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Jun
23
Sat
Ancient Cities at Heist Brewery
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Formed in North Carolina in 2013 by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Stephen Warwick, Ancient Cities melds well-crafted lyrics with fuzzed-out guitars, hints of psychedelia, and a pop sensibility.
Warwick gained noteriety in 2010 with his lof-fi folk endeavor titled Talking Machine, receiving local acclaim as best song-writer and landing on Shuffle Magazine’s top 10 list of best albums that year.
Seeking a new musicial outlet, Warwick headed back to the studio and enlisted friends to join him in the for . Towards the end of the recordings, Justin Fedor (The New Familiars) joined Warwick and the two set out as a duo for their first tour under the name Ancient Cities, after a dream Warwick had as a child. July 2014 marked the release of Ancient Cities’ self-titled debut album, and they expanded their live sound with the addition of Justin Faircloth (The Houston Brothers) on organ and synth.
They’ve been touring up and down the east coast for a few years playing club dates as well as festivals such as CMJ Music Marathon, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and the prestegious Newport Folk Festival’s 56th anniversary. They were one of three bands chosen by Converse to play Newport, as well as record at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Boston where they started work on their follow-up album Supermoon Blackout. Ancient Cities has been featured in the Vanity Fair and the Village Voice, as well as a series of live videos with famed music sites PASTE Magazine and Live & Breathing. You can catch them this summer/fall out on tour in support of their second album.

Jun
24
Sun
JJ Grey & Mofro at NoDa Brewing Co
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless.

Joshua Davis
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Joshua Davis is an American designer, technologist, author and artist in new media. He is best known as the creator of praystation.com, winner of the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica for ‘Net Vision / Net Excellence”.

Jun
25
Mon
Nate Randall at Heist Brewery
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nate has been writing, recording, and performing in and around Charlotte NC since 2011. His band reverbnation.com/naterandallband is having a great time playing for the local breweries. He is originally from Muncie, IN and started playing music in middle school. He is versed in a wide variety of instruments including trumpet, drums, other percussion, piano, and guitar. Thanks to all our family and great friends for supporting us and cheering us on. Please continue to check out new songs/videos, and like, share, subscribe, retweet, and follow.

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 25 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Jun
26
Tue
Beo String Quartet at Free Range Brewing
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

$10 Ticket = Beer + Glass + Classical Music

WDAV’s next Small Batch Concert will be off the hook. Here’s what you can expect:
#1 WORLD PREMIERES of classical works. That’s right plural, as in multiple premieres.
#2 WORLD PREMIERE of a beer brewed by Free Range Brewing
#3 WDAV’s Mobile Record Store will be back with fresh vinyl. $1 a record or 6 for $5. We’re pricing them like it’s 1890 all over again.

WDAV has teamed up with Free Range Brewing and Charlotte New MusicFestival to present the next Small Batch concert, bringing together good music, good people, and good beer. A $10 ticket supports the station and also gets you a Small Batch glass filled with a beer from Free Range.

Beo String Quartet, CNMF’s quartet in residence, will present program of fresh chamber works by composers at the Charlotte New Music Festival. This will also include a piece by the winner of the 3rd annual Charlotte New Music & Beo String Quartet National Composition Competition: Kyle Sanna.

Jesse Terry & Ryanhood
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A true musical journeyman, Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions.  By his own definition, he’s never been a cautious individual, but rather one who finds inspiration and optimism in the solace and joy making music brings him; and that which he can impart to others. In that regard, his artistic quest has become satisfying and self-fulfilling. 

Beo String Quartet at Small Batch Concert Series
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Presented by 89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio in partnership with the Charlotte New Music Festival.

WDAV has teamed up with Free Range Brewing and the Charlotte New Music Festival to present the next Small Batch concert, bringing together good music, good people, and good beer. A $10 ticket supports the station and also gets you a Small Batch glass filled with a beer from Free Range.

Beo String Quartet, CNMF’s quartet in residence, will present program of fresh chamber works by composers at the Charlotte New Music Festival. This will also include a piece by the winner of the 3rd annual Charlotte New Music & Beo String Quartet National Composition Competition: Kyle Sanna.

The Small Batch Concert Series is powered by OrthoCarolina.

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Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 26 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Classical and modern R&B , hip hop , fusion and more. Local and visiting acts. Hosted by Ciroc. Join us every Tuesday at Crown Station for a night of live music. 

