We love bluesy, southern-infused rock, and when you throw some girl power in there we love it even more. That is why we are thrilled to talk about Michelle Malone and the release of her 15th album, yes, 15th. She is celebrating this monumental release by performing at the Spinning Jenny this Friday. You can also find out about a great end of the school jam and all of the other concerts you can’t miss in this week’s Music Monday.
Friday: Michelle Malone @ The Spinning Jenny, 8PM
I will not tell you how many years ago it was that I was introduced to Michelle Malone but, spoiler alert, it is a bunch of them. I had tickets to see ZZ Top at the Charlotte Coliseum and a large part of my excitement was to see the opening act – The Black Crowes when they were first becoming “a thing”. As luck would have it, however, Chris Robinson had spent their leg of the tour using the stage as a pulpit for his opposition of corporate sponsorship and, oddly enough, the tour’s big corporate sponsor was not amused. Two days before the show, Miller Beer and all their flavorless glory kicked The Black Crowes off the tour.
I admit I was heartbroken. I was mad at Chris Robinson but I hated Miller Beer for a million different reasons than I hate them for today. Sure, I was still going to see ZZ Top but half my motivation for going to the show had been crushed by some humorless corporate giant. I still went to the show, however, and suddenly my perspective changed.
The Black Crowes had been hastily replaced by some band called Michelle Malone and Drag The River. I did not know who this was but I took notice in a big way the moment she took the stage. Midway through the song I had forgotten all about The Black Crowes and found myself falling in young love with this powerhouse of a presence on stage. At this point in my listening career, I had never seen a woman take such command of the stage and lead an all-out onslaught of raucous rock & roll. That introduction to a new artist has been ingrained in my live concert highlight reel ever since.
Fast forward to 2018 and Michelle Malone has just released her 15th album, Slings and Arrows, and it carries all the bluesy, Southern rock energy that she brought to that stage in Charlotte years ago. The lead-off track, “Just Getting Started”, starts with a gritty blues guitar behind Malone’s sultry voice before she drops the hammer and goes full throttle, letting you know this is a Southern rock and roll album at its absolute best.
It is with great anticipation, then, that I look forward to Michelle Malone’s appearance to The Spinning Jenny in Greer this Friday evening. She is performing with her full band in one of the Upstate’s best listening rooms and is guaranteed to blow your hair back, knock your socks off, and do God knows what to all points in between. Just for good measure, Darby Wilcox is opening up, setting the tone for an evening of sassy and sultry Southern female virtuosos. This is going to be a good one, folks.
Thursday: The Excons @ Quest Brewing Company, 7PM
In what has now become an annual tradition, the Excons will take the Quest stage Thursday evening for their School’s Out Throw Down. The kids will have a blast playing on the lawn, the beers are delicious, and the Chuck Truck will make sure nobody goes hungry. Most importantly, the Excons indie rock sound is infectious and always a pleasure to enjoy live.
As a bonus feature, this is likely the one and only time you will ever hear them break out a cover track as their version of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” is sure to make an appearance and it is one that is never to be missed.
Other Performances You Won’t Want to Miss…
- Mobros “A Tour For Carrie Anne” @ the Radio Room, 9PM: Brothers and Charleston duo makes their way to the Upstate to start your week off on the right foot with a great evening of Indie rock and Americana.
- Dyado, Izaak Opatz, and Stephen Fiore @ The Radio Room, 8PM: Indie folk and California pop converge for the perfect hump day show at The Radio Room.
- Angela Easterling @ Greenbrier Farms, 5PM: It is always a lovely evening on the farm for Greenbrier Farm’s weekly porch series with live music and farm to table tastes.
- The High Divers @ NOMA Square, 5:30PM: Charleston rockers The High Divers are sure to impress the Downtown Alive crowd Thursday evening in Greenville.
- Earthless/Here Lies Man @ Ground Zero, 6PM: San Diego psychedelic rock band Earthless pays a visit to Ground Zero with LA-based Here Lies Man.
- Papadosio w/ Brooks Dixon @ The Firmament, 6PM: Asheville space rock masters visit the Firmament with a special visit from local favorite Brooks Dixon.
- Future Chord Presents: Goodfight, Wallpaper, Wooz Wooz, and Bjorge @ The Radio Room, 7:30PM: Brooklyn surf pop outfit Goodfight leads a wonderfully eclectic evening of music this Thursday evening.
- Valle Crucis/Rites to Sedition @ Ground Zero, 6PM: Enjoy an evening of black metal at Ground Zero Friday evening.
- PALACE 4 @ The Radio Room 8PM: Enjoy an evening of art vendors and live music for a great celebration of creative energy at The Radio Room.
- Vilai Harrington & the Hamptones @ Carolina Bauernhaus, 8PM: Uber-talented folk artist Vilai Harrington brings his band back for a special evening of music at the Bauernhaus.
- Alex Hunnicutt @ Growler Haus – Anderson, 8PM: Local singer/songwriter Alex Hunnicutt pays a visit to the original Growler Haus in downtown Anderson.
- The Get Right Band at Gottrocks, 9:30PM: Asheville funk rock outfit The Get Right Band is going make for an immensely fun evening at Gottrocks.
- Awkward Friday @ Growler Haus – Village of West Greenville, 2PM: Awkward Friday makes their acoustic debut Saturday afternoon in The Village of West Greenville.
- Zao with Holy+Gold, Revenge Season, WVRM, and WAFT @ The Radio Room, 7PM: Legendary metal band Zao leads an intense evening of music to highlight your weekend.
- Elliott Humphries @ Carolina Bauernhaus, 8PM: Singer, songwriter, and poet Elliott Humphries visits Anderson for a wonderful evening of music.
- Italo and the Passions, Benji, and Mason Jar Menagerie @ Gottrocks, 9PM: Enjoy an evening of fantastic local rock and roll at Gottrocks.
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