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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
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.”
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.
Posted on Jan.29, 2015
Ghost 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.
Posted on Jan.29, 2015
What 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.
Posted on Jan.29, 2015
Call him the next Duane Allman or Jimi Hendrix, but whatever you do, don’t call Marcus King a child prodigy. Sure, the 18-year-old guitar shredder’s talent shimmers with the same resonance as his heroes, but he’s been wielding an axe since he learned to talk – he started playing when he was 2.
Marcus was born into music, gifted with steel-string DNA and two generations of men before him who nurtured the boy’s musical nature. Marcus’s dad, the slyly talented Marvin King, has been a force in Upstate South Carolina’s music heritage for as long as anyone can remember. Marvin’s father and Marcus’s granddad, Bill, played a big part, too. It was only natural, then, that the boy who got his first guitar (a Squier Strat) at age 7 would land his first paying gig a year later.
When he was 11, he joined his father’s Marvin King & The Blues Revival to open for Muddy Waters’s onetime bassist Mac Arnold at The Handlebar, the storied venue in their Greenville, S.C., hometown. Around that time, he also played on his dad’s critically acclaimed album, Huge in Europe. And when he was 15, the Marcus King Band opened for the legendary Johnny Winter. MKB’s most recent achievement came with the September 2014 release of Soul InSight.
Posted on Jan.29, 2015
Justin McCorkle, the only son of Marshall Tucker Band founding member George McCorkle, feels he was put here to play music and to bring that feeling that only a real song can bring to music fans. Justin has shared the stage with many stars of all types, from multiple Grammy winning members of The Zac Brown Band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, to Southern Rock legends. As a singer/songwriter and publishing company owner he has worked with and been groomed for success by some of the best of the business from Nashville, TN to Los Angeles, CA.
McCorkle is the lead guitar player for The Southern Boys Band from Birmingham, AL. When this band decided to take a step back from music professionally, McCorkle decided to get back to his roots. He was approached by Garage Door and Super Spin Records. When this record deal opportunity knocked, McCorkle opened the door. With a new recording project and tour dates on the horizon to support the new record, McCorkle needed a band. Not just any band, but a band that would bring the vision to life.
This band is Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Southern Rock, you name it, the influence is there. This comes by no other means than its members.
Alison Turner Watson, a Converse College graduate and board certified music therapist, brings flute and keys to the mix. Her soulful, yet controllably delivered vocals mesh right in. Her flute brings a totally different dynamic to the sound and keys round out the band’s production.
JJ Guerrieri brings his monster slide guitar that is in your face and something that is not easily forgotten. Guerrieri also shares the lead and rhythm duties with Justin. He has been a staple of the Spartanburg SC music scene for quite some time now and for good reason. He’s an incredibly versatile guitar player that excels at any genre of music.
Michael Johnson’s percussion style is certainly his own. Derived from metal and grunge influences Johnson has no problem falling back to the fundamentals of any style making him beyond versatile. Johnson is just as at home playing the blues as he is metal or country. For good reason, Johnson has been at the music scene for a number of years now and could be one of Spartanburg’s best kept secrets.
Michael Wilkerson, originally from Charlotte, NC, stays in the driver’s seat of this band with his smoky bottom end bass lines. Wilkerson is a blues fanatic and has a heart for soulful music in general. Being a grunge influenced bass player his style transitions quite well with some very innovative impressions on the overall sound.
Lastly Justin McCorkle brings the lead vocals as well as rhythm and lead guitar. McCorkle being a versed musician and in the music business literally all his life brings the ziplock to the sandwich bag for this band.
In a time of less and less recreation for everyone they bring a breath of fresh air-that feeling that only a performance from the heart and soul can deliver. The music is just a downright good time and a great feeling. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!
Formed in 2015, “Buck Shoals” is a five piece band that defies categorization. All of the members met, and are currently enrolled in, the music program at USC Upstate, where they are learning to hone their craft while submersing themselves in musical diversity. The members consist of Drew Spencer- Vocals & Guitar, Marco Taveras- Piano & Vocals, Dalton Guest- Drums & Vocals, Tripp Hammett- Bass, and Matt Neely- Guitar. During a Buck Shoals performance, the audience should expect both vocal and guitar harmonies, intricate rhythmic structuring, and improvisation. Buck Shoals strives to not be confined by genres or labels, which is made obvious in their original material.
Posted on Jan.29, 2015
Entertaining the southeast since 1996, Blackbeard’s Truck has come a long way since their humble beginnings. Formed originally by Grant Wooten and Mac Leaphart, Blackbeard’s Truck performed their first show for a high school graduation celebration. As time moved on and so did the guys to their respective colleges and universities, Blackbeard’s Truck followed Wooten to the University of South Carolina. Growing and ever changing with new musicians and their varying talents and skills, the band went from playing the typical fraternity show to playing in local bars and other special events, captivating audiences at every show. Through the years, the Truck has seen some come and go for various reasons but has continued to maintain excellent showmanship and entertainment for the audiences they play for with the talents of the members that have come to form what the band is known as of today, some of which have been a part of the group almost from the beginning. If Blackbeard’s Truck is missing a weekend of rocking out a venue near you, you can guarantee, they are writing, rehearsing, and recording their upcoming albums. The sophomore album BFL is available on iTunes.