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Jun
20
Wed
Matone at Mac’s Speed Shop
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 9:00 pm

Charlotte, NC based band that plays a mix of originals & covers. Fusion of Classic Rock, funk, jazz, Folk, Americana, Reggae & Cultural Jam.

Jun
21
Thu
American Aquarium
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In the lush tobacco fields of North Carolina where BJ Barham was raised, people work hard. Families stay nearby, toiling and growing together. BJ loves those farms and his tiny Reidsville hometown, but he had to run off and start American Aquarium, a band now beloved by thousands.

BJ couldn’t stay. But he couldn’t really leave, either: he’s still singing about the lessons, stories, and lives that define rural America––and him.
“I moved to the big city to go to college and fell in love with music,” BJ says. “But half the songs on our record are about small towns––little pieces of my childhood. I’ve had moments where it turns out a piece of broken English my father repeated twice a week is the most accurate way to say something. So I put it in a song.”

American Aquarium’s seventh studio album Things Change offers the band’s finest collection of folk-infused Southern rock-and-roll to date. Stacked with BJ’s signature storytelling––always deeply personal but also instantly relatable––the record questions and curses current events, shares one man’s intimate evolution, and leaves listeners with a priceless gift: hope.
“In my early 20s, I was not as hopeful,” BJ says. “Now, as I’m getting ready to become a father, I think I have to be hopeful––especially with the situation our country is in now. For her sake, I have to be positive.” He pauses. “Her” is his daughter, due in the spring of 2018. BJ adds, “Being self-aware has always been a blessing and a curse. But that’s what’s always made my songwriting relatable to people. I don’t hold back. I’m almost too honest.”

BJ’s candor has fueled American Aquarium’s runaway appeal, visible most clearly in consistently sold-out shows across the country and throughout Europe – between 200 and 250 dates a year. Much has changed for the band and BJ since their acclaimed last effort, Wolves. In 2017, every American Aquarium member save BJ quit the group. American Aquarium has featured about 30 players since BJ founded the outfit in 2006, and while each member has left indelible marks, the band has always been anchored by the literary songs and sometimes roaring, sometimes whispering, drawl of BJ Barham. BJ’s personal life also underwent seismic shifts: He got sober.
He got married. Soon, he’ll be a dad.

Featuring a new band lineup that includes Shane Boeker on lead guitar, drummer Joey Bybee, bassist Ben Hussey, and Adam Kurtz on pedal steel and electric guitar, as well as a reinvigorated frontman in BJ, Things Change is American Aquarium’s first release on a label after selling thousands of records on their own. “As an artist, your goal is for the newest thing you do to be better than the last. You’re slowly whittling away the bullshit to try and get to the truth,” BJ says. “With this album, I learned how to cut some of that fat so that it’s just truth. It’s our best record.”

Recorded at 3CG Records in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Things Change was produced by Grammy- nominated singer-songwriter John Fulbright and features cameos from Americana standouts including John Moreland and Jamie Lin Wilson. Brazen album opener “The World is on Fire” is a richly layered rock-and-roll anthem that documents BJ and his wife’s stunned reaction to the last presidential election. Emotional and conversational, the song taps into widespread feelings of confusion and fear: “She said, ‘What are we going to do? What’s this world coming to?’ For the first time in my whole life, I stood there speechless.” But what begins as despair builds into defiant faith, as BJ growls a call to action to cap off one of his favorite songs he’s ever written. “I’m complaining about the state of things, and then the third verse almost serves as a challenge to myself: hey, you’re in charge of another human being. You can create change,” he says.

Driving rock-and-roller “Crooked + Straight” explores the small-town consequences of questioning religion, and the tightness of family in the face of one member’s rejection. His father’s advice anchors the song. “I come from a blue-collar family. I’m the only one who didn’t go into farming. I learned if you want something, you have to go out and take it. You can’t expect anything from anybody,” BJ says. “You can only go out there and work harder. My dad always said you can outwork anybody else.” Love for hard work and the people who carry it out appears repeatedly throughout Things Change. Guitar-heavy “Tough Folks” is a snarling ode to those with dirt under their fingernails, while bass- and pedal-steel-infused “Work Conquers All” spins a tale in praise and pursuit of Oklahoma’s state motto.
The album’s love songs are the kind of achingly beautiful that only comes with maturity and a willingness to expose one’s own flaws. Haunting “Shadows of You” recalls a lover’s flight as the protagonist longs for what he let get away. Gorgeous “Till the Final Curtain Falls” celebrates loyalty and pledges endless devotion. The moving title track takes an often doleful topic–– people’s tendency to change––and turns it on its head, tracing BJ’s personal growth and recognizing his now-wife’s steadfast love.

BJ’s other two favorite tracks are album standouts. Moving “When We Were Younger Men” addresses the break-up of American Aquarium head on. As BJ professes love for his former bandmates over stripped down acoustic guitar, his voice is honeyed and deep. “It’s an open letter to five guys who I spent eight years of my life with seeing the entire world,” BJ says. “I think anyone who has ever had to walk away from a friendship or has had somebody walk away from them will relate to the song.” Stunner “One Day at a Time” is self-perceptive and vulnerable, detailing BJ’s battles with himself. Even within his career full of well-written gems, the song is a towering accomplishment.

