THE SALOON HEADLINES
WIEUCA @ THE SALOON
Wieuca @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
"A fuzz-heavy, slightly countrified version of the sort of wistful slacker-rock pioneered by Pavement and Dinosaur Jr." -Flagpole Magazine
"Wieuca is an OK band at best." -Jesus Christ
A phoenix rising from the ashes of the Dirty South, Wieuca was founded in an Atlanta basement in 2011. We relocated to Athens in 2012. In November 2013 we released our first album "There Is No Balance." Wieuca has shared bills with artists like Afroman, The Revivalists, Grammatik, Papadosio, The Werks, and New Madrid and have performed all over the southeastern U.S. and Texas, and plan to hit many more states and countries in the near future.
RA, ADAKAIN, AUXILIA, BEYOND AMENDS & RED EYED ROMANCE @ THE SALOON
RA, Adakain, Auxilia, Beyond Amends & Red Eyed Romance @ The Saloon
Starts @ 7pm
$10 Advance Tickets
$14 Day of Show Tickets
Red Eyed Romance
MY DARLING FURY, JESSE DENARO & ANIMAL FLAG @ THE SALOON
My Darling Fury, Jesse Denaro & Animal Flag @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Jesse Denaro writes simple songs about complex things: love, homelessness, faith, remorse, death, and God Himself. Phrases turn, emotions connect, and melodies soar. You sing along even though you've never heard the tune before. Jesse writes from an inner perspective wrestling with things he can’t change, yet knows his life has purpose when he cries out “Someone Save My Life.” Jesse’s song construction will take you to unexpected places but when you arrive you’re pleasantly surprised; as in the case of his recognition as finalist in 2009 Billboard Contest for his CD “Speed of Light." Jesse has a way of packing a venue as he draws the audience in with his unassuming style and genuine humility. You want to like him! And he delivers. Then you’re hooked. He has an uncanny way of crossing demographics from teens to thirty-something’s where they miraculously intersect at the lyrics, arrangements, and the infectious melody lines. When you listen to songs like “More Than Man” and sense his struggle with his purpose and his faith, you marvel that this is a man of only 20 years. With tens of thousands of downloads & iTunes sales, thousands of Vimeo YouTube hits, his fan-base stretches farther than he can physically.
Although Jesse toured extensively up and down the east coast from MA to FL, he's entertained audiences at Illinois’ Cornerstone Summer fest; packed coffeehouse venues in quaint Warwick; recorded material in Atlanta and honed his style in Savanna, Daytona Beach, and appeared on radio programs in Nyack, New York. Recently, Jesse has toured the east coast as the drummer with the band “von Wolfe.” He has been a featured guest on several radio programs including World Radio program in Nyack, New York.
As if he wasn’t busy enough, Jesse has finished his Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Full Sail University this summer. The satisfaction he gets from helping others grow in their gifts provides another area of satisfaction for this young man.
Jesse will succeed not because every song written will be a “hit” but because he has good taste and instinctively knows what hits an emotional “nerve”, what will be memorable, and what just “feels right.” You’ll agree when you find Jesse’s songs stuck in your head and slotted in your favorite playlist.
SHU*K IT BUCKET THURSDAYS @ THE SALOON
SHU*K IT BUCKET THURSDAYS @ The Saloon
Every Thursday Night
$10 Buckets of Oysters, $10 Buckets of Peel & Eat Shrimp, $10 Buckets of Domestic Beers
JON LINKER BAND AND OF GOOD NATURE @ THE SALOON
Jon Linker Band @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
THE PIT UNSIGNED PRESENTS @ THE SALOON
The Pit Unsigned Presents @ The Saloon
Starts @ 7pm
Beyond The Broken
Shadow of Myself
Shadows of Deceit
EDISUN, ZULU WAVE & CASEY WILLIAMS @ THE SALOON
Edisun, Zulu Wave & Casey Williams @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
When vocalist Ethan Isaac (then of the band Wooden) was introduced to guitarist Jonathan Svec (ex-Splender) by one-time partners Arma Andon and Claude Villani (Godsmack, RA, Petshop Boys, Sinead O’Connor), the two musicians became kindred spirits. They were both big fans of classic but divergent American rockers like Bruce Springsteen as well as European superstars like Led Zeppelin and U2. Once they got into the practice room to jam, their cumulative influences gelled into an explosive blend of motion and emotion that eventually became EDISUN's new self-titled debut.
