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Aug
26
Mon
Country Music Monday at Hattie’s
Aug 26 @ 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
Aug 26 @ 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
Aug 26 @ 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
Aug 26 @ 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
Aug 26 @ 8:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 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
Aug 26 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

Unity with Brut Beat
Aug 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Unity- Band
ISH (Rockish, Popish, Soulish, Reggaeish)
http://www.unity-nation.com

Brut Beat
Brut Beat is what could be considered as abrasive jazz influenced by an assortment of musical styles from afro-beat to heavy punk, free/bebop/cool jazz and old school hip hop mixing a blend of intricate rhythms.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Brut-Beat-249380105520762

21+
*Petra’s is a pirvate club and you are required to have a valid ID to enter. You will also be expected to pay a $1 annual fee if you are not already a member with us.

Aug
27
Tue
Ali Caldwell – The Cover Art Tour, feat Divinity Roxx
Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm
Ali Caldwell

Ali Caldwell

A dynamic and powerful virtuoso with a soothing touch, Ali Caldwell’s voice is as thrilling as it is comforting. This is modern R&B music that inspires a sense of nostalgia. With whispers that climb into full-throttle belting and back, Ali delivers emotional swings that pick you up, spin you around, plant you firmly back on your feet — and then repeat, with ease. Jazzy notes and meandering harmonies punctuate her work, and her church-gospel background fuels pop sensibilities that provide intensity, conviction, control, and polish. 

Ali Caldwell is on a year 2019 high. Currently on tour with Christina Aguilera enjoying the perks of being a feature as well as being featured 
supporting vocalist for Christina Aguilera’s Vegas Residency entitled “The Xperience” and Her International Tour entitled “The X Tour”. Ali is not letting up, with her most recent display of flawless television performances on Fox Network’s New Show “The Four”, Season 2 (with a Celebrity Panel consisting of P.Diddy, DJ Khaled & Meghan Trainor) and dominating Season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice” where she garnered an impressive 4 chair turn in her audition. This was the first time America got a chance to experience & witness Ali Caldwell on a huge television platform doing what she’s great at. The world witnessed Ali Caldwell tackle every genre of music with ease making every song selection her own while bringing the house down consistently every show as a member of Miley Cyrus’ team. Ali was the last standing member representing Team Miley all the way to the Semi-Finals. Ali was also featured on BET Centric TV’s Black Music Month series back in February of 2016 as 1 of 4 Independent Black Women in Music to watch. Ali Caldwell is well on her way to accomplishing her dreams after also headlining her own tours. 6 International European Tours encompassing 7 countries as an independent artist to be exact with the help of her imprint 2MaroMedia Inc/2MaroMusicTM. With this level of accomplishment, this entrepreneur/performer says she is just getting started. Ali attributes her successes to being consistent and persistent and by not letting anyone or anything define her. She believes it when she says “Always dare to be different”. Bearing witness to her Live performances it will become evident to you that she has a voice that will be mentioned among the greats of this generation.

 
Divinity Roxx

Divinity Roxx

Inspirational and genuine, Divinity Roxx has earned the reputation as irrefutable front woman of her own genre-bursting, honest, and compelling musical journey. 

Her career as a bass-player skyrocketed after attending a bass camp led by the legendary Victor Wooten where she was invited to tour with him merely three months after the camp. After touring with Victor for 5 years, she auditioned for Beyoncé and became the bass player and Musical Director.

Divinity has appeared on countless television shows including: The Grammy’s, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America with personal highlights including a special performance at The White House for President Barack Obama. 

Despite her appearances with so many legendary and iconic figures, it is in her solo performance Divinity shines the brightest. She combines her virtuosic bass playing with an eclectic mash-up of hip-hop, rock and funk, which she calls ‘Alternative Soul’. Her passion, playing and lyrical content, accompanied by an electrifying stage presence captivates audiences around the world. 

Her 2016 release ‘ImPossible’ received critical acclaim and earned her an Independent Music Award for ‘Best Spoken Word Album’, further highlighting the depth of her lyrical ability. The album features the song ‘We Are’ which was inspired by her former poetry professor June Jordan, and features an appearance by her mentor and Grammy Award winning artist Victor Wooten.

She is currently performing around the world, teaching master classes and writing multiple projects including a new album, a stage play, and a children’s book and music series. She has recently been hand picked to teach the ‘Art of Emceeing’ by the US State Department for their Next Level program, a program that exports hip-hop culture around the globe.

JUST BE FALL TOUR WITH BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON AND GENE MOORE
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm

Since arriving on the scene in 2009, Wilson has managed to release 3 solo albums and share his talents as a member of Fred Hammond’s United Tenors. Throughout those projects, Wilson’s singular tenor and community-minded ministry has won the humble artist a growing host of fans and critical acclaim. As a Stellar Award winner (United Tenors), a Dove Award winner (Worth Fighting For), ASCAP “Power In Praise” Award winner, as well as a 2016 Grammy Award & Billboard Music Award nominee (Worth Fighting For), the Motown Gospel artist brings the full measure of his singing and songwriting talents to every project and performance.

Wilson’s first album, Just Love (2009) is filled with radio favorites such as “Already Here”, “Awesome God”, the self titled “Just Love” and the song that still holds the record for number of weeks on the Gospel Singles Chart with 92, “All I Need”. His second album, So Proud(2012) builds upon Brian’s signature fusion of gospel, adult R&B and soul music with stand out tracks “He Still Cares”, “Obey Anyway”, “One Day At A Time” & the autobiographical, “So Proud”.

