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Jan
18
Fri
The Ruach Shabbat Experience
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm

Please join The Ruach Community at The Rabbit Hole in Plaza-Midwood on Friday, January 18 for the first Shabbat Experience of 2019. Doors open at 6:00 and the Experience gets underway at 6:30pm.

This month’s Shabbat Experience happens on MLK Weekend. In recognition of Dr. King’s life work of seeking equality for all we will be honoring him with a little something from U2. (Bet you can guess the song but we will be doing it The Ruach way.)

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; no tickets, membership or advanced reservations required.

Fort Atlantic
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm

After eight years as a musician, Jon Black felt constrained working under his own name. His music had outgrown his singer-songwriter career, so he released an album of new material under
the name FORT ATLANTIC.

The debut surpassed every expectation: over 10M streams, andmore than 5M views on YouTube. Black plotted his next steps. A cross-country move took him from Birmingham to Portland. He put a band together, and went on tour. Soon they had new material, bigger and bolder still.

Recorded in a secret location on the Oregon coast, SHADOW SHAKER, VOL. 1 tells of perseverance in the face of unrelenting trials. Crashing waves of cymbals and guitars frame lush forests of analog synths, mirroring the landscape of Black’s adopted home. Primal motifs in the lyrics (darkness, water, sunlight) evoke the anxieties of life in 21st-century America, themes that presaged the storms to come.

In 2015, the band was abruptly dropped from their label, the newly-completed record still unreleased. As old plans were scrapped and new plans hatched, Black’s pregnant wife went into emergency labor. They spent two long months in the NICU. Those songs of perseverance and hope, recorded for the rejected album just six months prior, were newly visceral.

The album was released on the band’s own Hot Garbage label in October 2017. The video for Bathed In Sunlight is an Official Selection in the 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and was submitted for a 2017 Grammy Nomination.

Mics and Mochas at Comic Girl Coffee
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This ‘winning adaptation’ (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musicais ‘electrifying!’ (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. 

The Lightning Thief features a book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, and is directed by Stephen Brackett. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards® including Best Musical, this smash hit production is ‘mesmerizing’ and proves ‘lightning can strike twice!’ (TheaterMania).

 
Abacab–The Music of Genesis
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm

Career spanning Genesis tribute show covering all eras from the 70s to the 90s, with a revised setlist for 2018, featuring new solo material from Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel.

King’s X, Sound and Shape
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
KING’S X
Dug Pinnick – Bass/Vocals
Jerry Gaskill – Drums/Vocals
Ty Tabor – Guitar/Vocals

King’s X is an American rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion rock groups. The band’s lyrics are largely based on the members’ struggles with religion and self-acceptance. King’s X was ranked No. 83 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Since being signed to Megaforce Records in 1987, King’s X has released twelve studio albums, two official live albums, and several independent releases. The band’s most recent studio album, XV, was released in 2008 on the InsideOut Music label. Since leaving Atlantic Records, following the release of Ear Candy in 1996, King’s X has released albums through Metal Blade Records, InsideOut Music and independently. Each member of the group has recorded several solo albums and have made numerous guest appearances on other artists’ albums, as well as participated in numerous compilation projects. Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor also have many albums released with side bands in which they participate.

Early in their major label career the band secured opening slots on arena tours, including opening for bands like Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Scorpions, Pearl Jam and Mötley Crüe as well as the Woodstock ’94 festival. To this day, they continue to tour and perform live.
The spiritual nature of the band’s lyrics, particularly on their first four albums, has often led to them being labeled a Christian rock band, a label the members have rejected.

Scotty McCreery, Jimmie Allen, Heather Morgan
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm

Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now in his early twenties, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million, and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits. McCreery has toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, and was named “Best American Idol” by the readers of The Los Angeles Times and “Country Music’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of NASH Country Weekly Magazine. He has amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, and received more than 150 million YouTube views. And with the release of his first book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream in 2016, he can also add add the title of author to his resume.

