Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gift Guide: Music lovers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Charlotte is full of music lovers, as evidenced by the diverse mix of music venues all over town. And no one is a bigger music lover than CL Music Editor Jeff Hahne. (By the way, this week's cover story is a compilation of photos he's taken at concerts this past year. There are a LOT.) In fact, a few weeks ago, he received a Grateful Dead-Opoly game (see below) in a press kit, and he was practically bouncing in excitement. OK, maybe not bouncing, but I think he was pretty excited. Here are his five picks for gift ideas for the music lover in your life.

• Local CDs. Transmission Fields, Harvard, GogoPilot and plenty of others have released albums in the last few weeks, and this year. Support the local scene while giving someone something great to listen to.

Pint glasses and bobble heads for a variety of bands, such as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, are available at Manifest Discs in Charlotte.

Grateful Dead-Opoly — Everyone else has their version of Monopoly so, why not a version for The Dead where you can buy and sell different albums and music venues. It's officially licensed by the band, too.


• iTunes gift card. Stop trying to push off your crappy music onto your friends ... or maybe they want to secretly buy something by Miley Cyrus or the Backstreet Boys. You don't want to be seen buying their album, so give them this instead.

• Music lessons. Maybe someone who know wants to learn how to play music, or maybe they think they can play, but really suck. Either way, there are lots of locals that give lessons and can teach you what a G string really is ... on a guitar.

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