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CHARLOTTE'S WILDEST NEW YEARS EVE PARTY IS BACK @ THE SALOON
Charlotte's Wildest New Years Eve Party is Back @ The Saloon
Join us again for another kick ass party you will never forget!
DJ Kaotika will be spinning your favorites and Simplified will be rocking the house all night into the new year.
Food and Drinks are all inclusive.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for table reservations or questions.
Bottle Service will be offered.
$50, limited number of tickets. Price will increase.
Tickets can be purchased at The Saloon, CASH ONLY no service fees.
You can also purchase tickets here http://ncmusicfactory.ticketleap.com/nye-2014/
KENNY FLOYD @ THE SALOON
Kenny Floyd @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
"I am a live music performer, writer, singer, dancer, and believer. What I mean by that is, I AM what I do and I love it. I enjoy singing both covers and originals for audiences that love music and creativity. I play a mix of both at every show and I do my best to make sure that patrons leave the venue feeling like they have just been ENTERTAINED." KF
704 MODEL AUDITIONS @ THE SALOON
704 Model Auditions @ The Saloon
Starts @ 12pm
JON LINKER BAND @ THE SALOON
Jon Linker Band @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
FUNDRAISING CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE VOLANDA/HAIYAN VICTIMS @ THE SALOON
Fundraising Concert To Benefit The Volanda/Haiyan Victims @ The Saloon
Starts @ 2pm
CHRIS MARKS BAND @ THE SALOON
Chris Marks Band @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Chris Marks - Guitar / Vocals
Julius Kucsma - B3, Keys, Piano
Mike Coon - Drums
Reid Atwood - Lead / Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
Ronnie Caudle - Bass / Vocals
Justin Green - Lead Guitar
FALLEN CHILD @ THE SALOON
Fallen Child @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Johnny Corbett - Vocals, Evan Lee - Guitar, Dominique Howard - Bass, Prince Dizzy Scott - Drums, Dominique Threestaccs Adams - Keys
JAMES ETHAN CLARK AND THE RENEGADES @ THE SALOON
James Ethan Clark and The Renegades @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
James Ethan Clark is determined to find the answers to his questions himself in his first, full-length recording, “Southern Hotel,” an intrepid collection of songs about a young man’s coming of age in a bleak, southern landscape. Clark has shared his time between Elizabeth City and Wilmington, North Carolina, becoming a fixture in each city’s prospective music scenes. He has performed as a singer/songwriter, as well as bandleader of the beginning stages of “James Ethan Clark and the Renegades,” but has truly come into his own with his new group of stellar, Nashville musicians: Joe Giotta on percussion, Wes Langlois playing lead guitar and pedal steel, Chris Miller on bass, Joel Heumann singing background vocals, Kristin Weber on Violin. Ricky Dale Braddy and Mackenzie Elliot contributed background vocals on “Stories.” These musicians back Clark’s songs with fierce arrangements akin to Neil Young’s Crazy Horse.
From the first notes of Clark’s fuzzy Gretsch guitar, the album swells to the opening “Destination,” a rock and roll prayer for those who “need some peace” in a world of “thieves and fallen angels.” He declares “Face the day with fire / and passion in your eyes and soul” because “they can’t tear you down.” Soft electric guitars start “So I Can See,” a lament of a singer watching “Everything I had / Everything I knew / Everyone of influence has faded into blue, blue, blue, blue.” Here, Clark isn’t sure of “what is real” in this life, but cries out for fulfillment by the sun and stars.
“Forbidden Fruit” reaches to Clark’s back-story of learning how to love a woman, but not having the sentiment returned. Clark’s love sees him, but doesn’t concern herself with him as a true partner. This confusion “somehow seemed to paralyze my mind,” Clark sings. The song is ripe with hazy guitar tones singularly mindful of southern rock idol, Ryan Adams. “God Knows When” is “Southern Hotel’s” barnburner. “I ain’t seen the light in God knows when, / I ain’t seen the day in God knows when” sings Clark, begging for clarity in his life as a musician. In “Coalmine,” Clark invites us in to hear the story of why we are all here. In one of the more poetic songs on the record, Clark reminisces about a bittersweet time of a love now lost: “I’m sure that woman has found her a man by now, / but I’m sure that man aint’ nothing but a boy on a cloud.”
However, quickly after such a dirge, Clark captures the morning after such a hellish night. The electric guitar is lite and the pedal steel delicately furnishes a perfect texture for hope. “I’d go to sleep when the sun came up, / the moon was my sun / I’d wake up at three in the afternoon, / Then I’d have my fun.” The drums hit in just right the time as Clark sings of an afternoon after church on Sunday. The song is eloquently captured with a melodically played pedal steel and twinkling electric guitar leads. The true gem is the choir of voices singing with him the final verse. “Anna Mae” turns the volume to eleven with rumbling, pacing drumbeats and more fuzzy, southern guitar work. The singer has found darkness, seen the light he needs to find and now, finds himself desiring to save what is left of another love’s life. “Oh, Anna, / Let me carry your burdens for you / oh, Anna Mae, you know if I could, I’d be there today.”
“Flowers Die at Night” returns to a singer, regretful for holding onto a bittersweet love. Clark returns to similar, soft tones as “Stories” as he tells of spending too much time on dark thoughts and poor choices for friends. In honest chorus, Clark sings, “Oh, its such a shame when you realize / You are alone / And, oh, I’ve lost track of time / I can’t see that clock through the cigarette smoke, / My smoke.” The pedal steel continues to soar, drawing the song closer to a hopeful realization.
“Seattleville” finds Clark telling a story of a man who worked on a farm he encountered who could “write any song that he heard in his head, / and the words would come out / like a beautiful woman resting on a bed.” Relying on the acoustic guitar, the song is a beautiful narrative for a major influence in Clark’s life. And I believe it is here where the album starts flourishing as he relates this story to a young man wanting more out of life than working on a farm. Other instrumentation is sparse except for playful brush strokes underneath the warm acoustic and a perfectly placed fiddle.
