Chameleon-like in adaptability but unswerving in creative direction, Christina Raine is known to take on various configurations to deliver her musical revelations.
For this excursion, she is operating under the moniker of Square Roots Music performing live, Friday at The Brass Tap in Riverwalk, in Rock Hill. A duo featuring Raine, vocals/guitar along with LS Brown, vocals/guitar, bass, this is possibly her most laid-back, informal incarnation but don’t be fooled.
Regardless of format or lineup, setting or personnel, Raine can shift to just the right ‘fit’ needed. You see, she lives for this performance ‘thing’ so she makes it effective, regardless.
Based in this metro area, Raine combines rock and Americana in a Carolina-centric way. Smooth, straightforward, firm or crafty, soft even sly, there’s a unique sound that’s worthy. As a duo, they turn to songs from the 60s to current sounds along with original tunes.
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The groove is soulful or jazzy, just whatever is needed. “This gig is a mixture of originals and covers, instrumentals, some straightforward playing, with some looping and some percussion thrown in,” Raine said. “We like to play songs that aren’t typical – stuff that takes you back, makes you tap your feet, it’s just an all-around good time.”
“I like it when the crowd interacts,” she continues, “I think they like the fact that it’s easy to see I enjoy doing what I do. And the interaction, teamwork with my partner LS Brown adds to it. They see it's not just a job, that we truly love it. It honestly brings me joy,” Raine admits, declaring, “Now that's Square Roots.”
Get together with the Square Roots Music duo Friday at The Brass Tap in Riverwalk, 819 Terrace Suite 103, Rock Hill. Details: 803-329-9094 or brasstapbeebar.com. For more on the music, visit soundofraine.com. See their new video there. You can even find out what Arsenio Hall has to say.
Friday: Square Roots Music at The Brass Tap-Riverwalk, Rock Hill; Frank Sciandra at The Handle Bar Tavern, Catawba; Jes Seda at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Colby Dobbs & Stacey Leazer at The Vinyl Pi, Charlotte; The Prodigal Sons at Brew’s Tavern, Fort Mill; Jay Mathey at Small Bar, Fort Mill; Throwback Thursday Party Band at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; Blue Dogs at Music Farm, Columbia; Shannon Lee Trio at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Elastik Waste Band at The Lodge-Ballantyne, S. Charlotte; DeCarlo at Hickory Tavern-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Grassabillies at Legion Brewing, Charlotte; Moses Jones at Smokey Joe’s, Charlotte; Yacht Rock Revue at The Underground at the Fillmore, Charlotte; Big Head Todd & The Monsters at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Ziggy Pockets at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; The Breakfast Club at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Lenny Federal Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte.
Saturday: Steve Simpson & Al Lemmond (2 p.m.) at Nova’s Bakery, Rock Hill; Throwback Thursday Party Duo at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Little Johnny Trailer Trash at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; 86 the Fish at Small Bar, Fort Mill; Porter Blue at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; The Grassabillies at Boiling Springs Ale House, Boiling Springs; Jordan Middleton at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Tokyo Joe at Wild Wing Café-Ayrsley, Charlotte Parker & Co. at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; David Childers with Robert Childers, Korey Dudley at Brawley's Beverage (Park Road), Charlotte; Moses Jones at Tank Town Tavern, Charlotte; Wavy Train at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; Bloodworth Project at Legion Brewing, Charlotte; The Relics at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Diamond Rio at Coyote Joe’s Dance and Night Club, Charlotte; Latin Night in Plaza Midwood with Lola Pistola, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
Sunday: Jeff Shows at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Omari & The Hellhounds at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Dumpster Service, Houston & The Dirty Rats, more at The Milestone, Charlotte.
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