s parents wouldn’t allow him listen to secular music at home (in his teens, he had to hide his only two LPs – Elton John and Huey Lewis – from his father), so he listened at friends’ houses to Kiss, Peter Frampton and the bawdy “chitlin’ circuit” comedy albums that he credits with inspiring the dark sense of humor that pervades his lyrics. But gospel music remains Thorn’s most abiding musical touchstone, the sounds that first stirred his soul.

He was just 14 when sometime gospel artist Elvis Presley died – “the world stood still in Tupelo,” he recalls – and while the King’s records weren’t a major influence, Thorn emphasizes the similarity of their early experiences.

“Elvis literally went to a lot of the same churches I did. It’s almost identical how we started. When they filmed him from the waist up, it wasn’t vulgar, it was the moves he learned in church, dancing in the spirit.”

At 18 Thorn was caught sneaking out his bedroom window to romance a young neighbor, and his father presented the ultimatum of publicly repenting or “disfellowship” – losing his church membership. He chose the latter, and immediately took out a loan to buy a trailer (where he lived ‘in sin’ with that girlfriend), landed a full-time job at a furniture factory, and joined the National Guard.

Tupelo presented few avenues for professional musicians, but Thorn soon met his longtime songwriting partner Billy Maddox, who had strong ties to the musical hub of Muscle Shoals. The duo began writing under contract for Rick Hall, owner of the legendary Fame Recording Studios, where Thorn cut demos of their songs.

As a performer, Thorn was playing solo gigs in Tupelo for $50 a night, and further supplemented his factory income with boxing. He learned to box from his paternal uncle Merle, a one-time pimp celebrated in “Pimps and Preachers,” Thorn’s autobiographical song about his two mentors: “One drug me through the darkness/One led me to the light/One showed me how to love/One taught me how to fight.”

Thorn would box fourteen professional fights (10-3-1) as a middleweight between 1985 and 1988, with his most prominent match against four-time World Champion Roberto Duran. He lasted a respectable six rounds before a doctor stopped the fight due to multiple cuts.

Although proud of his boxing career, Thorn says that he’s not surprised he’s achieved more success as a performer. “I went a long way in boxing, and got to fight one of the greatest, but the reason Duran beat me and everyone else was that he had the ability to relax under extreme pressure. When I was in the ring I was nervous and afraid, but when I’m on stage I’m comfortable. I’ve been singing in front of people all my life, and I know what I’ve got to do.”

The songs on “Don’t Let the Devil Ride,” co-produced by Billy Maddox and Colin Linden, likewise fall into that same comfort zone.

“We’re bringing Paul’s fans under the tent at a revival,” says Maddox, who likewise grew up listening to black gospel. “A lot of emotion goes on in those places, with people being saved while the band’s playing behind them.”

The exuberance of the music, says Thorn, evokes the warm-hearted nature of these social gatherings. “The first track, ‘Come On Let’s Go,’ it’s talking about going to church—that I can’t wait to see you, and see you how you’ve you been doing,” says Thorn.

Few of the songs here are well known. Maddox found most of them while digging through releases from small gospel labels in Mississippi and Alabama. “We just picked things that had a great pocket,” he says. “One person described the feel as ‘gospel lyrics set to stripper music’ and that’s pretty close. The songs are slinky and greasy and right in Paul’s wheelhouse.”

The most familiar track here is no doubt Thorn’s relaxed tempo version of the O’Jays “Love Train,” a song whose feel-good qualities readily adapt to a gospel setting. The Mighty Clouds of Joy, whose records Thorn listened to as a teen, made it a staple of their live performances.

The other songs stretch back much farther, but their themes – of redemption, taking stock of one’s life, and resilience in the face of troubles – are universal, making them readily adaptable to the fresh takes here. Nashville’s McCrary Sisters, for instance, lend a buoyant feel to “You Got to Move,” a northeast Mississippi standard, best known through a solemn, slide guitar take by Mississippi Fred McDowell.

The sisters’ father was a founder of the Fairfield Four, a capella gospel singers whose live radio broadcasts on CBS in the ‘40s and ‘50s were extremely influential. Fellow guest artists the Blind Boys of Alabama, founded in 1944, were founders of the “hard gospel” quartet style that dominated the era from which many of the songs on this record where drawn. Also joining Thorn on vocals is Texas-born Bonnie Bishop, who attributes her soulful singing style to spending her formative years in Mississippi.

Both Maddox and Thorn were longtime friends with Hall and the Phillips family, and Maddox says that recording in Memphis and Muscle Shoals was a natural extension of the whole process, and the only proper way to honor this particular body of work. “We were returning to the Motherland.”

Rick Hall died in January of 2018, making the whole experience that much more poignant for Thorn and co-producer Maddox.

