HaldenVang will be holding court Friday at Fast Lane Bar and Grill in Rock Hill.
Hanging with HaldenVang while they throw down their rockin’ blues jam is bound to be both striking and inspiring. Here’s an ongoing exercise of “youth gone wild,” considering they are a teenaged troupe led by guitar star-in-training Jake Haldenwang, whose upwardly mobile musical career was launched when he was not yet a teen, but a mere 11 years of age.
He immediately began laying down the sound and style foundation for a hit-the-ground-running career that has developed into an extraordinary evolving performance vehicle.
Not only is he driving his musical vision as a blues-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter, but now he is joined by Tyler Broom, bass, and Brock Whitfield, drums/percussion.
His influences are classic as well as current and combine to spawn the mixed groove and fiery power pushing this trio into an easy, breezy, rock/blues/funk and jam fusion.
It’s a steady “heart and soul/pride and joy” crossfire of skills pushing this young trio as they strengthen stage skills, sharpen their performance chops, pick up awards and build their popularity. Witness the progress, and share the aura of HaldenVang Friday night at Fast Lane Bar and Grill, 680 Tinsley Way in Rock Hill. For show info, see fastlanebarandgrill.com or call 803-328-3278. For more on the music, check reverbnation.com; and FaceBook.com/JakeHaldenwangMusic.
Go with the flow to stay in motion with The Movement Saturday at The Visulite Theater in Charlotte. Not only is there a mix of sounds intermingling reggae, rock and hip-hop, but also a cultural blend as North meets South merging Philadelphia and South Carolina with a little Florida along the way.
The band’s artistic route began in 2001, taking a few developmental and lineup sidetracks during those first few years, but by 2008 their fan base was solid thanks to regular tours of the Southeast circuit.
Support gigs with nationals including Blues Traveler, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Ludacris, G. Love & Special Sauce, among others boosted the popularity of what was now the quartet of Joshua Swain, Jay Schmidt, Gary Jackson and John Bowling.
Next, teaming up with producer Chris DiBeneditto (G. Love & Special Sauce, Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables) at Philadelphonic Studios in Philadelphia established the creative atmosphere that produced further inspiration, new songs, all leading to the album “Set Sail.” Everything came together and the vibe was officially flowing.
Navigate the musical waters, go along wherever the vibe takes The Movement Saturday at The Visulite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. in Charlotte. Call 704-358-9200 for details and directions or visit visulite.com for info. For more on the music, see themovementvibe.com.
Look for newcomers Empires, the opening guests for Blue October, Tuesday at The Fillmore in Charlotte. Supporting their new album, “Garage Hymns,” with a North American tour, this Chicago bunch picked up plenty of attention with a refreshing sound, live conviction and definite attitude, not to mention some impressive song-writing skills as well.
Their debut single, “We Lost Magic,” has enjoyed radio interest/airplay, plus their recent Lollapalooza show wowed audiences. Meet up-and-comers Empires, as they widen their sphere of influence and extend their musical territory Tuesday, opening for Blue October at The Fillmore, 100 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. Get show details at fillmorecharlottenc.com and more on the band at bighassle.com.
Go forth, take a stand, find direction, then move and groove with lots of live music this weekend and beyond.
• Friday: Jason Todd Herring At Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Shannon Lee at The Kickin’ Pig, Rock Hill; DJ Jojo at the Ponderosa, Rock Hill; Of Good Nature at Wild Wing Café-Ayrsley, Charlotte; Slippery When Wet-Bon Jovi Tribute at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Antibalas, Super Ape at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; The Soul Sessions, Groove, Trinity Seed at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Remy St. Claire at The Milestone, Charlotte; Justice League at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; David Buckley, Big Break, Pariah Mountain at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Cheryl Wheeler at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Matthew Perryman Jones, more at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Steel Wheels, Nora Jane Struthers at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Wicked Powers, Lenny Federal Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; and Christina Raine and Square Roots at Mint Hill Madness, Mint Hill, N.C.
• Saturday: Flying Monkeys at The Kickin’ Pig, Rock Hill; Blew Money at The Ponderosa, Rock Hill; Matt Trucker Band at Fast Lane Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; Stolen Babies, The Body Bags, Dr. Cirkustein at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Rocking for The Cure with Pointless at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; The Movement at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Seth Walker at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Steve Forbert, Larkin Poe at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Matt Postle, Radek Rudnicki at The Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; The Ataris, Flatfoot 56, Red City Radio, 25 Minutes To Go at The Milestone, Charlotte; Babyshaker, All Them Witches, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Leon Russell, Jamie McLean Band at the Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Luna’s Lament, A Light Divided, American Murder at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Garrison Starr, Adrianne Gonzalez, more at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Spivey Brown Band at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Jim Garrett at Birdsong Brewery, Charlotte; and Lakeside Drive Band at Oyster Fest, McHale’s Pub, Fort Mill.
• Sunday: The Browning, Casino Madrid, Amyst, A Road Eternal, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at Belk Theater, Charlotte; Mail the Horse, Pullman Strike, Geoffreaux, more at The Milestone, Charlotte; Greg Brangle and The Blue Tenders at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; The Barbed Wires at Thirsty Beaver Saloon, Charlotte; and Tracy Bundy at the Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Monday: Hard Rock and Metal Open Mic at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; and Celtic Thunder at Belk Theater, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Down, Warbeast at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Allen Stone, Sister Sparrow at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Blue October, Empire, Stars in Stereo at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Eric Johnson at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Junior Astronomers, more at The Milestone, Charlotte; and Andrew Bird, Here We Go Magic at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Carey Sims Trio at Ballantyne Village, Charlotte; Bubba Sparx at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Powerman 5000 20th Anniversary Tour with Permanent Midknight, The Coming Dawn at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Brother Esau at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Dopapod, Chasing Edison at the Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; and Panic Manor at The Milestone, Charlotte;
• Thursday: Kreator/Accept with Swallow, The Sun, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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