here are some great Solo & Duo performers to choose from!
Ali's a VERY talented local musician AND artist. She not only expresses her artistic prowess through music, but also photography and art. She has a sultry voice that enamors the crowd with a fun and entertaining vibe through her performances. Playing locally around the Charlotte area many nights each week, be sure and catch her if you can....you will want to see her again, I promise you.
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Andy is based out of the Charlotte/Raleigh area. He has played with numerous regional and national acts, keeping busy playing guitar, piano & vocals on many studio sessions. Covering many genres and styles with covers and originals. He can perform Solo, Duo or Full Band spending time performing from Charlotte/Raleigh/Tennessee to Seattle.
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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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Dan Hood is an award winning musician and composer with over 15 years of industry experience. His vast background from session work to custom compositions gives him a unique edge for developing stock music tracks as well as custom scores.
Dan has been a staple and very well respected guitar player and singer in the Charlotte area for many years. He has played with the likes of the Blue Dogs, U-phonik, Gal Friday and even shared the stage with Hootie & the Blowfish in 2018. Dan keeps his chops honed playing guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, keyboard, percussion and much more. Dan's work has won many awards, including an Addy award for work he did with Hot Sake Studios, and recently a regional Emmy award for contribution on "From the Heart" a documentary on bullying.
His acoustic show is an amazing night of music and one you'll want to see over and over again.
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Synergy.....the very definition of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Ellen and Frank bring a collaborative and cooperative spirit in their approach to music and how they interact with their audience and clients. They both firmly believe that music is a gift that should be shared. With that guiding principle in mind, they've embarked on a journey that has been both exciting and rewarding.
With a Win/Win aesthetic, they are ready to provide the professionalism, musical variety and maximum entertainment value your event requires and deserves. From rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, private parties, corporate events, fundraisers and festivals to the most intimate gatherings, the needs of the client and audience are always the top priority.
Furthermore, for those occasions where a solo performer is not enough and a full band is not practical, why not consider Ellen and Frank for your entertainment needs? You'll get a top notch team that has the willingness and ability to play music that everyone will enjoy. From easy listening dinner music to upbeat and fun party songs, Ellen and Frank have all the bases covered. Add in the fact that they are very easy to work with and you'll have the peace of mind knowing that all the details - both large and small are in good hands.
With two lead vocalists - female and male - their variety of music is near endless. When you combine Ellen's rich and emotional vocal style with Frank's versatile guitar work and bluesy vocal approach - the Synergy mentioned above is on full display. Add in Ellen's tasteful acoustic guitar accompaniment and you'll swear that more than two people are on stage - it's a full sound that must be experienced live to be totally appreciated.
Focusing on the Carolinas as a base of operations, they are ready to work with you to help achieve your entertainment goals and needs. Please contact them to get the ball rolling. Good planning and advance time are a couple of the prime ingredients in making sure that your special occasion is a smash success. They look forward to working with you!
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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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FireByrd consists of Karen and Mickey, who bring their acoustic Duo out when a smaller setting is required. Karen, touted as one of the best female singers in Charlotte area! 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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Heroes at Last is a refreshing take on Acoustical Jams. Led by Dean Peterson, these guys bring 2 guitars and 2 part harmonies so good, they take it to another level with an eclectic 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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Jettison Five is an acoustic duo that plays a variety of pop and rock, country and classics, ranging from the 70's to today's hits. They perform anything from Dave Matthews to Pearl Jam, STP to Skynyrd, John Cougar to Garth Brooks, Zac Brown to Elle King and even Marvin Gaye. Trust us, you will not be disappointed by this group!
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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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Russell 'n Woods have provided entertainment for hundreds of events around the Charlotte area over the last decade. From Charlotte Motor Speedway to The American Cancer Society, the Charlotte Chapter of the Construction Financial Managers Association, Windsor Doors and Windows, Canteen and Corning FiberOptics - whether it be an intimate corporate gathering or thousands of NASCAR fans - Russell 'n Woods deliver professional, inspiring and engaging entertainment. Book us for your event today!
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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 15 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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Sticks and Stones plays an eclectic range of music (soul, folk, reggae, rock...) with a dynamic feel featuring soulful harmonies and unique acoustic style.
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Thirsty Horses Duo, is a spinoff of their ever popular full band fronted by Brett Milstead. They have been making music appearances for the past 12 years everywhere from bars/restaurants, wineries, corporate events, private parties and outdoor festivals. Playing a great, fun mix of songs surely to enjoy any crowd. Brett also performs solo gigs as well.
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