“The last time I saw Rick he came into the FAME studio to say hello,” Maddox recalls. “We invited him to sit down and listen to the playback of a track we’d just finished. He closed his eyes and leaned over the console as the music played.

“About halfway through the tune he turned the monitors down, looked me right in the eye and said, ‘What have you done?’ I asked him what he meant. Then he got this big grin on his face and said, ‘Well, that sounds just like me.’ That moment validated everything about this record for me and Paul.”

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is not normal.

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen – Canada/USA – but has often said that, ‘should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.’

Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans.

He’s also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer/observer with an absurdist’s view of this crazy world and the various life-forms that inhabit it. He’s interested in it all – the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn’t just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do…

As a recording artist, he’s fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible for a critically lauded body of work on his own: One Left Shoe, Chinese
Vacation, Answering Machine, The Barn (a children’s album), Tales From The Tavern (a performance DVD), Traveling, Unraveling, Dreamhouse, Noineen Noiny Noin and most recently the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild – The Life of Dayton O. Hyde.

As good as his albums are (and they’re very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It’s also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That’s what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you.

Whether he’s Canadian, or American, or simply from space there’s no denying there’s only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.

May 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
May 30 @ 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 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist, Anthony Gomes, is propelling blues rock into the contemporary music culture with his unapologetic approach to reinventing the genre in relevant and fresh ways. “The blues is old, but not tired” said Anthony, adding: “It speaks as truthfully today, and for this generation, as it ever has.” Blues Music Magazine writes that, “the formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues.” This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. And the facts speak for themselves. Gomes has performed in 17 countries and has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.


  • When: Friday, May 31
  • 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.
Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 31 @ 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 31 @ 8:00 pm

Strange Brew covers a diverse range of genres and styles: rock, blues, pop, & alternative, playing the most widely known songs by the world’s greatest acts.  Lead by Britain’s own Jon Boorman, Strange Brew plays classic and newer rock with a passion that audiences will enjoy.  Whether it be the classics, like Hendrix, Clapton, and The Rolling Stones, or 21st century hits from the Foo Fighters and The Killers, you’re sure to hear some of your favorite songs, enjoy the guitar solos, and want to sing along!  

Strange Brew is Jon Boorman, lead vocals; Mike Bean, guitar; Kirk Lowry, bass; Matthew Rogers, keyboards & guitar; John Teed, guitar;  Mike Varrichio, drums.





Start Time: 8:00

May 31 @ 9:00 pm

It Looks Sad. (Tiny Engines)
and Rock Hill, South Carolina‘s Gardeners
with special guests Haybaby
and Charlotte’s own Dollhands


May 31 @ 10:00 pm




Free Show

May 31 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 1 @ 2:00 am
Spirit System:
Spirit System initially began in 2013 as a recording project between Laurie Ruroden (vox, bass, efx) and Eric Gilstrap (gtrs, synth, efx) to reconnect as songwriters after the breakup of their former noise pop band, Telltale. After relocating from Brooklyn, New York to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the spring 2014 they had fleshed the band out by adding another member, Gary Guthrie (drums, smplr, synth). Spirit System then took a break from regional touring to begin recording their debut album with Jeff Berner (Psychic TV, NAAM) at GaluminumFoil Productions in Brooklyn. At the beginning of the summer 2015, Spirit System released the EP ‘Afterblume’, 4 tracks containing the outtakes of their forthcoming debut full length, ‘Nightfalling’, due to be released March 2016.
Cheveron: Aural assault for your curious mind.
VIA: Many years ago, a boy and a girl met in a small West Texas town. The girl, a long time musician, and the boy, who had never made music ever before, decided to cultivate a sound together. Some years later, they made a move to another small town in North Carolina where they planned to grow themselves and their music. On this small mountain top where they lived, their sound grew, matured, and evolved into what it is now. The rest is still being written…
May 31 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 1 @ 1:30 am


Dalton & The Sheriffs
May 31 @ 10:30 pm
Dalton & The Sheriffs

Dalton & The Sheriffs

The one constant in Dalton & the Sheriffs’ remarkable rise from three-hour sets in the barrooms of Boston, to national stages such as CMA Fest, is the band’s authenticity.

Brian Scully (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jon Silva (lead guitar), James Zaner (drums), Sam Bouve (bass) and Ryan Jackson (keys/guitars) rip through shows with frenetic energy, perhaps best described as country music, tinged with Americana heartland vibes, and played with a bar-friendly edge-of-punk rowdiness. Everyone sings along. The patrons are as much a part of the show as the band itself. The result is a live band that manages to make every show — from small clubs to the largest of festivals — feel a little like a reunion of like-minded souls at their favorite local bar.

