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6pm Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues plays Muddy Waters
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This month, the JAZZ ROOM highlights the foundation of blues, soul, and funk.

Muddy Waters was a singer-songwriter and guitarist, cited as the “father of modern Chicago blues”. In the early 1950s, Muddy Waters and his band recorded several blues classics, including “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “I’m Ready”. A 1971 Grammy Winner, captivated audiences with his performance known as “The Last Waltz,” an exceptionally star-studded affair that was released as a film by Martin Scorsese in 1978.

South Carolinian, band leader and guitarist Mac Arnold’s actually toured and recorded with none other than the Muddy Waters Band, helping shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement. Moving to LA, his music career reads like a “who’s who” list of blues and R&B: producer on Soul Train, backup band for Otis Redding, B.B. King, and the Sanford & Son TV show. He has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Big Mama Thornton and John Lee Hooker.

Back to his South Carolina roots, Mac is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues”, with Austin Brashier, Max Hightower, and Scotty Hawkins.

Thursdays Live music series
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You’re invited to Thursdays Live – free live music, cold beer, food from Hawthorne’s NY Pizza and refreshments from 6 until 8pm. It’s happening all summer, the 3rd Thursday of each month. Come hang out with your MoRA neighbors! At the new Embrace sculpture, located at the intersection of Monroe Rd and Conference Dr.  Here’s a short video from last year:  https://youtu.be/n_kkmLDi2zc

DANGERMUFFIN
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Charleston, SC’s Dangermuffin is an eclectic quartet that weaves lyrical themes of sea, sun, and spiritual connection with Americana, Island influenced, Folk and Jam grooves. The band’s live show swims between tasty acoustic, and rockin’ electric sounds. On the band’s 6th and latest release, ‘Heritage,’ Dangermuffin reaches into their creative arsenal to craft an album showcasing the band’s signature coastal-influenced grooves mixed with Americana sensibilities and Appalachian fingerpicking. The album’s lyrics contemplate the universal human connection to our ancestors, ancient traditions and symbols while yearning for humanity to get back to its roots. It is an audible showcase weaving introspective lyrics with catchy, nimble guitar riffs. Fittingly, the album’s soaring vocals were recorded in Charleston’s historic Unitarian Church, a National Historic Landmark built in 1772.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, July 18
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Belmont Abbey College Island
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Max & Heather + Stalling and Rob Baird
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm
Max Stalling

Max Stalling

Max & Heather Stalling are a singer-songwriter duo based out of Dallas, TX. Max handles rhythm guitar and lead vocals and Heather provides fiddle and harmony vocals. Their collaboration has been a long time in the making and they are excited to bring their show to new audiences.

Heather is an award-winning violinist and fiddle player who picked up her instrument at 3 years old and has never stopped playing it since. As a child she traveled with her parents across Texas and the surrounding states competing in fiddle contests. As a teenager she moved to Branson, MO to be a member of the “The Texas Gold Minors”. They performed 7 days a week for two straight years. Upon returning home she took side jobs playing for various touring acts to include Johnny Lee, Cory Morrow, Bob Schneider, Ed Burleson, Mark David Manders and The Old 97s. In 2005 she put together her own project, blactopGYPSY, released two full length studio albums and toured relentlessly until the lead singer (and her best friend) became gravely sick.

Max followed a slightly different path into the music business. He has a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University and left a day job as a research scientist for snack food giant Frito Lay to pursue a fulltime career as a songwriter. He has 6 studio albums and two live projects including a full-length DVD. He is a staple in the Texas/Red Dirt scene as well as having chart-topping history in the Americana radio format. He has a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame and is a former member of the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of NARAS. In addition to solo and duo shows, Max travels with a five-piece band and does 150+ shows annually. Of recent, Heather has been playing with Max’s band after her band’s lead singer fell ill. 

Max & Heather were married in 2007 and are now finally finding that the timing is right for them to do a project together. 
While they perform the occasional song they have written together as well as a handful of cover songs, the bulk of the show is songs that Max has written in his 20+ year career as a performing singer-songwriter. First-time listeners can expect a fun and witty show balanced between solid original songs, amazing fiddle playing and fun banter.