“At the end of the day, if you’re not writing songs to affect other people’s lives, you’re in it for the wrong reasons,” BJ says, reflecting on the new album, where he’s been, and where American Aquarium is headed. “Money may come and go. You may never get fame. But if you sit down and write songs to affect people, you can do it your whole life and be happy.”
www.americanaquarium.com

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Start Time: 8:00

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Jun
22
Fri
Chuck & Charlyhorse at Blakeney’s Summer Concert Series
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Blakeney’s Summer Concert Series offers free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays through August, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., off Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, at Village Green in Blakeney. There are a couple other holiday events as well in the mix. These free family-friendly concerts will be at the Fountain between Brixx and Encore. Here’s a list of the upcoming shows, through the end of June.

Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill
Jun 22 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

You can’t talk about The Lenny Federal Band without mentioning The Comet Grill, the Dilworth dive where they hold court each Friday night. Make your way through the smokers standing outside, duck through the front door, and you’ll find yourself next to the makeshift stage. On the wall is an old photograph of Federal looking like a young Kris Kristofferson. He even sounds like Kristofferson. The rough, road-weary voice is part of the persona. So is the long, gray ponytail.

Jun
24
Sun
Greg Lilley at Eddie V’s
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A 20-year transplant of Charlotte, Roots Rock artist Greg Lilley is a multi- instrumentalist who first … In 2009, he formed his first power trioGreg Lilley & Co .

 

Jun
29
Fri
Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill
Jun 29 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

You can’t talk about The Lenny Federal Band without mentioning The Comet Grill, the Dilworth dive where they hold court each Friday night. Make your way through the smokers standing outside, duck through the front door, and you’ll find yourself next to the makeshift stage. On the wall is an old photograph of Federal looking like a young Kris Kristofferson. He even sounds like Kristofferson. The rough, road-weary voice is part of the persona. So is the long, gray ponytail.

Jul
6
Fri
Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill
Jul 6 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

You can’t talk about The Lenny Federal Band without mentioning The Comet Grill, the Dilworth dive where they hold court each Friday night. Make your way through the smokers standing outside, duck through the front door, and you’ll find yourself next to the makeshift stage. On the wall is an old photograph of Federal looking like a young Kris Kristofferson. He even sounds like Kristofferson. The rough, road-weary voice is part of the persona. So is the long, gray ponytail.

Jul
13
Fri
Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill
Jul 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

You can’t talk about The Lenny Federal Band without mentioning The Comet Grill, the Dilworth dive where they hold court each Friday night. Make your way through the smokers standing outside, duck through the front door, and you’ll find yourself next to the makeshift stage. On the wall is an old photograph of Federal looking like a young Kris Kristofferson. He even sounds like Kristofferson. The rough, road-weary voice is part of the persona. So is the long, gray ponytail.

Jul
20
Fri
Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill
Jul 20 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

You can’t talk about The Lenny Federal Band without mentioning The Comet Grill, the Dilworth dive where they hold court each Friday night. Make your way through the smokers standing outside, duck through the front door, and you’ll find yourself next to the makeshift stage. On the wall is an old photograph of Federal looking like a young Kris Kristofferson. He even sounds like Kristofferson. The rough, road-weary voice is part of the persona. So is the long, gray ponytail.

Jul
27
Fri
Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill
Jul 27 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

You can’t talk about The Lenny Federal Band without mentioning The Comet Grill, the Dilworth dive where they hold court each Friday night. Make your way through the smokers standing outside, duck through the front door, and you’ll find yourself next to the makeshift stage. On the wall is an old photograph of Federal looking like a young Kris Kristofferson. He even sounds like Kristofferson. The rough, road-weary voice is part of the persona. So is the long, gray ponytail.

Jul
28
Sat
Reinheitsgebot Party with Book Club
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Join us for OMB’s Reinheitsgebot Party! Celebrating our strict adherence to this world-famous beer purity law, which states that beer can only contain: water, malt, hops & yeast. Nothing else! Enjoy fresh, pure beer, delicioius food, and live music. Book Club (a mix of Americana, Folk & Indie Rock) from ATL will perform 7-10pm. Solo artist, Mike Bustin, will perform 2-5pm. Prost!

Aug
3
Fri
Randy Paul & The Revelry at StoneCrest Summer Concert Series
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday and Saturday from April 6, 2018, through September 29, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Stonecrest Shopping Center, Piper Glen Estates 7900 Rea Rd Charlotte, North Carolina 28277.

This is a free concert series. If a concert has to be cancelled because of weather, it may affect the band schedule.

Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Live Music With Roy Daye Jr.
Aug 3 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 4 @ 12:00 am

Roy Daye Jr. will be performing live music!

Enjoy $4 draft beers, $5 Tito’s vodka drinks $6 green tea shots, and more in the space where Angry Ale’s has popped up on Montford Drive!

Aug
4
Sat
Live Music with Jay Mathey
Aug 4 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Jay Mathey will be performing live music!

We’re serving everything from $4 Ale’s FRESH Margaritas, $2.50 Bud Light, and MIMOSA MADNESS; $3 mimosas OR $12 bottles with free juice!

Join us at 1600 at Montford Drive!

Randy Paul & The Revelry at StoneCrest Summer Concert Series
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday and Saturday from April 6, 2018, through September 29, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Stonecrest Shopping Center, Piper Glen Estates 7900 Rea Rd Charlotte, North Carolina 28277.

This is a free concert series. If a concert has to be cancelled because of weather, it may affect the band schedule.

Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Aug
11
Sat
Lucinda Williams/Steve Earle/Dwight Yoakam
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Show 7pm. Doors 6pm. This is an outdoor venue with no seats under cover The show will take place rain or shine. All dates, acts, & ticket prices subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable service fees via all points of sale. For Box, Suite and Season Ticket information, click here

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Fri, 30 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Dwight Yoakam Artist Presale : Mon, 26 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Lucinda Williams Artist Presale : Mon, 26 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Steve Earle Artist Presale : Mon, 26 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Live Nation Mobile App Presale : Thu, 29 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Citi® Cardmember Presale : Tue, 27 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Live Nation Presale : Thu, 29 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Ticketmaster Presale : Thu, 29 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Citi® Cardmember Preferred Tickets : Fri, 30 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Dwight Yoakam VIP Experience Presale : Mon, 26 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

SiriusXM Presale : Wed, 28 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

Dwight Yoakam VIP Experience Onsale : Fri, 30 Mar 2018 at 10:00 AM

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Aug
18
Sat
Live Music with Josh Zabawski
Aug 18 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate Saturday with live music by Josh Zabawski!

We’re serving everything from $4 Ale’s FRESH Margaritas, $2.50 Bud Light, and MIMOSA MADNESS; $3 mimosas OR $12 bottles with free juice!

Join us at 1600 at Montford Drive.

Sep
21
Fri
Live Music with Jay Mathey
Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Spend the last night of summer with live music and cold beer at Angry Ale’s!

Sep
22
Sat
Fall in love with Queen Charlotte Chorus
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FALL in love with Queen Charlotte Chorus

with special guests
Speed of Sound
(2016 Sweet Adelines International Queens of Harmony)
and
UNC Charlotte A Cappella Finer Niners

Join us for a southern BBQ dinner and a taste of Barbershop harmonies and chord crushing A Cappella at its finest!

Regular Admission: $25
w/Student ID: $20
Children’s Plate (ages 10 and under: $5)

 
This is a great event for the whole family.  Get your tickets before its too late!  
Sep
23
Sun
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Show 7pm. Doors TBD. This is an outdoor venue with portions of the reserved seats under cover The show will take place rain or shine. All dates, acts, & ticket prices subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable service fees via all points of sale. For Box, Suite and Season Ticket information, click here

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Fri, 20 Apr 2018 at 10:00 AM

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Sep
29
Sat
Taco Lucha Taco, Music and Beer Festival
Sep 29 @ 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Modelo presents the 2nd Annual Creative Loafing TACO LUCHA Taco, Beer & Music Festival!  Saturday, September 29 at the Avidxchange Music Factory Festival Grounds featuring LIVE music from Judah & the Lion, Coolio, The Business People and Amigo!  Plus 15 restaurants competing for the title of Charlotte’s Best Taco and the championship belt!  We’ll also have LIVE Luchadore Wrestling throughout the day, Margarita Bars, beer sampling with 30+ craft beers and much more!  Tickets are on sale NOW at www.tacoluchafest.com!  Proceeds will benefit The Heartest Yard.  Shout out to our festival partners: Hendrick BMW, Hendrick MINI, iHeart Radio, Ballast Point Brewing, Funky Buddha Brewing, Charles Smith Wines and Casa Noble Tequila!  This is one festival you don’t want to miss so grab your tickets before they’re gone!  It’s TACO TIME!

Oct
5
Fri
Fall Festival
Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 10:00 pm

Kick off the autumn season with us at Fall Festival. This year’s festival features Cider Sampling and the always entertaining and exciting BYOB (Build Your Own Boat) Competition, where participants create their own river-worthy vessels and put them to the test with a trip down the whitewater competition channel. Take part in The Scrambler Obstacle Trail Race or a yoga practice under the trees, before enjoying the sights and sounds of one of our final musical performances of the year.

For more information, please visit the Festival & Concert FAQs.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, October 5, 2018:
4:00pm – BYOB mandatory check-in, boat drop off, float test, and style judging begins
5:00pm – The Scrambler Obstacle Trail Race Packet Pick-up
7:00pm – The Scrambler Obstacle Trail Race Packet Pick-up ends
7:00pm – River Jam
8:00pm – BYOB mandatory check-in, boat drop off, float test, and style judging ends

Saturday, October 6, 2018:
9:00am – The Scrambler: Obstacle Trail Race
9:30am- Yoga
11:30am – Yoga
12:00pm – Build Your Own Boat Competition begins
4:00pm – Build Your Own Boat Competition ends
4:00pm – Cider sampling begins
7:00pm – Live Music
8:00pm – Cider sampling ends

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Oct
7
Sun
EmiSunshine & The Rain
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm

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The exceptional talents of critically-acclaimed teen music prodigy, EMISUNSHINE have captured the nation’s attention. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has been hailed by outlets such as No Depression, Billboard and Rolling Stone: “Sounds like the spunky, intense little sister to artists Iris DeMent, Natalie Maines, Nanci Griffith and Janis Joplin.” 

EmiSunshine has already graced some of the most-prestigious stages–from the ‘Today Show,’ to the Grand Ole Opry (over a dozen times) and most recently, “Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey” last April. Additionally, EmiSunshine stars in and performs three songs in her latest film appearance on “The King,” alongside such celebrities as Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin and more. The film featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and premiered at Cannes Film Festival, where Emi performed. 

A well-crafted storyteller, Emi’s music has been described as an “old-timey,’ unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country, with a sprinkle of Blues.