The last song on “Southern Hotel” is a cover from Greg Kendall, which was written for the film “Bandwagon.” Clark’s version stays true to the version played in the film, but Clark delivers his vocal having experience the song’s true moment of doubt and confusion. This is a fantastic way to close “Southern Hotel” because from Clark’s experiences he still holds out hope for his lost love, but there is a truth in his voice. He doesn’t have to run after her anymore, but knows it is good to follow your heart. Captured in Prime Recording in Nashville, TN, Clark intentionally relocated his project from his hometown to clear his headspace. When asked what he wanted to say with this record he said, “I want people to know that I am still here. I am not some kid with guitar.” And from this collection of songs from Clark’s “Southern Hotel” shares how his experiences have made him more than some kid with a guitar.
Bio by Mike Blair, M.F.A., VCFA
James Ethan Clark's first, full-length recording “Southern Hotel” is an intrepid collection of songs about a young man’s coming of age in a bleak, southern landscape.
As a writer and performer, Clark draws inspiration from an eclectic melting pot of genres ranging from progressive rock, folk, soul and influences from his Grandmother, who was a Gospel recording artist in the 70’s and was a church choir director for 20 years.
Hailing from North Carolina, Clark recorded the album in Nashville with Joe Giotta on percussion, Wes Langlois playing lead guitar and pedal steel, Chris Miller on bass, Joel Heumann singing background vocals, and Kristin Weber on Violin with guest background vocals from Ricky Dale Braddy and Mackenzie Elliot. “Southern Hotel” released on April 2, 2013.
DEAD POET SOCIETY @ THE SALOON
Dead Poet Society @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
1930's Rock n' Roll.
Listen Here: http://deadpoetsocietyofficial.bandcamp.com/
Chris Cornell meets Jack White in an underground speakeasy.
Four students from all over the country that met in Boston. We are one hundred percent independent and just finished our summer tour. Music Videos and a new EP are coming this winter!
"Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are nobel persuits are necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, and love...these are the things we live for."
THE BUCHANAN BOYS @ THE SALOON
The Buchanan Boys @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
The Buchanan Boys have shared the stage with The Black Lilies, Mountain Heart, Matt Stillwell, Blackberry Smoke, Thompson Square and Justin Moore. Performing at popular venues such as The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC) and Hard Rock Cafe (Nashville, TN) as well as large outdoor festivals like CMA Fest (Nashville, TN) Bele Chere (Asheville, NC) and Fall for Greenville (Greenville, SC) the band has continued to expand their fan base throughout the Southeast.
In 2011 they won favor with award winning producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean) and secured a slot as one of the house bands in a competition @ Nashville's world famous Wildhorse Saloon.
The music at each show is a WIDE and sometimes surprising variety of covers but also includes our "modern country" originals. The band is sure to bring a good time to any venue or event!
Looking for a countrified rock and roll good time with a twist? Then look no further than The Buchanan Boys! Hailing from the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, the five-piece band owes its sound to the blend of each member’s eclectic tastes in music. With a style similar to that of current mega stars like Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, the band effortlessly mixes different genres into a tasty recipe sure to leave the listener satisfied and craving more!
Founding members Chris Pressley (lead vocals / acoustic guitar) and Neal Morgan (backing vocals / electric guitar) both have deep-rooted histories in the Appalachian Mountains with families that settled in Jackson County over 100 years ago. Adam Blythe (lead guitar) Sam McCarson (backing vocals / bass) and Michael Cannon (drums) now call the same mountains home after attending Western Carolina University and embarking on several musical projects together. Not a single member of the group carries the name “Buchanan,” so the band is often asked where the name “The Buchanan Boys” came from? Call it fate or strange coincidence, but as Chris and Neal became friends, they soon discovered they both had a grandfather with the name Frank H. Buchanan, two different men that lived in Jackson County a few miles apart, hence The Buchanan Boys, a tribute to their grandfathers.
Divine intervention may have played a part in the five individuals coming together, since the band can trace it’s beginnings back to a small contemporary church called “The Summit.” It was there in the small community of Cullowhee, the guys found their groove and began toying with the idea of forming another band and writing original music. Since 2009 the band has been expanding its reach throughout the South. Whether they’re bringing the party to famous clubs (like the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN and The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC) or having a foot-stomping good time with families at big outdoor events (like the NC Apple Festival and SC Strawberry Festival) The Buchanan Boys continue to garner new fans with each show. While they are an original band, they also cover a long list of influences in their sets ranging from Country, to Rock, to Pop and R&B. Their originals come from collaborating as a band and are written from life experiences. Be it a hillbilly good time on a song like “Out of Control” or a heart felt story of life lessons as told in “The Good Things,” each song is sure to invoke a response from the listener.
JORDAN ALLEN & THE BELLWETHERS @ THE SALOON
Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers is a folk group based out of London, KY. It consists of Jordan Allen, Caleb Blair, and Justin Riley. They are influenced by Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, The Beatles, and The Steeldrivers.
THE DIZZY BANGERS & JD AND THE SMOKING GUNS @ THE SALOON
The Dizzy Bangers @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
With special guest:
JD and The Smoking Guns
The Dizzy Banger
The Dizzy Bangers are an American rock band currently based in North Carolina. They have the sound to fill big rock arena's with driving guitars & larger than life drums. The wide array of influences, in their music, reveals the like of Hendrix, Zeppelin, Floyd, QOTSA, and even NIN. Currently a duo of multi-instrumentalists Jimi Dharma and Chad goings a full band will be forming and touring the US in support of Dizzy Bangers first album "Era of Heathen," due this fall 2013.
