The Charlotte Knights face the Rochester Red Wings from June 1-3, the Columbus Clippers from June 13-16, the Syracuse Chiefs from June 17-20 and the Buffalo Bisons from June 29-30. For more information, visit www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.
FLEETWOOD MAC Fleetwood Mac released a new EP to coincide with its current tour, but the anorexic Extended Play consists of just three Lindsey Buckingham cast-offs and Stevie Nick’s sun-dappled “Without You,” which dates back to the couple’s pre-Mac duo Buckingham Nicks. More telling, the tour supports the 35th anniversary reissue of the iconic 1977 LP Rumours. All early Mac iterations, including Peter Green’s hard blues incarnation and Bob Welch’s alchemical pop-psych machine, are ignored. Indeed, all that remains in the current repertoire of key songwriter (and hold-over from the Welch era) Christine McVie is the Bill Clinton ’92 campaign anthem “Don’t Stop.” To be fair, though songs from the 1975 self-titled LP and Buckingham’s fussy, coke-fueled masterwork Tusk make the cut, the Mac’s set list revolves around Rumours. How can it not? Produced when the group was a snake pit of jealousy and betrayal, Rumours is unparalleled pop that makes private pain both universal and anthemic. Reviews of the current tour are split between “recaptured magic” and “ghastly wax museum.” Yet, such a bipolar schism is fitting, coming from a band that crafted an enduring and gleaming pop surface over the hot mess wreckage of their lives. $49.50 - $139.50
Comedian Kyle Kinane has a knack for twisting mundane, everyday life occurrences. With his witty, unmotivated attitude, he ventures into the kind of territory that anyone who lacks a quirky sense of humor may not follow. He’s not lazy, but there’s something about this bearded fella that will resonate with slackers. Whether he’s talking about his experiences at Trader Joe’s, growing up in suburbia and/or living alone, Kinane mixes in his own commentary and turns a simple observation into a humorous, cynical tongue-lashing of sorts. $15
Full day summer Camp - June 24-June 28, 9am-4pm. DCP's first ever all day camp! Students work with talent developer and director/choreographer Katie Williams to develop their skills as musical theatre artists. This camp is for all ability levels and will focus on developing the artist where they are as an actor, singer and dancer. Students will need to dress comfortably and bring a bagged lunch. Sign up online at https://townofdavidson.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/ 225
Documenting the life Iceberg Slim, the former pimp turned famous writer, this film features interviews from Ice-T, Henry Rollins, Chris Rock and Snoop Dogg, among others, that contextualize and examine the life of the cultural figurehead. Part of the Charlotte Black Film Festival. Discussion to follow the screening. Limited seating available; visit http://icebergslimscreening.eventbrite.com/# to purchase tickets in advance. $8
A film by a Charlotte area brother/sister duo, Sam and Kate Fulbright to take a closer look at what climate change really means in the United States, and dive beyond the daunting numbers and graphs to meet the people and communities effected by the problem of climate change. FREE
LORD HURON With the grand instrumental brushstrokes and elegant harmonies of two EPs and 2012’s debut full-length, Lonesome Dreams, this Michigan-via-L.A. band has been accused of riding the coattails of Fleet Foxes and My Morning Jacket. While there are surface similarities, Ben Schneider’s pop songs have more compelling textures than Robin Pecknold’s, and the twangy elements that Jim James left behind long ago work to ground Lord Huron’s music in a solid foundation of non-cheesy Americana, aka the more interesting Western variety. The textural touches the band taps into even roam a bit farther in places, like the afro-beat accents lurking in the backdrop of songs like “Time to Run” and “The Man Who Lives Forever,” or the tropicalia vibes in “Lullaby.” They suggest some intriguing future avenues for the band to venture down later, but for now, Lonesome Dreams, with its easy melodies, rich textures and Schneider’s narrative fondness for finding succor in the West’s wide open spaces, seems custom-built for long drives with the landscape and past rolling by.
JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND Treading the waters of folk and Americana, Josh Ritter creates musical hooks and tight arrangements that are deepened by narrative. The singer/songwriter’s last album, 2010’s So Runs The World, was first released in Ireland before crossing the pond so that we Americans could ponder the soulful storytelling on tracks like “Change of Time” and “Folk Bloodbath.” No stranger to Blumenthal Performing Arts’ McGlohon Theater, where he’s sold out shows in the past, Ritter returns this time to the bigger venue, Knight Theater. His newest record, The Beast in its Tracks, was released earlier this year. In large part, the album is inspired by his divorce from fellow musician Dawn Landes. But don’t go thinking this is a tear fest. Though composed at a difficult time in Ritter’s life, the album is hopeful despite the gloom and shift of emotions.
Screening as part of the Cornelius 2013 Summer Outdoor Cinema Series. Weather permitting, all shows will begin at dusk. Free admission