Brian’s current project and first live recording, Worth Fighting For (2015), is produced by the critically acclaimed Aaron Lindsey and was recorded at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston. The smash, self-titled single, “Worth Fighting For” has been called a modern day anthem as it overflows with spirit and emotion. Accompanied by a fresh, colorful mix of contemporary R&B, gospel, rock, folk and spoken word, Wilson’s melodic tenor passionately expresses joy, love, self-doubt, grace, empowerment, victory and—above all—inspiration. As he soulfully proclaims on the title track/lead single: “Nothing can separate me from your love / When there’s so much more still worth fighting for.”

The spare yet fervent track also unwittingly laid the foundation for Wilson’s Motown Gospel debut. During an early chat about the album’s direction, Wilson recalls that Lindsey asked him a pivotal question about the state of the church. “In a world that’s become cynical about authority and organized religion, that’s an easy question to get negative about,” says Wilson. “Instead my gut reaction was it’s still worth fighting for and preserving. I didn’t know then it would be the theme of my album. But from there, God revealed the songs.” The message and feel of “Worth Fighting For” clearly connected to listeners as it was the most heard song in 2015 on Gospel Radio and spent 36 weeks in the Top 5 on the Gospel Radio charts.

Changing tempos with the album’s second single, “I’ll Just Say Yes,” Wilson cautions that you can’t realize what God’s promises are until you take the first step forward and say yes. The inspirational declaration is quickly becoming a favorite with church choirs across the country. Wilson’s realness, as well as his natural musical talents, has continued to endear him to fans. Born and raised near Chicago in Bellwood, Illinois, Wilson grew up watching and later singing in his local church’s adult male choir.

Several years after graduating from University of Illinois, Wilson relocated to Houston where he worked for Johnson & Johnson while singing and writing songs for Windsor Village United Methodist Church’s Sunday services. He was discovered when some of his songs were later played on local radio stations.

Worth Fighting For has solidified Wilson’s position in the gospel music industry as a premiere male vocalist. The album made an impact when it was released. Critics heralded the project “a masterpiece”, and said it “Leaves listeners empowered to worship.”

In 2015, the title single peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs and Mediabase Gospel chart. Later that year Wilson was nominated for two Dove Awards: Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year and Traditional Gospel Album of the Year. He won the latter category, marking his first Dove Award win. Wilson also earned his first Grammy® Award nomination for the single, “Worth Fighting For” in the Best Gospel Performance/Song category.

The soulful crooner continued his rise performing on several national TV shows including The 47th Annual Dove Awards, BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel, BET Celebration of Gospel, The BMI Trailblazers Awards, The 31st Annual Stellar Awards and more. He continues to tour and has performed at Bishop TD Jakes Megafest, the Help 2.0 tour and in 2016 starred in the Los Angeles-based stage play, “I’m Only Human,” which received rave reviews.

Now Brian Courtney Wilson is ready to start the next chapter in his burgeoning career. “I love how real this album sounds,” says Wilson. “And that’s one of the things I pray for: to create a great catalog of music that people can lean on in good—and tough—times.”

RED ROCKIN’ CHAIR
Aug 27 @ 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
Aug 27 @ 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. 

 

Aug
28
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Aug 28 @ 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.

Allan Harris Trio
Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm
Allan Harris Trio

Allan Harris Trio

Allan Harris has established himself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.

His charismatic and soulful voice has earned him three New York Nightlife Awards for “Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist,” the DownBeat Critic’s Poll award for “Rising Star Jazz Vocalist,” two “Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards for “Best Jazz Vocalist,” the Chamber Music America Residency Grant for his musical Cross That River, and the Jazz Museum of Harlem Award. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Magazine, Jazz Times, DownBeat, and more Mr. Harris is a real story teller through authentic interpretations of the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, popular standards, blues and originals.

He has mesmerized audiences in over 20 countries, including the US, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, Ireland, UK, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia, China, Finland,Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania,Latvia, Japan, Scotland, Holland, Greece, Czech Republic and Norway.

Mr. Harris has also performed in more than 30 music festivals worldwide and in some of the world’s most famous venues including Blue Note NYC; Blue Note Beijing; Blue Note Milan; Bird’s Basement; Birdland; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blues Alley; San Francisco Jazz Center; London Jazz Festival; Monterey Jazz Festival; Umbria Jazz Festival; Jazz St. Louis; Acadamie du Jazz; Rochester Jazz Festival; London Olympics; Dnieper Jazz Festival; Scullers; Jazz Bakery; Joe’s Pub; Blues Alley; Duc des Lombards and many more.

Open Mic Night at Thomas Street Tavern
Aug 28 @ 8:30 pm

Perform your music every Wednesday

Show at 8:30pm

Signups at 7:30pm

All Genres of Music

We support full bands!!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/tstreetopenmic/events/?ref=page_internal

@tstreetopenmic

 

OPEN MIC WITH LEEBO
Aug 28 @ 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!

KARAOKE NIGHT!
Aug 28 @ 9:00 pm

On Wednesdays we sing karaoke. Come hang and celebrate the vocal cords you were #blessed with, and maybe drink a little bit of #alcohol while you’re at it.

9pm | FREE
21+

Aug
29
Thu
MIDNIGHT NORTH
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In June of 2017 Midnight North released their third studio album: Under the Lights. On this full length record, Midnight North left it all on the court. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) at the Greene Room and Allegiant Studios, Under the Lights features their 11 best new tunes. Expect flares of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County”, tinges of soul on the likes of “Back To California”, but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song.

