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Sounds on the Square Featuring Blue Honey
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring your lawn chair and join us for Sounds on the Square! This free event takes place at The Square at Spirit Square. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. This event will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.

‘The Nashville based duo have the perfect blend of country and blues (hence their band name) in their music and we can’t get enough of it.’ – Juliet Schroder, Celeb Secrets Country

Blue Honey is the result of the combined efforts of individually lauded performer/songwriters Troy Brooks and Kassie Jordan, a husband and wife duo. The connection between the two is undeniable and can only be found between two people in love. Their harmonies intertwine flawlessly while showcasing Kassie’s powerhouse vocals and Troy’s blues inspired guitar riffs. They have brought that rare connection back into the studio to record their sophomore full-length project, Sweet Rebellion, which was co-produced by Kassie and Troy and includes twelve originals songs. The video for the debut single, “Angels Come Home,” debuted on world renowned outlet The Boot. The release of the new album falls on the heels of a milestone 2018 where they were named one of the “10 Country Artists To Watch in 2018” by The Nashville Knack, were included on The Country Source’s “One To Watch 2018” list and Buzzfeed’s “2018’s Country Music Obsessions” list. Their song “Wherever You Are Tonight” was also recently featured on Spectra Music’s Americana Made: Volume 1 compilation album.

May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Trapper Schoepp is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 2​7​ years. That small army of rogues and rebels, drifters and dreamers, soldiers and schemers populate his songs, their tragedies and comedies, their lives and deaths recalled in his finely etched musical vignettes.

The Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), just returned​ ​with his second effort Rangers & Valentines (Xtra Mile Recordings). The record follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut Run Engine, Run. That LP earned notices in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Paste, with the folks at Huffington Post calling him a “master storyteller” and PBS hailing his “story songs that explore and explode the conventions of rock and roll.”

On Rangers & Valentines, Schoepp defies the limitations of the standard-issue Americana platter, hopping genres – you’ll hear lots of brass, backing singers and B-3 — as the songs build to delirious musical highs. His narratives, meanwhile, find subjects in the narrow margins of society, the strange twists (literal and metaphorical) in the weather, and the vagaries of a troubadour’s transient life – with lyrics that flash a lacerating wit and humanist streak that’s at the core of his craft.


  • When: Friday, May 24
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Gareth Asher Record Release; Jason Adamo
May 24 @ 7:30 pm
Gareth Asher

Gareth Asher

Gareth Asher returns to Charlotte, NC promoting his new album, “Defend the Flame.”

With lyricism reflecting and celebrating the inner struggles we face through life’s smiles and tears, “Defend the Flame” reminds us to accept and release the emotions that can often feel insurmountable within us. This message is one that has no doubt been felt through much of his previous music, but through this album, Gareth lays himself bare in a way that he has not shared before. The honesty in the tone of these new and precious songs is one that will leave you feeling more connected to the self and perhaps a little lighter with the knowledge that you are not alone.

Join us May 24th in welcoming Gareth Asher back to The Evening Muse.

Jason Adamo

Jason Adamo

An interesting thing happens when a talented musician ditches gimmicks and masks; honest, unpretentious, full-bodied music is born. Jason Adamo is a truly soulful singer with inspired lyrics and raspy falsetto. Currently residing in Raleigh, NC, Adamo has lived in New York City and Nashville immersing himself in each cities music and songwriting scene. 

Jason Recently received RIAA Gold and Platinum plaques as a songwriter for the song ‘Beautiful Believer’ on Brett Young’s debut album on The Big Machine Label Group.

Adamo’s Joe Cocker-like “bold grit and heart,” and ability to take a captive audience from “engaged silence” to a “floor stomping, rollicking, good time.”