“A very talented young lady, …EmiSunshine is taking the nation by storm, and if you ever get the chance to see them, by all means…you must.”—No Depression

Oct
9
Tue
Phil Cook with Andy Jenkins
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm

Transforming pain and injustice into love and compassion is a rendering that has been universal to poets and prophets for centuries. In present times, choosing to amplify community and positivity through art can seem like a radical act. With the arrival of People Are My Drug, Phil Cook is taking the spark from lights left on by musical heroes and offering a torch for listeners as they navigate their own dark corners. Where 2015’s Southland Mission illuminated for listeners what Phil Cook hears in his head,this latest record lays bare the way that music makes him feel. Side A alone, culminating with the shiver-inducing “Another Mother’s Son,”has the capacity to light a fire in even the coldest of hearts. 

Having only recently stepped to the center of the stage as a solo artist, Cook now takes a moment,citing the power of community as his thesis statement. Each track asserts that he alone is no greater than the sum of the people who have brought him to this moment. Instead of standing on the shoulders of his heroes, Cook is humbly kneeling at their feet.Since Southland Mission, Cook has performed with childhood heroes including Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby, John Prine, Amy Ray and The Blind Boys of Alabama.Cook notes, “I see life on a timeline that includes multi-generations. As someone who has sought mentors my whole life, I am honoring the people who shaped who I am, not only musically, but spiritually, emotionally and personally.” He brings that forward in every note on People Are My Drug. 

Cook has firmly planted his roots in his adopted hometown of Durham, NC for the last decade, while simultaneously maintaining a musical presence in the upper-Midwest where he was raised.Cook and his band recorded and mixed in both Wisconsin and North Carolina, finishing the record in ten days.The result is a spiritual tour de force, delivered from the gut with open arms.Enlisting Brad Cook as producer was a given, as the two Cooks have spent their entire lives working alongside one another.They’ve long developed an honest working relationship based on the love of family and community,as well as staying true to oneself artistically.

His band, The Guitarheels, comprised of drummer JT Bates, bassist Michael Libramento and pianist James Wallace, forged a common language touring the world with Cook. Fueled by the power of that chemistry,Cook crafted each new song with reverence for each players’ artistic brilliance. He imagined vocalist Tamisha Waden (Foreign Exchange) soaring above “Steampowered Blues”and turned to collaborator Amelia Meath(Sylvan Esso)to co-write “Miles Away”, a plainly honest song about the complexity of emotional proximity. He heard BrevanHampden’s distinct sanctified tambourine in his head the whole time he was writing for the sessions.The composition of the recordplays as a love letter to Phil’s greatest inspiration of all:People. 

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Oct
10
Wed
Hackensaw Boys
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm

For almost two decades, the Hackensaw Boys have plowed the asphalt bringing their raw, gritty American vernacular sounds to the music halls and streets across the world. Twenty years later, the group continues their burning hot vision of American roots music into a new age, fueled as much by a rowdy punk spirit as by the traditional masters that first inspired them. 

The music began in 1999 when four friends from Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley found their collective ways to the roots music hub of Charlottesville. They didn’t waste time getting going, playing a show on the street the day of their first practice. The group let the good times roll and started adding like-minded people until their ranks reached twelve players for their first US tour. As with the folk and punk traditions which form the foundation of their sound, they’ve always operated more as a collective than a band. All said, twenty-eight members have cycled through the group—you never quite know who might sit in as a guest on any given night.

Helmed by founding member David Sickmen, the Hackensaw Boys have always had more in common with bands like The Clash, who celebrated the working class roots of their own music, than they did with an overly-polished Nashville mainstream. As evidenced in the Hackensaws’ history, their music fit as easily backing Charlie Louvin as it did in backstage jams on tour with Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips.

With their most recent release, a fresh take on Blaze Foley’s “Oval Room,” these roots music stalwarts speak directly to America’s political unrest. Written and recorded by Foley in the 1980s, the song recalls his list of grievances with the Reagan presidency: ‘Everywhere he goes, make the people mad / Makes the poor man beg, and the rich man glad.’ The band was excited to resurrect this protest gem—which was recorded by their friend Thomas Olivier at Studio Americain in Amsterdam—as the words seem more timely than ever.

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Oct
12
Fri
David Rosales & His Band of Scoundrels with A Different Thread
Oct 12 @ 10:30 pm

David Rosales & His Band of Scoundrels

“…invoking elements of R&B, gospel, rock, and western influences to dust things up with a helping of soulful grit.“ -POPmatters

“…sweetly optimistic and fun-loving…” -Guitar World Magazine

DAVID ROSALES & HIS BAND OF SCOUNDRELS are a Huntington Beach, California-based outfit with a sound that draws on the wide-open spaces of the Southwest and the smooth textures of the Pacific Ocean to seamlessly weave an alluring landscape of American roots music. A sound that pairs well with contemporaries they have shared the stage with in Ben Harper, Matt Costa, The White Buffalo, Donavon Frankenreiter and Steep Canyon Rangers.

On the heels of his Spring 2018 debut album, BRAVE ONES, Rosales brings his rich baritone vocal and hopeful melodies to the forefront in what the Raleigh Metro hails as ‘… a toe-tapping collection of songs perfect for a Sunday afternoon spent beachside.’

