Bands in Charlotte have a history of organizing and performing at "tribute" shows — from the annual Cash Bash and Fools Brigade benefit concerts to RamonesFest. You can add Charlotte Clashes to the list now. The inaugural event, a tribute to the legendary rock outfit known as The Clash, organized by Tony Leone of Dirtbag Love Affair, is set for Dec. 12 at Tremont Music Hall's Casbah.
The show will feature Tommy Ray & The Rayguns, Dirtbag Love Affair, The Mangles, Zoe Vette & The Revolvers and Tiny Montgomery. The rules are simple -- each band will have to play at least two Clash cover songs during their set.
"Honestly, we were very flattered to be asked," Tommy Ray said via e-mail. "Since being in the Charlotte music scene the last couple of years, we have been very fortunate to have played with some of the premiere bands in the region. This show is no exception. We are all really excited to be a part of it and look forward to playing to a diverse crowd at Tremont."
Leone organized the show after seeing so many other similar events. The bands are ones that they are friends with or those they are fans of -- or both. "It was bred out of our love of The Clash," he said during a recent phone conversation. "There are a lot of areas of rock 'n' roll, and I think Joe Strummer hit those areas. Tommy Ray is a rockabilly staple in Charlotte, so they can do those type tunes. Zoe Vette can do more of the straightforward rock tunes. We can do more of the punk side of it. Tiny Montgomery is more bluesy, so they can do the reggae-styled tunes." The Mangles can cover the garage rock side.
Tommy Ray is one of the few, fortunate members of the show who was lucky enough to see the original lineup of The Clash in concert in 1984. "I distinctly remember two things about the show," he writes. "One, it was loud as hell and, two, I was amazed by how much faster they played their music live. I still love loud music -- as long as we are playing it -- and The Rayguns play our music faster when we are live. How can you not feed off the energy of a crowd?"
Get on out and help rock The Casbah.
Tickets for Charlotte Clashes are $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:30 p.m.
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• Dec. 11 -- Sea of Cortez @ The Evening Muse: The guys of local band Sea of Cortez don't get together often, but when they do, it's worth checking out. A CD should be out soon, too.
• Dec. 12 -- Alternative Champs/Snagglepuss @ Snug Harbor: Things have been real quiet in the Champs camp in 2009, which makes us extra curious to see what happens at this show. Bringing along Q.C. scene staples Snagglepuss should make for quite an evening.
• Dec. 13 -- Simplified @ Mac's Speed Shop (SouthEnd location): Things keep getting better and better for the Simplified boys, and they're spending more and more time away from Charlotte. Catch 'em here while you can.
• Dec. 18 -- Southside Punx/25 Minutes to Go @ Milestone: Just like Southside Punx says, "It's no bullshit punk rock." 25 Minutes to Go plays punk, too, but they're saying this show's gonna be all-acoustic. They both had me at "no bullshit."
• Dec. 18-19 -- Acoustic Syndicate @ Visulite: Two nights of Acoustic Syndicate will make all the fans happy. They've got strong North Carolina roots, especially Cleveland County, so you can always expect something special at a "hometown" show.
• Dec. 22 -- Double Door 36th Anniversary with The Parodi Kings: The oldest single-owner blues club on the East Coast celebrates yet another birthday on this day. Head on over and share stories about how you were there when Clapton played. (Sure, you were.)
• Dec. 26 -- Blue Dogs @ Neighborhood Theatre: This South Carolina-based group has a strong following in the Queen City, and it's seen various members here for solo gigs aside from the regular Dogs shows. A definite holiday treat.
• Dec. 27 -- Clutch @ Amos': Well-known around the skater circuit, Clutch has been picking up steam in recent years thanks to its foray into more of a blues-rock arena.