Immediately after their last studio release, 2015’s Scarlet Skies, Midnight North – fronted by lead songwriters Elliott Peck & Grahame Lesh with lush Hammond B3 organ, lead guitar, and harmony work from Alex Jordan and stomping bass lines from Connor O’Sullivan – began touring the country in earnest, visiting the East Coast and the Midwest for the first time in Summer 2015. The band wrote the majority of Under the Lights in the following months, and the lyrical road themes – the initial excitement, the longing for home, and the inherent need to keep moving – shine through.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, August 29
  • 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.
Violet Bell w/ A Different Thread
Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm
Violet Bell

Violet Bell

Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences. From Debussy to Neil Young, D’Angelo to Lou Reed, they reflect folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical. Their songs are otherworldly yet made from the stuff of everyday life, exploring questions of intergenerational change, our relationship to Earth, and the human emotional experience.

The live show is at the center of Violet Bell’s sound. They’ve played over 100 shows in 2017, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road. On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Their sound is true to the mutating nature of music as life on the road continually brings fresh inspiration into the mix.

Violet Bell keeps live performance at the core of their debut release Dream the Wheel. Ross sings and plays guitar, as Ruiz-Lopez adds violin, viola, cello, keys, guitar and vocal harmonies. The result is alchemical; emotionally evocative music that “sounds like a beautiful dream turned sudden nightmare.”(IW)

The album’s title track, “Dream the Wheel,” speaks to a fearlessly inclusive view of life’s cyclical polarities. “Sing, sing, everything/ Comes and goes and comes again/ Let it out and let it in/ Let it be your medicine,” “No such thing/ as too far/ or too deep/ or too dark.” In the modern era of rising seas and informational flooding, these lyrics are yours to interpret.

The album cover, a medicine wheel that Ruiz-Lopez and Ross crafted from local NC flora, speaks to the origins of the music. Violet Bell is rooted firmly in the natural world and the community from which they’ve grown. The September 15 release show for Dream the Wheel featured three members of the Durham Kidznotes All-Star string ensemble, whom Ruiz-Lopez has helped to teach since 2011. For Violet Bell, teaching and community connection are fundamental goals.

Prior to forming Violet Bell, Ruiz-Lopez honed his chops on the road with Jonathan Byrd and Crystal Bright, and composed original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ross is a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and winner of Floydfest’s On the Rise, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council.

As Violet Bell, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez become a dynamic musical force that’s greater than either one of them alone. Violet Bell is currently touring in support of their debut Dream the Wheel and recording their second album for release in 2018.

 
A Different Thread

A Different Thread

British/American duo, A Different Thread deliver an intoxicating amalgamation of Beatlesque folk rock meets Gillian Welch dark country.

From the rolling hills of Staffordshire to the Appalachian Mountains, A Different Thread’s original songs are inspired by the music that has crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean over the generations in true folk fashion. Robert Jackson (from Lichfield, England) and Alicia Best (from Durham North Carolina, USA) first met two years ago while busking in Galway, Ireland. They didn’t even know each others names, all they knew was that their voices fit together like missing pieces of the same puzzle. Their chance meeting sparked a musical journey across the UK, Europe, the US, and even to Guatemala and back; touring and living on the road while cultivating their own unique blend of country, blues and folk (or as they call it: British-Americana.)

Their debut album ‘On A Whim’ (release date September 13th 2018, Cat’s Cradle Carrboro NC) was recorded last May at Arbor Ridge Studios in Chapel Hill with producer Jeff Crawford (Mandolin Orange, Mipso, Josh Moore,) featuring local NC talent including Omar Ruiz-Lopez from Violet Bell and Rusty Smith who plays frequently with Four Tops and The Temptations, among others! Back in the states for their ‘On A Whim Tour’ they are gigging up and down the East Coast, (other NC shows include Isis Music Hall on the 3rd of October, The Kraken in Chapel Hill at Jonathan Byrd’s Shake Sugaree Americana Residency on the 10th of October, and the Haw River Ballroom on the 13th of October for ‘Oktoberfest’.)

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 29 @ 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.

 

BC with Special Guests
Aug 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

BC is an American Hip-Hop and Alternative recording artist from Charlotte, NC. Since 2015 he has released three independent digital projects titled 30 For 30, 88.8 FM and The Art of Disappearance. He has collaborated with artist such as Deniro Farrar.
https://www.bc704.com
https://music.apple.com/us/album/since-then/1451832874

With special guests SWVNN, Jxy True, Fredthegxd, Duhart, Damartheemcee, and DJ Marc Spano.

*Petra’s is a 21+ private club and requires a valid ID to enter. You will also be expected to pay a $1 annual fee if you are not already a member with us.

Aug
30
Fri
THE VOLTS
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Volts truly began in North Florida, where gospel and soul music lay as thick as the hot, humid air. Band leader Kevin Maines brings a youthful vibrancy to the classic southern R&B/Soul legacy. Kevin’s debut album, American Hustle, received praise for its creative writing, playing, and production, as well as the strong musical maturity rarely seen in debuts. From deep and dirty Duane Allman-esque slide guitar rockers to sweet gospel-inspired falsetto singing, Kevin Maines doesn’t just play in the southern soul traditions, he consumes and then gives them back bursting with his own unique twist. From gritty to ethereal, this music speaks for itself.

After taking a few years to write new material, Kevin put together his second band, The Volts, consisting of bass player Greg Jungbluth, drummer Joey Lanna and Kevin’s brother Derek Maines on keys along with a cast of other Florida musicians to record the follow up album Raiders On The Southern Wild. Kevin Maines and The Volts released their first album in June 2017. Fans of Funkadelic, Son House, Ray Charles, and Prince should take notice. Inspired by the never-ending creativity of D’angelo, this album moves past typical blues song formats and takes creative chances. After a year of steady touring, Kevin Maines and the Volts have shortened the band name to just The Volts. Some musicians dig deep into tradition, while others are endlessly creative risk-takers; every now and then someone comes along that does both. The Volts are those unique individuals.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, August 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.
Hylynd
Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hylynd

Hylynd

HYLYND, born and raised in North Carolina & currently in Dallas, TX is a singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist. With his new EP, “Born In The Night”, Hylynd is building upon the momentum of his single, “Permanent Marks”, which GasMaskMagazine calls, “an R&B Timberlake/Bieber vibe with his own twist” and RockDaFuqOut says “The vocals are not only impressive in their dynamics and performance, but the structure is nearly perfect. This one could easily work on radio against other Pop/R&B hits.’ After winning a competition to play at last year’s, “OneMusicFest” in Atlanta, GA, Hylynd shows he’s capable of not just putting on a show, but creating an experience.
Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell Tour with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening presented by SiriusXM
Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton FINALE – The Farewell Tour with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening presented by SiriusXM at PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte 8/30.