His deep voice and irresistible sound create a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. With more than 400 live shows under his belt across the U.S., Canada, the Philippines and the Caribbean, McCreery has quickly become a crowd favorite appealing to all ages. His loyal fans – the McCreerians – are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic in the country music world.

After winning Season Ten of “American Idol” and capturing the hearts of millions of television viewers both nationwide and overseas, McCreery released his debut album, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. Indeed, he became the youngest man and first country music artist in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart. That album, Clear as Day, was certified Platinum for sales of one million units in just thirteen weeks, and the first two singles from that album (“I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls”) have also since been certified Platinum. He won the New Artist of the Year Award at both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and the American Country Awards in 2011, and received the CMT Music Award for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls” in 2012. That same year, his Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was released. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was quickly certified Gold.

His sophomore album, See You Tonight, was released in October 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. He cowrote five songs on the album, including the first single, ‘See You Tonight,’ which was certified Platinum and became his first Top Ten hit. The song would go on to earn McCreery his first BMI Award for writing one of the “Top 50 Country Music Songs of 2015.” The music video for “See You Tonight” spent an impressive 11 weeks at No. 1 on GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown.” The album received rave reviews from media outlets ranging from Rolling Stone and People to “Entertainment Tonight” and The Los Angeles Times. Soon after its release, he won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2013 American Country Awards. Around the time he turned 21 in 2014, “Feelin’ It” became his second consecutive Top Ten hit. The single was later certified Gold in 2015. That same year, McCreery released his fan-favorite single “Southern Belle” with an accompanying music video that quickly topped GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown.”

Cuzco, Moa (formerly Sam The Lion), Tyler Baum – Pedal Steel Soliloquist
Jan 18 @ 9:00 pm

21+ 

Cuzco: Mathstrumental

Moa: Indie pop

Tyler Baum: Pedal Steel

Phat Lip, Darby Wilcox, Dale (Day-Lay)
Jan 18 @ 9:00 pm

21+

 

Phat Lip

 

Latin and Pop music fusion by singer/songwriter Kelly Jo.

 

 

Darby Wilcox

indie-folk rock, soul

 

Dale (Pronounced Dah-Lay)

Liza Ortiz and Davey Blackburn of Chócala
Phantom Phunk, Radio Lola
Jan 18 @ 10:30 pm

Since their origins in 2015, Phantom Phunk has established themselves as one of the leading creative forces in Tampa’s underground music scene. Founded out of their home studio, dubbed Harmonic Factory, the group began working on their first album, ArbolesOssific (2016). Their debut release showcased a group of explorative songwriters whose signature style was bound to no genre and embraced the unexpected. As advocates of environmentalism, the band wrote their sophomore album, Turtle Stand (2017), in an effort to bring awareness against animal cruelty. Since then, Phantom Phunk has transformed into a three-piece core, and now consists of Alexa Toro on vocals, Nick Emiliozzi on drums and Hector Fontanet on guitar. Tracks from their upcoming EP, Struggle With Me (2018), also include features from local hip-hop artist Cloud Master Price. The blend of alt-rock and hip-hop gives the group a progressive sound comparable to the Gorillaz and No Doubt.

Jan
19
Sat
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Jan 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

This ‘winning adaptation’ (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musicais ‘electrifying!’ (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. 

The Lightning Thief features a book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, and is directed by Stephen Brackett. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards® including Best Musical, this smash hit production is ‘mesmerizing’ and proves ‘lightning can strike twice!’ (TheaterMania).

 
Chelsea Locklear, AlderRose
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm

‘My goal in music is for your to feel it. Relate to the song and create memories with the pieces that make up the story. Laugh, cry, go hard and rap. If you can get lost in thought with me through these lyric lines, then I have done my job’

That’s the drive behind Chelsea Locklear’s music. Bridging gaps with song and creating opportunity for conversations with every listener. Her craft displays her heart unedited, making it so easy for the person hearing it to feel known. 

