Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cody Jinks and friends rouse the sold-out Neighborhood Theater crowd

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 9:57 PM

Cody Jinks, Ward Davis, Colter Wall
Neighborhood Theatre
April 26, 2017

Cody Jinks must have made quite an impression last September. In the fall of 2016, the country singer came through the Neighborhood Theatre as an opener for Whitey Morgan. Now seven months later, Jinks is selling out the theatre as the headliner. Named as a "Country Artist You Need to Know" by Rolling Stone, the sold-out tour stop in Charlotte also featured fellow Rolling Stone list-maker Colter Wall and Arkansas crooner Ward Davis. From the sing alongs and energy in the room all night, it could have been a co-bill of all three as rotating headliners. For all of the pop-country swill that's flooding the airwaves, Jinks, Davis and Wall prove there's still plenty of soul out there on the country landscape. Keep an eye out for any one of them the next time they're passing through town.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

CORRECTION: True Soundboard (April 21-26)

Posted on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 10:49 AM

We flubbed up this week's Soundboard in print, accidentally letting last week's shows run again. We apologize for the mistake and if you showed up to one of these venues expecting one act but saw another, we hope they were good. Here's the real listings:

April 21


Bria Skonberg (Mint Museum Uptown)

Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie: Wynton Marsalis, Roman Diaz, Brandie Sutton (Knight Theater)

Duda Lucena Quartet (Jazz Pavilion at Levine Center for the Arts)

Jazzy Fridays (Freshwaters Restaurant)

Late Night Jams: Members of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (The Westin Hotel Charlotte)

Mark Rapp Group (Jazz Pavilion at Levine Center for the Arts)

Peek Memorial Concert: Ken Cowan (Covenant Presbyterian Church)

Puccini: The Girl of the West, Student Night at the Opera (Belk Theater)

René Marie (Romare Bearden Park)

A Sign of the Times (Jazz Pavilion at Levine Center for the Arts)

A Tribute to Ray Charles: Joe McBride, Kenny Blake (Harvey B. Gantt Center)


Tuck Fest: The Revivalists, Keller Williams (U.S. National Whitewater Center

Steven Engler Band (Blue Restaurant & Bar)


The Lenny Federal Band (Comet Grill)


Break Science, Psymbionic, Marvel Years, Aarodynamics, Mycorr, Soul Candy (Visulite Theatre)

Mirror Moves (Petra's)

Arsena Schroeder
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Arsena Schroeder (Morehead Tavern)


Becca Stevens (Thomas Street Tavern)

Drop !t, Adventure Club (The Fillmore Charlotte)

Fear Until Fury, Beyond the Fade, Den of Wolves, Butterfly Corpse, The Rock U Roadshow Band (Underground)

Jeff Brown Solo Acoustic (Vinyl Pi, Huntersville)

Jerry Jacobs (Tin Roof)

Jon Linker (Tin Roof)

Joshua James, Timmy the Teeth (Neighborhood Theatre)

Kara Grainger (The Evening Muse)

Ozone Squeeze, King Baby (The Rabbit Hole)

Scott Miller, Sarah Siskind (The Evening Muse)

South Side Punx, Nerve Endings, Haal, El Malpais (Milestone)

Thirsty Horses (RiRa Irish Pub)

Unwed Sailor w/ Cuzco, Spirit System, Catholics (Snug Harbor)

April 22


Muddy Ruckus (The Evening Muse)


Creole Jazz Brunch: The Ocie Davis Quintet, Sasha Masakowksi, Wendell Brunious (Wells Fargo Atrium)

The Jazz Age - Untamed Elegance: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (Knight Theater)

Junior Jazz Club: Members of Sammy Miller & The Congregation (Romare Bearden Park)

Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald: (Little Rock Community Development Center)

Late Night Jams: Members of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (The Westin Hotel Charlotte)

Little Johnny Rivero & His Giants (Romare Bearden Park)

P3rspective Jazz Trio: Chris Jones, Reggie Dennis, Donte' Forsythe (Old Town Public House)

Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition (Romare Bearden Park)

Peek Memorial Masterclass: Ken Cowan (Covenant Presbyterian Church)

Sammy Miller and The Congregation (Romare Bearden Park)


Mike Blair (Birdsong Brewery)


Case (BluNotes)

