Reverb Fest Returns Saturday (Plus: This Weekend in Charlotte)

THIS SATURDAY, Reverb Fest returns to the Neighborhood Theatre, benefiting the Humane Farming Association and gaining the subtitle "Slamdunks." Performers include New York’s Beach Fossils and Yardwork, a one-time regular in Charlotte’s indie rock scene. In a chat ahead of the weekend, Phil Pucci, founder of the festival and member of several local bands, said the genre and the broader Charlotte music scene are doing well these days.

“I think it’s in a good spot,” Pucci said. “It’s a little compartmentalized with genres. But we have a whole lot of really great bands here. Some bands are really trying to make it work in Charlotte. Country or folk shows can sell out venues. There’s definitely an audience for indie rock here, but they’re trying to get noticed outside of Charlotte a little more aggressively, with touring and promotion.”

Pucci plays in aggrocragg, one of the bands on Saturday’s bill, and other acts like Serfs and Melt. The latter recently signed to Croquet Records, a nonprofit indie record label and songwriter incubator that debuted this year. Pucci started Reverb Fest last year, a product out of a working relationship with the Neighborhood Theatre. (“We had the venue before we had anything else for the festival,” he said.) Pucci maintains that part of being a indie band in Charlotte is making those connections and promotion.

“I think bands could benefit from doing a little more legworkdoing stuff for the band outside of practice,” Pucci said. “It can be a bit thankless. It’s not what you wanted to do when you started a band. You have to humiliate yourself a little bit and put yourself out there. But that’s how you reach people.”

Reverb Fest runs $15, and begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Complete line-up: Beach Fossils, Elvis Depressedly, Yardwork, Jackson Scott, The Mineral Girls, Family Bike, aggrocragg, and Shell. More info here.

FRIDAY
FRIDAY LIVE AT THE FACTORY
This summer concert series at NC Music Factory’s Fountain Plaza returns with Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute. The band performs hits that span Jackson’s long career.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY KNIGHTSOUNDS: MUSICAL FIREWORKS: HANDEL & THE ROYALS
Choreographed videos of fireworks displays are used as the backdrop to this Handel-driven show. Also: the Oratorio Singers perform with the symphony for a one-night affair.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Theatre Charlotte takes on the first of Broadway’s rock operas. For the latter half of May, the tunes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will ring out of the Queens Rd. building, where the company has held productions for more than seven decades.

SCIENCE ON THE ROCKS: BIRDS & THE BEES
On the third Friday of every month, Discovery Place has science-tinged parties for adults, with changing themes. The museum says this one explores “explore the not-so-awkward side of pollination and propagation.”

SATURDAY
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY LOLLIPOPS: PETER AND THE WOLF
Sergei Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf in 1936, intending for a narrator and orchestra to perform the composition. Our city’s symphony take the next step and add a vaudevillian solo performer to the mix, adding another hook for the smaller, squirmier audience members.

SOUTH END HOPS FESTIVAL
The South End Hops Festival returns with music from Amigo and Heroes At Last, food trucks, and selections from several local breweries. Money raised at the festival goes to the Chronic Illness Relief Fund.

VACATIONER
Kenny Vasoli was once the frontman of The Starting Line, a darling of the pop-punk scene in the early 2000s. Now he makes island-themed tunes with others under the moniker Vacationer. The result is a mix of Vasoli’s knack for melodies and positive-vibe instrumentals.

SUNDAY
DESTINATION FREEDOM COMMUNITY DAY
Levine Museum of the New South hosts a day of activities to mark the final weeks of the series Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now. Expect tours, a film screening of the documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot, crafts, and more. Admission to the museum is free for the day.

CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY FEAT. JANA KRAMER & KELSEA BALLERINI
Get introduced to the next set of stars in the country world. These two starlets are coming fresh off singles that are gaining on the charts.

MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN
The contemporary offshoot of its sister location on Randolph Road, the Mint Museum Uptown brings exhibits from around the world, delving into fine art and fashion. Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede (through June 14) unites the work of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick and pop artist Andy Warhol for the first time.

Categories: Arts + Culture, Revue