The son of an NYC playwright, Isaac selected his remaining EDISUN brethren for many reasons. Bassist James Cruz is another New Yorker that brings complementary background vocals to the table and his edgy professionalism along with it. Prankster/Drummer Todd Budich doesn't fool around behind the kit – “he is the embodiment of passion and precision,” says producer Claude Villani from his experience working with Budich. Svec was looking for the right guitarist to complete the band's twin guitar assault and Joel Kelley was the perfect fit. His steadiness and technical ability completed EDISUN and they were ready to move forward.
It’s easy to see why. EDISUN’s wildly eclectic self-titled debut is passionate and euphoric, brimming with energy, attitude, melody and dynamics. “Wide Wake” kicks off the disc with a rhythm that ebbs and flows like the ocean at high tide and a guitar line that cuts through the vocals like barbed wire. “Right Beside You” builds from delicate strumming and ringing guitar tones into a shower of yearning vocals and cascading Beatlesy harmonies. And “To Die For” combines a sinuous, distorted blues riff and a deep, echoing bass line into a churning slab of molten volume heightened by Isaac’s impacting tenor vibrato. Isaac adds his own explanation, “‘Wide Wake’ and ‘Too Pretty,’ are good time rock and roll / Saturday night party songs. Our first single, ‘Medicate,’ is about how they make a pill for everything these days. You can feel pretty much any way you want just by medicating. Simply put, it is a call to take action and not just try to escape your problems.”
After hearing the diverse sounds of EDISUN, it begs the question - Why did it take five years for the band to record this album? The answer is that it took just a few months. The rest of the time was spent answering the 'call' to play for U.S. troops in the Middle East. Since 2005, Edisun has performed for tens of thousands of American soldiers in 20 countries. The band’s tours of duty include shows across Europe and the Middle East with five stints in Iraq alone.
Why did the military approach EDISUN, you ask? “I wrote a song called “Into the Sunlight” about the Trade Towers being attacked,” Isaac explains. “I was about 25 blocks away from the building that day... After people heard the song we got some press that caught the attention of the International Entertainment Committee for the Military and the Department of Defense. We were asked to do tours in Europe and the Middle East and couldn't wait to get out there.”
Their experiences talking to soldiers and interacting with each other impacted them deeply and inspired the lyrics to “Fly” and “Voices,” two of the many outstanding tracks from their self-titled debut. The soldiers that inspired them were inspired in return by the band’s style of heartfelt rock and roll. The more they played, the more seasoned they became as musicians. By the time they returned to the U.S., EDISUN had an abundance of material that was road tested and ready to record.
As they prepared to enter the studio to work on their full-length debut, they had something they hadn’t anticipated – the eye of the media, which admired their patriotism.“ Rolling Stone, Howard Stern, Charles Gibson from ‘World News Tonight’ and the Wall Street Journal all did stories on us,” Isaac says. “And [sports radio show host] Dan Patrick became a really big supporter. He has had us on his show and told his fans to check us out. That has been huge for us.”
With spirits soaring, EDISUN finally entered the studio in mid 2010 to track their album. The debut CD is produced by Claude Villani, a long-time EDISUN collaborator, and mixed at NRG Studios in Los Angeles by Jay Baumgardner. EDISUN not only captured the excitement of their live show and the cavalcade of emotions that come from being away from home in the middle of a war zone they created an aurally rich, musically diverse record that reflects the universal hunger, creativity and vulnerability of youth.
