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Aug
22
Thu
Ross Newell (lead singer of The Mulligan Brothers) w/ Oh Jeremiah
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm
Ross Newell

Ross Newell

Ross Newell can usually be seen and heard as the lead singer and songwriter in The Mulligan Brother from Mobile AL, a band that has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. His song writing weaves heartfelt tales of love and loss into complex yet comforting storytelling, the combination of which will leave you nostalgic for something (or someone) that you can’t quite put your finger on. With a remarkable universality, you could as easily imagine the tales spilling from the mouth of a storied, laugh-lined old man as his teenage grandson grieves his first heartbreak. He sings and plays about where they’ve been in a way that makes us all realize we’ve been there, too. Songs written and performed by Newell have over 9 million combined streams on Spotify.

“Newell’s voice tends to be very contemporary. He often overlays the rippling flow of the music with a fast-paced, verbose patter, and he packs songs with sharp imagery. Newell has a gift for phrases that pop out and grab you, even when you’ve set the album playing in the background. ” — Lawrence Specker, AL.com 

“If you’re a fan of Trampled by Turtles, then you’re going to feel right at home listening to Ross Newell on lead vocals.” — Regional Musician Magazine 

“Singer/songwriter Ross Newell bring a warmth and finely crafted talent to the experience and the superb vocal tone of Newell is without doubt one of the finest live voices I have heard in some time. Newell is a fine writer and his eye for a couplet is as finely honed as ever. ” — Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway Magazine

Oh Jeremiah

Oh Jeremiah

Oh, Jeremiah is the singer/songwriter duo made up of Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife Erin. Started in south Mississippi, the couple draws its inspiration from the storytelling nature of their home state, echoing the likes of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. Oh, Jeremiah is known for its harmonies in the style of the Civil Wars and their peculiar onstage banter . Their latest EP, Our Very Own Kingdom was released independently and broke the top 20 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and carried them from coast to coast.
JUNIOR BROWN
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm
JUNIOR BROWN ‘THE AMERICAN ORIGINAL’
Born in 1952 in Cottonwood, Arizona, Junior Brown showed an affinity for music at an early age. Discovering a guitar in his grandparent’s attic at age seven, he spent the next several years woodshedding with records and the radio. Junior was also able to tap into music he couldn’t hear at home which older, college aged kids were listening to. This was possible as a result of his father’s employment at a nearby campus in 1958. Armed with this broad spectrum of source material, he had developed some formidable chops by the end of his teen years.
Brown’s passion for Country and Western music had intensified by the late 1960’s. With many prominent figures as his inspiration, he spent his nights further sharpening his musical skills in small clubs across the southwest. ‘I played more nights in honkytonks during the 70’s and 80’s than most musicians will see in a lifetimeI did so many years of that, night after night, four sets a night, 15 minute breaks; I mean after that, you gotta get good or get out.’ Brown still prefers to refer to his favorite music as ‘Country and Western’ as it was called when he began his career. More recently, however, with the exception of Classical, Modern Jazz and Rap, he has shown himself to be equally adept at virtually all styles of American music, leading many to dub him America’s most versatile musician. A listen to his catalog of recordings reveals a virtuosity in Country, Western Swing, Hawaiian, Rock and Roll, (Hard Rock, Surf, etc.), Blues, Trad. Jazz, (Swing), Pop, Bluegrass, and even Mariachi.

Junior knew he could play and sing almost anything, but he had yet to explore his potential as a songwriter. ‘I realized no one was going to walk into a club and discover meso I started hanging out with some songwriters who I’d played some gigs with, and they showed me how to support myself by writing and publishing.’ With his songwriting coming together by the mid 80’s, Brown upgraded his gear in a way that no artist had ever done. Struggling through each show with the back and forth switch between the six string guitar and its steel counterpart, he had a dream one night about the two instruments mysteriously melting into one. The result was Brown’s unique invention, the ‘Guit-Steel’, a double-necked guitar combining standard guitar with steel guitar, allowing him to switch instruments quickly in mid-song while singing. There are other Guit-Steel players now, but Junior was the first, and for many years the one and only. For this and other reasons, he is truly an American original.

In the early 90’s Brown and his band (including wife, Tanya Rae) relocated to the fertile Austin, Texas music scene and landed a weekly gig at the Continental Club. His unique and entertaining combination of singing, songwriting, instrumental skills and producing led to a seven record deal with Curb Records that began with ‘Twelve Shades of Brown’ in 1993. He later released two albums on the Telarc label.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 22 @ 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.

