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In Charlotte with Dispatch with Guster and Jake Shimabukuro

Dispatch: America, Location 12

Dispatch is a band. Have you heard of them? The band itself jokes that they have been called  “the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of.” Yet we can say with certainty that the city of Charlotte has most definitely heard of Dispatch and packed into the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre to see them. With a stop early on in their America, Location 12 tour and on the heels of an album release by the same name, the weather and the city of Charlotte came together for an awesome night of music with special guests Guster, and Jake Shimabukuro.


The night itself was a pleasant turn around from a drenched evening just a few nights ago at CMCU Amphitheatre and an overall hit or miss week of rainy weather. The weather really helped set the tone for a relaxed atmosphere and the good vibes were cemented early on with an opening set from Jake Shimabukuro. Jake absolutely shreds on the ukulele and showcases his talent through originals and brings new life to covers like “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Jake’s talent is only paralleled by his enthusiasm on stage and you can see it in his face and hear it in his music.


As with most opening acts the crowd was slowly building and once Guster made it to the stage CMCU amphitheatre had packed in from the seats to the lawn. With dusk just starting to set, Guster sustained the good vibe with their brand of laid back alternative rock. As a casual listener to the band, specifically in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I was unsure what to expect from a Guster set and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. Guster’s sound vibe was what I expected but the energy from the band was stand out! The whole band exhibited an infectious cheer that let the crowd know they were happy to be there.


Once frontman Ryan Miller walked off the stage and up the barricaded wall of the amphitheatre singing, smiling for selfies, and drinking other people’s beer it was safe to say that they had completely won over the audience and continued to party on through their set.


With the night settling in, Dispatch took no time getting right to the point as they jumped straight into what was to be an energetic jam driven set comprised of classics spanning their over 20 year career and new songs from their most recently released album America, Location 12. The audience seemed incredibly receptive across the board for the new music but it was very apparent through crowd reactions and sing-alongs that for many this show was about those classic songs which were near and dear to their hearts.


With the band calling it quits back in 2004 and then reforming for sporadic charity driven events through the late 2000’s, it was a welcome surprise for many to see them reform and begin making music again even if maybe not as frequently as some would like. You can imagine the excitement when it was announced earlier this year that the band would go on tour here in the U.S. That excitement was felt in Charlotte and it poured from the stage and crowd as Dispatch jammed the night away.

This night brought a solid lineup of positivity, fun, and loads of musical talent. The reason that the people in the “know” love Dispatch is on full display this tour and with solid support from Guster and openers like Jake Shimabukuro, fans will be left hoping that the next time they are able to see Dispatch perform will not be anywhere near as long away.

See full gallery of the night.


Here We Go

Be Gone

Open Up

Skin the Rabbit


Painted Yellow Lines


Bang Bang


Flying Horses

Rice Water


Only the Wild Ones

Circles Around the Sun

Curse + Crush

The General

Bats in the Belfry

Out loud >Time (Pink Floyd) > Out loud

Catch this tour:


America, Location 12 Tour


01 – Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

02 – Rochester Hills, Mich. @ Meadow Brook

03 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa @ McGrath Amphitheatre

06 – Forest Hills, N.Y. @ Forest Hills Stadium

07 – Columbia, Md. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

08 – Marshfield, Mass. @ Levitate Festival

09 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for Performing Arts


12 – London, U.K. @ Electric Ballroom

14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

15 – Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle

16 – Hannover, Germany @ Faust

17 – Cologne, Germany @ Gloria

19 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theatre

21 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp

22 – Linz, Austria @ Posthof

23 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena Big Hall

24 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo


Photographer Josh Gooch is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State, Josh Gooch works in education, teaching graphic design at the community college level. Photography became a passion during his college career, and remained a constant addition to the ever-present soundtrack of life. Privileged to have turned an ear to hip-hop at a young age, after developing a love of music from ‘80s radio, Josh found that the revelation of rock music in high school was what led him to really devote serious amounts of attention to music. From there it was that first club show that sparked an addiction to live music and the exposure to various forms of it during the college years, cementing a love of passion and truth in music. Now, with the ability to combine the passions of photography and music, he hopes to continue to develop a creative voice that others appreciate.


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