Teenage guitarist has a case of serious blues

March 4, 2011 

March is in, off and running to fulfill all the 'deeds of derring-do' coming up this month.

Offset the coming blitz with a bluesy rock interlude tonight courtesy of Jake Haldenwang and his band live at the Fast Lane in Rock Hill.

At 15 years old, guitarist/singer/songwriter Haldenwang is a refreshing twist, with skills, style and accomplishments that belie his age. Influenced by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Bonamassa, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, among others, Haldenwang has wasted no time fine-tuning his expertise.

He began playing guitar at 11, was performing live by 12, then leading his own band at 13. If that's not amazing enough, consider that right around the same time in early 2009 when he was jamming with his band, he also won the slot to represent North Carolina at the 25th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

Since that dazzling debut, Haldenwang turned to touring and performing throughout the Southeast at top venues and clubs such as The Fillmore in Charlotte, The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C. and The Sarasota Blues Fest. He's played with top artists including The Marshall Tucker Band, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Greg Allman, Drivin N' Cryin, Umphrey's McGee, Steve Miller, Leon Russell, Elvin Bishop -- the list just goes on and on.

Now along with his band "Halden Vang" - naturally featuring Jake Haldenwang, lead guitar/vocals; plus Andrew Johnson, bass and Brock Whitfield, drums. See how all this youthful vigor and dynamic talent comes together with fiery guitar licks, searing solos, and scorching rock, funk and blues tonight at The Fast Lane, 680 Tinsley Way in Rock Hill. Call 803-328-3278 or check fastlanebarandgrill.com for show details. For more on the music visit Facebook.com/JakeHaldenwang; Youtube.com/JakesHwy61bb; Myspace.com/JakeHaldenwang; SonicBids.com/JakeHaldenwang; and reverbnation.com/JakeHaldenwang.

If you're hankering for defiant, unrepentant, brazen, iconic hard rock, look no further than Motorhead live Saturday at The Fillmore-NC Music Factory, Charlotte.

Classified as heavy metal, the Motorhead sound is actually more of a classic British hard rock and punk fusion that in turn pioneered speed/thrash metal that has remained mostly unchanged throughout the band's career.

However, all that's too much talk for Motorhead lead vocalist/ bass player Lemmy Kilmister, who formed the band in the 1975. As far as he's concerned it's simply "rock 'n' roll" and anything else is superfluous. Oh wait, we might mention it will be loud.Or, as Lemmy says, "If this band moved next door to you, your lawn would die."

Otherwise, Lemmy along with longtime cohorts Phillip Campbell, bass; (1984 - present); and Mikkey Dee, drums; (1992 - present) specialize in no-holds-barred, down and dirty, hard heavy metal. You know the band, you know the tunes, so get there to crank it up with Motorhead Saturday at The Fillmore-NC Music Factory, 1000 Seaboard St., Charlotte. Opening guests include Clutch and Valient Thor. For show info, call 704-549-5555 or check ncmusicfactory.com. For ticket information, go to livenation.com. For more on the band, visit imotorhead.com.

March has a full calendar and time's wasting. Shine on some wild rock with Fool Moon live tonight at The Ponderosa in Rock Hill. Then grab your whole 'krewe' to celebrate Mardi Gras a few days early with Temporary Empire, Ruckus Avenue, Side By Side, Falling Through April, Spiralfire, and Swift Robinson Saturday at the Money in Rock Hill. For a later-in-the-week treat, look for a bit of "happily gnarly music" from My Cousin, The Emperor along with The Small Ponds, both Thursday at The Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Much more to see and enjoy, so just 'let the good times roll.'

Tonight: Dylan Gilbert at McHale's On Main, Rock Hill; Fool Moon at The Ponderosa, Rock Hill; Gene Gene and the Blues Machine at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Jake Haldenwang at Fast Lane, Rock Hill; Jared Mahone, Hipshack at Digiorgio Center Stage, Winthrop University, Rock Hill; Dave Foraker at Thurston's Bar, Charlotte; Them Bones-Alice In Chains Tribute at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Matrimony, Enemy Lovers, Honeycutters at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Enter the Haggis, Channing and Quinn at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Small Talk Industries, Skullbuckle, Trances Arc at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Janus 4-14, Shoestring Marionette, Vel Indica at Smokey Joe's Café, Charlotte; The Ashers, Dirty South Revolutionaries, All Rise, I.E.D., more at the Milestone, Charlotte; Anthony Hamilton, Sunshine Anderson at The Fillmore-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Grace Adele; Rebecca Loebe; The Regulars, The Morning After; more at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Rage at the Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte and Acoustic Session with Wink Keziah at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte.

Saturday: Jason Poore at McHale's on Main, Rock Hill; Mardi Gras with Temporary Empire, Ruckus Avenue, Side By Side, Falling Through April, Spiralfire, Swift Robinson at the Money, Rock Hill; Leslie Thompson and Friends Trio at Thursday's Too, Rock Hill; The Exit 38 Band at The Ponderosa, Rock Hill; The Breakfast Club-80s Tribute Band at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Motorhead, Clutch, Valient Thor at The Fillmore-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Chris Duarte Group at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte Industry Addition Showcase at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Electric Bugle at Smokey Joe's Café, Charlotte; The Houston Brothers, The Flash Alchemy, Bart Lattimore more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Paleface, Nathan Angelo, Nate Currin; Brody Choch, Carlitta Durand, more at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Parasytic, No Tomorrow, Joint Damage, Towering Pyre at the Milestone, Charlotte; Marc Broussard, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors at the Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte and Sky Page at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte.

Sunday: Boondox, Ghost Unknown, Negative 6 Feet, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Labyrinthe, Graves of Valor, A Violent Refrain, Nephilim at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Boom Chick at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Weekenders at the Milestone, Charlotte and Yasmin Levy at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte.

Monday: Cursive, Harvard, Yardwork, Andy the Doorbum at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Monday Night All-Stars at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte and Find Your Muse Open Mic at The Evening Muse, Charlotte;

Tuesday: Koji, Junior Astronomers, more at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Astronautalis, Sims, Mr. Invisible at the Milestone, Charlotte; Appalucia, Wiggle Wagons, Bo White at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; George Winston at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte and Hollyweird-Poison Tribute at Dixie's Tavern, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Dos Killos at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Zach Myers of Shinedown at Amos Southend, Charlotte; G. Love and Special Sauce at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte and Dum Dum Girls, Reading Rainbow at the Milestone, Charlotte.

Thursday: My Cousin, The Emperor and The Small Ponds at The Evening Muse, Charlotte.

And that was 'all she wrote.'

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