 

OVER THE RHINE with LEIGH NASH
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm

Over The Rhine

When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented musical couple comprised of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s timeless voice “which has the power to stop the world in its tracks” (Performing Songwriter). But then the songs start hitting you. Paste Magazine writes, “Over the Rhine creates true confessional masterpieces that know neither border nor boundary” and included Bergquist and Detweiler in their list of 100 Best Living Songwriters. Rolling Stone recently wrote, Over the Rhine is a band “with no sign of fatigue, whose moment has finally arrived.” That’s quite a sentiment for a band celebrating 30 years of writing, recording, and life on the road. But as Karin Bergquist states, “There is still so much music left to be made.” Love & Revelation, the brand new album from Over the Rhine, is a record for right now. The songs have been rigorously road tested and burst at the seams with loss, lament, and resilient hope. The LA Times writes, “The Ohio based husband and wife duo has long been making soul-nourishing music, and the richness only deepens.”

www.overtherhine.com

 


LEIGH NASH

  
LEIGH NASH
  

Start Time: 8:00

More than two decades into her career, singer-songwriter Leigh Nash shines a light on her Texas roots with The State I’m In, a solo album that plants its feet on both sides of the border.

Nash was raised in the Texas Hill Country, where the radio stations played country music and the small towns rang with mariachi bands. A shy kid, she built up her confidence by learning how to sing. Nash began by impersonating the artists she heard on the FM dial — with particular emphasis on Tanya Tucker and Patsy Cline — before graduating to her own gigs at the age of 13, when she began singing with a country band during a series of weekly shows in New Braunfels. Within a few years, she’d also joined a band called Sixpence None the Richer, which ultimately introduced the pop world to her signature, sparkling vocal and led a successful run that included Top 5 hits like ‘Kiss Me’ and “There She Goes.”

www.leighnash.net

Aug
23
Fri
Joe Benjamin and Leffty
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Joe Benjamin

Joe Benjamin

Active as bandleader in New York City since the mid 2010s, Joe Benjamin has built many different worlds for his music to live in. Until only a few years ago, he led a massive, genre-bending 11-piece orchestra, whose sheer mass was its own spectacle. As Joe’s style has evolved, his arrangements have become more streamlined, and his new music replaces the cacophony of reeds and brass with a tight three-piece horn section and back-up singers, just as it replaces the bombastic and madcap swing rhythms of his former project with irresistibly danceable grooves and earworm hooks. 
While his newest work is heavily influenced by funk and soul bands such as Jamiroquai and Earth, Wind & Fire, Joe Benjamin has a sound all his own, and it is his intoxicating and idiosyncratic style that has brought him on sold-out tours throughout Europe and the United States (the most pertinent of which is his forthcoming summer 2019 tour) and given him a dedicated fanbase at home in New York City. Together with his rhythm section (Ray Cetta, Tom Wilson and Michael Gordon), Joe has written a new album that showcases his previously under-displayed talent for creating searing, insistent grooves, catchy hooks and expansive soundscapes with no frills or pretensions- just the raw, captivating power that Benjamin has always been known for.
 
Leffty

Leffty

Leffty is a POP/R&B duo based out of Charlotte, NC. Kristian Lietzan on vocals & guitar and Josh Scott on drums. They currently have one single out on all platforms but are fine-tuning new singles as you read, coming from their love of dance, hip-hop, and Prince, accompanied by their experience in love, heartbreak, and the nights they can’t forget. They believe that when somebody dances like no one is watching, they enter into a world where they are everything they were always supposed to be 100% free.

The name Leffty is the story of Kristian. He was born with an abnormality in his left ear, which disfigures the structural bones in the human ear, and closes the ear canal, preventing all hearing through that ear. His parents overcompensated for every fear that he might feel “different’ or “unwanted.” When he was 19, he found out about a surgery that could repair his hearing as well as the appearance. He got his hearing fixed, but when asked about restructuring, he declined because he had truly embraced the anomaly that was him. 

Leffty is the name because they want their flaws to be their names. Something recognizable that can inspire their listener to be free from everything weighing them down. With their music, they hope to give everyone a chance to truly embrace their “Leffty,” and maybe dance with somebody new.