Their debut live album, After the Parade, cracked four Billboard Country and Heatseeker charts in 2018, and a newly recorded album is on the way. Always good for a draw, Dalton & The Sheriffs have been chosen to open for artists such as Sam Hunt, Lee Brice and Old Dominion, and the band has earned their own fervent headline following throughout New England. In addition to packing them in at prestigious venues like Paradise Rock Club and the House of Blues, Dalton and the Sheriffs quickly sold out four sets in one fall Nashville weekend, and 2019 will see this tremendous live band expand their fan base coast to coast.

Rock the Park Christian Music Festival at Carowinds
Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Get ready for the ultimate rock and worship experience at Rock the Park in the Carowinds’ Paladium Amphitheatre, featuring For King & Country, Kari Jobe, We Are Messengers, and more.

Set for Saturday, June 1st, 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!

Thompson Square Live at Rooftop 210
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Country Super Duo Thompson Square performing LIVE at Rooftop 210 Saturday, June 1st!

Come out and watch husband and wife country superstar duo perform their chart topping singles ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’ and ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ under the city lights of the Queen City.


General Admission $10
VIP TABLES starting at $250 – See Thompson Square live @ Rooftop 210 while getting the exclusive VIP experience! Tickets grant you entry into an exclusive seated area at the front of the stage, 1 premium bottle included, seats 4. Gratuity not included. Very limited tickets – prices WILL increase!

Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Songs From The Road Band is Mark Schimick (mandolin), Sam Wharton (guitar), James Schlender (fiddle) and Charles Humphrey III (bass). These veteran acoustic musicians have collectively received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. Once primarily an album recording band, Songs From The Road Band has emerged as one of the heaviest touring bands in the country since March 2018. They are currently touring in support of their number one Americana, Bluegrass, and Classic Country chart-topping album Road To Nowhere. They are proud to call both Asheville, NC and Nashville, TN home.

Schimick’s signature high harmonies and energetic mandolin licks have pushed him to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements, and Tony Rice. He is one of the most exciting front men in the business. Wharton is an award-winning singer and guitar picker who honed his chops in Telluride, CO. Schlender, a two-time National fiddle award recipient, is one of the top five string fiddlers in the world, with a background in contest, classical, and jazz. Humphrey, a member of the NC Music Hall of Fame and a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s entertainer of the year award in 2011.

The Road Band delivers a one-of-a-kind show, featuring original songs from their four studio albums and crowd favorites from all musical genres. The band is known for their improvisational jams, tight three part harmonis and light show, providing an engaging, high-energy experience for audiences around the country.


  • When: Saturday, June 1
  • 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.
Bat out of Hell: The Musical
Jun 1 @ 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. 

Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm

No Anger Control
and Lenoir, North Carolina’s THING SLOTH
with special guests The UnSubs
and Charlotte’s own Death of August

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

WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE TO BENEFIT To benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm

Woodstock Tribute To Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital

The Charlotte music community comes together again for the 13th Tribute To Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital at NODA’s Neighborhood Theatre on Saturday, June 1st. Organized and created by local musician, Justin Fedor (The New Familiars/Ancient Cities), the concert series has raised almost $50,000 for the hospital and this time around, bands will pay tribute to Woodstock.

A $10 suggested donation will go to benefit the hospital. The concert showcases some of best acts from Charlotte and beyond: The Business People, Josh Daniel’s Grateful Band, Chosovi, The Houston Brothers, Ross Adams, The New Familiars, Troy Conn & The Conn Artists, Pearl & The Charlotte Holding Company, School Of Rock House Band & Superjam featuring members of Modern Primitives, Ancient Cities, Chócala & more!

Tonight’s Artist will pay tribute to: The Band, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Creedence Clear Water Revival, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Richie Havens and more!


Thanks to our sponsors who help make this show possible:
Fedor, MaxxMusic, Neighborhood Theatre, Birdsong, Cardinal Restoration, drumStrong and Bone Snug ‘N Harmony.

Groove 8 Masseuse
Jun 1 @ 9:00 pm
Groove 8

Groove 8

Groove 8 began in Charlotte NC in 2005 with a collection of the city’s best independent jazz musicians collaborating to form the project. The band began performing locally and expanded regionally. Groove 8 focused their sights on the college music scene and released their first album under the name RARE B-SIDE GROOVES in 2007 – a loose collection of original instrumentals popular with fans. That was followed by DEBUT which became the band’s first full length album and was recorded and produced by Groove 8 and Alan Evans (Drummer for Soulive) at his Play On Brother Studio In Massachusetts. In 2012, Groove 8 released CURIOUS POSES which included two vocal tracks for the first time. In 2013, the band released for free a download of hits from all three albums entitled REFLECTIONS OF SOUL: THE MIXTAPE SINGLES 2005-2012. In 2018, Groove 8 released a 4-track EP entitled RPM, VOL. 1.

