here are some Great Solo & Duo performers to choose from!
As a singer/songwriter, I have had many experiences I can take with me to each new level of success. I've released an original song, "Someone Like You" on iTunes, played the legendary 'Blue Bird Cafe' in Nashville, TN, and am proud to say that I'm on vacation 365 days a year---because I do what I love for a living.
Music is more than just a way of life for me. It calms my mind and sets me at ease. It's my way of connecting with people. I love playing for the crowd, and seeing how the music I play connects with them.
I'm very proud of the success I have had so far, and I look forward to pushing myself towards bigger things. It's been a long journey, but it's far from over. So come on out and join me for a evening of live music.
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Brent Cates is well known as the former drummer and lead singer for the Tribute band “Two Step-The Ultimate Tribute to Dave Matthews” from 2001-2007. In 2008 he started up his original project and new band, so his acoustic show went on the road performing a lot of the great R&B classics of yesteryear.
Brent strives to present songs the crowd will be familiar with in a unique fashion and make them fall in love with the songs they aren’t so familiar with. His influences range from classic rock and country all the way to alternative, jazz, and funk. Feel free to check out Brent Cates’ debut album “Wasted Words“ on Itunes.
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Carey has been a mainstay Charlotte performer for years and has fronted some of Charlotte's well known bands over that time frame. Now fronting the ever versatile Skate Rink Jukebox, he still finds the time to do his solo gigs and write his own music.
Soul is an intangible, hard to grasp quality that many singers and musicians talk about, but few possess, and even fewer deliver. Carey Sims has got it, hands down. Hailed by ELEVATE magazine as "hands down one of the premier vocalists in the Southeast", Sims is a singer's singer capable of all the nuance necessary to unearth a vast musical and lyrical landscape. Simply stated, he can flat out sell a song. And he's a damn fine songwriter to boot.
His voice has been used for numerous radio jingles and TV commercials and he has had his original songs placed in movies, advertisements, and most recently a Sims penned track opened the 2008 CMT music awards.
He has a soulful sound and melodic voice that most singers wish for. He can mix it up and is a great fit for ANY type of event, restaurant or social event. He can also come as a Duo or Trio.
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These days the hard-working Chris Cook performs anywhere and everywhere, averaging 200 dates a year with and without a band. He’s particularly proud of his unaccompanied sets. “I’ve got a strong solo act,” he says. “I play acoustic guitar, stomp a tambourine with my foot, blow harmonica and sing. It keeps me working!”
“Small Town Gone” deserves to establish Chris Cook as a remarkable vocalist and guitarist who takes a fresh approach to homespun sounds. Insofar as the pesky matter of genre is concerned, ‘I think I have no choice to but call “Small Town Gone” a country record,” Cook concedes with a laugh. “That’s where it’s going on the shelf. Still, I feel the record is as much Americana as it is country. To me, it’s kind of a mixture of country, folk and blues. It’s roots music.”
His private parties and solo gigs in restaurants and bars come with an eclectic mix of covers from legendary artists in the genre of Americana, Classic Rock, Country and Blues that any music lover would love to hear. Don’t miss the opportunity to have Chris Cook come play for your next event!
This talented artist is 1 half of the lead performers in the band Square Roots. Christina brings a great mix of songs to choose from along with sultry vocals and a melodic sound. A crowd favorite at many area restaurants and wine bars in the region, she knows hundreds of songs which allows her to customize the set list around your specific tastes or to fit the event. That makes her A GREAT option for ANY type of event because she can perform everything from nice, low tempo music to upbeat and fun party music. A can't miss musical option for your next event!
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Since 1998, Dallas Reese has entertained crowds all over the Southeast in some of the best known "Watering Holes", Festivals, Outdoor Events, Colleges, Corporate & Weddings. His very versatile setlist, unique ability to gain the crowd's attention allows him to bring a little something extra to every performance.
With over 200 songs in his arsenal, he can customize the event or evening to fit your exact needs!
For larger budgets, he can come as a Duo or with his full band
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Ezra Root put their own acoustic spin on some of their favorite covers as well as original songs. Packed with plenty of smooth guitar riffs, soulful vocals and infectious grooves. Reggae, Blues, Funk, Jazz infused to the finest. Catch them at your favorite local watering hole in an around the greater Charlotte area.