APPLE BROTHER'S BAND @ THE SALOON
Apple Brother's Band @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
CANDID COAL PEOPLE @ THE SALOON
Candid Coal People @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk
Derick Thompson - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Braden Neugebauer - Vocals, Electric Guitar
Obe Golding - Banjo
Hometown: Athens, Ga
MORGAN RILEY BAND @ THE SALOON
Morgan Riley Band @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Morgan Riley Band" is a Country Rock Pop band comprised of local musicians from Greenville South Carolina. They can rock out with a full band or an acoustic show. The band will blow you away with a beautiful ballad and make you want to get up and dance with their upbeat tempo songs. They are similar to the Band Perry, Sheryl Crow with a rock edge of Alanis Morisette. They are taking the music industry by storm every time they perform. Morgan Riley is originally from Maryland. She has been singing and writing songs since she was a little girl. She started out singing for weddings and anniversaries at a very young age. She has performed in huge arenas like the Kennedy Center and has written and recorded lots of originals that you can find on every digital site. Morgan was born to be a singer/songwriter. She can belt out a power house song or sound like a beautiful angel while performing a ballad. She recently formed her own band called the "Morgan Riley Band". She teamed up with guitarists Alan Slack and Stevie Kirby. They play shows all over the Carolina's. Alan Slack grew up in a musical family, that encouraged him to follow his passion. He taught himself to play guitar while attending college and has lots of stage experience. Whether it's a slow song or a fast song he is always so passionate in his guitar playing. He is a natural born entertainer and he loves playing on stage with The Morgan Riley Band, it gives him a huge rush and they put on one heck of a show. The lead guitarist in the Morgan Riley Band is Stevie Kirby. Stevie comes from a family of musicians. He was just born with the talent. He was raised on 70's and 80's rock music. One of his influences is Van Halen and it inspired him to start learning the guitar. Stevie has been pursing a solo career for years and he has lots of stage experience. He also has a talent for singing which is another special addition for the band. Now that the Morgan Riley Band is expanding and playing all over they recently just added an awesome bass and drummer to the mix. Tommy Casey is not only amazing on the bass guitar but he is very fluent in rhythm and lead guitar as well. Tommy has been playing since he was 16 years old and his inspirations are Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, and Led Zeppelin. Tommy definitely brings a rock edge to their music with lots of stage experience. He is so thrilled to be apart of the Morgan Riley Band. The new drummer is Sean Lock. Sean Lock is the youngest one in the group but wow he sure is talented. He is amazing on drums and he can play every instrument just as great as he plays the drums. Sean started playing drums at the age of five and was influenced by one of his favorite bands Metallica. He has lots of experience on stage and he has played in several bands. Sean can play any style from Funk, r&b, rock, country and he loves being apart of the band because it gives him a chance to express all of his talents. Morgan Riley Band not only connects musically but they have so much stage chemistry together and they act like a family. Morgan calls all these guy's her brothers. With all their passion and creativity they are currently writing and getting ready to release their new Ep. Their very first single is called "Was it You" and it's going to be released on every digital sight in October 2013. One of the songs on the Ep is called the Rowdy Shoutin Cowboys. It's a huge country rock anthem and every time they perform it, it's becoming a favorite of their fans. Their Ep will be released in 2014 and they say it will be epic so just watch and see!
DIRT POOR @ THE SALOON
Dirt Poor @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
CRANFORD HOLLOW @ THE SALOON
Cranford Hollow @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Eric and John began playing together almost 3 years ago as a Sunday night installment at a small bar on Hilton Head. The blend of vocals and fiddles was something they felt worked right off the bat and added a rhythm section. The music was original and pure and something that seemed to speak to rowdy whiskey fueled crowds at bars around coastal South Carolina and Georgia. With 2 albums and many miles on the road, Cranford Hollow is looking to become a nationally touring act as soon as possible.
A boot stomp on a dusty bar floor. A clang of a whiskey bottle at last call. A holler from a crowd in need of an encore.
It's grit. It's sounds of the South. It's Cranford Hollow.
A blended mix of Southern Rock, Appalacian Fiddle Music and American Rock and Roll
It's music from now and years past, harkening to our country's rugged and untamed infancy.
It's music woven into our history. Our music remastered for the 21st century.
South Carolina's Cranford Hollow has been touring the southeast for two years (previously know as Cranford & Sons)
They now have two albums and many miles under their belt and are looking for westward expansion.
Please look for their new self-titled record out on Swampfire Records this fall.
JOHN BRODEUR @ THE SALOON
John Brodeur @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
John Brodeur's latest solo LP, Little Hopes was released August 13 and is available everywhere on Mr. Duck/Sojourn Records, with distribution by Nail/Allegro. The culmination of several years of writing and re-writing, recording and re-recording, Little Hopes finds the restless performer tackling both matters of the heart and battles of the soul. These 10 recordings balance the artist's expansive arrangement instincts with his love of lo-fi recording techniques, matching introspective but relatable lyrics to simple, memorable melodies. The result is a confident, tuneful collection that brims with personality—the sound of an artist staying unapologetically true to his own vision.
Brodeur performed, produced, and mixed Little Hopes primarily himself, with input from Troy Pohl (Sean Rowe) and Dominick Campana (Dryer). Recording took place at several upstate New York studios and bedrooms and at Brodeur's home studio in Manhattan, using 4- and 8-track cassette machines, Pro Tools, and other recording devices. Mastering and additional mixing was added by Grammy winner Michael Tudor (Duncan Sheik, the Strokes) at Mama's Place in Woodstock, NY.
Lyrically, the songs on Little Hopes are bound by the common themes of self-improvement and second chances. "Customarily, to say one has 'little hope' is to say they are in a dire situation," says Brodeur. "By pluralizing the phrase, I wanted to focus on the ideas and dreams we cling to when we are at our lowest points—the little hopes that help to pull us out of those dark places."
Little Hopes is just one entry in Brodeur's busy itinerary. Over the past few years he's collaborated live or in the studio with a dozen acts, including U.S. tours drumming for Australian rockers The Morning After Girls and rekindled shoegaze band Highspire; plus stints as bassist for Brooklyn power-pop outfit The Robin Electric and as lead guitarist with psych-blues duo Golden Animals. In 2012, Brodeur made a cameo appearance in the surreal "Lazuli" music video by Beach House.
This year, Brodeur has appeared at the S.S. Cape May Festival (NJ), Move Music Festival (NY), and Hudson Music Fest (NY); and played tour dates with Todd Park Mohr, Trixie Whitley, Goldspot and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
ABOUT JOHN BRODEUR
Since announcing his arrival with 2001's Tiger Pop, New York-based recording artist John Brodeur has produced a series of critically praised recordings as a solo artist and as frontman for power-pop trios The Suggestions and Maggie Mayday. Brodeur is a one-man band, in the tradition of Todd Rundgren and Jon Brion, and his work has earned comparisons to Elliott Smith, Beck, Matthew Sweet and Robyn Hitchcock. Live, his presentation combines classic troubadour stylings with manic feats of looping and layering.
