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July 15th 8pm $10 David Childers and the Serpents

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

david childersThroughout his 20-year career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader, Childers has written about the tension between secular and religious impulses. His albums have always included songs of wild hedonism and uplifting faith but, as his new album, Serpents of Reformation,evolved, he found himself drawn to themes of salvation and repentance. “I wrote a few new gospel-type songs and the music took on a life of its own. The songs all look at the forgiveness that’s at the heart of Christian philosophy, even though you don’t see a lot (of forgiveness) in the world today.”

Childers usually tracks his records live, with minimal overdubs. This time, he let his son Robert and co-producer Neal Harper control the creative process. “I didn’t set out to make a gospel album,” David Childers says,  “I wanted to make a hip-hop record. I’d been listening to a lot of the stuff RL Burnside recorded late in his career. He had a lot of hip hop beats and electronic rhythms in the background. I told my son Robert, who knows a lot about recording technology that I wanted to do a record like that. We started by recording ‘Life of Jesus,’ a song I did with The Gospel Playboys in the 90s, and took off from there.

I first saw David Childers perform on a hot, humid night in July 2000 at the legendary Double Door Inn in Charlotte, NC. Most of the songs he performed that evening were filled with the subject matter of Jesus, damnation, salvation, the devil, forgiveness, and redemption. I will never, ever forget it. It was such an inspiration that the next day I wrote David a personal letter asking him if we could make a record together about those things in which he was singing about. We have been friends ever since. No record or manager contract. Just a handshake. 

It is my hope David’s greatness as a songwriter and artist will be recognized and appreciated by many in years to come. Please lend an ear to his latest release, ‘Serpents of Reformation,’ and experience for yourself the same power that moved me so, that mesmerizing Summer night some fourteen years ago.  — Dolph Ramseur

“David is the most prolific North Carolina songwriter alive. Everywhere I go people ask about him. It is great to see people constantly discovering this man and his massive body of work.” – Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers

More info and links

http://nodepression.com/album-review/david-childers-bone-rattling-roots

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/an-exclusive-first-look-at-david-childers-new-album_us_58e30df6e4b02ef7e0e6e022

http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/listen-david-childers-collar-and-bell

https://www.relix.com/blogs/detail/song_premiere_david_childers_run_skeleton_run

http://shutter16.com/run-skeleton-run-and-tales-of-bloody-bones/

https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/david-childers-run-skeleton-run/

https://glidemagazine.com/183953/introducing-david-childers-unique-creator-song-interview/

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2017/05/reviews/albums/david-childers-links

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Sept 23 Featured Artist “Magnolia Wing” 8pm

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

Magnolia Wind are an incredible, award-winning, husband and wife duo. Their unique combination of Americana, Rock, Country, and Folk provides a fresh sound on the Nashville music scene. Both being accomplished musicians, Chris and Kristen are able to switch instruments effortlessly to provide a much bigger sound than you expect from a duo. The two have captivated and connected with audiences everywhere they play.

Chris Butler – Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Kristen Brassel Butler – Vocals, Bass, Percussion

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“Past show” July/10th/8pm/$8, “Bombadil” from Ramseur Records (Home of Avett Brothers) Drew Spencer to open

Posted on Jan.29, 2015

Daniel Machalak, James Philips

NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, AUSTIN AND EVEN GAFFNEY.  Time to welcome these guys back for what will likely be the last time.  Like most of the performers we bring through, once they start packing seated 2,000 plus Music Halls, its hard to bring them back.  What would rock ‘n’ roll sound like if someone poked fun at it? It would sound like Bombadil, rock nerds from Durham, NC. Part blues rock, part folk, part who-knows-what, Bombadil sees the value in the nuance and the humor in the awkward moment, tackling music with an enthusiasm kind of like kids with their first instruments.

Happily, a regimen of relaxation and stretching exercises has Michalak’s pain under control, and the band is rebuilding its momentum. They spent most of 2012 touring and recording the songs that became Metrics of Affection. The album is their most melodic and adventurous outing yet, a cornucopia of styles marked by mischievously surrealistic lyrics and their familiar lush harmonies. Their inventive arrangements add funk, country, boogie woogie, rap, early rock and hints classic pop songwriting, circa 1940, to their already eclectic sound.

“We produced the album ourselves,” Robinson says. “We recorded in our house in Old North Durham. James [Phillips, our drummer] engineered it in our home studio. It’s the first time we recorded at home, instead of going somewhere to make a record. It was also the first time that we used drum machines, synths and samplers. James sang more on this record than ever before, Daniel rapped for the first time, Bryan wrote a cello part for the first time and I recorded pitched wine glasses for the first time. We all write songs and we’re not afraid of jumping out of our box to write any kind of song we like, whether it’s classical, hip-hop, punk or bluegrass.”

Bombadil - April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Spencer will be opening for these guys tonight.  Drew has been one of our founding musicians at our Tuesday Night Open Mic nights holding the attention of listeners with his soulful and somewhat Dylanish personality.