Lyricist's Lounge (Upscale Lounge & Restaurant)


STS9 (The Fillmore Charlotte)

Su Casa (Petra's)


The 3rd Wheel (Tin Roof)

42, Bright Lights (Underground)

Diet Cig w/ Daddy Issues, Alright (Snug Harbor)

Digitour Spring 2017 Loren Gray, Harvey, Nathan Triska, Tyler Brown, Blake Gray (Neighborhood Theatre)

Divine Treachery, KRVSADE, October (Milestone)

The Hamiltones (Morehead Tavern)

The Holdouts (Reid's Fine Foods SouthPark)

Justin Mintun and Friends (Vinyl Pi, Huntersville)

Mariana Bo (Label)

Rock Machine (Sylvia Theatre, York, York)

SilverWings (Comet Grill)

Smash City (RiRa Irish Pub)

Tim Leavy (Hattie's Tap & Tavern)

Tuck Fest: Anderson East, The Hip Abduction, The Werks, Maybird, Butcher Brown (U.S. National Whitewater Center)

The Wild Domestic, Ashton Eller, Cherbough Way (The Evening Muse)

April 23


The Girl of the West (La fanciulla del West) (Belk Theater)

Jazz Picnic at the Park: Natural Wonder (Romare Bearden Park)

WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition (Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson)


Junior Brown, Jim Garrett (Neighborhood Theatre)


Beside The Silence, Today's Last Tragedy, East Viridian (Milestone)

Omari and The Hellrasiers (Comet Grill)

Paul McKenna, Andrew Finn Magill (The Evening Muse)

Rock for A Cure (Comet Grill)

The Stash! Band (Hattie's Tap & Tavern)

Steel Panther (The Fillmore Charlotte)

Tuck Fest: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (U.S. National Whitewater Center)

Tiny Stage Concerts - Songwriter Showcase and 1 Year Birthday Bash (Oak Street Mill, Cornelius)

Wham Bam Glitter Glam Burlesque (Petra's)

April 24


Knocturnal (Snug Harbor)

Motown on Mondays (Morehead Street Tavern)

#MFGD Open Mic (Apostrophe Lounge)

Zach Longoria Project (The Evening Muse)


Jason Moore (Hattie's Tap & Tavern, Charlotte)

Locals Live: The Best in Local Live Music & Local Craft Beers (Tin Roof)

The Monday Night Allstars (Visulite Theatre)

Session: A Listening Party (Petra's)

Shannon Lee and Thomas Stainkamp Dueling Piano's Night (Vinyl Pi, Huntersville)

April 25


Bill Hanna Jazz Jam (Morehead Tavern)


Red Rockin' Chair (Comet Grill)

Tuesday Night Jam w/ The Smokin' Js (Smokey Joe's Cafe)


Adios Ghost, Shy Layers, Jistu, Koosh (Snug Harbor)

The Bald Brotherhood (Tin Roof)

Bunky Moon (The Evening Muse)

Joe Smothers & Jack Lawrence, Four Days Gone (Neighborhood Theatre)

Sue Foley (The Rabbit Hole)

Tonya Wood Music Co. (Vinyl Pi, Huntersville)

April 26


The Clarence Palmer Trio (Morehead Tavern)

Lovell Bradford Jazz (Nile Theater)


Balance & Composure, Queen of Jeans (Underground)

Cody Jinks, Ward Davis, Colter Wall (Neighborhood Theatre)

Green Fiend (Snug Harbor)

Green Fiend w/ Scowl Brow, Mothership, Lil Skritt (Snug Harbor)

Karaoke with DJ Pucci Mane (Petra's)

Modern Heritage Weekly Mix Tape (Snug Harbor)

Open Mic Night (Comet Grill)

Open Mic w/ Jared Allen (Jack Beagles)

Open Mic/Open Jam (Comet Grill)

Pluto For Planet (RiRa Irish Pub)

TFDI, Tony Lucca, Matt Duke, Jay Nash (The Evening Muse)

Trivia & Karaoke Wednesdays (Tin Roof)

Ultra, Unruly Boys, Caged In, Muzzle (The Station)

Coming Soon

Architect (April 27, Milestone)

Lauryn Hill (April 28, CMCU Amphitheater)

Neil Diamond (April 28, Spectrum Center)

Dawes (May 3, The Fillmore)