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Heroes at Last is a refreshing take on Acoustical Jams. Led by Dave McGarry and Dean Peterson, these guys bring 2 guitars and 2 part harmonies so good, they take it to another level with an ecletic variety of songs that can appeal to just about anyone.
With that being said, Heroes at Last, are a great act for all types of events. Complete with small PA and even some lighting, they can bring you a great night of live music to your next event.
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Natalie Morris, originally from Southern California, got her start singing uptempo solos in a conservative church. She then went to sing in various original bands that played up and down the Sunset Strip in L.A. Morris moved to the Carolinas in 2005 where she dedicated her time for 3 years in a house band at a popular area night club. When not performing their Duo, you will also find her fronting her No Doubt tribute band "Spiderwebs."
Alex Mazevski, originally from Syracuse, NY, started playing guitar and bass at the age of 11. He studied Jazz Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Bass Guitar earning a B.A. in Music and M.A.T. in Music Education at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. While attending college he collaborated with an array of Myrtle Beach, SC area musicians and played in 3 different gigging cover bands.
When Nat & Alex met, they had an instant musical connection. Their diverse taste in music and their explosive creativity together led to the birth of their duo act. They are the perfect match for any occasion.
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Natty Boh is an acoustic duo from Charlotte, NC that features guitar, vocals and mandolin. The group can play several hours of music ranging from rock to bluegrass and everything in between.
We put a unique twist on songs by Tom Petty, Sublime, Johnny Cash, Guns & Roses, Jack Johnson and many others. Natty Boh also has an extensive catalogue of original material.
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American Standard, better know as "Shorty & Leisure" is an acoustic project between "Shorty" Matt Miller (mandolin player from Charlotte based Bluegrass troupe - The Moonshine Racers) and rock n' roll singer/songwriter Leisure McCorkle.
By mixing the originals of McCorkle and a healthy dose of Americana type classics, the Standard plays a variety of different venues ranging from bars, pubs, and restaurants, to patios, private parties, and festivals. Founded in 2009, Miller and McCorkle have become staples around the Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC areas, also having played various venues around the Southeast. McCorkle's rich sensibilities of hooks and melody, and Miller's depth in musical complexity makes this acoustic duo an innovative and refreshing addition to the regional musical landscape. Already, the duo has been preparing an album to showcase their original compositions, but in addition, they reinvent the cover material they play in an exciting and ambitious way.
From family style events and festivals to rock n' roll nightclubs, Shorty and Leisure offer an alternative by mixing a healthy dose of Americana, Bluegrass, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, Ethnic-Traditional, and Rock into an experience for everyone. With well over a hundred shows already under their belt, they have steadily become a household name in the neighborhoods around Charlotte, and beyond. Once you hear the mando-acoustic style of Shorty and Leisure, you will understand why great music feels like home.
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This talented Duo has been performing together for over 12 years. Both full-time musicians Christina Raine and LS Brown make up SQUARE ROOTS, with dual acoustic guitars, impeccable harmonies, and a style all their own. They have a song list that is vast and varied. They play music from the 60s to today, as well as being accomplished original singer songwriters performing all over the East Coast.
Playing Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, Old School Country, and Top 40, Square Roots puts their own twist on the songs we all know and love. From small intimate settings, wine rooms, restaurants, private parties, to outdoor amphitheaters, corporate events, and weddings…….Depending on the event, this duo brings whatever YOU need. From classic and subtle, to a full band sound with live looping and drum sounds….. The sound is amazing and it's sometimes hard to believe there are only two people on stage!
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Power Pop Duo playing all your favorites! And yes, Chuck is the brother of “Ben Folds”, and yes, he is making a bit of a stab at himself for being the lesser talented younger brother of a critically acclaimed, platinum selling, world touring singer/songwriter/musician. And no, he doesn't mind you asking him about it.
A fun, energetic, budget priced, professional, high-output Duo, intent on making you pay attention to them while they are on stage. A Duo with a private party sensibility, and an original take on a variety of music ranging from classic rock to hip-hop. If you only have an acoustic guitar, bass and 2 male voices, you have to approach performing most songs in a unique way.
