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Nov
21
Thu
Carolina Waves Showcase & Open Mic
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm
Showcase & Open Mic hosted by K97.5’s Mir.I.am. Sounds DJ RNB. Headliners – Imani Pressley, 3AMSOUND, Jooselord

Carolina Waves Showcase & Open Mic Hosted by K97.5’s Mir.I.am

The 2-time Indy Week Award winning Best Open Mic, Carolina Waves returns to Charlotte, this time at Evening Muse, for another epic showcase & open mic!

Come perform, network, build your buzz, participate in the live cypher and possibly get booked!

Carolina Waves has booked artists for the Hopscotch Festival, A3C Festival, Art of Cool, Local Band Local Beer, Women’s Empowerment, the K97.5 College Tour, various showcases and concerts, and helped local artists land bookings opening up for National Recording Artists.

Singers/ rappers/ dancers/ poets welcome. All genres welcome.

Hosted by K97.5’s Mir.I.am. Sounds DJ RNB. Headliners – Imani Pressley, 3AMSOUND, Jooselord

Doors 7:30pm/ Show 8

Early arrival highly suggested. Slots fill up fast!

$5 before 8:30/ $10 After. Free to perform.

1 song allowed. Must sign up at door.

FLASH DRIVES ONLY!

We are lways scouting for upcoming Carolina Waves Shows and other opportunities.

Bring your A game and your squad.

Emal info@carolinawaves.com with questions!

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Nov 21 @ 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.

 

Nov
22
Fri
Sam Burchfield and Will Blackburn (of Stop Light Observations)
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm

Sam Burchfield

Raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains of South Carolina, Sam Burchfield was brought up on Appalachian music: folk, gospel, country and southern soul. The young songwriter draws on these roots with a deep lyrical honesty and carries the tradition of folk music forward.

Burchfield’s upcoming EP, ‘Graveyard Flower’, seeks to reconnect to the Appalachian roots that raised him. In a world of cell phones and internet distractions, this body of work beckons the listener to plant their feet firmly in the soil. Reconnect to the land, reconnect to each other; ‘Graveyard Flower’ is honest music.

Will Blackburn

With a voice that recalls a timeless blend of Ray Charles, Van Morrison, and Jeff Buckley, William Blackburn joins such artists as Frank Ocean in crafting modern soul songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. The singer songwriter was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina.

Captivated by vocalists such as Ray Charles, William went on to become the front man and lead singer of national touring act Stop Light Observations. Growing up on black gospel and soul, he has taken his profoundly expressive voice and moved fans with stand out performances at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Firefly.

William is setting out to record and release his first ever solo project this Winter.

Sylvia Rose Novak (Band)
Nov 22 @ 10:30 pm
“OBSESSION-WORTHY” – POPDUST

“NOVAK IS AN EMERGING TALENT, DELIVERING HONEST, EMOTIONALLY RIDDEN SONGS THAT HAVE LASTING POWER.” – GLIDE MAGAZINE

Sylvia Rose Novak has been called “a musician in a class all her own”.

Music has always been a facet of her life, so much so that her parents remember that she started to sing before she could talk.

Raised on a steady diet of folk staples including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Joan Baez, rock and roll music such as The Who, The Beatles, REM, and The Eagles and classic country like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Eddy Arnold, Novak grew up surrounded by music. As a teenager, Novak fell in love with grunge and pop-punk. You can hear subtle hints of bands like Jimmy Eat World and Pearl Jam in her current music.

Novak excelled at any instrument put in front of her, but has always considered herself a bassist above all. She started playing at the age of 12, taking jazz and rock lessons at the local guitar shop, and continued to play in various classes and programs through high school as well as in her friends’ bands. Throughout her adult life, she’s been a go-to-bassist in the Birmingham, AL music scene and fronts her band as her own bass player.

SYLVIA ROSE NOVAK IS WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU TAKE WARREN ZEVON OUT OF LOS ANGELES, PUT HIM IN THE DEEP SOUTH, AND GIVE HIM A VIOLIN. – A. ROBERSON

“Three parts Amanda Shires and one part Brandi Carlile; there are times on Sylvia Rose Novak’s third album, Someone Else’s War, that complement that vocal sound with the driving rock of The War on Drugs, but other gentler moments that feel more like a coffeehouse. All of those times, the record is a soundtrack; windows-down driving music into a western sunset.” – Blake Ells, Author Of ‘The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAME’

“NOVAK’S VOICE BRINGS A SOUND OF HOPE AND OPTIMISM TO AN ALBUM THAT IS VERY GRITTY AND REAL IN ITS SUBJECT MATTER.” – MORGAN BRYCE, THE OPELIKA OBSERVER [ON SOMEONE ELSE’S WAR]

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Nov
23
Sat
Nita B and Her Soiree
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In 2001, Nita B bought a bass, and took it home to her kitchen where she’d cook soup and learn to play and sing. Nita B has experimented with a number of musical styles, but has fallen in love with Blues, Jazz and Upbeat Jumpin’ sounds. She has been honored by Charlotte, NC’s local music scene, including a 2015 reader’s pick award for “Best Female Singer” and 2014 & 2015 “Best Band (covers)” by Creative Loafing-Charlotte. She’s played numerous music festivals where she shared billings with world renowned performers, and she opened for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra to a crowd of 25,000. You may catch her performing more low-key, sultry music at upscale venues as Nita B Duo and Nita B Trio, or experience the full band, Nita B & Her Soirée, with music that runs the gamut from suave, elegant & chic Jazz to fiery, gritty, down in the soul Blues.
(formerly of The Head and the Heart) Josiah Johnson with Dane Page
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Welcome back Josiah Johnson, founding member of The Head and the Heart’s solo project

Josiah is best known for being a founding member of The Head and the Heart. He took a break from that work a few years ago to learn how to live more wholly integrated and to work with and through problems with addictions. His expanding solo creations are transcendent, healing folk songs. Deep and soulful ballads that paint the imagination with rich and emotional landscapes of love, loss, growth and transformation. Josiah’s solo performances highlight an emotive, lyrics-and-voice-first kind of song craft, inimitable in its sincerity and beauty, combined with the powerful joy of singing together.

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Dane Page

Dane Page is a singer-songwriter living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Influenced by the traditions of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, his music reflects the complexities of modern life while keeping true to the simple tenets of songwriting. Dane’s lyrics weave listeners through Greek mythology, 20th Century literature, and American history while telling stories of love, loss, happiness, and pain. His music pulls from contemporary folk artists like Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov, but also ventures into sounds reminiscent of The War on Drugs and Tame Impala.

Dane Page continues to tour through the southeast and mid-Atlantic in support of his independently produced EP City to City. A collection of bawdy, rambler tunes perfect for taprooms, bars, and breweries. Selma (Summer 2018) will be his first full-length record. Selma is a more mature album that pushes the boundaries of folk and gives Dane the space to fully develop his sound.

Dane is a storyteller perfect for intimate rooms where audiences can delve into the imagery and lyricism of his songs. The full band—Eric Fellner on bass, Kevin Orlando on guitar, and Josh Kelley on drums—is a dynamic act taking Dane’s solo storytelling ability and adding an infectious blend of folk, rock, and blues capable of filling music halls and festival stages. In either setting, listeners are welcomed into the music and leave feeling like old friends after a bonfire.

Brendan James with Pete Muller
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

BRENDAN JAMES

The rising star continues to rise.

For those who have followed Brendan James from his 2008 major label debut to his current ranking among today’s top troubadours, the journey has been a pretty remarkable one.

Born in New Hampshire, schooled in Chapel Hill, signed by Capitol Records by the age of 25, and road-tested with a thousand shows to date, James has certainly lived the life of a troubadour. His songs have landed spots on over 15 major television shows and feature films and he’s achieved the #1 Singer Songwriter spot on iTunes, multiple times. He has formed relationships with music legends Carly Simon and Cat Stevens, enjoyed on-stage experiences with the likes of John Legend, John Mayer, and Paula Cole, and recently been asked to give a TedTalk on gun violence, love songs, and simpler societies.

Now, after two years of touring in support of his 2012 release, Simplify, James embarks on an altogether new sound. His new EP, The Howl, set for release in the summer of 2015, is bigger, badder, and dancier than anything he’s attempted to date. In his words, The Howl is “…a reflection of my years on the road, my dreams broken and reformed, and my growing addiction to the upbeat and the feel good.” He chose the name after reading a review of his last album, in which he was described as an artist holding back a howl. So howling he will do: bigger songs, bigger shows, and bigger goals.

Keep an eye out for a full summer touring schedule, and for multiple musical releases in the next 16 months.

Don’t miss a beat, folks. You’ll thank me later.

PETE MULLER

Whether making music, running a groundbreaking investment firm, or designing world-class crossword puzzles, Pete Muller is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. With his fourth album, Dissolve, this fascinating polymath takes his strongest step yet, blending his jazz training with his love of classic songwriting for a set of honest, moving compositions.