They have a slew of new singles releasing later this year and are so hyped to share it with you. Follow them on IG: @Leffty_Official to stay up to date with the duo!

MARCIA BALL
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm
MARCIA BALL
“Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth” – Rolling Stone

“A welcome ray of sunshine…Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie…heartfelt, powerful and righteous” – Billboard

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist MARCIA BALL of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”

JIM LAUDERDALE
Aug 23 @ 9:00 pm

Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning Americana icon, a singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-incrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity and prolificacy for thirty-one albums over decades of recording. He’s an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have ruled the country charts while recording an eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles. His prolific streak of releases continues in 2019 with his new album ‘From Another World’.

The twelve songs contained within, all written or co-written by Jim, are his antidote to the anger, divisiveness of today’s world, a world full of bad news and folks yelling at each other on CNN. This is music from another world, a world of empathy, love, forgiveness and humility. Where people find freedom through togetherness, where they struggle to change for the better, where country music still cries with the sound of pedal steel guitar and psychedelic-tinged lyrics flow through aching indelible melodies. 

 

Doctor Ocular w/ Box Era
Aug 23 @ 10:30 pm
Doctor Ocular

Doctor Ocular

Blending synth and guitar with drum and bass, Johnson City, Tennessee’s Doctor Ocular sets original melodies and arrangements with vibes from jamtronica, acid jazz, synth-pop, and roots-rock. 

Since their inception, Doctor Ocular has trekked throughout the Southeast and Midwest, spreading the word of their very own brand of psychedelic rock.

 
Box Era

Box Era

Risen from the ashes of keg-fueled house parties and sweaty bars of College Park, MD, Box Era has planted itself as a staple in the up-and-coming DMV music scene. Creating a jam-inspired electro-pop and funk blend, Box Era’s music arms you with every tool necessary to go talk to that special someone you’ve been eyeing up. You’ll find yourself dancing the night away, shaking hands with CEOs, and experiencing the juiciest sweet-and-sour jamwich of your life.

With a debut EP behind them, Box Era is gearing up for an explosive rise to power. The band has supported national headliners and headlined renowned venues up and down the east coast. The party is only going to grow. There’s a saxophone, a talkbox, and two pairs of glasses. There’s magic, youth, and the most unique sound you’ve heard since The Bangles. Box Era is the story of five boys wandering the halls of Xanadu, forever in search of sweet cream.

Aug
24
Sat
Maddie Shuler w/ Slow Packer
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Maddie Shuler

Maddie Shuler

Maddie Shuler is a guitarist and vocalist based in Asheville, NC. Drawing influence from the tasteful musicality of guitarist Mark Leittieri to the intricate songwriting of indie-soul artist Lianne La Havas, Maddie offers a vein of singer-songwriter that doesn’t compromise the depth of a full band arrangement. Having a background in folk music, and an ever-growing passion for soul music, Shuler’s style has evolved into a unique fusion of the two. An active member of Asheville bands KISMET, Slow Packer, Pink Mercury, For Def, and more, Shuler seeks to create visibility for fellow LGBT & non-binary musicians in the industry.
 
Slow Packer

Slow Packer

Slow Packer is a musical project formed by songwriter and producer, Jack Victor. The project also includes collaborations with several other singers and instrumentalists. After the break-up of his band Midnight Snack in 2017, Victor continued to write songs and make recordings. In 2019 he adopted the moniker Slow Packer to release this new music. The sound has a wide range, blending art rock, folk, and dance music, but is tied together by Victor’s distinct singing style and reoccurring themes in the lyrics.
&MORE (Chill Moody & Donn T)
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
&MORE (Chill Moody & Donn T)
When it comes to the dynamic between rapper Chill Moody and singer Donn T, the two couldn’t be more aligned. The Philadelphia-based musicians, who met at an industry party in late 2016, knew of each other’s music prior to their first encounter, but soon decided to share ideas with one another in the studio and independently came to the same conclusion: to form a group and create along the same wavelength.

“There are a lot of instances of finishing each other’s sentences or those unspoken things,” explains Chill. “Right now, music is the vessel we’re using to advance the message of inspiration, motivation, healing and upliftment,” adds Donn T. “But, at the core, that’s who we both are. So, it’s not surprising for us to have some kind of community service initiative or social justice effort connected to our shows or the music, something or other that we’re a part of, that helps make our surroundings, the world or maybe just one person’s life, better. That’s key.”

