Saturday night in NoDa


I spent this Saturday night with one of my favorite fun girlfriends in the historical arts district of Charlotte: NoDa (short for North Davidson Street).  Just wanted to tell you about a few of the hot spots we went to…First, we went to the Evening Muse for the “early” show. This small venue is a great place to catch some live music. On the weekends, they typically have an “early” show at 8pm and follow it up with a later show around 10:30. Check their website for upcoming shows.

Aslyn and Toby Lightman at the Evening Muse

We went to see Aslyn, a singer-songwriter extraordinaire hailing from Atlanta. Never had I seen such a combination of confidence &  talent behind a piano. She told touching stories to go along with the songs and paired up with sultry songbird Toby Lightman. Great set and lots of soul. Well done, ladies.

Next we wandered a few steps down the street to Solstice Tavern. This was my first time inside the bar and I was pleasantly surprised at the roomy patio bar that we found out back!  We didn’t eat, but a quick glance at their menu…looked yummy!

Finally, a few steps further down North Davidson Street led us to the infamous Salvador Deli. This place is a blast. We jammed *free* to a funky band outside the deli and mingled with some friendly locals. Of course, I have to mention my favorite NoDa eatery, Cabo Fish Taco…what’s a night out in NoDa without grub from CFT??

Avett Nation


Originally from the Charlotte area, The Avett Brothers played their only remaining scheduled 2009 Charlotte show on Saturday night at Bojangles Coliseum. (although there are whispers of a NC New Year’s Eve show…shhhhh!)  They graced nearly 6,000 loyal fans with a  mix of old favorites and new tunes from their upcoming major-label debut album, “I and Love and You” which is due out in mid-September.

I was lucky enough to speak with Scott & Seth Avett and bassist Bob Crawford before the show. It was great to hear their story straight from the guys themselves. Did you know that Bob got the gig by responding to a newspaper ad and met the brothers in an empty parking lot to jam? Bob started playing with them in 2001, when Scott & Seth were fronting a neo-punk band named Nemo.  At the time, the brothers started a side project,  Nemo Back Porch Project, for which they added Crawford. They went on to list the many local clubs they played at like Midtown Sundries and The Money in Rock Hill.

So down to earth, yet opening for the likes of Dave Matthews Band this summer. This grassroots phenomenon is not to be missed! Pick up their new album this fall and join Avett Nation!The Avett Brothers

Lots to rock to…


Concert-goers in the Queen City are getting ramped up for a rockin’ weekend. Here’s a quick lineup of this weekend’s biggest shows. If I missed one, add it in the comments section.

Coldplay at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Colourslide at The Visulite Theatre
Perpetual Groove at the Neighborhood Theatre
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack at Amos’ Southend

Def Leppard/Cheap Trick/Poison at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
The Avett Brothers/Brett Dennen at Bojangles Coliseum (I’m going!)
New Riders of the Purple Sage at The Visulite Theatre
Pat McGee at Pavilion at Epicentre

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