Calendar

Dec
15
Sat
Magic of Christmas- Family Series
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Jason Bieler (of Saigon Kick)
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Songwriter, guitarist, hand model, amateur surgeon, producer, Owl Stretching, Saigon Kick, quipster, director of frivolity & music freak.

Magic of Christmas
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Tribute to the 80s to Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm

The Charlotte music community comes together again for the 12th Tribute To Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital at NODA’s Neighborhood Theatre on Friday, June 29th. 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 80’s.

A $10 suggested donation will go to benefit the hospital. The concert showcases some of best acts from Charlotte and beyond: Ashley Armstrong, Time Sawyer, The Sammies, Evergone, The Business People, Modern Primitives, The Wormholes, Kodiak Brotherhood and the Superjam featuring members of The New Familiars, Ancient Cities, The Houston Brothers, Chosovi, Mirror Man and more!

Tonight’s artists will pay tribute to: INXS, The Cure, Poison, The Police, Tears For Fears, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner & more!!

Misnomer
Dec 15 @ 10:30 pm

Misnomer (formerly Mister Tie Dye) is a nine-piece ensemble based out of Athens, Georgia. It began as a collective of students from the University of Georgia channeling their influences from classical, hip-hop, funk, and jazz music into something original. The group is comprised of alto and tenor saxophone, two trumpets, tenor and bass trombone, keyboard and synthesizer, bass, and drums. They perform a repertoire of music that spans several genres, influenced by artists and composers like OutKast, NO BS! Brass Band, musicians from GroundUp Music, and more. According to Flagpole Magazine, “[Misnomer’s] music is as exciting as it is uncategorizable. The nine-piece, horn-centric outfit blends jazz fusion, deep funk, instrumental hip hop, and modern classical to create an intoxicating sound that’s unlike anything else in town.”
Misnomer has enjoyed sharing the stage with several national-touring acts such as Turkuaz, CBDB, The Werks, and more. In February 2017, they released their EP, Mister Tie Dye, and in April 2018 released their first full-length album, Neighborhood. This album is composed of original songs and features Drí of Partials (Athens, GA) on the track “New World.” The diversity of their composers is apparent in Misnomer’s music, elevating their sound beyond a single genre. The group incorporates the writing techniques of older big bands into modern genres of popular music. To call it jazz fusion or a jam band would be a misnomer.

Chase Rice
Dec 15 @ 11:00 pm

Fame often has a chilling effect on one’s psyche. However much as he’s done his entire life, when faced with a No. 1 major label debut album in 2014’s Ignite the Night, as well as a pair of Top 5 singles with the RIAA Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and Gold- certified “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Chase Rice turned his cheek and took the path less traveled. As he readily recounts, the country music maverick has only grown more self- aware, mature and grateful in the wake of his success. “I’m a different person in a lot of ways,” Rice says looking back at his younger self, who moved to Nashville following the sudden death of his father “having no clue what the hell I was doing,” wrote a batch of killer songs and went for broke in the country music industry. “I was searching,” Rice says. “I didn’t know who I was as an artist. But now, it’s a new me. It’s a whole new deal. Now I know exactly where I am in life.” He laughs. “Well, not exactly. But I’ve got a better idea, anyway.”
The past few years have been monumental ones for Rice: following the release of Ignite the Night, the 31-year-old budding superstar toured the world with four massive headlining tours and stadium-show opening runs for country megastars including Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. “I was just having fun. I was riding the wave,” he says.

Dec
16
Sun
Magic of Christmas
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Double Door Inn Anniversary Reunion Party
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm

Lenny Federal Band, Randy Franklin & the Sardines, The Monday Night Allstars

For over 43 years, the Double Door Inn was more than an old house on Charlottetowne Avenue. It was recognized as one of the oldest blues music venues in the United States, bringing in musicians of all genres to Charlotte, NC. It was the place that you went to hang out on Friday afternoon, or Saturday night. To meet old friends, and make new ones.