Debuting as &More (Chill Moody & Donn T) at the annual Roots Jam Session last January in the lead-up to Grammy week, the pair settled on a band name in reference to festival lineups that state “and more” at the bottom of fliers. (“I could be ‘and more’ one day, just joking along with that,” says Chill.) But &More’s missive is grounded in the times, surveying the world at large and exploring a variety of topics along a political and societal spectrum. It’s a perspective that drives their debut album Ethel Bobcat, inspired by the maternal figure in black communities who kept the neighborhood under her purview and offered sagacity where needed.

“What she represented is what we felt we were missing in music and our communities now,” says Chill. “When that figure is no longer, we gotta understand the correlation in the fact that there are no more old heads in the neighborhood looking out for that.” “We now all have to be Ethel Bobcat,” adds Donn. “But the music,” continues Chill, “is Ethel Bobcat. So the album is what Ms. Ethel would be saying to you.”

Ethel Bobcat, released via D-Tone Victorious/nicethingsMUSIC and distributed through The Orchard, is a testament to &More’s intent. The set, touting production from Jake Morelli (Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars) and Ben “iAMBNJMiiN” Thomas (Jazmine Sullivan, Ty Dolla $ign), as well as guest appearances from Chuck D and Bilal, coasts on Donn T’s velvet-lined vocals and Chill’s multifaceted rhymes against a hip-hop-meets-soul backdrop. Lead single “My Own Light,” which premiered on Okayplayer in early 2018, embraces self-love in the wake of heartbreak and the realization that moving on can lend itself to epiphany. Standouts include the soul-speckled “This Is War” featuring Bilal, a rebuff to those close to you who you learn don’t have the best of intentions, while the molasses-coated “4ever 1st Lady” pays homage to Michelle Obama—“the ultimate Ethel Bobcat,” says Donn T, who joined Chill as &More to open for her at College Signing Day in Philadelphia last May.

Prior to joining together as &More, Chill and Donn respectively built notable careers as solo artists. Chill, who has released several albums including last year’s West Chilly II and his 2013 debut RFM (Running From Myself), was voted “Best Rapper” in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual Best of Philly issue, named Philadelphia’s Music Ambassador and is a member of The Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force, created by Philadelphia Councilman David Oh and Mayor Jim Kenney. Meanwhile, Donn released her album Flight of the Donn T in 2015, earning her a nod for CBS Grammy Artist of Tomorrow the following year. Her music has been featured in Ava Duvernay’s BET film I Will Follow, as well as Lifetime’s With This Ring starring Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall.

With 2019 performances including dates in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and a slot on Oregon’s Pickathon Festival, &More is focused on spreading its message of social purveyance with Ethel Bobcat, in hopes that it makes listeners more aware of the world around them. “I want the project to speak to the ones who may be stuck just doing the same day to day, getting by, trying to get the coin, understanding your purpose is bigger than you may even know,” says Chill. “When you’re on a platform, you’ve got to use it for something worthwhile or take a step off of it and make room for some people.”

“I hope that it motivates people to get active, where they are, makes them question,” says Donn T. “We’re all questioning, but I want Ethel Bobcat to inspire folks to get up and do something somewhere, to take a step and make a difference out there. The fight we’re in, will take all of us, it has no sidelines.”

As much as we should be true to ourselves, &More suggests we also need one another for support, inspiration and power — and we need a unifying force, an Ethel Bobcat, to bring everybody together. -NPR

Donn T’s soothing, angelic vocals and Chill Moody’s gripping, poetic rhymes create a balance that resembles the relationship between yin and yang. -WXPN

SOUTHSIDE WATT
Aug 24 @ 9:00 pm

Roots, Rock, Blues, Rap, and Country influences merged together to form a toe tapping and head bobbing show you have to see!  When brothers and friends starting combining their decades of musical performance and passion with Charlotte’s booming social scene, they discovered a recipe for music mash-ups that fans had never heard before.  They took traditional bluegrass instruments, added beat dropping drums, a screaming hot ’52 telecaster, and hypnotizing lyrics and harmonies, and found their fans dancing, drinking, and grooving along like no other band in Charlotte! 

 
Their life-long beloved friend, Sabrina Watt, booked the band for their first paying gig at a Cystic Fibrosis charity event.  Without an official name, she dubbed them ‘The Accidentals’.  As years went by, ‘The Accidentals’ formed a monthly happy hour every second Saturday at Sugar Creek Brewing Company on Southside Drive. Every second Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 loyal fans came out to get transported from the mundane to the madness!
 
