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Blue Monday is a tribute to the MTV generation...The MTV Classic' s of the 80's/90's and a few guilty pleasures of today. They have staged years of experience and passion to create a new trend setting retro sound that audiences are familiar with and holds up strong in todays music.
Originally hailing from New York City they moved to Charlotte NC and quickly had success climbing the ladder of playing shows around the south east. Focus and passion has kept this band going for over 21 years strong and their is no sign of slowing down. Blue Monday is not just another 80's/90's band. They do what they love and it shows from their hearts.
"We play music that makes you feel really good from an era where the music smiled " - Blue Monday.
They have played many bigger festivals and events around the region, like Charlotte's "Speed Street" with REO Speedwagon, "House of Blues Myrtle Beach", "Lowes Motor Speedway", "Beerfest", Town of Cornelius Summer Concerts, EpiCentre Live After 5, & the "Taste of Charlotte" to name a few.
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Brent Cates has been a musician literally since the age of 4, playing percussion. He crafted percussion and keyboards as a performer since the age of 14 and by 20 had his first band project, Two Step - A Dave Matthews Tribute that toured the east coast. After that project ended, he learned to play the guitar, and as they say, "the rest is history". Brent has shared the stage with Lifehouse, Three Days Grace, Staind, Better Than Ezra, and many more. For the last 10 years he plays guitar and fronts The Brent Cates Band, behind his first album release "Wasted Words". His infectious soulful voice, wows the crowd every time. A great night of music is always in store when Brent Cates is on the stage.
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Carmen is no stranger to the stage. She has been traveling the southeast performing live most of her life. Being an accomplished pianist, she has an ability to match her powerhouse vocals to her rockin' style on the piano, as well as guitar. She's also a Queen City Music Awards Female Rock Vocalist of the Year Nominee. They are high energy and knows how to warm up the room with her crowd pleasing, rockin' interaction and performance.
Some of her influences are Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Melissa Etheridge and Steve Perry.
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DECARLO prides itself with member & lead singer, Tommy DeCarlo, who has been performing lead vocals with the multi-platinum award winning rock band BOSTON since 2007.
A power rock band from the Charlotte, NC, Tommy with his son and guitarist, Tommy DeCarlo Jr, drummer Dan Hitz and bassist Brett Nelson will get the crowd off its feet to epic rock n' roll songs spanning through the 70's & 80's by great bands such as Boston, Foreigner, Styx, Loverboy and many more! Packing out venues all over the Southeast, these guys put on a high energy, rockin' performance!
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Heroes at Last is refreshing take on music you've loved over the last 40 years of Rock n' Roll. Fronted by Dean Peterson on Acoustic guitar, this trio brings the 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 PA and lighting, they can bring you a great night of live music to your next event.
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Irrashional is a Charlotte, NC band of exceptional teen musicians with a passion for Classic Rock and entertaining. At ages 16 and 17, Patrick Dukes (guitar/vox), Christian Sturt (drums/vox), Payton Velligan (lead vox/guitar/keys/bass), and Junior Sturt (bass/keys/vox) are already accomplished musicians who have played in multiple bands/projects. They have all been recognized nationally with two of them being invited to GRAMMY Camp in LA and Nashville in the summer of 2017 and three of them winning the award for “Best Live Music” at the national high school theatre festival in Lexington, KY in March 2017. Their musicianship, showmanship and professionalism will blow many adult bands off the stage. People are typically in awe that these are teenagers performing this timeless music.
The band puts on a lively show with soaring guitars, interweaving harmonies, intricate rhythms, and just plain fun as they perform Classic Rock favorites from bands such as Journey, Boston, Toto, The Police, Van Halen, Yes, Bon Jovi, Rush, Led Zeppelin, and many, many more. Always engaging and always a crowd pleaser!
Irrashional – Classic Rock Done Right!