Show 7:30pm. This is an outdoor venue with portions of the reserved seats under cover. The show will take place rain or shine. All dates, acts, & ticket prices subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable service fees via all points of sale. Children under 2 are free as long as they don’t take up a seat.

 

DELBERT McCLINTON
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm
DELBERT McCLINTON
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven’t heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group. 

Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.” 

The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.

Prick Of The Litter blends Delbert’s signature rhythm and blues sound with a newer jazz-influence inspired by Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole and other legendary crooners. He includes some upbeat traditional blues (“Don’t Do It”) with a romantic take on Tony Bennett’s San Francisco (“San Miguel”) while “Skip Chaser” paints a vivid picture of the perils of the profession. A highlight is the album’s closer, the gentle and hopeful “Rosy.” McClinton’s road band, Self-Made Men provide a hard-driving rhythm section, powerful guitars and innovative piano, accented by punched-up horns. Delbert’s definitive vocals and distinct harmonica licks bring it all together. 

Delbert McClinton has been a leading Americana artist since before the genre was established. He has won two Grammy awards in the blues category for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and one in the rock category (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group), with Bonnie Raitt for ‘Good Man, Good Woman’.

Delbert’s unique musical style grew from his Texas music beginnings. Influenced at a young age by Tejano, Western Swing, Rhythm and Blues and War songs, he developed a signature sound that served him well. 

Delbert grew up around Lubbock and Fort Worth, and spent his early career in the desegregating roadhouses of Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway, leading the house bands for Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and others, while making a local name for himself. Later, Delbert traveled to England where he headlined shows with Bruce Channel (“Hey Baby”) with a little-known Liverpool band [The Beatles] as the opening act. He then rolled into Los Angeles as songwriters began to take top billing, and headed back to Texas for the progressive movement and blues renaissance that helped kick off Austin’s role in American musical history. 

THE LENNY FEDERAL BAND
Aug 30 @ 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/

HIPGNOSTIC
Aug 30 @ 10:30 pm
Hipgnostic

Hipgnostic

HIPGNOSTIC is a live hip-hop band from Charlotte, NC. Driven by powerful lyrics and creative instrumentation, HIPGNOSTIC is inspired to be fresh and delicious. The result is a fusion of hip-hop, psychedelic funk, and melodic rock.

BearCat Kringle, whose lyrical content ranges from straightforward to metaphorically obscure, has teamed up with familiar partners to produce creative compositions with a unique sonic palette. The players are Boss Jones on guitar and vocals, Joni Flynn on keyboards and vocals, Jacob Gresham on drums, and Jason Pentecost on bass. A shared vision inspires each musician to challenge himself to keep the work hypnotic and original.

The members of HIPGNOSTIC have played together since 2005 in varying incarnations and in front of thousands of people, from headlining sold-out club shows to sharing bills at numerous festivals up and down the East Coast. They are currently in the studio recording their newly hatched ideas for an EP to be released in early 2017.

As this reincarnated hip-hop machine again embarks on a mission to deliver a fresh take on new ideas, HIPGNOSTIC eagerly awaits the opportunity to drop an earworm into your head.

THE live instrumentation psychedelic hip hop collective from Charlotte,NC: 
Emcee/Bearcat Kringle
Guitar & Vocals/Boss Jones
Keys/Majikai
Bass/Badger
Drums/Eskimo Jones

Aug
31
Sat
Laura Thurston
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Armed with a guitar, harmonica, tambourine and suitcase kick drum, ​Thurston is a one-woman band’

THE CONTENDERS
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Contenders are an Americana Folk Roots duo of Jay Nash (9 albums, 10 EPs, 900 shows, 400,000 miles) and Josh Day (Sara Bareilles, John Oates, Brandi Clark, and Jennifer Nettles drummer) they have toured the US, opened for The Milk Carton Kids half a dozen times, played Americana Fest with Patti Griffin, played Merle Fest where Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers joined them onstage, toured Europe (Holland, Germany, and France) have released an EP ‘Meet The Contenders’ and released their debut Album ‘Laughing with the Reckless’ last year to critical acclaim.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, August 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.
Marbin w/ Ben DeLaurentis
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Marbin

Marbin

MARBIN is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring in 2011 and has played over a thousand shows since, bringing their original instrumental music everywhere in the States that they could book a show. After well over a thousand shows and more than 30,000 albums sold, Marbin has gained tens of thousands of devoted fans all over the world. Marbin has released six albums: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), Aggressive Hippies (2015), and Goatman and the House of the Dead (2016).
 
Ben DeLaurentis

Ben DeLaurentis

If not for hard luck Ben might not have any luck at all. His songs reflect this hard-earned wisdom, which is somehow both soothing and unsettling. His songs provoke thoughts and evoke emotions and at times you don’t know whether to laugh, to cry, or both. But they always make you feel something and have a real staying power in your heart, mind, and soul. From sadness to hilarity and from the heights of joy to the depths of depression, his lyrics are a quiet tidal wave of emotional release that are as heartfelt as those of any songwriter.
Modern Moxie | Youngster | Brian Robert
Aug 31 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Modern Moxie 
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Rock, Pop
http://modernmoxieband.com

Youngster
“A hybrid sound of indie-rock and blues.”
Liz Kulze – Charleston City Paper
http://www.youngsterband.bandcamp.com

Brian Robert
Singer Songwriter

21+
*Petra’s is a private club and you must have a valid ID to enter. You will also be expected to pay a $1 annual fee if you are not already a member with us.

