Amigo Song Used for SyFy Show (Plus: The Weekday Roundup)
IT'S NOT EVERY day that your song is played on national television. But Charlotte’s Amigo, an alt-country trio known for lively sets across the city, will experience just that in September. SyFy Channel’s Z Nation kicks off its new season on Sept. 11, and the show is using the tune “Love’s Made a Fool Out of Me” in the first episode. The song was a bonus track on the group’s debut record, Might Could, and it’s now available as a single on iTunes.
Amigo is comprised of Slade Baird, Adam Phillips, and Thomas Alverson. Their next Charlotte gig is the festival God Save the Queen City, presented by Ink Floyd, which arrives at the end of the month. They play the Evening Muse portion of the multi-venue event on Aug. 27.
Fans of Charlotte’s music scene know this isn’t the first time a local act has a tune played on TV. One notable and recent example was the band Matrimony, which saw the track “Giant” accompany an episode of HBO’s Girls. The Amigo song, however, could mark the first time a Charlotte tune has been played on a show about zombie infestations.
The band says to expect newer tunes ahead, as they start recording again in 2016. Until then, check out their tunes at their website.
Science and fun collide at this kid-friendly venue. Even if they don’t realize it, visitors learn the ins and outs of physics, biology, and chemistry. On the third Friday of every month, Discovery Place has science-tinged parties for adults ($8-$10, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.), with changing themes. Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World (through Sept. 7) boasts the world’s largest playable guitar, games, and a station for designing your own guitar.
HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE
The center, named for Charlotte’s first African-American mayor, puts a lens on the cultural contributions of African-American artists and thinkers. The museum’s permanent exhibition, the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, showcases the work of 20 artists, such as Charlotte native Romare Bearden.
AN EVENING WITH LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND
Lovett is a figurehead for that Texas strain of country, which injects swing and a bit of rock into the equation. And his “Large Band” is actually large, totaling more than a dozen players.
MODERNISM + FILM: UNFINISHED SPACES
See the story of the architects behind Cuba's National Art Schools and the early involvement of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Emily Dallemeyer of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting provides remarks at the beginning of the program.
BONUS PICKS: JOHN HEFFRON
The Last Comic Standing alum comes to Charlotte’s flagship comedy club. The comic has also dabbled in board games. In That Guy Game, female bar-hoppers match cartoon men to real-life counterparts.
CHARLOTTE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT: NIGHT OF SCREENINGS
Nearly 200 artists worked to create films over a weekend in Charlotte. The 7-minute films were given a genre, and then assigned a character name, a line of dialogue, and a prop. Twenty-four films are split between two screening groups. The first starts at 2:45 p.m.; the second beings at 6:35 p.m.