Friday, April 24, 2015

Live photos: Revolver Magazine Tour f. Flyleaf, Tremont Music Hall (4/21/2015)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Revolver Magazine Tour f. Flyleaf, The Agonist, Fit For Rivals, Diamante, Falling For Scarlet, Tattermask
Tremont Music Hall
April 21, 2015

Two months ago, Flyleaf and Fit for Rivals were in Charlotte for a concert at Amos' Southend. Pair that with the fact Saving Abel and All Time Low were in Charlotte on Tuesday night, and it's no surprise that attendance at the Revolver Magazine Tour at Tremont Music Hall was sparse at best. Those who did make it out were treated to a variety of bands featuring females front and center.

Flyleaf — whom some fans have shunned due to singer Kristen May replacing departed frontwoman Lacey Sturm — held its own with old and new material. The Agonist offered a bit of brutality in its brand of metal while Fit For Rivals leaned toward alt-rock. Eighteen-year-old Diamante showed plenty of promise. Falling for Scarlet offered a more pop-oriented brand while Charlotte rock quintet Tattermask opened the show with its own hard rock style that's more in the vein of Evanescence. The night provided an often needed shot of femininity to hard rock music while proving that good songwriting and performances are always more important than gender.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

U.S. National Whitewater Center's River Jam schedule announced

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:48 AM

The U.S. National Whitewater Center has announced a whole bunch of concert and festival lineups in recent days. Here's a quick look of what's happening for the venue's River Jam series, Memorial Day Celebration, Brew Stash Bash and Fourth of July events:

4 p.m. - Packway Handle Band
6 p.m. - Big Daddy Love
8 p.m. - The Infamous Stringdusters

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Live review: Stephane Wrembel, Evening Muse (4/20/2015)

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 3:42 PM

Stephane Wrembel, Musette Guitars
Evening Muse
April 23, 2015

Stephane Wrembel

Before Saturday night, I'd only heard a few songs by Stephane Wrembel; his work has been in a few Woody Allen films. I expected to see a concert with Wrembel seated on stage, plucking away plenty of Django Reinhardt-esque acoustic ditties. But when Wrembel took the stage - standing - with a full band backing him, I knew I was in for something different.

While he can make the most complicated riffs and acoustic stylings look simplistic, Wrembel's skill on the guitar is jaw-dropping to witness. He had a crowd at the Evening Muse rapt with his intricate soundscapes. What's the sign of an incredible performance — that you lose track of time, how many songs the artist plays or what might be happening outside the venue's four walls?

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Speed Street announces 2015 performers

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

It wasn't too long ago that Speed Street was getting some pretty big names to headline their free Uptown festival, with multiple bands on multiple stages. Well, that was then ...

The 600 Festival Association announced the performers for this year's Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street (the new sponsors were announced earlier this week), and I can't imagine people are going to get overly excited for this year's options. Maybe it's just me? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, May 21
8:30 p.m. - Appetite for Destruction, the Ultimate Guns & Roses Experience
10:30 p.m. - Departure, a Journey tribute band

Friday, May 22
9 p.m. - Parmalee
10:30 p.m. - Corey Smith

Saturday, May 23
9 p.m. - Craig Wayne Boyd (winner of The Voice)
10:30 p.m. - Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx

Well, at least there are still games to play and NASCAR drivers to meet. A PNC Speed Street 5K will also be held on May 23.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Fridays at the Factory, other concert announcements

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM

We've been a bit critical of the Fridays at the Factory lineups in the past as they've leaned toward a rotating cast of '90s one-hit wonders and hesitated from pushing the envelope... so we have to give credit to those in charge for stepping up their game for this year's edition.

From South Carolina folk duo Shovels & Rope to sacred steel jammers Robert Randolph and the Family Band to Southern rockers North Mississippi Allstars, Friday Live at the Factory is ready to leave their mark on the summer concert season. The schedule is:

May 8 - Robert Randolph and the Family Band with Chris Cook and the Heartless Road Band
May 15 - Who's Band, The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
May 22 - Cracker with Temperance League
May 29 - Misterwives
June 5 - Shovels and Rope with Flatland Tourists
June 12 - North Mississippi Allstars with The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project
June 19 - Cowboy Mouth with Of Good Nature
June 26 - Surfer Blood with The Black Cadillacs

Advance tickets are $8 and a season pass is $50.

Other recently announced concerts include:

* Shinedown with Nothing More at Ovens Auditorium (?) on July 29. Tickets on sale Friday, April 17.

* Counting Crows with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown at the Uptown Amphitheatre on Aug. 10. Tickets on sale Friday, April 17.

* Sublime with Rome (more like Sublime's bassist with some other guys...) with Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon at the Uptown Amphitheatre on Aug. 11. Tickets on sale Monday, April 20.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hey, pothead! Want two tickets to see Crobot?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM

We have two tickets for the Crobot concert taking place at Tremont Music Hall on Tuesday, April 7. With 4/20 around the corner, and Crobot professing their love of weed in our feature story this week, we thought we'd tie this all in to our call for High-deas.

Simply go online to our survey and share the best idea you've come up with while high. Maybe it was a cheesy poofs delivery service; maybe it was the perfect sandwich; maybe it was a way to end world hunger.

We'll pick one of the submissions as the winner on Monday morning.

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