Produced by Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated Rob Mathes (Sting, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon), Dissolve captures the emotional insights and singular perspective forged by Muller’s journey, which has taken him from the peaks of the financial industry to performance stages around the world.

Born in Wayne, New Jersey, he was inspired by the example of his mother, who served as the only doctor in a small town in Brazil (“She had a huge influence on my work ethic and my desire to help people,” he says). He grew up playing jazz piano and studying math, and after graduating from Princeton, moved to Northern California to play music for a rhythmic gymnastics team.

Shortly thereafter, Muller began work at BARRA, a pioneering research firm that catered to quantitative financial firms. In 1992, he joined Morgan Stanley in New York as a proprietary trader, to see if he could use math and computers for his own trading. He called his group Process Driven Trading, or PDT; as Forbes magazine explained, they used “complex math and computer-automated algorithmic models to buy and sell stocks, futures and currencies based on statistical correlations and aberrations that can be found in the market.”

But eventually, Muller was drawn back to his music. He knew that great songwriting required a deeper commitment, so he stepped away from his finance work and assembled a group of songwriters who met every week for years to workshop material. “Having a group that was mutually supportive but appropriately critical was a great inspiration,” he says. He recorded two albums—Just One Lifetime (2002) and More Than This (2004)—and even played his keyboard in New York City subway stations.

Jarv & Shreve: You Don’t Look Like Rappers, The Tour
Nov 23 @ 10:30 pm
MCs Jarv & C.Shreve the Professor have joined forces for another installment of their ‘You Don’t Look Like Rappers’ Tour.

Jarv is one of millennial hip hop’s fastest rising talents. This Windsor, Vermont native’s one of a kind delivery and content has rapidly made hip one of the most sought after performers through the northeast. His ability to seamlessly combine emceeing along with live production has added even more to his internet notoriety and continues to win him new listeners from far and wide.

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C.Shreve the Professor is a North Carolina based MC and founder of the hip-hop collective Free the Optimus (FTO). The Professor moniker stems from the fact that he is a senior lecturer at Appalachian State University, and it’s also part of his rap ethos: to profess and to teach. C.Shreve defines Free the Optimus as “a call to action—to set free our optimal ability & our optimistic perspective, and to transform the world around us.”

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Jarv & Shreve have shared stages with Slick Rick, Big Boi, Lupe Fiasco, RA the Rugged Man, Talib Kweli, Raekwon, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, and many more.

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Nov
24
Sun
Amy Speace with Lyn Koonce
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm
Amy Speace returns with a new album!

Amy Speace is on a roll. Each new release has brought an expansion of her voice and her art, and she has reached the level of absolute mastery. Her new record Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne is brilliant. The song Ginger Ale and Lorna Doones is a masterpiece, a hard hitting gut punch on every level- voice, melody, words, performance, instrumentation. I nominate it for song of the year, and predict that this song will bring legions of new fans to Amy’s work.

Folk music doesn’t get any better than this.”

– Mary Gauthier

A modern folksinger whose music nods to the genre’s 1970s glory days, Amy Speace has spent two decades chronicling the high marks, heartbreaks, and hard roads of a life logged on the road. She’s been a tireless traveler, chasing the dream from the coffeehouses of New York City to larger stages across the globe. Along the way, she’s built an international audience without the help of a major label, relying instead upon a touring schedule whose milestones include the Glastonbury Festival, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and a yearly average of 150 shows.

 

Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne finds Speace focusing on the other side of that so-called dream. The real side, filled with an ever-shifting balance of struggle and joy. Produced by longtime collaborator Neilson Hubbard and recorded during the final weeks of Speace’s pregnancy with her first son, Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne captures Amy Speace at her most nakedly honest, with sparsely-decorated songs that double down on her larger-than-life voice and detail-rich songwriting. It’s an album about the colliding of dreams and reality, full of characters making sense of their lives when something is lost and then found. Really, it’s an album about the trials and triumphs of an artist’s journey — a journey that’s no longer focused upon the destination, but upon the actual trip itself.

 

Discovered and mentored by folk-pop icon Judy Collins during the early 2000s, Speace left her career as a classically-trained Shakespearean actress and, instead, kicked off a string of acclaimed albums, including Songs for Bright Street, The Killer in Me, and How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat. Championed by The New York Times, NPR and other taste-making outlets for her solo work, she received further acclaim as a member of Applewood Road, a harmony-heavy trio whose self-titled album became a critical success in the UK, earning a five-star review from The London Sunday Times.

 

Years before Americana music received its own category at the Grammy Awards, Speace was one of the genre’s earliest champions, mixing the best parts of American roots music — gospel, alt-country, folk, classic pop — into her own songs. Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne follows in that diverse tradition, but it also shines its light on a new Amy Speace: a clear-eyed, reenergized songwriter who’s done with chasing things that don’t matter…but isn’t anywhere close to being done with her art.

Lyn Koonce

Singer/songwriter Lyn Koonce, engages audiences with her warmth and authenticity often turning heads from the first song. From ballads to blues, Lyn’s music is skillful, unique, yet universal. It creates traction and stays with you long after the performance.

Her themes reach in and stir your soul just enough that while singing and revealing her own story, you realize she just might be telling yours. From the desire to experience the depths of sorrow, joy, and love in “10 Feet Tall” to the simple love song, “These Days,” Lyn invites you to feel your way through her music.

You’ll keep coming back because you love the journey. Her songs and stories create a centering against the backdrop of community where her heart lies and where she builds strong connection with her audience. Lyn is relatable, approachable, fun, and true. Her songs follow suit.

Lyn is currently working on her 4th studio album to be released in early 2020.

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Nov
25
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Nov 25 @ 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
Nov 25 @ 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.

 

Nov
26
Tue
Sawyer Fredericks
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm
“It’s a mystery how such a young man can pull off such somber, honest, tones.’

19 year-old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever-growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the US.

As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe, and The Bitter End, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC’s The Voice.

Fresh from that whirlwind, Sawyer went forward with the release of his major label debut, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, an impressive blend of soulful Folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or co-written by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US.

In 2018, Sawyer once again went independent, reclaiming full artistic control, creating an album entirely written by Sawyer, self-produced and self-released. The highly-anticipated Hide Your Ghost sheds the high gloss major label treatment, and stays true to Frederick’s honest and elegantly stripped down style, a self-described “free range folk”, incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout.

Sawyer has released two videos from Hide Your Ghost with a third to be released in early 2019. For the title track, he paired with paper cut animation artist, Andrew Benincasa, who’s powerful interpretation takes the music video format to the level of high art, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3J506oJPV0. For the second single, ‘Gasoline’, the performance video was filmed in the historic Glove Theatre on the same street where Sawyer played his first open mic, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIZ5pUOHCn4.

2019 finds Sawyer and his band touring the US and Canada, showcasing at the Folk Alliance Festival in Montreal in February and SxSW in Austin, TX in March.

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Recent praise for Sawyer Fredericks and Hide Your Ghost:

‘Sawyer Fredericks bravely conjures his short stories with convincing words, sensitivity in his melodies, and he does it all with no posturing or grand standing. No soaring brass or grab you by the throat guitar solos, just soul-adhering messages of reality and nuances.” – John Apice, No Depression

“It’s a mystery how such a young man can pull off such somber, honest, tones. More than pull off, he owns it, taking full control of his music, himself, and the audience.” -David Singer, The Daily Gazette

“Sawyer Fredericks is a storyteller. In an age dominated by frothy pop-confessional hitmaking, Fredericks is bare bones and old school -— a throwback to the oldest folk traditions of singer as yarn-spinner, a ragged narrator of human spit and struggle.” -Amy Biancolli, Times Union

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Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Nov 26 @ 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. 

 

Nov
27
Wed
Human Resources Human Resources
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm
Human Resources is an American indie-pop band from Charleston, SC.

Human Resources is an American indie-pop band from Charleston, SC. Formed in 2015 by Dries Vandenberg, Aaron Utterback, Paul Chelmis, and Matt Zutell, HR quickly adopted a unique role in the blossoming Charleston music scene as a more pop-centric counterpart to the neo-southern and indie rock acts prevalent in the area at the time.

The band’s debut single “Queen” and the subsequent L.P. En Route (2015) were released to positive local reviews, earning noteworthy traction on Spotify and other streaming services. The debut played a key role in earning HR the “Electronic/Experimental Band of the Year” award from the Charleston City Paper.

The follow-up campaign Pizza Dreams (2016) matched the trajectory of it’s predecessor, eventually earning the band a second consecutive City Paper Award, and producing another successful single, “Bad News” which helped the band extend its reach to the national level.

In 2018 Human Resources released their third album Champagne. As with En Route and Pizza Dreams, the band utilized the talents of drummer Matt Zutell (Coast Records) for the majority of the production needs, continuing a long standing tradition of self production. In addition to Zutell, HR tapped LA based producer Taylor Locke, founding member of Rooney, at his studio The Velveteen Laboratory for initial production work.

