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Published on July 22nd, 2013 | by Jessica Mickey and Ballard Lesemann

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Concert Horizon: Amos Lee, Bassnectar, Grace Potter hit the PAC and Coliseum

The folks at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center recently announced several big shows for both venues. An impressive variety of musical talent is already on the schedule.

Among the stand-out concerts at the PAC this fall are the Low Country Jazz Festival, Steely Dan, Rodney Carrington, and Michael McDonald. The Coliseum will host the American Idol Live! (with Season 12 winner Candice Glover), the Under the Sun Tour (with Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball), and Sigur Ros.

Over the last week, they’ve added Bassnectar to the Coliseum board and Amos Lee and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to the PAC’s fall lineup as well.

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Grace Potter (provided)

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: Still Banging 

Music festival circuit darlings and hardworking American rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are set for a date in the Lowcountry for Sat. Sept. 28, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center with the final leg of their aptly named Roar Tour in support of the 2012 release The Lion the Beast the Beat. Fronted by vibrant multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter, the band is mainly recognized for her high-energy stage demeanor and smoky vocals equally matched by a steady down-and-dirty ensemble.

Since they’ve been hitting the road hard since 2002, the band has opened for and collaborated with the likes of Gov’t Mule, Dave Matthews Band, the Avett Brothers, Robert Plant, moe., T-Bone Burnett, and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. In September, Potter and the boys will return to their home state of Vermont for the third edition of their own festival, Grand Point North, of which Charleston-based duo Shovels & Rope have already been confirmed for. So, on top of everything they’ve already got going for themselves, they also have superb taste.

“This is the final leg, and we’re gonna go out with a fucking bang,” Potter states in a recent press release. “We’ve toured with Dave all the way back to our early days, and we just came back from a European tour with the Avetts. We’ve collaborated extensively with Derek [Trucks] and Warren [Haynes] over the years. These are our friends — people we’ve continued to circle with—and we’re all still at it.”

Tickets are currently on sale for $27.40 (plus applicable fees) at the Coliseum ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations, as well as online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, visit gracepotter.com.

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Bassnectar (photo by Mel D. Cole)

Bassnectar: Immersed and Dispersed

Northern California-based, bass-based electronic DJ and producer Bassnectar (a.k.a. Lorin Ashton) will lead his fall Immersive Music Tour 2013 of North America to the Coliseum on Thurs. Oct. 24 with support from Koan Sound and ill-esha.

“Our goal is to bring you the most immersive Bassnectar experience possible this fall with enhanced production, enhanced ambassador immersion, and an alphabet of special effects,” he says in a recent press release. “We want to create the ideal atmosphere for people to lose themselves in the depths of music, like a journey into another world.”

Bassnectar recently contributed a tasteful remix of Nina Simone’s classic “Feeling Good” to the compilation Verve Remixed: The First Ladies (released on the verve label in earlier this month).

Tickets for the North Charleston show are available for $35 through the ticket office, Ticketmaster, by phone, or online. The day after the Coliseum show, Bassnectar will head to Asheville, N.C., to headline this year’s Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit. Check out bassnectar.net for more.

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Amos Lee (photo by Michael Wilson)

Amos Lee: Floating Bacon the ‘River of Song’

Philly-based singer/songwriter Amos Lee is solid for a concert at the PAC on Sat. Nov. 16. The last time Lee and his large backing band came to town was in April 2011 for a show at the PAC behind his critically acclaimed 12-song collection Mission Bell, produced by Joey Burns of the Calexico and Giant Sand. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Rock Albums charts, and it featured the No. 1 Triple A radio hit “Windows Are Rolled Down.”

Lee’s forthcoming studio album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, will be released on October 8 via Blue Note Records (his fifth for the label). Lee recorded it in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Eric Church, Cage the Elephant). Special guests on the new disc include vocalists Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin.

“I’ve always enjoyed it down in Nashville, so I thought I’d bring my band and see how a bunch of Philly guys fit in,” Lee says of the sessions in a recent press release. “Jay brought a musicality — a different kind of ear. He definitely hears things in ways that I don’t, and brings out extra dimensions in the songs.”

New Orleans-based Americana trio Hurray for the Riff Raff are set to open for Lee and his band at the PAC show on Nov. 16.

Tickets for the event go on sale for $48.50 and $38.50 on Fri. July 26 at 10 a.m. through the ticket office, Ticketmaster, by phone, or online. Visit amoslee.com for more.

All the Coliseum and PAC show and ticket information is available at northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.

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