Sean Rowe (May 4, The Evening Muse)

Carolina Rebellion (May 5-7, Charlotte Motor Speedway)

Bastille (May 6, CMCU Amphitheater)

X (May 8, Neighborhood Theatre)

San Fermin (May 9, Visulite)

Sara Watkins (May 12, Neighborhood Theatre)

Brandy (May 19, The Fillmore)

Black Ritual (May 20, Milestone)

Franz Ferdinand (May 23, The Underground)

Bela Fleck, Chris Thile (May 24, Knight Theater)

Beach House (May 24, Neighborhood Theatre)

Richard Lloyd (May 30, Snug Harbor)

Mind Maze (June 2, Milestone)

Tegan and Sara (June 8, The Fillmore)

Elvis Costello and the Imposters (June 21, CMCU Amphitheater)

The Toasters (June 28, Milestone)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CL EXCLUSIVE: World Premiere of 'Rotated,' by Ali Steele, Black Linen & Cosa Nostra Que

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:49 AM

Happy 4/20, folks. And for your pleasure, enjoy this ode to the weed from Charlotte artists Ali Steele, Black Linen and Cosa Rostra Que — premiering today exclusively at Creative Loafing.

You'll find the following background on how this song came about in our 'Top 10 Marijuana Songs by Charlotte Artists' list in CL's annual 4/20 issue on newsstands today, as well as the other nine tracks:

True story: About a week ago I'm crowd-sourcing ideas for this list and ask a few local musicians and promoters I know for recommendations. One of the musicians is Solomon Tetteh, aka rapper Black Linen, who I wrote about in Creative Loafing back in February. He's one of those story subjects who's since become a friend. Don't judge me. It happens.

He makes a few recommendations. I ask him, "Don't you have one?" He says, "No." I say, "You've never written a weed song?" He says, "No." I say, "Well, write one and record it by next week and if it's good we'll use it."

Don't dare a rapper.

I'll let Black Linen tell what happened next: "So I'm on my way to Soule Jukebox to record a submission piece for the Sounds of the Queen City Charlotte anthem contest with Ali Steele. As we're riding I go, 'Aye man, I need a weed song for 4/20,' and his exact words are, 'Bruh, I've been playing this track for you every time we are riding around, and it's a weed song.' And I think to myself, 'I need to stop smokin.'

"Two days later we picked up his cousin Cosa Nostra Que to aid us in some vocals, and headed to Si-Fi Media Studios. We recorded the track in no time with the aid of Si-Fi's engineering skills. It was produced by Jet Fuel Beats of Umbrella Mindz and will debut on 4/20."

Right here at CL, of course. And then you can be the judge.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Things we overheard at the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Charlotte concert

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 12:08 AM

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Babymetal, Jack Irons
Spectrum Center
April 17, 2017

The Red Hot Chili Peppers brought their legendary brand of punk rock and funk to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center Monday night as part of their 2017 North American Tour. The quartet has been going strong (with a few lineup changes) since its formation in 1983 and managed to pack every seat in the arena. The RHCP have a way of bridging the generation gap, as evidenced by the wide age ranges in attendance on Monday night. There were parents introducing their 10-year olds to the band that defined their young adulthood, older folks rocking out as hard as they did in their youth and high schoolers just discovering their discography.

With half of Charlotte seemingly in attendance for the big show, there was a lot to be heard:

One of the hundreds of concert goers swarming the concessions stands in an effort to escape Babymetal, the opening band’s, performance: “You guys in line for beer?...FUCK!”

A man in awe of the apparent uniform worn by a good portion of the crowd: “There’s flannel everywhere…”

Older man at the concessions stand, referring to all of the tweens and teens attending the show: “It’s like Disney World in here.”

Two millenials in their Target RHCP gear, greeting each other across the crowd: “Bro?!” “BRO!!”

A parent as they grudgingly coughed up the dough for their child’s souvenir: “$80 for a hoodie? Who do they think they are, The Beatles?”

A wide-eyed young man grabbing pizza at the concession stand “I feel like I’m in a white man’s Narnia.”

Man on a beer run: “Yup, that’s about right…four hundred dollars for one ticket and two beers.”

A mom talking about her children’s induction into the RHCP tradition: “We’re in the nosebleeds, but they won’t care. It’s their first concert.”

