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Phil Harmonic and the Blue Notes Charlotte's own Phil Harmonic and the Blue Notes isn't exactly a household name, but the band sports an impressive musical resume. Since forming in 1998, the group has opened for and/or played alongside legendary acts like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Susan Tedeschi, among other artists, and earned awards from institutions like the Charlotte Blues Society and the International Blues Society in Tennessee. The Patriot Festival (Symphony band shell, SouthPark) during the 4 p.m. slot. (Carlton Hargro)

Chris English and the North Americans At ease with multiple instruments as he is with stitching words into moody songs, long-established Charlotte musician Chris English recently dropped a fine debut solo recording aptly named Dreamtown. English (aka Chris Pittman) has played with numerous artists and his latest material glides along on an XTC and Brian Wilson path with heaps of sun-dappled, melodic songcraft. With Chris McKay and the Critical Darlings. Prevue (Samir Shukla)

AntiSeen I recently met a guy from Portland, Ore., and when I mentioned I was from the Charlotte, he – before asking my name, mind you – exclaimed "the home of ANTiSEEN!" That's street cred, folks. And don't think they've gotten soft as they've gone gray: the 'SEEN might be the ultimate non-jam band – most songs clock in at a crisp two minutes or so, and with an equal amount of chords used. Sure, the band's shows have gimmicks – singer Jeff Clayton breaking a beer bottle on his head is almost as much of a sure thing as Southern Culture on the Skids tossing out fried chicken – but the real draw here is physical release, a blowing off of steam that ANTiSEEN probably does better than any local band in history. With 25 Minutes To Go, Music Hates You. Milestone (Timothy C. Davis)

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