If you’re mate-less and date-less and have nowhere to go this pre-Valentine’s weekend, why not turn Valentine’s into Take-Your-Sibling-Out Day? (You do love your sibling, don’t you?) The Johnson Brothers’ 25th Valentine’s Day Bash is the perfect sibling-bonding Valentine’s shindig.
Chris and Wes Johnson may not be as well known as that other area sibling act, the Avetts, but they’re every bit as much a mainstay of the local music scene. Wes has lent vocals to various projects, and Chris played fiddle with the gloriously ramshackle Americana outfit Cyclone Mac. But the Johnson bros’ main gig is Hardcore Lounge, featuring Wes’ eclectic songwriting, Chris’ multi-instrumental chops, and the kind of fraternal harmonies that’ll make your lonely heart melt.
After a quarter-century of bountiful Valentine’s Day gigs, the Johnson brothers have enlisted another Charlotte mainstay to share the bill with this weekend: Alternative Champs, who are modest about their sound.
“The warmth of our music next to you feels like a pregnant lion giving you a slow tongue bath,” the Champs say in the show’s Facebook announcement, “and the experience of our live show will give you goose-bumps.”
Well, all right, then.