Can't Stop
Snow ((Hey Oh))
The Zephyr Song
Dark Necessities
She's Only 18
Me & My Friends
Go Robot
Parallel Universe
The Power of Equality
The Getaway
Higher Ground
What Is Soul?
Under the Bridge
By the Way

Goodbye Angels
Give It Away

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Big Sean's performance should be on a bigger stage

Posted By on Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 11:15 PM

Big Sean, MadeinTYO, Neisha Ne'shae
The Fillmore
April 14, 2017

There's a common theme running through live reviews of Big Sean's I Decided Tour — he should be performing in bigger venues. The excitement for the Detroit rapper started early and rarely waned once he hit the Fillmore's stage. Even openers MadeinTYO and Neisha Ne'shae got the sold-out venue's crowd quickly into the show. It could have been because of a Friday night concert, but it's more likely because Big Sean has had commercial success while maintaining a balance between moments of humility and bravado. His recent single "Bounce Back" has gone double platinum and he continues to earn the respect of fellow rappers. I wouldn't expect him to play in venues of this size for much longer.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Gogol Bordello provides relentless entertainment at The Fillmore

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:02 AM

Gogol Bordello w/ In the Whale
The Fillmore
April 12, 2017

There's no warmup time when Gogol Bordello hits the stage. From the opening notes, the gypsy punk outfit rocks, rolls and offers a relentless party atmosphere. The band's nonstop energy is infectious and rarely wanes before the last notes ring out. Singer/frontman Eugene Hutz was drenched in sweat after only a few songs. Don't know the words to all 20+ songs the band offered? No problem. The groove never stops and neither did the dancing until the four-song encore was over. Gogol Bordello has been on my list of top 10 bands to see live for nearly a decade. Wednesday night's show simply reinforced that idea.

Break Into Your Higher Self
Saboteur Blues
Not a Crime
Immigrant Punk
60 Revolutions
Oh No
Dogs Were Barking
Book of Caveman
Transcontinental Hustle
You Know Who We Are
Think Locally, Fuck Globally
Kathy Cruel
Start Wearing Purple
Wonderlust King

We Did It All
Haro Foro

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Fillmore basks in excitement of Thursday reunion

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 7:48 PM

Thursday, Basement, Touche Amore, Wax Idols
The Fillmore
April 1, 2017

As post-hardcore inspiration Thursday hit the stage, it wasn't immediately evident who was more excited — the band or the crowd. Having reunited after a five-year hiatus, the group was ready to charge through its catalog, while fans crowd surfed and sang along. A three-hour buildup to the group's first notes had the energetic crowd primed. The night started with a set by Wax Idols, featuring singer Hether Fortune (ex- White Lung) and their brand of post-punk. Touche Amore was more in the vein of what people were looking for on this night, and it didn't take long for a circle pit to start up. Basement, having themselves reunited a couple of years ago, offered a slightly more emo approach before Thursday hit the stage hot and powered through their set in an unrelenting manner.

Thursday setlist
Beyond the Visible Spectrum
Hole in the World
Jet Black New Year
This Song
Division St.
Understanding in a Car Crash

War All the Time
Turnpike Divides

Basement setlist
4 U Da Moon
Earl Grey
Brother's Keeper
Promise Everything

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Charlotte's Fillmore takes a trip with the Flaming Lips

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 7:44 PM

The Flaming Lips, Clipping
The Fillmore
March 30, 2017

Riding on a unicorn. Tumbling across the crowd in an inflatable hamster ball. More confetti than a Super Bowl parade. Rainbows of LED lighting. Inflatable characters. Two encores. A giant balloon that read "Fuck Yeah Charlotte." There's no LSD needed at a Flaming Lips show because the entire performance is one massive trip. From the opening notes of "Race for the Prize" to the final sing-along of "Do You Realize?" frontman/singer Wayne Coyne never let up with his enthusiasm. Between the songs, the props and the lighting, the alt-rockers never fail to surprise or impress with their stage show. On Thursday night, it wasn't just another concert, it was a memorable event.

Race for the Prize
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
There Should Be Unicorns
Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung
What Is the Light?
The Observer
Space Oddity
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
The Castle
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)
The W.A.N.D.
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton

Virgo Self-Esteem Broadcast
Silver Trembling Hands

Waitin' for a Superman
Do You Realize??

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