Calendar

Jun
23
Sat
Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project at Resident Culture Brewing
Jun 23 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project is a fiery string band blending bluegrass, soul, reggae and rock n’ roll into a style uniquely their own. Respecting their Appalachian roots, these passionate multi-instrumentalists have a way of blending their harmonies and intricate string work in to something that appeals to a wide variety of listeners.

Jun
28
Thu
Aaron Burdett at River Jam
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Jun
29
Fri
South Hill Banks at River Jam
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Jun
30
Sat
Sun Parade at River Jam
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Jul
1
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 2 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Jul
6
Fri
Coddle Creek at River Jam
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Jul
13
Fri
Amanda Shires w/ Becca Mancari at Live on the Green
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live on the Green brings FREE, live musical performances to Uptown Charlotte’s First Ward Park! Bring your friends and family, enjoy local food vendors and local craft beer, and take in the sights and sounds of Uptown.

Our performers for July 13 are Becca Mancari (7 PM) and Amanda Shires.

You can view the full lineup for this year’s Live on the Green series here: https://meck.co/2EFzN2h

https://www.facebook.com/events/2018237935093167/

Jul
14
Sat
Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers
Jul 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The singer, piano player and multi-instrumentalist who broke out in 1986 with his hit “The Way It Is” has shared the stage and recording studio with a wide range of musicians, from the Grateful Dead to Ricky Skaggs.

Jul
15
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 16 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Jul
17
Tue
The Punch Brothers
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Says the Washington Post of The Punch Brothers, ‘With enthusiasm and experimentation, The Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart.’ 

An eclectic acoustic quintet comprised of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher, The Punch Brothers come to the Queen City with special guest Madison Cunningham. They will perform iconic hits from the group’s history, including pieces from their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues (released by Nonesuch Records), which addresses the power and the pitfalls of our super-connected world with straight-up poignancy and subversive humor.

After the 2008 release of the group’s first record, Punch, The Punch Brothers began a residency at NYC’s intimate club, The Living Room, where they ultimately spawned the Grammy- nominated Antifogmatic (2010). In 2012, the band released “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” praised by Q Magazine for its “astonishing, envelope-pushing vision”, while Rolling Stone said “…the acoustic framework dazzles – wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.”       

The dynamic group brings their “Big Time Summer Tour”, featuring Maddison Cunningham, to Charlotte fresh from finishing recording sessions earlier in the year. 

 
Jul
24
Tue
Red Rocking Chair at The Comet Grill
Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Red Rocking Chair is made up of four veteran
musicians, each bringing his own unique approach
to the music they present. An acoustic quartet of
multi-instrumentalists, they blend folk, bluegrass
and country in a way that only players with decades
of making music professionally can attain. Jack
Lawrence, Michael Reno Harrell, Tom Kuhn and
Dale Meyer present a blend of bass, mandolin,
guitar, Dobro, banjo, and vocals that have kept their fans coming back time and again. All tha their music is just plain fun to listen to
at the bar in Charlotte!

Jul
26
Thu
Seth Walker Trio at River Jam
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Jul
27
Fri
Time Sawyer w/ Scott Moss Band at Live on the Green
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live on the Green brings FREE, live musical performances to Uptown Charlotte’s First Ward Park! Bring your friends and family, enjoy local food vendors and local craft beer, and take in the sights and sounds of Uptown.

Our performers for July 27 are Scott Moss Band (7 PM) and Time Sawyer.

Scott from the Scott Moss Band is a singer/songwriter from Shelby, NC. He has played with western North Carolina favorites Moonshine Jenny and Evergreen, and joined Big Daddy Love in 2012. His dynamic stage presence and easy going nature creates a fantastic experience for the whole crowd!

Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on quite a show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in a sweet spot where folk, alt-country and rock gather together.

You can view the full lineup for this year’s Live on the Green series here: https://meck.co/2EFzN2h

https://www.facebook.com/events/148652532637926/

Jul
28
Sat
Nora Jane Struthers at River Jam
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Jul
29
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Aug
7
Tue
Red Rocking Chair at The Comet Grill
Aug 7 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Red Rocking Chair is made up of four veteran
musicians, each bringing his own unique approach
to the music they present. An acoustic quartet of
multi-instrumentalists, they blend folk, bluegrass
and country in a way that only players with decades
of making music professionally can attain. Jack
Lawrence, Michael Reno Harrell, Tom Kuhn and
Dale Meyer present a blend of bass, mandolin,
guitar, Dobro, banjo, and vocals that have kept their fans coming back time and again. All tha their music is just plain fun to listen to
at the bar in Charlotte!

