By all accounts it is the poignant, impassioned, sincerity of Blue October – live Monday at The Fillmore in Charlotte – that draws the fans to the band.
With lush, atmospheric songs such as “Bleed Out,” “Angels In Everything,” “Fear,” and “Into The Ocean” the band originally from San Marcos, Texas, might be viewed as moody while actually it’s more like cathartic and therapeutic.
Healing calls for understanding, and thanks to memorable music along with the expressive voice of Justin Furstenfeld, Blue October helps explore a wide range of emotions. Also adding guitar, Furstenfeld is joined by band members Jeremy Furstenfeld, drums/percussion; Ryan Delahoussaye, violin/viola/mandolin/ piano/ backing vocals; C. B. Hudson, lead guitar/backing vocals and Matt Noveskey, bass/backing vocals.
Their strong musicianship backs up their skill to make a strong emotional bond along with the diversity to be delicate and ethereal then alt rock angry or otherworldy, even a bit sinister.
Their seventh studio album “Sway,’ released in August, is filled with fervent edgy songs about “facing fears and recognizing miracles.” Explore life’s possibilities exposed in vigorous haunting colors from Blue October along with guests Courier, Tori Vasquez at The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. For more concert details, check fillmorecharlottenc.com. For more on the music, go to blueoctober.com.
Jangle pop with a dreamy, love-struck allure is the musical medium presented by newcomers The Shilohs, headed Friday to The Evening Muse in Charlotte.
Their debut album is titled “So Wild” and their quest involves taking chances and finding romance. From Vancouver, the band’s strong West Coast influence gives them ability to change according to needs but makes nailing their style tricky.
Strong songs from clever writers in the band that features Johnny Payne, Mike Komaszczuk, Daniel Colussi and Ben Frey promises power, pop, energy, joy, and “oddball cool.”
Find out just how all this comes together with The Shilohs Friday at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. Call 704-376-3737 or check eveningmuse.com for info. Go to theshilohs.com for more on the band.
Here’s a solid sign of the theory “it ain’t over til it’s over,” plus proof that musicians determined to carry on often discover their music is alive when they least expect it.
Alex Mauldin, Charlotte-area composer, producer, actor and former member of a popular area band, related that he recently finished work composing the score for his third feature film, “Pull.”
A degree in music synthesis/film scoring from Berklee College of Music first led Mauldin to his role as keyboard player for the mid- to late 90’s popular inventive prog rock band known as Velocet.
With a compelling mix of Pink Floyd meets early Genesis, Velocet made inroads in regional popularity, only to call it quits in 1998. But, as Mauldin made his way into the career of composing/scoring soundtracks, he also recently discovered another flash of life for music by his former band.
Three songs by Velocet – which also included Jed Terrell, bass; Shannon Bradshaw, guitars/vocals and Jeff Helms, drums – are included in the upcoming film “Pull,” set to go nationwide soon.
A “suspense thriller with a sort of adult Scooby-Do take of traveling in a Winnebago searching for adventure” the movie was shot mostly in York with some filming in Charlotte.
The heroine is a foster mother who gets visions of people in peril, Mauldin said, “so they go to find them but are usually too late until one final vision, which sets up the rest of the film.”
Mauldin’s film career began with Actor’s Theater in Charlotte, including two Metrolina Theater Awards. Now, his work includes this new feature plus scoring six other films/shorts including “Portrait For Hello,” 2012; and “Deviling” in 2011.
“Being in a band is not the same as scoring films,” he said, “The sonic palette has a lot more freedom now. Film scoring and then actually hearing music I wrote is very surreal and gratifying.”
With songs from the band resurrected for the film, what about a Velocet reunion? “I’d love to think it could happen – for all the right reasons,” he said. In the meantime, look for distribution of “Pull.”
Friday: Chubby Knuckles at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; The Breakfast Club at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Free Local Music Night with Near Gravity, Matone, Terms of Might at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Pete Anderson at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Matt Stratford at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Kady Z, The Floorboards at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Ish, Beyond The Fade, Avenue Drive, Dr. Cirkustein at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Fandango Blues Band at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Chairmen of the Board at Stowe Park, Gastonia; Mike Faulkenberry and The Whiskey Prophets at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; Wing Dam, Blossoms, Modern Primitives, Solar Cat at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Darrell Harwood and The CWB at Stooges Pub and Grub, Charlotte; and The Shilohs at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Over The Hill Party at Rock City Tavern, Rock Hill; The Oneppo Brothers Band at Midtown Sundries-Indian Land, Fort Mill; Lipstick on a pig at SouthSider’s Public House, Waxhaw; Punk Rock Picnic 6 with Stuck Lucky, Dirty South Revolutionaries, Southside Punx, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Hank Williams III at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Dave Fugman Memorial Benefit for Diabetes Awareness at The Sandtrap Bar and Billiards, Charlotte; Toubab Krewe, Big Something, Key at The Chop Shop NoDa, Charlotte; Chris Sanchez at Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; David Mayfield Parade at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Tosco Music Party at Halton Theater-CPCC, Charlotte; Jem Crossland and The Hypertonics at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; The Low Counts at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; School of Rock Best Fest at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and Toleman Randall, Turnbuckle Jones at The Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Sunday: 3 Pill Morning, Down the Phoenix at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte.
• Monday: Blue October, Courier Tori Vasquez at The Fillmore, Charlotte and Billy Currington at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Wax Tailor, Buck 65 at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Rancid, Tim Time Bomb and Friends, The Interrupters at the Fillmore, Charlotte; Kid Rock, ZZ Top, Uncle Kracker at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte; Flintface at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Jesse Ruben, Caitlin Crosby at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Gabriel Bello at Romare Bearden Park-Uptown, Charlotte; and Beard and Moustache Club of NC at The Chop Shop NoDa, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Dirty Bourbon River Show at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Extraordinaires at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; The National, Frightened Rabbit at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Air Review, Justin Fedor at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Full Tilt Tour with Bare, Ookay, more at The Chop Shop NoDa, Charlotte; Chris Cook at Evening Muse, Charlotte; and Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Tony Lucca at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte.
Thursday: Keith Kenny at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Rebelution, Matisyahu at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte; Evening with Goapele at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and Jack and The Bear at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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