Based out of Chattanooga, TN Masseuse is a four piece ensemble that takes you on a journey from world-inspired themes to delicate, jazzy timbres, all wrapped up in a funk groove to get you moving. Musically, the group blends harmonious vocal melodies, smooth guitar textures, and driving bass lines. 

Since their formation, Masseuse has toured the southeast and beyond sharing stages with bands such as Perpetual Groove, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Dopapod, and Keller Williams. Recently the band took to the studio to record their first full length album, ‘Ambidextrous’. Displaying their ability to wrap multiple styles into one unique and infectious sound, Masseuse surely lives up to their motto as ‘Music to Massage Your Mind!’

Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
AKITA presents CULTURE SHIFT 4 w/ The Hawthornes, Doctor Ocular
Jun 1 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 2:00 am
AKITA brings you the 4th installment of their Party Culture Shift! The brainchild of drummer Patrick Buckley, the party’s intent is to continually grow the Funk, HipHop, Jam, Reggae, Jazz, R&B and soul scene in the entire southeast.

We create music we like in the hopes that you will like it as well and get some spiritual, emotional, intellectual or otherwise positive influence from your listening experience. Catch ya at the next show!
The Hawthornes:
Cementing their place in a burgeoning Charlotte music scene, The Hawthornes are a step forward to music-retro. Fusing imaginative, melodic hooks with sultry vocals, fiery guitars, and luscious grooves, The Hawthornes color the musical winds with unmistaken character. This widely-influenced group of musicians has taken time to craft an album that stretches to the edge of their varied styles, noting that most fans of music can find familiarity in elements of their sound. The band operates in somewhat of an Omni-genre, combining the backgrounds of each individual member’s primary discipline, and marrying them in a sonic-sphere that is equal parts accessible and challenging. From the rhythm patterns and grooves laid by Horace Carney (drummer) and Chris Freeman (bass/vocals) to the intricate chord play of Mike Prescott (guitar/vocals) and alluring melodies of Ade Herbert (vocals/keys), The Hawthornes deliver musical experiences that delight the casual music fan and the audiophile.

Doctor Ocular:
Blending synth and guitar with drum and bass, Doctor Ocular sets original melodies and arrangements of covers with vibes from jamtronica, acid jazz, synth-pop,and roots-rock. Since their inception, DocOc has trekked throughout the Southeast and Midwest, spreading the word of their very own brand of psychedelic rock.
EpiPalooza: A Night for Epilepsy
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm


Hailing from the Red Roof Inn, the driver’s seat of a Honda Fit, the floor of the airport, the guest bedroom at your Aunt’s and Uncle’s house, the back seat of a 15-passenger van, and New York City, Brian Dunne is the companion you never knew you wanted. Equipped with a Telecaster, a Gibson Hummingbird and 17 dollars, he is coming to your town to play his guts out and then stand by the merch table. ‘Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements’ was produced by Brian and released in May of 2017 independently. It garnered a great deal of attention based on the quality of the songwriting and musicality, landing Brian on NPR’s Mountain Stage and 2017’s Cayamo Cruise, and tours with The Secret Sisters, Will Hoge, Rosanne Cash, Robert Earl Keen, Joan Osborne, Delbert McClinton, and a myriad of other songwriting heavyweights. The first two singles were picked up by SiriusXM radio, and if you visited a shopping mall during the spring of 2017, you probably heard the lead single ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ b Read More



Aslyn is known for her powerful voice and emotional connection to the stories she tells.  Listening to her music, you get the sense that you’ve stumbled across a trunk full of a stranger’s letters and that at any moment you’ll be discovered reading them.  They reveal the stories behind breakups and betrayals, yet they are buoyant, full of life and love.   She has released 3 full length LPS, “Lemon Love” (Capitol Records), “Dandelion Sessions,” and “Five Live,” as well as a four-series EP set called “The Grand Garden EP.”  Her first album, Lemon Love, charted on Billboards top 40 chart and produced a top 20 radio single.  She was also featured on Zac Brown Band’s “Pass the Jar,” singing the duet she and Zac penned called “Trying to Drive.’ After years of touring solo, having the privilege to share the stage with Chris Isaak, Gavin Degraw, and Zac Brown Band to name a few, she took a break from her solo career.  She joined pop star Kesha’s band as keyboardist and background singer.  In 2 Read More



Broken Dreams

Featuring Matthew S. and Allison & David Matthews

The Real Matt Perrone & Friends


Start Time: 6:30

Bat out of Hell: The Musical
Jun 2 @ 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. 

