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The Local Beat #3

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 featured artist and rising star is none other than Joshua Moyer of Watchtower, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Watchtower is based out of Winston-Salem, NC and although the band has only been together since last spring, they have already been making quite a splash on the local scene. Every member of the band is a talented, multi-instrumentalist, able to handle several instruments when needed, giving Watchtower the unique ability to change things up at will. Everyone knows that one of the best things about Dave Matthews is his ultimate live sets which include wicked improvisations and epic jams making each and every one of his concerts an individualized and distinct experience. Watchtower is definitely following in Dave’s footsteps because once they hit the stage you never know what may happen.

Fronted by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joshua Moyer, Watchtower boasts a lineup of musicians whose skills are second to none. With a full band sound that includes saxophone, violin, and trumpet along with the traditional rock guitars, bass, and drums, Watchtower is a true force to be reckoned in the live setting. In addition to playing gigs around the Piedmont Triad area, Watchtower was given the unique opportunity of playing at the Winston Salem Open tennis tournament this past August where they gave the performance of a lifetime and earned themselves tons of new fans. When the ful band is not out and about, Joshua stays busy playing solo dates as an acoustic performer where he wows the crowd not only with Dave Matthews covers but other classic rock and reggae tunes as well. His next show is coming up this Saturday at Campus Gas In Winston-Salem so be sure and stop by and check him out. Shutter 16 had the opportunity to chat with Joshua and find out all the latest happenings with Watchtower as well as his solo career. You can listen to the complete interview below.

Watchtower is:

Joshua Moyer-Vocals and guitar

Brent Davis-Saxophone and woodwinds

Evan Bloom-Violin, lead guitar

Brandon McCotter- Trumpet, backing vocals

Ralph Butcher-Bass Guitar, background vocals

Dustin Foley-Drums, background vocals

Joshua Shelton-Lead guitar, vocals


Shows To Check Out This Week

HECTORINA with Gasp & Rye at Snug Harbor

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Local favorites Hectorina kick off their month long February residency at Snug Harbor this Wednesday. The band has been banging it out in clubs up and down the east coast since 2012 and can add festivals like Hopscotch Music Festival to their credits. These guys even did a full theatrical production of their 2013 rock opera Collywobble. They are set to release their fifth studio album Knotted Everest sometime in 2019. They’ll be at Snug every Wednesday night throughout the month of February.

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The Contenders with Elise Davis (CD Release) at The Evening Muse

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Come out to The Evening Muse and experience a little of the troubadour’s lifestyle with the heartwarming tales of Jay Nash and Josh Day of The Contenders. Their latest album Laughing With the Reckless will have you laughing and crying with plenty of food for thought. It’s a record full of hope and heartbreak with plenty of vocal harmonies and sublime musical stylings. Opening the show is the wonderful Elise Davis with the official release of her newest CD Cactus, a country and folk extravaganza.

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Dane Page, Clint Roberts, The Remarks, Zack Joseph at Petra’s

Friday, February 8, 2019

This Friday evening Petra’s will host the contemporary folk of Charlotte’s own Dane Page. Page is part Hank Williams and part Woody Guthrie with his simple yet exquisite reflections on modern life. Joining him are singer-songwriters Clint Roberts and Zack Joseph as well as the indie folk of The Remarks. It will be a showcase of Americana that you will not want to miss.

Perpetual Groove at Neighborhood Theatre

Friday, February 8, 2019

Experience the one of a kind sensation of Perpetual Groove this Friday at the Neighborhood Theatre. Hailing from the low-country of Savannah, GA, PGroove offers a genre defying evening that mixes the best of jazz, prog, rock, electronica, psychedelic, and everything in between. The band is famous for their unique covers and their intense show will range from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls On Parade,” offering a little something for just about everyone.

Venus Invictus, The Bleeps, EdensKiss, and Nightmare Sonata at Tommy’s Pub

Saturday, February 9, 2019

You can share the love or hate with Venus Invictus this Saturday at Tommy’s Pub at their pre-Valentine party. Bring a date or come alone and enjoy special covers about love and heartbreak along with special drinks for the occasion. Joining in on the Valentine festivities are more local favorites, The Bleeps, EdensKiss, and Nightmare Sonata.

Sext Message, Gardeners, heckdang, Problem Addict, and Annabeth Berry at The Milestone Club

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Dance the night away at Charlotte’s most iconic music venue, The Milestone Club this Saturday at their Galentine’s Day party. Headlining the evening is the synth pop vibe of Sext Message with their dueling keytars. Get there early and check out the indie rock of Gardeners, the sad, alternative of heckdang, and the wonderful singer-songwriters Problem Addict (Audrey Ayers’s solo project) and Annabeth Berry.

Charlotte Blues Society Presents Lipbone Redding at The Rabbit Hole

Sunday, February 10, 2019

This Sunday, the Rabbit Hole will host a true one man band in blues master Lipbone Redding. Originally hailing from coastal North Carolina, Lipbone’s roots run deep in southern soul, blues, and boogie. Redding has shared a stage with many blues greats with his live set showcasing  his natural throat singing, bass and beat boxing, and infamous lip-tromboning. It’s a one of a kind event that you absolutely must see. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item or household good to benefit Loaves & Fishes.

Homewrecker, Creeping Death, Funeral Chic, and Bushido Code at Skylark Social Club

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Get ready for a night of extreme metal madness at the Skylark Social Club Sunday night as the Ohio metal madness of Homewrecker comes to town. This lineup is a metal head’s dream and a show that is guaranteed to melt your face. Rounding out the lineup are Creeping Death, Funeral Chic, and Bushido Code. Horns up!

News Worthy Notes From Around The Scene

Word on the street is one hell of a metal show went down last weekend at the Keg & Cue. Kudos to all the local metal heads that went out and showed their support.

Up and coming rockers Faithful Annie are hard at work on some new music. Check them out this weekend at Smokey Joe’s to hear a sneak peek of some tunes from their forthcoming album Constant State of Being.

Please note that the Steel Standing reunion show originally scheduled for Friday February 8th at Amos’ Southend has been postponed to sometime in April. An exact date will be announced soon.

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, Joshua Moyer of Watchtower was kind enough to play along. Take a quick listen to find out what he had to say.

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