Aug
10
Fri
Acoustic Syndicate w/ Yellow Feather at Live on the Green
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live on the Green brings FREE, live musical performances to Uptown Charlotte’s First Ward Park! Bring your friends and family, enjoy local food vendors and local craft beer, and take in the sights and sounds of Uptown.

Our performers for August 10 are Yellow Feather (7 PM) and Acoustic Syndicate.

Yellow Feather is a seven piece Country/Americana band from Old Fort, NC. Their first studio album was released in 2017.

Acoustic Syndicate has been playing since 1994, and their blend of bluegrass instruments, rock sensibilities, and conscious songwriting has inspired a generation of musicians.

You can view the full lineup for this year’s Live on the Green series here: https://meck.co/2EFzN2h

https://www.facebook.com/events/2040246462672217/

Aug
11
Sat
Live Music with Roy Daye Jr!
Aug 11 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Roy Daye Jr. 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!

Aug
12
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Aug
14
Tue
Red Rocking Chair at The Comet Grill
Aug 14 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Red Rocking Chair is made up of four veteran
musicians, each bringing his own unique approach
to the music they present. An acoustic quartet of
multi-instrumentalists, they blend folk, bluegrass
and country in a way that only players with decades
of making music professionally can attain. Jack
Lawrence, Michael Reno Harrell, Tom Kuhn and
Dale Meyer present a blend of bass, mandolin,
guitar, Dobro, banjo, and vocals that have kept their fans coming back time and again. All tha their music is just plain fun to listen to
at the bar in Charlotte!

Aug
21
Tue
Red Rocking Chair at The Comet Grill
Aug 21 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Red Rocking Chair is made up of four veteran
musicians, each bringing his own unique approach
to the music they present. An acoustic quartet of
multi-instrumentalists, they blend folk, bluegrass
and country in a way that only players with decades
of making music professionally can attain. Jack
Lawrence, Michael Reno Harrell, Tom Kuhn and
Dale Meyer present a blend of bass, mandolin,
guitar, Dobro, banjo, and vocals that have kept their fans coming back time and again. All tha their music is just plain fun to listen to
at the bar in Charlotte!

Aug
24
Fri
Front Country w/ Elonzo Wesley at Live on the Green
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live on the Green brings FREE, live musical performances to Uptown Charlotte’s First Ward Park! Bring your friends and family, enjoy local food vendors and local craft beer, and take in the sights and sounds of Uptown.

Our performers for August 24 are Elonzo Wesley (7 PM) and Front Country.

You can view the full lineup for this year’s Live on the Green series here: https://meck.co/2EFzN2h

https://www.facebook.com/events/977891692374265/

Aug
25
Sat
Circus No. 9 at River Jam
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Aug
26
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 27 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Aug
28
Tue
Red Rocking Chair at The Comet Grill
Aug 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Red Rocking Chair is made up of four veteran
musicians, each bringing his own unique approach
to the music they present. An acoustic quartet of
multi-instrumentalists, they blend folk, bluegrass
and country in a way that only players with decades
of making music professionally can attain. Jack
Lawrence, Michael Reno Harrell, Tom Kuhn and
Dale Meyer present a blend of bass, mandolin,
guitar, Dobro, banjo, and vocals that have kept their fans coming back time and again. All tha their music is just plain fun to listen to
at the bar in Charlotte!

Aug
31
Fri
The Scott Moss Band at River Jam
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Sep
1
Sat
AJ Ghent at River Jam
Sep 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Sep
7
Fri
Sol Driven Train at River Jam
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Sep
8
Sat
Sally and George at River Jam
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

Sep
9
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 10 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Sep
14
Fri
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen w/ Coddle Creek at Live on the Green Season Finale
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live on the Green brings FREE, live musical performances to Uptown Charlotte’s First Ward Park! Bring your friends and family, enjoy local food vendors and local craft beer, and take in the sights and sounds of Uptown.

Just like we opened Live on the Green with 2 days of performances this year, we’ll also be closing with a 2 day festival.

On September 14, we’ll have Coddle Creek (7 PM) and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.

Coddle Creek is a high energy creekgrass band from the foothills of NC in Coddle Creek.

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play a variety of New Acoustic American Roots music with a focus on bluegrass and acoustic country.

