Music Matinee 2014 at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte Sunday, presented by Michael Tracy of The Michael Tracy Band, brings together a tantalizing assortment of local up and coming musical artists and bands plus a couple of regional groups to boot.
Touted to be an “American melting pot of music designed to appeal to whatever your taste,” this special showcase will also benefit The Wounded Warrior Project, the nonprofit organization serving wounded veterans US armed forces.
The lineup is eclectic with a decidedly rock ’n country Americana-esque style from The Michael Tracy Band along with Halden Vang, The Joe Davis Band, and Fiftywatt Freight Train to name a few acts.
As for Michael Tracy and band, they send out a sound variety of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, 70s hard rock, classic rock, country and southern rock. Front man/guitarist/singer-songwriter and namesake Tracy is ably assisted by Boo English, lead guitar; Roey Haviv, bass; and Loren Bates, drums.
Tracy explains his overall musical aim, saying “I take what I do very seriously and with intention to poetically speak of love, hope, philosophy, religion, politics and living life fully – which works in the craft of songwriting and placing lyrics over American rock ’n roll.”
As far as the target for this fundraiser, “On a personal level, being a veteran with a lot of family members who are veterans, the WWP really hits home. But my real love of WWP is how they’ve been on the forefront, keeping the sacrifices of our soldiers in the public eye, especially with a war-weary public, during a time where a lot of media don’t seem as interested as they once were. The WWP does an incredible job.”
Getting the gig together was a big task but Tracy found help. “I was amazed and touched how quickly all the bands and sponsors jumped on board, and all of those who have been such great help.”
Everything is ready for a sizzling Sunday soiree at the Music Matinee 2014 benefit for The Wounded Warrior Project at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Others bands are Clee & Sheridan of Simplified, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Southern Experience Band, Randy Paul, Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, Andy Buckner & Southern Soul Campaign, Funky Geezer, Rock U, Road Show Band. Showtime is 3-9 p.m. For details and concert information, call 704-377-6874. Check their Facebook profiles for scoop then get info/ links and more at amossouthend.com, and michael-tracy.com.
Friday: Dan Vitco at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; McGroover at Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Messenger Down, Knowne Ghost, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Acid FM, Thunderbear, Never The Sorrow, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Annual Cash Bash with Carolina Still, Eric Strickland & The B-Sides, Jonathan Birchfield, Wiggle Wagons at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Cedric Burnside at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Matt Stratford Duo at RiRa Irish Pub, Charlotte; Modern Primitives, Max Pain and The Groovies, Jack Magic at Milestone,Charlotte; The Original Wailers at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Replicas, Dirty Drummer, Rubrics at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Chuck Johnson Duo at Dean & DeLuca-Phillips Place, Charlotte; Cherub, Carousel, Prob Cause, at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Electric Soul Pandemic at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Royal Southen Brotherhood at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Shannon Whitworth; The Vagabonds; at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Jon Linker Band, The Ends, Run Engine at Roux, Charlotte; Sammy Arriaga at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte.
Saturday: Jonathan Garvey and Hoodwinked at Luke’s Sports Bar, Rock Hill; Stella Rising at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; The Rockaholics at Casual Water-Tega Cay, Fort Mill; Gorilla Music presents The Jeff Blue Contest Tour at Tremont Music Hall,Charlotte; Amos Lee, Rayland Baxter at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte; Toleman Randall, Pullman Strike, Jym Chapman at Double Door Inn,Charlotte; Tosco Music Party at Knight Theater, Charlotte; U-Phonik at RiRa Irish Pub, Charlotte; Dex Romweber Duo, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Sinners & Saints atSnug Harbor, Charlotte; 11th Annual Cash Bash with Loose Lugnuts, Jem Crossland & The Hypertonics, Hearts and Daggers, The Bo Stevens at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Hectorina, The Business People at Milestone, Charlotte; Drop It with Seven Lions at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Roadkill Ghost Choir & Desert Noises; more; at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Christina Raine, Square Roots, Wicked Jones, more at Halton Theater-CPCC, Charlotte; Drone, Cirkustein, Base of Bass, Dollar Signs at The Chop Shop-NoDa,Charlotte; JP Harris & The Tough Choices, more at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
Sunday: Capital Cities at Halton Theater-CPCC, Charlotte; John Legend at Belk Theater, Charlotte; Sinners & Saints, Little Districks, Chubby Knuckles, more at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Cheryl Wheeler; Caroline Glaser; at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Molasses Creek at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Monday: All That Remains, Darkest Hour, Wilson, Annabell Leigh at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Cesar Comanche, Ghost Dog, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Chuck Johnson Duo at Cedar Street Tavern, Charlotte; The Dinner Rabbits, Suburban Living at Milestone, Charlotte; Open Mic with The Shivering Timbers at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Jared Allan at T-Bones, Lake Wylie; The Jazz Room with Mark Stallings at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Urban Pioneers, Alison Self, Pat Reedy, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Flex, K9 Unit at Milestone, Charlotte; Heavy Pets, Darryl Hance, Peoples Blues of Richmond at Roux, Charlotte; Ben Taylor at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Wednesday: Behemoth, 1349, Inquisition, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Ben Sollee at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Dave & The Strange, Ranch Ghost, Majestico at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Kid Ink, King Los at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Toy Creek at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Atom Age, Biggy Stardust and His Wretched Hive at Milestone, Charlotte; Wild Child at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Flux Capacitor at Roux, Charlotte.
Thursday: Cash Cash, Magic Man at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Eric Hutchinson, Saints of Valory at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Brothers Comatose at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Awake at Last, A Crowd Like You, Take The Fall at Milestone, Charlotte; Griz, Michal Menert, Late Night Radio at Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter; Thomas Wynn & The Believers; at Evening Muse, Charlotte.