A very musical May hits the ground running sideways. No matter which way you turn, there’s something for every musical taste including some fruit-picking, finger-licking fun at the SC Strawberry Festival, Fort Mill’s salute to spring event. Two stages of live music jam present a mix of sweet treats. Friday offers opening ceremonies with Fort Mill High School Jazz followed by Mr. Potato Head; The Entertainers, Sol Fusion, The Catalinas, Fantastic Shakers, plus Ken Knox & Company. Saturday’s sounds include music from Most Wanted, Front Page, Taylor Brothers, C&C Jazz, Sony Skyz and the Rainmakers, Hoodwinked, The Stranger- Billy Joel Tribute, Jen & Tonic, and Twyla Birdsong. Free and open to the public, Strawberry Jam concert stages are located at North White Street in Fort Mill. Check scstrawberryfestival.com for stage schedules and more details.
Hard rock and hot pop rules Saturday and Sunday for the 2014 Carolina Rebellion at The Charlotte Motor Speedway. A bonanza of heavyweight headliners and assorted hit bands make up this year’s lineup. Saturday’s bill features Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Seether, Anthrax, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, Trivium, as well as Fozzy among others. Sunday brings forth Kid Rock, Five Finer Death Punch, 311, Alterbridge, and more. Special events, multiple stages and fan features abound for the 2014 Carolina Rebellion festival at The Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. Call the speedway at 704-455-3209 for info and visit carolinarebellion.com for schedules, ticket details, camping, and other extras.
Wait, there’s more. A couple of zinger retro shows revisit glorious hitmakers. Hall and Oates return to regale all, live Sunday at The Uptown Amphitheater at The NC Music Factory inCharlotte. Thanks to soul-drenched hooks and melodies, the duo of Darryl Hall and John Oates racked up a long run on Billboard’s Top 40 with 34 hits, six of which landed at the top. Hits include ‘Maneater,’ “Kiss On My List,’ ‘Private Eyes,’ ‘Rich Girl,’ ‘Sara Smile,’ ‘You Make My Dreams,’ and more to earn 19 gold and platinum sales awards. Hailed by the Recording Industry Association of America as ‘the most successful duo in rock history,’ Hall and Oates fans of all ages helped bring about a raging resurgence. Their overall success even landed them as inductees in the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rock and roll soul from Hall and Oates live Sunday at the Uptown Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Call 704-549-5555 for ticket info and go to hallandoates.com for more on the music.
‘And the beat goes on’ with Cher still going strong bringing her ‘ Dressed to Kill” tour to Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Monday. From the 60’s to 2014 her continuing string of hits is phenomenal with sales of more that 100 million solo albums and over 40 million records worldwide. Incidentally, Cher is the “only artist to date with a number-one single in each of the past six decades.” Her latest album “Closer to the Truth” was released in 2013. Witness the goddess herself- Cher, plus guest Cindi Lauper, both live Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte. Call 704-688-9000 for ticket info. Get more on the music at tour.cher.com.
Time to introduce a new area band, Carolina Nation live Friday at Empire Pizza 2-Newport in Rock Hill. Aimed squarely at high-energy modern country mixed with classic rock, the band features guitarist Mark E. Hinson plus Chris Chandler, bass; Lonnie Bulger, drums; Shannon Moree, lead vocals/guitar; and James “Banjo” Clay, banjo and guitar.
“We want to connect to the crowd, so right now we’re playing lots of covers by popular modern country artists,” explains Hinson, the former lead guitarist for the band
“Our main goal is to be an original recording artist, so we’re also giving our audience a few original songs a night,” he said. Meet Carolina Nation Friday at Empire Pizza 2 in Newport, 4811 Old York Road, Rock Hill. Call 803-985-2337 or go to empirepizzaandbar.com.
Rounding out the musical events blitz is a long-awaited full band show by Brandon Kirkley and The Firecrackers, Friday at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte. “We will playing original tunes off our album, “Years,” from the acoustic EP “Timing.” said Kirkley. This is their last big gig until the end of the month where they’ll next take part in the nearby Blackstock Music Festival. Look for a new album in the fall.
For now, find Brandon Kirkley and The Firecrackers live Friday at The Visulite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte. Call 704-358-9200 or go to visulite.com for info. Get more on the music at btkf.net.
Friday: Weekends at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Carolina Nation at Empire Pizza 2-Newport, Rock Hill; Dan Vitco at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Halden Vang with Jake Haldenwang at The Trap, Charlotte; Tattermask, Dr. Cirkustien at Tremont Music Hall, Chalrotte; Game Face at Smokey Joe’s, Charlotte; The L.O.X. at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Tony Joe White, Jonah Tolchin at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Modern Moxie, more at the Milestone, Charlotte; Matt Stratford Duo at RiRa Irish Pub, Charlotte; Drop It with Adventure Club at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Whiskey Alibi at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Marty Stuart, Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Special Consensus at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Saturday: J MOR Band at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Floor, Hot Victory, Darsombra at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Queens of Rock: Stella Rising, Tantrum, Perfect Strangers, more at Amos Southend, Charlotte; The Regulars at RiRa Irish Pub, Charlotte; Battle Beast, Elenora Fagan at Crown Station Pub, Charlotte; Shana Blake Band at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; The Whigs at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; T Bird and The Breaks at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Snug 7th Anniversary at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Overmountain Men at U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; Vulture, Machinist, Dying Whale, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Blackjack Billy, Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Luke Edwards at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Spring Fling Fundraiser with Fat Face Band, more at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Blossom, Melt plus Dance Party with Longchild, more at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Spottiswoode & His Enemies at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Death Rides A Horse, Battle Beast, more at Crown Station, Charlotte.
Sunday: Hall & Oates at Uptown Amphitheater, Charlotte; Pluto for Planet, Jon Linker Band at Tin Roof, Charlotte; Tony Furtado at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Hummingbird, Human Pippi Armstrong, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Elephant Revival at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Jazz & Jokes with Tony Lelo, Jupiter Lane at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Hot Buttered Rum at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte.
Monday: Cinco De Mayo-Lipstick on a Pig at El Veracruz Mexican Restaurant, Pineville; Cher at Time Warner Cable Area, Charlotte; Foster The People, St. Lucia at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Blueprint, Count Bass D, Dirty Art Club at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Open Mic with Roy Schneider Duo at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Mogwai at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at The Fillmore, Charlotte; John Wesley of Porcupine Tree at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Wednesday: Gaslight Anthem, Cory Branan at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Chris O’Leary Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Dixie Moon at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Wicked Jones, Falling Through April at Milestone, Charlotte; Tosco House Party at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Thursday: Khaos Kings Acoustic at Empire Pizza II-Newport, Rock Hill; Earl Sweatshirt at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Leslie & Rico at Villa Antonio-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Sirsy, Ultralush at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Dickens, The Flying Saucers at Pavillion-EpiCentre, Charlotte; Ledisi Robert Glasper Experiment at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Little War Twins at Milestone, Charlotte; The New Familiars at U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; Bleeding Rainbow, Black Market at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Ted Baraat at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; The Accomplices; Holly Williams; at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”