“Led by frontman Kenny Roby, 6 String Drag merges the band’s early punk roots with no-frills southern honky tonk in a show that is sure to see your southern pride surge. Roby’s story telling excels, too, making the band’s songs resonate long after the amplifiers have gone quiet.” - Charlotte Viewpoint
Led LUVER brings their tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin show to the Upstate Thursday night May 23rd. LUVER with their steampunk stage and stage appearance brings you a modern look to a retro night of Zeppelin music played to a retro perfection of the original. Any other way is just sacrilegious. The band is led by female vocalist Nicki Hall and she will deliver a great rendition of Robert Plant and the rest of the band... well what can I say.... they are all DEAD ON.
With the mantra, "the music never stops", Bonnie Blue's shows take audiences soaring high with a strong collection of original tunes, an infectious and organic live act, and an understanding of the importance of paying homage to the great ones of the past.
Jacksonville, Florida’s Bonnie Blue has been the jam band scene by storm with their infectious and organic live act that includes originals and covers
AJ Ghent [J-ent] and His Singing Guitar are all about energy: musically, physically and spiritually. He takes his family’s heirloom “the sacred steel sound” and brings to a broader audience, by standing up: which allows him more freedom in performing and connecting with others. Over the years, Ghent has shared music with Zac Brown, Dave Grohl, and legendary freeform artist, Colonel Bruce Hampton. Ghent’s new creation, THE NEO BLUES PROJECT (March 2018) debuted at #7 on the Blues Billboard Charts, and is filled with everything that it should be: grooves, riffs and above all, message.
Unspoken Tradition is about new, original Bluegrass. Inspired by their own influences and the roots of traditional music, they bring a sound that is both impassioned and nostalgic, hard-driving but sincere. Their 2019 release from Mountain Home Music Company, Myths We Tell Our Young, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and has seen 5 top-charting radio singles, including a #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today chart for “Dark Side of the Mountain.” Their material is mostly original and reflects the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina where they call home. The band has earned a fervent following in the Southeast, selling out shows in Asheville, NC as well as the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, TN. They have also performed twice on the coveted Watson (main stage) at MerleFest. With heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction and ever-growing streaming numbers, Unspoken Tradition is a fast-rising voice of a new generation of roots music artists. Their debut recording, Simple Little Town (2013) saw quick success in radio and with tastemakers. Their follow-up release, Miles Between was featured on the nationally syndicated NPR show The World Cafe. Represented by Midwood Entertainment, Unspoken Tradition plays nationwide.
Scruggs'-style banjo picker "The Rev" Jeff Mosier, one of the earliest music pioneers who merged bluegrass instruments and traditional tunes with the magnetic energy of rock and roll, founded the jamgrass band Blueground Undergrass (BGUG) in 1998 after years of crafting his banjo skills in various bands, playing everything from bluegrass with his brother Johnny (Good Medicine) to experimental rock (Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit) to jazz-fusion (The Ear Reverents). Blueground Undergrass, the band he fronted for more than a decade, recorded four albums and built a sizable national following by combining bluegrass purism with a jam band sensibility. Later, as the jamband scene became more jam-tronica and less roots-driven, he formed a more song-driven rock/bluegrass ensemble, The Mosier Brothers band, performing at festivals, theaters, and private events throughout the region. Having shared the stage with such legends as Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Col. Bruce Hampton, Phish, Leftover Salmon, and Widespread Panic, Mosier has always been a versatile artist who is as comfortable performing on a stage full of musicians as he is playing solo.
2014-2017 City Paper Americana Artist of the Year winners The Travelin’ Kine are on the move. This hardworking local outfit has logged serious miles honing their sound: a mix of potent songwriting and fiery country chops, doused with a few shots of whiskey. With the help of a seasoned crew of local talent, singer Slaton Glover delivers a musical message of hellfire and heartbreak, leaving it all on the stage at every performance. Releasing their first album in 2016, the Kine's first single "Change in the Wind" was voted 2015 CPMA Song of the Year. Their new album "Ride" was recorded at Truphonic Studio and is due out this summer. The Travelin’ Kine amounts to some of the best lowcountry music in years. Catch them if you can!
