The future of Charlotte’s music scene
Posted on 7 Aug 2009 by Rob Cummings
Do you ever wonder where Kurt Cobain, Brandon Flowers, The Edge, or Eddie Van Halen got their start?
Like many other aspiring musicians, they probably endured tireless lessons and hours upon hours of practice as young kids. Eventually they got pretty good, found a couple of buddies (or brothers) who could also play and formed their first band. After several fits and starts with band members, they eventually cobbled together Nirvana, The Killers, U2, and Van Halen. The rest is history.
As far as I know, no big time rock and roll bands have sprouted out of Charlotte. Although, we have had our fair share of American Idol contestants and The Avett Brothers are enjoying new found fame, but who will be next to burst onto the scene?
I’ve attended four kid-band concerts over the past 6 months. The latest was last Friday night, where ‘Dynamo’ rocked the Fourth Ward’s porch crawl.
Dynamo is a five-member band of 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Check out their rendition of Katrina & The Waves’, “Walking on Sunshine,” and their play on words to Tone Loc’s “Funky Cold Medina.”
I bet you have the same reaction I did – these kids are good!
You can download more of their songs from iTunes.
The other kid shows I have recently attended were at The Alley Cat, where the Paul Green School of Rock put on two concerts highlighting Pink Floyd and The Beatles.
The kids put on a heck of a show. As a lifelong Pink Floyd fan, I couldn’t help but to sing along to some old high school favorites from The Wall.
The School, whose tag line is “Saving Rock & Roll one kid at a time,” teaches kids a whole bunch of songs they probably have never heard before. Then, they’re taken to real clubs to jam. The cool thing is, each kid gets to play various instruments as they rotate some 25 kids in and out of the set. I can’t think of a better way to prepare a kid for the big rock and roll stage.
School of Rock’s next theme is the 40-year anniversary of Woodstock.
On Sat., Aug. 15, the School of Rock kids are going to belt out some old favorites from The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young at the Symphony Park in Southpark. For more information on this free show, visit their Web site.
Maybe one of those kids will become a famous front person for the next big rock and roll band out of Charlotte. I look forward to saying, “I remember when …”