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.
SPEAKER @ THE SALOON
SPEAKER @ The Saloon
With special guest:
Starts @ 8pm
HEROES AT LAST @ THE SALOON
Heroes At Last @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
JON LINKER BAND AND LONERS SOCIETY @ THE SALOON
Jon Linker Band and Loners Society @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
REVEREND RED & DUANE MARK @ THE SALOON
Reverend Red & Duane Mark @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Reverend Red has shared bills with bands like Iggy and the Stooges, Goddamn Gallows, Bob Wayne, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Munly and the Lupercalians, T. Junior, Wayne Hancock, Offspring, NOFX, Old Man Markley, Dead Kennedys, Chop Tops, Calabrese, Dwarves, Aggrolites, Black Heart Procession, Ha Ha Tonka, Sublime, and many more.
"Since 2009 the Mojave desert based Reverend Red has built themselves a strong foundation through stories of old rural america and murder ballads for those who have been flavoring their liver with whiskey and resentment. They have played across the US including many national festivals, music venues, shady dive bars, and even a few pizza joints.
The people who make up the band Reverend Red are not only musicians but performers that create a musical experience and they demand your attention and participation. They bring theatrics to the stage and are not afraid to put themselves out there for the audience. Their shows have been described by the press as captivating and mesmerizing. They have seen a great amount of success on the road due to their live show and their fan growth and strong gig resume is proof of just that.
The band's sound is hard to put in a box, but the press has described them as Rockabilly, Country, Punk, Roots, Rock, and Americana which is usually accompanied by the words "Original" and "Enjoyable". These descriptions are all correct, as the band blends styles from each members significantly different background. This has opened many doors for the band to play with a variety of world class bands from a large spectrum of music genres.
Duane Mark’s musical philosophy is built on the idea that "a song that holds its own when played with one instrument and a vocal is the foundation for a great musical composition." He shares his stories with the conviction of a soapbox preacher, moving along a broad range of vocals that vary from a whiskey rasp to a honey smooth melody. While the vocals draw you into the story being told, the adept instrumentation roots you in the music. This acoustic driven music is a perfect complement to a wide variety of musical genres, whether it be a concert event dominated by Country, Hard Rock, Folk, Punk, Americana, Rockabilly, or otherwise. Simply put, this music is relatable to a medley of life's characters.
NETWORK CHARLOTTE MEET & GREETS @ THE SALOON
Network Charlotte Meet & Greets @ The Saloon
Network Charlotte Meet & Greets are a great way to meet new people and to see who's networking in Charlotte!
There will be a free appetizer buffet from 5-7pm as well as some door prizes for those who attend.
Visit the group’s event page at http://cauble.us/1cCqsXj or go to http://www.networkcharlotte.org
You can interact with our 25,000 members on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Network-Charlotte-1883330/about
Twitter at https://twitter.com/netcharlotte
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NetworkCharlotte.
DIRT POOR @ THE SALOON
Dirt Poor @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
JON LINKER BAND & LOS COLOGNES @ THE SALOON
Jon Linker Band & Los Colognes @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
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.
U-PHONIK @ THE SALOON
U-Phonik @ 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.
ANGELIGHT @ THE SALOON
AngeLight @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
With special guest: TBD
AngeLight was formed in the fall of 2008, and started touring regionally at the beginning of the 2009 year. With a solid EP, and constant radio play on stations across the US, they soon found themselves performing with many of today's top national acts, and traveling all over the east coast.
We all struggle. No one is perfect. AngeLight touches base on everyday issues like suicide, depression, loneliness, addiction, family, love...and more. They write music that people can relate to, and want to connect to their audience in a way that an ordinary performer cannot. Through their own struggles, with these same issues, the members want to use their past to create a positive impact on this world.
you can purchase a copy of our NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM here: http://www.reverbnation.com/store/view_item_album/artist_869021?item_id=1797284
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!
