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Around Town: The Local Beat #11

The Local Beat #11

Hello music lovers! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Local Beat, a new weekly column here on Shutter 16 magazine. The staff here at Shutter 16 is committed to bringing you all the latest information on the local and indie music scene, including must-see shows, exclusive interviews, new music, reviews, and tons more. Here in the Carolinas, we are lucky enough to live in an area where the local music scene is not only thriving but growing by leaps and bounds. The Local Beat is our way of showcasing the amazing talent right here in our own backyards. So let’s get to it.

This Week’s Rising Star

This week’s rising star honors go to Charlotte funk band Akita. While many Charlotte music lovers are eagerly awaiting the inaugural Epicenter Festival down in Rockingham next weekend and the bevy of sows headed to the Queen City,  Charlotte funk fans are looking to May 15th. This is the date that shall go down in funk history as Akita will be releasing their debut EP
Go!. The six-piece band was originally started by drummer Patrick Buckley and bass guitarist Zak Ferrell, guitarist Sam Farnham, and keyboardist Tomi Gulden have also joined the fold. Of course, Akita wouldn’t be a true funk band without a little horns so we have Charlie Lamprecht on saxophone and Dan Hamalainen on trombone. The Charlotte funk masters have quickly garnered a following in the southeast with their unique “Culture Shift” party style and have opened for the likes of Litz, Funk You, and Roosevelt Collier to name a few. Akita has taken funk and infused it with their own funk-rock and reggae beats making it something they can truly call their own.

The band’s influences run wide and deep from Sly and the Family Stone to George Clinton and James Brown with drummer Patrick Buckley heavily leaning on Lettuce. (Side Note-Lettuce will be hitting up the Neighborhood Theatre this November and since Buckley could not stop talking about them, it’s probably a show you’ll want to check out.) Akita is currently out on the road on their Go! EP Release Tour and will be stopping in Charlotte on June 1st at Snug Harbor so be sure to go and get your funk on. The band offers terrific melodies that stick with you and plenty of grooves to make you move. They’re creating music they love and doing it their way and there really isn’t anything better than that. Shutter 16 had the chance to chat with drummer Patrick Buckley a few weeks back and get all the inside scoop on what Akita has going on. You can listen to our interview in full below.

Akita is:

Patrick Buckley-Drums

Zak Ferrell-Bass Guitar

Charlie Lamprecht-Saxophone

Dan Hamalainen-Trombone

Sam Farnham-Guitar

Tomi Gulden-Keyboards


Shows To Check Out This Week

Chocala, Identikit, and GASP at Petra’s

Friday, May 3, 2019

It will be an interesting night at Petra’s, to say the least with the Latin rhythms and tropical psychedelia of Chocala just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Add in the progressive Identikit and the spaceship, goth, prog, and everything under the sun of GASP and it’s bound to be a night to remember.

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Annihilation at Amos’ Southend with East Viridian

Friday, May3, 2019


If heavy music is your thing, Amos’ is where you’ll want to be Friday night as Annihilation hits. It’s going to get insane and you’ll want to be there when it does! The stacked lineup also includes Withdraw, Curiosity Kills, Winter’s Gate, and Fault Union.

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The Feeds with Fireball XL5 at Tommy’s Pub

Saturday, May 4, 2019

If you’re looking for some straight up rock and roll to soothe your weary soul, get your butt to Tommy’s Pub Saturday night and check out The Feeds. This three piece North Carolina band provides driving riffs and contagious melodies. It’s just what the doctor ordered, the prescription to cure all that ails you. Really, though this is a show you need to see.

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Eazy Mac at Skylark Social Club

Saturday, May 4, 2019


Rap and hip-hop fans will be out in force this weekend as Eazy Mac headlines the Skylark Social Club.  It’s also Greensboro rapper Stichy C’s album release party and he’s bringing along StulCIDE, Dead Sea $crilla, Ed Lewis, B-Villianous, Marshall Alexander, and Kyng Rash for the ride. Don’t miss this one!

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Tyler Ramsey Album Release Show With Dane Page at The Evening Muse

Saturday, May 4, 2019


Tyler Ramsey spends his time in the mountains of North Carolina outside of Asheville and in his own music studio that he built himself. Life moves at the pace he chooses and his music is a reflection of his surroundings. You probably are familiar with his work with rock band Band of Horses but Satruday night is his official album release show for his latest offering
For The Morning, his first since 2011. The intimate setting of the Evening Muse will be the perfect place for Ramsey to touch your soul. Don’t miss it.

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An Acoustic Blues Sunday with Geoff Achison at The Rabbit Hole

Sunday, May 5, 2019


This Sunday the Charlotte Blues Society is bringing another outstanding show to the Queen City as Geoff Achison hits the Rabbit Hole. The Australian bluesman is not only an outstanding player but a gifted singer-songwriter, weaving his tales and enveloping you with his stories. Come check him out and get your blues on.

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Black Glass-Cinco de Mayo Party At Apps & Taps

Sunday, May 5, 2019



Bring your sombrero but I’m not sure you’ll hear any Latin music at this rocking Cinco de Mayo party. The boys in Black Glass are always ready to throw down and get the party started. Ronnie Rogers and company have been rocking the Carolinas and are a real staple on the local scene. So come on out and show your support and have a great time while you’re there!

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Tour Bus Trivia

Tour Bus Trivia is a fun segment during which we here at Shutter 16 get to ask fun questions from one of our local artists. It’s kind of like a quiz show, except the questions are easy and often silly, and unfortunately, there are no prizes.  For this week’s installment, Patrick Buckley of Akita was kind enough to play along. Take a quick listen to find out what he had to say.

If your band would like to be considered for inclusion in The Local Beat or if you have a show, music news, or a new release you’d like us to review, please send us an email at or you can reach out to our man, or in this case, woman on the scene, photojournalist Kris Engelhart at If you’re at a show don’t forget to tag those pics with #twitfromthepit so we can all share the local love.

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