TRAVERS BROTHERSHIP
Aug 31 @ 9:00 pm

TRAVERS BROTHERSHIP

Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers have been making music and stunning audiences since they started playing music together at 7 years old.

In 2012 the brothers formed their latest project, Travers Brothership, a Soul/Funk/Rock/Jam ensemble based out of Asheville, NC with Ian McIsaac on keys and percussion.

There is a reason Travers Brothership stands out among most acts on the scene today, they care to make each concert a unique and unforgettable experience. Utilizing the band’s unmatched live energy, instrumental prowess, and 3-part harmonies; they create a live atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community. A Travers Brothership concert is best described as a wild block party, and this is a party you don’t wanna miss.

Following the success of the “I Don’t Mind EP” the band began touring nationally in 2013 and has since performed 400+ concerts across the United States. The band has shared the stage with many accomplished acts such as: Charles Bradley, Taj Mahal, Moe, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph, Leftover Salmon, Trombone Shorty, The Marcus King Band, Dr. John, and many more.

In 2014, Josh Clark (Bass & Vocals) climbed aboard Travers Brothership. This lineup change finalized the current roster of the band, enabling them to perform the 3-part harmonies that define their current sound.

Over the course of two national tours the band began work with Grammy award winning producer, Juan “Pericles” Covaz, and Grammy nominated engineer, Matt Williams. Following recording sessions at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL and The Eagle Room in Asheville, NC the band’s first album “A Way To Survive” was complete.

“A Way To Survive” was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and outstanding reviews. The album has won numerous awards including “Best Studio Album of 2016” at Homegrown Music Network, and has received airplay on radio stations throughout the U.S. and beyond. The band has won numerous other awards including: Winner in Raleigh NC’s Band Together Competition in 2017 and placing runner up in Floydfest’s On-The Rise Competition in 2018.

Travers Brothership just completed work on their sophomore LP, “Let The World Decide” at Echo Mountain Recording Studio’s and The Eagle Room in Asheville, NC. The album is due out on December 8th 2018.

In January of 2019 the band will embark on their first tour of Europe, and then return to the US to tour in support of “Let The World Decide” for the remainder of 2019.

Shaw Davis & The Black Ties
Aug 31 @ 10:30 pm
Shaw Davis & The Black Ties

Shaw Davis & The Black Ties

Shaw Davis is quickly becoming an artist to watch in Contemporary Blues & Roots Rock. Born April 4, 1995, the young guitarist has burst his way onto the Blues-Rock scene and is already known for his raw and emotional style. Backed by long-time friend, drummer Bobby Van Stone and bassist Patrick Stevenson, Shaw Davis & The Black Ties feature their own brand of Psychedelic Blues and Roots Rock that continues to win over fans and crowds across the nation. As a national touring trio, the band has played over 300 shows and has two full length albums under their belt, headlining festivals and opening tours, allowing them to build a loyal following throughout the country. Being influenced by the sounds of vintage, heavy blues rock, they have opened shows for acts such as Samantha Fish, Chris Duarte, Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Matt Schofield, Popa Chubby, GE Smith, and toured with Anthony Gomes. Their albums, one self-titled and one named ‘Tales From The West’, have received many reviews from sources such as Blues Magazine, Rock & Blues Muse, The Rock Doctor, and Midwest Records, and in 2019 the band was featured in the annual article by Rock & Blues Muse, 50 Modern Blues Rock Soul Artists You Must Hear.
Sep
1
Sun
Hazy Sunday
Sep 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

back patio style – hazy vibes – max chill
every first & third sunday

(Enter through the alley)

Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Sep 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every Sunday for our FREE LIVES TUNES.
Each week we’ll be featuring a rotating cast of super talented folks playing Bluegrass and Americana tunes from 4-6 pm

CHÓCALA – Debut Album Release Party with Lincka, DJ Shannti
Sep 1 @ 9:00 pm
Come celebrate the release of Chócala’s debut album w/ special guests Lincka (OK) and DJ Shaanti (Orbit, Dendê, Funkshun)!

CHÓCALA

Chócala is the sonic amalgamation of latin rhythms, rock, and jazz with a touch of tropical psychedelia, resulting in an experimental, yet approachable, sound with an infectious groove. While layering spacey, ethereal tones on her synthesizers, Liza Ortiz sings about the complexities of the spectrums of mental health and the importance of radical self-acceptance and compassion as Michael Anderson weaves his harmonizing saxophone notes into her melodies with, at times, playful yet precise, delivery. Davey Blackburn on percussion and Claudio Ortiz on bass guitar ground each song, with bombastic rhythms and riffs. After gaining regional attention with a 3 song demo recorded in their practice space, Chócala went to work to put together their first album set to release September 1st 2019.

Chócala’s new LP will be available for purchase on September 1st for a ONE TIME special release price of $15 (regular price will be $25, after the release date).

