Thwart any Friday the 13th vexing juju with an upbeat lucky shot of musical finesse from PJ Brunson live Friday at Ledo Pizza in Rock Hill.
Good vibes reign with Brunson, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist whose fusion of folk, soft rock, pop and country combine for a welcome and refreshing experience.
Her gregarious spirit enhances her skill as a performer, prompting one fan to characterize Brunson as a “female James Taylor.” That comparison certainly draws from her acoustic style and smooth voice along with a true talent for connecting to audiences.
A Rock Hill native, Brunson has toured the Southeast, performed regularly in small venues, coffeehouses, and clubs as well as to larger audiences at festivals. She’s opened for national acts including Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and the Charlotte Pops.
Her songs have picked up regional, national honors and she recently released the 14-song album “Home To Me,” a compilation of favorites from her days at Winthrop University and her more recent songs.
Plenty of fun with sing-a-long sentiment from PJ Brunson,Friday at Ledo Pizza, 489 South Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Get show details by calling 980-5336 or go to ledopizza.com. Check pjbrunson.com for more on the music.
Luck be a rock show with the power trio Crashbox, live Friday at Luke’s Sports Bar and Grill in Rock Hill. Versatile with varied musical ventures, bassist Kelly Bristow is one third of Crashbox along with Michael Waters, guitar/vocals; and Chuck Lee, drums, vocals.
Together they pack a concentrated punch into a broad swath of rock styles and genres. “The band has been around for about nine years and gigs a lot,” said Bristow. “We’re a rock band that does a pretty wide range of sounds.”
“Early on the band was focused on heavier 90s stuff,” Bristow continues, “but in the last few years we’ve branched into classic rock and funk.”
Drawing from a lengthy repertoire listing everything from Johnny Cash, AC/DC, and Queen to Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, and Weezer, there are often a few surprise entries also.
“We typically like to take requests and we’ll try just about anything,” Bristow said, adding with a hint of mischief, “Sometimes the requests crash and burn, but everybody has fun.”
Join the rumble and rock riot of Crashbox Friday at Luke’s Sports Bar & Grill, 465 Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. Call 327-2701 or check lukesbarsc.com for more show info.
A favorite returns
Good fortune is amplified in a homecoming concert by FireHouse live, Saturday at Amo’s Southend in Charlotte. Championed by faithful fans, this once area-favorite returns to the stomping grounds that first embraced their music, then launched them to the world.
In 2015, FireHouse – with Bill Leverty, guitar/vocals; CJ Snare, lead vocals/keys; Michael Foster, drums/vocals and Allen McKenzie, bass/vocals – celebrated the 25th anniversary of of their self-titled debut album that spurred gold and platinum albums and numerous awards including an American Music Award.
“I predict we’ll have one of our best gigs we’ve ever had in Charlotte,” Bill Leverty said in a message to fans.
Michael Foster agrees “Can’t wait to come back.I hope to see a lot of familiar faces Saturday night.”
As destiny would have it, one of their hits “Home is Where the Heart Is” will play out with FireHouse Saturday plus Bad Romeo and Teaze at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Visit amossouthend.com or call 704-377-6874 for concert details. Go to firehousemusic.com for more on the music.
▪ Friday: All of a Kind at Empire Pizza II, Newport-Rock Hill; Catawba River Monster at the Handlebar, Catawba; Bonfire at T-Bones on the Lake, Lake Wylie; Black Glass at John’s Place, Fort Mill.
▪ Saturday: Rayen Belchere Acoustic at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Cassandra O’Neal at Sylvia Theater, York.
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