Liz Longley Michael McArthur
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm
Liz Longley

Liz Longley

While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. With five albums to her name, Liz’s music has been featured on TV shows such as ABC’s “Beauty & The Beast”, Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, and MTV’s “Scream”. The latest release, ‘Weightless’, is the highly anticipated follow- up to Longley’s eponymous 2015 Sugar Hill Records debut, which earned accolades from critics, who proclaimed the album “a thing of beauty,” (Popdose), and praised her “captivating stories set to tunes that will be running through your head after a single spin.” (American Songwriter). Liz is currently recording her sixth album with 5-time GRAMMY nominated producer, Paul Moak.
Michael McArthur

Michael McArthur

Songwriting has always been a form of therapy for McArthur. Over the past decade, the Florida native has filled a handful of EPs with his own mix of raw soul and lushy layered folk, working with producers like David Bianco (Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams) and Greg Wells (Adele, One Republic) along the way. He makes his full-length debut with 2019’s Ever Green, Ever Rain, an album
that’s by turns warm, woozy, and wistful. The album shows the full range not only of McArthur’s voice – a gorgeous instrument that soars and swoons, flecked with vibrato and palpable emotion – but his songwriting, too, bouncing from the soft acoustics of “Elaine” to the percussive pulse of “Save Me From the Fire.” Recorded with Grammy-winning producer, Ryan Freeland and inspired by McArthur’s long period of isolation and self-repair, Ever Green, Ever Rain is both earthy and anthemic – the sound of a songwriter who’s unafraid to shine a light on his own faults.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
Bill Hanna’s Jazz Sessions
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Charlotte jazz legend Bill Hanna brings his famous jazz session to Petra’s. Come join us each and every Sunday to see some of Charlotte’s best musicians perform in an intimate setting.

*Petra’s is a private club. You MUST have a valid ID to enter. Please be expected to pay a $1 annual fee if you are not already a member with us.

Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm

Ol’ Sport
with Glow
and Baltimore, Maryland‘s Forges
plus special guests Plans
and Charlotte’s own No Rope

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

Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm


In 2015, four albums and three EP’s into his twelve-year career, Matt Costa felt it was time for a change. Album cycles, touring cycles, contract cycles, press cycles… Round and round and round he was going, and when he would finally stop, a realization came to him.

“Putting a record out every two to three years is a little unsatisfying for me,” says Costa. “I want to put something out more consistently, on a regular basis, because I feel like it forces me to evolve.”

Once upon a time, it was not uncommon for rock bands to release a new record every six months, or as many as three in one calendar year. Creativity flourished in this golden age and was marketed as such, with hyper-productive artists encouraged to go about their work full-speed ahead. Then, somewhere along the line, space was inserted into schedules, brakes were pumped, and album releases slowed while pressures only mounted. In some cases, it seemed the industry was lacking a key part of its definition: steady diligence.

Costa has never been one to rest, on laurels or otherwise. And so, free of a record contract and in a position to embrace all the opportunities that The State of Music in 2015 brings with it, this year Costa is writing, recording, and self-releasing five different EP’s, each unique in style, approach, and concept.

“It’s more of an exercise in writing songs and pushing myself to have a goal,” says Costa. “I’m always writing different kinds of songs in whatever the moment may be, and a lot of times I don’t know where to put them. It’s easier to start placing them in these smaller batches than thinking of a big full-length record like I’ve always done. And so I thought, ‘Why don’t I put them out like that, and let it be what it is and not have the pressure of a big record?’ It’s more revealing of the creative process.”

The artist’s process has always been of as much interest to Costa as any end result. An enthusiastic fan of John Steinbeck, who once lived and worked in a cottage near Costa’s home in Laguna Beach, California, the musician says the model for his 2015 project was based more on short stories than any other form of expression. He specifically cites Steinbeck’s early collection of tales The Pastures of Heaven—the book the author wrote while in Laguna Beach and of which Costa owns a rare first edition—as an inspiration. “All the stories in that book are very different, but they’re interrelated because they all come from one place,” he says. “This project is conceptually more on that level than a music level.”

And so, while each finger of this fistful of EP’s is designed to be different, the only true common denominator is Costa himself. At this point, midway through the twelve months, three of the mini-albums have seen light, with two more underway and being sketched out. Eucalyptus came first, gliding in with its breezy, acoustic fingerpicking in late February; July brought the garage-rock bedroom recordings of Cat Mosta, and the studio-recorded Neon Brain followed in early fall. As Costa sees it, the process has been entirely organic—he isn’t out to prove anything to anyone, but simply to explore his craft and grow as an artist.

“The end picture is yet to be discovered,” says Costa. “Each one of these batches of songs is finding their own niche or home together. I don’t really have a grand scheme at the end of what they’ll add up to or what they’ll mean, except that they’ll all be there as a tale of what the year sounded like, musically. As the year goes on, I feel like I’ve grown and learned a lot doing that.”