What had once been the house built by the Wearn family, one of the prominent families in Charlotte during the early 20th centuries, become the home of the Charlotte music scene, and the place where owner Nick Karres oversaw countless nights of music and memories.

While we cannot bring it back, this show is a homecoming for the many that had the Double Door Inn pass through them, just as much as we passed through it. On the week that the venue would have celebrated its 45th anniversary, we bring together two of the most famous names in the Double Door¹s history. The Lenny Federal Band, and the Monday Night All Stars.

We also welcome back Nick Karres and his family, who have been part of our own extended families for many years.

Gather, return, and let the music play on.
-Daniel Coston

Magic of Christmas
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Dec
17
Mon
Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment: Every Monday, at 8:00 p.m., Puckett’s Farm Equipment, a bar and music venue in Derita (and yes, it used to sell farm equipment), hosts an open mic that features all kinds of music. No cover. 18+.
2740 West Sugar Creek Road, 704-597-8230

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 17 @ 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.

 

Knocturnal
Dec 17 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 18 @ 12:00 am
A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
Knocturnal: A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
Dec
18
Tue
Gold Old War, Beta Radio, Allman Brown
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm

Good Old War will release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.

Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Dec 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Smokey Joe’s for rustic drinks-only, live music, big TVs & pool tables in relaxed, kitsch-filled digs. Show what you got at our Open Mic nights! 
 
 
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 18 @ 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. 

 

Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam
Dec 18 @ 10:30 pm

Free show by Jesse Lamar Williams & the Menastree Jazz Jam. 3rd Tuesday of month.

Dec
19
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summit Coffee continues to offer live music, usually with no cover. Summit is located at 128 South Main Street in Davidson. Call them at 704-895-9090 with questions.

Karla Davis
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm

Karla Davis is a soulful singer/songwriter from Monroe, North Carolina. Driven by the church, it was the choir that invoked her musical spirit. Music found Karla just as quickly as her fingers found their home on the fret board of her first guitar just over five years ago. 

Karla took a leap of faith in the fall of 2009 when she decided to move to Nashville, TN. In January 2010 Karla was named the national winner of the Colgate Country Showdown and was given the title Best New Act in Country Music. After starting her own independent record label and recording her first two albums, Karla found herself on Season 2 of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ in 2012 where she made it to the top 16 on Team Adam.

Following her success on The Voice, Karla began working with industry veterans Gordon Kennedy and Jeff Balding with whom she released her single ‘I Can’t Sleep Tonight’ in February of 2015. Karla is currently writing and in the studio working on her upcoming EP with Mapletop Entertainment.

Vienna Boys’ Choir
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Vienna Boys’ Choir or Vienna Choir Boys is a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world. The boys are selected mainly from Austria, but also from many other countries. 

 

Dec
20
Thu
Live Music at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Located in the beautiful Center City Charlotte ( 4th street and Tryon), just a few blocks from the Belk Theatre, Overstreet Mall and the Bobcats Arena. Chima offers authentic Brazilian cuisine and chic dining experience. Enjoy cocktails and the best view of Uptown Charlotte in our elegant upstairs lounge. Chima also offers live music every Thursday at the bar & Lounge from 6 to 9. 

Lisa De Novo at Growler USA
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lisa began singing and songwriting at a very young age. By age 10, she had 3 albums handwritten in journals. She started performing at community outreaches through music, drama, and dance, then branched out to open mics and solo gigs. “I’ve been in love with music for as long as I can remember. I tried out different career paths, but the only thing that felt right for me was music. Music is a powerful thing. It allows you to get things off your chest while connecting with others on a very deep level.”

 

Lisa’s influences include Amy Winehouse, Florence and the Machine, Foster the People, Lights, Ed Sheran, Above and Beyond, Odesza, and Coldplay. In October 2016, she released her first solo EP the Stars Align – now available on itunes and spotify. She has done several electronic dance music collaborations with DJ’s all over the world. The songs have more than 300,000 hits on youtube. 

