Nightlife & Music

Best Local Rock Bands In Charlotte

January 23, 2011 11:25 PM

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Charlotte isn’t a city that has traditionally been known for rock-n-roll. But remember, rock-n-roll will never die and Charlotte is doing its part to keep it alive with these five outfits. — Jeff Hawkins

The Avett Brothers

Avett Brothers music often defies definition. From Indie folk to honest rock to roots music, it’s tough to classify. It’s infectious bluegrass, but different. Brothers Scott and Seth started performing in a neo-punk outfit that performed acoustic riffs. It ultimately split. With Scott playing steel-string guitar and high-hat, and Seth playing banjo, bassist Bob Crawford joined to create a steady groove. The band, beginning in 2001 as Nemo Back Porch Project, ruled the local scene en route to a national label, and signed with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings in 2008. The band has opened for the Dave Matthews Band and sold out 7,000-seat venues.


Since forming in January 1998, SuperGlide has performed more than 1,300 concerts in the southeast. From its first show at Midtown 51 in Pineville, N.C., to its consistent touring schedule, the band retains two original members, lead vocalist Joey Bishop and drummer Mark Hill. Coveted for covering classics from the 1970s and ’80s, with a heavy accent on vocals and harmony, SuperGlide shows few signs of slowing down.

Blind Manifest

Reputed to be one of the country’s top cover bands, Blind Manifest has experience playing at a Carolina Panthers charity and before an estimated 700 boats on a Fourth of July. They have crossed nearly every North Carolina highway and back road. Able to perform a wide genre of music, the professional band churns out quality entertainment.

Porcelain Mary

Porcelain Mary on Facebook

A high-energy rock cover band, Porcelain Mary band members play to the influences of the Eagles, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Dave Matthews Band and Stone Temple Pilots, according to its facebook page.

Alternate Take

Composed of four musicians with advanced educations who have been paying their dues in bands since their teen years, Alternate Take prides itself on a high-energy set list with a big variety, including original music. Like the band wrote on its facebook page, “If we’ve heard it, we can play it!”

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