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April 16, 2014 - April 23, 2014

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What's New | Looking Ahead | Thank You | Links

Wednesday  Apr 16

**MaxxMusic Presents: Wild Child Runaround Spring Tour
The Evening Muse
8pm *

**MaxxMusic Presents: Ben Sollee
Stage Door

**DEAD DAWLS; Memphis Dawls & Dead Soldiers
The Evening Muse

**MaxxMusic & Landshark Entertainment present: Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Visulite Theatre

**Douglass Thompson hosts Open Mic Night at Angel's
Angel's Upscale Consignment
Bessemer City,  NC
*Sponsored Listing - Thank you!

**April Residency with Dave & the Strange w/Ranch Ghost, Majestico, Blossoms, DJ Elon

Snug Harbor

**Halden Vang
JackBeagle's Noda

Thursday Apr 17

**MaxxMusic Presents: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
The Evening Muse
8pm *

**MaxxMusic Presents: Thomas Wynn & The Believers
The Evening Muse
10:30pm *

**MaxxMusic & Landshark Entertainment Present: Eric Hutchinson With Saints Of Valory
The Visulite Theatre

**MaxxMusic Presents: Brothers Comatose
The Double Door Inn

**Boss Jones
Pint Central

**The Summit Coffee Songwriters Showcase featuring: Rob Lytle - Ang Medlin -Nicole Monroe and Host Rob McHale
Summit Coffee

**Chris Cook (Every Thursday)
Sharkey's Place
Gastonia, NC

Friday Apr 18

**Chris Trapper w/Patrick Park
The Evening Muse

**MaxxMusic Presents: The Traffic Jam Band
The Double Door Inn *

**MaxxMusic & Landshark Entertainment Present: The Movement With Fear Nuttin Band
The Visulite Theatre *

**Mike Strauss Band
NoDa Brewery

**Support Local House Concerts Basement Series Presents: Shannon Lee & Tony Rogers

**The Sylvia Theater Songwriter Series featuring: Paul Finnican - PJ Brunson - Rob McHale - Magdalana Daly
The Sylvia Theater
York, SC

**Lenny Federal Band (Every Friday)
The Comet Grill
9:30pm *

**Grand Opening of "181 MAIN"(Old Charlie's Restaurant And Bar) featuring: RockBottom, Generation Axe, Fiftywatt Freight Trains and Sweatin' Bullets
181 Main Street

Saturday Apr 19

**MaxxMusic and Poverty is Real present: Beatles vs. Stones benefit for Urban Ministry Center featuring: School of Rock Charlotte, Dead End Parking, Little District, Yaddatu, Toleman Randall, Reeve Coobs and More! * *

**MaxxMusic Presents: Brian Collins with Michaela Anne
The Evening Muse
8pm *

**MaxxMusic Presents: Chick Corea:Solo Piano
Knight Theater

**MaxxMusic Presents: Rising Appalachia
The Neighborhood Theatre

**Rick Spreitzer & The Antique Babies
Angel's Upscale Consignment
Bessemer City,  NC *
*Sponsored Listing - Thank you!

**Mike Strauss Band
The Comet Grill

**Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street Band

**Local Natives
Fillmore Charlotte

**Chuck Johnson Duo
Dean & DeLuca Phillips Place

Sunday Apr 20 - Happy Easter!

**Red Simpson w/Loose Lugnuts
The Thirsty Beaver Saloon

**The Roundtable's Sunday Edition hosted by Randy Walker (every Sunday)

**"1065 The End - 90 Minutes with Divakar"

Monday Apr 21

**Find Your Muse Open Mic w/featured performer Tristan Omand
The Evening Muse

**Monday Night All Stars (every Monday)
The Double Door

Tuesday Apr 22

**Red Rocking Chair (every Tuesday)
The Comet Grill

Wednesday  Apr 23 - Happy 70th Birthday Si Kahn, and James Abbott!

