Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Live review: Tool, Bojangles Coliseum (1/26/2016)

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Tool w/ Primus, 3Teeth
Bojangles Coliseum
Jan. 26, 2016
Tool singer Maynard James Keenan
  • Tool singer Maynard James Keenan

He may have been lurking in the shadows wearing a full suit of body armor for the duration of Tool's nearly two-hour set on Tuesday night at Bojangles Coliseum, but singer Maynard James Keenan seemed to be a in good mood for much of the night. He sure was chatty. 

It started after the band kicked off its set with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter." Keenan unenthusiastically led a quick chant of "Let's go..." with the crowd giving back roars of "Panthers!" before telling the crowd, "I'm going to forgive you for the way you treated my home state of Arizona the other day" in reference to the Carolina Panthers' thumping of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game two days earlier. 

From there, the band launched into "The Grudge" as the setlist then veered into songs new and old. They dusted off "Opiate" from the 1992 EP of the same name and played "Descending" which is a newer instrumental fans hope will be featured on a new album.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

[Untitled] w/ Lara Americo, Episode 2, Part II

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:26 AM

On this week’s episode of Untitled w/ Lara Americo, Dust and Ashes give an impromptu performance at The Diamond Restaurant. The beloved diner, known by patrons as the place for inebriated conversations over midnight waffles, hosted a three-song performance. Dust and Ashes played to an audience of about 30 people who were having their first cup of coffee of the day. The band is used to playing in bars and concert venues – and now they can add diner to the list.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 Country Megaticket lineup announced

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM

The country concert lineup — which is part of the 2016 Country Megaticket — has been announced for Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion this summer. 

Here ya go: 

May 20 - Kenny Chesney w/ Old Dominion on May 20
June 11 - Miranda Lambert w/ Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne
June 17 - Rascal Flatts w/ Kelsea Ballerini
June 24 - Brantley Gilbert w/ Justin Moore, Colt Ford
July 14 - Dierks Bentley w/ Randy Houser, Cam
Aug. 18 - Keith Urban w/ Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris
Aug. 27 - Darius Rucker w/ Dan & Shay, Michael Ray
Sept. 2 - Luke Bryan w/ Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch
Sept. 10 - Florida Georgia Line w/ Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, Kane Brown
Sept. 17 - Brad Paisley w/ Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae
Sept. 29 - Jason Aldean w/ Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses

Online orders will being at 10 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Megaticket site. 

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WEATHER UPDATE: Concert cancellations (updated)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Here's a list of shows that are canceled for this weekend in Charlotte. Be sure and check the venue websites before leaving the house for any shows on Friday or Saturday. 

Friday, Jan. 22 - The Breakfast Club
Saturday, Jan. 23 - Jackyl (rescheduled for 3/19)

Friday, Jan. 22 - Stuart Mauldin and All Dat Jive
Saturday, Jan. 23 - Jake Berger benefit will be rescheduled. 

Friday, Jan. 22 - Grant Lee Phillips, Steve Poltz
Saturday, Jan. 23 - Millenial 

Saturday, Jan. 23 - Indigo Girls has been rescheduled for March 2.

Saturday, Jan. 23 - Posso will be rescheduled.

Friday, Jan. 22 - The Florida Rooms w/ The Damned Diamonds
Saturday, Jan. 23 - Digital Noir

All Friday, Jan. 22 activities have been canceled. 

Friday, Jan. 22 - Maradeen 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

[Untitled] with Lara Americo - Episode 2, Part I

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Dust and Ashes – sans two members – and I headed into The Diamond that Monday. We were looking to warm up after lugging heavy musical equipment in the cold rain. The morning crowd of hardcore regulars was about to experience anything but the usual in this well-loved Charlotte diner.

Lead singer Heather Himes, flutist Jude Salinas and cellist Leah Erin Smith began the first few notes. Then, their gritty, guttural thumping suddenly vanquished the dull chatter of the room. Smith’s cello groaned, soaking into the cracked wallpaper. The haunting melody of Salinas’s flute diced the air. Himes’ dark, wailing vocals and bluesy rhythm guitar made the walls shake and rock and tremble. It may have been a Monday, but the band with the tagline “Queen City Stomp Swamp” was taking us to church.

In the latest episode of [Untitled] with Lara Americo, you’ll see Dust and Ashes rock a diner. Plus, Himes and I take a break in one of the green booths to talk religion, music and God as a tattoo.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Live review: Eric Bibb, Davis Theatre (1/16/2016)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Eric Bibb
Davis Theatre, Concord
Jan. 16, 2015

"This music grabbed my soul and rocked my world," Eric Bibb said Saturday night, sharing his passion for blues, folk and gospel with a packed house at the intimate 227-seat former courthouse in downtown Concord. Bluesman, guitar-slinger and itinerant songster for more than 40 years, Bibb connected with the crowd instantly and effortlessly, joking, sharing stories and celebrating the songs which "define where we come from and who we are.” He also shook the house.

Opening with St. Louis Jimmy Oden’s jaunty yet harrowing "Going Down Slow," Bibb's guitar was loping and liquid under his conversational vocal, which was smooth and rolling with just a hint of grain. Bent blue notes peppered the riff coiling through "Silver Spoon," Bibb's "thumbnail sketch" of his life story, a tale of how he built his career gig by gig, brick by brick, despite being the son of singer and activist Leon Bibb, and nephew of Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis.

"Keeping it real" seemed to be Bibb's credo throughout the evening. Noting that he specializes in music that risks becoming caricature in the hands of overblown players, Bibb kept his playing on point and emotionally direct, virtuosic without a single wasted note.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

[Untitled] with Lara Americo - Episode I Part II

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Mercury Dimes was honored to be one of the last bands to perform at Tommy’s Pub before it closes in March. The crunchy dive bar has been a public landmark in Charlotte and has been open under various names since the 1950s. The mood was bittersweet as the band sang the first song of their set, settling into the tiny bar which smells of a thousand spilled beers.

Laura Staples let out a primal scream to a song about living alone. Wes Mauldin on bass guitar and Nathan Curlee on drums rounded out the dirty sounds of the punk trio.

In this episode of Untitled with Lara Americo, we look inside the lives of the musicians behind Mercury Dimes and learn that love and loneliness can come from the strangest places. 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Remembering David Bowie

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:12 AM

The music world lost one of its finest artists today as the death of David Bowie was announced late Sunday night. Bowie, who had been battling cancer for the last 18 months, had just released his final album, Black Star, on Jan. 8, 2016. Here's what people are saying around Twitter

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Friday, January 8, 2016

91.7 WSGE offering radio DJ workshop

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 10:29 AM

91.7 FM WSGE, located on the campus of Gaston College, is offering a workshop for anyone interested in becoming a radio DJ. The four-week classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6:30 p.m. starting on Jan. 26.

To register, fill out the application form online. The deadline for applications is Jan. 19. The registration fee is $50 for non-Gaston College students. Completion of the program does not guarantee an on-air spot. More information about the class and WSGE can be found on the station's website

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Own a piece of Tremont Music Hall history

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Tremont Music Hall is auctioning off its inventory on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The music venue closed in December after 20 years as a part of Charlotte's music scene. The auction is open to the public and starts at 11 a.m. Among the items being auctioned are neon signs, band memorabilia, coolers, sinks and bar equipment, amps, speakers, barricades, microphones, mic stands, barstools and more.

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