May 24 @ 8:00 pm

Coddle Creek is a high energy creekgrass band from the foothills of NC in beautiful Coddle Creek! It’s traditional bluegrass music with a kick,we like to play fast and let our light shine bright!!! The sweet harmonies and dueling acoustic guitars of longtime friends Travis Weddington and Adam Lawrence are like no other.  Travis Weddington is from Coddle Creek, NC. He grew up playing traditional bluegrass with his family. Travis then got bit by the blues bug, under the wing of Rusty Barkley in the Part Time Blues Band. Shortly thereafter, Travis started ripping up electric guitar leads for the ‘improvisational project band Duk Tan”. His vocals songwriting and acoustic guitar licks are the icing on the cake in Coddle Creek.  With his original songs, vocals, and acoustic guitar picking, Adam Lawrence is a large part of the sweet sounds of Coddle Creek. After hearing recordings at a young age of his father, Jack Lawrence, and the late Doc Watson, Adam dove into the guitar and hasn’t looked back. He has had the honor to play on stage with many of the great flatpickers of our time, which only increases his desire to play. Adam’s influences include the late Doc Watson and his father, Jack Lawrence, to Django Reinhardt, Clarence White, Bryan Sutton, Stephen Mougin and far too many others to include. Adam also enjoys branching out with many different genres, from progressive blues and most recently jam bands. Adam continues to redefine and create his own style of flatpicking with traveling and playing any kind of music nationwide.  Dave Mclendon, the veteran musician and long time bass player for Duk Tan, hails from the backwoods of Richfield, NC where you can hear the slapping of the cat gut on the hollow body of a sexy stand up fiddle off in the distance, if all is quiet and you put your ear to the ground…Just listen, you’ll hear it!  Steven Davidson has been all around this great country of ours and played with some of the living legends of our time. He’s toured around with Spongecake and the Fluff Ramblers holding down the low end but barely holding his eyes open behind the wheel of their slow moving van! Steven has twice the strings now and he’s using every one of them and chucking his way along with the Coddle Creek crew! He’s a well rounded musician and the perfect fit for this group of misfits, plus, the Mandolin makes him look alot bigger than the bass does! Waylon Bayard will be making appearances from time to time when the spirit of the night comes calling him to lay down a sweet beat to some creekgrass music, like a train chuggin’ down the line! Waylon has been holding down the tempo for some time now with all types of bands and music is his genre, the kid can make any song, no matter how rough, smooth as silk! Waylon is the long time drummer for Duk Tan and has toured the world with some great industrial bands such as Voodou and The Haitian Hate Gods and this has prepared him to go fast and shine with Coddle Creek!  See y’all at the show!!!



Start Time: 8:00

The Local Boys are a band that has been waiting for the appellation ‘Americana’, as ‘Bluegrass’ just doesn’t cover the material they do. With all members of The Local Boys having deep roots in traditional music, they have a love for the musical styles that influenced and evolved from old time, country, and bluegrass.  The Local Boys are fairly standard in their acoustic instrumental arrangement. Lead Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Rhythm Guitar, and Bass. Additional instruments may be available upon request including mandolin, fiddle, classical violin, cello, and percussion. They can accommodate as a duo, all the way to a large production band! All members of the band are superb lead and harmony vocalists. This gives them the ability to find the perfect combination of voices to render any song.  The Local Boys have performed at Merlefest the last 20 years running. In addition, they’ve hosted the Plaza Stage with the late, Grammy award winning, Tut Taylor. They actively participate in the outreach program, sponsored by Merlefest, bringing music to surrounding area schools. Look for them at the festival this year!

Emmy Law; Paulina Evers
May 24 @ 9:00 pm

Emmy Law 9-10:30pm

Paulina Evers 10:45-1:30am


May 24 @ 9:00 pm

Misanthropic Aggression
with Novgorod
and special guests Oculum Dei
plus Valle Crucis
and Atlanta, Georgia’s Internment 666


SNUG 600 : PLEASURES w/ Whispering Man, Chew, Acne
May 24 @ 10:00 pm – May 25 @ 2:00 am
PLEASURES: Psychedelic Dark Space Pop
CHEW: fuzz-laden psych
Dreamy, noisy punk.
May 24 @ 10:00 pm – May 25 @ 1:30 am


Joyfest Gospel Music Festival at Carowinds
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
One of the country’s largest gospel music festivals is returning to Carowinds! Be blessed and inspired from award-winning gospel musicians including Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, and more.

Set for Saturday, May 25th, the concert will showcase national headlining artists from across the country at Carowinds’ 13,000-seat, outdoor Paladium Amphitheatre. 

Buy your park admission and concert tickets in advance!

May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ben Sparaco and The New Effect formed in 2017 when Florida-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist began playing with drummer Anthony Quirk and bassist Adam Discipio. Now based in the flourishing musical oasis of Nashville, TN, Ben and the band have maintained a massive touring schedule, cutting their teeth playing coast to coast in clubs and festivals.

Sparaco spent his teen years making a name for himself in the jam scene of the southeast, playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band, Dead and Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more before he had even turned 21. This included a touring stint in late Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks’ band. After recording his 2016 release “Bring the Jubilee EP” with a Florida-based group of musicians, he moved to Nashville. There, he amassed a group of some of Nashville’s finest to record his debut solo record “Wooden” with producer Ross Holmes (Mumford and Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes), which also featured a guest appearance from Luther Dickinson.

After finalizing The New Effect’s powerful lineup with Berklee College of Music graduates Quirk and Discipio, Sparaco’s songwriting started drifting from his southern rock roots, showing indie rock, new wave, and pop influences, evident on the EP “Greetings, from Ben Sparaco and The New Effect.” Following this with the single “Scared of The Dark” in the fall of 2018, Sparaco and his band have earned glowing press reviews, further establishing themselves as up and comers to watch in the indie rock world.


