Article: The third annual Bamboozle Roadshow romps into Charlotte

By | May 21, 2010

Herald Online

The third annual Bamboozle Roadshow romps into Charlotte’s Uptown Amphitheater at The Music Factory Saturday with a slamming surge of pop rock, alt/ rock and punk. This all-day extravaganza has a two-stage blitz to keep things moving.

The music features a lineup of known and nearly known, including All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Good Charlotte, Hanson, Third Eye Blind, Cartel and more.

This is just the second stop on this year’s version of the New Jersey-based hyper-tour, with a “the more, the merrier”‘ music credo. All Time Low proves the only way is up. The Baltimore-based bunch is on a hot streak with its fast-paced, feisty and brazen display of melodic madness. The band formed in 2005 with Green Day and Blink-182 as influences. Members are Alexander Gaskarth, vocals and lead guitar; Jack Barakat, rhythm guitar and backing vocals; Zachary Merrick, bass; and Rian Dawson, drums.

They hit the ground running with near non-stop touring, with the Vans Warped tours, criss-crossing the U.S. to assorted gigs and returning frequently to towns to strengthen their fan following. ATL released their debut album “The Party Scene” in 2005; followed by 2007’s “So Wrong It’s Right” and “Nothing Personal” in mid-2009. Their upcoming release is a DVD titled “Straight to DVD” set for release May 25. In 2008, ATL was crowned “Band of the Year” by Alternative Press and their 2009 CD debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

While pumping up their popularity, ATL has also sharpened their musical skills and explored directions as evidenced by recent acoustic appearances revealing a less frenetic but still punchy, precise side. Hook-happy, lyrically clever and with an evolving sonic strength, witness All Time Low Saturday with Boys Like Girls, Good Charlotte, Hanson, Cartel, The Ready Set and more at The Uptown Amphitheater, The Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte. The all-day event starts at noon. Call 704- 549-5555 for more show info or go to livenation.com for details. Check thebamboozle.com for tour news, information on exact lineups and links. For more on ATL, visit alltimelow.com and hopelessrecords.com.

The founding band members and identical twin brothers Joel Madden and Benji Madden of the post-grunge/pop-punk with a dash of dance outfit Good Charlotte will be in Charlotte not only because their band is among the headliners for the Bamboozle Roadshow. The two have a second agenda to be out and about in the Queen City that night. In what might be viewed as an intriguing dueling DJ’s scenario, The Madden brothers of Good Charlotte fame will be handling double bill performances Saturday as DJs at uptown Charlotte’s nightlife hub, The Epicentre.

Joel Madden will rock the room as guest DJ at Suite in The Epicentre, while Benji Madden spins his DJ set at nearby Mez in The Epicentre. Expect the unexpected. The Epicentre is at 21 E, Trade St., uptown Charlotte. Suite is on the second floor in Suite 300-A. For info, call 704-971-7886 or visit suitecharlotte.com. Mez is also on the second floor, in Suite 300-D. Call 704-971-2400 for details, or visit mezcharlotte.com.

Join Jim Gladden and Friends for “Livin’ la Vida Local” Saturday at Sylvia Theater in downtown York. This presentation brings area performers together for a benefit to help with medical bills for local musicians. More than a dozen of the area’s singers, songwriters and artists are scheduled to perform, including Micah Lathrope; Neal Kiser, Tom Aggeles, Amy Ramsey and JS Edmunds; George White and Sandy Norris; Jim Gladden, The Palmetto Boys and more. The music will be a lively mix of Americana, folk, country and bluegrass. Find show info call 803-684-5590. For the full lineup, go to at sylviatheater.com.

Roll out with The Rockaholics tonight at the Sandtrap Bar and Billiards in Charlotte. Hang out with musicians Donny Martin, bass; Scott Dowless, guitar and vocals; Jon Griffin, guitar and vocals; Foster Fegarsky, drums and back up vocals; Lou Lambruschi, keyboards; and J. T. Layton, keyboards, guitars and vocals. They’ve “been jamming together in some form or another since the mid ’80’s,” playing the “stuff” they like – classic rock hits and favorites. Lots of folks seem to like the same stuff. For a fun evening with a “remember that song” vibe, join The Rockaholics tonight at the Sandtrap Bar and Billiards, 1923 Westinghouse Boulevard, Charlotte. Check rockaholics.net and myspace.com/therockaholicsband for more information and to check the band’s songlist.

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