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Gallery: ZZ Ward brings her “Dirty Shine” to Charlotte at the Underground

ZZ Ward brings her “Dirty Shine” to Charlotte at the Underground

Fresh off her summer release of The Storm, ZZ Ward and her talented backing band graced the Charlotte stage with her self proclaimed Dirty Shine. Combining blues with a mixture of genres, such as hip-hop, rock, and pop, ZZ and Co got the weekend crowd moving early and often. While The Storm studio versions contain many musical guests, none were present for the live setting. Fear not, the album highlights, “Cannonball” and “Rise” minus Fantastic Negrito and Gary Clark Jr., still provided a punch and translated very well in the live setting. The set would feature many new tunes, mixed in with fan favorites from the first album, When the Casket DropsThe mixture of both albums kept the crowd enthralled throughout the night.
All eyes would remain on ZZ from the moment she took the stage till the end of the show. Alternating guitars as well as solo and full band performances made for an enjoyable evening. ZZ’s powerful and versatile vocals and music breathe new life into today’s blues music.


With her tour wrapping up soon, there’s only a few more opportunities to catch a performance:

Nathan is avid concert goer who hails from Concord, NC. A graduate of UNC Charlotte, Nathan is an Audio/Visual Engineer in the Charlotte area. Nathan, who is a lifelong collector of concert recordings began recording shows himself in 2010. What began as a hobby has turned into a career for Nathan. With a passion for live music and reliving the concert experience, Nathan has taken on concert photography as well. You can find Nathan’s work at

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