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All the big summer concerts and tours have come to an end as fall is approaching us, once again. That doesn’t mean there will be any shortage of great shows coming up in November, though. It does mean, however, that tickets will be way cheaper, the venues will be smaller and the shows more intimate. My favorite part about all these smaller shows is that local bands start to get more love and added to some great bills. One venue, in particular, is packed with these types of shows, which means every concert-goer should plan at least one visit here in the next month. The venue I am speaking of is Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC, and there’s a lot to be excited for coming up in the next few weeks.
On Friday, November 7th, the music community of Charlotte will be given the opportunity to see over ten bands compete in the Breakout Artist Music Competition. Normally I don’t support these types of shows, as they usually end up being scams to get money out of the unsuspecting artist, but I’ve heard nothing bad about this one (yet), so I’ll give it shot. Some of groups you can expect to see take the stage on this night include last years competition winner All About a Bubble, all girl hard rockers The Reason You Stayed, Skinn Jakkitt, which are a metal band from Hickory, NC, country/rock/folk artist Mitch Hayes, the female fronted rock outfit Poor Man’s Fame, indie rockers Toleman Randall, alt. rockers Bear With Me, Wood Head Bob, who is an artist of many styles, the indie/punk/’90s sounds of Monotone Maggie, pop-rockers Lost Irony, the old school rock sounds of Spirit Slave, hard rock trio O.I.L. and S.C. metal band Alarics Wrath. Be sure to get there early to check out all the bands and help decide the winner. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will be rocking until 2 a.m. Tickets are only $10-$12. That’s a steal for this many bands with this much musical diversity.
The very next night, Saturday, November 8th, Reverend Horton Heat will be bringing his rockabilly brand of music to the stage. This band from Texas has been terrorizing venues all over the world since 1985 and from the looks of it, they don’t plan to stop anytime soon. With a blend of rock ‘n’ roll, country, punk and surf music, the trio are made up of some of the finest musicians you may ever get the chance to see in person. Also on the bill, as support, are Hickory rock ‘n’ rollers Flat Tires, along with one of Charlotte’s best punk rock outfits, the Fill Ins. Flat Tires take it back to the good ole’ days of rock with hints of classic acts such as Jackyl, AC/DC and punk rock legends Social Distortion. The Fill Ins offer a fast-paced style of punk rock, reminiscent of the Ramones, with the addition of guitar solos the could fit in on most metal songs. For fans of rock, this is a night you do not want to miss. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20-$25.
Jumping ahead to the end of the month, one of the most bizarre, infamous and entertaining metal bands in the world are making their way back to Charlotte. GWAR will be dismembering enemies, fighting one another and covering those brave souls in the front of the crowd with various and unknown liquids on Friday November 28th. After the tragic death of frontman Dave Brockie, the guys from outer space are back, with a new frontman BLOTHAR, as well as Vulvatron, who is now providing vocals and blood squirting breast. Along for the ride will be another great metal act, Corrosion of Conformity, who could be headlining this venue on their own. With two bands pretty popular within the metal community, how could it get much better? Add the satanic trio from Austin, TX American Sharks and you have yourselves a night of chaos. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20-$25.
Other notable shows to check out are Charlotte hard rock quintet Shadow of Myself on Saturday, November 29th and the thrash metal band Wretched with local headbangers Nemesis on Friday, November 21st. Tickets are $10-$12 for Shadow of Myself and tickets are $12-$15 for Wretched. Doors are at 8 p.m. for both shows.There are many more shows coming to this great venue, so head over to Tremont’s site to check out the calendar and see what other bands/artists will be rolling through in November.
There aren’t many venues around that can boast a calendar as crazy and diverse as Tremont for the month of November. Before you go spend all your money on getting your Christmas shopping done early, make sure to save some dough to check out some of these shows. With tickets prices under $20 for most shows, you’ll have enough money to get a few drinks at the bar to make your musical experience that much better, another reason why Tremont is so great. Don’t forget to check out the full list of shows and start making your plans today.