Shoving off with Eucalyptus, the first thing that shines through may be Costa’s dexterous skill and intricate playing on the acoustic guitar, a fingerpicking style he learned from emulating legends of the genre like John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Mississippi John Hurt, as well as more complex arrangements found in jazz guitar and bluegrass. “That music always sat well with me, when you can be really intricate with the picking; there’s a lot of blues influence in there,” he says. The first song of the EP (and its only tune with words), “Ark Song,” with its slack de-tuning and Hawaiian and calypso rhythms, was actually the first song Costa wrote for the 2015 project, and carries with it the theme of a launch. “‘Ark Song’ is sort of the embarking—the flood’s coming, and I’m gonna take all these songs with me, two-by-two, EP-by-EP,” says Costa. “I do think that my brain was conceptualizing the idea: this flood of songs is coming, and I’m gonna sit here in my room and document all of them whichever way I can and put them out.”

Next is Cat Mosta, with its garage rock sound recorded alone by Costa in his bedroom. Utilizing his home stereo speakers as monitors through an auxiliary cord, Costa would write tunes with pad and pen, guitar in hand and small recorder at the ready. As he was “feeling it out, stumbling through ideas,” when the song reached a place that felt good, he would set up a microphone and record onto his computer. What you hear on the record is entirely based around those initial recordings, even incorporating much of those primary tracks. “It’s as close to the original recording of the song as the idea could get,” says Costa. “That’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to release and capture. There’s songs that could have been recorded better or with higher fidelity, but I didn’t want to because I felt my own stubbornness about putting it out there as simply what it is.” From the Kinks-style riffing and vocal harmonies of “France Gall,” “Donna Lee,” and “Find a Reason to Smile” to the psychedelic jangle of “Green Devil” and “Getting By,” Cat Mosta is a swirling snapshot of the musician plugged in and turned on at home.

Neon Brain is the newest addition to the family and, according to Costa, may be the most complete production of all the EP’s. “The third one is a little nicer recording and more contemporary sounding. I went down to the studio I recorded at before I engineered, and recorded myself—but with nicer stuff than I have at home, so it has a little bit more fidelity.” Indeed, the songs here have a bit more polish and sheen. “Balboa Park,” with its Byrds-chime and steady acoustic strum alongside some of Costa’s more poetic lyrics, culminates with a lulling horn groove before fading out slowly. Meanwhile, the eponymous lead-off track takes its time navigating through ambient feedback, building slowly to set the EP’s tone. Perhaps, at the year’s end, we will look back at Neon Brain’s group of songs as a pinnacle—not necessarily in quality, but in reach. But then again, we aren’t sure what will follow—and as it happens, neither is Costa.

‘The fourth one, I don’t know yet,’ he says. ‘I might do it with a producer, because I do more and more of this production alone as my career goes along, and every once in a while when I’ve worked with producers I’ve grown and learned a lot. I’m trying not to forget that that’s part of the growth during this year. Maybe it could be a soundtrack to a short film?’ And as for the final EP, Costa remains uncertain but is keen on a hypothetical concept involving his friend, the photographer Autumn deWilde, singing in French over his music. ‘I don’t think she’s ever done recordings before,’ he laughs.

As the year rolls along, the consistent evolution of Matt Costa only becomes more apparent. He is constantly, incessantly looking to push himself into new territories, and to learn more about his own artistic process as he goes. “I’m always trying to figure out an idea for a song, always listening,” says Costa. “It’s more of an obsession than a work ethic. I start to feel like there’s no point if I’m not doing it—I try to go a day without working on songs, but then I just end up feeling hopeless and I go back to it. Every time I release something, the goal is to try to get closer to the core of what I am, so for that reason I’m really proud to put these EP’s out.”



Americana band JD & The Straight Shot’s new album called The Great Divide is out now! The band – vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist/vocalist/producer Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), upright bassist/banjoist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler/vocalistErin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart), drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm,Saturday Night Live band) and guitarist/vocalist Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride) – is comprised of friends whose joy in telling stories together shines through each sparkling track on The Great Divide.The album was recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville with Marc Copely (James Montgomery, Jess Klein, Constantine Maroulis) producing. 

Inspired by artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Civil Wars, Jefferson Airplane, Three Dog Night and The Yardbirds, JD & The Straight Shot delivers a sweet sound and strong songwriting mixed with the swagger of rock n’ roll. The Great Divide boasts unforgettable hooks, soaring melodies and powerful stories.

The dynamic album springs to life with the foot-stomping “The Great Divide” title track that hopes to inspire people to engage in more conversations with those who may hold opinions different from their own. The thumping, potent cadence and melodic layers of “Dead Men Tell No Tales” segues into “It Must Be The Night” with banjo-driven sounds of the heartland, while “Invisible” offers lush tones and “I Should’ve Known” features beautiful harmonies influenced by Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic folk-rock favorite “The Boxer.” “Bees” shares a sensual sonic landscape of longing, “Anything But Love” is a tender tale of heartache, “Take It Slow” showcases sexy syncopated rhythms, while “On A Wire” gives moody vibes of wistful whimsy. JD & The Straight Shot’s covers of The Turtle’s chart-topping 1967 hit “Happy Together” and The Allman Brothers Band instrumental favorite “Jessica” breathe an upbeat freshness and triumphant new vibrancy into the songs.

