Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Live Review: Celtic Crossroads

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Celtic Crossroads

McGlohon Theatre

Sept. 27, 2008

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The Deal: The septet of Irish musicians known as Celtic Crossroads brought its ultimate combo of musical genres including Celtic folk rock, bluegrass and gypsy-styled song crafts to Charlotte for a performance at McGlohon Theatre.

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Today's Menu (9/30/2008)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Horse Ghost I sat through a handful of songs by Horse Ghost at the September Crowntown Showdown, but I'm still not sure I'd be able to describe them. It's energetic, yet laid back. It's rock, but there are hints of the blues and country. Maybe they sum it up best on their MySpace page – "It grooves, it sweats, it's dirty." It's worth a listen, too. Double Door Inn (Jeff Hahne)

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Travis Barker released from hospital

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM

After surviving a plane crash on Sept. 20 in Columbia, SC, Travis Barker (of the rock band Blink 182) has been released from the hospital in Augusta, GA and is headed back to Los Angeles. Read more here.

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Live Review: Iced Earth

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Iced Earth with Into Eternity and Saviours

Amos' Southend

Sept. 26, 2008

The Deal: The American heavy metal band Iced Earth thrashed into Amos' Southend for a power-ridden metal performance on Fri., Sept. 26. Along with the band were heavy metal groups Into Eternity and Saviours.

The Good: The Canada-based metal band Into Eternity began the set with an intense bit of fist pounding metal. The band played songs from its 2008 album, The Incurable Tragedy and talked between songs about the album's main concepts about cancer. They also urged the crowd to think about donating hair locks for a good cause. Shortly after Into Eternity's set, the Oakland, California-based band Saviours hit the stage. Music-wise the band delivered some pretty hard and powerful noise. But, when Iced Earth took the stage, the real havoc began. The band, who has existed since 1991 played songs from a variety of albums including "Storm Rider" from 1992's Night of the Stormrider, "Burning Times" and "Melancholy" from 1998's Something Wicked This Way Comes, "Dracula" from 2001's Horror Show, "Ten Thousand Strong" from 2007's Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 and "I Walk Alone" from 2008's The Crucible of Man: Something Wicked Part 2, among plenty of others.

The Bad: There's always a chance at live shows that a bands music may drown out the groups vocals. At this show this was less of an issue with Iced Earth, whose vocals and music stayed balanced. But, both opening bands, Into Eternity and Saviours seemed to struggle with this type of balance. At times, it was impossible to hear the vocals through all the whip lash of metal blows.

The Verdict: Headliners Iced Earth put on an extreme metal show that fans and newbie head bangers alike could appreciate. Although both opening acts didn't really leave a big impression, Iced Earth made it crystal clear just why they are favored in the world of heavy metal with its performance.

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Why is Oktoberfest in September?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Can someone please explain to me why Oktoberfest is in September?

Is it because October can’t handle Oktoberfest and Halloween, so it had to spread out the holidays?

Whatever the reason, this weekend I was really excited about the fact that I was within walking distance to Memorial Stadium … not only did I not have any gas, but I dared not drive to 10th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest, which was kinda like a tour through Willy Wonka’s factory… or brewery should I say. And getting in was like finding a golden ticket because the event sold out faster than a New Kids on the Block concert when the boy band was in their prime. Speaking of which, they’re coming to the Time Cable Warner Arena Oct.30, and I kinda want to go for some reason.

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Oktoberfest was set up like a convention ... with beer. You get a shot-glass-sized beer glass to use for sampling the array of brews at the different brewery booths.

There were 30 breweries from the Carolinas alone, and then 40 breweries from other states, in addition to 39 International brewery booths (most of them from Belgium).

Do the math (cause I suck at it) ... that’s a lot of breweries.

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Plant squashes Zepplin rumors

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Those of us hoping for a Led Zepplin reunion tour will have to wait a little longer. Singer Robert Plant has come out and said that he won't tour with anyone for the next two years.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

There's more than water at Whitewater Center

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 4:18 PM

In case you didn’t know, there’s a lot more to do at the U.S. National Whitewater Center than raft and watch the Olympic trials. Aside from rock climbing, mountain biking and the ropes course.… you can also party!

Every Thursday is their Subaru River Jam, which is like Alive After Five for the outdoorsy types. In addition, to their adventurous attractions they have Cornhole tournaments, a patio bar and live bands.

Check out the band schedule here…

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But unlike Alive After Five, River Jam runs until the end of October. Of course, given my luck, it rained on the parade last night when I went for Mick and the Ultras — not as in Michelob Ultra, but Mick Mixon — the voice of the Panthers… and the beat of the drums.

But, lucky for us, the River’s Edge Bar and Grill was open…

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Free show tonight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Looking for something to do on a cold, wet Friday night? Ryan Montbleau Band, Horse Ghost and The New Familiars will play a free show at Neighborhood Theatre tonight starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Mary J. Blige rescheduled

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 1:33 PM

The Mary J. Blige concert scheduled for this weekend, Sept. 27, has been moved to Oct. 8. Tickets purchased for the original show date will be honored on the new day.

Robin Thicke will open the show at 7:30 p.m.

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O.A.R. rocks Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 10:47 AM

O.A.R. — as in O – A – R, not oar — we’re talking about a band here, not a device for steering your boat! I made that mistake once and totally lost some cool points.

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Well, the other night, O.A.R. jammed out at Cricket Arena.

Random fun fact: before the Astrodome was built, Cricket Arena was the largest domed coliseum in the country.

Anyway, it wasn’t a crazy game of poker, but it was a crazy night.

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