The Spongetones – live Friday at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte – are our very own Fab Four. Their pop/rock fame goes far beyond just this metro area, but we get the original bragging rights.
All four original Spongetones come ready to rock: Jamie Hoover, guitar/vocals/producer/songwriter; Steve Stoeckel, bass/vocals/guitar/songwriter; Rob Thorne, drums/percussion and Pat Walters, guitar/vocals/keyboards/songwriter, which means expect a talented romp through myriad music styles.
Musically, it’s all there, from The Beatles and the sounds of the mid-’60s British Invasion, with lots of pop rock, up into ’70s classic rock and beyond.
In such a wealth of sound and styles, authenticity reigns, thanks to The ’Tones meticulous artistry. Knowledge and finesse for beloved/epic music served them well regarding how they handled covers originally, which then enabled advancing into their own original realm.
The Spongetones’ debut album, “Beat Music” in 1982, has been followed by a dazzling catalog of albums, compilations, duo projects and more, touting ’Tones tunes and tons of favorites in their own right. After all this time, their undeniable love for the music is still manifest and infectious, carrying fans from the bygone right through to the up-to-date with uncanny, captivating skill.
Hear The Spongetones live Friday at The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., Charlotte. Call 704-376-1446 or check doubledoorinn.com for show details. For more Spongetones’ info, find them on Facebook and at spongetones.com.
Swirl together blue-eyed soul, R&B funk with a jazzy groove for the classic sound of the Average White Band live Saturday at Knight Theater in Charlotte. Emerging in the early ’70s out of Scotland, their hits included the instrumental track “Pick Up The Pieces” plus singles “Cut The Cake,” “Let’s Go Round Again” and more.
Crossbreeding their roots into such an authentic sound also led to their popularity with fans, with musicians, and as an influential resource.
The band lineup features Alan Gorrie, lead vocals/bass/guitar/keyboards; Brent Carter, lead vocals; Onnie McIntyre, guitar/vocals; Fred Vigdor, saxophones/vocals/keyboards; Rob Aries, keyboards/bass and Rocky Bryant, drums.
Get a piece of the tasty grooves of the Average White Band, live Saturday at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Call 704-372-1000 for concert and ticket info. For more on the music, visit averagewhiteband.com and find them on Facebook.
Friday: Weekends at Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; Whiskey Prophets at Frog’s Bar & Grill, Lancaster; Leslie & Rico Duo at Mickey & Mooch-Pineville; EU with Sugar Bear, Kill Cal at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Eric Roberson, Bilal at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Gene Gene and the Blues Machine at Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte; Amy Broome at EagleSpeak Coffee House, Charlotte; The Pansy Willis Project Launch Party at Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum, Charlotte; Helmet at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Serfs, Ghostt Blonde, Spirit System, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Sun-Dried Vibes, TreeHouse at The Rabbit Hole, Charlotte; Manhattan Transfer at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Matt Stratford Duo at RiRa, Charlotte; TI, Lil Wayne at Label-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; The Mineral Girls, Dear Blanca, The Menders, The Cocker Spaniels at Milestone, Charlotte; Luke Edwards at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Tarrus Riley at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Donna the Buffalo at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; The Circle of the Song with Ed Jurdi, Seth Walker, Edward David Anderson at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Saturday: Mike Faulkenberry Whiskey Prophets at Sand Bar Grill, Rock Hill; Hoodwinked at Empire Pizza 2-Newport, Rock Hill; Michael Wayne Avery at Ledo’s Pizza and Pasta, Rock Hill; Guest Artist Series: Drummer Steve Goold at Byrnes Auditorium-Winthrop University, Rock Hill; Khaos Kings at Scooter’s, Chester; Jody Edwards & Co. Acoustic at D’Vinne Wine, Ballantyne-Charlotte; Angel Incident Live- Battle of the Bands at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Perfect Strangers Acoustic at The Lodge, Charlotte; Eric Roberson, Bilal at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Day Go-Go 2015 at Icehouse South End, Charlotte; Blue Tulip Band at EagleSpeak Coffee House, Charlotte; Above & Beyond at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Atlas Road Crew, Byog, Dave Britt Band at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Junior Astronomers, Married with Sea Monsters, Plus Surprise Guest at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Average White Band at Knight Theater, Charlotte; The Ladidadi Day Party at Levine Properties, Charlotte; CIAA Party hosted by P Diddy at Label-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Chilled Monkey Brains, Dollar Signs, Gonzo at Milestone, Charlotte; Dave Koons & The Koyotes, Shannon Lee, The Marshalls at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Ultimate Hip Hop Experience at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Ginuwine, RL, Wingo & Q at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Matt Mackelcan, Four Days Gone, The Lady Comes First at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Sunday: Weirdo, Quill, Humbo County, Matrix P, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Dan & Shay, Canaan Smith at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Charlotte Blues Society with Stress Test at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Rend Collective at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte; Marshall Crenshaw at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Cody Canada & The Departed, Jason Boland and The Stragglers at Chop Shop, Charlotte.
Monday: Black Crowm Initiate at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Knocturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Lights, X Ambassadors at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Open Mic with Annalise Emerick at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Pile, Radiator King, Black Market, Motel Glory at Milestone, Charlotte; Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Aeon, Tribuliation at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Nothing Feels Good-Emo Night at Noda 101, Charlotte.
Wednesday: Whiskey Diablo at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Red Jessee & The Dead Men, Dollar Signs at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Metaphonia, more at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Tosco House Party; Desert Noises at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Thursday: August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane, Fit For A King, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Short & Cito at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Christian Lopez Band, Little District at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Jude Mose, Mark Mathis, Broadcast Safe at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Jazmine Sullivan at The Fillmore, Charlotte; The Scandals, Almost People, Aloha Broha at Milestone, Charlotte; Born Cages, Dreamers, The Kickback at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Food, Art, Music with The Loudermilks, Josh Daniel at Chop Shop, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”