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One Half of the ever popular Sugar SmaX band, Karen and Mark bring their acoustic Duo when a lighter version of the band is needed for an event. Karen, touted as one of the best female singers in Charlotte area, and her guitar partner is no slouch either, Mark can stroke the axe with the best of them. Don't let the word "acoustic" lull you into thinking this is like listening to your Mom's easy listening station! With an absolutely acoustical explosive presentation of yesterdays & today’s best pop and rock classics, they play a variety of hits from the 70’s to today that can customized to meet your specific needs. So from the local bar, to a corporate event, cocktail party, or private party, this group is for you.
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Terri has been playing music for over 14 years and still loves it! Her Duo plays a wide variety of genres of covers. Her voice is unique and very melodic. Some of her influences are classic rock greats from the 60's & 70's, to more modern acts like Coldplay, Alicia Keys, and No Doubt, and the list goes on and on. She is a true music lover and embraces all genres.
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The Boat Rockers offer a variety of music from nearly every genre - Classic Rock, Yacht Rock, R&B, Beach, Funk, Country and more. They are a big hit at private parties, weddings, Alive After Five concerts, fundraisers and corporate events and outings. TBR offers a fun-filled, interactive brand of entertainment that focuses on memorable songs delivered with enthusiasm, style and professionalism. The Boat Rockers - rocking your boat like no other band can!
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Playing guitar since the age of 14, learning from a variety of guitar-based bands. The Beatles, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel, America, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Phil Keaggy, and Jack Johnson are just a few of the many artists who influenced my playing style. Since then, he has found a niche in the Charlotte musical entertainment market by playing his favorite songs - a list which has become very extensive and eclectic in range. So many times he will hear the comment, “Wow…you have all my favorite songs on this list!” He loves keeping the spirit of these songs fresh and alive, and something always happens whenever he connects with people who are listening.
It becomes an experience…
At each of his engagements, it's his desire to create the kind of atmosphere that best suits the particular setting and crowd. He can provide any ambiance, from a quiet dinner mood to a lively, danceable party. Very often this can progress from one to the other in the course of an evening.
Although a solo performer, he incorporates the use of a drum machine, which, along with his acoustic guitar, he connects to a looping machine which records whatever he is playing at the time and plays it back as a "loop". This layering process enables him to build a rhythm background complete with drums, over which he can play alternate guitar parts, lead, solos, etc., giving me more of 1 man band feel! He and his guests have a lot of fun with it!
He's great for any type of functions, including private parties, business luncheons, cocktail hours, wedding rehearsal/receptions, pool parties, outdoor barbecues, holiday events, etc.
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Justin's style is predominantly Folk-Rock with the ability to emphasize either genre depending the setting. He uses looping technology allowing him to provide his own bass and rhythm/lead guitar playing 3 parts at once. He can work as a solo or duo with a drummer. Full band arrangements are possible as well. Justin's voice is strong and out-front with a touch or "gravel", giving it additional character. He is a pleasant to the ear both musically and vocally.
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"And the Crowd Goes Wild!"....that's the moniker for ALL of KENNY FLOYD'S Shows.
Kenny Floyd is a live music performer, writer, singer, dancer, and believer. What I mean by that is, he IS what he does and Loves it! Kenny enjoys singing both covers and originals for audiences that love music and creativity. He performs a mix of both at every show and does his best to make sure that patrons leave the venue feeling like they have just been ENTERTAINED.
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Leisure McCorkle has been compared to seminal artists like: Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Graham Parker, Fountains of Wayne, Ben Folds, Weezer, The Cars, Marvelous 3, The Pixes, Teenage Fanclub, Billy Joel and others . He also has appeared in magazines such as: Billboard, Magnet, The Big Takover, Jersey Beat, BOB, Amplifier and daily and weekly papers across the world such as NY Times, LA Entertainment Weekly, Irish Times, Creative Loafing, The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver Westwood, Detroit Metro etc. Leisure has also had several songs on MTV's "Real World" and "Road Rules."
Lee has played on average 200-250 dates a year and toured with the likes of: Cowboy Mouth, Ben Folds, Elliot Smith, Frank Black (The Pixies), and Glen Tillbrook (of Squeeze) to name a few.
He puts 100% of his heart and soul into every performance and everyone leaves having had a memorable experience that will have them craving more! Be sure and check out his Duo on this page "Shorty & Leisure".
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