The Great Divide follows JD & The Straight Shot’s highly acclaimed 2017 album Good Luck And Good Night that roots music authority No Depression raves boasts “Exhilarating performances and luxurious blends of instrumentation,” and Madness To Creation gushes “Is a masterful blend of songwriting, arrangements, musicianship, and harmony.’



Matt is an Independent Recording Artist & Multi Platinum-Selling songwriter, writing with the likes of Avicii, Adam Lambert, Cash Cash, Chainsmokers, Matisyahu , and Tiesto. Matt’s song “Gold” has been climbing up the Spotify Charts with over 15 million plays and counting. A Regular on SiriusXM’s The Coffeehouse, and Iheart Radio stations across the country. 

‘The Pick of Destiny’ -Bob Gulla (Rolling Stone)
“Pitch-Perfect Unaffected Splendor!” -Motif Magazine
‘A Sound As Good As The Best In The Business.’ – Brightcove

Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm


The Blackfoot Gypsies have unleashed a set of original roadhouse rockin’ tunes with To the Top, on Plowboy Records. The Nashville, Tennessee based powerhouse quartet demonstrate raucous energy and soul on this collection delivering their take on white-knuckled rock’n’roll.

Across the 15 tracks of To the Top, the Blackfoot Gypsies fuse their influences — swamp blues cool, downhome hillbilly funk and homegrown punk panache — into a lean, mean machine invoking such classic musical malcontents as the Rolling Stones, the Faces and Mott the Hoople, while sparking and spitting 21st-century fire. It’s the type of record that could only come from a band that learned to rock the old-fashioned way — one sweaty, full-throttle live performance at a time.

The band’s brew of rock, hillbilly and blues began in 2010 when Oregon native, guitarist and singer Matthew Paige moved to Nashville and hooked up with drummer and Music City native Zach Murphy. The pair wanted to form a full band, but the urge to rock could not wait.

‘We were doing just what we wanted to do,’ Paige says, ‘but making enough noise to fill out the sound was a challenge. I started playing through two amps to make the most sound.’

The pair spent the next two years building a reputation through raucous live performances and two self-released EPs, Blackfoot Gypsies (2010) and Dandee Cheeseball (2011), and their first LP, On the Loose (2012). Hard touring followed the album’s release as the duo bashed across the US through hard-won club dates. After three years, they were ready to expand their sound.

‘There’s really only so much you can do with a two-piece,’ Murphy says. ‘You have to do everything in extreme. I think we were too much for some people — just a violent onslaught of noise.’

They soon completed their expanded line-up when bass player Dylan Whitlow and harmonica master extraordinaire Ollie Dogg arrived within weeks of each other. Whitlow, a Gettysburg, Pennsylvania native and a veteran of several Nashville rock bands, had crossed paths with Paige and Murphy before, but Nashville native Ollie Dogg was new to the rock ‘n’ roll scene. He was a longtime veteran of Nashville’s blues community and a regular at many blues jams, but joining a band full time was a new experience.

‘My cousin told me about the band,’ Ollie Dogg says. ‘I met them a couple of weeks later, and played with them. They just told me to be loose. That’s how I like to play, loose — just take it and make it work. I’ve been playing with them ever since.’

With the line-up complete, they entered the studio and laid down ten tracks of butt-shakin’ country-blues rock. Released in April 2015 by Plowboy Records, Handle It delivered a mix of juke joint blues, front porch pickin’ and snotty-nosed rock ‘n’ roll, positioning the group as inheritors of a fine pedigree, from Bo Diddley to the Black Crowes. Long nights tearing up the road followed as the band shared bills with the Alabama Shakes, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Trampled by Turtles and many others. They toured throughout the US and wowed European audiences on their first international tour.

After sharpening their sound through hundreds of live performances, the band headed for Electric Kite Studio in Madison, Tennessee. Working with engineer Matt Stager and armed with 15 original tunes, the Blackfoot Gypsies self- produced their new album, To the Top. They also recruited some notable musical assistance from some of Nashville’s finest musicians, including backup vocals from red-hot country queen Margo Price, Spencer Cullum, Jr. (Steelism) on steel guitar, Micah Hulscher on piano, Alexis Saski on background vocals, Taylor Powell and Shannon Pollard assisting on drums, and Paul Thacker, Diego Vasquez and Joe Hunter supplying horn section support. The album was mixed by Joe Funderburk at Creative Workshop.

