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Around Town: The Local Beat #14

The Local Beat #14

Hello music lovers! Welcome to this week’s edition of The Local Beat. 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 one of the hottest young bands in the area, Brooke Lee & the 7 Days Band. The band got their start back in 2016 with the help of music instructor and studio owner Karl Gunther and played their very first show as teens at the Laketown Tavern in Cornelius. With a great mix of classic rock, pop, and country covers songs, the band quickly became known as “the” party band of Lake Norman, full of energy and rocking the house each and every time they took the stage.  Everything about the band seems to ooze excitement right down to the 45 rpm adapter that graces the band’s backdrop. When word got out a few months back that I was looking to spotlight local bands, lead vocalist Brooke LaRotunda reached out to me about the 7 Days Band and to set up an interview. We had a lovely Sunday morning chat even though she was up late at a gig the night before. 

Since the interview, I’m happy to report that major things have been happening for Brooke and the 7 Days Band. Brooke’s poignant vocals are a perfect fit for country music and she headed to Nashville to work with legendary songwriter Bruce Burch and recording artist Kelly Costner. Now known as Brooke Lee & the 7 Days Band, the band is about to write an entirely new chapter of their career. Fresh off a stellar performance at this year’s Taste of Charlotte, they have a slew of gigs lined up including this Saturday, July 13th at Boat Yard Eats in Cornelius where they will be performing songs from Brooke’s new Nashville EP. This young band is definitely on the rise so don’t miss your chance to check them out and see what they’re all about. You can listen to the full interview with Brooke below. 


Brooke Lee & the 7 Days Band Is:

Brooke LaRotunda-Vocals

Logan Foland-Guitar

Christopher Law- Bass

Raven Pfeiffer-Drums


Shows To Check Out This Week:

Delta Moon at Free Range Brewing

Thursday, July 11, 2019


Check out some of the best slide guitar work around as Atlanta artists Delta Moon hit the stage at Free Range Brewing bringing their unique blend of blues, roots rock, and Americana with them. Fresh off fantastic performances in Germany, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

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Dragged By the Neck CD Release Party at Amos’ Southend

Friday, July 12, 2019

It will be a night of metal madness this Friday at Amos’ Southend for the Dragged By The Neck CD Release Party. Come check out their new release Hope Falls Short and show your support. Joining them will be Skinkage, Annabel Lee, and Winter’s Gate. 

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The Silver Tuna, The Mezz, Low Moves, Waystray St. at Concerts at the Courtroom 

Friday, July 12, 2019


For a full night of great music, head out to the Courtroom in Rock Hill, SC Friday night. Enjoy a little bit of evverything from the garage psychedelic of The Silver Tuna to the bedroom folk of Waystray St. 

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Red Dirt Revival at The Fish Bowl

Saturday, July 13, 2019


One of North Carolina’s hottest country bands will be hitting the Fish Bowl in Salisbury Saturday night as Lexington’s own Red Dirt Revival takes the stage. Don’t miss their beautiful vocal harmonies as they play everything from outlaw country to modern country hits

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Sean Finnerty at Petra’s

Saturday, July 13, 2019


After a long week of work, we could all use a little laughter. Head on out to Petra’s and check out the stand-up comedy of Sean Finnerty. You’ve seen him on the Tonight Show and Comedy Central, don’t miss your opportunity to see him up close and personal. It’s guaranteed to be a good time. 

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YUNG Citizen EP Release with Simon SMTHNG, Tecoby Hines at The Evening Muse

Sunday, July 14, 2019


Charlotte music producer and artist Yung Citizen will be hitting The Evening Muse Sunday evening for a special EP release event. With music that blends both hip-hop, r&b, and pop influences and lyrics that touch on some of the biggest social issues of our times, this is an event everyone should check out. 

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Notable News From Around The Scene

Reason Define announced that they will be rereleasing “Reaper” on August 2nd, featuring Jacob from Never I and have completed filming for an awesome new video for the song as well. Stay tuned to their socials for updates.

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, Brooke LaRotunda of Brooke Lee & the 7 Days Band was kind enough to play along. Take a quick listen to find out what she 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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