Her journey has brought her from Virginia, to Florida, to Kentucky, and now finally to Charlotte, NC. She is proud to call the queen city her home and just recently got back from tour down the east coast. Her debut full length album ‘From Me to You’ is available on all media platforms. The title track got her nominated for ‘Singer-songwriter of the year’ in Los Angeles, CA. 

You do not want to miss this up and coming artists’ journey. Her jazzy pop and hip hop flare will catch and keep your attention; with a live performance to match what your hear in her studio recording. She played every instrument on her new album so there is no doubt that you are hearing Chelsea Locklear when listening to this record.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This ‘winning adaptation’ (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musicais ‘electrifying!’ (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. 

The Lightning Thief features a book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, and is directed by Stephen Brackett. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards® including Best Musical, this smash hit production is ‘mesmerizing’ and proves ‘lightning can strike twice!’ (TheaterMania).

 
Badfish – A Tribute To Sublime, Ballyhoo!, Little Stranger
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm

The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does. 

Greg Laswell
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm

Originally from Long Beach, California, Greg Laswell is one of the most uncompromising songwriters of these modern times. You may recognize a bit of Leonard Cohen in his tormented baritone. You might think of Tom Waits when you sense how deep in the gut these songs come from. But if there is a quality that still and ever marks out Laswell’s writing, it is an ability to use words like unrepentant paper cuts. Should you be at the receiving end, perhaps you might not at first feel the sting; but it will burn like hell later.

In 2009, Laswell’s songs started appearing in various films (Friends With Benefits, My Sister’s Keeper, Final Destination) and television series (Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) with the release of “Three Flights From Alto Nido.” A covers EP (entitled “Covers,” no less) soon followed with versions of Kate Bush’s “This Women’s Work,” Morphine’s “In Spite of Me” and Echo and the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon.”
In 2012, Laswell released “Landline” featuring guest vocals from Sara Bareilles, and Sia. Popmatters called his work, “Haunting and genuine.” Filter described his songs as “punches to the gut.” And Blackbook said, “Rightly compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen and the late Jeff Buckley.”

“Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet” came in 2016 with rave reviews—the title track, “Dodged A Bullet” appearing in the season finale of NBC’s The Blacklist.

Laswell just finished recording “Next Time” (his seventh studio album), scheduled for release this fall.

Jupiter Coyote
Jan 19 @ 9:00 pm

In the course of their 27-year history, Jupiter Coyote has played over five thousand shows, traveled everywhere and done just about everything a touring band can do. The innovative group has independently sold close to a million CDs, tens of thousands of downloads, and who knows how many bootlegs they cut loose to fans for free. JC is brand name, and a pioneering cornerstone in the jam band scene. They have been called the new twist in southern rock and they deliver it with a relaxed, worldly view. Their sound has been labeled “Mountain Rock” — a mixture of Southern Appalachian boogie, bluegrass-infused, funk-rock.

JC plays it the way they feel it — with little regard as to where they fall between the cracks of what is considered trendy and fashionable. A band prolific in its writing, skilled in its musicianship and congenial in its nature, they remain the prototype of the truly independent band. They handle all business in-house and own their own record label, which is distributed internationally through Red Eye Worldwide.

Coyote has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, String Cheese, The Radiators and Kansas just to name a few. They have played large festivals from coast to coast, including: High Sierra Music Fest in California, Charlotte’s Center City Fest, Atlanta’s Mid-Town, Birmingham’s City Stages, Asheville’s Bele Chere and The Magnolia Fest in Live Oak, Fla.

