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The Local Beat #4

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 Revelry Soul. Hailing from Rock Hill, South Carolina, Revelry Soul is a four piece band that specializes in rock, soul, and blues, all with a southern vibe that is guaranteed to make you feel right at home. The band has been around the scene since 2015 and has proven to be one of the best around town. Having opened for the likes of Michael Tracy, Moses Jones, and Uncle Buck, the guys in Revelry Soul pride themselves on putting on top-notch live performances with a wide appeal. Their set lists feature both original songs and classic covers over a variety of genres, making for an enjoyable experience for everybody. Their mission is for everyone to have a great time and simply enjoy some fantastic music and so far it’s been mission accomplished.

This past fall, Revelry Soul released their debut EP Bad Sign, which includes seven original songs that run the gamut from all-out rockers to laid back piano ballads. From the southern rock of “Workin’ Man” to the bluesy grind of “Erase,” the band sounds tight, proficient at their craft, yet full of passion for what they do. The rhythm section of drummer Gary Baker Jr. and bass guitarist Ben Smyth are spot on and lead guitarist Mitch Kelly plays with an emotional style that uniquely fits each tune. Lead vocalist Josh Hamilton has a voice made for rock and blues and possesses a tone that reminded me a lot of Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd. The band is currently looking to expand their sound with the addition of a fifth member and is busy auditioning musicians until they fit the perfect match. Shutter 16 had the opportunity to chat with drummer Gary Baker Jr. and find out all the latest happenings with Revelry Soul. You can listen in full to our interview with Gary and the rest of Revelry Soul below and be sure to check out the band’s upcoming gig this Friday at Hartland’s Bar in Rock Hill, SC.

Revelry Soul is:

Gary Baker Jr.- drums

Josh Hamilton-vocals

Mitch Kelly-lead guitar

Ben Smyth- bass

Shows To Check Out This Week

Okapi with Ghost Trees, Joules & JPH at The Milestone

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

If you’re looking for something a bit avant-garde, you may want to check out Okapi at the Milestone this Wednesday. The musical duo of Scott Gorski and Linsdey Miller will help you revitalize your true self with their unconventional musical stylings of double bass, cello, and voice to lead you on a journey through existentialism. Charlotte’s own Ghost trees will bring their jazz perspective along with Joules and JPH. This is definitely a show that will be different which is sometimes exactly what we need.

Steady Flow with Try More Mojo at Heist Brewery

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The funky vibes of Steady Flow will be out in force at Heist Brewery this Thursday. Come and bring your valentine and check out hot, new songs from their newest album Louder. Opening up the show is the psychedelic offerings of Try More Mojo. For the funkiest Valentine’s Day party in town, Heist Brewery is definitely the place to be.

For more information, go HERE.

LBLB Heartbreakin’ Ball with Lonnie Walker, Echo Courts, AUTOSPKR at The Pour House Music Hall

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Stories told amidst Southern narratives and indie, country, punky beats will be showcased by Raleigh’s own Lonnie Walker at the Local Beer Local Band Heartbreakin’ Ball. It’s the party to be at if you don’t have a valentine, hate Valentine’s Day, or are currently on the lookout for a future valentine. They bring a level of emotion to their music that you simply should not miss. Get there early and check out the jangly, power pop and brilliant vocal harmonies of another Raleigh local, Echo Courts.

For more information, go HERE.

Litz, Akita, and tomatoband at Skylark Social Club

Friday, February 15, 2019

If you didn’t get the chance to check out the funky jams of Litz when they opened for Papdosio on the Content Coma tour, you’ll have another chance this Friday night at the Skylark Social Club as they hit the Queen City for a headlining show. Litz brings an array of sounds with everything from searing guitar riffs to progressive keyboard runs and even funky horns. The hometown funk of Akita will get things started along with the psychedelia of Charleston’s tomatoband. Don’t miss an evening packed with epic jams.

For more information, go HERE.

Michael Tracy Band at The Evening Muse

Friday, February 15, 2019

The intimate setting of The Evening Muse will play host to one of Charlotte’s biggest names as the Michael Tracy Band headlines this Friday evening. Michael follows in the footsteps of rock and roll’s most well respected singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Bob Seger. The Navy veteran got his musical start at a local open mic night and has gone on to release four studio albums and has opened for some of the biggest names in rock including the one and only Bon Jovi. Don’t miss your chance to check out Michael Tracy and his band up close and personal and experience some of his musical magic.

For more information, go HERE.

The Lacs at The Senate

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Head down to Columbia this Saturday night for an exciting evening with The Lacs. Experience their fantastic mix of rock, country, and hip-hop as Clay “Uncle Snap” Sharpe and Brian “Rooster” King bring the best of downhome Baxley, Georgia music to town.  The Lacs have been sharing their special brand of “dirt rock” with the world for twenty years and have collaborated with some of the best and brightest musicians around. If you’re a little bit country, but also love a little bit of rock and roll with the occasional hip-hop throwdown, this is a must see show.

For more information, go HERE.

13th Annual Valentease Burlesque Show at the Visulite Theatre

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Head out to the Visulite Theatre this Saturday to experience the lost art of burlesque. Enjoy Charlotte’s very own Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque as they bring a unique touch to the risque, cabaret show known as burlesque. Welcome back SHEBA to this special event and don’t miss a special performance from Phoebe Nyx. Bring your valentine for a fun filled evening that they won’t forget.

Fore more information, go HERE.

The Foxies at the Neighborhood Theatre

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Straight from Nashville, come The Foxies. No, they aren’t a country band, but an eclectic, four piece indie pop band that will have you moving and grooving all night long on the dance floor. This Sunday, they will hit up the Neighborhood Theatre bringing the promise of new music with them. With a mixture of new wave, glam, and punk, The Foxies are a high energy melodic rush that will leave you breathless.

For more information, go HERE.

Jason Moss and the Hosses at Tommy’s Pub

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The old school honky tonk of Jason Moss and the Hosses will fill Tommy’s Pub Sunday night. You won’t find any pop country modern stuff here, just good old fashioned honky tonk, the way your daddy used to play. Come check it out.  It’s guaranteed to be a good time.

Fore more information, go HERE.

News Worthy Notes From Around The Scene

Heads up! The Black Ritual show scheduled for this Friday at Amos’ Southend has been postponed. The rescheduled date is now at The Underground on Friday, March 8th with Violent Life, Violent Death, Kairos, and Viridian. Mark your calendars.

Don’t forget, Something Clever’s new music video for “Rise” will be debut this Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Stay tuned to all their social media platforms for the latest details.

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, the guys in Revelry Soul were kind enough to play along. Take a quick listen to find out what they 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


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