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Nov
28
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Nov 28 @ 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.

 

Nov
29
Fri
Ellis Paul with Crys Matthews
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Ellis Paul

‘Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.’ – The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love…, intimate, passionate and enduring.

These are the scenarios that emerge from Ellis Paul’s new album, Chasing Beauty, a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. “Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash)” pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. “Plastic Soldier” offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in “Jimmie Angel’s Flying Circus,” while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in “Waiting on a Break.” Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via “Empire State” and “UK Girl (Boston Calling),” respectively.

In reality, these stories are a continuation of tales Paul has told for more than a quarter century, over the expanse of nineteen albums, numerous critical kudos (15 Boston Music Awards alone), inclusion in several movie soundtracks, and stages he’s headlined both near and far. “I’ve got a car with over 475,000 miles on it, and it’s my third road vehicle,” Paul declares. “I’ve been doing 200 shows a year for over twenty years. There isn’t a town in the country where I won’t find a friend. I’m a nomad. And I’m gonna write and play until I’m gone.”

No doubt he will. Still, it’s somewhat ironic that Paul gravitated towards this bigger world of intent and expression given that the place Paul considers his hometown these days isn’t New York or Nashville, or Boston or Austin or Charlottesville, VA. where he lives, but rather Presque Isle, Maine, a tiny enclave surrounded by three rivers. Not surprisingly, the name translates to “almost an island.” Presque Isle shares a vanishing tradition with many small towns these days, where family farms are giving way to industrialization and giant corporations, and earning a livelihood from the land is no longer the simple option it once was. Nevertheless, it’s still a haven for traditional values and for people as real and authentic as the soil they once tilled. If there’s one grace left to cling to, it’s the grace of nature’s beauty, sealed off by the surrounding mountains and fields.

Likewise, his geographical origins also couldn’t have been further from the world at large. He was born in the dead of winter in the small town of Fort Kent, Maine, a place nestled right up next to the Canadian border. He came from humble origins, a family of potato farmers who could count among their forebears a veteran of the battle of Gettysburg, whose heroism on that field of honor earned him the 140 acres of Maine farmland that his descendants would continue to sow. It was the place that taught Paul the meaning of hard work and self-reliance, and the values that accompany as much drive and determination any individual could muster.

As a boy, Paul found his escape in athletics, working out as a runner and testing his mettle in the open spaces near his home. He became a star competitor, and enjoyed the advantage of traveling throughout the nation after being given opportunities to compete. Along the way, he saw more of the country than most people do in a lifetime. “I was lucky to be able to travel for competitions all over the U.S. and to see places I once could only dream of,” he recalls. “The Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles, the endless plains of Texas, the Kansas prairie, the Rocky Mountain in Wyoming. Every trip was funded by a hat the town passed around on my behalf, and it never came back empty.” When Paul finished second in a nationwide track competition, he was met at the airport by the high school marching band and a fire engine with spinning lights that drove him in triumph through town. In an expression of hometown pride, the mayor handed him the key to the city.

No one ever told Paul he had to follow in his family’s tradition. He was a dreamer after all, and he had seen enough of America to know there was more out there than his little town could ever offer. Consequently, his ambitions were never destined to stay bottled up for long. He would write, paint, play trumpet and sing in the school choir. “I never had anyone tell me I had to be a farmer,” Paul insists. “I had plenty of people telling me how my hard work and talent could take me places. That’s enough to get you dreaming, And enough to make you believe those dreams are within reach.”

Indeed, Paul found those dreams were within his reach, at least in terms of his imagination. However their pursuit would take him far from home. His first destination was Boston College, courtesy of a track scholarship. Yet as Paul describes it, his athletic endeavors, combined with his academic responsibilities, served to rob him of his creativity. It was only after he suffered a knee injury which forced him to take a year off that he rebounded with a new form of expression, made possible when his girlfriend’s sister gave him a secondhand guitar. “A mysterious, lustful partnership with the instrument followed,” Paul concedes. “It became a marriage, a friendship, a lifelong bond that only comes when you find that one thing that becomes an extension of yourself. I played for hours, choosing to write my own original songs and sing instead of studying, socializing or exploring what the Boston streets could offer after hours.”

After graduation, Paul did find time to explore those paths, while taking opportunities to indulge his creative ambitions. Working as a teacher and social worker with inner city children by day and pursuing the possibilities offered by Boston’s fertile music scene at night, he gained prominence in local coffeehouses and open mic nights. It was the same circuit that opened the door for other like-minded artists of the day, and in turn, gave Paul exposure to such creative contemporaries as Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, John Gorka, Catie Curtis, and Bill Morrissey. It also helped him win a Boston Underground Songwriting competition and placement on a Windham Hill Records singer/songwriter compilation, bringing him his first hint of national exposure at the same time.

The major tipping point in his career came with the opportunity to open for Bill Morrissey, one of New England’s most prominent folk artists. Paul would repeatedly ask Morrissey about his own influences and seek his advice on who he ought to listen to. “You know, that’s a very smart thing to do,” Morrissey muses. “It helped set him apart. A lot of young singers I meet are not curious about what went on before; they just say, ‘I want to sing another song about my life.’ Paul has a sense of roots, of connectedness to the whole history of folk music; he sees the thread that runs through all the generations of this music.”

It was mutual admiration that caused Paul to ask Morrissey to produce his first full album, 1993‘s Say Something. It was released on Black Wolf Records, the label he founded with Ralph Jaccodine, the man who would become his manager. “Ralph was fulfilling a dream to get into the music business,” Paul recalls. “Starting with a folk singer isn’t a rocket launch, but we got off the ground. We started a label and began a lifelong, DIY partnership and have been in the trenches for over 20 years.”

Paul also became infatuated with the music of Woody Guthrie, drawn to Woody’s social consciousness and the humanitarian streak that ran through his work. He even had a tattoo of Guthrie imprinted on his right shoulder, referring to it as “a badge of who he was.” His commitment to Guthrie’s legacy eventually led to his inclusion in a ten day celebration of Woody’s work held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in September 1996, an event that included such notables as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco and which was presided over by Guthrie’s daughter Nora. Later, when Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma hosted the first Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in July, 1998, Paul was tapped as one of the headliners. He has since made this an annual part of his touring schedule, garnering the honor of being named an honorary citizen of Okemah in the process. The connection with Guthrie continued into the new millennium when Nora Guthrie invited him to put music to a set of her father’s lyrics. He later participated in the “Ribbon of Highway” tour, a communal salute featuring such luminaries as Arlo Guthrie, Marty Stuart, Ramblin’ Jack Ellott, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark and Janis Ian, among others.

There’s likely no greater evidence of how Guthrie’s insights and humanity have rubbed off on Paul than in this particularly telling tribute from Nora Guthrie. ‘A singer songwriter is only as good as the times he reflects,”she said in praising Paul. “In times like these, when so many nuts are running the show, it’s comforting to know that Ellis Paul is actually holding our sanity on his own stage! Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to. Personally Ellis, I’m goin’ where you’re goin’!’

Where Paul is “goin’” is to practically every place a microphone beckons and a crowd of the folk faithful awaits. He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations. A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, ‘The Hero In You’ has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. Ellis’ literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled “Notes from the Road,’ already in it’s third pressing.

It’s no wonder then that recently Paul received a prestigious honor: an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine, which also asked him to write the school’s alma mater as well as deliver its commencement address in May 2014.

Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers — “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

Not surprisingly, Paul’s consistently been heralded by others as well. One writer noted “that it reminds you how much we need storytellers back in pop music — storytellers with empathy, fine eyes and an understanding that even though we live in a soulless, indifferent would, out music doesn’t have to reflect our culture.’ Another reviewer was even more pointed. “Ellis Paul is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation,” she commented. “And for many of us he is the face of contemporary folk music. Few are as smart, as literate, as poetic as Paul. I cannot think of another artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries.”

Indeed, he is all that, and in a very real sense, even more. He’s an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he’s learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.

— Lee Zimmerman (writer/reviewer for American Songwriter, No Depression, New Times, Country Standard Time, Blurt, Relix, and M Music and Musicians)

 
Crys Matthews

Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August 2017, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (from a pool of 5,000) in this year’s NewSong Music Competition and, after performing at Lincoln Center on November 30th, she was named grand-prize winner. Matthews also won the People Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Herndon, Virginia home, Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2017, 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland.

Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as the Sundance Film Festival, The Birchmere, The Hamilton, and Jammin’ Java. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included BMI’s Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.

A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.

ON THE BORDER – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm

On the Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute from Charlotte, NC continues to be the most exciting and authentic EAGLES Tribute! Anointed ‘The Greatest EAGLES Tribute in the World’ by AXSTV & Host Katie Daryl, they have been satisfying audiences all over the country at Music Venues, Festivals, Casinos, Corporate and Private events.