Dollar Signs Late Bloomer, Ol’ Sport
Jan 19 @ 10:30 pm

Dollar Signs was an accident – a project that came from the unlikely collaboration of five anxious weirdos. This mecha-robot of sadness is ready to turn your living room into a dirty nightclub. To the untrained eye, Dollar Signs looks less like a band and more like five people who can help you fix your computer – but fret not – as they pack big guitars and even bigger hooks in their toolbox. Erik Button sings desperately for a break in this weary world, like a younger and drunker Tom Waits from the suburbs, whose intensity can only be matched and at times doubled by his faithful bass player and partner in crime, Dylan Wachman. The melodies are made possible by drummer Arion Chamberlain, boldly bashing his way through these desperate times. The band is rounded out with their master craftsman, Luke Gunn, known for playing every instrument known to humanity, even those that haven’t been discovered yet – and finally we can’t forget our hype monster on guitar, Tommy McPhail. Punk rock is not for the faint of heart, we know this, but what if we don’t care? Dollar Signs is the millennial-operated gig economy’s response to the forty hour work week; a hard-pass to the American Dream. The plane will crash someday, and when it does, we will be chugging all of the mini-bottles we can find.

Jan
20
Sun
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Jan 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

This ‘winning adaptation’ (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musicais ‘electrifying!’ (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. 

The Lightning Thief features a book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, and is directed by Stephen Brackett. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards® including Best Musical, this smash hit production is ‘mesmerizing’ and proves ‘lightning can strike twice!’ (TheaterMania).

 
Elenowen Rodney, Eldridge
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm

The husband-and-wife writing and singing team of Josh and Nicole Johnson make up the Nashville-based duo Elenowen (named after Josh’s mother and Nicole’s father and pronounced ‘ellen-owen’). The couple met and fell in love in high school, marrying during Josh’s freshman year at Nashville’s Belmont University. Both pursued separate singing and music careers until 2009, when they joined forces and released their debut album, Pulling Back the Veil, in 2010. 

Selected to appear as contestants on the first season of the television show The Voice, Josh and Nicole were mentored by country singer Blake Shelton and picked up hordes of fans from their appearances on the show, even though they were eventually cut — by Shelton as judge, no less. Never really a country act in the strict sense, Elenowen honed a haunting folk-rock sound, and writing both individually and collectively, released the Elenowen EP on Dualtone Records in 2012. The duo toured extensively in 2013 and recorded the bulk of their sophomore full-length album, For the Taking, in the pockets of time they were home. For the Taking, produced by Trent Dabbs and Jeremy Bose, was released in January 2015 on Ready Set Records. 

At the end of 2017, nearly three years since their last release, the duo went back in the studio to record a new batch of songs with an evolved sound. Pulling inspiration from Ryan Adams, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Cure, and Fleetwood Mac, the duo set out to make music that fell in line with what encouraged them to form in the first place. With defining harmonies still present, the new music has taken on more of a raw alternative feel, where mostly every piece was recorded live to capture the energy & chemistry of the musicians in the room. 

With unforgettable hooks & melodies, 80s & 90s guitar tones, tight harmonies, & dynamic builds, Elenowen has settled in to a sound that is raw, accessible, & yet all their own.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This ‘winning adaptation’ (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musicais ‘electrifying!’ (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. 

The Lightning Thief features a book by Joe Tracz, music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki, and is directed by Stephen Brackett. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards® including Best Musical, this smash hit production is ‘mesmerizing’ and proves ‘lightning can strike twice!’ (TheaterMania).

 
Dave East
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm

Necessity is the father of invention. Dave East grew up with hoop dreams but life lead him from the hard top to hip-hop. “I definitely thought I was gonna go to the NBA. I could play ball so in my mind, that was my ticket out of the bullshit that I had been through,” the rapper says. “It didn’t work out.”

Born David Brewster, Jr. in East Harlem, New York City, the 29-year-old excelled at basketball. He played in the Amateur Athletic Union with future stars Ty Lawson, Greivis Vasquez and Kevin Durant and attended the University of Richmond with ambitions of going pro. He majored in Communications Studies but his temperament proved problematic. He was kicked out of the college after a year. “I had a hot temper. I had a bad attitude,” East admits. He transferred to Towson University for a year-and-a-half but plans got derailed after he was incarcerated on a gun charge. “After I got locked up, basketball was over with.”