 
Rob Baird

Rob Baird

A gambler of wit, Rob Baird spins lyrical luck in his fourth record, ​After All​to find out what happens when you go looking for yourself in someone else. In the 2019 follow-up to his third 2015 record, ​Wrong Side of the River​, Memphis-bred Baird smashes right into heartache, chasing losses just to end up winning back the love he never knew he was looking for.

“For me, until you get your heart broken as an adult, you don’t really know how to write anything meaningful. You can make it up…that works for a little while. I’m not saying you have to be completely unhinged to make music, but I think you do have to know what it feels like to be completely vulnerable,” explained Baird of the record. “Every emotion you feel in a breakup — anger, anguish, disappointment, lust — you’ll feel it as you listen.”

Recorded straight to tape, at Battletapes, an East Nashville studio under the direction of Jeremy Ferguson (Cage The Elephant, Andrew Combs, Lucie Silvas) — ​After All combines the known with the unknown applying new processes with familiar relationships. Produced by long time friend and collaborator, Rick Brantley who did time on Music Row as well as in the trenches with the likes of John Hiatt and Brandi Clark; Texas-based musicians’ Austin ‘Woodrow’ Morgan and Z Lynch, After All brings together a depth of sound only musicians playing together for a decade can make. According to Woodrow: “We’ve gone from hating each other to living together to playing together so much that we hated each other all over again. Somewhere along the way we figured out how to grow up and now after so much time spent talking about it, we have finally made a record together.”

Drawing inspiration from Lucinda Williams’ tender melodies to the raw chords of James McMurtry, Rob surrounded himself with the sounds and souls that have known him best to make his latest album. Shaped serendipitously and with the help of friends Burleson Smith, David Beck and Brian Douglas Phillips, the songs were crafted over a couple years at a kitchen table in Austin.

The material gnaws on the hard truths that heartbreak surfaces. The title track, “After All,” an ironically light-hearted start for the relationship roadtrip it confesses. Rob sings of the road less travelled in “Losing Hands,” admitting you can’t be made whole when your down this low. With the song, “Devil Woman Blues,” Rob illustrates a series of

seductive vignettes that tackle faded dreams of innocence. “Greedy Eyes” alludes to the infallible realities that come with making promises no man can keep. In “I Tried,” Baird takes you on a haunting journey of the self-realization that comes when you’ve risked everything and put too much of you into us. To wrap up the record, “Best That I Was” intentionally drags out closure to the relationship rollercoaster you’ve been on. The entire record is like a handshake with heartache that ends in a hopeful goodbye bringing warmth to a cold shoulder lover.

“It’s my fourth record and after ten years of recording I have — through luck and shear persistence, surrounded myself with the right people. It’s these people, living these songs with me one-by-one, note-by-note. These people living this album with me that have brought an honesty I wouldn’t have found on my own.”

The more you listen to ​After All, ​the more you hear the depth of gray that lies between the black and white lines of love, “thank God I got out of my own way and back to my roots,” shares Baird.

Throughout the last decade playing and writing songs, Rob’s mastered the art of skating as close to the truth as you can without sinking the ship. It’s hard to make an album come alive with each listen and Rob’s done just that with ​After All​— and not by mistake.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 18 @ 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.

 

XYLO
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm
XYLO
‘Born & raised in Los Angeles, XYLØ found breakthrough success with brooding debut single ‘America’ in 2015. Following a string of sold out one-off headline shows, a platinum record with The Chainsmokers and over 250+ Million streams on Spotify, Paige Duddy aka XYLØ has been described by Nylon Magazine as the ‘Queen of Dark Pop’. The brand new EP ‘yes & no’ is out now and tickets to the first ever XYLØ headline tour are now on sale.’

 

 
8:15pm Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues plays Muddy Waters
Jul 18 @ 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm

This month, the JAZZ ROOM highlights the foundation of blues, soul, and funk.

