Friday, April 1, 2011

YouTube sensations to play The Saloon at NC Music Factory.

YouTube sensations make their way from computer screens to stage April 26th at The Saloon at the NC Music Factory. The YouTube DigiTour lineup includes the Gregory Brothers, who have racked up hundreds of thousands of mouseclicks with Auto-Tune the News, as well as singer-songwriter David Choi, parody artist Dave Days, Mystery Guitar Man, covers drummer Ricky Ficarelli, rapper DeStorm and others. These may not be household names, but their videos have been viewed over a billion times collectively. Days (pictured above) is actually the most subscribed artist on YouTube. A Weird Al Yankovic for the modern era his video sendups of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Lonely Island (my favorite - not as crass as the original but still maybe not for kiddies) have been watched millions of times. On the flipside Choi’s romantic breakup-song videos have garnered over 2 million hits each as well. Tickets are $20.

In addition to the DigiTour you can expect to see more music at The Saloon (1000 Seaboard St). The restaurant/bar/venue has gone through changes recently expanding its stage and lighting in order to host more national acts and bigger local draws. The transition began with the sold out Edwin McCain New Year’s Eve show. The former Black Bear Saloon, which serves a large menu that’s broader and better than your average bar food as well as late night fare, is adding a variety of acts to its calendar. Kids from School of Rock will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will return next weekend to pay tribute to Queen. Locals Evelynn Rose play Thursday. Wavy Train will warm up moe. fans Saturday, April 9th and more pre-show events are in the works to coincide with the Fillmore and Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre concerts.

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