MEN'S SHELTER OF CHARLOTTE FUNDRAISER @ THE SALOON
Men's Shelter of Charlotte Fundraiser @ The Saloon
Come help raise awareness and support the less fortunate of Charlotte.
Donations and proceeds will be given to help the cause.
Live entertainment will be provided by:
Small Talk Assassins
Make sure you enter to win door prizes and gift certificates.
NELO AND MELODIME @ THE SALOON
Nelo and Melodime @ The Saloon
Starts at 8pm
Music is hard work when you take it seriously. Amidst an endless sea of other young bands, it takes tenacity, charisma and something unique yet relatable to shine. The work is hard, but the reward is sweet. Just ask Nelo. After a few years of grinding it out on the road and in the studio, Nelo finished a brand new album and an authentic American rock band was born.
“Nelo”, the new self-titled L.P. has a target release date of February 4, 2014. It is a big, bold, evocative ensemble of sounds that somehow feels edgy and alluring at the same time. And this record is perhaps truer to the band’s roots than any of the other recordings that Nelo has produced in the last few years. The album is packed with effortless live energy, but the story of how it came to be is not so easy.
The band essentially recorded off and on over a year and a half when not on the road. Matt Ragland, the band’s primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist, produced the album and was adamant that no idea go untested. The result is a very personal record that deserves to be self-titled.
Nelo, named for a strategy in the card game Spades where one loses every hand in order to win big in the end, is led by the team of Matt Ragland and Reid Umstattd (lead singer). The name of the band draws likeness between the strategy in the game and the experience of songwriting, where one often takes the loss and pain experienced in life and uses it to create something distinctly positive.
Ragland and Umstattd met as kids at a summer camp outside of Austin, TX but did not become friends until years later. Ragland, who had begun writing songs, heard Umstattd sing by chance one day during a camp retreat, a pivotal moment for the duo that soon developed into a deep musical bond and friendship. By the time the two had graduated college, Ragland had already written multiple albums worth of songs and asked some musician friends from high school to join forces and form a new band.
In 2009, Nelo released “Two Years Ago”, an EP produced by Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt) and recorded over 4 days at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio outside of Austin. The band began touring extensively making stops at Austin City Limits Music Festival, South by Southwest, and CMJ Music Festival. The following year the band released “Ordinary Scene” (2010), a full length LP that Ragland produced himself. The record was mixed by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Steve Lillywhite) and debuted in the top 5 of the ITunes rock charts.
Perhaps the best part about the Ragland/Umstattd dynamic is that crowds can feel that they are a team. Ragland’s songwriting is hard to describe. On the one hand it’s faintly familiar, but on the other you’ve never heard this before. His lyrics are packed with content and meaning, and one gets the impression that his songs need to be written. Whatever he’s searching for, it’s deep and not often found in rock music. Umstattd’s singing is equally as inspired. He sings with an ease and passion that would make the best of singers jealous. He’ll leave you saying to yourself “that guy was just born to do that.”
David Sierra (drums), Matthew Muehling (guitar/bass), and Dave Scher (also guitar/bass) complete the team and their level of musicianship is world class. Nelo has been compared to an array of acts including Kings of Leon, The Killers, Dave Matthews Band and Eddie Vedder due to their positive, powerful live energy coming from tight, cohesive songwriting and a healthy dose of improvisation. This is a deep, honest, and energetic rock band that’s not afraid to smile.
Most upcoming bands have dreams of fame and fortune, scoring No. 1 hits and platinum records, and becoming a household name. And, there's nothing wrong with that. But, MELODIME, a rock band that blends haunting bittersweet melodies with emotionally rich vocals atop a bed of Southern-flavored alt rock, is not like most bands. Instead, MELODIME has something bigger in mind. Rhodes explains, "There are so many bands trying to do the same thing. But we want to do something with our lives beyond the music to show people that you don't have to be famous to make an impact in this world."