Six months behind bars in Baltimore was a turning point; East vowed then and there to change the trajectory of his life. “I was like, “Once I get up out of here, I never want to be here again.’ That was my whole motivation when I came home—to never go back.” He became introspective and realized that music could fill the void that basketball had left. “I had to figure out what my next move was gonna be. That’s when I really put my mind on what I was gonna do with the music.” Prior to that, rap had been a hobby; something he did with his basketball teammates in the locker room or at the back of the team bus. “I was always rapping. I’ve been writing raps since I was 12. All my homies knew. All my teammates were like, ‘You’re real nice with that.’”

East returned home after his bid, laser focused. He found solace in Islam and converted. He had a story to tell—a story of big dreams, trials and adversity—that he felt would resonate universally. “I knew I had a real story. I knew I would have substance in my music.” Inspired by artists like Notorious B.I.G., Cam’ron, Styles P, Fabolous and Jadakiss as well as Nipsey Hussle, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne and T.I, he decided upon the stage moniker “Dave East” and released his debut mixtape, Change of Plans, in 2010. “It was my first time really, really recording.” It was a grassroots effort on all fronts. He remembers borrowing his friend’s Hermes scarf for the artwork and hosting the mixtape on the burgeoning website Hot New Hip Hop.

Jan
21
Mon
Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm

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

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Jazz Jam at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jan 21 @ 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.

 

Jan
22
Tue
Panic! at The Disco
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Grammy-nominated band Panic! At The Disco today announced a second leg of their upcoming Pray For The Wicked North American arena tour that will kick off on January 10, 2019 in Buffalo, NY, and wrap on February 20, 2019 in Sacramento, CA. Produced by AEG Presents, the 28-city leg will feature support from Two Feet and an opener is to be announced. 

Panic! At The Disco will play Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on Tuesday January 22, 2019.  Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Friday, June 22 at 9am local time and general tickets will go on-sale to the public on Friday, June 22, at 12noon at spectrumcentercharlotte.com and PanicAtTheDisco.com, the Spectrum Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. 

Lincoln Durham, Zack DuPont
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm

Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a Southern-Gothic Psycho-Blues Revival-Punk One-Man-Band with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats backboning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of.

Lincoln’s musical odyssey began when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player winning the Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar. Or, in Lincoln’s case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it.

Lincoln’s true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, electrifyingly mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully “off” to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

Open Jam with the Smokin’ Js
Jan 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Smokey Joe’s for rustic drinks-only, live music, big TVs & pool tables in relaxed, kitsch-filled digs. Show what you got at our Open Mic nights! 
 
 
Soul Station at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jan 22 @ 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. 

 

Jan
23
Wed
Open Mic Night at Summit Coffee
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Josh Christina
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm

If you’re a fan of 1950’s rock n’ roll, Josh Christina will restore your confidence in the ability of youngsters to carry on the great tradition of rock’s pioneers. Josh Christina writes his own music, refurbishes the classics, and plays a mean piano. Also, if you get a chance to see Josh and his band live, they create some great excitement with their audience. It’s a testament to Josh’s talents that he can continue to be influenced by the past without ever sinking into parody. Instead, he keeps growing and reaching into new, uncharted territory. Josh Christina is a rock n roll revivalist whose music provides a bridge across generational lines by going backward to move into the future.

In 2015, Josh’s talents caught the attention of Nashville-based producer Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), who immediately got to work with Christina on his sophomore effort. The piano aficionado can be heard on his two Nashville recorded albums, ‘Good Old Love’ and “I’m 21′. Both produced by Kent Wells. His single, ‘Kayla Ann”, went to #74 on the Music Row chart in Nashville and #1 on a couple of Independent charts. 

The infectious sound of modern rockabilly artist Josh Christina hit the international airwaves on Ireland’s Late Late Show in September of 2016. Not only did it place Josh Christina Music upon the world stage, but also introduced this amazing style and sound to a new generation of music fans, followers and believers.