It’s impossible to deny the warmth and ease of Rosales’ songwriting prowess throughout the 11 tracks as he seamlessly blends his vintage sonic tastes with fresh vision. Crediting his love of classic Rhythm & Blues and Country & Western singers Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, coupled with his admiration for modern day troubadours the likes of Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, Nathaniel Rateliff and Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) as being influential in the writing and recording process.

BRAVE ONES marks Rosales’ third collaboration with Co-Producer, friend and Donavon Frankenreiter sideman, Matt Grundy. Looking for a change in scenery, the duo recorded at Super Bloom Studios —a log cabin studio that rests on the edge of the wind-swept expanse known as the Mojave Desert in the shadow of California’s Mount San Antonio. The duo thrived in this remote location, which became an unequivocal inspiration for the recording sessions.
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British/American duo, A Different Thread deliver an intoxicating amalgamation of Beatlesque folk rock meets Gillian Welch dark country.

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

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

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Oct
13
Sat
Diamonds and Whiskey with special guest Gladshot
Oct 13 @ 10:30 pm

Where the swamps of Louisiana meet the hills of North Carolina, a new sound emerges. 

Diamonds and Whiskey have their mail sent to Charlotte, North Carolina as they black snake moan all over the country, stomping and storming a sweet strong molasses of what they call their ‘Dark Country Voodoo.’ For them, it’s tour, tour, tour!

Made up of Von Bury’s finely chopped and grinding guitar riffs, and deliciously glazed and fired up by singer Jennifer Lauren’s swamp-siren vocals, their pine and swagger is anchored and swung by drummer Christopher McKinney’s beats and brushes. 

Dark Country Voodoo is also the name of their debut, and its combination of barroom beauty and backwoods danger is a potent blend of the previous groups the front duo did time in: For Jennifer, Henry River Honey, and for Von Bury, Lovesucker, Red All Over, and Chelsea Daggers. Christopher was in The Coming Dawn, and Blue Static, among others. Charlotte duo Diamonds and Whiskey is introducing Dark Country Voodoo to the world.
For the album Dark Country Voodoo, they hooked up with Seattle music maven Graig Markel (the Animals at Night, Dead Ship Sailing), a multi-genre producer and engineer with incredibly spontaneous and creative instincts for covering sounds, especially roots music. Von Bury says, ‘He’s world class, pays attention to all the details, literally fills in all the blanks. All the slide work and acoustic guitar work is Graig.’

For further description of the Diamonds and Whiskey alchemy, Von Bury offers up handles ‘Classic alt-country, swampy New Orleans-rooted rock with an indie sensibility.’ ‘It’s a true-blood kind of sound,’ Jennifer says. They tap into the red, red blood of American music, touching base with everything intoxicating and heart-palpitating from The Zac Brown Band, The Black Angels, Allison Kraus, Tanya Tucker, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Darius Rucker, to Garth Brooks.

Jennifer loves her sangria and her guns, and that explains both the raw-sugar pleasuring and forceful kick of her mighty words. She brings her ideas in to Von Bury, who then woodsheds the entire song with her till it’s something brand new they can both be super proud of. 

Diamonds and Whiskey is as valuable as their name implies; it’s hard-cost music, and worth experiencing no matter how melancholy or angry it gets, as every moment can spill over into a rich feeling of good changes coming, and life well worth loving.
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Gladshot
Considering they’ve already worked on everything from a “dystopian rock musical” (Barcode) to songs that scored TV shows on TNT, ABC and MTV – and after wrapping up a live set on WFMU’s Goddamn Dave Hill show where they lit up Dave’s message board and then went on to headline a sold out NYC show – it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Debb Andrews and Mike Blaxill are at the peak of their creative powers on the new Gladshot album These Are Vitamins. Released in the fall of 2017, its their second effort with super producer John Agnello (Drive by Truckers, Son Volt, Waxahatchee), who continues to perfect the push-and-pull dynamics Mike and Debb perfected on their last EP, Maxwell’s Cool Demon. 

It’s something they’ve been working on ever since the two met at a songwriter collective that performed and critiqued one another’s songs. At the time, Mike and his propulsive guitar were on more of a roots-rock tip, and Debb pulled in pop influences and the serious jazz skills that earned her a National Endowment for the Arts nod and lessons with the legendary pianist Joanne Brackeen (a session player and live performer for such esteemed musicians as Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, and Stan Getz). 

Now Gladshot can be best described as bold garage band, striking a perfect balance between amaericana and psychedelic music. Not to mention reflecting such varied influences as the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, AC/DC, Crowded House, Marvin Gaye, and the road-tested records of Cherry Glazerr, Langhorne Slim, and Speedy Ortiz. 

“We each generate our own musical ideas,” the pair explains, “then we get together to decide what will be a song. Once it’s written, one of Debb’s favorite things is coming up with keyboard parts—cool ones that meld into the song, the way Nicky Hopkins does on ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ or ‘She’s a Rainbow’. They inspire her to keep it all lo-fi and simple.”
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Oct
16
Tue
Sawyer Fredericks with Violet Bell
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm

18 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 cowritten by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US. 

For 2017, Sawyer has once again gone independent, is busy crafting his sophomore offering, Hide Your Ghost, due to release this summer, and embarks on the 2017 North American Hide Your Ghost Tour in June. Follow him at www.sawyerfredericks.com, and on FB, IG, and Twitter, to stay updated on new music releases and upcoming shows.