 

The alternative pop/rock band – Lisa De Novo Band – is made up of singer-songwriter Lisa De Novo, lead guitarist Zach Willard, bass player Michael Lanigan, and drummer Mitch Moore. “We’ve officially been a band since April 2017 after I asked the guys to join me at Shakedown Festival. We could tell after the first time we jammed together, that we instantly clicked. The guys heard my songs and added their own unique twists to them! My jaw dropped and I knew we had to make an album.”

The Big Bang marks Lisa De Novo’s first full-length studio album. “Recording was a very difficult process. There were so many setbacks like losing my voice from late night gigs and early morning studio sessions as well as struggling to make time to write and practice.” Lisa worked hard to complete the album with a packed schedule, working more than 60 hours a week. In order to fund the album, she taught music at two different preschools, worked a studio job, hosted open mic nights, played shows, and led worship at her church—with little or no time off. Despite the personal sacrifices and recording challenges, Lisa embraces the art form of the recording process at its core. “Guitar takes were the hardest because there are so many ways to strum a G chord! The harmonies were the most fun because I was able to experiment with new vocal sounds and sing notes I never knew I could sing.’

 

The Big Bang Album is a unique blend of pop, soul, and alternative rock. Combining Mitch’s metal drum background, Michael’s funk bass techniques, Zach’s progressive rock guitar style, with Lisa’s sweet yet soulful voice, the album evokes a truly organic sound. The album includes 7 full band songs, including “Not Giving Up,” “Cigarette Love Song,” and the crowd favorite “Monkey See, Monkey Do.” There are also 3 acoustic songs that feature different instruments giving the album an exciting dynamic vibe.

 

Please join them for the Big Bang CD release show on 5/5/18!

 

*A portion of the proceeds will go to Girls Rock Charlotte – a nonprofit organization that amplifies the confidence of ALL girls and women through the power of music. www.girlsrockclt.org

Lisa De Novo debuts first full length album The Big Bang on 5-5-18 at the Visulite Theater! Click here for tickets

 
 
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 20 @ 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.

 

Renelvis (free show)
Dec 20 @ 9:00 pm

Renelvis emerged in Charlotte during the early 90s, claiming to be just another Elvis Presley impersonator. While he may not look or talk like your typical Memphis bluesman, all one has to do is listen to him belt out “Hound Dog” or watch him swivel his hips, and you’ll be convinced that The King is back.

 

Rene will be performing a mix of his original songs and some Elvis favorites, as well as telling stories from his book.

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Dec 20 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Shana Blake Band is an innovative new take on the old soul cover band. The ensemble hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and features singer/songwriter Shana Blake (The Near Misses, Wavy Space, Tesser), veteran guitarist Keith Shamel (Virgo Musik, Daily Soul), bassist Dave Eatman (Bellyful, Automatic Chi) and drummer/percussionist Scott Newell (Vonce, Justice League). The expressive vocals and rich textures of the instrumentation fuse coherently to create a sound that’s as smooth as honey, with a hint of R&B, funk, reggae, southern rock, gospel, country, jazz and the blues. The repertoire covers the gamut from emotionally-charged ballads to energetic, danceable grooves. The song choices are anything but ordinary and, along with the original compositions, appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. An evening with Shana Blake & Pivotal Soul is like a breath of fresh air. Funky fresh air.

Dec
21
Fri
Magic of Christmas
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Mics and Mochas at Comic Girl Coffee
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mics and Mochas: Comic Girl Coffee has started presenting an open micFridays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dates are scheduled through January 19th. Check back to see if the series is extended. Suggested $5 donation. Free lattes for performers. Comic Girl Coffee is an inclusive place, very comfortable for the LGBT community.
516 East 15th Street

The Sammies CD Release Bash, with Parker Gispert from The Whigs
Dec 21 @ 9:00 pm

The Sammies are proud to announce the release of their 4th studio album Bonfire Nightclub.  Recorded in 2017 at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium in Kernersville NC, and coming in at just under 40 minutes, it harkens back to their eponymous first album.  In part due to the fact that The Sammies enlisted famed indie rock producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) to produce/mix/engineer the session, just as he did on that first album.  Brothers Huntley again fire back and forth at one another, taking turns on vocal duties, and at times adding a little “blood harmony” to the mix. 