View the lineup for day 2 of our season finale here: https://meck.co/2JiEzVZ

https://www.facebook.com/events/592147881178141/

Sep
23
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Sep
28
Fri
Jamie Mclean Band at River Jam
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The U.S. National Whitewater River Center’s River Jam is a great way to spend your weekend! Free concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from May 3th, 2018, to September 29th.  The music will go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Parking is $6 per car. 

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/374801556305772/

Oct
7
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

EmiSunshine & The Rain
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm

Facebook Event

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
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.

Facebook Event

Oct
21
Sun
Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music at Old Town Public House
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 9:00 pm

Diggin’ The Roots – Old Time Music
Every other Sunday
6 p.m.
Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21

Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, specializes in coffee, espresso, craft beer, fine wines and live music. It’s located in the heart of Old Town Cornelius. There’s no cover for the live music, so make sure to stop by.

Please do tip the musicians, buy a drink, tip the bartender or barista, and maybe buy a CD if you like the music.

You can see all the upcoming events on Old Town Public House’s Facebook page.

 

Oct
27
Sat
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

Nov
10
Sat
Steep Canyon Rangers
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

With OUT IN THE OPEN, Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile bands in contemporary American music. The GRAMMY® Award-winning sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, and folk rock to create something original. OUT IN THE OPEN is the Rangers bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while also getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to 3x GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Henry’s traditional approach toward recording.

Nov
14
Wed
Daniel Donato, Chatham Rabbits
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm

Daniel Donato:

Instrumentalists bear the burden of communicating musical ideas without the aid of lyrics or storytelling proper. For many years, that’s how 2018 Americana Award nominee Daniel Donato operated as the guitarist for Nashville acts like The Wild Feathers, Paul Cauthen and The Don Kelley Band. 

From age 14, Donato has developed his brand of crisp, soulful, on-the-edge telecaster picking under bar lights, honing his skills and proving his mettle within the city’s prominent live music scene. All the while, a growing love of songwriting mirrored the pace of his ever-improving guitar chops. 

Now, a short three years after his departure from Kelley’s classic country outfit, the 23-year-old is signed to WME as an artist with a docket of jam-ready country and bluegrass songs. Backed by his three-piece “Cosmic Country Band” ¬¬– cosmic country is a catch-all term for experimental roots music, often assisted by electronic sounds – Donato stands at the frontier of his career with characteristic intrepidity, no longer bounded by the expressive limitations of his instrument. 

His strident voice and explorative songwriting carry his music into new territory, offering bold ideas to his fan base while staying true to what drew them to him in the first place: a palpable love of music delivered through excelled craft. With one eye on the night’s gig and another on the ages, Donato is continuing his journey down country music’s long and winding road, leaving no stone unturned.

Chatham Rabbits:

With palpable chemistry and warmth, Chatham Rabbits — Sarah Osborne McCombie (vocals, banjo) and Austin McCombie (vocals, guitar, fiddle) — fill each space they enter with brightness and sincerity. Their songs are stories flush with vivid imagery, contemplative metaphors, and evidence of their binding ties to the South. Hailing from Bynum, North Carolina, just like the original Chatham Rabbits string band of the early 20th century, this duo lights up any stage. After abandoning their corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time, Sarah and Austin now travel the country with their hound dog Ruby, showing their commitment to living life to the fullest and sharing the music that they love.

Nov
17
Sat
The Infamous Stringdusters, The Way Down Wanderers
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm

‘With a nod to the past and a firm foot down on the gas toward the future, the ‘Dusters… don’t leave bluegrass behind; they’re stretching it from within.’ – New York Times

‘The Stringdusters are the Star Wars of Bluegrass and this is their Return of the Jedi. Stop fiddling with your lightsaber and get this album.’ – Ryan Adams

‘…these stellar bluegrass players are pushing the music forward.’ – David Dye/World Café

A band should never stop progressing.

Forward motion belies creativity and evolution. A staunch and unwavering commitment to progression is how an unassuming group of five friends can collectively become a GRAMMY® Award-winning force of nature. That’s exactly how it happened for The Infamous Stringdusters. Within thirteen years since their 2005 formation, the band—Travis Book [bass, vocals], Andy Falco [guitar, vocals], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle, vocals], Andy Hall [dobro, vocals], and Chris Pandolfi [banjo, vocals]— have consistently forged ahead, relentlessly exploring the musical possibilities of a “bluegrass ensemble” and breaking down boundaries in the process.

In a genre known for traditionalism, the ‘Dusters have consistently covered new ground, inspired fans, and redefined what a bluegrass band can be. 2018 represented a high watermark for the quintet as they took home a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Bluegrass Album” for their 2017 release Laws of Gravity.