Based out of Athens, GA these sweet southern rockers have been bringing the heat across the country since 2013. In the past 2 years, the band has shared the stage with Leftover Salmon, Papadosio, Twiddle, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford, The Main Squeeze, The Werks, Aqueous, Naughty Professor, The Jauntee, Cycles and more. The quartet regularly tours between the southeast and Colorado and produce their annual Sigh in July Music & Arts Festival every summer.
The band name Universal Sigh signifies a common thread that links everyone to life – the breath. Music, like breath, provides connection, awareness, and brings you into the present moment. Each breath and song is a simple reminder that we are all connected and reliant on each other in this journey through life.
Jerry Castle's 2018 song, "Lil Bit" was named one of 10 Best Country and Americana songs of the week by Rolling Stone Country. "Castle delivers one of the most instantly catchy- and danceable - songs of this year." -Rolling Stone Country
Working in his newly-rigged home studio, Castle spent seven months crafting Brand New Hello, a self-produced album that merges his sharp singer/songwriter roots with upbeat tempos, layered arrangements, pop melodies, and rock & roll muscle. It's a bright album for cloudy times, filled with a sense of buoyancy — an anthemic synthesizer here, a four-on-the-floor drumbeat there — that emphasizes hope and renewal over sorrow. The most modern-sounding project in his catalog, Brand New Hello fires twin barrels of political insight and poppy punch, influenced by everything from America's social climate to the Top 40 music his daughter would play in the car during the album's creation process.
In a world filled with instant gratification, gimmicky over saturation and a lack of true improvisation, The Jauntee pays tribute to music’s ability to transcend simple entertainment and cultivate a truly distinctive experience. The Jauntee has fostered a musical community based on a breadth of original material that engages fans through nightly exploration and risk taking. Averaging over one hundred shows a year, with each containing a unique set list and their own special improvisational moments, the band is constantly expanding upon what defines them and their live performances.
With almost a decade’s worth of touring experience; appearances at major festivals such as Peach Fest, Catskill Chill, and Resonance; and 36 states toured with stops at national touring staples such as Brooklyn Bowl, Georgia Theatre, and the Paradise Rock Club, The Jauntee have been nurturing a fanbase of dedicated followers who are inspired by their music and willing to travel to see what the band has in store next. Fans that thoroughly analyze their music, track their set lists and passionately promote their music. The Jauntee makes each night an exciting prospect of a new shared experience with bust-outs, fresh jamming, poignant covers, and accessible songwriting.
For seven years, TreeHouse! (Myrtle Beach, SC) has spent the majority of their days blazing sprawls of highway and their nights playing an unapologetic enthusiastic blend of psychedelic reggae jam rock they are known for in venues across the nation.
TreeHouse! songs resonate in your soul with lyrics of rising above adversity, the power of gratitude, and the importance of unity. For every setback, there's a step up waiting for you if you keep your focus. For every day, there's a blessing to count and for every event, we must recognize we are a part of it all. It's this kind of message that makes the most recent studio album, Lifted, their strongest release to date.
A One Man, Reggae, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul band with a high energy, and intricate "looping" style mixed with a positive uplifting message creating a laid back, "no worries", feel good type of vibe! El Dub plays all instruments live in real time, including, beat boxing, guitar, bass, keys and harmonizing vocals and loops them into layers that end up sounding like a full band with just one man!
Art Smashes Records is a five-piece pop rock band from Knoxville, TN. They blend upbeat melodies with eccentric lyrics, electronic undertones, and infections energy. They have opened for big name headlines such as Welshly Arms, The Unlikely Candidates, Dan Luke And The Raid, And more!
Thelma & The Sleaze is a southern band currently based in Nashville, TN. Fronted and birthed by the wily temptress Lauren Gilbert (LG), the music combines heavy rock ‘n’ roll and southern old school blues. The sound is sure to make any strict parent cry
Machine Funk "Tribute to Widespread Panic" returns to GOTTROCKS!!
Machine Funk "Tribute to Widespread Panic" formed in the summer of 2006 in Florence, SC. The band has toured for the last 12 years covering the music of Widespread Panic. Night after night their set lists are never the same, with having over 150 songs in rotation you will not see the same show twice. They also include songs from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads and many others. Machine Funk has shared the stage with musicians from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, North Mississippi Allstars, Randall Bramblett, and also Jojo Hermann of Widespread Panic. We thank you for your support. See you on the road!
$5 cover at the door!