Formed in Charlotte by way of Wadesboro NC, The Sammies have played hundreds of shows all across the United States, from Claremont CA to Boston MA, SXSW to Sundance, and everywhere in between.  With songs placed in movies (Employee of the Month) and TV (Friday Night Lights, Entourage), and albums available for streaming or however you take your music now, come check out the band that Bill Murray would give 3 thumbs up to had he met them.

Dec
22
Sat
Magic of Christmas
Dec 22 @ 3:00 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Magic of Christmas
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Dec
23
Sun
Magic of Christmas
Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Magic of Christmas
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher James Lees, conductor

From snow falling in the theater to sing-alongs and Santa, families have been making the Charlotte Symphony a part of their holiday tradition for more than 20 years.

Dec
24
Mon
Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment: Every Monday, at 8:00 p.m., Puckett’s Farm Equipment, a bar and music venue in Derita (and yes, it used to sell farm equipment), hosts an open mic that features all kinds of music. No cover. 18+.
2740 West Sugar Creek Road, 704-597-8230

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 24 @ 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.

 

Knocturnal
Dec 24 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:00 am
A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
Knocturnal: A weekly party born from the brains of Justin Aswell and friends featuring the best in electronic, hip hop & forward music for the truly awesome human being.
Dec
25
Tue
Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Dec 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Smokey Joe’s for rustic drinks-only, live music, big TVs & pool tables in relaxed, kitsch-filled digs. Show what you got at our Open Mic nights! 
 
 
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 25 @ 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
26
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summit Coffee continues to offer live music, usually with no cover. Summit is located at 128 South Main Street in Davidson. Call them at 704-895-9090 with questions.

Dec
27
Thu
Live Music at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Located in the beautiful Center City Charlotte ( 4th street and Tryon), just a few blocks from the Belk Theatre, Overstreet Mall and the Bobcats Arena. Chima offers authentic Brazilian cuisine and chic dining experience. Enjoy cocktails and the best view of Uptown Charlotte in our elegant upstairs lounge. Chima also offers live music every Thursday at the bar & Lounge from 6 to 9. 

Rock of Ages
Dec 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America!

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. Know What Love Is, Feel the Noise, and Take Your Best Shot at oneof the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.

This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”

You can add tickets for this show now to a Broadway Lights PNC season ticket order. Call 704-335-1010 for season ticket information.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Dec 27 @ 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.

 

Travers Brothership, Downtown Abby & The Echoes
Dec 27 @ 9:00 pm
“This is a band that possesses a soulful magic and heart you don’t find in many young bands. This is real art.’ – Danny Harlen Mote, Lucky Trend Music

Twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers have been making music and stunning audiences since they first began performing together at 13 years old. 

In 2012 the twin brothers formed their latest project, Travers Brothership, an Alternative, Soul, and Funk ensemble based out of Asheville, NC.

It is safe to say The Brothership stands out amongst most acts climbing the charts in the U.S. today. Why do they stand out so boldly amongst the others? They care to make each concert a unique and unforgettable experience. Utilizing the band’s unmatched live energy and superior songwriting, they create a live atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community. A Travers Brothership concert is best described as a wild block party, and this is a party you don’t wanna miss.

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

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

‘A Way To Survive’ was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and outstanding reviews. The album has won numerous awards including ‘Best Studio Album of 2016’ at Homegrown Music Network, and has received airplay on radio stations throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Following the success of their first record, the band was voted ‘Best Alternative Band of 2016’ by the readers of Asheville’s Mountain Xpress, confirming the bands status as a staple of the Southeast music scene.

