The Top 11 from the latest season of "American Idol" aren't the only "Idol" grads to hit a Charlotte stage this week. Before the "AI Live" tour stops at Time Warner Cable Arena Thursday, Season 6 finalist Sanjaya Malakar plays The Milestone Tuesday, July 26.
The small, graffiti-ed Milestone is a long way from Hollywood's "AI" stage, but the storied West Charlotte haunt is the kind of venue that sees it all - a musically open-minded place where you're as likely to see a phlegm spewing punk band as you are a foot stomping country act or a soulful funk combo. The common thread is usually that most of these bands are underground or on-the-cusp.
In the case of Malakar (pictured above), he's already performed for millions on television and toured with his season's "AI Live" Tour. Even if you remember nothing of his voice, you're likely aware of his name, his screen grabbing ever changing hairdos, or his ability to annoy and confound Simon Cowell. The seventh place finisher who was only 16 when he auditioned for the Fox reality series, is once again under the radar . He's touring small clubs like other indie artists. He plays the Milestone with Oregon-based indie-pop artists Brave Chandeliers and Chris Blair. Tickets are $7 to $9. Doors are at 8 p.m.
Watch his acoustic performance at Yahoo's Music Lounge here.