Muddy Waters was a singer-songwriter and guitarist, cited as the “father of modern Chicago blues”. In the early 1950s, Muddy Waters and his band recorded several blues classics, including “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “I’m Ready”. A 1971 Grammy Winner, captivated audiences with his performance known as “The Last Waltz,” an exceptionally star-studded affair that was released as a film by Martin Scorsese in 1978.

South Carolinian, band leader and guitarist Mac Arnold’s actually toured and recorded with none other than the Muddy Waters Band, helping shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement. Moving to LA, his music career reads like a “who’s who” list of blues and R&B: producer on Soul Train, backup band for Otis Redding, B.B. King, and the Sanford & Son TV show. He has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Big Mama Thornton and John Lee Hooker.

Back to his South Carolina roots, Mac is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues”, with Austin Brashier, Max Hightower, and Scotty Hawkins.

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Jul 18 @ 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.

Jul
19
Fri
6pm Dawn Anthony sings the iconic Nancy Wilson
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Vocalist extraordinaire Dawn Anthony re-imagines the warm rich melodies of iconic jazz singer Nancy Wilson whose career spanned over five decades.

Dawn Anthony is a teaching artist, lecturer, and performer based in Charlotte, NC. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Georgia, she considers herself a northerner with a southern heart. Singing everything from classical to jazz, and musical theater to gospel–she thrives on making connections with others beyond the words and notes on the page.

Nancy Wilson’s career spanned over five decades, and well represents her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With three Grammys and 70 albums, she is notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today”. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul. Entertainer and actress, her preferred title was “song stylist”, which most summons her ability to vividly tell a song’s story.

JEFF CROSBY & THE REFUGEES
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Born and raised in Idaho, Jeff Crosby has been sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the US and beyond for the past decade. His songs are a collection from growing up in a small town in Idaho with all of the hardships and beauty of living in small town America, to five years living in a shoebox apartment off Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles CA, then to traveling and living on the road playing 250 shows a year. Though recently making the move to Nashville TN, Jeff continues to spend majority of his time touring the country.

After spending the last two years splitting his time between playing guitar for Widespread Panic song-writer Jerry Joseph and performing with his own band, Jeff hit the studio to produce his fourth full length album, Postcards from Magdalena. The collection of songs was inspired by the places and cultures Crosby experienced while traveling across the U.S., Iceland, the UK., Colombia, Nicaragua, and Alaska.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, July 19
  • 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.
SCR
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm
SCR

SCR

Based out of New York, SCR (Sir Cadian Rhythm) is an alt-rock band known for their captivating live performance and infectious melodies. 

The bands unique sonic blend, which teeters on the edge of pop and alternative rock, is the result of each member coming from different musical upbringings ranging from musical theater to horn-laden funk to psychedelic rock music. 

Since their formation in 2015, the band has gone on to perform all over the east coast opening for national acts including Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Blues Traveler, The Robert Randolph Band, and The Record Company. Their highly touted single, “Not Quite Done Yet”, went viral on social media platforms and has accumulated close to a half a million streams on Spotify since its release. The hit song was featured in the blockbuster video game ‘Nascar Heat 2” this past fall. The bands song “Run Around Town” was also featured in the film “Back in the Day” starring Alec Baldwin.

ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm
ROGER CLYNE & THE PEACEMAKERS
Bridging the gap between rock & roll, roadhouse Americana, and the music sound of the southwestern United States, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have carved their own path over the last 25 years. They’ve traveled the world, sent eight albums to the top of the Billboard Internet Sales Chart, launched an annual music festival in Mexico, started their own line of ultra-premium tequila and built a global community of music-lovers and peacemakers – all while remaining 100% independent.

The band just released their 10th studio album in 20 years – ‘Native Heart’. Produced by Grammy winning legend Steve Berlin and mixed by Michael Brauer at the iconic Electric Ladyland, they shine new light on a band that’s built a career on trekking their own path with their own sound style of twang and taller-than-life characters of the Southwest to a rock & roll soundtrack. 