Travers Brothership is currently touring the U.S. in support of ‘A Way To Survive’ and writing songs for their highly anticipated sophomore release.

‘There are hundreds of great bands aiming for the major leagues, but few of them bring such a complete package as Travers Brothership. In this horse race, I’ve found where I’m putting my money.’ – Brian Swenk, Homegrown Music Network

Downtown Abby & The Echoes

DownTown Abby & The Echoes captures the spirit of old soul while emphasizing its youthful energy and fresh songwriting. 

Delivering vocals and keyboard is our leading lady, DownTown Abby, Abby Bryant. Laying down the groove are The Echoes with Bailey Faulkner (guitar), Logan Hall (bass), and Steven Cornacchia (drums).

DTA & The Echoes formed in the summer of 2016 in the mountains of North Carolina, taking influence from the work of the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals among many titans of southern soul and Mo-town. Over a year later, the band relocated to Charlotte to bring its fresh take on soul to an ever-growing fan base. With performances at regional festivals and some of NC’s most popular music venues under its belt, DownTown Abby & The Echoes has never been more focused on its mission to bring funky, dance-inducing original tunes to the places you most love to hear music.

The band’s EP, Leavin’ You, brings the energy of a live DTA show to the web, encouraging everyone to hear the exciting new directions modern soul rock is headed.

With powerful vocals and a groovy rhythm section, DownTown Abby & The Echoes is a must-see for all ages and musical preferences.

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Dec 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Shana Blake Band is an innovative new take on the old soul cover band. The ensemble hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and features singer/songwriter Shana Blake (The Near Misses, Wavy Space, Tesser), veteran guitarist Keith Shamel (Virgo Musik, Daily Soul), bassist Dave Eatman (Bellyful, Automatic Chi) and drummer/percussionist Scott Newell (Vonce, Justice League). The expressive vocals and rich textures of the instrumentation fuse coherently to create a sound that’s as smooth as honey, with a hint of R&B, funk, reggae, southern rock, gospel, country, jazz and the blues. The repertoire covers the gamut from emotionally-charged ballads to energetic, danceable grooves. The song choices are anything but ordinary and, along with the original compositions, appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. An evening with Shana Blake & Pivotal Soul is like a breath of fresh air. Funky fresh air.

Dec
28
Fri
E.T.: Movie in Concert
Dec 28 @ 7:30 pm

A MAGICAL ADVENTURE. ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MUSIC. FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT.

Extend the magic of the holiday season with an unforgettable family experience! Legendary director Steven Spielberg and iconic film composer John Williams join forces for this heartwarming masterpiece filled with unparalleled imagination. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends 10-year-old Elliott. Experience their captivating adventure like never before, with this Academy Award®-winning film score performed live by the Charlotte Symphony in sync to the full feature-length film projected on a huge high-definition screen.

Mics and Mochas at Comic Girl Coffee
Dec 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mics and Mochas: Comic Girl Coffee has started presenting an open micFridays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dates are scheduled through January 19th. Check back to see if the series is extended. Suggested $5 donation. Free lattes for performers. Comic Girl Coffee is an inclusive place, very comfortable for the LGBT community.
516 East 15th Street

Pat McGee, Ernie Halter
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm

“I never expected any of these legends to say yes, but I figured it was worth a shot,” says PAT MCGEE about his star-studded new self-titled album. “If nothing else, I wanted them to know that I felt they would have been the perfect band for these songs. I have never been a guy that asked for favors or perks in this business, but on this project I definitely swung for the fences and thought to myself, ‘Why not? The worst they can say is ‘no’.”

Fortunately, the iconic players he had hoped to work with gave him a resounding, “Yes!” The dream team McGee assembled includes musical legends Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar (nicknamed “The Section”). Other notable musicians such as Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher as well as Pat McGee’s own band contributed to the album’s sound.