  • When: Saturday, May 25
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
May 25 @ 9:00 pm

DIGITAL NOIR with DJ Spider & DJ Price

SATURDAY, MAY 25th 2019


at The Milestone Club in Charlotte, North Carolina


May 25 @ 9:00 pm – May 26 @ 12:00 am


When Particles Collide/Motel Glory/SpyBaby
May 25 @ 9:00 pm – May 26 @ 12:00 am

Join When Particles Collide with Motel Glory and Spybaby at Tommy’s Pub for a night of rock n roll. It also happens to be almost Chris’ birthday (at midnight) so we may as well make it a Charlotte Birthday Bash.

When Particles Collide

On its new EP, “Fade To Gold”, WPC is at the top of its game, harmonizing and thrashing as one. -Joe Sweeney, The Bangor Daily News//The Bollard, 9/2018

Motel Glory

Inducing tinnitus and hangovers since 2009.
SNUG 600 : TEMP JOB w/ Indigo De Souza + Icky Bricketts, GASP
May 25 @ 10:00 pm – May 26 @ 2:00 am
TEMP JOB is an eclectic 8 piece band based in Knoxville, Tn who perform music inspired by 70s funk, 80s New Wave, and modern hip hop.

Indigo De Souza:
Asheville pop rock

‘One foot in the grave, the other dancing wildly about’– serves as a sort of GASP manifesto. A dark litany of worldly cares and psychic damage recounted across an existentialist cocktail of post-punk funk, the dark underbelly of Americana, a veritable bouquet of avant-garde influences, and an eight-limbed percussion section form the core of their baroque new-wave sound.
Monty Mak
May 25 @ 10:30 pm
Monty Mak

Monty Mak

Monty Mak, fronted by Charlotte Native Singer/Songwriter Monty Makarow, melds voice, instrument and story together to create interesting and complex layers of rhythm, beat and experience. The band itself, a union of family and friends, brings their individual talents to Makarow’s haunting scenes from songs such as Mystical Child and In Her Own Blood. In Calhoun we are reminded of Makarow’s roots while California sets us dreaming of other lives. The upbeat Papa keeps your feet moving while daring you to follow the story of a young girls struggle to connect.

However your ear perceives it, MONTY MAK has much to offer – a true and explosive fusion of sound and story.

SNUG 600 Cookout w/ Paint Fumes, Model Zero
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paint Fumes: Taco Bell eatin voodoo magicin mad dog 20-20 drinkin night train ridin lucid dreams
Model Zero:
Synth psych punk
May 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly has honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.

A powerful live performer, the musician has won over fans through non-stop touring as well as a heralded collaboration with the North Mississippi Allstars & Southern Soul Assembly.

Since his recording debut in 1989, Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo’s Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders’ song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne’s compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang, Edwin McCain, Sam Bush, Trombone Shorty and Aaron Neville and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO’s New Orleans-based drama, Treme.

Enjoy Rayland Baxter during the Memorial Day Celebration.


  • When: Memorial Day Celebration (May 26)
  • Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Typecaste, Low End, Curiosity Kills
May 26 @ 8:00 pm

FBT Entertainment, Blind Path Booking, Backroom Productions, & The Corillaz Agency Present:

Typecaste / Low End / Curiosity Kills
More TBA

May 26, 2019
Skylark Social Club
2131 Central Ave. Charlotte NC

Doors at 8 PM

ADMISSION: $5 Adv. / $7 Day of Show
Tickets available at

$5 Adv. / $7 Day of Show

Curiosity Kills

Based out of Charlotte, NC, Curiosity Kills brings influences from all genres to provide the Queen City with loud, reckless, mosh/head banging metal!

Logan – Vocalist
Louis – Guitarist
Austen- Guitarist
Travis – Bassist
Tyler – Drummer


Low End

Steadfast E.P. out now!

Apple Music:


The Corillaz Agency

Event PlannerMyrtle Beach, South Carolina
Booking/promoting company in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Contact: | myrtlebeachSCshows@gmail

Backroom Productions

May 26 @ 10:00 pm – May 27 @ 2:00 am


Find Your Muse Open Mic
May 27 @ 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.

