Ring in the new year with The Spongetones’ classic rock

December 26, 2013 

The Spongetones continue a New Year’s Eve ritual Tuesday playing at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte.


Wind down 2013 with any number of big parties greeting the arrival of 2014.

First, rehearse with a rockin’ run-thru “Pre-New Year’s Bash with Paragon and Friends” live Saturday at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte – something for every taste here.

There’s Paragon’s punch of progressive rock and riff-filled revelation mingled with the down ‘n’ dirty country rock from Swampdawamp, plus a blues infusion from wunderkind Jake Haldenwang and HaldenVang, along with the classic meets modern sounds of Fifty Watt Freight Train.

Find fun and friends to ring in 2014 Saturday at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Call 704-377-6874 or go to for details. See for more on the music.

Picking the ideal old-year send-off, new-year welcome combo can be a quandary.

Start the ball rolling, or dropping, for 2014 with a new year ritual with The Spongetones live Tuesday at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte.

Super duper pop and 70’s classic rock ooze forth from this beloved area favorite with international following. “Well, it’s become a tradition,” says Steve Stoeckel. “The Double Door is sort of where the band grew up. I’ve stood on that stage so many times, I swear I can feel my footprints’ indentation. Can’t remember how many New Year’s Eves we have played there. It’s a great way to ring in a new year.”

Likewise, Jamie Hoover invites all to be there, “because we’ll rock their world. No medicine, just music. No stupid songs to sift through, just rocking fun.”

For the record, The Spongetones are Steve Stoeckel, bass/ukelele/vocals/guitars/songwriting; Jamie Hoover, guitars/ vocals/occasional bass and drums/songwriting; Rob Thorne, drums/percussion and Pat Walters, guitars/vocals/keyboards.

Get the right beat with a great New Year’s send-up by The Spongetones Tuesday at The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte. Check and for details.

Other possibilities include a triumphant homecoming celebration with The Avett Brothers live Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte; or strange but fascinating “searing guitar riffs” and unusual lyrics from hillbilly vampire and purveyor of psychobilly/surfin’ sounds – Unknown Hinson, live Tuesday at The Visulite Theater in Charlotte; as well as the NC Music Factory NYE Extravaganza on Tuesday in Charlotte crammed full of sounds, sights, dining and even aerial acrobatics to max out New Year’s Eve fun and festivities.

Whatever your choice, here’s wishing a wonder-filled world of great expectations, brilliant possibilities, and extraordinary music to inspire in 2014.

Friday: Tantrum at Southsider’s Public House, Waxhaw; Strutter-Kiss Tribute, Todd Cage, Dirty Deeds-AC/DC Tribute at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; BYOG with Big John Belly at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Truckstop Preachers, Pullman Strike at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Corey Smith, Ones to Watch, Texas Pete at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Fallen Child at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; The Flat Tires, Self Made Monsters, AM/FMs, more at The Milestone Charlotte; Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Big Something, Duede Mountain Duo at The Chop Shop-NoDA, Charlotte; The Music of Lou Reed with The Sammies, Dave and The Strange, Benji Hughes, Andy the Doorbum, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Church Johnson Duo at Blackthorne’s Restaurant and Bar, Charlotte; Bass Church at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.

Saturday: The Bold and The Brutal Tour with Mr. Understood, Acid FM at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Paragon, Swamp da Wamp, Fifty Watt Freight Train, Jake Haldenwang at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Gigi Dover and The Big Love, Analog Daze at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; American Aquarium with John Moreland at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Luke Edwards at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Jon Linker Band, Chasing Pedestrians, James Ethan Clark and The Renegades at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Dearest We, It Looks Sad, The Kneads at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Satisfaction-Rolling Stones Tribute at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Little Johnny Trailer Trash at Finz Raw Bar, Matthews; Blue Dogs 25th Anniversary Tour with Radney Foster at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Rogue Planet, Unfamiliar Territory at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Nantucket Original Lineup 35th Anniversary at Lincoln Theater, Raleigh.

Sunday: Chasing Pedestrians, James Ethan Clark and The Renegades at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte.

Monday: Gregg Allman Band, The New Familiars at The Fillmore, Charlotte.

Tuesday: NYE Party with Hectorina, The Dunder Chiefs, Motel Glory, Rigours, Mr. Gold at The Courtroom at Gettys, Rock Hill; NYE with Analog Machine at Midtown Sundries, Fort Mill; Party at The Back Porch with The Oneppo Brothers Band at The Back Porch, Chester; Hair Nation-Hair Metal, Blizzard of Ozz-Ozzy Osbourne Tribute at Amos Southend, Charlotte; The Spongetones New Year’s Eve Celebration at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Unknown Hinson NYE Celebration at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; The Avett Brothers, Shovels and Rope at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte; Radio Rehab with Brody and Choch, Pradigy GT, The Brass Connections at The Chop ShopNoDa, Charlotte; Hectagons, Gore Gore Luchadores, Modern Primitives, The Emotron, Dirty South Revolutionaries at The Milestone, Charlotte; NYE with Jimmy Garrett Band at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; John Tosco’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Variety Show at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Overboard NYE at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; NYE Bash with The Joe Davis Band at Players Sports Bar, Kannapolis; Rockin’ NYE with Lipstick on a Pig at Finz Raw Bar, Matthews; NYE Party with The David Michael Band at One Mor Bar and Grill, Concord; Tantrum NYE Band in the Upstairs Ballroom at The Speakeasy Alehouse, Concord.

Wednesday: Hectorina at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.

Thursday: Cold Cold Sweats at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Bitter End Malfunction, No Quarter at The Milestone, Charlotte; Dead Poet Society at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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