Night Sounds

Celebrate spring with Carson Hill

By Debby Jet Jennings

Carson Hill, a teenager on the rise, performs Saturday during the Art Kaleidoscope festival in downtown Waxhaw.
Carson Hill, a teenager on the rise, performs Saturday during the Art Kaleidoscope festival in downtown Waxhaw. CARSON HILL

Celebrate the magic of springtime with the youthful sounds of Carson Hill, live Saturday during the Art Kaleidoscope festival in downtown Waxhaw.

Hill is a teenager on the rise. At 17, she is a singer, songwriter, guitarist with a country-folk flair and a fun pop edge. Spirited and energetic Hill is personable and determined. She is already making waves locally and regionally as well as in the highly competitive national spotlight.

Charlotte area-based, this upbeat teen is a self-taught guitarist who wrote her first song at 11. From that early start, Hill wasted no time penning more tunes, playing live gigs and finding fans for her music.

She has released two EPs of her originals plus a video for one song “Under the Skin,” which is not only picking up area interest and YouTube plays, but grabbing national attention, too. A recent People magazine focused on Hill’s youthful exuberance and positive musical message.

Her interest in music began simply with Hill’s love for singing – with her mother, with her sister, and an extended family of singers. She sang on the way to school, on the way home, and then everywhere else especially once she began writing her own songs to sing.

In general, there are no sad songs – well, not many – for Hill, rather she writes “to make people feel better,” which says a lot about her personality, adding even more to her attraction.

Often sounding more like an old soul than a young teen, Hill professes her aim is to write about “real things … not just relationships and love.” Likewise, her goal to empower women of all ages is equally dynamic with a quest turning away from appearance to aim at the idea that “…what makes someone beautiful is how they treat others and their personality in general.”

Revel in the bright blush of spring along with the rush of dazzling music live Saturday at Art Kaleidoscope (formerly Spring Fest) in downtown Waxhaw. Hill’s set will run from 1-2 p.m. The two-day Art Kaleidoscope festival features a variety of arts activities and displays Saturday and Sunday along with a wealth of musical entertainment including area favorites Scoot, Lipstick on a Pig, Taylor Dean and more. For details about this event, go to For more on the music, find Carson Hill on Facebook and visit


Friday: Suttle Band at Food Truck Friday-Fountain Park, Rock Hill; Oneppo Brothers at Sandbar, Rock Hill; Richburg Road Band at The Handle Bar, Catawba; The Body Bags, NIHM, Mindjakked at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Banana Pancakes-Jack Johnson Tribute featuring Scoot, The One Trick Ponies at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Alan Barrington at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Warsong, Sounds of Cannon, Mark Mathis at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Tom Principato at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; In the Groove: Music Get Your Movin’ at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; Scott Moody Band at RiRa, Charlotte; The Jazz Room with Greg Jarrell at Stage Door Theater, Charlotte; Benji Hughes at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Bulgogi at Crown Station Pub, Charlotte; The Whiskey Predicament, Michael Alan, Doctor Flapjack, McDreamy, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Who’s Bad Michael Jackson Tribute at Friday Live, NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Province of Thieves at Moochies Tavern-Matthews, Charlotte; Bobby Ray Bittle, Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Beneath Oblivion, Rite to Sedition, Tecate Sunrise at Milestone, Charlotte; Jeremy McComb, The Beagles at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Suzy Boggus at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Charlie King, Tahoma, Matt Bednarsky; Radio Lola, Sy Arden; at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Saturday: Hoodwinked at The Long Branch, Rock Hill; PJ Brunson at Ledo Pizza, Rock Hill; Southern Experience Band at Beef O’Brady’s-Baxter, Fort Mill; Oneppo Brothers at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Leslie & Rico Duo at Mickey & Mooch Arboretum, Pineville; Sonny Skyzz at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Vices & Vessels, This Fallen Empire, Never I, A Mile at Sea at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; School of Rock at Amos' Southend, Charlotte; Bruce Katz Band, Traffic Jam Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Heroes at Last at RiRa, Charlotte; Vacationer at Visulite Theatre, Charlotte; Abe Reid, Modern Primitives, Mike Martin Band, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: Peter and The Wolf at Knight Theater, Charlotte; World War IX, Aloha Broha at Milestone, Charlotte; Aaron Watson at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Tantrum at Bonfire Bar & Grill-Indian Trail, Charlotte; Perfect Strangers at Moochie’s Tavern-Matthews, Charlotte; Clyde’s On Fire at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Nico & Vinz, Jason French at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Spent Presents: Dazed & Confused at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Reverb Fest with Beach Fossils, Elvis Depressedly, Jackson Scott, Mineral Girls, more at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Annabelle’s Curse, Ross Adams; Luke Bell; at Evening Muse, Charlotte

Sunday: Clover, Fire Marshall Bill at Milestone, Charlotte; Jana Kramer, Kelsea Ballerini at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Melissa Mummert at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Monday: Morganton, One Final Hope, Sovereign, The Blackleaf, Abyssius at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Knocturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Nonpronto at Crown Station Pub, Charlotte; Open Mic with 3 Piece Bucket, Charlotte; Open Mic with Brad Thomas at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Tuesday: Jes Seda at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Jon Linker at Tin Roof, Charlotte; Nonpronto at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Player Made with DJ A Huf, Elevator Jay at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Dust and Ashes, Hip Hatchet, Jordan C. Minor, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Ministry, The Sixxis at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Lake Street Dive, River Whyless at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Sean Watkins at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Carolina Soul Band at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox, Puddles Pity Part at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Leslie & Friends Trio at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar, Charlotte; Dollar Signs, Bless These Sounds Under the City, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Tim Eason, Nellie Clay, John Dungan at Evening Muse, Charlotte.

Thursday: Jon Caneda at Village Tavern, Charlotte; Laney Jones Band at Veterans’ Park, Concord-Kannapolis.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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