Even with such milestones, the members feel like they’re only getting started.

“I’m most inspired by the evolution of the music,” agrees Book. “The band is reaching new heights with our exploration and jamming. The repertoire is deep, and our crew is so entwined in the music and presentation of the show. It’s all come together in the last year or so.”

Hall adds, “Releasing three recorded projects this year has been artistically exciting. Mostly, the band has taken a huge leap forward in our live show with our improvisation blending from one song into the next. It’s made everything that much more fun.”

The motion includes a prolific output that rivals any act in music. In 2017 alone, they released three projects: Laws of Gravity, Laws of Gravity: Live, and Undercover Vol. 2 through Lumenhouse Recordings. Impressively, the band’s eighth full length record, Laws of Gravity, received a 2018 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Bluegrass Album”, bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and marked their third debut at #1 on the Bluegrass Albums Chart with Undercover Vol. 2 becoming their seventh Top 10 entry. Recognized by some of the top names in the game, they teamed up with Ryan Adams for performances of “Sweet Carolina” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Newport Folk Festival. Phil Lesh also tapped them as his band for Phil and Friends at Lockn alongside members of Phish. 

Nov
24
Sat
Keller Williams’ ThanksForPettyGrassGiving Featuring The Hillbenders
Nov 24 @ 9:00 pm

Definition: Petty Grass is Bluegrass versions of Tom Petty hits. Sing-alongs that some people didn’t even know they knew. Tom Petty songs are like that and Petty Grass celebrates this.

There is nothing like a room full of people singing along to the same song. In 2015, I put together a set of Tom Petty songs to be done bluegrass at a benefit for my local S.P.C.A. I had so much fun putting the project together, it brought a wave of joy over me singing these songs. With his untimely passing, these songs have been pushed to the forefront of my mind and is seems like as good a time as any to celebrate, publicly, the hits of Tom Petty. Luckily, The HillBenders share my passion for this music and it just so happens that they are kick ass pickers who have amazing attention to detail, you can see for yourself as they cover the entire rock opera of The Who’s Tommy. These Petty songs lend themselves quite easily to bluegrass and by the end of the night, the audience will more than likely be singing in harmony.

Nov
29
Thu
The Hashbrown Belly Boys, Dixie Dave Allen, Kayla Charlene
Nov 29 @ 9:00 pm

Free show.

Age 21+

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Yes Ma’am with Crystal Fountains
Nov 29 @ 9:00 pm

Yes Ma’am

With two guitars, tight harmonies and a hammer dulcimer, Yes Ma’am blends romantic remorse with upbeat stories of overcoming demons and double-homicides. They’ll keep you tapping your foot and wishing you’d dumped that ex a few years earlier than you did.

Crystal Fountains is a Bluegrass duo made up of Grant Funderburk and Matt Faircloth that play original music Mixed with traditional bluegrass….basically

Dec
14
Fri
Acoustic Syndicate
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

Acoustic Syndicate is a rock/folk/bluegrass band from North Carolina formed in 1992. They have toured nationally in the US, including appearances at Farm Aid and the Bonnaroo festival. Their sound is characterized by three-part vocal harmony and complex polyrhythmic banjo playing. Lyrically, the group often discusses themes relating to subsistence, sustainability and quality of life.

The McMurry family comes from a small family farm in Cleveland County, North Carolina, near Shelby, North Carolina. They have been farming the same region that their ancestors settled over 200 years ago.

Acoustic Syndicate also has roots in Asheville, NC, where Jay Sanders is an active member of the local music scene.

Acoustic Syndicate’s sound has always been characterized by growth and evolution. Since the band officially formed in the early 1990s, they have continued to challenge themselves to grow as a band with the same earnest intensity that permeates their music. This evolution is never more strikingly apparent than on Long Way Round, their second release for roots label Sugar Hill and their first foray into injecting a studio project with the drive and passion that typifies their live shows.

The band did a lot of things different this time around&Perhaps it was the addition of Texas music legend and producer Lloyd Maines into Acoustic Syndicate’s mix that propelled the band to create what they consider their best project ever. Or perhaps it had something to do with saxophonist Jeremy Saunders joining the band, after having been long thought of by the other members as their unofficial fifth member. Front man Steve McMurry would venture to say that the change of the band’s sound from gentle and melodic to bold and live was a natural progression.