Brodeur has toured or shared stages with Greg Laswell, Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Scud Mountain Boys/Joe Pernice, Glenn Tilbrook, TV On The Radio, O.A.R., Mike Doughty, the Whigs, the Bravery, Gavin Degraw, and many more. He has performed at CMJ, SXSW, WordXWord (Pittsfield, MA), and Tulip Festival (Albany NY), and his music has been used on NBC, A&E, VH1 and Discovery.
"A fine mix of small studio magic and guitar-fueled power-pop with Brodeur’s always brilliant songwriting providing the glue. Stanza after stanza of world-class lyrics." -Nippertown
"You’ll want to play this LP over and over. Don’t miss it." -Powerpopaholic
“Power pop at its finest. . . . Pop records like this may be scarce, but when they are of this caliber, they won’t remain under the radar for long.” -Performing Songwriter
“A stoic sentimentalism that may well catapult Mr. Brodeur into the sort of alt-rock pinup status that [Lou] Barlow once enjoyed.” -PopMatters
"Well-crafted songs . . . fascinating imagery and personal lyrics with great musical arrangements." -The Inquisitor
"Musical mastermind." -The Saratogian
Indie-pop troubadour John Brodeur leaps effortlessly from quirky bedroom pop to epic guitar rock, and from matters of the heart to battles of the soul.
ANOTHER LOST YEAR @ THE SALOON
Another Lost Year @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
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With special guest:
Another Lost Year:
With 2 number 1 songs straight off of ClearChannel/iHeartRadio and exponential growth have helped launch the Charlotte, NC quintet known as Another Lost Year, in to one of the next big names in Active Rock. Logging over 22 months on a grueling tour schedule that has had ALY sharing the stage with Candlebox, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Adam Gontier, Trapt, Nonpoint, Deuce, Hinder, Saving Abel, Dope, Saliva, Devour The Day, Fight or Flight, and a list of others, ALY has made a ton of noise and turned many heads from deep within the beast known as the music industry.
In less than 3 yrs. time, scoring music for popular television shows such as NFL’s Opening Day on NFL Network (Patriots and Jets) highlight reel, Best Ink Season 2 (hosted by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy), MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals II, and many other, it is no wonder ALY has become a recognizable name in active rock. Filling airwaves throughout the country on the top stations including Sirius XM’s Octane, and landing on their weekly countdown for 5 consecutive weeks, nosing out the best in the industry, to include Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and Metallica.
With stats for days, it’s easy to think that ALY is merely a publicist dream, yet it is the consensus of the fast growing fan base and venue owners, that it is the high energy rock show and accessibility of ALY that makes venues fill up night in, and night out, no matter what night of the week. And it’s ALY’s relentless work and constant touring that will land them at no other place than at the top of an industry that most people believe is fading fast… Round 2….. Ding Ding.
DIRTIEST PLAYERS @ THE SALOON
Dirtiest Players @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
THE VALLEY ROOTS @ THE SALOON
The Valley Roots @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Born out of a blend of modern rock and southern soul, The Valley Roots are leading the way in the new revitalization of the "Muscle Shoals Sound." Hailing from the The Shoals area, The Valley Roots combine the best of the old and new schools in a unique sound that’s fashioned from southern rock, funkadelic rhythms, and sweet soul music merging together. When The Valley Roots make music, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
NETWORK CHARLOTTE @ THE SALOON
Network Charlotte @ The Saloon
Join us for our January 28th networking social as we hold our 5th event at the NC Music Factory - free parking and 8000 square feet of networking space! Sponsored by NC Business Builders. Free draft or glass of wine for the first twenty to arrive. Appetizer buffet from 6-7pm. Door prizes! "Look Who's Coming" visibility. Industry groups featured.
NC Business Builder socials are a great way to meet new people and to see who's networking in Charlotte! The spacious Saloon at The NC Music Factory features an interior capacity for up to 400 networkers. Then you can step outside onto Charlotte's largest patio and continue networking at the Tin Roof Bar which can accommodate up to 300.
While the Music Factory is just over a mile from Trade & Tryon, there is plenty of free parking throughout the complex! We will be incorporating some tools that will make it easier for members to recognize each other by industry as well.
Back by popular demand is the "See Who's Attending" feature that we introduced on our June event page. Check back to the registration page every so often to see who has registered to attend *. Naturally you can opt out of having your name and company listed; however, if someone has been looking to meet someone in your field (company, industry, etc.) why wouldn't you want to help them meet you?
Make plans now to attend our November 26th networking social. Early registrants can benefit from weeks of visibility on our highly publicized registration page. We look forward to seeing you there!
http://www.facebook.com/NetworkCharlotte ♦ http://twitter.com/netcharlotte
U-PHONIC @ THE SALOON
U-Phonic @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Originally from Montreal, Canada, U-Phonik relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2001. U-Phonik has since established itself as one of the best acts in the region. U-Phonik's music has been featured in movies and television shows as well as received regular air play on various radio stations in the US and Canada. They have consistently been choosen for regional compilation CDs. The band has performed at some of the areas top festivals as well as performing on the "Rock Boat" and at Austin TX's South by Southwest festival.
TANTRUM @ THE SALOON
Tantrum @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
TANTRUM was formed early in 2012 as a hard rocking band playing classic rock songs from the 70's to today. Founded by brothers Jody and Jim Edwards, the band continues to evolve and remains committed to bringing you the best rock show possible that's guaranteed to leave you wanting more. With the addition of new lead vocalist Joanna Llambias in late 2013, our horizons now broaden with a more upbeat set list while still keeping our classic rock roots! Look for some original TANTRUM songs in 2014 as we continue to evolve and grow. Our goal with every show is to make it all about you, our audience! Our future is brighter than it has ever been and we are ready for you to see what the new TANTRUM is all about! We will see you at a show real soon!
