Thursday, July 26, 2018

Weezer and Pixies thrill amphitheatre crowd

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 10:46 PM

Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells
July 25, 2018
PNC Music Pavilion

If Weezer represented upbeat pop-rock and Sleigh Bells provided the punch of heavy, modern rock, the Pixies were the glue holding it all together on a night that featured all three bands. Wednesday night's co-headliner event showcased the high energy of Sleigh Bells kicking things off. Pixies spent more than an hour proving why they've had staying power - except for a decade-long hiatus in the mid-90s to mid-00s. Frontman Black Francis sounded better than ever, merging spoken word with on-point screams and everything between. Weezer hit the stage with "Buddy Holly" and never let up with hit after hit to keep the entire crowd singing along. Both headliners played setlists of more than 20 songs each. Overall, it's one of the best rock shows Charlotte's seen this summer.

Weezer setlist
Buddy Holly
Beverly Hills
Pork and Beans
Undone - The Sweater Song
Hash Pipe
Perfect Situation
My Name Is Jonas
El Scorcho
In the Garage
Surf Wax America
Happy Together
Keep Fishin'
Island in the Sun
Take On Me
Burndt Jamb
(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Feels Like Summer

Pink Triangle
Say It Ain't So

Pixies setlist
Ed Is Dead
Nimrod's Son
Mr. Grieves
River Euphrates
Planet of Sound
Where Is My Mind?
All the Saints
Here Comes Your Man
Gouge Away
I've Been Tired
Head On
All I Think About Now
Wave of Mutilation
Crackity Jones
Isla de Encanta
Monkey Gon

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling bring new energy to PNC Music Pavilion

Posted By on Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 10:49 PM

Lindsey Stirling, Evanescence, Cellogram
July 20, 2018
PNC Music Pavilion

If you went to PNC Music Pavilion on Friday night expecting to see a blistering rock show, you left either completely disappointed or pleasantly surprised. While Evanescence was on the bill with co-headliner Lindsey Stirling, the band left the heavy rock behind. Singer Amy Lee took center stage to showcase her vocals through rearranged, more mellow versions of the band's songs accompanied by more than two dozen orchestra members. She showed depth and range for more than an hour and brought numerous fans to tears with the emotion and power in her vocals. Stirling capped off the night with an energetic performance filled with non-stop dancing. It wasn't the typical show for PNC Music Pavilion as both artists performed their music with renewed style and grace. If only more artists brought something completely new to the table on their own tours.

Evanescence setlist
Never Go Back
End of the Dream
My Heart Is Broken
Bring Me to Life
Secret Door
Across the Universe
Lost in Paradise
Your Star
My Immortal
The In-Between

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Appalachian Summer Festival Goes Into Home Stretch Looking Strong

Rhiannon Giddens plays last week of Boone arts fest

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM

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If you're looking to stay away from the beach traffic in the next couple weeks, go the other way and head to Boone to catch the end of the Appalachian Summer Festival. There's still a few acts left, including the best of the bunch: Rhiannon Giddens.

Rhiannon Giddens (Photo by David McClister)
  • Rhiannon Giddens (Photo by David McClister)

The Greensboro native is best known for her role in the band she helped found, Carolina Chocolate Drops, but she's been killing at as a solo act for five years now. Lately, you might have even caught her in her new acting gig as Hallie Jordan in Nashville. Giddens' twangy, angelic Americana style fits the mold of an Appalachian music festival like nobody else could.

Her performance will come on the home stretch of the 34th annual Appalachian Summer Festival, which began on July 1 and has already hosted acts ranging from Kool and the Gang to Michael Feinstein. There are two more weeks left, including Giddens' performance at the Schaefer Center for Performing Arts on July 27 at 8 p.m., followed up by "An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenowith" on August 4th at the same place, same time. Dont get too excited, that doesn't mean what you think it means, she'll likely just be waxing nostalgic about her amazingly succesful career both on stage and TV, still in its prime.

We also recommend the Hot Sardines this Saturday at 8 at Schaefer, or The Legend of Buster Neal at Volborg Theatre on Friday, but there's a lot of other stuff still going down, so check out the site.

So if you're not down with sunburn, head west. You won't regret it.

(Teaster photo by John Peets)

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