Neckbeard Deathcamp, Theories, WVRM, No Convictions
May 27 @ 8:00 pm

FBT Entertainment and Skylark Social Club Present:

Neckbeard Deathcamp
no convictions


WVRM is a grind band from South Carolina. 
Twitter: @wvrmgrind
Instagram: wvrmgrind
Musician/BandPanama City Beach, Florida
Bay County Beatdown.
Upstate Records
Scum Apparel
Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
May 27 @ 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
May 27 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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


Jazz Monday’s
May 27 @ 8:30 pm – May 28 @ 12:00 am

DC Suo Ocie Davis & Troy Conn 8:30pm – 10pm
Rob & Eric’s UNCC Jazz Jam 10pm – ???

No Cover.

Mondays Open Mic With Jeff
May 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic Mondays with Jeff

8:30 till 11pm

May 27 @ 10:00 pm

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. *Beginning July 2, 2018, unless otherwise noted for special performances, admission will be $2 from 9 pm-midnight and then $5 from midnight-2 am.
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.

Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s ‘Jaw-Dropping Spectacle’ (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical.

The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End).

Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this ‘dazzling tale of star crossed lovers’ comes to Belk Theater May 28- June 9, 2019

Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. 

May 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 28 @ 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. 


Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
May 29 @ 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.

Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s ‘Jaw-Dropping Spectacle’ (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical.

The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End).

Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this ‘dazzling tale of star crossed lovers’ comes to Belk Theater May 28- June 9, 2019

Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. 

Grizzly Goat; The New Rustics
May 29 @ 7:30 pm
Grizzly Goat

Grizzly Goat

“The band’s music speaks to those who fine solace in the woods, find awe in the great expanse of the desert, who can hear the mountains calling to them.”–Tahoe on Stage, Reno, NV

Grizzly Goat’s music is as the band’s name suggests, undomesticated. Grizzly’s blend of folk-rock spans the entire breadth of the Americana genre; from soft and sincere campfire ballads to rocking electric harmonica solos on top of pounding drums and flailing banjo.

The band is hardworking and tireless. They’ve brought their rootsy compositions from coast to coast in their white passenger van. Whether at a festival or a small scale BBQ joint, Grizzly Goat’s aim is to connect with their audience on an individual level, building a relationship with each listener.

The New Rustics

The New Rustics

Singer/songwriter Jeff Robinson may not have the image you would think of for a southern rock style band, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover! A NC native who has in the past called Charlotte home, now leads a new Americana/roots rock band ‘The New Rustics’, who have been compared to legendary artists such as The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Uncle Tupelo, and Arlo Guthrie among many others. Basing their music off of classics in an attempt to bring back a southern rock genre that people still long for, The New Rustics have added a modern day twist to a classic rock style. Fusing elements of country, rock, and folk, intertwined with light jams and meaningful lyrics, The New Rustics are making their way in a highly competitive industry. ‘I sing about home a lot, because well, almost everyone can relate to that. There is definitely a theme to my songs that if you pay attention you will hear; traveling, family, music, becoming the best version of yourself, mistakes made, and of course, girls, haha.’
May 29 @ 8:00 pm


Remember the urban legend of the boy next door that played records all day, and at night kept the neighborhood up with songs of his own? He left home one day and was never heard from again. You heard he moved to the big city, lived in cheap motels, ate dollar hamburgers, worked the boulevard with ex-models, thorazine freaks, transvestites, mothers, fathers, drunks, junkies and punk rockers alike. Only, this story is no urban fairytale, it’s the true-life journey of American rapper Mickey Avalon has taken on his path to realize his present day success.

Avalon struggled through many long, lonely, desperate nights under the dizzying city lights but made a personal vow that he would never forget the magic of things he loved the most in this world: his first fix, his first girl, and most importantly the first time he rocked a microphone. Mickey Avalon has done whatever it took to get him to and off Hollywood Blvd and is now inviting everyone into his world.

Mickey Avalon is known to the world as one of the hottest underground American rappers and has become a fan-favorite in part because of his back-story; Avalon’s family upbringing was considered tumultuous. Avalon’s family history starts with paternal grandparents, Holocaust survivors, who endured lasting injuries from their imprisonment at Auschwitz. Avalon grew up in Hollywood, California with his sister. His parents had a hard life and previously abused drugs; his dad was a rock-music-lover heroin addict and his mom a concert ticket and pot dealer, a profession he acquired at age 14. In his late teens, the rapper (born Yeshe Perl) became an Orthodox Jew and tried to be a good teenager. By his early 20s, he had married, had a daughter, shaved his beard and moved to Portland, Oregon, where he turned to prostitution, giving sexually pleasure to fund a raging smack habit. While in Portland, tragedy struck his family: his sister died of a heroin overdose and his father was killed in a car accident by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.