He just released his latest album, ‘Instincts’ recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis. The album was co produced by two time Grammy award winner Jon Carroll (Starland Vocal band) and is being played on college radio stations across the country. 

Jan
24
Thu
Chatham Rabbits CD Release, with Lauren and Lane
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm

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 tour full-time time their hound dog Ruby, showing their commitment to living life to the fullest and sharing the music that they love.

CBDB, The Orange Constant
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm

CBDB is a progressive rock, jam-band from Alabama and their music is spreading from the southeast across the nation like wildfire. Defining a newfound, southern blend of joyous and progressive rock n roll, they channel a sonic mix of soulful vocals and virtuosic musicianship with smart, tasteful songwriting. On stage, each member of CBDB fluidly plays between complex composition and loose exploratory improvisation creating an incredible and unique live experience.

CBDB has played major festivals including Okeechobee, Sweetwater 420, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Sloss, Aura, Backwoods, Euphoria, and The Werk Out. They’ve also shared the stage with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Perpetual Groove, Kung Fu, The Wailers, Blues Traveler, and many more.

Fresh off the release of their impressive third full-length album “Out of Line” – recorded at Zac Brown’s legendary Southern Ground Nashville studio – CBDB is set to take the country by storm. Soaring monthly listeners and followers have further propelled their growth & continue to bring the band widespread attention, interest, and new fans daily. Dive into CBDB’s eclectic catalogue of tunes today and catch them live on tour near you soon!

Musicians’ Open Mic at Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
Jan 24 @ 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.

 

The Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Jan 24 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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

Jan
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Space Jesus
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm

Space Jesus explores the electronic auditory universe in search of lower frequencies, future feels, and fire beats.

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Gabriela Montero, piano

JOHN ADAMS The Chairman Dances
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

Venezuelan-born rising star Gabriela Montero brings virtuosity to Prokofiev’s warm, vivid piano concerto, a complement to the lush sounds of Rachmaninoff’s final work. An orchestral ‘foxtrot’ from contemporary composer John Adams rounds out this evening of dances.

Robbie Fulks
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”).

Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. After 1980s stints playing with Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and teaching at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Robbie worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville (1993-1998). His early solo work includes the influential early ‘alternative-country’ records Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997). His music from the last several years hews mainly to acoustic instrumentation; it returns him in part to his earlier bluegrass days, and extends the boundaries of that tradition with sparely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time, and the troubles of common people.

Radio: multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry,” PRI’s “Whadd’ya Know” and “Prairie Home Companion,’ NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe.” TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s Today, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Later with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock. Artists who have covered his songs include Sam Bush, Kelly Hogan, Hiss Golden Messenger, Andrew Bird, Mollie O’Brien, Rosie Flores, John Cowan, and Old 97s. Festivals he’s played include Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Calgary Folk Festival, Bumbershoot, Birmingham City Stages, IBMA, Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield KS), Wakarusa (Lawrence KS), Americanafest (Nashville), Hideout Block Party, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Taste of Chicago, Rhode Island Rhythm and Roots, Whispering Beard, and Pickathon.

Popa Chubby
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm

Twenty five years of hard rocking blues

Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star. A native New Yorker, Horowitz’s first gigs were in the NYC punk scene as a guitarist for what he reflects was a “crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George who had a horror-movie inspired show.” Right from the start he was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll as theater, and learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that included the Ramones, the Cramps, Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids he joined that rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous. He reflects, “Musicians like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols weren’t just bands. They were a threat to society.”

The Blues however was the foundation of his playing style. He recalls, “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the Blues and I keep it alive in my music.”

Popa Chubby is his own man for better or worse. He reflects, “I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.”