As ‘The Accidentals’ got tighter and the grooves got deeper, the boys headed to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record some original tunes.  There the history, the magic, and the famous water from the Tennessee River created a sound they are proud to call their own.  During the production process, it was discovered that another ‘The Accidentals’ band existed and the boys were forced to change their name.  They looked to the 2 things that brought them to that point (Sabrina Watt and Southside Drive) and Southside Watt was born.
 
So come out and see ‘The Greatest Band that Never Practices’, and be a part of what will truly be a unique, one of a kind show, that is not found anywhere else! 

www.southsidewatt.com

STRIKING MATCHES
Aug 24 @ 9:00 pm
We met in guitar class” is not a thing many people can say…but Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis performed together for the first time on the very same day they met…in guitar class.

Fast forward, following the international success of Striking Matches’ album “Nothing But The Silence”, produced by T-Bone Burnett, and 9 songs on TV’s “Nashville”, Davis and Zimmermann continualy prove to be the band that cannot be defined by old school music row boundaries. 

For their upcoming 2019 release, they have settled in a style all their own that they’ve coined as “blues-pop” – an amalgamation of their blues and roots based guitar riffs, combined with pop melodies.

Striking Matches are gearing up for an international tour with dates in the US and UK and are releasing new music this Spring.

Red Dress Amy w/ Kaska Sun, Pelican Johnny
Aug 24 @ 10:30 pm
Red Dress Amy

Red Dress Amy

Red Dress Amy is an alternative rock band from Charlotte, NC. With trippy tremolos, silky synths, and head bobbing rhythms, they fuse energetic dance rock with psychedelic grooves to create their unique sound and listening experience. The band released their self-titled debut EP in December 2018 on Spotify and other streaming platforms.
 
Kaska Sun

Kaska Sun

Kaska Sun is a 4-piece alternative rock band formed in 2018 when Dan, Cory, and Bobby met up for a rehearsal in Charlotte, NC. Seeing opportunity to play great original music, they found their drummer, Matt, and began writing. They recorded at Catalyst Studios in Charlotte, NC with Rob Tavaglione. Kaska Sun released their first EP in 2019 and are planning to record a full album in the near future. Stay tuned!
 
Pelican Johnny

Pelican Johnny

Pelican Johnny’s debut full-length album, Relentless Heart, is a thorough synopsis of his diverse influences and musical interests. From dark, sappy folk songs and taking-a-stand honky-tonking numbers to fuzzed-out guitars-a-roarin’ tracks from the straight-ahead rock’n’roll side of punk, the songs have a common link in their vocal grit and memorable hooks. Most of the album was recorded and engineered by Johnny in his humble East Austin home studio (where he also mixed and mastered it). Other than the violin, accordion and sax parts, he performed every instrument on this release making this an all encompassing DIY effort. “It was important to me to keep this a raw and honest record – and not to get carried away with fixing things, which is easy to do in this era of recording. Although it was a lesson in learning to let go, I think the true spirit of these songs was accurately captured here.” –
Aug
25
Sun
Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Aug 25 @ 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

Aug
26
Mon
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.

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.

 

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.

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
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.

Aug
29
Thu
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.

 

Aug
30
Fri
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.
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. 

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’

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.
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
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

Sep
2
Mon
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.

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.

 

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.
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. 

 

Sep
4
Wed
Tosco Music Open Mic
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Mic format for the Tosco Music Open Mic is we gather for a sing-a-long session from 7:30 to 8 pm or so, then we start going down the list of performers. Everyone gets one song, so be in tune and ready to play when your name is called. It is first come, first play on the sign up sheet, however we give priority to school aged performers. 

Tosco Music’s mission is to…
present a wide variety of music through performances and outreach programs;
foster a sense of community among listeners and performers through inclusive participation; and
connect professional and amateur musicians to share and inspire one another.

Sep
5
Thu
RYLY with Tyler Jarvis
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm
RYLY

RYLY is an Indie – Pop artist from Nashville, TN. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, RYLY grew up playing music in his local church and acting in community theater. “I tried all the sports and failed miserably, so I guess music was the only thing left to try.”, RYLY says. In 2016 he released his first self-titled EP that reached #25 on the Singer-Songwriter iTunes charts. In March of 2017, RYLY teamed up with his distant friend Nick Hooper and released RYLY’s first album “The Infinite”, which topped the Singer-Songwriter iTunes charts at #18 in just the fist 24 hours. RYLY has received recognition from blogs and magazines all over the nation. Nick and RYLY are now working on their 2nd project together title “Young + Naive”, scheduled to release July 26th!
 