 

Jun
28
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a place to showcase your musical talent? Look no further! Join us every Thursday for our Open Mic. It’s free to watch and play! If you would like to perform, please show up at 7pm to sign up.

 

Jun
29
Fri
Nate Randall at Heist Brewery
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Just when you think great guitar music is on its way out, there’s always a track or two that keep you holding onto the thin threads that represent today’s indie-rock scene. Gold Connections’ new track “Icarus” is a solid reason to clutch hold of the great roots of guitar music, and to keep fighting for it to stay alive.’

Brother Oliver at NoDa Brewing Company
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brother Oliver is a South Carolina-based musical project formed by two brothers, Andrew & Stephen Oliver. The brothers deliver high-energy performances through the lens of a folk-rock / psych-rock aesthetic—a genre they’ve officially coined as ‘psychedelic folk-rock.’ The band’s explorative approach to music strikes a chord with any audience and has rapidly gained recognition in the Southeast and abroad.

Seth Glier
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Seth Glier’s new album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.

Sons of Bill
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sons of Bill is a band from Charlottesville, Virginia founded by brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, along with bassist Seth Green and drummer Todd Wellons.

Jul
1
Sun
Redleg Husky at Free Range Brewing
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Redleg Husky is a country and bluegrass band from Asheville, North Carolina. Since its inception in 2012, the group has been performing its unique blend of American music in barrooms, theaters, and festivals throughout the Southeast and beyond. The group has released three recordings of original music in that time, a self-titled EP in 2013, its full-length debut, Carolina, in 2014, and a second LP, My Old Heart, in 2016.

Jul
2
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 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.
Tosco Music Open Mic
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Open Mic format for the Tosco Music Open Mic is we gather for a sing-a-long session from 7:30 to 8 pm or so, then we start going down the list of performers. Everyone gets one song, so be in tune and ready to play when your name is called. It is first come, first play on the sign up sheet, however we give priority to school aged performers.

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

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 2 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Jul
3
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 3 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Classical and modern R&B , hip hop , fusion and more. Local and visiting acts. Hosted by Ciroc. Join us every Tuesday at Crown Station for a night of live music. 

 

Jul
5
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a place to showcase your musical talent? Look no further! Join us every Thursday for our Open Mic. It’s free to watch and play! If you would like to perform, please show up at 7pm to sign up.

 

Jul
9
Mon
Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 9 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Jul
10
Tue
Marsh In The Mainsail with Bless These Sounds Under The City
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A visceral experience. An eclectic mix of styles and genres the whole night long. 

Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Classical and modern R&B , hip hop , fusion and more. Local and visiting acts. Hosted by Ciroc. Join us every Tuesday at Crown Station for a night of live music. 

 

Jul
12
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a place to showcase your musical talent? Look no further! Join us every Thursday for our Open Mic. It’s free to watch and play! If you would like to perform, please show up at 7pm to sign up.

 

Jul
13
Fri
Lisa De Novo at Heist Brewery
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 
 
Urban Soil
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailing from Raleigh North Carolina, Urban Soil weaves Americana, rock and soul into their explosive live shows and polished recordings.  Their studio albums display the uncompromising energy that Urban Soil consistently delivers live, and are a stimulating representation of the band’s skillful-yet–visceral sound.  Urban Soil has the unique ability of capturing the energy of their live shows and translating it to their studio recordings, resulting in an electrifying experience with every listen.

Jul
16
Mon
Graham Stone at Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Graham Stone Music is the current solo project of Graham McCune Stoll. Currently based in Richmond, Virginia, Graham recorded and released ‘Until the Day’–an album with ten songs that marked his first solo effort.

Released independently and comprised entirely of original songs from both past and present, Until the Day is an offering that spans a full decade of songwriting.

“Some of these songs were written 10 years ago and some of them were written out on the road with Aubrey the same year I recorded the album.”

The song Flowers in Montana is a road song; written during a trek through Glacier National Park. “It’s really a song to my daughter Katrianna. I’ll never forget the overwhelming need to get those words down on paper. Looking at it now, the song kind of visits the concepts of age and memory. Loneliness and togetherness. Life and death. And all of that just kind of poured itself out of me over the course of a few minutes.”

