by Corbie Hill
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN CITY II
Don’t fret if you can’t make the drive (or cough up the cash) for Hopscotch, because God Save the Queen City 2 — a Friday-to-Sunday festival of Charlotte locals — makes staying home a safe bet. Or maybe you’re burned out from the DNC and just need several dozen rock bands to purge your system. From the depth of Jim Avett’s songwriting (I know that last name from somewhere ...) to varying degrees of country-punk from Scowl Brow and Pullman Strike to the straight-up heartland rock of Temperance League, these 40 bands cover the guitar-driven spectrum from singer-songwriter up to hard rock. There’s even some silly at work here, from Wicked Powers and Alternative Champs. With most of these guys, natives or locals, it doesn’t seem Charlotte needs much saving. $10 on Friday, $20 on Saturday, $15 on Sunday; $30 for three-day pass. Sept. 7-9. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-2466.