The band’s roots run deep, sinking back to a time with The Refreshments – the hometown heroes of Phoenix during the mid-1990s, fueled by a major-label deal with Mercury Records, a popular song (”Banditos”) on American rock radio and MTV, and the unique distinction of being both the composers and performers of the theme song for the culture favorite ‘King of the Hill’ TV show. All served to introduce Roger Clyne’s songwriting to a national audience. The Refreshments sang about Mexico, liquored-up bandits and troubadours, mixing the lore of the American Southwest with guitar muscle and pop/rock melody. Clyne deepened that sound with The Peacemakers, a roots rock band relying not on a record label for support, but on near-constant touring and a rare, genuine connection with fans.

Last year, the band’s founders, Roger Clyne & PH Naffah, appeared in a full length documentary ‘here’s to life’ about The Refreshments. Which celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the debut album, Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy. Two decades after its release, the album continues to influence a wide range of rock and country musicians, 12 of who will put their own stamp on the album’s music with an upcoming, all-star tribute album recreation of the iconic album

 

 
8:15pm Dawn Anthony sings the iconic Nancy Wilson
Jul 19 @ 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm

Vocalist extraordinaire Dawn Anthony re-imagines the warm rich melodies of iconic jazz singer Nancy Wilson whose career spanned over five decades.

Dawn Anthony is a teaching artist, lecturer, and performer based in Charlotte, NC. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Georgia, she considers herself a northerner with a southern heart. Singing everything from classical to jazz, and musical theater to gospel–she thrives on making connections with others beyond the words and notes on the page.

Nancy Wilson’s career spanned over five decades, and well represents her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With three Grammys and 70 albums, she is notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today”. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul. Entertainer and actress, her preferred title was “song stylist”, which most summons her ability to vividly tell a song’s story.

THE LENNY FEDERAL BAND
Jul 19 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Lenny Federal Band Federal, formerly of the … 
wait for it … Federal Bureau of Rock ‘n’ Roll (yes!) 
was, along with his musical (com)patriots, a staple in 
the burgeoning Charlotte rock scene of the ’70s and 
early ’80s. Known for its brand of relatively 
straightforward bluesy originals and for its good taste 
in classic cover tunes, the Federal Bureau always 
resisted making the move to the Allman Brothers-like 
sound so many of their Caucasian compatriots did, 
in favor of keeping it simple. Federal, a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn’t changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it’s musical meat and potatoes you’re getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice. Appearing at The Comet Grill (Timothy C. Davis) a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn’t changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it’s musical meat and potatoes you’re getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice. Appearing at The Comet Grill (Timothy C. Davis)            – Charlotte Now

http://tunegroover.com/interview-charlotte-music-institution-lenny-federal/

Frederick the Younger, Grace Joyner, Modern Moxie
Jul 19 @ 10:30 pm
Frederick the Younger

Frederick the Younger

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, some of Jenni Cochran’s earliest memories are of writing songs. Returning to the USA after working in Vietnam for a few years, she met Aaron Craker (guitar, keys, vocals) who was performing with his band Dr. Vitamin. The two immediately bonded over their shared love of Elliott Smith and The Beatles. They formed Frederick the Younger a few years later, releasing their first full length record “Human Child” in 2017. 

The band is their bond, formed on groovy garage pop, soulful vocals, a hint of Broadcast, Dr Dog and 60s pop with a modern twist. There is an earnestness to their newest songs on a forthcoming EP that rings true – the kind of sincerity born from experience. These songs feel alive and well-lived, tragic, nostalgic, beautiful, and contemplative, all with a solid hook.

 
Grace Joyner

Grace Joyner

Grace Joyner started making waves with her debut LP ‘Maybe Sometimes- in C’ in 2016. She teamed up with Charleston’s Wolfgang Zimmerman (Band of Horses, Susto) again to record her sophomore LP set to come out later this year. Joyner’s ability to weave in & out of a haunting, powerful sound & a soft intentionality allow for captivating performance both in & out of the studio.
 
