Music Menu (1/9/2009)



The Lenny Federal Band Federal, formerly of the ... wait for it ... Federal Bureau of Rock 'n' Roll (yes!) was, along with his musical (com)patriots, a staple in the burgeoning Charlotte rock scene of the '70s and early '80s. Known for its brand of relatively straightforward bluesy originals and for its good taste in classic cover tunes, the Federal Bureau always resisted making the move to the Allman Brothers-like sound so many of their Caucasian compatriots did, in favor of keeping it simple. Federal, a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn't changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it's musical meat and potatoes you're getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice. Comet Grill (Timothy C. Davis)

Josh Phillips Folk Festival Funky folk, bluegrass, reggae and elements of music from around the world converge when Phillips, ex-vocalist, percussionist and guitarist with Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, hits the stage. The Booty Band played party music while Phillips' muse is a blend of musicality where a rotating crew of regional musicians lend a hand on the debut recording Wicker and during gigs that give it all, well, a festival vibe. With Ian Thomas. Neighborhood Theatre (Samir Shukla)

S.O. Stereo Before I even mention the band, I'll mention that it's great to see so many of the larger venues, such as Tremont, giving local bands a chance to show crowds what they've got. S.O. Stereo, who opened for Blind Melon roughly a year ago, won over many in the Tremont audience as I kept hearing people asking, "Who is this? Where are they from?" The band also held its CD release party there last year, so it's probably like a second home. It's always good to see someone where they're comfortable. Tremont Music Hall (Jeff Hahne)

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