After the deaths of Avalon’s two family members, he decided to move back to Los Angeles and tried to clean up his act, wanting more out of life. He was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty) who encouraged Avalon to pursue his passion of Hip-Hop and collaborate with him on some tracks. The two quickly began passing out demos to Hollywood clubs and developed a following among fans of the Los Angeles nightclub scene. Soon after the guerilla promotions tactics, Avalon signed with Interscope Records/Killer Records/MySpace in 2005. After signing the first-ever Interscope/Myspace record deal, Avalon debuted his self-entitled album in 2006, which showcased his unique rhyming style and focused on experiences on the streets, with drugs, and prostitution. He was also a member of the Dyslexic Speedreaders, a rap group which also included rappers Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, and Beardo, who all appear in Avalon’s music video, ‘Fuckin’ ‘Em All’.

In his short time on the music scene, Avalon has collaborated with many artists such as Young Jeezy and Jermaine Dupri for a recent Boost Mobile commercial. Early in Avalon’s music career, he collaborated with the Happy Mondays on their 2007 album Uncle Dysfunktional, providing vocals on the track “Deviants”. In addition, Avalon co-wrote Unwritten Law’s radio hit, “Shoulda Known Better,” and provided vocals for a remix version which has been released on Unwritten Law’s “Best Of” album, The Hit List. Avalon’s songs have been featured in several film and television projects including the 2008 movie “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” his song “Jane Fonda” was featured briefly in an episode of HBO original series “Entourage,” and his song “My Dick” was featured in the end credit for the HBO original series “Hung.” On the stage, Avalon has opened up for great music artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Travis Barker.

Mickey Avalon has been featured in several magazines including Blender, BPM, LA Weekly, Skinnie as ‘America’s Glam Rapper’. He recently performed in several events this year including fashion mogul Christian Audigier’s on the opening day of the annual MAGIC Marketplace 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Avalon performed hits and fan favorites ‘Jane Fonda,’ ‘So Rich, So Pretty,’ ‘Mr. Right’ and sneak previews of two new songs, ‘Fast Life’ and ‘Stroke Me’ from his highly anticipated second album featuring new collaborations with Kid Rock, Katy Perry(Kitty Perry) and Travis Barker and production by mega-hit producer Dr. Luke. Known for his cult following and non-stop tour schedule, Avalon met a man who shares similar likes of music named DJ Mackey who he befriended in 2006. The rapper recently came off a 20-city run on the ‘Blazed and Confused’ summer tour alongside Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid, and DJ Mackey as his DJ on tour. Avalon is set to release his new single “Stroke Me” to radio this month and is put the finishing touches on his upcoming album tentatively entitled “ELECTRIC GIGAGLO” scheduled for a February 2010 release.



Simon Rex was first introduced to television audiences as an MTV VJ. Soon after, Simon hit fame and popularity delving into acting on shows such as Felicity, Jack and Jill, and What I Like About You. Rex also made guest appearances on Baywatch, Everwood, and Summerland and starred in the Lifetime Series, Monarch Cove. He has also acted in feature films including Scary Movie 3, Karate Dog, Superhero Movie, Scary Movie 4 Hotel California, King Of The Avenue, and Scary Movie 5.

As his alter ego “Dirty Nasty,” actor, musician, producer, and comedian, Simon Rex has developed a die-hard and rabid fan-base across the world since the release of his debut rap-comedy albums 2007 release. Dirt’s second album (2010’s “Nasty As I Wanna Be”) debuted and stayed at the top of Billboard’s comedy charts for weeks and featured guests such as Ke$ha, LMFAO and others.

His music and persona have excitedly received a cult following which are not only dominant on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and iTunes; but at his sold out shows and concerts across the globe.

May 29 @ 8:00 pm

‘a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy.’
– Village Voice

‘a new standard for fusions of rock n’ roll and West African music.’
– Afropop Worldwide

‘Their music avoids cliché with authentic extrapolations of traditional Manding beats, percussion, and jam-band flare.’   
– The New Yorker

 ‘…expertly meshed surf guitar with Malian rhythmic patterns, a Dick Dale moves-to-Timbuktu experiment in Afro-California fusion.’ 
– Boston Herald

‘Toubab Krewe has such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band’s capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock n’ roll and worldbeat being completely rewritten. This is the sound of liberation.’
– Blurt

‘one of the most innovative voices in music today.’  
– Honest Tune




Start Time: 8:00

Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players. Throughout these changes, Scales has demonstrated remarkable perseverance and persistence, a topic that he presented in a TED Talk, while continuing to write and develop his craft and touring the North American and European club and festival circuit—as well as dates in Japan, Central America and The Caribbean. Scales also represented the United States through the Department of State as a musical ambassador in a four week concert tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia in early 2017, an honor for which he was chosen from among three hundred finalists. Read Less

Bitches of the Sun
May 29 @ 9:00 pm

Bitches of the Sun



May 29 @ 9:00 pm – May 30 @ 12:00 am


May Residency : THE BUSINESS PEOPLE w/ Sinners & Saints, Colpa Mia, The Hell Yeah Babies, DJ Will Gilreath
May 29 @ 10:00 pm – May 30 @ 2:00 am
The Business People:
Post-funk and quarter-punk since 2010
Sinners & Saints: foot stompin shit kickin whiskey drinkin sweet lovin music
Colpa Mia:
Indie Rock/Indie Pop band based out of Richmond, Virginia.