Recorded in Los Angeles in 2014, Pat McGee was influenced by the classic albums of the 1970s that were spun in his childhood home. “I was inspired to write a record that was not based on a ‘single’ but on the wholeness of the complete album,” Pat explains. “I was at a friend’s house, listening to what I thought was someone’s playlist on an iPod. When I realized they were spinning full albums on vinyl, I was blown away. The very next day, I decided to buy a record player and picked up the ten records that lit the fire in me to start playing music, including seminal records by James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.”

Channeling the vintage warmth of those recordings, he began writing an album that would have the same timeless quality of singer/songwriter rock from the Laurel Canyon scene of the early 70s.

Once McGee had written enough material for an album, he began to wonder what would happen if he reached out to the musicians who helped to shape his ear. An impossible task, he thought, but he decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it. One by one, the pieces started to fit together and each of them accepted his offer. As though the universe had always intended for this record to be made. “You could tell when we got to the studio that all these guys just loved playing with each other,” McGee recalls. “From the moment that we played the opening warm-up casual jam, I knew that this was going to blow away anything that I could have ever dreamed.”

From the guitar intro of opening track “Bad Idea,” the natural connection between the players was obvious, sounding much more like a band who had been playing together for decades instead of being assembled for just one record. In lieu of the modern process of painstakingly tracking each individual instrument, the band jammed. “I would show them my song idea and they would ask to hear the meaning of the lyric, and 10 minutes later, we had a take on tape,” he says, still in awe of that process. “We never tracked more than two or three takes before moving onto the next song. In all of these moments, I felt like I was witnessing the creation of an iconic classic rock guitar moment, drum part or bass line– it was happening right before my very eyes. And the fact that these guys were making it happen on songs that I wrote is just still so unbelievable to me.”

Rock of Ages
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America!

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. Know What Love Is, Feel the Noise, and Take Your Best Shot at oneof the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.

This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”

You can add tickets for this show now to a Broadway Lights PNC season ticket order. Call 704-335-1010 for season ticket information.

Wormholes, Jah Will, Sweat Transfer
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm

The Wormholes are an experimental-art-rock trio out of Charlotte, NC.
The band’s captivating live performances are a testament to their professionalism and thoughtfulness to every detail of their craft.  
The Wormholes sound blends guitar, synthesizer, and drums into an intriguing mix of rock, synth pop, and psychedelia.
This sound, combined with original art, haze-cutting lasers, and black-light reactive backdrops, creates a mesmerizingly unique experience for audiences.

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Rock of Ages
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America!

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. Know What Love Is, Feel the Noise, and Take Your Best Shot at oneof the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.

This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”

You can add tickets for this show now to a Broadway Lights PNC season ticket order. Call 704-335-1010 for season ticket information.

E.T.: Movie in Concert
Dec 29 @ 7:30 pm

A MAGICAL ADVENTURE. ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MUSIC. FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT.

Extend the magic of the holiday season with an unforgettable family experience! Legendary director Steven Spielberg and iconic film composer John Williams join forces for this heartwarming masterpiece filled with unparalleled imagination. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends 10-year-old Elliott. Experience their captivating adventure like never before, with this Academy Award®-winning film score performed live by the Charlotte Symphony in sync to the full feature-length film projected on a huge high-definition screen.

Truckstop Preachers, Jason Moss and the Hosses, The Loose Lugnuts, Bill Noonan and the Hey Joes
Dec 29 @ 7:30 pm

‘Call it high octane outlaw country. It’s a high-energy show something along the lines of Rev. Horton Heat.’ Electric honky-tonk is another way to view the [Truckstop Preachers] frame of mind, and there’s a bit of cheeky humor thrown in for good measure as well. Definitely a spirited mix known for its good time appeal.’
  — Debbie Jennings, The Herald

‘You don’t have to be a fan of old-time honky-tonk to enjoy this engaging outfit – they serve up tasty twang marinated in humor.’
  — Woody Mitchell, Charlotte Observer

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