Piedmont Artist Profiles
About This Show
Piedmont Artist Profiles is a Concord, North Carolina based podcast covering local artists, musicians hailing from the greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area. Our broadcast features emerging live performances and in depth interviews, covering everything from painters, open mic performers, local singer songwriters, poets, authors, and genres including rock, reggae, and punk. We can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Facebook and wherever you download your podcasts. For more details visit PiedmontArtistProfiles.libsyn.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The Piedmont region includes Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius, Kannapolis, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Matthews, Salisbury, Concord, and all points in between.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 15: Groovin the Madness
3 days ago
I had planned to cover another festival, but was told about a week before the big day, that I wasn’t needed….or too late….depends on which one of the disjointed emails you go off of. Either way, I move on. Groovin The Madness only blipped on my radar because the Good Night Brother’s band were going. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to have found it. I have a love hate thing going on with doing festivals. On one hand, they provide numerous opportunities to interact with bands and fans, and really do a good job for exposing the show to people. On the other hand, it’s quite a bit of work mainly in the post weekend editing. But at the end of the day, I really liked how the Shakedown Fest episode came out, and I’ve been wanting to attempt another, and sort of verify some of my solutions to problems I faced in my first going. I’ll probably write a blog about music festivals and lament a little about this later on. But for now, the madness must ensue. The Groovin the Madness festival was put together by the dudes in Midnight Airwaves, a Statesville based rock band and power trio. They started the festival to provide a place for some of these very young bands in the Hickory-Statesville scene to play. It seems as though, the venue deficit has stretched all the way up there, and there are some really talented bands that have nowhere to play. You mix that with an epidemic of opioid and amphetamine addiction, and you’ve got a recipe for lost talent….and that’s what these dudes aim to stop. I traveled up to Statesville the week before the festival to talk to the guys about what their plans were, and get a feel for what I was in for. I caught up with them at their practice space to sit down for a conversation. I arrived at the split level home in the evening, and the sounds of the band practicing was flowing in the air. I walked around back and was escorted into the lair by the drummer’s finance…more on that later…and walked in as they fine tuned one of their original songs. When the song wrapped up we went outside for a smoke, and to sort of feel each other out. They told me about a friend’s son who had died recently like days before from an overdose and we talked about the drug problem in the area. Pressed pills of mainly fentanyl that were labeled as Percocet, coke cut with meth, and dirty heroin….all of which were causing visible and fatal damage to their community. I