HAIR NATION AND DOCTOR FEELGOOD @ THE SALOON
Hair Nation and Doctor Feelgood @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
CALEB DE CASPER AND THE FOXY JAILVIXENS @ THE SALOON
Caleb de Casper and the Foxy Jailvixens @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Once upon a time, a young boy bound by the ever-growing restraint of society, found himself broken and searching for truth. Finding himself alone and unable to live up to those standards set by the world, he found a simple spark; music. From the moment he sat down at the piano, he felt the warmth and inspiration that only ivory keys could bring. For once in his life, he felt solace. This musical gift had broken the chains that kept him tied and allowed him to understand his strange affinity for the melancholy and macabre that had plagued his inner machinations. He voraciously devoured all music he could find, becoming trained in classical and popular music styles. Through the music, he found himself anew and born again. This reincarnation of a once frail individual would come to be known as Caleb de Casper. As this new soul developed, a fascination with glamour enveloped his existence. The darkness that had made him could be made less powerful if it were made beautiful. Beauty can tame the beast. Seeking all that shined, sparkled, and shimmered, his fascination became an obsession. Knowing what it did for his being, he decided to share music with the masses. He aims to wipe out inequality through existence, find beauty in the darkness, and tempt the demon inside everyone.
Caleb de Casper is an artist, and has even been known to describe himself as a piece of living art. He lives music, and breathes life into ideas that were given to him through his tumultuous life. His career began when he started playing the clubs of Charlotte with his Foxy Jailvixens to sparse crowds. Today, his stage includes packed festivals and venues all over the Charlotte area. Caleb de Casper recently released an EP entitled, FANGORIOUS, which he proclaims as, “the story of a beast transforming from dark to light”. He hopes to use his talent as a classically trained pianist and accomplished songwriter to express his views on what would make a better world. The rock opera style of his concerts captures the essence of ‘glamour horror’ flawlessly, and connects with the individual on a truly meaningful and deep level. This is where it all begins and nothing will stop him…
THE GALLERY & CHASING PEDESTRIANS @ THE SALOON
The Gallery & Chasing Pedestrians @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
SHAWN JAMES & THE SHAPESHIFTERS W/COUNTY GRAVES @ THE SALOON
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters w/County Graves @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters:
JUMPCUTS @ THE SALOON
Jumpcuts @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Jumpcuts began as the brainchild of Andy Shankman, a longtime fixture on the Baltimore music scene who cut his teeth working on tour for the band Lake Trout. Shankman formed the first incarnation of Jumpcuts after a flurry of songwriting activity that produced most of the songs on Electrickery. The songs were largely composed on guitar and then transposed to synthesizer, Shankman slowly piecing together tracks on MIDI with best friend and co-arranger Gideon Breidegam. The gleaming audio lines were then powered through amps, recorded, and given muscle by producer Rob Girardi (Beach House) and drummer David Bergander (Celebration) at Lord Baltimore Studios.
True to its title, Electrickery is a sneaky, cleverly assembled album that blurs the line between organic and electronic, played and programmed. Through its various live lineups, Jumpcuts has been driven by guitars, synthesizers, and even classically trained string players, and on record the songs operate somewhere between synth pop and brooding, bombastic rock.
ELONZO @ THE SALOON
Elonzo @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
with special guest: Sinners and Saints
RED SUN RISING AND SOMETHING CLEVER @ THE SALOON
Red Sun Rising and Something Clever @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Red Sun Rising:
Something Clever's first studio album, Walk Away, is a call-to-arms. The Charlotte, North Carolina five piece band has created their debut album and it's a bold, belligerent and bloody statement. Something Clever made a gritty, raw, relevant album that pulls no punches.
Since they burst onto the scene in 2011, Something Clever's hard rock presence is being felt every step of the way. Over the course of their youthful career, the band has had two acclaimed tracks including "Imperfections" and "Black and Blue" which helped propel the band to #1 in all voting categories at the 2012 Ernie Ball and Rockstar Energy Drink Battle Of The Bands for Simpsonville, SC. As rock music has evolved, so has Something Clever, and the band continues to connect with its fan base and stand as popular as ever.
The band released their debut CD, Walk Away, on July 7, 2012 as an independent recording. The E.P. was produced, engineered, and mixed by Michael Pepe, Mastering done by Dave Harris at Studio B.
The hard working band is one of the best live acts in the Carolina's. Something Clever can dominate a stage." Something Clever has shared the stage with Sum 41, Saving Abel, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Mark Slaughter, as well as many more well-known local and regional bands and has played before thousands of fans.
In July of 2013, Something Clever was asked by Charlotte's own WSOC TV Channel 9, to create a custom song for the High School Friday Night Football Show that would premiere on television through out the football season of 2013. They recorded the song, and created a music video at Concentrix Studios, in Charlotte. The song was recorded, mixed and engineered, by Fred Story, and Michael McGinnis.
RIVERSIDE AND LEPROUS @ THE SALOON
RIVERSIDE and LEPROUS @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Riverside is a way of expressing reflections, dreams and fantasies through music. It is an idea for exposing emotions, for an escape from the grey or unnaturally overcoloured reality. It is music inspired by a time, a place, a thought and a word, a figment of their own and other people's imagination. It is joy and sadness, a whisper and a scream.
The stunning cover art for LEPROUS' third album and InsideOutMusic debut, Bilateral, was created by Jeff Jordan (of The Mars Volta fame) and screams “prog rock!”, as interpreted by the genre's hard core aficionados. The music found behind it re-defines what it means to be progressive rock and / or metal, both for the devotees of the genre and the metal fans looking on from a safe distance.
With 10 years of making music under their collective belt, the Norwegian quintet are a unique outfit in that, while they embrace the prog rock and metal "requirements" as laid out by the fans, the band's sound is equally rooted in straightforward hook-laden metal. For every part Pain Of Salvation and King Crimson one may hear, there is an equal amount of Shining (NO), Devin Townsend and Opeth to balance it out. Not an easy task by any means, yet LEPROUS makes it sound effortless.
"I'm not to fan of following genres in general," says vocalist / synth player Einar Solberg. "I feel many people are putting too many limitations on their work in order to follow the conventions set by the genre they belong in. In my opinion, that's the kind of things that kills creativity. The term progressive music has been gradually diluted through the years, and now it seems like the only requirement for being labeled as a prog band is that you include one or two odd time signatures plus a virtuous guitar solo in your song. The bands that truly deserves being titled as progressive bands are the bands who dare breaking with the conventions. That being said, I'm quite comfortable being labeled as a progressive band. The prog crowd seems to be slightly more open-minded than followers of other genres."