Tyler Jarvis

Tyler Jarvis

Based out of Atlanta, by way of Cincinnati, Tyler is a singer-songwriter who brings a fresh and purposeful approach to pop music. Through unique and interesting compositions combined with honest and crafted lyrics, Tyler’s music is an emotional and captivating experience for any listener.
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Sep 5 @ 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.

 

Sep
6
Fri
Emily Scott Robinson with Abigail Dowd
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Emily Scott Robinson

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch in 2019,” Robinson received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album. 

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War Two veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

Abigail Dowd

Abigail Dowd

Abigail Dowd is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a gift for telling stories. She grew
up under the longleaf pines in the Sandhills region of North Carolina; land that
could only be tamed by Scotch-Irish settlers. Dowd brings this heritage of
storytelling and determination to her music and weaves together hints of Celtic
melodies with the soulful gospel of the south. There are also strands of something
haunting and mysterious, as unique as the journey she took to get to where she is
now.

Dowd comes from a long line of musicians and always knew music was her destination, and it shows. Every song is like an ethnography of the places she’s
been and the people she’s met along the way. Dowd’s playing has been described
by PopMatters as ‘Robust acoustic guitar and subtle tones of instrumentation that
offer themselves well to the songs’ feelings of reflection, carried forward most
ebulliently by [her] warm, sonorous vocals.’ She combines her classical 
fingerpicking style with the edgy bass and percussion of Jason Duff to create a
sound that dances between folk, rock and blues.

Side Hustle and Darren and the Buttered Toast
Sep 6 @ 10:30 pm
Side Hustle
Side Hustle released their debut EP:Common Ground (available on all platforms) and appeared for the second year in a row at the Orange Blossom Jamboree. Side Hustle is constantly touring throughout the Southeast in 2019.

Side Hustle is a deep-groove, rock, soul and funk group formed and based in Jacksonville, FL. The four-piece band brings together various backgrounds from funk, electronic, blues and rock to capture, elevate, and move audiences. 
Recently featured by Music Fest News: ‘The playing of this quartet is just so clean, so clear, truly making for optimal listening. You can hear every note of Laplume’s guitar, feel every not of Thomas’ fat, fat bass. Begley’s keyboards, primarily organ, are front and center on every song, and Plotz is clearly directing traffic from behind his drum kit. ‘

Originally from the cultural landscape of South Florida, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Anton Laplume relocated to Jacksonville, FL. Laplume emerged from the blues scene as the lead guitar player and band director for international blues band, The Rockin’ Jake Band. Laplume toured with the band throughout 2014 and 2015, across the U.S. and Canada. Known for his strong guitar skills, he enjoyed being a go-to for many local artists before creating, Side Hustle.

Sean Thomas (vocals/bass) is a key component in the new sound emerging from the band. Thomas was a key member in one of Jacksonville’s premier funk/jam bands Herd of Watts, routinely playing festivals around Florida, as well as up and down the east coast.

Billy Begley (keys/synth) is a newly added member who brings bold and creative ideas to the band’s catalog. He brings a traditional touch with his classical piano upbringing and provides a modern electronic improvisational flair with his jamtronica and subtractive synthesis background. As a founding member of Lucky Costello, a Jacksonville band touring across the Southeast for the last five years, Begley is reaching out into new territory by collaborating with talented artists to create as much new music as possible.

Aaron Plotz (drums) anchors the band with his high-energy performance and talents grounded in a classical percussion training. Plots has collaborated with heavy weights such as Tony Steve, Richard Kirkland, Charlotte Mabrey and Danny Gottleib. Aaron has found much success in the Jacksonville arena as the go-to drummer, sharing the stage with numerous national acts and occupying festival slots with some of the best Jacksonville has to offer.