The talented lineup of musicians which makes up On the Border:

Tracy Maples (Vocals, Guitar)

Tim Giovanniello (Vocals, Guitar)

Bill Morgan (Vocals, Guitar)

Andy Young (Vocals, Drums)

Scott Sobota (Vocals, Bass)

Bob Orazi (Vocals, Keys, Guitar)

What sets the On The Border apart from the other Eagle Tribute’s, is that each member plays their respective character of the Eagles performing & singing their parts. Their passion, showmanship and precise attention to replicating the details of The Eagles Music, has earned them critical acclaim, name recognition and a very loyal following.

Anointed as ‘The Greatest EAGLES Tribute Band in the World’ -2015 AXSTV & Katie Daryl

The quote below is from the ‘Fillmore’ a LIVE NATION Venue in Charlotte, NC.

‘A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators. Although the Eagles have encouraged the world to “Take It Easy” for more than four decades, taking on the roles of the genteel Classic Rockers from Southern California is a tough task. Not just any musician can nail the harmonies of Glenn Frey and Don Henley, or pull off the talk-box guitar solos of Joe Walsh. With dedication, a surplus of musical chops, and a shelf full of papier-mâché Grammys, On the Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute pulls it off, treating fans to an authentic concert experience while journeying through The Eagles’ songbook. The band covers every hit, from ballads such as “Desperado” and “Lyin’ Eyes” to rave-ups such as “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Heartache Tonight” with such accuracy, that listeners may permanently confuse On the Border with the real Eagles. It’s truly a masterful sound of witness for yourself.’

An Evening with BJ Barham
Nov 29 @ 10:30 pm
An Evening with BJ Barham

Best known as the frontman of North Carolina alt-country outfit American Aquarium, singer/songwriter B.J. Barham has spent much of his career delivering rugged, earthy roots rock in the vein of Whiskeytown and Drive-By Truckers.

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Seth Walker with Will Overman
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
American electric blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

“Are You Open?” Seth Walker sings on his transfixing new album of the same title. More than just a question, it’s a challenge, an invitation, a dare. “To me, being open means being vulnerable and exposed,” explains Walker, “but that’s where the little nuggets of creative gold come from. I never planned an overall concept for this record, but each of these songs seemed to spin out from asking myself that one simple question.”

Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Jano Rix, ‘Are You Open’ marks Seth Walker’s tenth studio recording, and the music is undoubtedly his most inventive, exploring new sounds and textures as he examines what it means to truly be open, both as an artist and more broadly as a human in today’s increasingly more complicated world. The songwriting here is bold and infectious, featuring melodies and rhythms drawn from Walker’s time spent in Havana and filtered through his split-screen life in New Orleans and Nashville. The result is a melting pot of sounds and perspectives, a soulful brew of roots music from the Americas and beyond. Songs frequently build off of a single chord, shifting in color and tone as they ebb and flow and stack layer upon layer over hypnotic bass lines and percussion grooves. The record features Walker’s guitar playing more heavily than ever before, and the new approach suits him well, showcasing a melodic prowess to match his prodigious lyrical gifts.

‘Are You Open?’ follows 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Gotta Get Back,’ a stunning collection that found Walker excavating the roots of his love affair with music by reuniting the family that first sparked his fire as a child. That album traced its origins back to Walker’s native North Carolina, where he grew up on a multi-family commune and studied classical violin and cello before ultimately discovering his passion for soul, jazz, blues, and folk. He’d go on to deftly mix all those genres and more in his work as a solo artist, organically building up a celebrated two-decade career that’s earned him praise everywhere from The Washington Post to NPR, who hailed his ‘hard-driving’ songs and ‘sweet tenor,’ in addition to landing him dates with The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.

Will Overman

Will Overman’s incomparable voice — he made it through two levels of NBC’s “The Voice” —  is at once melodic as it is relentless, as refreshingly unique as it is familiar and evocative.

Overman’s music — call it Americana, a mix of folk, country, rock, and pop — is as energetic as it is passionate. It can be haunting and evocative yet sincere, sweet.

Musically and lyrically, Overman draws deeply from his Virginia roots, producing a rare combination of enticing straight-ahead, hard-charging rhythm and riffs and introspective melodies paired with sleek vocals. He takes on love, life and loss. All with an edge driven deep in reality.

Whether performing solo or with a full band, Overman is a poet, reminiscent of a young Bruce Springsteen, (think “Nebraska”) or Bob Dylan. He’s a folksinger and a rocker (think “Born to Run”), whether performing solo or fronting a talented group of musicians swinging from flawless riffs to intoxicating beats.

And while his music is rooted deeply in the South, it transcends genres and convention, blending essential elements of rock, folk, and country, wrapped in a thin varnish of pop sensibility, to create a concoction reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, with the softness of James Taylor.

Overman has quickly built a reputation as a fan favorite at music festivals including MerleFest, Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, Front Porch Fest and Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, and Lynchfest. He was a finalist in the “Rockn to Lockn” contest.

Overman has played hundreds of shows from Burlington, Vermont to Columbus, Ohio,  New York City and Washington, D.C., to Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, and in between. He’s busked in lonely subway stations and performed to sold-out crowds in Charlottesville.

In 2017, Overman found himself at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively, professionally and personally. He said farewell to the band that has borne his name over the past several years and embarked on his first solo project since 2013.

“Crossroads,” his newly released solo EP produced by Rockfish Music, is without a doubt his most self-reflective work yet. He recently submitted one of the singles, “Decatur,” to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Drawing comparisons to Jason Isbell and Damien Rice, Overman carries an unwavering commitment to his music and to his fans. Soulful and unforgettable. Addictive and sometimes playful. Meaningful and real. Those factors, plus a transcendent passion and unyielding commitment to his craft, are what truly define this rising, must-see young artist, who has only just begun what promises to be a long and fruitful musical journey.

Quentin Talley and The Soul Providers with Nige Hood & The Folk Rap Band
Nov 30 @ 10:30 pm
Welcome back to the Muse Quentin Talley and the Soul Providers with Nige Hood & The Folk Rap Band!

Quentin Talley, acclaimed for multiple talents, is an accomplished poet, actor, director, and producer. He is the inaugural recipient of the 2012 LeadershipU Fellowship for emerging theater professionals, administered by Theater Communications Group and funded by The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Quentin along with a group of talented musicians make up the band, Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers.

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NiGE HOOD & The Folk Rap Band is a hip-hop fusion group inspired by the music of rapper and frontman, NiGE HOOD, a performer-songwriter originally from Charlotte, NC. His self-developed style Folk Rap is an alternative mix of Hip Hop, Blues Rock and Soul Funk. NiGE HOOD brings a three-piece Folk Rap Band for his live shows, culminating in a style that blends more mainstream hip-hop traditions with folk rock and pop sounds. The charismatic frontman belts out smooth melodies ‘with a flare of funk and eloquent, tightly-spouted verses’ (Triad City Beat). NiGE HOOD’s recent release “WEIRD + AWESOME EP” is available on all streaming platforms

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Keith Harkin
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm

The Evening Muse Presents Irish Folk Sensation, Kevin Harkin!

This year is a big one. 1st and foremost we are expecting our 1st kid in just a few weeks time which is going to be the biggest experience of my life. Truly cant wait to meet this new wee human!
Secondly I am on a WORLD TOUR… i know, right??? I pick the year to do that one!
I’ve already toured OZ and the west coast of IRELAND this year. The next leg of the tour is CANADA with a few stops in the USA…. these dates are from AUGUST – SEPTEMBER (see below). I will be adding about another 40 shows soon, NOV/DEC for the rest of the USA. Its a big year !!!
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Find Your Muse Open Mic
Dec 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.

Find Your Muse Open MIC welcomes our dear friend Julie Haberstick
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
Charlotte’s #1 weekly Open MIC – ‘Find Your Muse’ Open MIC here at the Evening Muse!!!

From the ‘Expresso’ coffee house she ran as a teenager — to Echoes, a women’s showcase performance in response to the current political climate — Julie Haberstick has always promoted the voices of others.Her tireless work ethic and upbeat energy led her to work for HBO, DreamWorks, NBCUniversal, and 20th Century Fox, among others. From on-set production for Spielberg’s Lincoln, to working in the hive-mind of the Homeland writers’ room, Haberstick uses her varied experience to inform her screenwriting and directing.

When she’s not in production, Haberstick studies Psychocinematics and performs her ‘verbal photography’ poetry at events across the country.

From https://www.juliehaberstick.com/

‘As creators and producers, we feel the call to put important, thoughtful work into the world. I write and direct intimate journey stories, with the greater intention of making us feel seen.

When I’m not on set, you can find me championing other creatives through Citric Focus and supporting inclusive crowdfunding and streaming platform Seed&Spark as Managing Director of Programming.

And then I’ll be at your local bar, loudly applauding for everyone performing at the open mic.’

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 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.