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Jake Haldenwang, front man of Halden Vang, is a young blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, song writer, and YES he is only in his early 20's! Coming off his 2019 stint on NBC's hit music show "The Voice", where he made it onto Team Gwen and wowed the critics and audience with each and every performance. Jake delivers searing guitar solos with an intensity you won't believe. His performances combine a variety of powerful influences with a soulful feeling that is uncanny for someone so young. Jake started playing the guitar at a young age and was performing live by the time he was 12.
Halden Vang is deeply steeped in bluesy-rock vibes; with his powerful vocal prowess, soulful melodies and dynamic guitar phrasings bringing a passionate blend of rock n' roll seamlessly combined with a flare of soul, indie pop and modern rhythm & blues. Being inspired by a broad pallet of music, the result is a signature sound, Jake coins as “Retro Relevant Rock”. These ingredients deliver an authentic quality to their music with an endless stage chemistry and energy that deeply connects with everyone and leaves audiences awe inspired. Their signature sound is inspired by a variety of influential artist’s, such as; Steve Marriott, Rival Sons, The Revivalists, Black Crowes, Royal Blood, Eric Clapton, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, David Coverdale, Arctic Monkeys, Duane Allman, SRV, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Myles Kennedy and Albert Collins. After an evening with Halden Vang, you will know why they call him “Smokin’ Jake".
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JOYSTICK is the Band that gets the Party Started and takes you reminiscing back to your favorite HITS of the 70's, 80's & 90's. The band has been satisfying clients and leaving their guests wanting more and more. They have performed hundreds of shows since forming in 2002.
They have graced the stage on some well known events and clubs around the Carolinas like Food Lion Speed Street, Taste of Charlotte, Galway Hooker "St Patty's Fest", Live After 5 series, Pineville Parks & Rec Summer Concert Series, Wachovia Plaza Panthers Tailgate Party, WFNZ Dog House, WRFX “Shake the Lake”, Cornelius Concert Series, Panthers Pre-Game stage, Tega Cay Concert Series, & the Wild Wing Café circuit…just to name a few!
So if it's a great party band you're looking for, who can take you back to a time when music was super catchy and fun, then Joystick is for you!
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The L.A. Maybe is a 5-piece rock n' roll band from Charlotte, NC. For fans of Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, and Chris Cornell you've found the right band. Drawing influence from both modern and classic rock, The L.A. Maybe puts on an electrifying live show mixing rock genres and Top 40 hits like Bruno Mars! This band strives to stand for everything you love about rock music. Come see for yourself!
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You are about to experience the greasiest most awesome music ever assembled on 1 stage! Lipstick on a Pig has a #1 philosophy, "Believe in what you play and people will have a great time!"
This dual guitar driven band opens many opportunities for rich, deep sounding guitar work with a distinct focus on groove and vocals.
LOAP Brings back those classic rock party tunes we all knew and loved as mature music lovers from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Artists like early Aerosmith, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, CCR, Bad Company, The Beatles, and Tom Petty offer a great collection of material suitable for all age shows. And, of course, mixing all of that up with the likes of Pink Floyd, J.J. Cale, Robert Earl Keen, The Wings, Badfinger, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, J.Giels Band and Elton John can surly add enough diversity to keep any like minded person amused all night long. And, Lord knows that nobody can get too much Johnny Cash!
LOAP has nearly 80 cover tunes in their bag of tricks and can tailor their music to most music venues, festivals, theaters and corporate events. LOAP has been known to play many requests, so please feel free to make yours.
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Lisa De Novo performs uplifting Alternative Folk and Pop that’ll get you singing along! Her positive energy and contagious smile will leave you feeling the good vibes all night! Her latest Album “The Big Bang” launched May 2018 and October 2016, she released an EP the Stars Align - available on iTunes and Spotify. Her collaborations with SMK have reached over 300,000 hits on youtube. “Music is the best kind of therapy. It allows you to get things off your chest while connecting with others on a very deep level.” - Lisa De Novo
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Off The Record is a Charlotte NC based 5 piece Ultimate 80's Party band! Between the members, there is over 50 years of professional performance experience to bring you an 80's show like no other. In the past 2 years, OFF THE RECORD has quickly become an area favorite, bringing the crowd an 80's experience like no other. When we say 80's we mean ALL of the 80's genres, from pop groups like Duran Duran to Rockers, Judas Preist. It's not your everyday set list! You don't want to miss this show!