Modern Moxie

Modern Moxie

Indie pop/rock band Modern Moxie’s effervescent pop melodies floating over the distorted fuzz of angst-ridden guitar combine with unique vocal stylings to produce an intimate, first-person narrative with a nostalgic 90’s alt-rock vibe. Charlotte based members include Madison Lucas (vocals/guitar/synth), Phil Pucci (lead guitar), Harry Kollm (bass), and Charlie Weeks (drums).
Jul
20
Sat
7pm Dawn Anthony sings the iconic Nancy Wilson
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Vocalist extraordinaire Dawn Anthony re-imagines the warm rich melodies of iconic jazz singer Nancy Wilson whose career spanned over five decades.

Dawn Anthony is a teaching artist, lecturer, and performer based in Charlotte, NC. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Georgia, she considers herself a northerner with a southern heart. Singing everything from classical to jazz, and musical theater to gospel–she thrives on making connections with others beyond the words and notes on the page.

Nancy Wilson’s career spanned over five decades, and well represents her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With three Grammys and 70 albums, she is notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today”. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul. Entertainer and actress, her preferred title was “song stylist”, which most summons her ability to vividly tell a song’s story.

Doug McCormick Live In Charlotte
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Doug McCormick live in concert!

with Michael Tracy Band

Doors open at 7p

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Come see one of Nashville’s up and coming country music stars!  South Carolina native, country music recording artist, Doug McCormick took home top honors at the 2019 Carolina Country Music Awards:

– 2018 Male Artist of the Year

– 2018 Video of the Year

– 2018 Album of the Year

Doug grew up the son of a blue collar textile worker in Patrick, South Carolina. (Pop 350) After graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Agricultural Education, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. 2 years later, Doug signed a publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis and began working with producer Marshall Altman (Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Aaron Watson). Doug released the Sweet Dixie Memory EP in 2015. The music video for his single, ‘Good Beers Left’, a song co-writen with Thomas Archer (Luke Combs – ‘Hurricane’) was recently featured in CMT’s 12-Pack Countdown for 6 weeks. Through authentic music and relentless touring, Doug McCormick is defining himself as an artist to watch in country music.

 

FAQs

 

Where exactly is the concert being held?  

The concert will be held next door to The Suffolk Punch in the 7,500 square foot event space called Norfolk Hall.  Physical address is 2905 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The concert is open to all ages. ID required for all alchol purchases.  

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On site parking is available but VERY limited.  We suggest taking the Light Rail to New Bern station (we are 55 steps away).  Uber and Lyft are encouraged! 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

press@thesuffolkpunch.com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Paper or digital tickets are acceptable. 

 

 

NAUGHTY PROFESSOR
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread attention from their musical peers.

Their diligent roadwork has established Naughty Professor as a beloved live act. Weaving together complex, inventive compositions and loose, organic improvisation, the band honors their hometown’s jazz, R&B and brass-band traditions while looking to the future.

EVENT DETAILS:

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

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

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

PRÓXIMA PARADA

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

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

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

Little Bird

 
9:15pm Dawn Anthony sings the iconic Nancy Wilson
Jul 20 @ 9:15 pm – 10:45 pm

Vocalist extraordinaire Dawn Anthony re-imagines the warm rich melodies of iconic jazz singer Nancy Wilson whose career spanned over five decades.

Dawn Anthony is a teaching artist, lecturer, and performer based in Charlotte, NC. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Georgia, she considers herself a northerner with a southern heart. Singing everything from classical to jazz, and musical theater to gospel–she thrives on making connections with others beyond the words and notes on the page.

Nancy Wilson’s career spanned over five decades, and well represents her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With three Grammys and 70 albums, she is notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today”. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul. Entertainer and actress, her preferred title was “song stylist”, which most summons her ability to vividly tell a song’s story.

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

Lovely World

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

Ted Marengos

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

Natalie Royal

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

Raymond Joseph

‘Using a delicate voice and intricate arrangements, Nashville’s Raymond Joseph spins life’s most complicated sentiments into quietly powerful songs that waver between fragility and catharsis.’
Bill Hanna’s Jazz Sessions
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Every Sunday! 
8pm-11pm
Tickets: $7 + $3 Under 21

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.