The Hell Yeah Babies:
May 30 @ 7:00 pm

Blending styles of alternative folk, introspective songwriting, and elements of jazzy, soulful vocal styles, Holland Teed, a Singer/Songwriter from Charlotte, NC, Lends a refreshing approach to her genre of music.

Holland recorded and released her first original single, ‘Watercolors’ in 2017. Teed majors in Songwriting at Berklee College of Music, and is currently working on the release of her first EP. 

Follow Holland on Instagram @hollandteed for concert/music updates!

May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, Red Wanting Blue has spent the last twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts, notching appearances everywhere from Letterman to NPR and reaching #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, all while operating largely outside the confines of the traditional music industry. For their powerful new album, ‘The Wanting,’ the band handed production duties over to acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge, who helped them create their most ambitious, fully realized collection yet. Recorded in Nashville, TN, the record draws on many of the group’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious hooks, explosive performances—even as the making of it pushed them far outside their comfort zone and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break from touring.


  • When: Thursday, May 30
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s ‘Jaw-Dropping Spectacle’ (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical.

The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End).

Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this ‘dazzling tale of star crossed lovers’ comes to Belk Theater May 28- June 9, 2019

Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. 

Mostly Motets
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, May 30th • 7:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlotte

Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers
Kenney Potter, conductor


Super Flumina Babylonis, Palestrina
Misereri Meus,  Allegri
O Vos Omnes, Gesualdo
O stellae coruscantes, Monteverdi
Strathclyde Motets,  MacMillan
– Data Est Mihi Omnis Potestas
– O Radiant Dawn
Lux Aeterna, Elgar
Hymn to St. Cecilia, Britten
The Luckiest, Jim Clements (Ben Folds)

Tickets: $20, available at the door.
Cash, VISA/Mastercard, AMEX, and personal checks accepted.

Westminster is centrally located just south of Uptown; off Randolph Road in the Myers Park area. Plenty of free parking available.
101 Colville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Stephen Day; Alexa Rose
May 30 @ 7:30 pm
Stephen Day

Stephen Day

In the veins of Ben Rector and John Mayer, Buford, Georgia native Stephen Day is carving a path all his own in the landscape of today’s pop music. Day’s Crooning vocals paired with his compelling stage presence has garnered the praise of fans and critics alike, with Noisetrade adding “Stephen Day is an artist that comes along once every decade.” 

The soulful singer-songwriter began his musical journey upon moving to Nashville, TN in 2014 to pursue music while attending Belmont University. It was during that time he released his debut EP, Undergrad Romance and the Moses in Me, which has garnered over 11 million streams since its release. The six-track collection is also home to the standout “If You Were the Rain,” which alone has racked up over 2.2 million streams and counting on Spotify. The song also earned a spot on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, peaking at number two. Day’s latest album is set to unveil this fall.

Alexa Rose

Alexa Rose

Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.

Amidst the sea of earnestly soft-sung songs on the Americana circuit, Rose’s voice stands out with depth and complexity, capable of gymnastic yodels and deep resonance. Rose’s sound evokes the likes of Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margot Price, but she cultivates her own hard-working perspective without imitation or posturing. What separates her from the crowd is a tangible, relatable sense of hunger and realism about the sacrifices of the road, the elusiveness of fulfillment, and the bittersweetness of dreams.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
May 30 @ 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.


May 30 @ 8:00 pm


“This is the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my gospel roots,” says Paul Thorn about his newest album, Don’t Let the Devil Ride. “My message on this record is ‘let’s get together’—I want to help lighten your load and make you smile.”

The son of a preacher man, Mississippi-raised Thorn spent much of his childhood in church, participating in multiple weekly services with his father as well as at neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with the music whose infectious spirit is captured on the new album.

Don’t Let the Devil Ride collects soulful songs originally cut by black southern gospel groups, and features guests Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns, and Bonnie Bishop.

The album was recorded at three temples of sound: the Sam C. Phillips Recording studio, whose namesake gave another son of Tupelo his start; at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, where Thorn worked as a songwriter for legendary producer Rick Hall early in his career; and at Preservation Hall, where horn players from the celebrated jazz venue lent songs a New Orleans vibe.