The project that's helping MELODIME accomplish that goal is their new album, "Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide." With the album fully funded by their loyal and ever-growing fan base during their “Make an album, change a life” campaign, the band is donating 100% of the profits from album sales to a non-profit foundation they started called Now I Play Along Too, which provides musical instruments and education for orphans, victims of disasters, and underprivileged kids locally and around the world.
Inspired by the gift of an anonymous person, they are continuing that story and putting instruments into the hands of people who would've never been able to afford them. The band is living the idea of looking outside yourself described best in, "Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide," their thematic record about coming together, regardless of our differences, to do some good. "The album carries strong themes of redemption and has songs about picking yourself up from your boot straps, using those past mistakes and failures to make yourself a better person to help people who may be 'lost and broken' so to speak." says Rhodes, who adds that the theme picks up where the 2011 album "3 Reasons For Fighting" left off.
MELODIME is what's missing in music today - a band that tells stories from their deepest recesses of their hearts and souls; a band that seamlessly blends the musical past with the sounds of the future, and a band that isn't just making an album for the greater good of their band. "Make an album, change a life." It's not just a campaign slogan; it's their life goal.
COPIOUS JONES @ THE SALOON
Copious Jones @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
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!
COVER OF AFTERNOON @ THE SALOON
Cover of Afternoon @ The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
Fully formed in July, 2011. Cover of Afternoon began writing songs together in early August. The foundation of the band started earlier, as Alex and Allen played as an acoustic duo using the same moniker Cover of Afternoon. Alex and Allen made it to the finals of the New Brookland Tavern Acoustic Rock Challenge, and qualified to perform at the Ale House Battle of the Bands. Reid Mewborne completed the group. Continuing their evolution, CoA developed a heavier, and darker sound with the introduction of electric guitars with some crunch. Their first EP, Cover of Afternoon, released with very positive results. CoA won Rock 93.5's Acoustic Challenge in 2013, won the 2013 MusicLiveWire song of the year, and have been nominated for a South Carolina Music Award for best rock group. Their first full length album is set to release on October 18th, 2013.
VULTURES @THE SALOON
Vultures @The Saloon
Starts @ 8pm
With Special Guest:
Hailing from the Northeastern United States Vultures, consisting of members brought up through different scenes has found common ground in their drive to make music. Although the band struggled through member changes early on there are now putting them selves behind their debut full length Empty Sky | Hollow Earth (released October 31st 2012). Originally meant to be two separate EP released this full length album contains over two years of growth from the earliest incantations to their most recent works. Empty Sky (tracks 1-8) are based around early concepts built by the band to reflect individuals trials and tribulations through growing up surrounded by drugs and violence. Much of the music is self-reflective and address band members previous relationships with one another prior to the development of the group. Hollow Earth is an extension of this concept it both reflects and feels more current and updated as the group wanted to reflect on their growth.
LEADVILLE SOCIAL CLUB @ THE SALOON
Leadville Social Club @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
Bob Graham has been writing songs for over 10 years, keeping them in a sealed Dukes Mayo jar in his attic. With the encouragement of guitarist/music partner in crime Chris Edwards and long time Charlotte song writer Bill Noonan, he formed LEADVILLE. Randy Saxon and Geoff White of David Childers & The Over Mountain Men fame, made up the original core of the group. As other players made their way in and out of the group depending on the night, the "Social Club" label just seemed to fit the vibe of what was developing. Currently, White and Edwards are joined by veteran drummer Eric Howard and upright bass player Master Kory Dudley. Graham feels lucky that his songs surfaced from that mayo jar in the attic into a life of their own. Leadville ain't about the destination...its about the journey.
PAUL PFAU @ THE SALOON
Paul Pfau @ The Saloon
Starts @ 9pm
With special guest:
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.