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Around Town – The Local Beat #9

The Local Beat #9

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 none other than Charlotte favorite Scars Remain. The band was founded by four well-known musicians in the local music scene who refused to give up on their dreams. After spending the better part of a year on the road touring with national acts and honing their skills, Scars Remain returns more focused than ever before. Their passion for the music shines through in everything they do with their live shows being a standout, earning them a solid fan base throughout the Carolinas and beyond. The band’s goal is to spread their unique sound far and wide, reaching as many people as they possibly can. Sharing their love of music and hoping to spark that same passion within their fans is what Scars Remain is all about. The special connection between the audience, the band, and the music is something that is difficult to describe but impossible to deny. Scars Remain hopes to share that one of a kind experience with music lovers everywhere.

The band’s most recent offering comes in the form of a music video for their newest single “Disease.” The song deals with the disease of addiction and the challenges and struggles people deal with in this ultimate fight for survival. A hard-hitting riff and driving rhythm kick things off as the tune begins to build. It’s heavy but also carries a catchy melody that makes the song instantly memorable and recognizable. The rhythm section of Andy Allen on bass and Jason Evans on drums really pushes the pace accompanied by some stellar guitar work from Kyle Spidel. Don’t miss his epic solo shortly after the two-minute mark as you watch his fingers fly. Frontman Travis Keziah’s vocals have never sounded better as he soars above on the chorus. Visually and sonically, the video is top notch with brilliant production and quality from local outfits Pangea Produktions and WestArt Video. “Disease” is a wonderful showcase for what Scars Remain is capable of and clearly takes the band to another level. Be sure to check out the video above to experience it for yourself. You can also check the band out live this weekend at the Reason Define CD release party Friday night at the newly re-opened Amos’ Southend and with Silvertung Saturday night at Ground Zero in Spartanburg. Shutter 16 had the chance to chat with lead vocalist Travis Keziah and find out all the inside scoop on “Disease” and everything Scars Remain has been up to. You can listen in to the full interview below.



Scars Remain Is:

Travis Keziah-Vocals, Guitar

Kyle Spidel-Guitar

Andy Allen-Bass

Jason Evans-Drums


Shows To Check Out This Week

Mike Farris at Neighborhood Theatre

Thursday, March 28, 2019


The best of Nashville will be at the Neighborhood Theatre Thursday night as Mike Farris comes to town.  Mike and his band bring the best of blues, gospel, rock, and soul for the evening of a lifetime. His live performances are incredibly dynamic and will touch you to the core. Make Thursday night something special and a night to be remembered.

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The Pearl Snap Prophets, Be The Moon and Whiskey Foxtrot at the Pour House Music Hall

Thursday, March 29, 2019


The Pour House in Raleigh continues their tradition of Local Band Local Beer Thursday nights with the Pearl Snap Prophets this week. Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Jack Marion and the Pearl Snap Prophets combine the beautiful mountain folk music with some hard, outlaw country for a sound that’s truly their own. Joining them are Be The Moon and Whiskey Foxtrot for one incredible evening of roots based country rock and Americana.

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The Wormholes w/Where We Are and Sweat Transfer at Snug Harbor

Friday, March 29, 2019


Come on out to Snug Harbor and check out some of the best experimental art rock around as The Wormholes make a local stop on their Cosmic Propaganda Tour.  Ben Verner and Chris Walters bring their unique blend of guitars, synths, and drums combined in the very best of rock and psychedelic sounds with accompanying visuals. This is a one of a kind experience that you’ll never forget.

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Reason Define CD Release Party at Amos’ Southend

Friday, March 29, 2019


The super talented and lovely ladies of Reason Define will be capping of their March tour with their official CD release party this Friday at Amos’ Southend. In memory… has the band soaring to new heights with full-blown rockers like “Pointing Fingers” and the breathtaking ballad “Mirrors.” Come on out and celebrate with them and enjoy an evening of some of the best music around. Joining them will be A Light Divided, Violent Life Violent Death, Never I, and Scars Remain. This is a show you won’t want to miss. Shutter 16 will be there so stay tuned for a full review and epic photo gallery of all the evening’s festivities.

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Venus Mixtape Party at The Rabbit Hole

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Experience a little of the magic and mystique of Venus Invictus as they celebrate the release of their second mixtape
The Other Side this Saturday at The Rabbit Hole. Venus knows how to rock the house and vocalist Amanda Tattermask has never sounded better making this a perfect way to spend your evening. Joining them will be Black Ritual, Fear Until Fury, and Nightmare Sonata.

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Pat Novak & The Hired Guns at the Keg & Cue

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday night will be the official debut of Pat Novak & The Hired Guns at the Keg & Cue. Brought to you by Atomic Science of Food, this show could prove to be the most interesting of the weekend. Will their first performance rock the Cue? Get to the show and decide for yourself.

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Vacation Manor w/Leffty and Briston Maroney at the Evening Muse

Sunday, March 31, 2019


After meeting at a music festival and teaming together for a battle of the bands competition, Nashville indie-pop rockers Vacation Manor are a real Cinderella story. Their latest album Everything I Can’t Say Out Loud was recorded live in Joshua Tree, California and is something you’ll definitely want to add to your playlist. Check them out this Sunday at the Evening Muse to see what they are all about.

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Steel Bearing Hand w/AxAttack and Morganton at The Milestone

Sunday, March 31, 2019

If you’re looking for something cool to do on Sunday afternoon, head on over to the Milestone and check out this awesome metal matinee! Featuring the thrash infused metal of Steel Bearing Hand, this show will be a real headbanger. Also on the bill are AxAttack and Morganton.

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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, Scars Remain lead vocalist Travis Keziah 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 or other music news that you would love us to know about, 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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