The new release marks Thorn’s first time recording gospel music, after a dozen albums in roots-rock mode, though his upbringing has previously been reflected in his creation of a body of strikingly original songs. In his own songwriting, Thorn often addresses the foibles of human relationships, although he doesn’t favor the sacred over the profane. 

As an accomplished painter, former professional boxer, and seasoned skydiver, Thorn has never shied away from new challenges, but cutting a gospel record was just like going home.

Thorn’s father Wayne was a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, a Pentecostal denomination, and Thorn was just three when he began singing and playing tambourine at services. Congregational participation was valued more than skilled soloists, and Thorn also found a showcase for his talents at Saturday night “singings.”

But his most memorable musical experiences were at an African American branch of his father’s church, the Okolona Sunrise Church of Prophecy. “There might be ten people playing the tambourine, but the rhythm was locked in, and they’d let me play bass. I loved the Appalachian gospel of my parents’ church, but it was a treat to play with those musicians. They worshiped in a different way and the music was different, and I feel blessed to have been in that church setting.”

The sermons in Church of God of Prophecy churches warned sinners of fire and brimstone, and it wasn’t uncommon for congregants for congregants to speak in tongues. But the lasting legacy for Thorn wasn’t a strong sense of guilt, as it was for many others who grew up in Pentecostal churches. “I think that they use guilt to intimidate you, but I don’t buy into that anymore. There ain’t no love in that.”

Instead he continues to be inspired by the strong sense of communion that was fostered by musical fellowship. “One of things that I take a lot of pride in is that I love everybody, and what I learned in church paid dividends. When I’m up there entertaining it’s also a glimpse of what my life has been, and how gospel music has molded me into who I am.”

Thorn’s parents wouldn’t allow him listen to secular music at home (in his teens, he had to hide his only two LPs – Elton John and Huey Lewis – from his father), so he listened at friends’ houses to Kiss, Peter Frampton and the bawdy “chitlin’ circuit” comedy albums that he credits with inspiring the dark sense of humor that pervades his lyrics. But gospel music remains Thorn’s most abiding musical touchstone, the sounds that first stirred his soul.

He was just 14 when sometime gospel artist Elvis Presley died – “the world stood still in Tupelo,” he recalls – and while the King’s records weren’t a major influence, Thorn emphasizes the similarity of their early experiences.

“Elvis literally went to a lot of the same churches I did. It’s almost identical how we started. When they filmed him from the waist up, it wasn’t vulgar, it was the moves he learned in church, dancing in the spirit.”

At 18 Thorn was caught sneaking out his bedroom window to romance a young neighbor, and his father presented the ultimatum of publicly repenting or “disfellowship” – losing his church membership. He chose the latter, and immediately took out a loan to buy a trailer (where he lived ‘in sin’ with that girlfriend), landed a full-time job at a furniture factory, and joined the National Guard.

Tupelo presented few avenues for professional musicians, but Thorn soon met his longtime songwriting partner Billy Maddox, who had strong ties to the musical hub of Muscle Shoals. The duo began writing under contract for Rick Hall, owner of the legendary Fame Recording Studios, where Thorn cut demos of their songs.

As a performer, Thorn was playing solo gigs in Tupelo for $50 a night, and further supplemented his factory income with boxing. He learned to box from his paternal uncle Merle, a one-time pimp celebrated in “Pimps and Preachers,” Thorn’s autobiographical song about his two mentors: “One drug me through the darkness/One led me to the light/One showed me how to love/One taught me how to fight.”

Thorn would box fourteen professional fights (10-3-1) as a middleweight between 1985 and 1988, with his most prominent match against four-time World Champion Roberto Duran. He lasted a respectable six rounds before a doctor stopped the fight due to multiple cuts.

Although proud of his boxing career, Thorn says that he’s not surprised he’s achieved more success as a performer. “I went a long way in boxing, and got to fight one of the greatest, but the reason Duran beat me and everyone else was that he had the ability to relax under extreme pressure. When I was in the ring I was nervous and afraid, but when I’m on stage I’m comfortable. I’ve been singing in front of people all my life, and I know what I’ve got to do.”

The songs on “Don’t Let the Devil Ride,” co-produced by Billy Maddox and Colin Linden, likewise fall into that same comfort zone.

“We’re bringing Paul’s fans under the tent at a revival,” says Maddox, who likewise grew up listening to black gospel. “A lot of emotion goes on in those places, with people being saved while the band’s playing behind them.”

The exuberance of the music, says Thorn, evokes the warm-hearted nature of these social gatherings. “The first track, ‘Come On Let’s Go,’ it’s talking about going to church—that I can’t wait to see you, and see you how you’ve you been doing,” says Thorn.

