Elevate your holiday hit parade of tunes by taking it up a notch with a three band blast from Rosewave, Venus Invictus and Philip K. Dixie live Friday, courtesy of Concerts in the Courtroom at The Getty’s Building, downtown Rock Hill.
If you seek emerging artists or perhaps something that’s not so much ‘jingle jangle’ and ‘holly jolly’ but still lively, colorful, even unusual, this is for you.
Consider the newly formed Venus Invictus, who debuted this fall. A five member area group, the lineup includes Josh Wright, guitar; Amanda Tattermask, vocals; Harlynn Spectra, bass and Jim Saj, drums; and offering a rock sound with experimental flair that’s ‘on the rock-metal continuum.’
I asked vocalist Tattermask for more details. “We are made up of members of now defunct Charlotte bands Tattermask and NIHM,” she said, “and we play experimental hard rock with a metal edge.” Metal interpretation nowadays is a wide open and ever-changing genre, often very much in the eye or ear of the beholder.
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Tattermask offered more clarity. “We’re sort of like a weirder Alter Bridge,” she said, referring to the national recording hard rock group that’s guitar-driven with spirited vocals and heroic themes. “We do our best to write high-energy music and perform our music with some entertaining stage theatrics,” Tattermask said. She added that as far as theatricality, “we wear capes and throw special items out to the crowd sometimes.”
Their first single video is titled “Let’s Not Lose Our Heads.” Otherwise, the band’s mystique finds them “set apart in star-crossed virtue” promising, “every day we walk among you.” Share the galaxy with Venus Invictus along with Rosewave, and Philip K. Dixie Friday for Concerts at the Courtroom, inside the Gettys Building, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Check thecourtroomrockhilltumblr.com for show details. For more on the music, visit venusinvictus.com and find them on facebook. Also for info on the other bands, go to facebook.com/rosewaverockband and twitter.com/philllpkdixie.
Friday: Punching the Ghost at The Brass Tap-Riverwalk, Rock Hill; Jay Teague at Empire Pizza-Newport, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; The Rockaholics at John’s Place Neighborhood Bar, Fort Mill; Jukebox Junkie Christmas Party at Scooter’s of Chester; Angel Incident at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at The Lodge-Ballantyne; Curbside Prophet at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Lisa De Novo at The Lodge-Ballantyne, S.Charlotte; The Sound Committee at Wild Wing Cafe-Ayrsley, S. Charlotte; Balsa Gliders, Leisure McCorkle with Kaleidoscope at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Donnie Honeycutt at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Lenny Federal Band at The Comet Grill, Charlotte; Havoc at Stooge’s, Mint Hill.
Saturday: Bryan & Jackie at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; David Williams for Joker’s Christmas Party at Joker’s Bar, Rock Hill; Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Josh ‘Sawyer’ Fosdick at Cousy’s Sports Bar, Catawba; Porter Blue at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; Sun-Dried Vibes Christmas Party at Dirty Martini Lounge-Baxter, Fort Mill; Jes Seda at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Toe Jam with Bobby D at Brew’s Tavern, Fort Mill; Analog Crash at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Chubby Knuckles at Pineville Tavern, Pineville Dan Vitco at The Lodge-Ballantyne, Charlotte; The Grassabillies at Legion Brewing, Charlotte; Acoustic Syndicate at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Bill Noonan Band at the Comet, Charlotte; Smilin’ Dogs at Big Al’s, Charlotte.
Sunday: Jukebox Junkie Christmas Party at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Catawba River Monster 3-7 p.m. with Ugly Christmas Sweater contest and more at Christmas Party, The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; Locash, Delta Rae & Brandon Lay presented by 96.6 The Kat at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; All Time Low Christmas presented by 107.9 The Link at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Crisis with Donna Duncan, The Stragglers, Lenny Federal Band, DDI Documentary at the Double Door Inn Anniversary Reunion Party at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte.
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