LINCKA (OK)

‘Lincka’s sound has been described as ‘beachy-Punk’ and ‘PopSoul.’ Her music brings a very in this moment feeling when you are listening. Lincka Elizondo’s vocal and lyrics are like stardust, and feel most especially universal when she passes fluidly from Spanish to English and back again. “I am challenging my people; who live on the south-side (of Oklahoma City); who only listen to traditional music.” Lincka states when asked how her writing gives a voice to her culture and community. Yes, Lincka’s writing allows her to give a voice to people like herself. It also allows her to define herself and her generation from the backdrop of a culture that is often viewed in narrow terms. The music of Lincka interweaves American and Mexican cultures, rather than outline and define them…’ -Casey Mclerran, The Black Wall Street Times

DJ SHANNTI

The prolific DJ behind celebrations of curated rhythms and vibes in Charlotte (Orbit, Dendê, Funkshun)

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door / 18+ Valid ID required for entry into venue / Under 18 permitted with parent

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver’s License, Military ID, Passport.

OMARI & THE HELLHOUNDS
Sep 1 @ 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.

Sep
2
Mon
Country Music Monday at Hattie’s
Sep 2 @ 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
Sep 2 @ 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
Sep 2 @ 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

Piano Bar Karaoke with host Ryan Stamey First Monday
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Piano Bar Karaoke with host Ryan Stamey. You pick the song and Ryan accompanies you on the baby grand.

Every First Monday
8pm-11pm
7:30 Signup
$3
21+

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Sep 2 @ 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
Sep 2 @ 8:30 pm – Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

Sep
3
Tue
Jason Charles Miller (founder of Godhead) with Roger Hodges
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm
Jason Charles Miller is a critically acclaimed and highly accomplished singer/songwriter. His latest album, “In The Wasteland,” was released on Sony/Red Music and combines elements of outlaw country, Americana and Southern rock. Jason’s music has been featured on such TV shows as True Blood, The NFL Today, The Deadliest Catch and Critical Role. He has written songs with Billy Ray Cyrus, Rickey Medlocke [Lynyrd Skynyrd], Charlie Starr [Blackberry Smoke], Marilyn Manson and Ben Moody [Evanescence] and has been awarded 3 gold records. As a voice actor, he has appeared in over 100 cartoons and video games, and also hosts the Geek & Sundry show Starter Kit, presented by Legendary Pictures. Jason is also widely recognized as the founder of the rock band Godhead.
THE ALARM + MODERN ENGLISH + Jay Ashton’s GENE LOVES JEZEBEL
Sep 3 @ 8:00 pm
THE ALARM + MODERN ENGLISH + Jay Ashton’s GENE LOVES JEZEBEL

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door / 18+ Valid ID required for entry into venue / Under 18 permitted with parent

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver’s License, Military ID, Passport.

THE ALARM

The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981’s debut single ‘Unsafe Building’, featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”.

This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 6 million sales worldwide, a career that has also seen founding member Mike Peters sing on stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and U2.

In fact, The Alarm scored their first chart success in the USA in 1983 with ‘The Stand’, before flying back from America to make their first UK TV appearance on Top Of The Pops, notching up their first British chart hit with the rousing ‘Sixty Eight Guns’. The hit ‘Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?’ was to follow in early 1984 before the release of their debut LP, ‘Declaration’, which went to Number 6 on the UK chart.

The Alarm’s second album, ‘Strength’ (the title track becoming The Alarm’s first U.S. Top 40 hit), was released in 1985 and spawned the autobiographical ‘Spirit of ’76’. It was at this time The Alarm made history by playing the world’s very first global satellite concert, live from Los Angeles. An estimated audience of 26,000 fans turned up on the day for the original ‘Spirit Of ‘86’ concert that was ultimately watched by millions around the world. The set list included all The Alarm’s greatest hits of the time such as ‘The Stand, ‘Absolute Reality, ‘Sixty Eight Guns’, ‘Strength’ and ‘Spirit Of ‘76’, songs that would see The Alarm break North America on a grand scale.

The 1987 album, ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’, followed with the international hit, ‘Rain In The Summertime’, backed by a series of world tours (including an extended US outing with Bob Dylan). The release of the band’s first live mini album ‘Electric Folklore’, furthered The Alarm’s reputation for engaging live shows.

‘Change’, The Alarm’s fourth studio album was released in late 1989), and the band saw out the ’80’s with a sell-out concert in New York City were they were joined on stage by Neil Young to perform ‘Rockin’ In the Freeworld’. ‘Change’ went on to become a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, with ‘A New South Wales’ reaching the UK Top 40 in 1990 and ‘Sold Me Down the River’ becoming a U.S. Number 1 Rock Hit.

‘Raw’ was the last record to feature the original line-up of the band when, in the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song at London’s Brixton Academy.

A decade of solo action followed with guitarist Dave Sharp releasing ‘Hard Travelling’ in the month after Brixton and (following a relocation to New Orleans later in 1994), a second solo album – Downtown America.

In 1992, The Alarm became one of the first bands to have a dedicated internet site www.thealarm.com when Mike Peters registered the domain and to coincide, founded ‘The Gathering’, an ‘Alarm’ event held in North Wales which now attracts fans from all over the world.

Throughout the rest of the nineties, Mike Peters went on to establish himself as a respected solo artist with the release of the independent long player ‘Breathe’ in 1994 (Number 5 on album chart), followed by ‘Feel Free’ (1996) and ‘Rise’ (1998), two records which would document Mike Peters first engagement with the cancer (Leukaemia), that has followed him throughout life ever since. The recording sessions for ‘Rise’ featured a guest collaboration with the then ex-The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and in 1998 the two created a short lived band called Coloursøund which (following an appearance at SXSW), attracted widespread interest within the music industry. A headline gig at London’s LA2 was seen by original Alarm bass player Eddie Macdonald and The Cult vocalist Ian Astbury. Soon after The Cult was back together and reiginiting their career by playing at the new Woodstock Festival and an album of Coloursøund demos was released retrospectively.

