Friday, January 29, 2010

Live review: Sound of Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Sound of Charlotte featuring Grown Up Avenger Stuff, E-S Guthrie, Charlotte Parrott, Sara Scott, Justin Taylor, Desmond Myers, Emily Sadler, Lorenzo Zapata

The Evening Muse

Jan. 27, 2010

The Deal: A variety of Charlotte musicians perform brief sets.

The Good: Local student Emily Sadler organized this evening of music as part of a senior project for her school. Each of seven musicians performed for roughly 15 minutes.


The night kicked off with an acoustic set by local rockers Grown Up Avenger Stuff. Deirdre Kroener showed off her pipes and vocal range. The music was light, but Kroener's rasp and power gave a hint of what their full-on sound is like. Definitely keep an eye on them — the group won the recent Battle of the Bands from Spectra Records and will be battling for a record contract this spring.


Next up was Eric-Scott Guthrie who continues to showcase his talents as a finger-picking acoustic guitar player, poetic songwriter and fine harmonica player. His soft folk style proves his comfort on the stage and ease at performing.


Charlotte Parrott was up next — her songs sounding more mature than even the last time I saw her.


Sara Scott has definite vocal power... No surprise that she's been a performer at the Tosco Music Party.


Justin Taylor, with a hint of South African accent, was more of a storyteller for the evening. He hasn't been in the area for long, but I'm sure he'll be more of a fixture on the scene soon enough.


Young Desmond Myers was last on the stage and while his guitar work might need a little more polish — only in that he was trying to do too much at times — but his vocals are above par and there are definitely a good number of people in the town noticing his abilities. Myers invited 11-year-old Lorenzo Zapata on stage to sing at one point — keep your eyes out for him! — and Sadler also joined Myers on stage for a few duets, their vocals pairing quite nicely.

The Bad: That more people weren't there to witness it. It was over by 10 p.m. and only $2.

The Verdict: No television show is needed — Charlotte's got talent.

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