 

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The Wilt CD Release Party!
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
The Wilt CD Release Party!

The Wilt

“With the lead writer and vocalist hailing from the home of country music, The Wilt brings an honest heart to the thriving Charlotte music scene with their debut album, Old Fire. The hardest part of being an artist is being “too damn scared” to take your deepest personal moments and turn them into something palpable for the whole world to witness yet that is exactly what they’ve done with this record. This band ain’t short of talent as Sage Greer has assembled a masterful crew of Charlotte’s own. From track to track each band member gets a chance to let their own individual abilities shine. At the center of each song is the warm strings of freshly strung acoustic guitar and the stories of Bristol’s favorite son. The Wilt takes the listener through the stories of bath salt highs in the depths of trailer parks where your next door neighbor might be blood relation. At the end of the day the message of everlasting love sustains. It’s always been you and me babe…long term love always prevails as young hearts blossom into an enviable lasting love”

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Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 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. 

 

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Tosco Music Open Mic
Dec 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.

Spalding McIntosh and Gypsy&Me
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm

Spalding McIntosh

Singer/songwriter from Western NC. Delivers a powerful set, be it with his own writings or carefully crafted covers. McIntosh captures the energy of every room he plays, and delivers it back to his audience like he knew just what was on their mind. A must see.

Gypsy&Me

Gypsy & Me is comprised of Carolina-based duo, Mike Moore and Kyzandrha Zarate. Together, they bring us original Americana | Folk | Country | Acoustic sounds. They pride themselves on being perfectly imperfect and singing of life, love and their experiences while traveling the world.

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Malcolm Holcombe
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm
“From the first note I was drawn in. Malcolm Holcombe is an old soul and modern day blues poet. He is a rare find.” ~Lucinda Williams

Malcolm Holcombe grew up in western North Carolina, home to some of the planet’s oldest mountains and some of America’s deepest musical traditions. Radio and TV fueled Malcolm’s musical passions as a kid, and music became even more important after he lost both his parents relatively young.

 

He toured with bands and landed in Nashville, where he took up an inconspicuous station at the back of the house – the very back – at Douglas Corner, one of the city’s best singer/songwriter venues. Stories began to circulate about the mysterious dishwasher with the subterranean voice and oracle-like talent. Sadly so did stories of wildly inconsistent behavior – profound sweetness crossed by bouts of stunning abrasiveness.

 

He flirted with an official music career. But his stunning debut album made for Geffen Records was abruptly shelved, producing melodrama that only exacerbated Malcolm’s drinking and depression. A business that once had a place for complicated genius turned its back on him, and he teetered near the edge.

 

Moving back to the North Carolina hills proved a powerful tonic. Holcombe let in help where before he’d pushed it away. With deep faith in God and a commitment to his art, Holcombe repaired himself and his career.

 

And that’s a pretty good nod to the effect of hearing Holcombe sing. If you’ve not seen him in a live setting, this is what you have to do. His presence is spooky and timeless, as one imagines it was like to see Son House or Leadbelly. No emotional stone is left unturned.

 

While you plan for this important experience, collect Malcolm Holcombe albums… He is cryptic, demanding, polarizing, bold, passionate and free, a combination badly needed in our time of infinite trivia. He’s even more interesting for having made a remarkable journey of recovery and discovery.

 

Craig Havighurst, Nashville

An “emotionally captivating” (Isthmus), performer, Holcombe has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Richard Thompson, John Hammond, Leon Russell, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, Cat Power, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

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Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 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.

 

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Mary Gauthier with Jaimee Harris
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

MARY GAUTHIER

Rifles and Rosary Beads

New studio album co-written with wounded combat veterans over the last four years via SongwritingWith:Soldiers.

Every day.

Every single day, which means some days are better and some much worse.

Every day, on average, twenty-two veterans commit suicide. Each year seventy-four hundred current and former members of the United States Armed Services take their own lives.

Every day.

That number does not include drug overdoses or car wrecks or any of the more inventive ways somebody might less obviously choose to die.

It seems trivial to suggest those lives might be saved — healed, even — by a song. By the process of writing a song.

And yet.

And yet there is nothing trivial about Mary Gauthier’s tenth album, Rifles and Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers), all eleven songs co-written with and for wounded veterans. Eleven of the nearly four hundred songs that highly accomplished songwriters have co-written as part of Darden Smith’s five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program.

None of the soldiers who have participated in the program have taken their own lives, and there’s nothing trivial about that. Something about writing that song — telling that story — is healing. What Smith calls post-traumatic-growth.

Gauthier’s first nine albums presented extraordinary confessional songs, deeply personal, profoundly emotional pieces ranging from “I Drink,” a blunt accounting of addiction, to “March 11, 1962,” the day she was born — and relinquished to an orphanage — to “Worthy,” in which the singer finally understands she is deserving of love. Maybe that’s where the confessional song cycle ends, for she has midwifed these eleven new songs in careful collaboration with other souls whose struggle is urgent, immediate, and palpable. And none are about her.

Each song on Rifles and Rosary Beads is a gut punch: deceptively simple and emotionally complex. From the opening “Soldiering On” (“What saves you in the battle/Can kill you at home”) to “Bullet Holes in the Sky” (“They thank me for my service/And wave their little flags/They genuflect on Sundays/And yes, they’d send us back”), to the abject horror of “Iraq,” and its quiet depiction of a female mechanic’s rape, each song tells the story of a deeply wounded veteran.

Darrell Scott, returning from one of Smith’s first retreats, called and told Mary she needed to participate. “I felt unqualified,” she says. “I didn’t know anything about the military, I was terrified of fucking it up. I didn’t feel I knew how to be in the presence of that much trauma without being afraid. But Darrell knew I could do it. Turns out, I was able to sit with the veterans with a sense of calmness and help them articulate their suffering without fear. I was shocked by that. And I took to it.”

It has become a calling. “My job as a songwriter is to find that thing a soul needs to say,” Mary says. “Each retreat brings together a dozen or so soldiers and four songwriters, three songs each in two days. We don’t have a choice. We have to stay focused, listen carefully, and make sure every veteran gets their own song. And we always do.”

“None of the veterans are artists. They don’t write songs, they don’t know that songs can be used to move trauma. Their understanding of song doesn’t include that. For me it’s been the whole damn deal. Songwriting saved me. It’s what I think the best songs do, help articulate the ineffable, make the invisible visible, creating resonance, so that people, (including the songwriter) don’t feel alone.”

The impact of these songs becomes visible quickly, unexpectedly.

Featured in the TV series “Nashville,” the Bluebird Cafe now prospers as a tourist destination. The room fills twice a night with people thrilled to be in the presence of real live Nashville songwriters.

Who, in turn, are thrilled to be in the presence of a paying audience that can do nothing to advance their careers, save give a genuine response to their songs.

The gentleman at the next table has handsome white hair and a hundred-dollar casual shirt, and almost certainly had no idea who Mary Gauthier was, nor what her songs might be about, when he came out of the sunlight into the darkened listening room. He knows, now. Thick, manicured fingers cover his face, trying to catch his slow tears. His wife sits close, watches carefully, but knows better than to touch him.

He is not alone in that small audience.

Every day we are touched by the veterans in our lives, whether we know it or not.

Every single day. Even if it’s only the guy on Main Street, in the wheelchair, with the flag.

Every single day.

And, yes, a song may be the answer.

“Because the results are so dramatic, this could work for other traumas,” Mary says. “Trauma is the epidemic. You say opioid, I say trauma epidemic. As an addict, I know addiction is self-medication because of suffering, and beneath that pain is always trauma. Underneath so much of the problems in the world is trauma, it’s the central issue humanity is dealing with. We’ve found something powerful here, that brings hope to people who are hurting. So they know they are not alone.”

JAIMEE HARRIS

Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation.

Her new album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience, in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable.

‘You keep comin over… I keep goin under…’

Harris isn’t afraid to get personal, but her vulnerability never veers into the self-indulgent. Each little confessional gem she puts out there is something the listener will connect to; these are things we’ve all felt, though many of us are less than likely to admit them.

“In a depressive state… how long will I feel this way?”

Harris’s songs have a depth to them, and her lyrics betray a wisdom beyond her years. “I write as a way of dealing with things,’ she says. ‘There’s also a lot of acknowledging my own faults. These songs feel pretty vulnerable… to the point where I wonder if people are going to ask me ‘Are you okay?’ But I really just hope they see a little bit of themselves in the songs and find something they can connect to.”

Jaimee grew up in Waco, TX, a child to young parents, high school sweethearts. When she was five years old, her father noticed that she had taken an interest in music, and got her a guitar for Christmas. Soon after, she discovered Emmylou Harris and Fleetwood Mac, and before long, the kid was hooked. Harris’s father took her down to Austin for the first ever Austin City Limits Festival, and there she saw Emmylou, Buddy & Julie Miller, and Patty Griffin all perform live. Her father had only brought enough extra money to pay for a hotel in Austin that evening, but when he saw how much Jaimee wanted those CDs in the merch tent, he ponied up the cash and drove all the way back to Waco late that night.