In 1999, Peters went on to record a fourth solo album that formed the soundtrack to the stage play – ‘Flesh & Blood’, the recording sessions saw Mike Peters reunite with original Alarm song writing partner Eddie Macdonald. Following this collaboration, Mike Peters and Eddie Macdonald decided to reconvene as – The Alarm (without, but with the blessing of Dave Sharp and drummer Nigel Twist). Originally billed as The Alarm MM, the reconstituted band featured Mike Peters and Eddie Macdonald, backed by members of the Mike Peters solo band, namely guitarist James Stevenson (Gen X, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Cult), bass player Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult) and drummer Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers).

The band’s first dates were with fellow Celt Rockers – Big Country but after just eight dates including a concert at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, Eddie Macdonald decided to quit, leaving Mike Peters to forge a path that would lead to the release of new Alarm music.

In 2000, ‘The Alarm Complete Collection’ box set was released, bringing together The Alarm’s entire 1980’s musical output into a nine-CD box set, along with a bonus ‘audio dedication’ CD personally recorded by Mike Peters.

In 2003, and in just 5 months, the ‘In The Poppy Fields Bond’ was written, recorded and released (via the alarm.com website). A massive five album, 59 song set, that allowed the new line up to come of age with new music of its own and ready to face the world as a creative force once again.

In late 2003, the cameras of VH1 struck and brought the original band members together to perform for the show Bands Re-United at La Scala in Kings Cross. In the aftermath, everyone once again, went their separate ways with Mike Peters taking the ‘new’ Alarm back to the USA for the ‘The Alarm Make A Stand In The USA Tour’, which involved the band playing New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles on a weekly basis over one month.

In 2004, The Alarm’s first brand new single of the millennium – ’45 RPM’ would ultimately take their signature electro-acoustic sound into the UK top 40, into the mainstream rock culture of North America causing worldwide controversy at the same time.

‘The Poppy Fields’ ‘fake band’ escapade was conceived to conceal the identity of The Alarm from a media concerned with only playing brand new bands and brand new music.

The true identity of The Alarm was eventually revealed by the BBC on Top Of The Pops and instantly triggered a rush of global media exposure, culminating in a US TV appearance on CBS Headline News with Dan Rather.

Following this unlikely success, a new record deal with EMI was signed although The Alarm’s return to prominence was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was re-diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B-cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows only, dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since.

In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume touring duties and the group continued with the release of ‘Under Attack’ which was bolstered by another Top 30 record in the shape of ‘Superchannel’ and live anthem Without A Fight’.

In that same year, Mike Peters was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Welsh Music Awards and also coming eleventh in a Welsh Assembly Government-backed poll of the top 100 Welsh heroes.

Whilst continuing with a lengthy rehabilitation program of constant chemotherapy throughout 2007, Mike Peters founded the Love Hope Strength charity which is dedicated to ‘Saving Lives – One Concert At A Time’ and now firmly established as one of the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundations with over 3,500 lives potentially saved through its ‘Get On The List’ program.

At the beginning of 2008, Mike Peters and The Alarm recorded an Eight EP Collection – ‘The Counter Attack Collective’, that gave birth to the single album ‘Guerilla Tactics’ that was released on the day Mike Peters performed an ‘pop up’ concert in New York’s Times Square. The album’s opening cut ‘Three Sevens Clash’ was released to American Rock Radio and made it’s way into the top 5.

In 2010, the Direct Action album followed with the cover version of ‘One Guitar’, that would later be performed by Bruce Springsteen along with writer Willie Nile, and a guest appearance from Mike Peters. The ‘Direct Action’ tour saw the band tour North America and the U.K. only this time (following the departure of Steve Grantley to take up a full time role with Stiff Little Fingers), with new permanent drummer ‘Smiley’ from Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros.

The ‘Sound and the Fury’ album was released in 2011 to mark The Alarm’s 30th Anniversary. The ‘Sound and the Fury’ featured re-workings of songs from all eras of the band’s history.

On New Years Eve in that same year, Mike Peters walked out onto the stage at Glasgow’s ABC to take up guest vocal duties with Big Country and sing for his long time friend and original Big Country vocalist / guitarist – the late Stuart Adamson, whom Mike had met onstage while performing with U2 back in 1983.

Mike Peters continued to tour with Big Country throughout 2012/13, going so far as to record an album of original material entitled ‘The Journey’ that was received enthusiastically by fans and critics alike.

2013 was also the year of the cinematic release of the Alarm / Poppy Fields inspired movie – ‘Vinyl’ starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia/Blur), Keith Allen, Perry Benson and Jamie Blackley. Rreleased to British cinemas nationwide the ‘Vinyl’ – Soundtrack Album and Tour featured a collection of brand new Alarm music composed specifically for the film such as the movie’s recurring theme song ‘Free Rock And Roll’ which was recorded by The Alarm with ‘Vinyl’ star Phil Daniels on guest vocals.

In 2014/15 respectively, The 30th Anniversary of The Alarm albums – Declaration (2014) and Strength (2015), were acknowledged with the release of newly recorded collections (including companion discs ‘Peace Train’ and ‘Majority’ respectively).

The new recordings centred on re-imagined takes of all the songs and b-sides from each period. A two year commitment to constant touring from Mike Peters, featured full length presentations of each of the albums via a unique one-one man band ‘Mike Peters presents The Alarm’ stage show that took Mike Peters all around the world.

In April 2014, the reworked ‘Declaration’ album was presented ‘live’ on BBC Wales with a stripped back ‘acoustic / orchestral’ version of The Alarm and the Welsh Symphony Orchestra. A surprise video message from all the members of U2 singing Alarm anthem ‘Blaze Of Glory’, went viral on the internet.

A second concert to celebrate the anniversary of the ‘Strength’ album took place at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff in October 2015 with The Alarm again, backed by a huge orchestra (conducted by arranger John Quirk). The event was filmed and recorded for release as Poppies Falling From The Sky’, which took it’s title from the moment when millions of red poppies literally fell ‘from the sky’, and down on to the unsuspecting audience during the finale.

