Holiday happenings are breaking out all around, so why not start local, then include a hard-rock road trip?
Take the two-guitar assault of Ronnie Yonkins and Brian Forsythe, the rhythmic groove of drummer Jimmy Chalfant plus the showboat antics of front man Steve Whiteman to get the guts and glory of the band Kix, live Saturday for the Fourth Annual Cliff Jackson Memorial Concert at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, N.C.
Bass-player Mark Schenker rounds out the lineup replacing Donnie Purnell as Kix returns for their second year at this annual showcase from promoter Marty Burns honoring his best friend, who was murdered in 2008.
Heralded by many as the hands-down best ever live club band, this Baltimore-based bunch rocked across the tour circuit back in the day when judging a band had nothing to do with albums or airplay but everything to do with excitement and stage savvy with stops at Kidnapper’s and Rocky’s in Charlotte, Castaways in Myrtle Beach, The Switch in Raleigh – all gone now, but not forgotten.
Likewise not forgotten is the strength and magnetism of trademark Kix swagger and “delivering the goods” guarantee. If all you know is the hit ballad “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” from their 1988 album “Blow My Fuse,” – their platinum fourth album that hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 – well, you don’t know the band.
Besides a slew of other favorite tunes “The Itch,” “Atomic Bombs,” “Midnite Dynamite,” and “Cold Shower,” among a long list, seeing Kix live is a whole other “animal.”
Over and above their national recording act status and multiple album discography and platinum sales, Kix is a true cult wonder. They’ve returned now as a weekend warrior powerhouse with the band out on quick jaunts “to give it everything they’ve got” live.
Their reemergence includes festivals and multi-band concerts: Rocklahoma, Monsters of Rock Cruise, House of Blues, as well as a 2013 appearance on VHI Classic’s “That Metal Show” acknowledging their legendary status.
Melodic and memorable, their tight hard rock dynamics and contagious groove remains undeniable. “Get it while it’s hot” from Kix joined by Lexx Luthor, Mostley Crue, Driver, and Night Songs Saturday for the fourth annual Cliff Jackson Memorial Concert at The Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St. in Raleigh. For show info, visit lincolntheatre.com. For more on the band, visit kix-band.com and find them on Facebook.
A couple of surefire winners this weekend include:
Blast through the “Bad Santa-Naughty But Nice Party” from country singer-songwriter/area native/favorite Early Ray plus guest opener Out of The Blue live Friday at Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte.
On Sunday, hang with Blues Music Awards “Entertainer of the Year” and five-time “Contemporary Male” Blues Music titan with a bayou/Cajun twist, the legendary Tab Benoit along with Devon Allman, live at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte.
Friday: Chubby Knuckles at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Jason Poore Band at McHale’s on Main, Rock Hill; Raisin’ Cane Band at McHale’s Irish Pub, Fort Mill; Oneppo Brothers Band at The Backporch, Chester; Lipstick on a Pig at Southsiders Public House, Waxhaw; Shannon Lee, Kenny Sparks at D’Vine Wine-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Something Clever at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Big Break, Anything Once, Messenger Down, Something Clever, Skyfold at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Dr. Cirkustien, American Lesion, All Rise, more at The Milestone, Charlotte; Early Ray at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Hackensaw Boys at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Southern Culture on The Skid, The Wooly Bushman at the Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Hardcore Lounge with The Situationals at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Junior Brown, Dean Alexander at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Sam The Lion, Flat Rocks Duo, more at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Whiskey Alibi at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Wretched, Syopsis, Involving the Abstract at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Ananda CD Release Party at the Artistic Café at Wedgewood Church, Charlotte.
Saturday: Dan Vintgo at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Cousy’s, Catawba; Oneppo Brothes Band at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Hectorina at McHales on Main, Rock Hill; Ray Deez Test, Tantrum at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Monster Magnet, Royal Thunder, Anti-Mortem, The Feral at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Tyler James Mechem, Yes the Raven at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Beards Because with Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Chasing Pedestrians at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Kyle Biddy, Boy Beats World, DJ Bossman, more at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Joe Firstman, Meiko with Pearl Charles, John Wesley Satterfield, Toby Weaver at Evening Muse, Charlotte; John Prine, Justin Townes Earle at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte; NOFX, Off With Their Heads, Implants at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Rebel Son at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Robert Childers, Scowl Brow, Chalkies at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Sol Driven Train at the Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Hair Nation at Stooge’s Pub and Grub, Mint Hill; BakkWoodz at Silver Dollar, Gaffney.
Sunday: Kissmas Concert with The Wanted, Tegan and Sara, A Great Big World at The Fillmore; Tab Benoit, Devon Allman at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Winter Jam at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Tremont Music Hub and Collectors’ Show, at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Afton Showcase at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Monday: Find Your Muse Open Mic at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Wednesday: August Burns Red, Bless the Fall, Defeater, Beartooth at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; David Bromberg at the Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Covers For a Cause featuring the Music of Elvis Costello at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Dixie Moon at Puckett’s Farm Equipment Charlotte.
Thursday: Open Mic Night with Frank Sciandra at Patti’s Backstage, Rock Hill; Triptych Collective Fundraiser for Charlotte Family Housing Presents Genealogy with Moving Poets, Colby Dobbs Band, Ancient Cities at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Shiprocked at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”