Juxtapose that against a song like Meaningless–one Graham wrote nearly ten years ago while living in Charlottesville and you’ll have a picture of the continuum this album finds itself spanning. “Meaningless is a kind of story about a man coming to the end of his life and recognizing that much of what he’s given himself to doesn’t really matter once he’s gone. But it’s written through the eyes of a young person who still might be able to learn some from the older man’s realization. I think a couple years back I saw myself somehow as a mix up of those two characters and knew that I wanted to try and make sure the rest of my life was lived less in the futility and meaninglessness that sort of haunts the old man.”

The lyrics and demeanor of this music offer an honesty and a sort of welcoming that directly connect the listener with each song as a story. You can tell straight away that his music was influenced by folk music storytellers like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and John Prine. It’s also easy to draw stylistic comparisons to modern Americana singer-songwriters like the Avett Brothers or Jason Isbell. But when you ask Graham himself, he actually cites songwriters like Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan.

‘Growing up, I was raised on bluegrass music and the blues. From Ralph Stanley, The Carter Family, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs to guys like BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lightning Hopkins. That was stuff my dad listened to, so those are my earliest musical memories. But I remember first hearing the Sex Pistols when I was about twelve and all I remember thinking was that I wanted to listen to songs like that! Ones that I could play easy that were exciting and loud and fast. So I listened to everything I could get my hands on that fit that category and my teen days were spent primarily listening to punk and metal bands. A few of the artists that I would still consider some of my biggest influences today are songwriters from bands I was listening to in high school. Thanks to the songwriters from bands like Thrice and Hotwater Music where now Dustin and Chuck also have solo careers with kind of a different sound but you still get a lot of that same spirit.’

But when asked about his current favorites, Graham goes back to his roots again.

‘I think some of the most important ways people find meaning is in stories that help explain or simply just express the human condition. And my favorite kind of songs are basically just stories with musical accompaniment. Some of the best stories in the world have been written by songwriters and are still being told today. Throughout human history songs and stories have been a way for oral traditions to be passed down. So for me, I owe a lot to John Hurt, Doc Watson, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris and John Prine. And it’s so inspiring to see how folks today are still carrying the torch. Songs about life and death and joy and sadness, those are songs about being human. Songs that still say something, you know? That kind of stuff influences my songwriting a whole lot and it’s somewhere in my own songs and stories that I find myself in what feels to be like my natural home. I want to keep getting better at saying things and telling stories. Until the Day has songs that are stories are about people, some are about places. Some of the stories are true in a very literal sense and some of them aren’t at all. But writing these songs and playing music helps me remember who I’m meant to be.’

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 16 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

Jul
17
Tue
La Santa Cecilia and Chócala
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

La Santa Cecilia consists accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Ther common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians.

 

Chócala is a sonic amalgamation of Latin rhythms, rock, and jazz with a touch of tropical psychedelia resulting in an experimental yet approachable sound with an infectious groove. The band is fronted by keyboardist Liza Ortiz who’s powerful lyrics about self-assessment and affirmation are earnest, heartfelt, and entirely in Spanish. Michael Anderson (saxophone), Davey Blackburn (percussion), and Claudio Ortiz (bass) playfully harmonize and explore polyrhythmic soundscapes, offering up novel yet familiar experiences with each song.
 
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 17 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Classical and modern R&B , hip hop , fusion and more. Local and visiting acts. Hosted by Ciroc. Join us every Tuesday at Crown Station for a night of live music. 

 

Jul
19
Thu
Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 19 @ 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.

 

Jul
20
Fri
Electric Kif
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Electric Kif Miami’s most in-demand fusion quartet, has quickly garnered attention of the live music scene in the southeast for their eclectic take on groove and their own brand of ‘post-nuclear music’. Within the past year, they released their full length LP ‘HEIST’, toured constantly up and down the east coast, and played an array of major festivals including Ground Up Music Fest, Okeechobee Music Festival, and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival among many others.

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Millennial, Brandon Berg, The Wilt, and New Commute
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Johnny Fly Co., the makers of eco-friendly and sustainable eyewear and leather bags, is excited to celebrate their one year anniversary of its first brick and mortar retail store in the NoDa Arts District of Charlotte. To celebrate, Johnny Fly is throwing an anniversary party from 6:30 to 8 pm on July 20th followed by a free “Johnny Fly Co. Presents” concert at Neighborhood Theatre featuring local bands Millennial, Brandon Berg, The Wilt and New Commute.