Few of the songs here are well known. Maddox found most of them while digging through releases from small gospel labels in Mississippi and Alabama. “We just picked things that had a great pocket,” he says. “One person described the feel as ‘gospel lyrics set to stripper music’ and that’s pretty close. The songs are slinky and greasy and right in Paul’s wheelhouse.”

The most familiar track here is no doubt Thorn’s relaxed tempo version of the O’Jays “Love Train,” a song whose feel-good qualities readily adapt to a gospel setting. The Mighty Clouds of Joy, whose records Thorn listened to as a teen, made it a staple of their live performances.

The other songs stretch back much farther, but their themes – of redemption, taking stock of one’s life, and resilience in the face of troubles – are universal, making them readily adaptable to the fresh takes here. Nashville’s McCrary Sisters, for instance, lend a buoyant feel to “You Got to Move,” a northeast Mississippi standard, best known through a solemn, slide guitar take by Mississippi Fred McDowell.

The sisters’ father was a founder of the Fairfield Four, a capella gospel singers whose live radio broadcasts on CBS in the ‘40s and ‘50s were extremely influential. Fellow guest artists the Blind Boys of Alabama, founded in 1944, were founders of the “hard gospel” quartet style that dominated the era from which many of the songs on this record where drawn. Also joining Thorn on vocals is Texas-born Bonnie Bishop, who attributes her soulful singing style to spending her formative years in Mississippi.

Both Maddox and Thorn were longtime friends with Hall and the Phillips family, and Maddox says that recording in Memphis and Muscle Shoals was a natural extension of the whole process, and the only proper way to honor this particular body of work. “We were returning to the Motherland.”

Rick Hall died in January of 2018, making the whole experience that much more poignant for Thorn and co-producer Maddox.

“The last time I saw Rick he came into the FAME studio to say hello,” Maddox recalls. “We invited him to sit down and listen to the playback of a track we’d just finished. He closed his eyes and leaned over the console as the music played.

“About halfway through the tune he turned the monitors down, looked me right in the eye and said, ‘What have you done?’ I asked him what he meant. Then he got this big grin on his face and said, ‘Well, that sounds just like me.’ That moment validated everything about this record for me and Paul.”

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is not normal.

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen – Canada/USA – but has often said that, ‘should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.’

Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans.

He’s also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like adventurer/observer with an absurdist’s view of this crazy world and the various life-forms that inhabit it. He’s interested in it all – the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn’t just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do…

As a recording artist, he’s fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible for a critically lauded body of work on his own: One Left Shoe, Chinese
Vacation, Answering Machine, The Barn (a children’s album), Tales From The Tavern (a performance DVD), Traveling, Unraveling, Dreamhouse, Noineen Noiny Noin and most recently the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild – The Life of Dayton O. Hyde.

As good as his albums are (and they’re very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It’s also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That’s what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you.

Whether he’s Canadian, or American, or simply from space there’s no denying there’s only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.

May 30 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm


The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
May 30 @ 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.

May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist, Anthony Gomes, is propelling blues rock into the contemporary music culture with his unapologetic approach to reinventing the genre in relevant and fresh ways. “The blues is old, but not tired” said Anthony, adding: “It speaks as truthfully today, and for this generation, as it ever has.” Blues Music Magazine writes that, “the formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues.” This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. And the facts speak for themselves. Gomes has performed in 17 countries and has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.


  • When: Friday, May 31
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
Bat out of Hell: The Musical
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s ‘Jaw-Dropping Spectacle’ (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical.

The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End).

Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this ‘dazzling tale of star crossed lovers’ comes to Belk Theater May 28- June 9, 2019

Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. 

May 31 @ 8:00 pm

Strange Brew covers a diverse range of genres and styles: rock, blues, pop, & alternative, playing the most widely known songs by the world’s greatest acts.  Lead by Britain’s own Jon Boorman, Strange Brew plays classic and newer rock with a passion that audiences will enjoy.  Whether it be the classics, like Hendrix, Clapton, and The Rolling Stones, or 21st century hits from the Foo Fighters and The Killers, you’re sure to hear some of your favorite songs, enjoy the guitar solos, and want to sing along!  

Strange Brew is Jon Boorman, lead vocals; Mike Bean, guitar; Kirk Lowry, bass; Matthew Rogers, keyboards & guitar; John Teed, guitar;  Mike Varrichio, drums.





Start Time: 8:00

May 31 @ 9:00 pm

It Looks Sad. (Tiny Engines)
and Rock Hill, South Carolina‘s Gardeners
with special guests Haybaby
and Charlotte’s own Dollhands