The band’s composition is an entertaining fusion of singer/songwriter arrangements with improvisational elements of jazz, transitional grooves of funk, melodic awareness of pop, and the raw emotion of blues rock

 
Darren and the Buttered Toast
When Darren and The Buttered Toast burst on the scene Oct. 24, 2013, the mountains of North Carolina had no idea what hit them. Embodying the soul of R&B, Jazz, Rock, Gospel, and other musical traditions, The Toast has created a truly unique and original sound. Forging a new direction, with a focus on a positive vibe to lift the spirit and move the feet, The Toast quickly found an audience, and a home in the hearts of their fans.

Darren Curtis guides the Toast writing all original songs and providing smooth, lead vocals and guitar. Keeping seep in the pocket on drums and vocals is Isaac Capers, one of the founding members. Playing melodies and pushing the threshold of his horn is saxophonist and vocalist Delante’ Randolph. Holding the groove on the 5-string bass is Anthony Dyal. These four multi-talented musicians fuse together to create the authentic soundscape that is Darren and The Buttered Toast.

 
Sep
8
Sun
Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Sep 8 @ 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

Sep
9
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Sep 9 @ 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.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Sep 9 @ 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.

 

Sep
10
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Sep 10 @ 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. 

 

SUPER DOPPLER
Sep 10 @ 9:00 pm
Retro Psych-Country Rock n Roll band from Norfolk, VA
The five members of Super Doppler have been playing music together in some shape or form for almost a decade now and show few signs of slowing down. Super Doppler plays music largely inspired by an appreciation of the great records of the 1960’s and 70’s, while still drawing from an eclectic mix of contemporary influences. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Super Doppler has been touring the country extensively since the release of their debut album ‘Moonlight Anthems’ in 2017, produced by Matthew E. White of Spacebomb Records. In late 2017, the band recorded the six tracks of what would become ‘The Super Secret Singles Club’, releasing each single monthly throughout the first half of 2018. In 2019, Super Doppler again emerged from the studio, releasing “You Bring Me Down” , the debut single from their forthcoming full-length album due out in June 2019.
Sep
11
Wed
BECCA MANCARI with Frances Cone
Sep 11 @ 9:00 pm

Becca Mancari

Becca Mancari is a traveler. She’s lived everywhere — Staten Island, Florida, Zimbabwe, Virginia, India, Pennsylvania — and she’s collected plenty of tales along the way, spinning the sounds and stories of the modern world into songs that mix the organic stomp of American roots music with the approach and attitude of raw rock & roll. 

This is personal music, performed by a storyteller who’s lived and loved. Born in Staten Island to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Becca spent her childhood moving around the East Coast. It’s no surprise, then, that she found herself drawn to a group of train hoppers in central Virginia, where she relocated as a teenager to attend college. Surrounded by fellow travelers, Becca began to make music — not the kind of music she made during her earlier years, when she sang in her father’s church — but music for front porches, for bonfires, for slow dances and road trips, and train rides and new romances. The sound was inspired by everything from Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited to Neil Young’sHarvest Moon, not to mention the Appalachian folk music that her Virginia friends played. It was bold and broad, and it sounded like Becca Mancari. 

After college, Becca continued her travels, eventually winding up in the musical hotbed of Nashville, Tennessee. There, she continues writing songs that blur the lines between genres, sharing shows with artists like Hurray For The Riff Raff and Natalie Prass along the way. She jumps from the acoustic desert-rock of ‘Golden’ to the ramshackle root sounds of ‘Summertime Mama,’ showing off the full range of her music. Produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Diamond Rugs, Lilly Hiatt) and recorded with members of her touring band, the music is a snapshot from a musician who’s still on the move, constantly writing songs about the people she’s met and the impression they leave.The recordings aren’t perfect, and Becca likes that. Because life isn’t perfect. 

‘Things that are perfect tend to sound flatlined,’ she explains. ‘There’s no ‘human’ there. I like to hear the person when I listen to songs. And I hope people can hear me.”

 

Frances Cone

Frances Cone is a Nashville based soulful indie band. For someone with deep familial roots in opera and classical music, founder Christina Cone seems preternaturally capable of writing songs focused on capturing the insane, unthinking fireworks of the human heart. Anxiety. Heartbreak. Transcendent love. The secrets of a diary so sacred and precious it only exists internally, every word an eyes-shut-tight whisper. To create music like that, such as on their forthcoming album ‘Late Riser’, takes actual, emotional bravery. It takes a level of empathy and love that stays locked and unavailable in most people. Luckily, Christina and her multi-instrumentalist musical and life partner Andrew Doherty found each other in Brooklyn NY a few years ago and all the locks failed. They started creating what would become ‘Late Riser’. Between them there was just enough courage to jump.

