Queen City Comedy Festival Jan 27th: Funny Ladies of Charlotte

Facebook Image for That's What She SaidCharlotte Community Radio is a proud supporter of the very first Queen City Comedy Festival, hosted by Queen City Comedy and Acting Out Studio, scheduled for this weekend, January 27th through the 29th.

On Friday, January 27th at 10pm, I will be the Master of “Comedic” Ceremonies during the Funny Ladies of Charlotte. The two acts partaking in this specific show include That’s What She Said, a “longform show that allows you to see the world through our wacky eyes” and The Queen City All Stars of Comedy, “the best players from each of the top teams in Charlotte… featuring a Dream Team of the funniest women in the Queen City with members from Charlotte Comedy Theater, Improv Charlotte, Now Are the Foxes, Robot Johnson, Mom’s Adhesive, and more!” These two improv groups are the cream of the crop in Charlotte. 

This truly is a full circle moment for me. Over a year ago, I shared my radio dreams with a fellow classmate of Charlotte Comedy Theatre who introduced me to Bridget B. Sullivan,  the founder of Charlotte Community Radio and here we are a year later!

I am honored to be emceeing this event and excited to take a peek back into the world of Charlotte’s comedy scene.

“Laughter is needed now more than ever, and this festival is intended to shine a spotlight on the fantastic comedy talent apparent in the Charlotte comedy community.”, says festival co-founder Cale Evans. According to festival co-founder Elizabeth Byland, “Some of the best improvisors and comedians in the country are right here in Charlotte. This festival provides a showcase for them, and a chance for the rest of us to just laugh for a weekend.” Queen City Comedy Festival

Funny Ladies of Charlotte starts at 10pm at Acting Out Studio, 8145 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277.

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The Queen City Comedy Festival – Jan 27th Thru 29th

Come out and be a part of the Very First Queen City Comedy Festival!

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What is the Queen City Comedy Festival? It is exactly what it sounds like, a 3 day festival for some of the local comedic talent of Charlotte to showcase their skills. Whether you prefer improv, sketch, or stand-up it will all be featured at this festival. This event is hosted by Queen City Comedy, a non-profit organization hell-bent on making Charlotte the funniest city in America and Acting Out Studio, a cutting edge acting studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, established by Los Angeles actress Kamber Hejlik in 2009.

Where is the Queen City Comedy Festival being held? The whole festival takes place at Acting Out Studios, located at 8145 Ardrey Kell Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277. Ticketing information can be found here: Queen City Comedy.

When is the Queen City Comedy Festival? January 27th-29th.

I bet most of you didn’t even know that Charlotte had a comedy scene, let alone one large enough to host its own festival. With over 25 confirmed acts, we’re out to prove you wrong. With a stage both upstairs and downstairs, there will be two shows going on at once both Friday and Saturday night. That’s a lot of comedy.

Already confirmed to perform are some of Charlotte’s longest running comedy troupes like Charlotte Comedy Theater, Now Are The Foxes, Improv Charlotte, and Robot Johnson. That’s not even including some of Charlotte’s funniest stand-up comedians who will also perform that weekend. Psssst! I’m one of them. Seriously, when will you ever get to see this much comedy under one roof? NEVER! So make it a point to attend this festival.

Has anyone ever told you you were funny? Do you think you have what it takes to be a comedian? The Queen City Comedy Festival is a great place to start. There will be workshops both Saturday and Sunday during the day and these workshops are taught by some of Charlotte’s best instructors. You’ll have your pick of Improv for Kids, Improv 101, Sketch Writing, Musical Improv, and more once you sign up.

This will be a ground breaking weekend for the Charlotte Comedy Scene and Charlotte Community Radio is proud to be a media partner of this festival. Look for a few of our show hosts who will be there volunteering and/or mcing one of the shows.

Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Sept 9th: The Jonathan Byrd Duo

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The Charlotte Folk Society’s (CFS) Monthly Gathering is Friday, September 9th, and the Jonathan Byrd Duo is set to perform at 7:30pm.