OMARI & THE HELLHOUNDS
Jul 21 @ 9:00 pm

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

Jul
22
Mon
Country Music Monday at Hattie’s
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm

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

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

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

Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm

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

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Jul 22 @ 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
Jul 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Jazz Monday’s
Jul 22 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 23 @ 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
Jul 22 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

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

EX HEX

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

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

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

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

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

 
Spider Bags

Spider Bags

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

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

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

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

RED ROCKIN’ CHAIR
Jul 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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

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

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

 

Jul
24
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Jul 24 @ 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.

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

Jake La Botz

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

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

Kirk Franklin: The Long Live Love Tour
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The genius fusion of the gospel message and hip-hop beats have made Kirk Franklin a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than 20 years. As a top-selling contemporary Gospel artist and multiple Grammy award winner, Franklin revolutionized Gospel music and bridged the gap between the faith community and mainstream Urban Music culture. Many believe the secret to his continued success is rooted in his artistic genius of being innovative, relevant and authentic about his faith.

Every ticket for this show includes a CD copy of Kirk Franklin’s new album, LONG LIVE LOVE (available May 31, 2019). You will receive an email with more details about this offer approximately 7 days after your purchase.

OPEN MIC WITH LEEBO
Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm

Open mic night tonight and we have a talented bunch of musicians ready to play.

Local, live, free music done right y’all!

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

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

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

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

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

PLASTICIAN

 
 
Klasey
Jul
25
Thu
ARKANSAUCE
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Arkansauce is a genre-hopping, four piece string band from northwest Arkansas, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, americana, country, blues, and funk. With a loyal following growing every day in the Natural State and along their tour routes, the band is proud to be stepping into a hard-driving sound unique to the Arkansas quartet.

The third album (If I Were You, released April 2017) of all original material finds the palate expanded with more complex melodies, intriguing rhythms, and hard-hitting hooks that leave the songs whirling around your head long after the listening experience.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, July 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.
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

 

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Jul 25 @ 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.

Jul
26
Fri
CALEB CAUDLE
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle was raised on rock n’ roll and Southern hospitality. Influenced by bands like The Clash and Velvet Underground, Caudle was playing North Carolina’s punk rock circuit by the age of 15. Naturally, his music matured with his age and he became more lyrically driven, adopting a love for collecting vinyl. In 2012, he decided to quit his day job and focus solely on music — five years and four albums later, Caudle is gaining the traction he deserves. He was recently dubbed “the musical equivalent of high-proof bourbon – rich in flavor, with a subtle, satisfying bite,” by Rolling Stone editors for their list of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know”. He’s played Nashville’s famed AmericanaFest multiple times and his song, “Borrowed Smiles” was featured on last season’s dramatic season finale of CMT’s Nashville. And as 2018 approaches, he’s not slowly down; he’s on the lineup for the 11th Annual Cayamo, the musical cruise that travels from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico, and Belize, next to icons like John Prine, Buddy Miller, Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, and Lee Ann Womack. And most importantly, he’s gearing up to release his eighth and most refined album yet, Crushed Coins.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, July 26
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine
Sounds on the Square Featuring Caleb Hawley
Jul 26 @ 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.

Caleb Hawley is a Harlem-based, Minneapolis-raised singer, songwriter, and producer. Combining catchy melodies with dark and satirical lyrics, one has to be careful not to slip while dancing in a puddle of their own tears. Popdust proclaims “Caleb Hawley is the pop star pop music has done nothing to deserve, but desperately needs. The production of every song is attention grabbing, bringing the listener on a rollercoaster of 80’s vibes and surprising emotional layers.”

Hawley’s music is elevated by stellar, out-of-the-box live performances (he’s played over a thousand), backed by a slew of reviews noting his onstage charisma. He forms authentic connections with an air of openness, soulful singalongs and untethered guitar work drawing comparisons from Prince to Robin Williams.