Harris grew up, as kids do, and moved to Austin in 2009. She intended to throw herself into the local music scene, playing shows and singing songs late into the night at friend’s houses, but she fell into a hard-partying crowd, and soon enough, things started to fall apart.

“After I got arrested for the second time, I knew I needed to get sober,” says Harris. “By that point, I knew I was really on my own… everyone close to me had stopped enabling me. I knew I had to get myself together in order to stand on my own feet.”

Once she was able to clean up her act, Harris says, everything just seemed easier. That’s when she began writing the songs that would make up her debut record, including “Snow White Knuckles” which chronicles her path to sobriety. It’s also when she started meeting the musicians who would soon join her live band, and the artists, including people like BettySoo and Jimmy LaFave, who would be become her creative mentors.

“I am especially impressed with some of the new songwriters that have hit town in the last few years, like my new favorite Jaimee Harris,” commented LaFave. And he’s not the only one who was impressed. Peter Blackstock of the Austin-American Statesman has called Harris “one of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters.” And all this before she even released her first record.

Harris’s talent is undeniable. But what sets her apart more than anything is her admittedly “obsessive” love of music. “Jaimee is, deep down, a true music fan; she is passionate about consuming as much great music as she can,” says BettySoo. “Jaimee is known among our circle of friends for attending more shows than seems humanly possible, and she’s not doing it out of FOMO or to be ‘seen on the scene.’ She goes because she’s a fan.”

“Music is my whole life,” says Harris, “If I’m not writing or playing, I’m going to see a band, or reading a book about Woody Guthrie. I live in a city where I can walk in and see an amazing show like James McMurtry practically for free, every week. I only made it through one semester of college, but being around these amazing songwriters here in Austin… It’s like getting an education.”

Dec
7
Sat
Dr. Bacon
Dec 7 @ 10:30 pm
Appalachian Funk Rock Rising Stars!

DR. BACON is a 7 Piece touring Appalachian Funk, Grass and Rock & Roll band. Blending incredibly diverse instrumentation with broad, deep musical influences, allows the band to perform a plethora of widely accessible, danceable music.

The Dr. Bacon Live Experience is truly a spectacle to behold, bringing the audience on a musical Journey that lulls and spikes in energy, caressing ears with lush beauty and whipping crowds into a tribal romp, shaking booties and shedding inhibitions. This manic versatility ensures that no matter what genre of music you identify with most, you will hear something that resonates. Dr. Bacon started playing together in 2012 on King Street in Boone as a 3 piece busking with acoustic bluegrass, folk, and 90s pop/rock/hip-hop influenced music. Several lineup changes over the years and a move to Asheville have refined and redirected the band’s sound, incorporating funk, rock, soul, psychedelic and world music to Appalachian influences. The blending of several elements of these genres (often within the same song) along with unique instrumentation is the real Bacon flavor.

 

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Dec
8
Sun
Julie Dean and Jesse Correll
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm
Back again for a Sunday Matinee Show!

Julie Dean

Julie grew up singing southern gospel in Houston. Her mom’s love of musicals and dad’s love of folk songs contributed to her musical upbringing. Her piano-playing sister forced her to sing songs constantly, from jazz standards to contemporary tunes. Country music rounds out her early music education, learning songs from movie soundtracks like the Electric Horseman, Coal Miners Daughter and Urban Cowboy. Her classical education led her to the opera world briefly, while jazz, blues and country stayed her musical home and passions.

 

In her short time as a songwriter, Julie’s singing history as a versatile vocalist have led to beautiful melodic writing, and her love of early jazz standards of the 20s-40s are reflected in her enticing harmonic changes.

Julie is in demand for musical events as guest artist around town, and sings with several groups in the Charlotte area. Her folk/country trio Sweetgrass Serenade, featuring Diana Wade on guitar and Bruce BK Keedy on guitar and mandolin, creates 3-part harmony on originals and covers. She is the beauty of her Beauty and the Blues duo with Chicago native guitarist and song-writer Keith Serpa. Julie brings a fresh spin on jazz standards with her ukulele, an angelic lightness to folk, old country/bluegrass and will surprise you with a little spunk in pop/country rock.

 

Teaching voice lessons for almost 20 years, she runs a successful voice studio training singers, beginners to professional. Working with a local laryngologist and voice therapists, she specializes in habilitating recovering injured voices.

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Jesse Correll

It is approaching three years since soulful singer-songwriter Jesse Correll moved away from Jersey City. He was looking for a change of pace and found it in Nashville.

 

Jesse released Held Momentarily, his third album and first release in 15 years, just before the move. Looking back at that collection of songs, two main themes emerge: reflections on a period of his life when he wasn’t pursuing music and the journey back; as well as a new romantic relationship—feeling its depth while knowing it too is impermanent.

 

When he arrived in Nashville, he knew he wanted to focus on two things: creating a songwriting discipline deeper than he’d ever adhered to; and launching a podcast for singer-songwriters that explored equally all of the facets of being a performing artist today.

 

In pursuit of the first goal, he started a songwriting club with a few songwriters he met at his weekly meditation group. The task was simple: each writer takes the same prompt (a word or phrase, like “reining in your arsonist”) and uses it somewhere within a new song, finishes it within two weeks, and shares with the others in the group. As part of this shapeshifting group, Jesse ended up writing 28 songs over the course of more than a year.

 

For several years, Jesse had been mulling over the idea of starting a podcast for singer-songwriters. He was drawn to the intimacy and specificity of the medium. Having moved to a completely unknown city, he also knew this would be a great way to meet fellow travelers and garner their tricks of the trade. In early 2016, he launched The Hexagon: A Podcast For Singer-Songwriters. By the end of 2017, he had explored six aspects of being a working solo musician (songwriting, performing, recording, business, growth, and life) with 21 artists.

 

“These two projects have really galvanized me as an artist,” he shares. “I learned that I have more discipline as a writer than I’d ever realized and found a community of songwriters that push me to explore and reveal even deeper truths through song. With The Hexagon, having these intimate conversations with my guests continues to show me where I can put more focus to grow while affirming the things that I’m already doing well.”

 

In early 2018, Jesse opened up his once personal creative process in a project he calls Steady Drip. Each month he releases brand new songs, rare recordings, and videos exclusively to his patrons on patreon.com. In the Fall of 2019, Jesse is heading into the studio again to work on Your Luminous Beauty Here In The Dark, his most personal and ambitious album to date.

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Happy HALLiDays – An acoustic evening w/ the Swim in the Wild Hall Brothers
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Happy HALLiDays with Swim in the Wild Brothers

Michael & Steven Hall of Charlotte’s very own, Swim in the Wild, invite you to an evening of acoustics, story telling, and brotherly love. The night will include a rare performance of unreleased originals, festive covers, and a special take on some of their favorite songs from Swim in the Wild. Join all the fun as they share stories from the road, tales from their childhood, exchange gifts with the audience, and try not to fight. Have a drink, call your mom, and don’t miss all the surprises in store for this special Hall-iday show.

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Dec
9
Mon
The New Creatures
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm
Charlotte’s #1 weekly Open MIC – ‘Find Your Muse’ Open MIC here at the Evening Muse!!!

The New Creatures were born when two buddies brought their college mates from Rochester, New York and Bozeman, Montana together in North Carolina. The three vocalists/ songwriters and drummer/ bassist draw from classic rock, hard rock, punk, and alternative artists to create a spicy rock-n-roll experience.

Find Your Muse Open Mic
Dec 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
Dec 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.

 

Dec
10
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 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. 

 

Dec
11
Wed
TIM REYNOLDS TR3
Dec 11 @ 9:00 pm

TIM REYNOLDS TR3

“TR3 rips through some funk, rock and even Latin music. Reynolds changes guitars for nearly every song, bringing out a Flying V, a Fender Strat and even playing some slide. The entire three-piece band is solid and Reynolds’ fretwork is about as good as you will find. Reminiscent of Steve Howe, Steve Vai and Carlos Santana, Reynolds is as crafty and inventive as he is quick and versatile. TR3 is worth the price of admission.” –PressofAtlantic City.com

With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist, sonic innovator, and two time Grammy nominee, Tim Reynolds, is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his electric or acoustic guitar. It was in the mid 1980s in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Reynolds founded his breakthrough electric power trio, TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio), known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz. Reynolds toured with TR3 during the 1980s and 1990s, using a rotating cast of musicians. It was at this time he befriended Dave Matthews and their ongoing musical collaboration began. After a chance meeting with two talented musicians, bass player Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier, a few rehearsals later and several stealth appearances throughout North Carolina, Reynolds decided to resurrect the electric TR3 and they’ve been touring ever since. In 2009, their first studio CD Radiance was nominated for Home Grown Music Network’s Album of the Year. TR3 released their first double live CD, From SPACE and Beyond in June 2011.

