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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Live photos: Lara Americo and Radio Lola Light Up the Evening Muse (2/15/2017)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:34 AM

Lara Americo, Radio Lola
Evening Muse
Feb. 15, 2017

A double billing of emotionally charged artists lit up the Evening Muse on Wednesday night as Lara Americo performed at her tour opener along with Charlotte blues-rockers Radio Lola. Where Lola singer Dani Engle belted out her soulful strengths and hit the audience with tales of heartache and love, Lara Americo used a more subtle style to share personal tales of love and struggles. The trangender artist's insight tore at empathetic heartstrings giving insight into her journey. The emotional weight of the night can be heard on each artist's recent album — Radio Lola's The Burden in Our Bones and Americo's She/They.

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Lara America and Radio Lola at the Evening Muse, 2/15/2017
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Lara America and Radio Lola at the Evening Muse, 2/15/2017

By Jeff Hahne

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Live photos: Bassh, The Underground (1/28/2017)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Bassh, Grand Shell Game, Bruce Hazel
The Underground
Jan. 28, 2017

As a founding member of Matrimony, singer/guitarist Jimmy Brown showcased his songwriting talent with a folk-rock backdrop. On Saturday night at The Underground, fans familiar with that project got an earful of the heavier side of Brown's talents. Digitized vocals, crushing guitar riffs and a bit of electronic infusion drives the music of Bassh and a small crowd soaked in every note. It was the cap on a night that spotlighted familiar names to music fans from the Queen City.

The night got started with Bruce Hazel and members of his band Temperance League rolling through with blue-collar garage rock in the vein of Springsteen. From there, it was the jam-infused folk-rock of the Triangle area's Grand Shell Game featuring Eric-Scott Guthrie (ex-New Familiars) showcasing Guthrie's poetic vocals with plenty of Allman-inspired jam tradeoffs between the keys and guitars. Guthrie and Brown, both of whom have graduated from a folk pastlife into more electric landscapes, proved that talented songwriters can shape their craft within any genre.

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Bassh, The Underground, 1/28/2017

By Jeff Hahne

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Live review: 95.1 Kissmas 2016, Spectrum Center (12/13/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 10:06 PM

95.1 Kissmas Concert f. Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Charli XCX, JoJo
Spectrum Center
Dec. 13, 2016

As the calendar creeps closer to Christmas, Charlotteans prepare themselves by participating in a variety of local holiday events. That includes the annual Kissmas Concert hosted by Kiss 95.1 FM. This year’s set of stars was bigger and better than ever, as reflected in the event venue moving to the Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena). The showcase featured six pop artists: JoJo, Charli XCX, Hailee Steinfeld, Alessia Cara, DNCE and headliner Shawn Mendes.

Unfortunately, though there was plenty of talent and star power in the house, it was overshadowed by poor scheduling, very little production value and sets that felt rushed.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Live review: Evanescence, The Fillmore (11/15/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Evanescence
  • Evanescence
Evanescence w/ Veridia
The Fillmore
Nov. 15, 2016

For the last four years, Evanescence fans have waited for a reunion tour after the hard rock band went on hiatus in 2012. Charlotte-area fans got their wish with a tour stop at the Fillmore on Tuesday night that didn't disappoint from the opening notes to the closing chords.

Veridia
  • Veridia
The night opened with a short set from Veridia that set the tone early with its hard rock sound. The band was solid, yet a bit forgettable, simply offering a good warmup set. The crowd's focus was on what was yet to come.

Then, Evanescence hit the stage with the energy of a quintet who acted like they'd never been offstage in the last few years and sounded like they never missed a beat or note.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Live photos: Jon Bon Jovi, The Fillmore (11/6/2016)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Get Out the Vote w/ Jon Bon Jovi
The Fillmore
Nov. 6, 2016

A small crowd filled the Fillmore on Sunday night for a dose of politics and music. A series of short speeches gave way to a brief acoustic performance by Jon Bon Jovi with a theme, of course, of getting out to vote.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Live review: Charlie Puth, The Fillmore (10/6/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 12:02 PM

Charlie Puth, Hailey Knox
The Fillmore
Oct. 6, 2016

Charlie Puth
  • Charlie Puth
Though collaborations with Meghan Trainor and Wiz Khalifa have helped put him on the map, 24-year-old Charlie Puth proved that his own strengths speak for themselves on stage at the Fillmore on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Live review: Kaleo, The Underground (9/27/2016)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Kaleo, Bishop Briggs, The Wind & The Wave
The Underground
Sept. 27, 2016

Kaleo
  • Kaleo

The Underground's first sold-out concert could have easily been put in its larger sister venue, The Fillmore, but instead it offered a solid night of "I saw them when."

While the Fillmore's Post Malone concert was postponed and that venue stood empty, the Underground presented a back-to-back-to-back night of stellar music that started with The Wind & The Wave, hit solid footing with Bishop Briggs and closed out with Kaleo. I'd bet at least two of those acts won't play a venue this small again.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Live review: James Bay, The Fillmore (9/25/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 12:41 AM

James Bay w/ Joseph
The Fillmore
Sept. 25, 2016

James Bay - PHOTO BY JEFF HAHNE
  • Photo by Jeff Hahne
  • James Bay

The streets outside the AvidXchange Music Factory were empty Sunday night. Given recent events with protesters and curfews, it’s no wonder people are weary about staying out past dark. If you ventured past the doors of the Fillmore, however, you’d discover where the residents of this ghost town had gone.

James Bay played to a completely sold out venue Sunday night. Despite the current climate in the Queen City, one 26-year old guitar aficionado from England still managed to draw out his devoted following and completely pack the Fillmore.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Live review: Heart, PNC Music Pavilion (9/16/2016)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Heart, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick
PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 16, 2016

Heart
  • Heart

Appropriately called the "Rock Hall Three for All," Heart (inducted in 2013), Joan Jett (inducted in 2015) and Cheap Trick (inducted in 2016) enthralled the crowd at PNC Music Pavilion with an array of hits and covers that lasted nearly four hours. 

Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with a 75-minute set by Cheap Trick. quick set turnovers provided for nearly nonstop performances. The favorites were all accounted for — though I couldn't help but think how much fun it would be for a few "all star lineup" performances or cameos could have gone a long way. Regardless, each band solidified its legendary rock status with Jett taking the "no bullshit" approach and Heart's vocals stealing the spotlight. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Live photos: Brad Paisley, PNC Music Pavilion (9/17/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae
PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 17, 2016

Flanked by bars on each side of the stage, Brad Paisley hit the stage on Saturday night and launched into "Crushin' It" to kick off his concert in the packed outdoor amphitheatre.

His shredding guitar solos entertained the crowd as much as the Panthers' highlight clips shown on the video screen at the back of the stage and his Hendrick Motorsports T-shirt. 

Longevity has helped make Paisley a great entertainer and his opening acts - Maddie & Tae and Tyler Farr - were solid choices to warm up the night. 

As the bars on stage were proof — Paisley knows how to bring the party to the crowd.

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