The ‘Spirit of ’86 event was revisited in 2016 as ‘Mike Peters presents The Alarm’ concert experience returned to UCLA, (the scene of the original MTV broadcast), and performed the exact same setlist at the James Bridges Theatre. An exhaustive tour followed with The Alarm making it’s first ever appearance at Glastonbury Festival.

That summer, Mike Peters wife Jules, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and tour dates had to be cancelle. The BBC filmed events surrounding the Peters family in real time and created the documentary ‘Mike and Jules – While We Still Have Time’, which also featured contributions from long time family friend Bono from U2.

Whilst caring for his wife during this tense time, Mike Peters poured his feelings into song and before the year came to close, took The Alarm back into the recording studio to work on the new material.

2017 opened with a 25th Anniversary Gathering event (that was recorded by the BBC for a National Television Broadcast), and two first ever Gathering events in both New York and Los Angeles. Both the US Gathering events featured guest appearances (from Billy Duffy of The Cult in L.A.), and David Bowie producer Tony Visconti joining the band in New York to perform ‘Sold Me Down The River’ that he had originally produced in 1989.

The US Gathering events also coincided with premiere screenings of the Mike Peters, Alarm, Love Hope Strength movie ‘Man In The Camo Jacket’, which received numerous awards on the American Film Festival Circuit and was also screened at the Grammy Museum in Hollywood. A vinyl edition of the movie soundtrack was released on Record Store Day with the band performing live at stores in California and with Jules Peters now in remission and on keyboards, the band joined up with the Vans Warped Tour for select US, for an 8 week 59 date coast to coast run including a special night at The Chapel, San Francisco during which the group were joined on stage by original drummer Nigel Twist.

A UK October Tour (with original Alarm guitarist Dave Sharp joining as special guest), would see The Alarm play out one of the most creative years in it’s history. A new album and tour dates are expected for 2018.

MODERN ENGLISH

Modern English are an English rock band best remembered for their songs ‘I Melt with You,’ ‘Hands Across the Sea,’ and ‘Ink and Paper’. The group disbanded for a period in 1991, but later recorded in 1995 with some new members. The original members reformed in 2009 and are currently touring with plans for a new release in 2016!

Formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1979 by Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals), and Michael Conroy (bass, vocals), Modern English were originally known as The Lepers. The group expanded to ‘Modern English’ when Richard Brown (drums) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band.

After a single on their own ‘Limp’ label in 1979, the band signed to 4AD the following year, with two further singles released, and a session for John Peel recorded before the band’s debut album, Mesh & Lace, in 1981, the band in the early days showing a strong Joy Division influence. A second Peel session was recorded in October 1981. The follow-up, After The Snow (April 1982), was more keyboard-oriented and was compared to Simple Minds and Duran Duran. It was also released in the United States by Sire Records the following year, where it reached number 70 on the Billboard chart, and sold over 500,000 copies. Grey said of the album, ‘We used to think ‘God, we’ll never make a pop record. We’re artists!’, but things don’t always turn out as you planned and when you actually create a pop record, it’s so much more of a thrill than anything else’. The second single from the album was also a hit in the US, the jangly ‘I Melt With You’ reaching number 78. When he reviewed the album, Johnny Waller of Sounds described the track as ‘A dreamy, creamy celebration of love and lust, which deserves to be showcased on as 12′ single all by itself, with no b-side’, while his colleague Tony Mitchell described it as ‘susburban amateurism at its most unrewarding’. The band relocated to New York City and worked on a third album, Ricochet Days, which again made the top 100 in the US, after which the band left 4AD and were solely signed to Sire. The single ‘Stop Start’ (1986) was the last record Modern English record released by Sire, the band splitting up.

Grey and Conroy along with Modern English worked with This Mortal Coil before re-forming Modern English with Mick Conroy and Aaron Davidson for a new album in 1990, Pillow Lips, now on the American TVT label. The album featured a re-recorded ‘I Melt With You’, which was released as a single, and saw the band again in the Billboard top 100. The band split up for a second time in 1991, after contractual problems with TVT, with Grey forming Engine. In 1995, with the legal issues with TVT sorted out, Engine evolved into the next incarnation of Modern English and signed to the Imago label, with Grey and Matthew Shipley (keybaords). This line-up recorded the 1996 album Everything Is Mad.

Robbie Grey toured the US with a new Modern English lineup coast to coast across the US and recorded a new album with Hugh Jones (producer of Melt With You). The songs written with guitarist Steven Walker and other memebers came together on the road and back home in London between tours , after a few years on the shelf this collection of songs was released in May 2010 called ‘Soundtrack’, along side the reissued and remastered ‘Stop Start’ album also released at the same time. The original members reunited & reformed in 2009 and are currently touring; planning for a new release in 2016!

 

Jay Ashton’s GENE LOVES JEZEBEL

Gene Loves Jezebel (GLJ) are a British rock band formed in the early 1980s by identical twin brothers.

 
RED ROCKIN’ CHAIR
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 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. 

 

Knocturnal
Sep 3 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 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.
Sep
4
Wed
The Alchemy Tour – NGHTMRE + SLANDER, Seven Lions, The Glitch Mob
Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm

The Alchemy Tour – NGHTMRE + SLANDER, Seven Lions, The Glitch Mob at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 9/4.

Show 5:30pm This is an outdoor venue with no seats under cover The show will take place rain or shine. All dates, acts, & ticket prices subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable service fees via all points of sale.

The Glitch Mob

‘See Without Eyes’ available everywhere now at theglitchmob.com
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Sep 4 @ 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.

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