Longing for a much-needed blast of fresh sounds to roar in just in time for the holiday weekend? Well, wish granted with the arrival Shiloh Hill, live Friday at The Dreamchaser’s Brewery in Waxhaw.
Words describing this Greensboro-based bunch extoll their many virtues at being easy-breezy, infectious and charming while still delivering an upbeat “family-band” style that’s as welcome as a “cooling waterfall.” Influenced by Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, with some Avetts’ here and a bit of Mumford & Sons too, Shiloh Hill is tapping multiple genres while aiming deftly for an eclectic folk-rock/indie folk vibe. It’s music that’s hip enough for a danceable groove as well as some serious toe-tapping too.
Shiloh Hill features front man Nick Hofstetter, lead vocals/acoustic guitar; wife Mamie Hofstetter, lead vocals/mandolin/glockenspiel; Julian Jackson, backing vocals/banjo/electric guitar/ dobro; and Jacob Kuhn, drums/ percussion. They’re trotting out treasured folk instruments and then driving it with a rock rhythm section to conjure ditties packed with plenty of energy.
Their newest album, “Wildflower” hit the streets and the band has been pushing it along with lots of regional touring across North Carolina and Virginia and back around to this area.
Weaving stories in harmony with a fun vibe and a gutsy roots style packed with North Carolina musical tradition, hang out with Shiloh Hill Friday at The Dreamchaser’s Brewery, 115 E. North Main St., Waxhaw. For show info call 704-843-7326 or find the venue on Facebook. For more in the music, visit shilohhillmusic.com.
Weighing in as this Labor Day Weekend’s leading contender for big splash variety event is Matthews Alive 2017 in nearby Matthews. Designed to promote local non-profit groups, this 4-day extravaganza starts Friday, runs Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday with an assortment of attractions, activities, arts, including multiple stages of live music.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for Matthews Alive so it’s packed with plenty of live music in assorted genres. Friday leads off with DJ Chuck Garland, Gump Fiction, Carolina Soul, and Chairmen of the Board. Saturday features The Classic Rock Experience and Prince Tribute -The Purple Experience.
Sunday offers Amy Medlin; Lisa de Nova; Cory Wells; Diamonds & Whiskey Duo; Brian Mayer; Josh Brannon Band and Sammy Kershaw. On Monday, celebrate with Uptown Swagga Band; Next Level Band of Charlotte; Queen City Groove and Impromptu-Acapella.
Find family fun, food, rides, games, arts & crafts, exhibits, plus fireworks (Saturday) along with three stages of live music Friday-Monday at Matthews Alive in downtown Matthews. Details: 704-708-1261 or matthewsalive.org.
Friday: After Sundown at Sandbar, Rock Hill; An Evening with Alecz at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; Catawba River Monster at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; Acoustic Saints at 21 Roadhouse, Fort Lawn; Smilin’ Dogs at T-Bones at The Lake, Lake Wylie; Ollie Take Cover Acoustic Trio at Brew’s Tavern, Fort Mill; Jes Seda at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Square Roots Music at The Lodge – Ballantyne, Charlotte; Gas House Guru’s at McKoy’s Smokehouse & Saloon, Charlotte.
Saturday: Sonny Skyyz Band at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Mike Funkberry Trio at McHale’s on Main, Rock Hill; P.J. Brunson at Windy Hill Orchard, 1 p.m., York; Sean Carrouth at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Chubby Knuckles at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Baxter-Fort Mill; Sons of Carolina at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Lisa De Novo at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Romare Bearden Birthday with Euge Groove, Terence Young Band at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Devil’s Hatband at The Lodge-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Little Johnny Trailer Trash at Big Al’s, Charlotte.
Sunday: Music Row Band at Legal Remedy Brewing, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles (2 p.m.) Fun Day at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; Chubby Knuckles (7:30 p.m.) at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Baxter, Fort Mill; Jeff Shows at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Tim Murray at Charlotte Blues Society Contest (12:30 p.m.) at The Rabbit Hole, Charlotte; Moses Jones (6:30 p.m.) at Thirsty Beaver Saloon, Charlotte;.Ed Sheeran at Spectrum Center, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Bruce Hazel (8 p.m.) at Legal Remedy Brewing, Rock Hill;
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