 

 

Jul
23
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Find Your Muse Open Mic is Charlotte’s premier open mic night. Each week we feature a special guest performer from around the region. Come out and see some of the area’s best up & coming talent perform their latest original tunes. Always a fun time, hosted by the semi-hilarious Mr. Erik Button. Look forward to the start of a great Monday night at 7:30pm as you are greeted by the rest of our FYM team; Aaaaron at the door, Donniebaseball behind the bar serving up cold ones, and Normal Dennis doing his best at making it all sound great from behind the board. Sign ups are at 7:45, so come out and get your time slot.
Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 23 @ 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.

 

Jul
24
Tue
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 24 @ 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. 

 

Jul
26
Thu
ZAC CLARK featuring Bob Oxblood
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ZAC CLARK (of Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness) at The Evening Muse

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Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 26 @ 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.

 

Jul
27
Fri
Birdtalker
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Zack and Dani were married in 2012 and soon after their wedding tried writing a couple songs together. They liked it, so they wrote a couple more. Andy, a friend from college and very talented drummer, was into the songs and started beating on stuff while Zack and Dani played them. It sounded good. While these 3 were playing the songs at Shakespeare in the Park one August afternoon, Brian became interested in adding his immense talent to the mix as well and began playing along with mandolin and guitar. It sounded even better. Birdtalker as these 4 members wrote and practiced for about a year when yet another talented friend and Birdtalker’s biggest fan, Jesse, expressed interest in lending his bass sounds to the band. It is the combination of each member’s specific offerings that gives Birdtalker the life and sound that it now possesses. And it doesn’t hurt that they all like each other a heck of a lot, too.

Jul
28
Sat
Kenny George Band and Few Miles South
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kenny George Band
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.”

Inspired by the sounds of the burgeoning Americana movement — bands like Whiskeytown and Wilco, and later the so-called “Outlaw” country clan — indeniable icons like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt — George later immersed himself in probing the roots of the rock and country crossover, exploring the Southern California singer/songwriter scene by way of Jackson Browne, the Eagles and J.D. Souther. He attended the University of Montevallo in Alabama, majoring in classical guitar and later studying special education for the deaf and hard of hearing. Forced to drop out after losing his funding, he turned his attention to writing songs. That’s when he met drummer Bucky Brown and the two decided to start a band. Relocating to Aiken, they found pedal steel player Center Ely, who George describes as shy and unassuming, but a wiz when it comes to fixing their gear. At first they played covers while honing their chops in the local bar scene, then began phasing in original material as well. “We went through bass players like Spinal Tap went through drummers,” George chuckles, referring to the continuing need to fill that anchor spot. “When we found Brooks, we knew we had the right guy. It was worth going through half a dozen candidates just to find the one that fit.”

The last to join was guitarist Scott Rankin, an acquaintance of Kenny’s who had asked him to fill in for a show when Rankin’s second guitarist had to bow out of the gig at the last minute. “Little did I know, we would play a four hour show,” George recalls. “But it did give us a chance to perform together and that inspired us to play together even more after that. We decided we sounded pretty good, and eventually I was able to coax him into joining our band.”

In the interim, George took a brief hiatus in New York City to work with producer Damien Dash, but the cold New York winter, lack of opportunity and the steep cost of living prompted him to return home less than five months later. It proved to be a good decision, and with three releases under their belt — the Gunshy EP (their 2014 debut), Zac Brown Sessions (a prize bestowed as the result of winning a songwriting contest in 2013), and Live From Sky City (recorded in concert in Augusta, Georgia) — and their latest, Borrowed Trouble, set to release in late April, the Kenny George Band is poised to garner new admirers and consolidate an already ample following all at the same time.

“It takes time to really make a mark,” George reckons. “It’s a slow process and there’s a lot of work involved. However, as long as we can share our experiences and build relationships with our audiences, I feel we’re making progress all along the way.”
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Few Miles South

Few Miles South is a country southern rock group created by South GA raised, Blake English, and Los Angeles native, Tori Lund. The two met in 2014 while playing in an L.A. church. Tori, a classically trained singer and piano teacher, and Blake, a multi-instrumentalist and producer connected over a shared love of country music. They began to write and record songs with intentions to shop them to other artists, but after a couple years bonding with their catalog they decided to wrangle up some local musicians and form a band.

