The uplifting sounds of Silver return to Charlotte this weekend

Special to The HeraldApril 2, 2010 

On this Easter weekend, hippity hop to uplifting music events like Silver, which is returning to the Queen City on Saturday for their first outing at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte.

This power trio, based in Raleigh, N.C., but with Charlotte roots, is Patrick Downing, guitars and vocals; Brent Francese, drums and samples; and John Enzor, bass.

These musicians are adept at exerting a pull that's progressive without scaring off the straightforward rock fans.

Silver is a rich, blended and somewhat insurgent strike of influences along the lines as Radiohead, Needtobreathe, Rush and King's X.

Listen to their song "Ghosts" that haunts much the same terrain as chart-toppers Muse; the track "Bloodstream" echoes symphonic rock dynamics similar to late 70's powerhouse and cult fave Glass Moon, also a Raleigh-based band.

A new Silver album is in the works.

"We've been experimenting with sounds, how the songs are structured and assembling new music in sections, like old jazz records with four songs put together in parts to tell a story," said drummer Brent Francese. "That's how we plan to format the new album."

While the end result is still undecided, the three musicians have been recording as well as working "to resolve the ideas while experimenting with song titles and concepts."

Regarding Saturday's show, "This is probably our biggest show in Charlotte," Francese said. "It's the first time in the venue, and with a hometown band, The Noises 10, we're very excited."

Silver will perform as special guest openers for favorites The Noises 10. The Visulite Theater is at 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Call (704) 358-9200 or check for details. For more on the bands and music, visit;;; and

Red All Over rolls tonight into The Money in Rock Hill to mark its territory with a colorful blend of "Brit-pop, shoegaze and trip-hop." Moody and broody, this Charlotte-based collection includes Eliza Grey, vocals; Jarrett Bury, keys, bass and programming; Brian Fetner, drums and percussion; Jordan Wiebler, keys and synth; and Chris Hendricks, guitars.

They count influences like Joy Division, The Stone Roses, Portishead, The Cure and My Bloody Valentine, yet they revel in their own admitted status as "a black sheep" band. Red All Over seems to balk at attempts to categorize their music. One similarity might be The Motels with then-lead vocalist Martha Davis in 1982, owed partially to the potent vocals of Red All Over's solid vocalist Eliza Grey.The Money is at 111 S. Cherry Road in Rock Hill. Call the club at 329-2710 for show info.

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Find Easter weekend fun faster by looking at our listings. Get out and about to enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring.

Tonight: Brangle Brothers at Tropical Escape Café, Rock Hill; Red All Over, Spiderwebs at The Money, Rock Hill; Hill City Party Band at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Polar War, Sleepset at Scandal's, Rock Hill; Anderson-Avery with guest Don Hamrick at Wyliegators Sports Pub, Lake Wylie; Gigi Dover and the Big Love at Elwood's Music Hall, Pineville-Charlotte; Rockaholics at the Sandtrap Bar and Billiards, Charlotte; Two Man Gentleman Band at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Joystick at the Double Door Inn at The Lake, Cornelius; Fool's Brigade Replacements Tribute with One Another, You Tonight, The Sammie's, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Nerve Canyon at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Gallery Crawl; Haji Basim; Garrin Benfield; Tennessee Hollow; New York Disco Villains; Bucktown Kickback; at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Glitterati Dance Party with George Brazil, Juan Huevos at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Gorilla Takeover with All Thee Above, Adenine, Negative 6 Feet at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Steve Engler Band at Blue Restaurant, Charlotte; Tommy Joy at Ballantyne Resort, Charlotte; Lenny Federal Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Square Roots at Crossroads Pub, Charlotte; Thom Crumpton at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, Charlotte; Bathtub Social with Jubal Kane at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and Bill Miller Band at Village Bistro, Charlotte.

Saturday: Second annual Bluegrass Festival, starts at noon, Hensley Homestead Farm, Fort Mill; Culprit Strain at The Money, Rock Hill; Shoulda' Been Gone at the Sportsman's II Club, Lancaster; Silver with The Noises 10 at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Bobby Aycock at Villa Antonio-South Boulevard, Charlotte; Michael Wolf and the Voodoo Brothers at Amici's Pizza, Charlotte; Lyra Shines, State of Art and Decour at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Contagious Blues Band at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Blues Showcase with Jo Gore and The Alternative, The Lovepipes, more at Elwood's Music Hall, Charlotte; Amelia's Mechanics, Groove 8 CD Release with Still Life Static at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Independents, Zoe Vette and The Revolvers, One-Eyed Doll at the Milestone, Charlotte; The Fustics at Pura Vida, Charlotte; Rusty Knox Band at Irish Cue, Cornelius; Fool's Brigade - Big Star Tribute with Lou Ford, The Catch Fire, Raised by Wolves, The Noises 10, Transmissions Fields, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Shinerunner at Morehead Street Tavern, Charlotte; and The Lights Fluorescent, Death Becomes Even The Maiden, Hectagons at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte.

Sunday: Day to Remember, Burns Red, Silverstein, Enter Shikari, Veara at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Outernational, Soft Opening, For Disaster at the Milestone, Charlotte; Southside Punx, Dr. DP and the Trainrunners at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; and The Hot House Heftones at Hotel Charlotte, Charlotte.

Monday: The Monday Night All Stars at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Find Your Muse Open Mic Night at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; and Past Lives, Finn Riggins, The Lights Fluorescent at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.

Tuesday: Open Mic at Sammy's, Pineville; Red Rocking Chair at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; George Terry at Jeff's Bucket Shop, Charlotte; and Country Tuesday at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Oneppo Brothers at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Tropic Culture with WhooDoo at The Money, Rock Hill; and Hill Country Review and The Lee Boys at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte.

Thursday: Left On Oakland with Brian Colletto, David Warner at Tropical Escape Café, Rock Hill; Loose Lugnuts at The Money, Rock Hill; SOJA, Mambo Sauce at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; and Liquid Pleasure at Alive After Five, Wachovia Plaza, Uptown-Charlotte.

And that was, "all she wrote."

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