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Pluto for Planet’s unique style of rock is influenced by blues, classic rock, metal, jazz and alternative rock. The group brings together brothers, Ryan Bumgarner (lead singer, rhythm guitar), Robby Bumgarner (lead guitar), and Logan Bumgarner (drums) whose musical chemistry is obvious and derives from the musical talents of their father. Ryan began playing with the extremely talented Tony Oliver-Paull (lead guitar) in 2009 after a chance encounter at a mutual friend’s house for a jam session. Tony is a very accomplished musician, holding a music degree from Winthrop University. Tony and Ryan have played throughout the Charlotte area since the formation of their acoustic duo, The Escape Artists, in 2010. A very natural progression from the acoustic act, Pluto for Planet was formed when the youngest of the Bumgarner brothers, Robby, graduated from Western Carolina University’s music department in 2011. The time was right for a full-band collaboration. Levin Shackelford (bass) was the last piece of the P4P puzzle to fall into place. Having played together in the rock band Cetarium, Ryan had seen Lev’s talent as both a musician and entertainer, and shortly after the band’s formation, he contacted Levin with the hopes of him becoming the group’s bassist. Pluto for Planet has taken the Charlotte area by storm, impressing people with their choice of covers as well as their original music. Talent radiates from these five guys….from the extraordinary vocals and distinct dual lead guitars, to metal-influenced precision drumming and commanding, funky bass lines….demonstrating that Pluto for Planet is a force to be reckoned with.
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Sonic Rewind was born from a shared desire to bring the best Classic Rock from the 70s and 80s to the surrounding areas.
Whatever the situation, Sonic Rewind delivers the right mix of songs. The band's fan base - affectionately dubbed “Rewinders” - loves to rock to Led Zeppelin (a 14 minute medley that always brings the house down), Kiss, The Who, Bad Company, Def Leppard and The Eagles and then dance to Billy Idol, Rick Springfield, The Knack, Duran Duran, DEVO, Prince, Michael Jackson, U2, Bryan Adams and loads of other popular artists from the last great era of music.
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A Three piece band that makes a lot of noise; 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 power trio who is intent on making you pay attention to them while they are on stage. A band 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 a guitar, bass, drums, and a few male voices you have to approach performing most songs in a unique way.
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The Audiophiles are a 5 piece rock band, consisting of 2 guitars, 3 vocalist, bass, keys and drums. They span genres over 6 decades with their main focus the Vinyl era of and some 90's rock mixed in. The Beatles, The Doors, The Cars, Elton John, ELO, The Who, Queen, TOTO, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and Coldplay are a few bands you could hear on any given night. These guys are tight and well rehearsed. They play a great refreshing night of music you don't hear from other bands in the area.
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Originally from Montreal, Canada, U-Phonik relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2001. U-Phonik has since established itself as one of the best acts in the region. U-Phonik's music has been featured in movies and television shows as well as received regular air play on various radio stations in the US and Canada. They have consistently been chosen for regional compilation CDs. The band has performed at some of the areas top festivals as well as performing on the "Rock Boat" and Austin TX's "South by Southwest" festival. Performing the Hottest Pop Rock of the times, they do it better than any other band out there!
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Get ready for Charlotte, NC’s Wreckless, a tribute to the Classic Rock Era of yesteryear. Not only will you witness remarkable musicianship coming from pro-performers with years of experience and 1000’s of shows under their belts, you will also be captivated by a high energy, crowd-pleasing, family-friendly performance. Whether serenading you with her sultry side or rocking you with her powerhouse lead vocals, Karen Byrd, voted Best Female Rock Artist by Queen City Awards, along with the rest of the band, will take you on a nostalgic musical journey back to the good ‘ol days of the 60’s and 70’s.
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