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Oct
17
Wed
The Suitcase Junket
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm

If croons could kill, this one-man band would be a bounty hunter.  Armed with a unique, self-sufficient approach to raw instrumentation, The Suitcase Junket is an artisan of song, bending, forging and sharpening each piece into an emotional tool. – Performer Magazine

Oct
21
Sun
Outdoor Market: Cranford Hollow, The Brook & The Bluff, Mipso
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FREE. No ticket required. Parking is $6.

U.S. National Whitewater Center festival includes product demos, clinics and the opportunity to try out running shoes, bikes, stand-up paddleboards, climbing gear and more.

1 p.m.: Cranford Hollow

3 p.m.: The Brook & The Bluff

5 p.m.: Mipso

Oct
23
Tue
Wildeyes
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm

Deep Nashville roots, rich Western influence, a veritable fortune of experiences touring in support of a-list artists,  and a non-sexy, woodshed, 1950ʼs American work-ethic have unified  Daniel and Emily Kohavi and Max Hoffman to forge the marvel of Wildeyes.

A writing machine, Wildeyes has the uncanny ability to viscerally connect  across generations, ideologies and genres with pure American music wandering South and West. Wildeyes performances are inimitable gifts that sonically, visually and emotionally retrieve and elevate you. 

Oct
26
Fri
Driftwood, Zack DuPont
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm
When Driftwood released its first full-length album, Rally Day, recorded in their hometown of Binghamton, a unique sound transpired that reflected not only the working-class ethos of an upstate New York town, but a coalescing of identity, influence, and uninhibited musical spirit.

“It’s sometimes tough to keep any sort of focus on style or sound when you have three different songwriters,” guitarist Dan Forsyth conceded. Longtime friend and banjoist Joe Kollar offers, “I consider our sound to be more of an attitude and an approach – the result of all of our influences in a completely open musical forum where the only stipulation is to create it from the heart.” “Really Driftwood is a song based group,” fiddler Claire Byrne added incisively.

And even though they come from different directions, the three founding members – along with bassist Joey Arcuri – tend to end up at the same place.

That unity, as well as the joy derived from playing together, can be heard throughout City Lights. It takes them on a familiar road and serendipitous evolution, replete with folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock, depending on their personal moods and their songs’ needs.

 
Zack Dupont a Burlington, VT based, independent songwriter and guitarist. Active since 2008, music has lead him all over America to festivals like SXSW, The Cambridge River Fest and Grand Point North sharing the stage in support of nationally touring acts like Taj Mahal, Sturgill Simpson, Grace Potter, Blake Mills, Suzanne Vega, Julian Lage, Jerry Douglas, Bahamas, Sam Amidon and Pat Benatar to name a few. Poetic lyrical imagery, finger style guitar work and a comforting-humorous stage presence creates a working landscape in which Dupont dwells. 

“I want to create music that is a sound track of the human brain and experience. I have a strong belief that people should be able to see or hear themselves in the songs without any limitations. It’s an environment where people are free to be exactly where or who they need to be in that shared moment. “ – Zack Dupont

“Simply put, Dupont is an elite guitarist. Here and throughout the album, his attention to dynamic subtlety — in addition to immaculate technical polish and engaging melody lines — is remarkable. 

Similarly, Dupont’s vocal performance is intimate, nuanced and affecting. He appears to take as much care with his hushed delivery as he does with his impressively understated guitar work.

Oct
27
Sat
Kenny George Band EP Release, Ben Sutton
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Music’s elders and icons established the initial template for Rock ‘n’ Roll, but it’s the newer generation that keeps it thriving and moving forward. So credit the Kenny George Band for doing exactly that. Comprised of Kenny George (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), Bucky Brown (drums, harmony vocals), Center Ely (steel guitar), Brooks Andrews (bass) and Scott Rankin (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), this hardworking ensemble has earned their stripes the hard way. Performing an average of 150 to 180 shows per year throughout the heartland, they bring their music to the masses one gig at a time.

“Our goal has always been to connect with our audiences,” George insists. “Our music is honest and organic, and we deliberately avoid pretence. We may seem like a ragtag bunch, but there’s a passion, purpose and sincerity that underscores everything we do, and hopefully that’s apparent even the first time you hear us play.”

Hailing from Aiken, South Carolina, the Kenny George Band has created an indelible impression with fans throughout the Southeast and Midwest, playing 250 concerts in the last two years alone. They’ve travelled the highways and byways between North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Missouri, reconnecting with their fervent followers and picking up new fans along the way. Their explosive live performances have made them a band on the brink of a breakout, and it’s little wonder that in 2016, they were voted South Carolina Artists to Watch by the South Carolina Music Guide.

Tempered by the time they’ve spent on the road, the band’s latest album, Borrowed Trouble, looks at life, longing and relationships through the vast spectrum of constant tours and travel. Like the road itself, it dips and sways, advancing not in a straight line, but rather in a series of circuitous twists and turns that reveal a uniquely personal perspective every step along the way. These are songs infused with tattered circumstance and a view of life as seen looking out the windows of one’s touring van, where miles of highway offer plenty of time for reflection and contemplation. The music is underscored by a drive and determination that makes it both engaging and enlightening in equal measure. It’s melodic, it’s measured, and it’s often gritty, but it’s a sound that resonates in ways that are both tender and tenacious.

That’s no accident. George himself has been drawn to music most of his life. He picked up the violin at the age of eight, but didn’t take to formal lessons, so he then took up bass. Eventually though, he decided that guitar would be the better match. “My dad told me that the guitar players get all the girls,” he laughs. “So he bought me my first guitar as a gift when I graduated from junior high. I learned to make music on that guitar and I’m pleased to say I still have it to this very day.”