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

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

 

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

AMERICAN AQUARIUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOTTLE ROCKETS

BOTTLE ROCKETS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE LENNY FEDERAL BAND
Jul 26 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Lenny Federal Band Federal, formerly of the … 
wait for it … Federal Bureau of Rock ‘n’ Roll (yes!) 
was, along with his musical (com)patriots, a staple in 
the burgeoning Charlotte rock scene of the ’70s and 
early ’80s. Known for its brand of relatively 
straightforward bluesy originals and for its good taste 
in classic cover tunes, the Federal Bureau always 
resisted making the move to the Allman Brothers-like 
sound so many of their Caucasian compatriots did, 
in favor of keeping it simple. Federal, a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn’t changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it’s musical meat and potatoes you’re getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice. Appearing at The Comet Grill (Timothy C. Davis) a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn’t changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it’s musical meat and potatoes you’re getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice. Appearing at The Comet Grill (Timothy C. Davis)            – Charlotte Now

http://tunegroover.com/interview-charlotte-music-institution-lenny-federal/

Jul
27
Sat
Freedom Summer Jazz Series in Freedom Park – National Jazz Keyboardist Marcus Johnson with special guest, Willie Bradley
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed jazz keyboardist, and NAACP Image Award Nominee.

While pursuing his JD and MBA at Georgetown, he independently produced and distributed his first CD (Lessons in Love), which sold more than 40,000 units; a phenomenal success for an unknown independent artist’s debut release. This album helped him launch his career as a renowned jazz keyboardist/pianist, and later, he released his second CD (Inter Alia), with staggering success

This success caught the attention of Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder and businessman Robert L. Johnson, who invested and partnered with Marcus to establish Marimelj Entertainment Group. Under their partnership, MEG’s label Three Keys Music housed Studio 8121, a full-service recording studio, and two music publishing companies: Marimelj Music Publishing and Three Keys Music Publishing.

As head of Three Keys Music, Johnson produced and released on the Three Keys Music label national jazz artists: Michael Lington, Jaared Arosemena, Bobby Lyle, Nick Colionne, R&B singer, Alyson Williams, neo-soul songstress, Zahzarah; and smooth jazz Saxophonists Phillip Martin and Brian Lenair.

To date, Marcus has released more than fifteen Billboard charted CDs, and has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Top 20 Contemporary Jazz FLO (For the Love Of) Anthology, which consisted of three distinct CDs — FLO Chill, FLO Romance and FLO Standards – all chart Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously.

 

Performing With: Willie Bradley – 6pm

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JARED & THE MILL
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re 5 best friends from Arizona. We love the desert, we love its mountains, we love our city, its people, and we love each other. We love long drives, early mornings, late nights, dive bars, carne asada Tacos at 3 am, dirty jokes, and asking each other what we think about things. We’re just as likely to get down on Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan as we are Van Halen, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd. We love dogs, we love our van, we love playing music together, and we love you – it’s true. For the past few years, we’ve released records and pretty much always been on tour, hitting the road on our own, with fellow bands, and have been lucky enough to open for a few heroes. From living rooms and basement clubs, to theaters and arenas, we just love playing shows, and truly love being on the road.

Our fans (the pack) are our greatest priority – we love them, we really do, and we do our best to insure them that we can’t do this without them. Our message is one of acceptance, not in a circle sitting kumbaya way, but in a way of acknowledging that we all have things we regret, we all have passions and opinions, and it’s up to all of us to filter through our flaws and our regrets to find ourselves and love one another. Don’t judge other people, do your best to have a good time in life, and care about everybody, like EVERYBODY everybody. Our shows are rowdy, you’ll break down your walls and realize you’re not in this alone. We hope you come to a show, make our songs apart of your story, and live the best life you can.

Cheers,

Jared & The Mill

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, July 27
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
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Bill Hanna’s Jazz Sessions
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Every Sunday! 
8pm-11pm
Tickets: $7 + $3 Under 21

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.

OMARI & THE HELLHOUNDS
Jul 28 @ 9:00 pm

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