One thing you will notice about the music scene in Charlotte, NC is that the musicians really care about the scene and raising awareness for great causes. Charity shows packed with some of the cities best bands take place quite often around here. Everyone comes together to make sure not only the charity they are playing for, but the music scene in general, is being represented as best as possible. On Saturday December 20th, one of these shows will be taking place at the Neighborhood Theater. The Second Annual Queen City Showcase will feature a great lineup of six bands and will benefit the Grammy organization MusiCares.
MusiCares provides financial and medical services to members of the music community during emergencies and when in need of assistance. Not every musician makes millions of dollars every year and has a good home or can afford insurance, this organization provides the help those musicians need when times get tough. Money raised from ticket sales will go towards the organization. With six of Charlotte’s own bands performing, this is going to be an amazing show to help support such a great cause.
Of the bands playing, there will be a singer/songwriter/dentist by the name of Mark Lassiter. Aside from his successful business as a dentist in Charlotte, Lassiter has gained a pretty good reputation as a musician getting compared to acts such as Train, Phil Collins, and Steve Winwood. Not only is he a great songwriter, he has worked with Grammy award winning artist and members of the Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers, Collective Soul, and Blind Melon and many others. Also on the bill will be the female fronted hard rock/metal band Forgive Me Not. This group combines great melodies, hard driving riffs, and an upbeat groove to stand apart from other bands in the same genre. You’ll find yourself bobbing your head and tapping your foot in no time once they take the stage. The Feral is a band that blends many styles of rock to create a unique sound that’s hard not to notice. Primarily considered an alternative/hard rock band, the four piece takes influences from bands like Radiohead, Deftones, and the legendary Jeff Buckley to create tunes that are like no other. I’ve heard they put on amazing live shows, make sure not to miss them here!
For fans of progressive hard rock with a funky beat, you’re in luck because ISH is also playing this gig. This is a band that has made a pretty good name for themselves with a brand of rock you will not find many (if any) other bands in the Queen City playing. They have hypnotizing melodies and intricate guitars to hook in their audience. Modern hard rockers Something Clever are a band on the rise within the Charlotte scene, and they seem to get better with every show. This outfit plays hard rock for the masses, producing a sound that’s hard not to get into. Vocalist Adam Nelson has a voice that fits into the heavy chugging of the guitars, nonstop pounding of the drums, and crazy guitars solos very well. I’m sure this group will bring many fans to the venue, and leave with even more. If you like heavy music with odd time signatures, a mix of clean and screaming vocals, and complex guitar riffs, you will love Ozai. Drawing influence from bands like Dream Theater, Opeth, and Meshuggah, this band adds to the already impressive list of bands in the progressive metal genre. This is easily the hardest rocking band in the lineup.
Host of event – Funky Geezer photo by Dianna Augustine
When you combine a show that features six great bands from Charlotte that all bring their own unique sound’s to the stage, that also supports a great cause – you know it’s going to be a great night. You will get a chance to experience a show like this if you attend the Second Annual Queen City Showcase on Saturday, December 20th at the Neighborhood Theater. Tickets are on sale now for just $10 and the doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Get there early and support all six Charlotte bands and the music community by contributing to the MusiCares Foundation!