After getting their fill of city life, they quit their jobs, packed up their dog and headed to the dirty south to be nearer to the country scene. Few Miles South offers a refreshing take on country music: a “touch of the Bakersfield sound”, blues and southern rock with influences ranging from Hank Williams to the Allman Brothers. In 2017 they released their first single and music video, “On Down the Road,” which charted overseas, and they are soon to follow with a 5 track EP featuring renowned pedal steel guitarist Bob “Boo” Bernstein (Tanya Tucker, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakum). FMS can be found performing and road tripping across the U.S., continuing to write and raising their 3 dogs.

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Bakalao Stars
Jul 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bakalao Stars, Charlotte’s hottest and most energetic Latin band. Since 2002 Bakalao Stars has played at Charlotte clubs and helped organize the annual Carlotan Rock Festival of local Latino rock music. Their sound is a mixture of influences and genres that range from reggae to Latin ska and punk rock. Bakalao fuses these rhythms to create catchy melodies, which are performed with the highest level of energy and enthusiasm. Over the years, Bakalao Stars has become Charlotte’s most popular Latin band due to their unique style, and their energetic shows.

Shabudikah at Heist Brewery
Jul 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Shabudikah (SHə-bo͞o-di-kə)- 1) /n/ a high-energy, horn-driven funk party from Asheville, N.C. 2) /n/ the rhythm that started it all.
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Freddy Jones Band
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

One of America’s premiere roots rock acts, Freddy Jones Band (and no, none of the members are actually named Freddy Jones) is fronted by the founding member, guitarist and singer/songwriters Marty Lloyd, joined by bassist Rich Ross, guitarist Stu Miller and drummer, Goose LaPoint.

The band is best known for its number-one hits ‘In A Daydream’ and ‘Take The Time.’ Now, this long-running act is back with their new release, Never Change, helmed by Producers Justin Niebank (Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock) and label partner Timm Martin of Dustimmoff Music.

Marty Lloyd characterizes the sessions for Never Change—which features the hit song “Those Diamonds’ and the project’s title track —as euphoric…“Looking back, our approach to making Never Change was very similar to the historic days down at Muscle Shoals.” he says. “The essence of our sound and songwriting was supported by Justin’s ‘A Team’ cast and the room soared from the first down beat. As recording artists we chase that feeling. It was incredibly uplifting and joyful!”

Justin Niebank, a three-time Grammy winning producer/engineer, adds of the album, “Never Change is the best record I have worked on in years!”

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Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Find Your Muse Open Mic is Charlotte’s premier open mic night. Each week we feature a special guest performer from around the region. Come out and see some of the area’s best up & coming talent perform their latest original tunes. Always a fun time, hosted by the semi-hilarious Mr. Erik Button. Look forward to the start of a great Monday night at 7:30pm as you are greeted by the rest of our FYM team; Aaaaron at the door, Donniebaseball behind the bar serving up cold ones, and Normal Dennis doing his best at making it all sound great from behind the board. Sign ups are at 7:45, so come out and get your time slot.
Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 30 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

 

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Erin Rae
Jul 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Erin Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk and indie-rock has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs—not to mention critical acclaim from some of the world’s top music media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, and the BBC—is finally stepping out into the spotlight with her new album Putting On Airs. The album is out June 8, 2018 on Single Lock Records.

Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jul 31 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Classical and modern R&B , hip hop , fusion and more. Local and visiting acts. Hosted by Ciroc. Join us every Tuesday at Crown Station for a night of live music. 

 

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Tosco Music Open Mic
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Open Mic format for the Tosco Music Open Mic is we gather for a sing-a-long session from 7:30 to 8 pm or so, then we start going down the list of performers. Everyone gets one song, so be in tune and ready to play when your name is called. It is first come, first play on the sign up sheet, however we give priority to school aged performers.

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

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Greg Humphries Electric Trio at Free Range Brewing
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio‘s debut Lucky Guy finds critically acclaimed artist Greg Humphreys creatively invigorated. He and his accomplished and artistically intuitive bandmates simmer through a collection of sweetly soulful Americana and raucous roots rock that showcases Humphreys’ elegant virtuosity and his heartfelt songwriting.

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Looking for a place to showcase your musical talent? Look no further! Join us every Thursday for our Open Mic. It’s free to watch and play! If you would like to perform, please show up at 7pm to sign up.

 

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