Coming Soon to The Visulite Theatre
Photo of Skinny Lister by Dianna Augustine
Summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean there will be any shortage of fun in the Queen City. Charlotte is home to many music venues, but a few stand out a bit more than most. One of those few is the Visulite Theatre located at 1615 Elizabeth Avenue. The Visulite brings a wide variety of music in each month and have some of the best local and regional talent in the business grace their stage. From the end of August and throughout September you’ll have a chance to see for yourself. This is a great opportunity for those of you looking to keep the summer fun rolling.
If you’re trying to catch one or two more shows before school really gets going, you’re in luck as BYOG, Maradeen as well as Major and the Monbacks will all help bring August to an end. On August 29, these three groups will share the stage for what will be an incredible night of music. BYOG is a jam band capable of getting you lost in the music and into a peaceful state of mind. Coming from Charleston, they have all the grooves you could ask for and they’re piled on top of some very intricate musicianship.
Maradeen is a Nashville-based outfit with a throwback rock and roll sound. When I say throwback, I mean to the ‘50s and ‘60s – they’ll have you dancing in no time. The most unique group of the night will be Major and the Monbacks, though. This outfit combines the sounds of ‘60s rock and roll with southern soul and even a little funk with the horn ensemble that backs them up. You can see all three of these amazing bands for just $8 if you buy tickets in advance, they go up to $10 at the door. The doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm.
September will have a wide variety of genres on display, the first three Fridays of the month include the styles of southern, bluesy, rock and roll, a unique experience featuring Grateful Dead tunes, and a little folk music from across the pond. Fans of groups such as the Black Crowes and The Rolling Stones won’t want to miss Atlas Road Crew and Moosekick on September 4, while all the Deadheads will be excited to see Cosmic Charlie on the 11. Starting off the second half of the month will be the English folk band Skinny Lister with NC-native rockers The Menders, this show is on the 18.
One of Charlotte’s most intriguing homegrown acts will be featured on September 19, along with a great southern rock band out of Alabama. Grown Up Avenger Stuff will be playing to a hometown crowd on this night; and with their high-energy indie rock show this is sure to be a lot of fun. This group has played festivals such as SXSW in Austin and plenty of big shows from their stomping grounds all the way up to Canada, but a more intimate show like this will be an experience you’ll be glad you had. Opening the show will be a band that sounds like they came straight of a swamp with their twangy guitar riffs and southern accents. After watching a couple of the videos of Beitthemeans, it looks like the openers will have no problem getting the crowd rowdy and ready for Grown Up Avenger Stuff. Stone Giant will be kicking the night off with their raw and dirty sound, influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Jack White. Make sure to get there early enough to check out the guys from Boston. Tickets for this show are $10, the doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm Sorry kiddos, but this a 16 and up show, so unless you have an ID or adult you’re out of luck.
I know this is a pretty stellar lineup for a venue to have in one month, but believe it or not, there’s more. Pokey Lafarge will be bringing his unique blend of western, country and jazz to the stage on the September 20 along with the soothing sounds of Escondido. For all you easy-listening types out there, the husband/wife duo of Over the Rhine will be featured for “An Evening With…” show on the September 23. Maybe you’re not into that kind of thing, maybe you’re more of a funk kind of guy or gal – well if you are then you’re in luck because 101 Runners will be filling the venue with their unique beats and dances when they play on the 25. Bringing September to an end at the Visulite will be indie rockers Lydia, Seahaven, Turnover and The Technicolor; another show that is sure to put a smile on the face of indie rock fans.
With school gearing back up and the weather getting ready to cool down, you could probably use some fun to lift your spirit. The Visulite has you covered with a great lineup of shows running from the end of August and throughout September. They have just about every genre of music covered, from rock and roll, indie, western, blues and funk among others that will all be featured over the next month. Whether you like to dance, or just get absorbed in some hypnotizing music – you’ll find something that excites you on their calendar. Make sure to check out the entire calendar below.