Bilateral is a product of five-part musical inspiration LEPROUS have had a decade to refine, despite the young age (between 20 and 26 years) of the current individual musicians that comprise the group. The experience of recording and touring behind their 2009 album release, Tall Poppy Syndrome, only proved to benefit the band. Chosen as backing band for former Emperor frontman and countryman Ihsahn - a progressive black metal metal musician / legend in his own right – not to mention countless shows supporting heavy hitters like Opeth, progressive metal stalwarts Pagan’s Mind and symphonic metal veterans Therion in 2009 and 2010 proved that musical boundaries could and should be broken.
According to Solberg, there was no blueprint to go by in making Bilaterial, and no other bands that LEPROUS aspired to follow: "When it comes to inspiration we have no band that stands out being the main one. We listen a lot to different music, everything from Michael Jackson to Miles Davis to Meshuggah. And, of course, a lot of bands in between (laughs)."
The new album is loaded with surprises. New heights are reached with Solberg's smooth and clean vocals, and he adds a new dynamic to the prog metal world with the casual performance of intense growls as well. On the musical front, Bilateral never stays in one place too long. The title track is a dark progressive metal classic in the making, while 'Forced Entry', 'Restless' and 'Cryptogenic Desires' hint at updated interpretations of classic symphonic hard rock, the latter two featuring a blatant metal vibe. 'Waste Of Air', on the other hand, is an uncompromising stab of intricate hook-heavy aggression reminiscent of upstarts Protest The Hero.
Joining the band on the album is not only something as out-of-left-field as a trumpet (trumpets in heavy metal? Well, yes … why not?), but also a guest appearance by none other than living legend Ihsahn, formerly of Norwegian black metal pioneers Emperor; "After recording the trumpet for ‘Thorn’, we realized there was something missing in the song. Wind instruments doesn't do well in metal without a certain black metal legend to back them up," Solberg comments.
On the other side of the coin, Bilateral, skillfully mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren / Fascination Street (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X, etc.), echoes Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree on tracks like 'Mb. Indifferentia', 'Acquired Taste' and 'Mediocrity Wins'. Yet, for all the name-dropping that's done in the interest of a Bilateral overview, LEPROUS most certainly have their own identity. They aren't afraid of marching to the beat of their own hammer and anvil, or daring you to come along for the ride and look at prog metal in a new light.
ALL THE LOCALS AND RADIO BIRDS @ THE SALOON
All The Locals and Radio Birds @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
All The Locals:
It's been said the newest members of Atlanta's booming music scene have a sound that's a clear "amalgamation of blues, neo-soul, and rock-and-roll". Giving Pink Floyd and Maxwel a run for their money, All The Locals are no strangers to the industry. Atlanta-based producer, John Briglevich (who worked with the band on their newest set of rhythmically seductive songs), says, "...[their music is] hard to describe and that why I dig it. I'm scrambling to try and make this [EP] sound as good as they do live."
Praised for their effortlessly original and creative approach to songwriting, A.T.L's self-titled debut EP is due out later this year. "We all know good music when we hear it. [Our music] feels good", Deno, A.T.L's drummer extraordinaire, has commented. Well, Deno, the public agrees.
"Everybody likes a new groove or place to hangout…So, why not where the locals go? Atlanta-based, All The Locals, are shaped and molded out of the very bricks that make up their southern metropolis. With a soulful back bone, a rock n’ roll attitude, and a shaky blues breakdown of heartfelt lyrics, written by John Schmarkey, these four locals, including their unique family and crew, bring out the best of Atlanta’s real image.
In early 2011, Atlanta blues guitarist and acclaimed local live-sound engineer, Ty Barksdale, teamed up with Johnny to create a fresh new sound that took from all their favorite genres. To achieve the groove they were searching for they knew they would need to dig deep into the community and find out where the unsung heroes of the music scene really were. After coming back from a studio session near Atlantic Station in midtown, Ty stumbled upon a roaring, but seductive sound coming from a nearby soundstage humming through the park. Denorris Pennyman (aka. Deno), who already had an underground name for percussion in Atlanta’s soul/gospel family, had Ty’s ears buzzing. With a little social networking, Ty had arranged for Deno, Johnny and him to merge influences and create the “All The Locals” sound you hear today. Soon after, in early 2012, the trio began rehearsing for the first EP, which was yet to be named. Weeks later, Deno completed the back bone rhythm section by adding another local favorite in gospel/RnB game, Christian Camp, to play the bass. With incredible talent in many instruments and a touch that always lands in the pocket, Chris was a perfect fit for the new family . Since their formation in early 2012, Chris, Ty, Deno and Johnny have been inseparable, in and out of local recording and rehearsal studios, and even your favorite Waffle Houses, planning and focusing on their new found goals of playing music that will make people think, laugh and love.
Their freshman- self titled EP, was produced by John Briglevich (Shawn Mullins, Drivn n’ Cryin, James Brown, Outkast, Connor Christian) at Sonica Studios. It was completed in June of 2012, and was picked up by local industry within a week of completion and shopping. The tunes were ready to be sent to YOU within a matter of weeks. Since April, All The Locals have been nearly selling out 400 person clubs and bars with their unpredictable performances. The five song compilations, will take you on a rock/pop/RnB/bluesy rollercoaster ride. All The Locals thank you for continuing to support original music." - Redeye Distribution
Radio Birds is the new name, sound, and attitude of the band made up of Justin Keller, Chase Lamondo, Colin Dean and Jaz Dixon. www.radiobirds.net
Coming from different musical backgrounds and experiences, the four members of the band now called Radio Birds - Colin Dean (drums), Jaz Dixon (guitar), Justin Keller (vocals and guitar), and Chase Lamondo (vocals and bass)- are united by their passion for writing, creating, and performing rock n roll music.
“Jaz grew up playing bluegrass, Chase was playing with a hardcore band called Whoremouth when he started playing with us, I grew up listening to James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel and was really chasing the singer-songwriter path, and I'm pretty sure Colin has played just about everything under the sun,” said lead singer Justin Keller.