This sonically engaging two-disc live set From SPACE and Beyond is a goldmine for electronic rock lovers. Starting the album off is “Do You Wanna” with smoke stained vocals that expose Reynolds’ softer side to an otherwise peculiar raspy sensuality. “Mercury Direct” features drums that sound as though they were knocking on a door, a truly ethereal sound, like the score to an animated zombie space odyssey film utilizing effects that further accentuate the feeling of being abducted by aliens. Disc 2 is shorter in length but no less enriching. “Indoctrinate” with Jeff Coffin is intriguing with lyrics such as “the media is a weapon of mass destruction,” followed by more colorful language about masturbation that acts as unexpected commentary on the duplicity of government and the comical nature of sexuality in terms the everyman can understand. Finally, “Hocus Pocus” is a fitting title to a tune that could accompany a video game, propelling itself into a traditional rock feel that boomerangs in the end with a stepwise operatic vocal line befitting the beginning epic video game sentiment. Overall, From SPACE and Beyond is a psychically droning rock space adventure destined to be played on your speakers.

TR3’s latest release, From SPACE and Beyond, electric, funky, operatic, and edgy is a phenominal live recording…a mix of updated Reynolds’ classics to wild covers of everything from James Brown, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Focus to TR3’s ever-evolving catalog of new material. Reynolds is one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.

Dec
12
Thu
Paul McDonald w/ Brooks Dixon
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm

Alabama born and East Nashville southern pop craftsman, Paul McDonald is a creative force, constantly on the move and always working on new music. With his latest album ‘Modern Hearts’, Paul brings a new flavor of alternative rock with southern swagger. An album delivered by a fiery lead vocal and self-penned lyrical prose that brings emotional depth to hooks and honest songwriting. Billboard describes it as ‘a beautiful journey of of artistic and personal growth’.

The 14-track body of work that represents a full-spectrum of emotions, from soulful and sorrowful tracks, to invigorating new-life anthems, to meditative mid-tempo numbers. Produced by Jordan Lehning (Rayland Baxter, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Ellis, Andrew Combs), McDonald enlisted an all star cast of musicians to help shape his narrative. Each song, forged of equal parts of the singer/songwriter’s confessionalism & rock and roll irreverence, is brought to life by lifting arrangements and refined vocal delivery.

The troubadour has spent the past decade fronting bands utilizing his raw yet melodious and expressive voice to deliver a handful of albums. Paul’s broadly resonant musicality has garnered him international acclaim and coverage from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, and enabled him to tour the world and share the stage with a diverse array of classic and current icons. Select performance highlights include sharing the stage and touring with artists such as Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, The Revivalists, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown, Father John Misty, Emmylou Harris, and appearing at festivals such as 2019’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, SXSW, Live On the Green, and the Hangout Festival and performing on nationally televised shows like “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, “American Idol”, and “The Tonight Show.”

Paul is currently on a national tour supporting multi-Grammy Nominated trio “Hanson” and has a new album coming out in 2020.

Brooks Dixon

Brooks Dixon began performing his original music as a student at Clemson University first taking the stage in 2012 at Moe Joe’s Coffee Company. As momentum began to mount, Dixon began to take his music more seriously, leading to his first EP, the independently released “Stone Pile EP’ in 2014.

 

 

After the release Brooks returned to his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, where he quickly gained momentum playing the local bars and coffee shops, drawing comparisons to Folk-Pop icons James Taylor and Ray LaMontange. He began touring regionally, and soon met Greenville Singer-Songwriter Sara Giffin. The two teamed up with other Greenville players to form the group ‘Brooks Dixon & The Noble Sound’. Shortly after, they found themselves performing their unique soulful harmonies for thousands at Downtown Alive. Dixon set out to Nashville to record a second EP ‘Weather the Storm’ in early 2016. In large part, due to the band, Dixon found his songs taking on a fuller more robust Americana tone.

 

 

‘Weather the Storm’ lead to new heights for Brooks and the band, as they found their way on stage at numerous regional festivals and clubs throughout the Southeast. Shortened in name and members, the ‘Brooks Dixon Band’ found cohesion with a 5 piece group, Dixon on vocals and guitar, Giffin’s smooth harmonies and occasional lead vocals, Shane Byler on the Drums, Ross Krieg on the Saxophone, and Bennett Dixon on the bass. The group hit the studio in early 2017 and released their first band single ‘Good Intentions’ a song featuring a more upbeat take on Dixon’s songwriting.

 

 

In early 2018, Dixon released ‘White Roses’ a 5 song EP drenched in Americana style. Utilizing a talented group of Nashville musicians, it presents a softer, more rustic side of Dixon’s songwriting and was met with acclaim by such blogs as Saving Country Music, Adobe & Teardrops, Wave of Good Noise, and Sleep Music. Despite this change in style, the continued success of the funky-folky-rock band, and the addition of Jake Watson on bass, lead to the beginning of a new debut album from the Brooks Dixon Band. Set to release in late 2019, this album presents a fun, upbeat style meant to capture the essence of the Brooks Dixon Band’s live performances

 

 

CHARMING LIARS X SILENT RIVAL
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm

CHARMING LIARS

Los Angeles alternative band Charming Liars are continuing their breakout year in 2019 with the release of an acoustic EP, ‘Bare Bones’ on 8/2 and a run of West Coast headlining dates. The band will return to Europe in August for a tour with The Faim and then head back to the states for an extended run as direct support for Angels & Airwaves.

 

About ‘Bare Bones’ Karnig Manoukian says: “The songwriting process has always been an integral part of our music creation and laying out these songs in this simpler, more organic form allows the song, lyrics and melodies to really shine. This is something that we will definitely continue to do in the future and is something that really excites us. It brings us back to these songs that we lived with for months and allows us to rejuvenate and recreate. We’re leading it off with the acoustic version of ‘Something Dark’.’

 

Karnig continues: “This has been the most exciting year for us with the release of our debut album ‘Thought, Flesh and Bone’ and we had the privilege of playing a lot of shows in Europe with Tokio Hotel – so we really wanted to get back to playing the many cities that we’ve visited over the years that have treated us so well. Doing this West Coast run allows us to play more songs from the album as well as some of our favorite older songs. It will be the first time we’ve played some of these songs live in the US. We rarely get the opportunity to play longer sets – so we can’t wait!”

 

Charming Liars evolution began in London’s West End when Karnig and Mike were still in their teens. They both came from homes with wide ranging and eclectic musical tastes, and that early exposure informed their approach to making music. They started writing and playing together in a series of bands and honed their musicianship with several tours up and down the U.K. In 2013 they decided to make the move to Los Angeles, in part spurred on by an encouraging social media message from songwriter and producer John Feldmann (Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182) – who told them to look him up for a songwriting session if they were ever in town. They connected with Kiliyan through a mutual friend while he was attending The Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Through initial conversations that lead to songwriting and then recording sessions – the 3 realized that they had an organic musical chemistry that would lead to interesting possibilities. The current line-up was solidified.

 

The band has previously released a couple of EPs. 2016 saw their single ‘Soul’ reach number #40 on the Alternative Radio Charts and the video has over 600,000 views on Youtube. A cover of Sir Elton’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ was released in the spring of 2017 in conjunction with the Grammy organization’s MusiCares arm. The band continued to make inroads @ Alternative radio in the fall of 2017 with ‘Insomnia’ and the spring of 2018 with ‘Like A Drug’. ‘Something Dark’ was released in September of 2018 and continued building upon their foundation at Alternative Radio. The band released the ‘Thought, Flesh and Bone’ album in March 2019.

 

They have built a following with constant touring, and have played across the entire U.S. as well as South America, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil. Their touring resume includes recent stints with Tokio Hotel, Dorothy and Welshly Arms.

SILENT RIVAL

Los Angeles based Silent Rival—Sara Coda [vocals], Joz Ramirez [guitar], Yutaka Sao [bass]—claim three different countries and exponentially more musical sensibilities.

 

Born and raised in Orange County, Coda channels the soul of Gladys Knight through Steven Tyler- style swagger and bravado. Hailing from Mexico, Joz draws heavily on nineties British garage-rock punctuated by just the right amount of glam, while Yutaka crossed the Pacific from Japan in order to chase his musical dream. Each one brings something distinct, dynamic, and definitive to the fold.

 

The singular magic these musicians conjured on their independent debut ‘The Kindness of Strangers’ [Listen Loud Records] reached far beyond LA. Their introductory single “Die A Little,” peaked at #42 on the Alternative Radio charts, while Alternative Press touted it among the “29 Songs You Need To Hear…”, and introduced them to fans internationally while they played over 125 shows in 2017. Further acclaim has come from New Noise Magazine, Tattoo.com, and many more.

 

A shared infinite sense of drive rallies them. “There’s a really great chemistry,” agrees Joz. “I write the music, Sara writes the melodies and lyrics and Yutaka adds his elements and sonics. As a leader, Sara has a lot of energy and this mystical side to her that you don’t see in other people. It’s very new school.”