To the Top wastes no time making it perfectly clear that the Blackfoot Gypsies are locked and loaded to rock. The album opens with a powerful statement of purpose in a trio of pedal-to-the-metal rockers. ‘I’m So Blue,’ ‘Everybody’s Watching’ and ‘Promise to Keep’ all roar with an explosive energy worthy of the early ‘ 70s Rolling Stones or the Faces, while demonstrating that the Blackfoot Gypsies wear their inspirations on their sleeves without falling into the trap of pointless imitation.

The band slows things down a bit with ‘Potatoes and Whiskey,’ a rough — cut slice of honky-tonk featuring Margo Price on backing vocals. Next they hop on a sanctified express train for the balling-the-jack anthem ‘I Had a Vision,’ followed by the Big Easy groove of ‘Back to New Orleans,’ a song perfect for second-line dancing anytime or anyplace.

Hitting their stride midway through the record, the Blackfoot Gypsies alternate rockers (‘Lying Through Your Teeth,’ ‘I Wanna Be Famous,’ ‘She Was Mine’ and ‘Warning’) with songs demonstrating the band’s versatility, with the hillbilly swing of ‘Velvet Low Down Blues,’ the Dylan-esque country ruckus of ‘Woman Woman’ and the sublime juke joint jam of ‘I Got the Blues.’

Wrapping up with the primal kick and Bo Diddley beat of ‘Gypsy Queen’ and the lightly glam-seasoned back-to-basics haymaker ‘Why Should I Cry,’ the disc is a complex and masterful blend of rock, blues and hillbilly stomp sure to please the most discriminating palate and send the most reluctant feet to the dance floor.

Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jun 3 @ 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
Jun 3 @ 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

HIGHDIVE•The Second After•The Home Team•Almost People
Jun 3 @ 8:30 pm

FBT Entertainment Presents:

The Second After
The Home Team

June 3, 2019
Skylark Social Club
2131 Central Ave. Charlotte NC

Doors: 8:30
$8 ADV. / $12 At Doors

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 3 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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


Jazz Monday’s
Jun 3 @ 8:30 pm – Jun 4 @ 12:00 am

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

No Cover.

Mondays Open Mic With Jeff
Jun 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

Jun 3 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 4 @ 2:00 am
A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.

*As of May 6, 2019, unless otherwise noted for special performances, admission will be $5 all night.

Knocturnal: A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
ALEXA JENSON w/ Maya Beth Atkins, Dakota & The Straightjackets
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Alexa Jenson:
Our vibe: young, angsty, female singer-songwriter walks into a rock ‘n’ roll club for the first time, rounds up the most talented musicians in the joint, forms a band that brings sass, skill, and energy to any stereo or stage, and has a damn good time doing it.
Maya Beth Atkins:
Māya Beth Atkins is a singer-songwriter based in Charlotte and Asheville, N.C.
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Location: Neighborhood Theater
511 E. 36th Street (NoDa)
Charlotte, NC
Time: 7pm – 9pm (After show featuring Sinners & Saints performance)

Complimentary appetizers & non-alcoholic beverages – Cash Bar Available

If you are a musician, sound professional, music industry professional, provide services to the music industry or are a fan of music we invite you to join us for this exciting about the long-term economic development initiative that will enhance Charlotte’s music scene and industry…Music Everywhere!

Confirmed Speakers:
Rick Thurmond – Music Everywhere & Charlotte Center City Partners
Larken Egleston – City of Charlotte Councilman
Tariq Bokhari – City of Charlotte Councilman
Tim Scott – Music Everywhere & Charlotte Center City Partners
Taiwo Jaiyeoba – City of Charlotte Planning Director

Music Everywhere is working to bring positive change to the Charlotte music scene! This is your opportunity to hear about the plans and be a part of this positive change! Make your plans to join us and spread the word to your peers! All are welcome!

Sinners & Saints

Sinners & Saints

Since the band’s formation in 2011, Charlotte, NC country crooners Sinners & Saints have brought their live show to many a main stage or festival with a combination of regional tours in the Southeast and regular appearances across their native Charlotte. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Flogging Molly, Shovel and Rope, 500 Miles to Memphis, Bombadil and many others as they seek to spread their whiskey drinking, shit kickin’, sweet loving music to as many ears as they can find. Their 2014 release, Love and Misery also brings the band’s first partnership with Silent Uproar Records, who will help with the promotion and distribution of the release.

The band features Perry Fowler on guitar, vocals, kick snare, and harmonica and Mark Baran on stand-up bass, vocals, kick drum, tenor banjo. Their latest album was recorded by Electromagnetic Radio Recorders in Winston Salem, NC in the fall of 2013. Other southern talent EMRR has worked in the past include The Avett Brothers, The Wood Brothers, Mad Tea Party, Overmountain Men, Lou Ford, and Poprocket. Love and Misery also features special guest Geoff White of Overmountain Men, Appalucia, and Leadville Social Club playing fiddle, mandolin, and 5 string banjo.


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