Plenty of pre-race hoopla designed to attract race fans and others alike is set for Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The big buildup to the race not only offers a world class high wire stunt by the infamous Nik Wallenda and sister Lijana attempting a “spectacular, death-defying dual skywalk” 140 feet above the race track but also equally exciting monumental rock from the ever popular Goo Goo Dolls, live on the speedway’s infield.
The Goo Goo Dolls are set to embark on a world tour starting in the UK Tuesday but first they’ll bring their multi-platinum selling sounds and sentiments to the Charlotte area.
Hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., the Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide thanks to an impressive chart history of 14 Top Ten hits including “Name,’ ‘Slide,’ Here is Gone,’ and others but most especially their iconic success ‘Iris’ recently ranked No. 1 on ‘Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012’ chart.
What began as punk rock slowly but surely morphed into alternative melodic thanks to pop rock cleverly crafted by skilled songwriter/lead singer/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik.
Capable of creating timeless classics anchored to poetic zingers with universal appeal, his enduring ability to touch and transcend is epic and earned him the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.
Joined by band members Robby Takac, bass/vocals and Mike Malinin, drums/percussion, they continue their success with the June release of ‘Magnetic’ which debuted at No. 8 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
Lively and upbeat, the first single from the album “Rebel Beat,” is a song ideal for race and music fans alike.
“Get your motor running” with rousing rock from The Goo Goo Dolls live Saturday plus opening guest Paper Tongues for the Fast Cars and Guitars pre-race concert at The Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South in Concord. Call 800-455-3267 or check charlottemotorspeedway.com for show/ticket info.
For more on the music visit googoodolls.com; and find them on Facebook.
Let a little lively local style light up the weekend with SuttleBand live Saturday, returning to Mac’s Speed Shop-Steele Creek in Charlotte. SuttleBand features namesake Bryman Suttle, guitar/acoustic/vocals; along with Aaron Thomas, bass; Bron Allen, vocals; Mike ‘Strawberry’ Scarboro, drums and Rick Lewis, hand percussion.
A quick glance at their song list reveals a grand mix of tunes, crisscrossing a horde of genres and decades to showcase favorites and hit sounds for just about any musical taste.
Interactive and creative, SuttleBand aims for that intimate feel and direct connection from band to fan.
Join together with SuttleBand at Mack’s Speed Shop-Steele Creek, 2414 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte. Call 704-504-8500 or visit macspeedshop.com for directions and show details. Get more on the band at suttleband.com.
• Friday: Sabra Callas Duo at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Bonfire at Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Frank and Friends at Twin Rivers, Lake Wylie; Tokyo Joe at Wild Wing Café-Ayrsley, Charlotte; Mike Waters-Solo Acoustic at Buffalo Wings ‘n’ Rings-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Shannon Lee at D’Vine Wine-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Messenger Down , Weaker Captain, The Business People at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Hinder, Candlebox, Devour The Day, Open Air Stereo at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; The Barbed Wires at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; Menomena, Helio Sequence at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Eilen Jewell at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Darry Miller and The Veil at Wild Wing Café-Epicenter, Charlotte; Si Kahn, Looping Brothers at the Great Aunt Stella Center, Charlotte; Lenny Federal Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Dita Von Teese and Burlesque Variety Show at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Spivey Brown Band, Keith Kenny at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Zac Brown Band at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte; JJ Grey and Mofro, The Dirty Guvnahs, Yarn at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; The Shook Twins; Willy Porter; at the Evening Muse, Charlotte and Perfect Strangers Acoustic at Winedown Wine Bar, Harrisburg.
• Saturday: Carolina Rhythm Band at Midtown Sundries-Indian Land, Fort Mill; Sugar Smax at Wild Wing Café-Ayrsley, Charlotte; Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Michael Bellar and the As-Is Ensemble, Under Great Lights at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Carolina Electronic Music Festival at Park Road Park, Charlotte; Austin Mowery Band at Wild Wing Café-Epicenter, Charlotte; Unknown Hinson, Justin Wells at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Randall Bramlett at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Geeks and Azholes, Red Jesse, Lil Skritt at Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Funk Rush at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; Voodoo Soup at Malone’s Pourhouse, Charlotte; George Hatcher Band at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Bloctoberfest with Sirsy, Loose Lugnuts, Phase 2, Of Good Natural at NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Backwoodz, Jared Allan at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Sihk or Treat with Orgy, Astrid Haven at The Chop Shop-NODA, Charlotte; Jeff Coffin and The Mu’Tet at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte and Eastern Island, Garlic City at The Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Sunday: Danzig with Axeman Doyle, Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition, more at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Latin American Festival with Julieta Venegas, Monsieur Perine, more at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, Charlotte; Yacht Rock Revue at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte and Adrianne Gonzalez, Maia Sharp, Garrison Starr at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Monday: Smile Empty Soul, Butterfly Corpse, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Jake Haldenwang, Emily Bell, Pam Taylor Band at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Open Mic with Tom Maxwell at Evening Muse, Charlotte and Open Mic with 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Open Mic with Frank Sciandra at Patti’s Backstage, Rock Hill; Morning Cloak, Kato at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Mayday Parade, Man Overboard, Cartel, Stages and Stereos at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Beer Cocktails with Mike Waters, Stacey Leazer at Heist Brewery, Charlotte; Linda Ortega, Brett Detar at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Beats Antique, Illesha, Sorne at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte and Little Johnny Trailer Trash at Stooges, Mint Hill.
• Wednesday: Peelander-Z, Black Oatmeal, Your Fuzzy Friends at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Jason Eady at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Atlas Genius, Colourist, Family of The Year, Little Comets at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Ross Adams at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Toby Creek at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte and Robert Cray Band at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
• Thursday: PJ Brunson at Ledo Pizza-Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill; Emili Sande at The Fillmore, Charlotte and Reckless Kelly, more at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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