Photo by Patron Miller Photography

Photo by Patron Miller Photograp

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Jan 15th 9pm $5 Ghost Eagle, high energy, Appalachian rooted trio

Posted on Jan.29, 2015

Ghost EagleGhost Eagle is a high energy, Appalachian rooted trio consisting of drums, telecaster and amplified harmonica. Ghost Eagle brings a huge show in a tiny package. Front man Spencer Mckenna has been at the helm of several east coast touring bands (GrassMonkey and Welcome to Hoonah) and brings his authentic southern character to full light in this stripped down incarnation. Playing without a bassist has allowed the opportunity for the role of soloist to be shared with amplified harmonica player, Robby Carden. Robby has preformed multiple times with such acts as Dangermuffin, Yarn, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the Peoples Blues of Richmond, Larry and his Flask and has carved a formidable reputation as one of Virginia’s premier harmonica players and guest musicians. Ghost Eagle has opened for acts such as Paleface,Dangermuffin, Cornmeal, Bright Light Social Hour as well and been featured at several regional showcases and music festivals like the Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, Camp Barefoot, Front Porch Fest, Pink Moon,and Floyd Fest. After several tours throughout the the Midatlantic, Florida, Tennessee, and West Va, Ghost Eagle is looking to expand our fan base in support of the newest EP.

“These guys rock!!” – Bon Lozaga -Gong, Tiny Boxes, Soften the Glare
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June 10th 8pm $10 Pam Taylor & The Stolen Hearts, Off the Wall to open

Posted on Jan.29, 2015

stolenheartsclubWhat do you get when you cross two multi-talented, award winning, Charlotte area artists, both surviving troubles from their pasts and now telling their stories together in song…with a beautiful, “written in the stars” love story to boot?  You get Stolen Hearts! 

Pam Taylor and Robert Johnson Jr.  have stolen each other’s hearts and are now stealing the hearts of fans, young and old, everywhere!  Together, this dynamic duo is well on their way straight to the top and it’s no wonder with what these two have accomplished as individual artists!

Take a look at Robert Johnson Jr. , former founding member and front-man of local Charlotte area band, Moses Jones. Like his namesake, Robert Johnson Jr. has been to the crossroads and his songs illustrate his journey from the roots of his Westside Charlotte upbringing, to the spotlight of the Charlotte music scene. His songs reflect the days of his youth and also what every songwriter strives to do, tell a story. 
Having never had a single musical lesson Robert Johnson Jr. was given his first “real” 6 String Guitar at age 10. Rarely did one see him without it. Hard work and devotion to his personal responsibilities and his God given inner musical drive has given us this talented, humble man who now, since realizing that his dream is coming true, wants to tell us thru his original songs, the stories that make him Robert Johnson Jr. 

Winner for Best Singer/Songwriter 2014 Charlotte Music Awards

Nominated for Best Rock Male 2013 Carolina Music Awards

Nominated for Best Rock Male 2013 Queen City Music Awards

Feature in Americana Rhythm Music Magazine June 2014 Issue

Pam Taylor is a Singer /Songwriter/Guitar player from a small town in South Carolina, who is also 3rd generation musician.  Her grandfather is a singer/guitar player and her father also plays the saxophone. She grew up singing, playing piano, writing and often performed in plays and with choral groups. At age 18, her father gave her her first guitar, a Washburn acoustic, in which she taught herself how to play. After discovering she had a knack for songwriting as well, she hasn’t looked back. This has been a life-long dream of Taylor who has shared the stage with such artists as Los Lobos, Trampled Under Foot, Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Kofi Burbridge, Deanna Bogart, Elvin Bishop and Deborah Coleman…and that’s just to name a few!  It’s no wonder she’s making waves, in only 2 years on music scene the expressive singer already has multiple nominations and wins for Best Blues Band, Best Female Rock Artist, Best songwriter, Best Vocalist, Best Blues Rock Release (Hot Mess) from the Carolina’s all the way across the pond. Her debut release, Hot Mess, is getting worldwide airplay and the title track was even noted by USA Today as being one of their top 10 intriguing tracks. Her high energy live performances are drawing the attention of fans everywhere.

WINNER 2012 Charlotte Music Awards for “Best Female Rock Band” and “Best Blues Band” 
Voted Created Loafing Magazines Readers pick for ” Best Local Songwriter” 
1st Runners Up in the 2012 Charlotte Blues Society Talent Competition 
Nominated for Best Rock Female 2013 – Carolina Music Awards 
WINNER  Best Rock Female 2013- Queen City Music Awards 

OFF THE WALL

Always a local favorite. We have had Off The Wall open and headline over the past few yes here at the Capri Theatre. With Will on lead vocals and lead guitar, he is backed by the band featuring Rachael- rhythm guitar, vocals Marisa- keyboard, vocals Ethan- drums. This group demonstrates a soulful, bluesy and ease with innovations of both classics and new top 40’s. “Off the wall” is a sure sign that live music is going strong in the younger generation.

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