Mainstream rock returns to the Paladium Amphitheater at Carowinds with the double shot of hot rock from Daughtry live Thursday along with hard-hitting renegades 21st Century Goliath as opening guest.
Daughtry is fronted by Chris Daughtry, originally from McLeansville, N.C., who came to national fame rocking his way to the finals on the fifth season of American Idol.
He converted that musical momentum right into platinum territory when his self-titled debut album produced four Top 20 hits and sold more than f4 million copies becoming Billboard’s “Best Selling Album” for 2007. That triumphant launch, followed by successful resulting albums – including his most recent, “Baptized,” account for the band’s worldwide sales of over 30 million albums and over 80 million digital tracks downloaded.
The band is not a solo project or backup band, it is a full-fledged group effort just using the lead vocalist’s name for extra clout. The lineup also features Josh Paul, bass; Brian Craddock, guitar; Josh Steely, guitar; Robin Diaz, drums and Elvio Fernandes, keyboards. Together they fashion a rock-meets-pop rock sound with post-grunge punch rooted in ’70s and ’80s arena rock a la Van Halen, Bon Jovi and others.
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Selling this aura, of course, is Daughtry himself, whose powerful, resonant voice enables and identifies the band overall. Likewise, his lighthearted, upbeat personal style not to mention that bold swagger that keeps things lively and agile but still potent enough to handle all anthemic requirements.
Meanwhile, 21st Century Goliath is along for the hard-rocking ride as guest openers keeping things risky but relevant. Heads up for this Charlotte band’s straight-on hard rock outfit that gives no quarter thanks to a two-guitar onslaught that’s as solid as it is elegant.
Loud and undeniably proud, their name tells the story of throwback rock meeting the future right in the present day with influences resting in classic grandeur.
The band 21st Century rallies together the forces of Tony Leone, vocals; Scott Roby, guitar; Kip Wilson, guitar; Adam Ellis, drums and Kenny Keeler, bass. Two albums – “Radio Destroyer -2012” followed by “Back With a Vengeance” in late 2014 – verify to their combined heavyweight rock skills.
Fist-pumping rock guaranteed for all from Daughtry plus 21st Century Goliath Thursday at The Paladium Amphitheater, Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill-Charlotte. For concert information, call 803-548-5300 or 704-588-2600and check carowinds.com. For more on the music, find both bands on Facebook, plus visit daughtryofficial.comand 21cgband.com.
Friday: 17th Anniversary Bash with The Whiskey Prophets at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, Rock Hill; Hoodwinked at Empire II-Newport, Rock Hill; Moral Delemma at The Handle Bar Catawba; Scott Hinkle, Steve Simpson, David Huberman at Songwriter Round at Sylvia Theater, York; Dathrowback Band Live at Pineville Parks & Recreation, Pineville; Radiojacks at Harmony Hall - Carowinds, Fort Mill; The Southern Experience Band at The Pier at Garden City, Myrtle Beach; The Raisin’ Cain Band at The Trap, Charlotte; Murder Junkies, Lookout Mountain, Daredevils at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Appetite for Destruction: Guns N Roses Tribute; Ride the Lightning-Metallica Tribute at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Wink Keziah at McKoy’s, Charlotte; The Oneppo Brothers Band at The Tilted Kilt, Charlotte; Gene Gene and the Blues Machine at Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte; Groove 8, Opposite Box, The Hawthornes at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Junque Gallery at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Demon Eye, Order of the Owl, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Sheep, The Modern Condition at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Kyle Cummings at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Beo String Quartet at New Gallery of Modern Art-Uptown, Charlotte; Extreme A’cappella 3 at Duke Energy Theater-Blumenthal Arts, Charlotte; Underground Owls at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; New Wave Undertow at Milestone, Charlotte; Jem Crossland & The Hypertonics at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Allman Brothers Tribute at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Jim Garrett, Ole Town Criers at Tesicali Taco & Tequila Bar-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Surfer Blood, The Black Cadillacs, The Halves at NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Brendan James, Matt Hires; Jonas Sees in Color, more at Evening Muse; Charlotte.
Saturday: The Oneppo Brothers Band at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Adam Quay, Kevin Riley at Benford Brewing Co., Lancaster; Leisure McCorkle at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Toleman Randall at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; Lil Skritt, The Body Bags, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Smokin’- Arena Rock Tribute at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Jamie McLean Band at US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; Secret Hospital, Orange Crush, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; South End Jazz with Letron Brantley & Jazz Revolution at Trolley Museun, Charlotte; Concrete, Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan at Common Market, Charlotte; Outt of the Cellar w-Knucklesandwich at Big Al’s Pub, Charlotte; Soul Mechanic at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Jack Oblivian, The Sheiks at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Who Rescued Who at RiRa, Charlotte; The Rippingtons at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Little War Twins, Mercury Dimes at Milestone, Charlotte; Double Ought at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Gilberto Santa Rosa at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Chris Cook at Younguns, Kings Mountain; CLTure Music Fest w-Man Man, Desert Noises, Modern Primities, more at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Malcolm Holcombe; Refuse the Conformity, The Concussion Theory, Rothschild at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Charlotte 1960s Rock & Roll Reunion with Kinksment, The Bondsmen, Mod VI, Mannish Boys at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
Sunday: Matt Tucker at The Handle Bar, Catawba; Greg Clarke at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; The Concussion Theory, Rothschild, Robert Childers, Andy The Doorbum, more at Milestone,Charlotte; Empire! Empire!, The Mineral Girls, more at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
Monday: Knocturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Pluto for Planet at Heist Brewery, Charlotte; He Is Legend, Iselia, Must Be The Holy Ghost at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Open Mic with Jangling Sparrows at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Merle Haggard at Belk Theater, Charlotte; Rodney Shelton at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Gonzo, Bad Acid, Mr. Gold, more at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Southern Gothic at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Chrisette Michele at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla at PNC Music Pavillion, Charlotte.
Wednesday: Olivier Latry at Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill; Province of Thieves at EagleSpeak Coffee House, Charlotte; Carolina Rose at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Wavy Train at Heist Brewery, Charlotte; Fantastic Shakers at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Modern Primitives, Black Market, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Mighty Rhythnmbusters at Stooge’s Pub & Grub, Charlotte; Toscos House Party at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Thursday: Royal Thunder, Wild Throne & Musket King at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Jamie Kent, Devon Elizabeth at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
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