The varied influences helped inspire what fans hear on their newest self-titled EP. It is the first release from Radio Birds, although most of the members have been playing together recently as JK And the Lost Boys.
2013 marked a transitory period for the band; they added Colin Dean, changed their name, and went to work in the studio.
“I remember walking into a group with some minor achievements, a small but connected fanbase, and a good album that had been out for almost a year. But they were looking for something different--and starting something different, maybe, without even realizing it,” said drummer Colin Dean.
To complete this reinvention, they asked their fans, friends, and community for help in choosing a new name via an online voting system.
“Our fans are our friends, and they’ve always been a big part of everything we do, that’s why we wanted them part of this process,” said bassist Chase Lamondo.
The high-energy yet soulful sound of their most recent EP, which will be released on September 3, 2013 is a testament to the band’s musical progression and overall synchronization. Reducing the number of singer/songwriter compilations, the new album will have a full-band sound with the lo-fi purity akin to old rock-n-roll. Tracks such as ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘Heart Made of Gold’ incorporate heavy syncopation and tempo changes for a harder sound a la The Raconteurs. It is not an album that sounds the same all the way through; it is a collection of rock n roll experiments and testimony to Radio Birds’ increasing mastery of many sounds.
“The band is coming together and playing as a whole more than we ever have. The creativity is flowing,” said Keller. “JK and the Lost Boys was structured primarily that I would write a song then show it to the guys and they would add their parts collectively. Now, Radio Birds has taken that process to a whole new place. We are all writing together. Someone will bring an idea to the table and we'll all, collectively, deconstruct it to make a brand new song. While each song has an original writer, they have been altered and changed so drastically that the song can only belong to Radio Birds as a whole.”
Their lyrics as well as their sound display the way the members are becoming more mature; they sing of making mistakes, reinvention, guilt, and love. Narrative ballads such as ‘I’m to Blame’ and ‘Long Way Down’ are bare-boned and relatable with lyrics like, “Take a look at your troubles, see that you’re the only one to blame. Oh, it’s time for change. Take what you have, and throw it all away.”
Most importantly, Radio Birds will continue to bring the raw energy their fans love to stages all across the Southeast. And their vibes are contagious.
“We do know how to have a good time, always a good time--and we can put on one hell of a live show. Our live presence combined with our new EP, I think, brings us to where we are now--to Radio Birds,” said Jaz Dixon, guitarist.
Dean continued: “I don't believe a name has anything to do with what a band is about, but a band does have every say in what its name comes to mean. I look forward to creating it, to continuing to create; as it was a name born of change, so I hope the next time someone asks me, Radio Birds will mean something completely different than it does today.”
MATTHEW AND THE ARROGANT SEA @ THE SALOON
Matthew and the Arrogant Sea @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Matthew and the Arrogant Sea is the indie-pop brainchild of talented singer and songwriter Matthew Gray, guitarist Grant Phillips,percussionist Alexander Hughes, And Bassist Blake Vickrey. Over the years the band has received phenomenal reviews from Paste magazine, Pop Matters, Absolute Punk and Prefix Magazine as well as local nominations for best band, best record, best live act and best song.
Matthew and the Arrogant Sea continues to play shows nationally, write and record, and await the release of their sophomore album.
Matthew Gray began his young career as a solo performer playing locally while fine tuning his craft for songwriting. Before long it became apparent that his musical vision included more orchestration and hands; enter The Arrogant Sea. Watching them play together is a magical experience filled with dreamy omnichord pop and hints of folk psychedelia. On the strength of their live show and past EP, the band has created a strong following locally and generated great anticipation for their forthcoming album, 'Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian'. Slated for release October, 28th of 2008 on Nova Posta Vinyl, (Formed by fellow Dentonites Robert Gomez and Eric Pulido of Midlake) the 14 song odyssey is filled with melodious gems that evoke the experimental natures of The Flaming Lips and Animal Collective perched upon harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys and The Mamas and The Papas. Matthew and the Arrogant Sea's 'Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian' is sure to make great waves this year and for many to come.
OUTLAW CROWES, JAMSTAIN, DIZZY BANGERS & LAVAMP @ THE SALOON
JamStain @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Outlaw Crowes, Dizzy Bangers & LaVamp
JamStain formed in late 2009 from the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys of Los Angeles with one common goal- to play some good ol' music in as many cities as possible...Consistantly making tunes, playing shows and touring the country defines the momentum of the group. After countless tours and 2 full albums, nothing can stop this band.-so get your ass to a show:)
FUNKTAPUSS @ THE SALOON
Funktapuss @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Funktapuss is a five-piece groove factory that churns out smooth, sweaty New England style funk. Popping bass lines and hot guitar drive the bopping rhythm section, the backdrop to the band’s smooth, sexy vocals. With funky keyboards and saxophone added to the mix, Funktapuss keeps the crowds smiling and feet on the dance floor.
Make no mistake, Funktapuss has got chops. United States Naval veteran Brian “Beek” Vanderbeek is an accomplished musician. Mentored by bass legend Victor Wooten, Beek has spent time as a hired gun, backing up artists such as Jennifer Johns and Medusa, and recording with Satellite Grey. Multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tivey pulls double duty, playing both keyboards and saxophone. Tivey majored in music education at Berklee College of Music where he studied under Fred Lipsius, a Grammy award-winning artist known best as a member of the band Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Tivey also had the opportunity to learn from Bruce Katz and has had the pleasure of jamming with Jerry Portnoy of the Eric Clapton Band, Richard Dreyfus, David Garabaldi, Susan Tedechi, and Derek Trucks.
Building on a relationship with Beek and Tivey that dates back to their high school years, drummer Chris Santos helped form Funktapuss after earning a musical performance degree on full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Santos, Beek, and Tivey have also toured together as members of the Zach Deputy Band, playing high profile venues and festivals throughout the east coast. Self taught guitarist Tom Davis draws from a wide spectrum of influences that run the gamut from Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, to Jack White. The end result is fiery riffing that rears its mighty head, adding to Funktapuss’s “wow” factor.
Accomplished vocalist Latez Crawley rounds out the band. Coming up in both gospel and school choir, Crawley competed at the all-district and all-state level and performed at Walt Disney World. Crawley earned a degree in theater music from American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He went on to play major roles in various musical productions before joining Funktapuss in 2009.