 

Currently in the middle of recording their follow-up to ‘The Kindness of Strangers’ with Alain Johanes (Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Jimmy Eat World) producing, the first single, ‘Just One Voice’, mixed by Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Kiss), is a searing and modern tale of revolution through strength in numbers.

 

“Just One Voice” sees Silent Rival taking cues from high-energy rock predecessors like the Strokes, New York Dolls, or Queens of the Stone Age with lead singer Sara Coda dancing in Karen O’s footsteps, delivering punch-packing vocals and anthem-worthy lyrics.

 

Coda begins the song ‘While you were sleeping in, the world you know has changed’, setting the tone for the entire song. The chorus kicks in doors with a sonic barrage, announcing its’ arrival, while Coda puts everyone on notice with ‘I’m not the only one you won’t wipe out or destroy. There’s a million, a million, a million I’m just one voice’.

 

‘As a band, we choose to reject the belief that we’re living in a messed up world. We love this world, despite its faults. We realize that we have to take responsibility for this world that we’ve created, and with that responsibility comes the power to change it. I see people working to change the world for the better every day. This song is for that army of people.’

 

Joz adds, “It’s really cool that this band could bring together people from different backgrounds to create something unique. The fact that we get to travel around together and play shows to fans together, there’s nothing more fulfilling than that.’

 

“We’re not trying to sell or push anything,” Sara leaves off. “We don’t want to tell you what to think, believe, or how to live your life. It’s music. Hopefully, you enjoy it. We know that we do, and we will continue to make it regardless of what others deem success.”

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 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.

 

Dec
13
Fri
Matt Nakoa w/ Television Skies
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Boston Globe says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.”

Matt Nakoa

Matt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America, and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. The Boston Globe says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.”

Born on a small goat farm in New York State, Nakoa trained to be a concert pianist before accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. He developed his dramatic songwriting style with his college alt-rock band, The Fens, and after the band dissolved, he landed in NYC. It was in Manhattanʼs all-night piano bars that Nakoa developed an uncanny ability to command the attention of any audience. His first solo albums, released in 2012 and 2014, garnered multiple songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festivalʼs New Folk Competition.

Nakoaʼs newest album, Casting Shadows, is a spellbinding blend of pop, soul, and classical influences that tells a story of childhood dreams crashing headlong into grownup reality. The Ark of Music magazine proclaims, “What we have here is a truly encouraging sign of what pop could once again become …”

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Television Skies

TELEVISION SKIES is the most exciting indie/pop duo to come out of the greater NY area, combining catchy, foot-stomping hooks and melodies with a dynamic and high energy live show; it is simply a matter of time before they burst onto the world stage. Formed in 2016 by drummer, Paul Maczaj and guitarist Ihor Shuhan, the band recorded, produced and released their first EP “Heart in Hand” in the summer of that year. They followed with their first full length album “The Observer” in early 2017 which featured a full side length concept piece of the same name. The third, self-titled album, released in late 2017, showed signs of a more refined rock sound in the vein of the Arctic Monkeys and Led Zeppelin, a contrast to the heavier blues influence of Heart in Hand and the prog-rock themes of The Observer. At the end of 2018 the band began touring heavily throughout NY, NJ and PA in anticipation of their new album “DIFFERENCES” scheduled for release in late June of 2019. DIFFERENCES signaled a rebirth of the band; after a quiet summer in 2018, TELEVISION SKIES began incorporating a completely new style, with heavy influence by Walk the Moon, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and other pop centered artists. This transformation saw Ihor put down his guitar in favor of a microphone and occasionally a piano, the addition of backing tracks and samples opened the door to a new world of creative possibility in a two piece band.

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90’s TRIBUTE TO BENEFIT
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm

The Charlotte music community comes together again for the 14th Tribute To Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital at NODA’s Neighborhood Theatre on Friday, December 13th. Organized and created by local musician, Justin Fedor (The New Familiars/Ancient Cities), the concert series has raised almost $50,000 for the hospital and this time around, bands will pay tribute to the 90’s.

A $10 suggested donation will go to benefit the hospital. The concert showcases some of best acts from Charlotte and beyond: Tyler Ramsey, Fedor & The Denim Denim feat. Ashley Strongarm, Evergone, Dane Page, Wes Hamilton & The Railroaders, Dūk Tan, Tony Eltora, School Of Rock with 90s Dance Party immediately following with DJ Justin Aswell.

Tonight’s Artist will pay tribute to: Tom Petty, Radiohead, No Doubt, Matchbox 20, Dwight Yoakam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, one hit wonders & more!

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Fedor, MaxxMusic, Neighborhood Theatre, Cardinal Restoration, Free Range Brewing and drumStrong.

Garcia Peoples
Dec 13 @ 10:30 pm
arcia Peoples trace a line between ’60s West Coast psych and Jersey indie roots.

Formed in New Jersey by Tom Malach and Danny Arakaki, the band took a few years to find their flying shape, solidifying into a lineup with Danny’s brother Cesar on drums and Derek Spaldo on bass by mid-2016. Ramping up their acceleration around the time of their 2018 Cosmic Cash debut, they’ve blasted through residencies and new songs and sessions and collaborations, leaving a trail of live tapes in their wake, along with the crashing power of 2019’s Natural Facts follow-up, and scaling ever upwards.

 

With a stash of live recordings accumulating at the Live Music Archive, Garcia Peoples’ music is very much a living entity. Since the release of their previous two albums, songs have started to expand, jam suites have grown, and experiments have been undertaken. The first part of 2019 has seen Garcia Peoples back Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth (an expanded Solar Peoples Band has hit double-drummer overdrive several times now), and joined with guitarist Ryley Walker. They’ve improvised on WFMU, and jammed with the sounds of ocean waves and falling rain at strange late night happenings. Probably something else new and wonderful and weird has happened in the Garciaverse since I wrote this.

 

Whether or not you thought you knew Garcia Peoples’ music, One Step Behind is something new and beautiful, for new heads and old. No matter where you stand–behind, beyond, or another plane altogether–One Step Behind is ready. For those about to get on the Bus, we salute you.

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14
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Quiet Hounds Album Release! Quiet Hounds
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Album Release! A lush, wanderlust-soaked collection of dreamy pop arrangements.

Quiet Hounds’ first-ever performance in 2011 organically drew an underground scene of 400 attendees. Dressed in latent leather dog masks, they delivered a late 1800s / early 1900s inspired immersive fan experience built by hand. The success of the art experience led to further experimentation as the band began telling stories of The South’s history through bonding music with Atlanta’s food scene with Dinner Bell, a Quiet Hounds made intimate, “break bread” dining experience that gathers community around a farm table with nationally acclaimed chefs (Hugh Acheson of Top Chef) and music to accompany (guests Drivin’ n Cryin’, The Indigo Girls).

 

Atlanta’s history has had a vast impact on Quiet Hounds’ artistic endeavors that has inhaled and exhaled some of the city’s soul. Since its inception, the band has been unifying local musicians, artists, dancers, writers, real estate moguls, chefs, charities and small businesses in unique ways. “Quiet Hounds is about sharing an authentic, hopeful joy with the world,” says the band. “We aim to preserve the history and art in our region by keeping these stories alive. We are surrounded by so much rich history that make our city a storytelling playground. We are so grateful for that and for the support of such a talented community”

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The Orange Constant and Natural Born Leaders
Dec 14 @ 10:30 pm
Welcome back The Orange Constant and Natural Born Leaders to The Evening Muse

The Orange Constant

Formed in the college bars of Statesboro, Ga. in 2012 and transplanted to Athens among the reminiscence of R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, vintage rock outfit The Orange Constant blends the organic charm of southern psychedelia, heartfelt narrative and progressive composition all with a spontaneous yet pop-like sensibility.

Natural Born Leaders

With a sound that floats seamlessly between rock, reggae, jazz, hip-hop [and] funk’ (Live Music Daily), Natural Born Leaders aim to bring a fresh groove to America’s soundscape. Monthly tour runs throughout the year and a steady growth of media appearances have made Natural Born Leaders a widespread crowd-favorite. With a magnetic beat and solid rhyme, it’s hard not to groove along with every song. Natural Born Leaders have headlined Asheville’s famous Orange Peel, and opened for Kool Keith, Nappy Roots, Eric Gales Band, Kurtis Blow, Hayley Jane and the Primates, and Spafford.

 

NBL’s music as a whole is fueled by creative and abstract thought. The lyrics are real, heartfelt, and raw. The rhythm section is nothing short of hard hitting & funky and will get your feet moving. They are directly influenced by groups contrasting in range from The Fugees to Black Sabbath and their music displays links to everything from jazz to blues, to Afro-Latin and jam band styles.

 

Dec
16
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Dec 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
Dec 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.

 

Dec
17
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 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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