Songs From the Road Band with Steve McMurry
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm

Songs From The Road Band is a North Carolina powerhouse group featuring Mark Schimick, Charles Humphrey, Ryan Cavanaugh, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres.  They will be touring heavily in support of the fourth studio album, Road To Nowhere, is due out in the summer of 2018! 

Humphrey is an IBMA award & Grammy recipient. He has also garnered a spot in the NC Music Hall of Fame.  Schimick has soared to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements, and Tony Rice.  Cavanaugh has made his long-awaited return to bluegrass after 10 years of touring the world with jazz great Bill Evans and his Soulgrass project.  He has been acknowledged by Bela Fleck as an acoustic pioneer on the 5 string banjo.  James Schlender, 2 time National Fiddle Champion has shared the stage with Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, and George Benson.  Sam Wharton is an award winning guitar picker and singer who refined his chops in the bluegrass halls of Telluride, CO!  The Road Band delivers a high energy show full of original material from their 4 studio albums, unmatched instrumental prowess, and creative covers

The Mutineers, Drunken Prayer
Oct 27 @ 10:30 pm

The Mutineers are a twangy husband/wife rock duo that blends the influences of Johnny and June with John Doe and Exene, and a bit of Nick Cave and PJ Harvey. Husband and wife, Brian Mathusek and Merry Young, are based out of Portland, OR, but were on the road for most of 2017-18 in support of their album, Live at B-side. They will be releasing a new EP, Threshold, on September 14 and will be touring nationally through the fall. The tour has stopped in 30 states with over 120 performances. The duo recently worked with photographer/director Clovis IV and have just released a video for their song ‘Drug For That’. The Mutineers were featured at Boise’s Treefort Music Fest in spring ’17 and ’18 and at the Wildwood Music Festival in Sheridan, OR and Twang N Bang Fest in San Luis Obispo, CA in the summer. They shared the stage with great artists like Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Larry and His Flask, Giants in the Trees, and Amigo the Devil.

Drunken Prayer:

The songs of Drunken Prayer have a big American sweep to them, with displaced characters, God, flowing rivers, hellraisers, fate, loss, grace and wandering. You can hear country, early rock, Bakersfield twang, blues and old-time all sifted through the music, but there’s also a delicate songwriting sophistication, with jazzy turnarounds, surprise modulated bridges and sudden stops. Drunken Prayer will likely bring to mind The Band for a lot of listeners, with the sense of history and tradition. But Morgan Geer’s songs and his singing often suggest a kinship with artists like Bobby Charles or Doug Sahm, musicians with Southern roots, with a yip and break to their voices, and notes of sadness offset by a sense of humor.

A live Drunken Prayer show is usually solo or with a small combo. The records are supported by a wide range of musicians from Appalachia to Portland, OR. Under this alias Morgan has released 4 LPs, a handful of singles, a live EP, and toured the world.

Oct
30
Tue
Hiss Golden Messenger, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Superchunk (acoustic) in free Get Out the Vote Concert
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm

Lunchbox Records, 825 Central Avenue, is hosting a FREE concert with Hiss Golden Messenger, Jenn Wasner (of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes) and Superchunk (acoustic) on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, at 12 p.m. (noon.)

This is a ‘Get Out the Vote’ concert.

Elle King, Cordovas
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm

Elle King, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her musical style encompasses country, soul, rock and blues. In 2012, King released her debut EP, The Elle King EP, on RCA. The EP track ‘Playing for Keeps’ is the theme song for VH1’s Mob Wives Chicago series. She released her debut album, Love Stuff on February 17, 2015.The album produced the US top 10 single ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’, which earned her two Grammy Award nominations. King has also toured with acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Train, James Bay (singer), The Dixie Chicks, and Michael Kiwanuka. She is the daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Nov
1
Thu
Greg Hawks CD Release
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm

It’s been more than three decades since Greg Hawks picked up his first instrument, kicking off a career where the critically-acclaimed songwriter, frontman, and multiinstrumentalist has left his mark on everything from alt-country to bluegrass music. He casts a wide net with 2018’s I Think It’s Time, his fourth album inspired by the twang of classic country, the hooks of 1970s pop/rock, the rhythmic soul of old-school Stax records, and Hawks’ own roots in the American South. With influences that veer from Big Star to Buck Owens, I Think It’s Time shines new light on an enduring, eclectic musician who was making Americana music long before the genre had a name. 

Hawks produced the album himself, playing most of the instruments, from finger-style acoustic guitar to keyboards. He then turned to Chris Stamey (the dB’s, Whiskeytown, Alex Chilton), who had previously mixed Hawks’ debut album for YepRoc Records, Fool’s Paradise, back in 2001. This DIY album mixes Hawks’ sharp, melody-driven songwriting with plenty of social commentary. 

I Think It’s Time holds a mirror to the modern world and its swirl of partisan politics, social media debates, and maddening echo chamber of the 24-hour news cycle. Throughout these songs, Hawks shares his struggles, torn between his desire to defy our leaders — as with ‘ King of Hate,’ one of the album’s most sharply-worded tracks — and his need to preserve his own sanity. That push-and-pull between activism and purposeful unawareness makes I Think It’s Time a record for anyone disenchanted with the noise of the late 2010s. 