Born in the soul-basted countryside of Alabama, and brought to the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains to marinade and mature, Red Clay Revival delivers an experience that reshapes the parameters of “roots music” as it's known.
Sci-fi fusion trio Consider the Source defy easy categorization. If intergalactic energy beings, upon their initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built a pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine powered by psychedelic math…it would sound like a cut-rate CTS cover band. With their blend of progressive rock and improvisatory jazz, soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate elements into an utterly original whole. A relentless touring schedule has earned them a fervent following around the world, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies to corpse-painted headbangers.
30+ local musicians strategically sorted into five powerful, eclectic, one-time only bands.
Dr. LuvBeatz - drums
Chad Hughes - bass
Charles hedgepath - Guitar
Rush Morgan - Vocals
April Bennett - Vocals
Mary Silvergirl - Violin
Monty Craig - Guitar
Gavin Glover - Drums
Sam Kruer - Bass
Niles McCall - Guitar
Katie D - Vocals
Jose Ortiz - Vocals
Matt Purinton - Mandolin
Brian Buffaloe - Percussion
Joe Tamburro - Drums
Robbie Edwards - Bass
Zach Dixon - Guitar
Jill Sprague - Vocals
Josh Forbus - Vocals
John Durham - Guitar
Matt Jennings - Keys
Michael Carroll - Vocals
Forté - Drums
Jonny Inman - Bass
John Atkins - Guitar
Darby Wilcox - Vocals
Doug Jones - Vocals
Eli Edwards - Vocals
Jordan Lawrence - Keys
Kevin Mavis - Drums
Thomas McPartland - Bass
Matt Fassas - Guitar
Kelly Jo - Vocals
Russ Moore - Vocals
Don Gillmer - percussion
Brad Jepson - trombone
ANNA LEIGH BAND joins us back at GOTTROCKS!!
Come get your honky tonk on!!
Ready for some rhythm? Tambou Fou returns for the first time in years, Centered around some serious percussion players laying down fluid, interworked polyrhythms Tambou Fou is an improvisational playground. Ryan "Manito" Wendel, Jeff Holland, and Jason "Slice" Phillips are the percussion section. Jay Hoots on kit with Shannon Hoover rounding the rhythm section as Matt Jennings plays an expansive keyboard set up. All together creating a mesmerizing jam with tinges of world music, funk, trance, and everything in between. Please come out and support the return of Tambou Fou!
A modern band rooted in old-school southern sounds, Folk Soul Revival whips up its own version of amplified Americana on the band's self-titled fourth record.
The name says it all. Folk Soul Revival, like the band that created it, is an album that celebrates the sounds, stories, and small-town values of an earlier era, modernizing their approach with sharp songwriting and electrifying instrumental work. There's country twang, bluegrass bounce, hillbilly hell-raising, chicken-pickin' guitar, and roadhouse roots-rock, all sandwiched into a tracklist that mixes heartbreak, honesty, and humor in equal doses. Recorded in Nashville and road-tested on stages across the country, this is Folk Soul Revival's finest work — an album that nods to the glory days of the past while still pushing the band forward.
THE GRATEFUL BROTHERS are back at GOTTROCKS with Adam Knight's Buried Alive, a Phish Tribute for a St Patty's Day Throw Down!
The Grateful Brothers pay tribute to two of the richest catalogs of music in American history: The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band.
Adam Knight has assembled all all-star list of local ringers to pay tribute to the music of Phish as Buried Alive!
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.
Join Cannabis Forward as we host a free screening of the film, WEED the PEOPLE.
Weed the People is a film directed by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein that tells the story of families who have chosen to treat their children's cancer with cannabis.
This is a free event and seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
A love offering will be collected
Doors open at 4pm
Film begins at 4:20 and runs for 95 minutes
A brief Q & A session will follow
Many thanks to Gottrocks and Smoke N Brew for sponsoring this event.
Songs From The Road Band is Charles Humphrey III (bass), Ryan Cavenaugh (banjo), Mark Schimick (mandolin), Sam Wharton (guitar), and James Schlender (fiddle). These veteran acoustic musicians have collectively received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. Once primarily an album recording band, Songs From The Road Band has emerged as one of the heaviest touring bands in the country since March 2018. They are currently touring in support of their number one Americana, Bluegrass, and Classic Country chart-topping album Road To Nowhere. They are proud to call both Asheville, NC and Nashville, TN home.