Magic Beans + Kitchen Dwellers
Jan 25 @ 8:30 pm

‘The Magic Beans have been making big waves in their home state of Colorado for some time now, with their unique genre-blending sound and exciting shows. Since starting to tour just couple of years ago, they’ve caught the eyes and ears of many music lovers nationwide. Their annual Beanstalk Festival is also becoming quite the destination for the scene, growing in size and talent with each passing years. At the core of it all, Beans’ shows are a dance party, with an emphasis on original songwriting and extended segments of improvisation. [They] creatively invoke hints of your favorite live acts while managing to come across with a sound that is distinctly their own.’
– Live for Live Music – 5 Up & Coming Jambands Poised to Take Over the Scene
Spotify: http://bit.ly/CasinoCabaret_Spotify
iTunes: http://bit.ly/CasinoCabaret_iTunes
Bandcamp: themagicbeans.bandcamp.com/album/casino-cabaret

Kitchen Dwellers formed three years ago below the Bridger Mountains with the sizzle of afternoon breakfast and the warmth of Irish coffee brewing in the kitchen. What began as a trio, Shawn Swain, Joe Funk, and Kyle Shelstad began writing music and playing traditionals searching for originality and occasionally, other life forms. Torrin Daniels was quickly added on Banjo and the band began playing shows around Bozeman, Montana. They added Jesse Bulter on fiddle just in time to hit the road for Colorado and complete their sound. The Kitchen Dwellers have shared the stage with high profile artists like Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, the Deadly Gentlemen, Head for the Hills , Town Mountain, Pete Kartsounes, and WhiteWater Ramble.
The band has played many high profile venues in the west such as The Bluebird Theater, The Mishawaka Amphitheater, The Oriental Theater, and The Emerson Theater. They continue to master their sound, create original work, and foster their live performances.

The Eccentrics, The Safety
Jan 25 @ 10:30 pm

Hailing from Greensboro, North Carolina, The Eccentrics are a 5 piece, high energy rock group influenced by bands such as The White Stripes, The Black Angels, The Black Keys, and Black Pistol Fire. Having gigged in many major cities in NC, The Eccentrics are known for aggressive guitar riffs, powerful drums, and intense vocals that come together for an exciting and energetic live sound. Their first release, ‘Black Market Disco,’ is available on Spotify, Itunes, and most other major streaming outlets.

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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.

Kenny George Band, Finnegan Bell
Jan 26 @ 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.”

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Gabriela Montero, piano

JOHN ADAMS The Chairman Dances
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

Venezuelan-born rising star Gabriela Montero brings virtuosity to Prokofiev’s warm, vivid piano concerto, a complement to the lush sounds of Rachmaninoff’s final work. An orchestral ‘foxtrot’ from contemporary composer John Adams rounds out this evening of dances.

Brent Cobb and Them
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm

Brent Cobb didn’t set out to write an album that feels and sounds like the place he grew up. But now that the grooves have been cut in his debut LP, Shine on Rainy Day, there’s no denying the people, the places and the vibe of his southcentral Georgia home infuse almost every song.

‘It just is Georgia,’ Brent says in his musical drawl. ‘It’s just that rural, easy-going way it feels down there on a nice spring evening when the wind’s blowing warm and you smell wisteria, you know?’

It’s quiet down there where he’s from in Ellaville — ‘population 1,609’ — laid back and forgotten in the shadow of Atlanta and Savannah. The people have blue-collar values and believe in treating your neighbor like you want to be treated. They believe in curses and the dark finger of Fate and wield a sharp, dark sense of humor that sustains them through the hardest of times. Distant radio stations, roadside honkytonks made of cinderblock and back-porch picking sessions heavy on the backbeat predominate under Spanish moss-strewn live oaks and loblolly pines.

It was the perfect place to grow up.

‘Lord, when I die, let’s make a deal,’ Brent sings on the album’s swirling thesis statement, ‘South of Atlanta,’ ‘lay me down in that town where time stands still.’