Nov
2
Fri
Thorp Jenson, Erin & The Wildfire
Nov 2 @ 10:30 pm

Thorp Jenson:

Richmond, Va.-based guitarist Thorp Jenson creates the kind of music that makes you want to spend all night in a Southern dive bar and wake up the next morning just to drive across the country—and his songs are at home in either scenario.

‘A singer-songwriter’s workbook of soulful, free spirited rock anchored with intriguing storytelling’ – Yahoo Music

‘Disarmingly catchy songwriting and free-spirited knack for blending the kind of anthemic, psych tinged indie rock and Americana perfect for echoing out across the festival masses’ – No Depression Magazine

 

Erin & The Wildfire:

Erin & The Wildfire is a Charlottesville-based band that has been steadily carving out a reputation for themselves in recent years as one of the most captivating live acts to come out of Central Virginia since their formation in 2012. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist and Fincastle native Erin Lunsford, the band has been making waves throughout Virginia stirring up their unique sonic melting pot of rock, soul, and funk. The group’s striking sound, goofy charm, and relentless work ethic has propelled them to some of the Commonwealth’s biggest stages, including main stage spots at Roosterwalk and Lockn Festival, as well as back-to-back appearances at Floydfest.

Nov
3
Sat
Dane Page, Ross Adams
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm

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.

Ross Adams:

Ross Adams is a singer/songwriter from Charlotte,North Carolina who has been writing songs and playing shows for three years. Ross uses a blend of Travis picking and fingerstyle guitar playing to accompany his clever songwriting, that portrays intricate stories of heartache and loss all in the shadows of his major influence, Bob Dylan. Ross is currently signed to Gold Ship Records out of Bristol, T.N.

Nov
9
Fri
Joe Buchanan: Friends in Chai Places, presented by The Ruach
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm

You won’t want to miss this unforgettable Shabbat Experience with Joe Buchanan. Joe is forging into the uncharted territory that is Judaic Americana music. Listen to this Jew by choice from Texas and you can hear his soul in every note he sings. Come check out another take on new Jewish music. You will leave inspired.

Doors open at 6:00 and things get underway at 6:30pm. Don’t just celebrate Shabbat…Experience it!

A cash bar will be available for the purchase of both adult and non-alcoholic beverages. And, as always, Nancy will be bringing her homemade challah for all to enjoy!

The Ruach Shabbat Experience provides a break from the daily stresses of your life. Connect with community. Experience the renewal, beauty and joy of Shabbat. Everyone of all ages are welcome.

The Ruach is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who mission is to spread the joy of Judaism through new Jewish musical experiences that are meant to create and maintain personal connections and, inspire and engage people to embrace the religion and all that it has to offer.

 

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Nov
10
Sat
Bailen
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

Siblings David and Daniel (twins), & their sister Julia have been playing together their whole lives. Growing up in NYC with both parents being professional orchestral & chamber musicians, music has always been a centerpiece. Bailen started in 2014 with their childhood friend Pierre. Their music is nostalgic with melodic hooks & a deep soulful quality, all with a modern, youthful perspective.

Nov
11
Sun
Noah Guthrie, Anna Grace Beatty
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

Noah Guthrie’s journey into music began at age 12 when he wrote his first song. His family, however, knew several years earlier, when he demonstrated an uncanny ability to sing and match tones as a young child. Noah rose to fame covering chart-topping hits on YouTube. He received national attention with his blues-filled version of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” which to date has received over 26million views, with his YouTube channel, only1noah, racking up over 78 million total views. Noah released his first independent, original album, Among The Wildest Things, in 2013. His new album, The Valley, has established him as an artist on the rise in the world of Americana/Country music. His songwriting and soulful vocal delivery are truly unique. His growing presence on YouTube eventually led to his being cast as Roderick Meeks, a pivotal character on FOX’s hit TV show Glee, on it’s sixth and final season. Noah was featured in several songs on the popular, music oriented TV show. After the show ended, Noah dove head first back into songwriting and touring. His second original album, The Valley, solidifies Noah as one of the freshest new voices in Americana music. He is often compared to artists, such as, Ray Lamontagne and Jason Isbell. The Valley is getting major play on streaming services, such as Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music. Noah currently has over 600,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone. 
Noah Guthrie:

The South Carolina native grew up in a home filled with music. Always singing around the house, Guthrie credits his father for teaching him to learn his true voice and hone his gift. His richly textured voice is capable of conveying the true emotion of a lyric. Guthrie has opened concerts for Ed Sheeran, Sister Hazel, Neon Trees, Ben Rector, Corey Smith, Matisyahu, Matt Nathanson, and Selena Gomez, and has performed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as well as NBC’s Today Show and The Tonight Show. Noah, and his band, were recently featured performers on Rock Boat XVIII, the biggest music festival at sea, along with Sister Hazel, Barenaked Ladies, needtobreathe, Drew Holcomb and others. He will be appearing on the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent after being invited directly onto the show without an audition.

Anna Grace Beatty:

Anna Grace Beatty is a singer/songwriter based in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Her debut EP, “Burns You Up,” will be releasing on October 12 th , 2018.
It is currently available for digital pre-order. “Ain’t No Man,” the first single from the EP, is available on all online music services now.

Nov
29
Thu
Malcolm Holcombe Record Release w special guest Jared Tyler
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Recorded in Boston, MA and featuring Greg Brown, Iris Dement, Marco Giovino, and Jared Tyler, another stellar recording from Malcolm is assured!

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