Over the last three or four years, the live material seemed to be adopting a bigger, bolder attitude& The trend continued on until the new material started to sound more like live songs than studio stuff. This evolution was of its own doing. We’ve always tried not to impede any obvious, eventual metamorphosis of the band or of the music. Whatever the reason, the result is a powerful and fluid record that seamlessly blends the group’s past melodic, pretty recording style with the power and driving rhythm of their live show. One of the main shifts of focus involved bringing their strong vocals and dead-on harmonies to the forefront.

Dec
22
Sat
Peter Rowan
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm

Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Born in Wayland, Massachusetts to a musical family, Rowan learned to play guitar from his uncle. He spent his teenage years absorbing the sights and sounds of the Hillbilly Ranch, a legendary Country music nightclub in Boston frequented by old-time acts like The Lilly Brothers and Tex Logan. In 1956 Peter Rowan formed his first band, the Cupids, while still in high school.

After three years in college, Rowan left academia to pursue a life in music. Rowan began his professional career in 1963 as the singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. “One thing I started to like about the Monroe style was that there was a lot more blues in it than other styles of bluegrass,” reflects Rowan. “It was darker. It had more of an edge to it. And yet it still had the ballad tradition in it, and I loved that.”

The late ‘60s and early 70’s saw Rowan involved in a number of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, including Earth Opera, Sea Train, Muleskinner, and the Rowans, where he played alongside brothers Chris and Lorin Rowan. After the Rowan Brothers disbanded, Rowan, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn formed a bluegrass band christened Old & In the Way. It was during this incarnation that Rowan penned the song “Panama Red,” a subsequent hit for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and a classic ever since.

Rowan subsequently embarked on a well-received solo career in the late ‘70s, releasing critically acclaimed records such as Dustbowl Children (a Woody-Guthrie style song cycle about the Great Depression), Yonder (a record of old-time country music in collaboration with ace dobro player, Jerry Douglas) and two extraordinarily fine bluegrass albums, The First Whippoorwill and Bluegrass Boy, as well as High Lonesome Cowboy, a recording of traditional and old-time mountain music with Don Edwards and Norman Blake. Rowan’s recent releases- Quartet, a recording with the phenomenal Tony Rice and Legacy with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, coupled with a relentless touring schedule have further endeared Peter Rowan to audiences around the world.

Following on the heels of the celebrated album “Crucial Country: Live at Telluride” Peter recorded his second album for Compass entitled “Old School” with memorable new songs such as “Doc Watson Morning” , “Drop The Bone” and “Keepin’ It Between The Lines (Old School)” with members of the current Bluegrass Band plus Chris Henry, Michael Cleveland, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie, Robbie and Del McCoury and more. Since then the prolific singer songwriter has recorded and released Peter Rowan’s Twang an Groove Vol. 1 (his electric band with drummer Jamie Oldacker and bassist Mike Morgan) on There Records, Dharma Blues (produced by John Chelew and including Jack Casady, Jody Stecker, Patrick Korte and Manose Singh performing songs of the Buddhaverse) on Omnivore Records and his newest, My Aloha, also on Omnivore Records.

Internationally, Rowan often performs as a solo singer-songwriter, while stateside, along with solo appearances, he plays in three bands: the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, a quintet featuring Keith Little, Chris Henry, Blaine Sprouse and Paul Knight; Big Twang Theory and its Texas Cousin Twang n Groove and rock band The Free Mexican Air Force.

Jan
17
Thu
Jeff Austin Band, Akita
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm

EFF AUSTIN
The work continues…

These words have never rung more true for Jeff Austin.

After almost twenty years of live creation and endless joy seeking Jeff has returned to the scene with a new found sense of passion. Sharing the stage each night with a band of like-minded adventurers he attacks each performance with a fire and desire to move and shake everyone in sight.

Each show stands as a statement.

A statement of music…

A statement of connection…

A statement of just how joyful each moment can be.

From note to note…song to song…these musical warriors set out to turn each ear in a way never heard before.

The path is set.

The energy is undeniable.

Because with each new step The Jeff Austin Band takes…

Jan
26
Sat
Greensky Bluegrass, Cris Jacobs Band
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their career playing living rooms and open mic nights across the Midwest. By 2005, they were touring nationally, and by 2006, they were playing the first in a long series of appearances at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Bandmates Hoffman, Bruzza, dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, and upright bassist Mike Devol spent most of the following decade on the road, fine-tuning a live show modeled not after the toned-down production of traditional bluegrass music, but the full-on spectacle of rock.

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