From concert halls, to the bar, to the club, Funktapuss is a touring machine that brings the party wherever they go. They can rock a huge late-night festival crowd, or have heads bobbing in the jazz club. If you ever wondered what it would sound like if Stevie Wonder and Maceo Parker got together, you’re going to want to check out Funktapuss.
HANNAH ALDRIDGE @ THE SALOON
Hannah Aldridge @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Americana is the perfect concoction of American roots music that comprises our musical ethos as we know it today. It is something so engrained in our history, folklore, tradition, and mythology that it is not as simple as just "becoming" Americana, but rather, it is something that you are born into. It's that old cast-iron Coca-Cola sign that's been in your neighbor's shed for 50 years, a banjo and a Fender telecaster playing together, a 1955 Chevy with a modern stereo.
There are few artists that can truly encapsulate the essence and true range of Americana like Muscle Shoals artist Hannah Aldridge, whose musical pedigree precedes her and speaks for itself.
Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Alabama Music Hall of Famer Walt Aldridge, who is one of the most prolific songwriters of the modern musical era. Twice named by Billboard magazine as one of the Top Country Songwriters of the year, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and countless Number One and Top Ten hits recorded by the likes of Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Earl Thomas Conley, Ricky Van Shelton, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.
With sounds ranging from blues in the Mississippi Delta to the dusty, dixieland jazz sounds from New Orleans, the musical stylings of Muscle Shoals on up to the primitive roots of American Country music, Hannah Aldridge leaves no inspiration or influence untapped.
"I think people have forgotten what real drums and real voices sound like. We have been so overexposed to these pre-packaged "#1 hits" that when there is anything that has any glimpse of truth or rawness to it, it is like a fresh breath of air. Americana music really is lyrically driven and is meant to make people think, which is the total opposite of most of the stuff out there on the radio, so I think that naturally people are being drawn towards it." says Aldridge.
Besides being a seasoned staff songwriter for BAR Music with song placements in television shows like Hart of Dixie(CW) and recognition from American Songwriter as well as Relix Magazine, her vocal talents rarely go unrecognized, something that lends itself to being true to the Americana methodology of not using excessive "talent-enhancing" techniques in the studio or live. Both her natural and cultivated talent help her to emote with both listeners and musicians alike on a truly organic level.
Seasoned by both life events and musical events since the release of her first EP, "Wanderer" in 2011, Hannah's upcoming release "Born to be Broken" shows a stark difference of growth in musical sensibility, writing, and maturity.
Hannah has toured all across the United States and Europe gaining a grassroots movement of fans that wait in silent adoration of the return of their Americana Heir Apparent Princess of Muscle Shoals.
HIPSHACK @ THE SALOON
Hipshack @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Hailing from Charlotte, NC, Hipshack is a rock‐pop‐funk‐soul party band that's totally committed to keeping the dance floor packed. Known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of bands, they perform the classics, modern hits and everything in between. Their influences range from James Brown, The Beatles and Miles Davis, to The Police, Van Halen and Black Sabbath. These lifelong musicians display the highest degree of musicianship, while maintaining an intimate connection with their audience. With the ability to navigate vast musical territory, Hipshack is ready to entertain all who come!
JIVE MOTHER MARY @ THE SALOON
Jive Mother Mary @ The Saloon
JMM was started by Mason Keck and Seth Aldridge in 2005 in Burlington, NC. They began performing originally as a Power Trio, playing hundreds of shows and releasing an EP in 2007 and an LP in 2009, both with Grammy-nominated producer John Custer. Playing shows in NC, SC, VA, PA, NYC, SD, OH, and others helped the band to gain a following and hone their sound on the East Coast.
In 2010 Their good friend Tyler Schulz moved back to NC from West Palm Beach, Florida, and added his unique style of guitar and vocals. At this time, Will Sanders also began playing bass with the group. In 2011, the band moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend Musician's Institute and give the West Coast their unique brand and Southeastern Rock n' Roll. They are currently in the studio working on their third release.
PUSHH @ THE SALOON
Pushh @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
PUSHH is one of the most exciting bands to come out of Charlotte in recent years. We are five extremely talented musicians with dynamic lead vocals and incredible harmonies. We have a set list that features the hits from such artists as Rick Springfield, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Rolling Stones, Neon Trees, Def Leppard & Maroon 5 that will keep people dancing and having fun all night long!
PAUL PFAU @ THE SALOON
Paul Pfau @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Paul Pfau (rhymes with "wow") is a soulful singer-songwriter and guitar player from the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area. With hands like Hendrix and a voice that croon's with Sinatra's charm, Paul brings an authentic sound to the modern era. His unique approach to music combines british blues & New Orleans funk rhythms, with insatiable hook-driven pop melodies. After graduating from Shepherd University with an Economics degree in 2010, Paul decided to forgo the "9 to 5" in order to begin his career as a full-time recording artist and performer. By 2011 he was nominated Best New Artist by the Washington Area Music Association, opened for The Lumineers, and had the distinct pleasure of jamming with the Beach Boys.
In 2012 he began recording his debut full-length album "Happy To Be" on which he worked with award-winning mixing engineer Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band, et al) and award-winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Keith Urban, O.A.R, et al), but incredibly the collection of songs on "Happy To Be" reduce their presence to side-note status. "Happy To Be" sounds like a man having fun. Strong rhythms with blues undertones and a balls to the wall approach to singing and songwriting make this musical outing simply thrilling. If one measure of an artist's success is the intensity of support that artist receives from his fan base, then Paul's already off the charts. Asking, in his Kickstarter campaign to complete the record, for a meager $15,000, Paul raised $8,000 in the first 8 hours and another $10,000 in the following nine days.
Since then, Paul has been traveling up and down the east coast and across the southwest performing at some of the nations most prestigious clubs, colleges, and music festivals. Averaging over 180 dates a year, he has appeared on stages with blues greats like Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit, Bobby Parker, Maceo Parker, Anders Osbourne, and Devon Allman, as well as more contemporary groups like Vertical Horizon, Tonic, Stroke 9, and We Are Scientists.