**MaxxMusic Presents: CLT+ Battle of the Bands Round 2 featuring: Gabriel Jules and Oceans Quest, Charlie King, th3 Higher and Shannyn Casino
The Evening Muse
8pm *

**Jared Allan
Old Mecklenburg Brewery

**April Residency with Dave & the Strange w/Alex Kastanas, Modern Primitives, Bart Lattimore, DJ Moonbeam Mike

Snug Harbor
10pm - No Cover

**Chris Cook
Riverview Raw Bar

Band/Artist/Media News, Features, Announcements and
Upcoming Local and Regional Events


*** = New Additions This Week

Misc News, Events & Announcements:

***Wednesday, APRIL 30, Charlotte Folk Society Folk Jubilee featuring Violinist Dennis Spring; Fiddler Sam Richardson & Friends (Bluegrass/Old-Time/Country); Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Matthew Alexander; Guitarist Davy Fee & Friends (Gypsy Jazz). The Evening Muse, 8 PM, $3. Come at 7:30 and enjoy a song circle with Salem Macknee.

***DRUMSTRONG 2014 Rhythm + Arts Fest May 16 + 17 + 18 -

**The 4th annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival featuring: Green Sky Bluegrass, Sol Driven Train, Big Daddy Love, Jessie Dee, Spirit Family Reunion and the Jon Stickley Trio and the top Brewers and Breweries in NC; Saturday May 10, 2014; Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville NC;

**VOTED BEST AMATEUR NIGHT BY CREATIVE LOAFING BEST OF 2013 - The Evening Muse Monday Night Find Your Muse Open Mic and Radio Show is looking for weekly and featured talent. If you are an original artist (local or touring) who would like to play the 30 minute featured performer slot on one ofthe Monday nights, please email us at with the date you'll be in town or interested in, your EPK or links to your music and/or a good, decent quality video.***The Featured Performer Slots are filled through JULY!.
***Find Your Muse Open Mic and Radio Show was chosen as the Winner of the 2013 Best Open Mic Night in Charlotte by Charlotte magazine BOB Awards!
Congratulations Team FYM: Erik Button, Ralph Jannelli, Pat Maholland and Don Koster! And of course a big thanks to all the musicians, performers and attendees who come out week after week and help make this weekly event SO successful.

**Thank you for your support of the SHOMOLIVE Indiegogo fundraising campaign! Visit to read all the great press from The Examiner, The Impaler Speaks, CLTBuzz, Historic SouthEnd, CltBlog and More!

Upcoming House Concerts:

***Cathie Ryan Trio, Sat. May 3 - Charlotte Folk Society House Concerts at Wedgewood, Jim Rivers Fellowship Hall, Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Dr., Charlotte. 8 PM, $20. Cathie Ryan toured for 8 years with the all-woman Irish American supergroup, Cherish the Ladies. Details & tickets:

**Support Local House Concerts Basement Series Presents: Shannon Lee & Tony Rogers April 18th, Flagship Romance May 10th, Rod Picott June 7th, Gigi Dover & Big Love Sept. 27th (Special outside show @ the Shop) Katey Laurel Oct. 18th!

**Common Chord Concerts Present: Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey May 10th, Malcolm Holcombe June 22nd.

Recent Reviews, Photos, Interviews, TV, Press and Current Events worth noting:

***Moogfest 2014! Stop by The Synthesis and check out ShomoLive and Kidnice Entertainment featuring 3 acts - Crazyhorse and Colston, LUCiD, and Celebrity DJ Shogun.


**Happy Trails - Rodney Lanier - **Rodney Lanier Memorial Service and New Orleans style processional down N. Davidson -
**Goodbye Rodney - John Schacht/Shuffle Magazine -

R&R Motel Guests Latest News:

**Lake Street Dive on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Eliot Bronson's next album to be produced by Jason Isbell's "Southeastern" Producer, Jukebox the Ghost picked by BuzzFeed: Spotify as #5 of 15 Of The Best Bands To Come From College Campuses , Desert Noises heading to Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo AND Hangout Festival and voted one of the best bands to see at SXSW by NPR Music, and iTunes Music gives props to their new 27 Ways Album - "Power Poppers Desert Noises are on the verge of a major breakout."

***Visit for updates on local and touring artists we are pleased to call friends -- extremely talented and on-the-way-up friends!


**Randy Walker, host of WSGE 91.7FM's The Roundtable's Sunday Edition, is looking for bands/musicians who would like to be a featured guest on his weekly radio program. If interested, please contact Randy at for more information. (every Sunday) - WSGE 91.7FM - 9am-10am -

**Listen online to our local and regional bands at WNCW 88.7FM , "90 Minutes", WGWG 88.3FM (Boiling Springs, NC) and WSGE 91.7FM, as well as those weekly specialty programs mentioned above.