Jonathan Byrd is a seventh generation North Carolinian, a Baptist preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and a Kerrville New Folk award winner. A Jonathan Byrd show brings together the Texas songwriting tradition, Southern storytelling, and hot guitar picking. A stalwart of modern folk music, Byrd has released six solo albums with a surprising variety of musical directions, as well as recording collaborations with American world music band Dromedary, and fellow songwriters Diana Jones and Chris Kokesh.

Byrd played guitar throughout his four years on a Naval tank landing ship touring the Mediterranean. A civilian again, he played in a Virginia Beach heavy rock band. Returning home to Carrboro, he connected with people playing acoustic music. Friends told Byrd about an old-time fiddler’s convention in Buena Vista, Virginia. He went and hung out with them, and recalls, “It changed my life and it changed my music… Whatever these people had a hold of, I wanted some of it. It shot straight down into my veins like lightning and made my hair stand up on end. The music was intense, lyrically cut down to the bone…” Byrd started going to Clifftop and Mt. Airy and joining in local old-time jams. He added Celtic music and the DADGAD guitar tuning to his repertoire. Before long, he tried his hand at writing songs and started touring full-time in 2000. At the 2003 Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, Jonathan Byrd won the New Folk competition and was hired as a performer for the next eight years.

Joining Jonathan Byrd on stage is Johnny Waken, aka “Showtime,” who has performed with him since 2010. An entertainer and multi-instrumentalist, Waken is mostly known for squeezing magical tones from his ’70 Stratocaster and drawing ethereal melodies from his 36″ crosscut saw.“He’s got more rock ‘n ‘roll in his mustache than most major cities. He’s made out of wood shavings, bear grease, and Russian vacuum tubes.”Jonathan Byrd

Originally from Pittsburgh, Waken began his career in the late eighties playing blues clubs along the East Coast. In 1991 he engineered and co-produced Norman Nardini’s original blues rock record, This Old Train. This led to a tour of Germany opening for The Blues Brothers in 3,000 seat halls with the likes of Steve Cropper, “Duck” Dunn, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, and Eddie Floyd.CFS website

Charlotte Folk Society ImagePlease join us at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, on the edge of Uptown Charlotte. The music gets underway in the beautiful listening room at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Free parking is available in the 4th Street Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. Enter from the Stella Center parking lot or from 4th Street. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building. A CFS volunteer is available to assist guests who are dropped off by their drivers.

All CFS Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and this concert is presented in partnership with Charlotte Community Radio.

Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Aug 25th: We’re Hangin’ With Hannah At EagleSpeak Coffee House

Logo for Eaglespeak Coffee HouseWe’re thinking you’ve already read the news about our media partnership with EagleSpeak Coffee House. This establishment is owned and operated by Sarrah Kelly, located near the Historic South End of Charlotte and within easy walking distance to the Scaleybark light rail station. As a media partner, Charlotte Community Radio will assist in promoting the local music and artists that are showcased at the coffee house each month, interview performers during one of our LIVE shows, and we’ll be in attendance at one if not two shows per month.

Photo of Hannah CaseThe first show we attended was the July 27th, Jazz Sip & Chat, hosted by Charlotte vocalist Nicci Canada, and on Thursday, August 25th, we’ll be in-the-house for Hannah Case‘s Open Mic night.

Hannah is a music educator, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist who performs in Charlotte, aka the Queen City, and the surrounding areas.

Looks like she hosts these open mics on a regular basis so keep an eye on the EagleSpeak Cofee House Facebook event’s page for all the show updates, and come on out for some great local music.

Here’s a list of upcoming performances to put on your calendar.

Friday, August 26th: Sean Carrouth & Friends at 8pm
Saturday, August 27th: Diana Wade & Friends at 8pm
Wednesday, August 31st: The Speakeasy Jazz CLT w/Leah Palmer-Licht & Greg James at 7pm
Wednesday, September 7th: Blue Tulip Bookie & Blues at 7pm

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