They landed in Nashville, TN and immediately found a home in the city’s thriving alternative scene. There were challenges and successes and but all along the songs kept coming. Music lovers at Noisey, Billboard, and Stereogum began to take notice. NPR invited the band to perform at their Tiny Desk concert series and they garnered more than 12 million streams on Spotify. The record is a testament to what modern pop music is capable of when imbued with honesty and emotion so palpable you can taste it in your mouth. It is pure feeling: watching a fireworks display through happy tears.

– Michael Flynn

New record Late Riser out now. https://ffm.to/laterriser
Sep
12
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Sep 12 @ 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.

 

Sep
13
Fri
TIME SAWYER – Album Release w/The Vegabonds
Sep 13 @ 8:00 pm
TIME SAWYER

TIME SAWYER

Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

Time Sawyer is interested in “real people and real songs” and that’s just what the listener finds in their music – a sense of realness. Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

The folk rock band’s name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that the band shares. Time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.

Time Sawyer has performed on the stages of some of the Southeast’s most iconic festivals, including Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Rhythm n’ Blooms, Carolina in the Fall and IBMA’s Bluegrass First Class. They’ve shared bills with Langhorne Slim, Eric Krasno, John Moreland, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wood Brothers, Susto, and many more.

The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops. Time Sawyer continues to develop a loyal and growing fan base. Whether they’re playing in an intimate listening room or a large outdoor festival, their goal is to forge a face-to-face connection with the audience so that they become friends who happen to be fans.

The Vegabonds

 

The Vegabonds

The Alabama-born, Tennessee-bred alt-southern rock band – The Vegabonds – kick off 2019 with the release of their fifth album (and first for Blue Élan Records) entitled “V.” The band will support “V” with a full year of non-stop touring throughout North America and Europe.

Produced by Tom Tapley (Blackberry Smoke, Sugarland, Mastodon), “V” audibly illustrates the band’s unconventional yet contagious brand of Southern rock and highlights the best of The Vegabonds’ unique musicianship, vocals, lyrics and sound.

‘V’ crosses boundaries of multiple music genres. These vibrant songs travel from sad to soulful; gritty to glorious. It’s a timeless American album in the sense it deals with eerie matters working people endure and captures their salvation in a song. Songs like “Partyin’ with Strangers”, the new single “I Ain’t Having It” and “When The Smoke Clears Up” proves the group’s ability to move people with a story, beat and melody. 

Vocalist Daniel Allen recently revealed, “I hope fans hear stories in the album. We are in a very unique time in history, and this album touches on the struggle of every day folks doing their best to navigate love, work, beliefs and the ever-changing politics that flood our lives daily.”
The Vegabonds got their start in Alabama in 2009 by playing the college circuit across the Southeastern United States. Their popularity quickly burgeoned to the point where they found their fans singing along word-for-word to their first hits like “Georgia Fire” and “Shaky Hands.” Through pure word of mouth, the group’s fan base rapidly grew, and the guys learned they had something distinctive with their eclectic mix of Southern Rock, Country, and earnest songwriting. Their DIY ethic delivered three full-length albums and an EP before partnering with Blue Élan Records for their current release.

With a sound reminiscent of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers mixed with the grit and twang of the Allman Brothers Band, The Vegabonds deliver a sensational performance, with powerhouse guitar riffs and impactful songwriting, night after night. Their hard work and unbridled talents have not gone unnoticed; the group has opened for such notable acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the late Gregg Allman and delivered rousing performances at festivals like Peach Festival, Sweetwater 420, Magnolia Fest, Sunfest and Taste of Randolph. 

In addition to countless dates throughout the Southeast, the band has toured Europe three times, played multiple dates in Canada and have visited every corner of the US.

A group of five musicians with myriad influences between them, The Vegabonds are fronted by lead vocalist and songwriter Daniel Allen, with Richard Forehand (lead guitar/vocals), Paul Bruens (bass), Beau Cooper (keys/vocals), and Bryan Harris (drums) rounding out the quintet.
-James Calemine

 
$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door / 18+ Valid 
Sep
15
Sun
Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Sep 15 @ 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

Sep
16
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Sep 16 @ 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.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Sep 16 @ 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.

 

Sep
17
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Sep 17 @ 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. 

 

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