Night Sounds

’90s rocker Butch Walker is everywhere, including in Charlotte on Friday

By Debby Jet Jennings

Butch Walker brings his versatility live Friday to The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte.
Butch Walker brings his versatility live Friday to The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte. BUTCH WALKER

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer Butch Walker is everywhere, especially live at The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte on Friday.

With prodigious skills including vocals, guitar, piano, bass, percussion Hammond Organ, mandolin, Walker’s ubiquitous presence is undeniable, stretching from a long line of bands, projects, joint ventures and one-off alliances from his early years forward, spreading in all directions.

Walker erupted onto the national rock scene in the early ’90s via hair band pop rockers SouthGang that after two albums evolved into Floyd’s Funk Revival, (shortened to The Floyds) a fan favorite often performing in this area.

Next Walker was one-third of the super rock, power-pop Marvelous Three with the national Top 40 hit “Freak of the Week” in 1999. Later, he switched things up and emerged as a popular genre crossing producer, songwriter and creative go-to-guy for a host of folks.There are six albums of his own, including his most recent album No. 7, ‘Afraid of Ghosts,’ which features Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. A couple of compelling tracks there include “Chrissie Hynde” proving the depth of his coolness promoting this rock icon, and “Father’s Day,” a touching homage to his recently deceased father.

To his credit Walker was named Rolling Stone’s producer of the year in 2005. There’s a documentary “Out of Focus” on his life and music, directed by Shane Valdés and Peter Harding, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in April 2012. Plus he published an autobiography, “Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt” in 2011.

Fearless where formats and friends are concerned, his work speaks for itself. Likewise, he is a charismatic, face-value force, worthy of the instant allegiance from fans. Needless to say, he walks in all realms, which is why Butch Walker is everywhere! Witness Butch Walker and band The Black Widows Friday along with Jonathan Tyler, The Dove & The Wolf, Friday at The Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Call 704-358- 9200 or visit visulite.com for show information. For more on the music, visit butchwalker.com.

Elsewhere

Hot homecoming talent found with the return of Early Ray live Friday to Alive After Five at The Epicenter in Charlotte. Fresh from his six month R&R sabbatical to Hollywood, Calif., Early Ray (aka area native/favorite Rayen Belchere) professed excitement at reuniting with friends, fans and band, promising to bring his total “spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.” Share this rollicking reunion welcoming Early Ray and band back Friday at The Epicenter, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte. For more information, call 828-260-3257 and go to aliveafterfives.com. Get more on the music at earlyray.com.

Upcoming

Friday: Analog Daze at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; Rusty Pilot at The Handle Bar, Catawba; Ken Blinko Trio with Tenya Coleman at The Ballantyne Hotel, Ballantyne-Charlotte; Chuck Johnson Duo at Moochie’s Tavern, Matthews; Caleb de Casper, Skyfold, Rothschild at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Caleb Johnson, Josh Sanders at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Rob McHale Band at Great Aunt Stella Center, Charlotte; Tommy Keys at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Angel Incident Unplugged at Tilted Kilt, Charlotte; Toleman Randall, Sam the Lion, more at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Horizontal Hold, Fay, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Israel Houghton & The New Breed, more at Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte; Joe the Show at Tin Roof, Charlotte; David Childers, Paleface, Sinners & Saints at Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, Charlotte; Senseless Beatings, Fire Marshal Bill, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Celtic Revival at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; Charlotte Symphony: Dvorak ‘From The New World’ at Belk Theater, Charlotte; Mitch Hayes at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Robert Randolph & The Family Band at NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Wick-It The Instigator at Chop Shop, Charlotte;Zappa Plays Zappa with Dweezil Zappa at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Matthew Mayfield; Rhythm Future Quartet at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Saturday: Darrell Harwood at Long Branch, Rock Hill; Fiftywatt Live at Sylvia Theater, York; Leslie & Rico Duo at Mickey’s Shag Shack, Fort Mill; Angel Incident Live at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Tantrum at Moochie’s Tavern, Matthews; Four Days Gone at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Smokin’– a Tribute to Arena Rock; Eclipse-Pink Floyd Tribute at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Charlotte Battle of the Bands at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; McGroover at Promenade on Providence, Charlotte; BYOG, Runaway Gin-Phish Tribute at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Orgone, Sopistafunk at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Black Pope, DSR, Grohg, Auxilia at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Jennifer Millis, Laura Staples, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Kaleb Hensley at Tin Roof, Charlotte; Backstabbers Inc., Gut Feeling, Secret Hospital at Milestone, Charlotte; Southside of the Tracks at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Travis Tritt at Don Gibson Theatre, Shelby; Needtobreathe, Colony House, Drew Holcomb, Ben Rector at Uptown Amphitheatre-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Charlotte Gets Weird at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Stu Larsen, Natsuki Kuraj, Matt Sanders; Wrinkle Neck Mules at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Sunday: Chelsea Grin, The Word Alive, Like Moths to Flames, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Viking Mose, Matthew Paul Butler, Steve Gilbert at Milestone, Charlotte; Blue October, Ashleigh Stone, Harvard of the South at The Fillmore, Charlotte.

Monday: Knocturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Stephen Lee, Smelly Felly, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Open Mic with Tattletale Saints at Evening Muse, Charlotte;

Tuesday: Sabra Cllas at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Mingo Fishtrap, Fubonik Funk at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Peelander-Z, The Bleeps,more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Pixies, John Grant at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte; Ciara at The Fillmore, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Crow Hollar at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; SummerDaze at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Primal Scream at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Robbie Fulks at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Dollar Signs, Aloha Broha, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Seaside Craves at Milestone, Charlotte; Nightwish, Delain, more at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Sam Burchfield, Lost Lander at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Thursday: Scott Moss & Brian Edmonson at Sambo’s 903 Grill, Lancaster; Chris Marks Band at Veterans’ Park, Kannapolis; Scott Smith at Village Tavern, Charlotte; Michael Tracy, Darby Adkins at The Evening Muse, Charlotte;

“And that was all she wrote.”

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