If you've ever been overwhelmed perusing weekly live music listings and small club calendars full of band names you've never heard of or simply just don't have a lot of free time to check out whoever is supposedly hot locally, then God Save the Queen City 2 is a fairly quick and economical way to get a good overview of Charlotte's underground rock, pop, and Americana scenes. Where else can you catch Jim Avett, the Funky Geezer, the Hot Gates, and Super Ape on the same bill?
The event takes place at NoDa's Chop Shop (behind Cabo) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7-9. In addition to the venue's regular indoor stage, another stage will be erected outside and the club's parking lot will be extended.
The full lineup is below, but it's a good mix of Charlotte music veterans like funnymen the Alternative Champs (pictured), CLT icon Renelvis, and glam-garage rockers Baby Shaker, who perform alongside well established younger acts like Little Bull Lee, Modern Primitives, Pullman Strike and others Friday.
Saturday's lineup is equally weighted with long running acts like the Houston Brothers and Benji Hughes and familiar faces with newer bands like Jason Scavone's the Hot Gates, Mike Mitschele's the Catch Fire, the Josh Daniel and Band, Ancient Cities, Super Ape, and Temperance League. The band members accumulative CLT music histories probably equate to well over a century. There's also more recent up and comers like Anna Bullard and Side By Side scheduled for Saturday.
Sunday closes out the festival with acts like singer-songwriter Lindsey Ryan (formerly Lindsay Horne), Yardwork. S.O. Stereo, the Loudermilks, Chasing Edison, Bubonik Funk, Hello Handshake, Hectorina, and Elonzo. The quality is pretty astounding.
Single day tickets are $10 for Friday, $20 Saturday, and $15 Sunday with a $30 three-day pass also available. Information is available here. Tickets are on sale here.
The full lineup is as follows Friday, September 7th:
Little Bull Lee
Jeremiah & The Howling Owls
Saturday, September 8th:
The Catch Fire
Josh Daniel and Band
Small Talk Industries
Side by Side
The Funky Geezer
Dirty Art Club
Sunday, September 9th:
Fat Face Trio
Rusted Radio Dial
Indy Americana Masters