Monday, June 28, 2010

Live review: DudeFest 2010

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DudeFest 2010


June 26, 2010

The Deal: Inaugural DudeFest descends on NoDa neighborhood for long day of music and fun.

The Good: From beer tastings and wing eating contests, to a dunk tank and plenty of music — the first-ever DudeFest Charlotte rocked into NoDa and left its mark. Along with being a fundraiser for Save the Ta-tas and Pints for Prostates, it was a great way to hear a lot of local and regional talent.


Dylan Gilbert got the night started at the Neighborhood Theatre with a 30-minute set. His honest approach, sincere vocals and instrumental talent was on display for a toned-down set — compared to what I have seen in the past.


Jeremy Current started off the night at the Evening Muse. The talented singer-songwriter joined his band in wearing fake mustaches in celebration of "dudes" — but didn't take anything away from his music.


While the indie-pop of gogoPilot followed Current, I made my way to the Neighborhood Theatre to see M4 Messenger, who appeared to have a great time on stage. The band is still tweaking its lineup since the death of its guitarist, Rich Parris, but heart means a lot for the group.


Transmission Fields continues to impress with its brand of rock — they followed Messenger with an energetic set showcasing songs from its latest album. The band is quickly building a solid following and more and more people are paying attention.


Newest band member Jay Garrigan seemed to enjoy every moment as well — jumping around and adding as much in backing vocals as he did on keyboards and guitar.


Leslie rocked the stage outside of Salvador Deli starting at 10:30 p.m. with their brand of bluesy Southern rock.


Big Mamma D brought her House of Burlesque to the Neighborhood Theatre for some classic dancing, prancing and stripping. The show from her and the girls is always entertaining in the classic style of performing.


Truckstop Preachers rocked a packed Evening Muse next — with the deer head, a Johnny Cash cover and plenty of PBR to go around.


The night wrapped up with a set by Evelynn Rose who showcased their new drummer and plenty of songs from their upcoming album, Like Royalty. Singer Joseph William's growing vocals continue to shine as his band's musicianship grows tighter. They're getting ready for a long summer tour, but be sure and catch them the next time they're in town. It's clear that the quartet is putting a lot into their music and performances these days.

The Bad: That more people weren't out enjoying it. I also have to wonder how many people were aware of the Neighborhood Theatre bands — the Muse and Salvador Deli had good crowds, but people seemed to be few and far between at the Theatre.

The Verdict: Sure, the crowd wasn't as big as expected or hoped for, but you've gotta give credit to Joe Kuhlman and the organizers of DudeFest for taking a chance on what should be a fantastic annual event. Will there be another?

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