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Less Than Jake at The Underground Charlotte

Ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake bring their winter tour to Charlotte, NC with guests Four Year Strong, Direct Hit, and Bearings

By Jessie Harris/ Photos: Kevin McGee

The Underground hosted an all out fun punk rock show on Tuesday, February 13 for Charlotte fans of the band Less Than Jake. With a room capacity of roughly 750 people or less, this venue was the perfect setup for such an event.

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It’s much more fun to see a punk band in a small setting, than in a huge ballroom and it’s a blessing to have a local venue like this at the AvidXchange Music Factory.

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Opening the night was Canadian band Bearings.

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An appropriate name for getting the night started, the group set the mood for the show.

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With a sound similar to Blink-182 and other punk gods, the band brought a fresh perspective to the music scene.

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Next up was DIRECT HIT! and they were nothing short of their namesake. With a very surprising and fun set, this is a band to keep on your pop-punk radar.

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They put on a gnarly show and really stood out amongst the rest of the opening bands. I will definitely be checking out more from this band and be on the lookout for more shows in the future.

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Four Year Strong came out, for a lack of better words, strong, and ready to bring their aggressive, melody-ridden tracks to the Queen City.

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Their signature emo-punk performance is always fun to witness and the crowd reflected those same sentiments

With a night of high energy already in full effect, Less Than Jake took to the stage and played songs from their long line of amazing albums, spanning several decades.

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Having been in the industry for over 25 years now, they are not shy and leave all of themselves on the stage when they play.

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They claim to have never cancelled a show and in true form, continued to play their set that night despite drummer Vinnie Fiorello having a severely sprained ankle. I don’t know if anything screams punk rock more than that kind of work ethic.

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It’s always cool to see a band that seems genuinely attached to a city with memories and regardless of playing many venues over the years, they still remember Charlotte back in the day, referencing nights at Tremont Music Hall. It’s also incredibly cool to hear bands that you’ve heard play since the early 2000s and have them still sound spot on and consistently great.

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I think that’s a trait of truly great musicians and almost a lost element in some new and younger bands. It’s definitely something to be admired. Be sure to catch this rest tour on one of the remaining dates below:

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Remaining Tour Dates:

Date Venue City
Feb 15 Canal Club Richmond, VA
Feb 16 The Queen Wilmington, DE
Feb 17 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
Feb 18 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Feb 20 La Tulipe Montreal, Canada
Feb 21 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada
Feb 22 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL
Feb 23 Mr. Smalls Special Events Millvale, PA
Feb 24 Skully’s Music Diner Columbus, OH
Feb 25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY

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