Coming right off Halloween, a holiday dedicated to the departed, , one area band asserts their resurrection.
Paragon – live Saturday at The Chop Shop-NoDa in Charlotte – took a mid-summer 2013 reunion and parlayed it into what appears to be a full blown rebirth.
The energy invested in the reunion for this progressive rock band was met with recognition and accolades enough to spur further musical alchemy from members Sonny Reynolds, vocals/synthesizers; Marc Crotts, guitars; Scotti Montagnino, percussion and Shawn Love, bass guitars.
What might have been just a party has found legs to further explore their overall musical persona which sprang from high school buddies Crotts and Reynolds through their garage band days and a common love for the prog/hard rock songs of Rush and Led Zeppelin.
Fast forward to the late 80s to early 90’s the all-original Paragon was riding the wave of the area’s rock music scene thanks to a guitar-driven surge, soaring melodic magic and solid sound.
A great deal of time, energy, and creativity was devoted to their “energetic, progressive, rock and roll” that it’s no surprise that their summertime reunion not only happened but there is a vision for the future.
What does it all mean? “A new found life for the band and the music,” says bassist Love.
“We got back together even though we never actually broke up – just scattered to the wind with families, work and life. But, we still believed in the band so much and getting back together was a real treat. Writing, rehearsing juggling all the challenges of life just worked,” he said.
With a name that signifies high ideals, Paragon finds new energy and interest in their musical mission. Join the journey with Paragon Saturday along with guest opener Auxilia at The Chop-Shop-NoDa, 399 E. 35th St., Charlotte. Incidentally, Halloween costumes are encouraged for this event with a $100 cash prize for best costume. Call the club at 704-765-2467 for show details. Discover more on the music at paragonrox.com and on Facebook.
Forge a new outlet for musical energies through an attack of Fitz and the Tantrums, live Wednesday at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte.
Imagination seems to lead the parade of pluses for this pop and soul phenom from Los Angeles. Their sound, especially new album “More Than Just A Dream,” found favor from assorted industry insiders along with a boost from Carson Daly.
The “raw, in-your-face, non-stop energy” of their live show has carried the band –which features Fitz, lead vocals; Noelle Scaggs, co-vocals; James King, saxophone/flute, Joseph Karnes, bass; John Wicks, drums and Jeremy Ruzumna, keyboards – even further.
Seize with the sonic energy of Fitz and The Tantrums live Wednesday with guests Capital Cities at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Call 704-377-6874 or check amossouthend.com for show info. Go to fitzandthetantrums.com to encounter the rest of the musical story.
Friday: Weekends Band at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Threshold at Hickory Tavern-Steelecroft, Charlotte; Sevendust, Asking Alexandria at Amos’ Southend Charlotte; 21st Century Goliath, Beyond The Fade, Diesel and Dixie, The Graveyard Boulevard, Biggy Stardust and His Wretched Hive at Tremont Music Hall,Charlotte; Leftover Salmon, Jon Stickley Trio at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Low Willie at Puckett’s Farm Equipment Charlotte; Black Lips, Subsonics, Paint Fumes, Black Oatmeal at The Chop Shop-NoDa,Charlotte; Reeve Coobs at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; The Hot at Nights at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Saturday: DeCarlo at the Baxter Village Fall Festival, Fort Mill; The Oneppo Brothers Band at John’s Neighborhood Bar, Fort Mill; Tantrum at Southsiders Public House, Waxhaw; Cliff ‘Em All, New Level, Bloodstone Revival at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Paragon, Auxilia at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Trial By Fire-Journey Tribute at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Missy Raines and The New Hip at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Drake, Miguel, more at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte; The Barbed Wires at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; M4 Messenger, Shot Silk; Chris Cook, Swampcandy; at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Huey Mack Stanger Day at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
Sunday: Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, The Maine, Transit at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Bootsy Collins at Neibghborhood Theater, Charlotte.
Monday: Tim Kasher, Laura Stevenson, It Looks Sad, Neil Mauney at Tremont Music Hall,Charlotte; Krewella, Seven Lions, Candyland at The Fillmore, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Reel Big Fish, Five Iron Frenzy, The Beautiful Bodies, more at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Hawkwind, Spindrift, Little Bull Lee, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Sleeping Beauty at Belk Theater-Bluementhal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte; Caravan of Thieves at Evening Muse, Charlotte;
Wednesday: Fitz and The Tantrums, Capital Cities at Amos Southend, Charlotte; OrangeGoblin, Holy Grail, Lazer Wulf, Greevace at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; New Found Glory, H20, Alkaline Trio at The Fillmore, Charlotte.
Thursday: Open Mic Night with Frank Sciandra at Patti’s Backstage, Rock Hill; An Evening With Paul Reed Smith at Community Performance Center, Rock Hill; The Royal Concept, American Authors, Misterwives at the Visulite Theater,Charlotte; Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Stepkids at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Moon Taxis at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Radio Lola, Ghostwriter, Mystical Creeps, Army of the Flying Monkeys at The Milestone, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”