Matador Red offers a varied mix of music
Alternately called retro-progressive and funky bistro with a little jazz-by-accident,
Matador Red has been on the musical scene since 2002. A mixture of
guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, French horn and accordion adds unusual
flavors to the five-member lineup. The myriad of musical backgrounds
of Matador Red, from gospel to singer-songwriter, world beat to school
band nerds and ’90s alternative bands to coffee-house jam provide
a constantly evolving sound that’s as fun to hear as it is to
Folksy Christy Snow takes listeners on a path of empowerment
Christy Snow began performing professionally in 1991. After leaving her
job as a Marketing Specialist in 1999, she began touring full time
at women’s music festivals, folk festivals and venues and churches.
Snow plays a very diverse folk style of music that has been described
as both playful and spiritual, and leads the listener on a path of
empowerment, self-love and present moment awareness.
PRIDE fave Sister Funk returns to Charlotte
Sister Funk is a five-piece, all-female band that will bring their high-energy,
entertaining stage show back to Charlotte for their fourth performance.
Together for over six years, Sister Funk has been headlining national
events with tracks off their two independent, original CD releases, “Pursuit
of the Groove” and “Girl.” Sister Funk’s music
is best described as commercial pop with a unique old school vibe delivered
with modern day flair. According to Len Rogers of the National Stonewall
Society, “Sister Funk’s music is for the people; all people.” With
a third CD release anticipated for Summer ’06, long time Sister
Funk fans can expect more great melodies, harmonies and hooks. Sister
Funk’s recent credits include: Best Pop Band 2005, The Advocate,
and Favorite Out Band in 2004, The National Stonewall Society.
Kat Williams brings jazz, R&B flavors to PRIDE Charlotte
Kat Williams’ upbringing in Buffalo, N.Y., was nurtured by the
sounds of the great blues, jazz and gospel legends. As an adult, Williams
spent a decade as a maximum-security prison guard, but fortunately
found her way back to music after moving to Asheville. She’s been
entertaining on a national level for almost 10 years now. With a mean
set of lungs she knows how to use for deep, soul-stroking tones, Williams
sings jazz, R&B, straight blues, lounge and more. The fact is, this
woman could hum off her laundry list and make it sound good.
Eclecto pop: The Near Misses
An all-female quintet featuring some of Charlotte’s finest vocal
talent, The Near Misses perform an eclectic blend of originals and covers,
drawing upon roots-rock, pop, contemporary folk, country and jazz influences.
Arrangements include acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bass, drums,
hand percussion and gorgeous layers of dynamic vocal harmonies. This
unforgettable band is comprised of Shana Blake, Reeve Coobs, Jill Lurie,
and siblings Eva Gael and Etta Lea.
Singing for their supper:
Seth Boulton & The
With an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, soaring melody, breakup ballads
and creeping anthems, Seth Boulton captures the heart of the insightful
singer/songwriter with the passion of a rock-n-roll front man. With
the addition of cello by Nicolette Emanuelle and percussion by Laura
Witkowski, songs glide effortlessly into the desperation of lovesickness;
other masterpieces offer the listener a haunting image of a charismatic
cult leader while the music romps with a sinister swing that is sure
to infect even the most jaded critics of acoustic guitar rock. The
mix of vocals, cello and guitar is nothing short of genius and gives
the impression of a full band complete with bright lights and a big
stage combined with the intimacy of a street performer banging out
three chords and the truth for spare change.
Movin’ with the spirit
One Spirit Choir is the primary choir for Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte.
This talented and high-spirited choir primarily sings contemporary
gospel music, however, their full repertoire includes a wide range
of musical styles. There is an emphasis on celebrating the cultural,
ethnic and social diversity reflected in the ministry itself.
“Our prayer is that our music would invoke a yearning for the listener
to seek a deeper, more intimate relationship with God and acceptance
for all,” says Director Rita Barrett.
One Spirit has performed at The Governor’s Banquet on HIV/AIDS,
The HRC Annual Banquet, FMBC’s World AIDS Day, RAIN’s Balm
In Gilead Black Church Week of Prayer Celebrations, Temple Beth El’s
MLK Shabbat, MAP’s Gospel Concert Fundraiser, Charlotte Domestic
Violence Awareness Concert, Charlotte NC Black Gay Pride and various
religious, social justice and cultural events throughout the region.
One Voice Chorus reaches out to the world
One Voice is the Gay, Lesbian and Gay-Affirmative Chorus of Charlotte.
Through artistic excellence, One Voice Chorus works to increase understanding
and acceptance of gays and lesbians. Their achievements in choral music
have enabled One Voice to reach diverse groups to overcome misconceptions
and to grow personally, both as performers and as leaders in our community.