**Plaza Midwood Community Radio -

Misc. Organizations and Links:

**ROCKS! Entertainment is a Community-Based online source for music entertainment in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

**Post and read reviews about anything and everywhere in Charlotte at -

***Looking Ahead:
new additions or updates italicized in blue
^=potential sell out - recommend getting advance tickets

* = promotional sponsor - thank you!


04/19 - ^Milk Carton Kids - The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC) - SOLD OUT
04/19 - ^Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street Band - Time Warner Cable Arena
04/25 - An Evening With Gillian Welch - The Neighborhood Theatre
04/25 - ^Delta Rae w/Joshua James - The Visulite Theatre
04/28/29 - ^Alabama Shakes - The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC) SOLD OUT
04/29 - Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys - The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
05/02 - Wake Owl - The Mill Room (Asheville, NC)
05/01 - Rob Thomas - DPAC (Durham, NC)
05/02 - Marty Stuart - The Neighborhood Theatre
05/02 - Arcade Fire -Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood (Atlanta, GA)
05/03 - The Whigs - The Visulite Theatre
05/06 - Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)
05/08 - Jenny Lewis - The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC)
05/09 - johnnyswim - The Neighborhood Theatre
05/09 - Modest Mouse - The Fillmore Charlotte - SOLD OUT
05/09 - ^Conor Oberst with Dawes - The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC)
05/10 - Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krausse & Union Station w/Kacey Musgraves and Jason Isbell - Greensboro, NC
05/10 - North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival feat. Greensky Bluegrass, Big Daddy Love, Sol Driven Train, Jesse Dee, Spirit Family Reunion, John Stickley, The Reckoning and Hit Or Miss - Rural Hill (Huntersville)
05/11 - Portugal. The Man - The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC)
05/13 - Blitzen Trapper - The Visulite Theatre
05/16 - The Apache Relay w/The Weeks - The Visulite Theatre
05/21 - Jack Johnson - Booth Amphitheatre - Cary, NC
05/22 - Neon Trees - The Fillmore Charlotte
05/22 - Eddie Izzard - Belk Theater
05/25 - Justin Hayward - The Neighborhood Theatre
05/30 - Old 97's - The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
06/02 - Patty Griffin - The Neighborhood Theatre
06/05 - ^Jack White - Fillmore Charlotte
06/06 - ^Lucinda Williams - McGlohon Theater at Spirt Square
06/07 - Peter Murphy - Tremont Music Hall
06/12 - Andrew Bird Band w/Tift Merritt - The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC)
06/15 - ^The Parlor Sessions featuring Dean Fields, Jason Myles Goss, Eliot Bronson and Andy Zipf - The Evening Muse
06/18 - Wild Child w/Shakey Graves - Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)
06/20 - ^Jake Bugg - The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC)
06/24 - Counting Crows - Uptown Amphitheatre
06/25 - Phantagram - Fillmore Charlotte
06/27 - ^Lindsey Stirling - Fillmore Charlotte
07/13 - The Donkeys - Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)
07/19 - KISS w/Def Leppard - PNC Music Pavilion
07/01 - SWANS - The Neighborhood Theatre (Only Southeast Performance)
07/17 - Chris Smither - Stage Door Theater
07/29 - Phish -  PNC Music Pavilion
08/03 - James Taylor - PNC Music Pavilion
08/07 - Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden - PNC Music Pavilion
08/19 - Motley Crue w/Alice Cooper - PNC Music Pavilion
09/11 - Steve Forbert - Stage Door Theater
10/03 - Ian Anderson - Blumenthal Performing Arts


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Best of Charlotte Awards & Press

Creative Loafing Critics Pick Champion of the Scene Creative Loafing Critics PIck - Best Supporter of Local Music
Patrons of the Arts • by Courtney Devores - The Charlotte Observer • March, 2012

First Couple of Charlotte Music (Uptown Magazine)

Living it up at the 'Rock & Roll Motel'• Charlotte couple shares their home with touring rock bands.
by April Denée/The Charlotte Observer

#1 Music Fan (Charlotte Folk Society)

**2014 Charlotte Live Concert Wishlist - Creative Loafing -

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