Shine on Rainy Day is an album Brent’s been trying to make for a decade, enlisting his cousin and fellow Georgian, Dave Cobb, the Grammy Award-winning producer whose Elektra Records imprint Low Country Sound is home to the album.

Brent wanted to record an album that felt Southern, though not the kind of Southern you might expect. Neither Southern rock nor mainstream country, the sound sits somewhere on the wide bandwidth that exists between the two. Cousin Dave helped him find the right vibe, full of blue-eyed soul, country funk and the kind of swamp boogie sounds that predominated pop in the 1960s and early 1970s. There’s a reason Georgia was always on Ray Charles’ mind, after all.

The Brothers Gillespie
Jan 26 @ 10:30 pm

The Brothers have always had an interest in music, playing any and every instrument they could find. In 2015 things came to a head. After the illustrious singer/songwriter Davis Gillespie returned from a semester at the University of Tennessee with a handful of songs, the other brothers (drummer extraordinaire Clay Gillespie and the Telecaster slingin’ Aaron Gillespie) set to work on actually crafting a set list ‘just in case’ someone appeared and asked them to play, you know, just for fun. To their surprise, the end product wasn’t too shabby. The boys added the talented Max Pollifrone on bass and decided to take it to the streets.

Flash Forward to current day. The Brothers Gillespie have played and packed out most every venue in their immediate area playing hard hitting originals and a plethora of crowd pleasing covers. The mentality is still the same as when they started: keep it fun. Not just for the band, but for all who share in the experience. The Brothers are able to play with a chemistry and a passion that only be produced by the sacred bond of brotherhood. Simply put, when you come to a Brothers Gillespie show, you can expect to be in the family, part of the brotherhood for a couple of hours. And above all, you can expect a hell of a good time.

Jan
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Jon Spencer & the Hitmakers
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm

Jon Spencer is back! Often imitated, never duplicated, the original NYC underground-rock legend returns from the wilderness with twelve red-hot hits, each more powerful than the last!

This is Garage Punk for Now People! A wizard’s brew of rhythm & blues and subversive dance grooves, weaponized with sci-fi skronk and industrial attitude, calibrated for the Revolution, a ball-peen hammer of sound guaranteed to destroy any post-modern hangover!
Pulsing with energy, clanging with excitement, and dripping with radioactive soul and raw emotion, Jon Spencer opens up his heart like never before, exploring man’s modern condition with caustic guitars and outerworld crooning, asking and answering the musical question, “Is it possible to torch the cut-throat world of fake news and pre-fab, plastic-coated teen ennui with the cold hard facts of rock’n’roll?”

Young Dolph
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm

Emerging from the rough streets of Memphis, Adolph Thornton Jr., better known by his stage name, Young Dolph, came on the scene with grim club bangers and cold punch lines, turning himself into a local hero via a series of mixtapes before breaking nationwide around 2014. Dolph debuted in 2008 with his Paper Route Campaign mixtape, then releases like The Weed Album and South Memphis Kingpin brought him to 2012 when he dropped the first in a successful series of mixtapes dubbed High Class Street Music. His from-the-bottom grind and mixtap’ing his way out of the mud lead Dolph to bec o me one of the only independent musicians to have multiple Top 20 records from 2014-2016. Young Dolph’s thick Tennessee drawl distinguishes him from most rappers and has gained him collaborations with rap superstars such as 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, to name a few. In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King Of Memphis, which debuted at number 8 on Billboard ‘ s Top R&B / Hip-Hop Album Charts and number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 11-track project has no features, and boasts production from the likes of Mike WiLL Made It, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, TM88, Cassius Jay, Nard and B and more.

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Find Your Muse Open Mic
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

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

Marco Benevento, Daniel Shearin (of River Whyless)
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to match. It has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort Festival, while headlining shows coast to coast.

Marco Benevento’s latest studio LP, The Story of Fred Short, and its companion live re-lease, The Woodstock Sessions, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making “bold indie rock” says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, “Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul.” Honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.

As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he’s a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.

Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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