Charlotte 1960s Rock & Roll Reunion, The Good, Bad & The Ugly, The Young Ages, Bobby Donaldson & The Ravens, Abbadons, THE MANNISH BOYS with special guest Jim Charles

Charlotte 1960s Rock & Roll Reunion

Charlotte 1960s Rock & Roll reunion - A reunion of Charlotte's top Rock & Roll bands from the 1960s featured in the the book, "There Was A Time: Rock & Roll in the 1960s in Charlotte, and North Carolina" by Jacob Berger and Daniel Coston. Book copies will be on hand to purchase and have signed.

Celebrating the release of the second edition of There Was A Time:
Rock & Roll In The 1960s In Charlotte, And North Carolina. Now with more interviews, more photos, a new design, and a more complete story of the music and people that defined what Rock & Roll was in North Carolina during the 1960s.

Bands (schedule tba):
The Bondsmen (featuring Phil Lee, Durham, NC, first show in 46 years)
The Mod VI (Aiken, SC, first Charlotte show in 45 years)
The Mannish Boys

The Good, Bad & The Ugly

First Charlotte Show Since 1994

The Young Ages

The Young Ages were known as Charlotte's first "Hard Rock" band. Formed in 1966, we were tight, and had our own distinct sound, with great harmonies and diverse playlist. Our fans always had a lot of fun at our concerts. At that time, most local bands played either beach, soul or teeny bopper music. The Young Ages were the first to play Rolling Stones, Doors, Animals, Cream, Vanilla Fudge. The local venues loved us because of the fans that supported us. The Spyder Web (teen club at Morehead YMCA) was one. We also did the premier concert for The Purple Penguin (Charlotte's first Hard Rock Club) and held the attendance record at 1500+. The Penguin was busted one night and the cops found out that some of us were underage, and we couldn't play there anymore. With bookings every weekend at clubs, colleges, or private parties, we would pack our gear into an old painted up potato chip truck and go play.

Our hard rock version of "Reach Out" landed the band a contract with Decca records. We had just won the "Big WAYS" teen contest, giving us a shot to perform on a national TV show. At the time, the Vietnam war was going strong and caused our break-up in 1969, as some of the guys were called to serve.

In February, 2006, I was contacted via e-mail by Mark Myers, now residing in Atlanta. I had not talked with Mark since 1982. The subject of a reunion came up. One thing led to another and over the next few weeks, we were able to contact ALL of the original members of the band, Johnny Barkley (lead guitar/vocals), Dickie Carrigan (12 string rhythm guitar/vocals), Mark Myers (lead vocals), Ronnie Phillips (drums), Mike Raper (bass guitar/vocals), Bob Robinson (keyboards), David Long (harmonica/moral support/roadie/photos). The Young Ages reunion was in the works. Although some of the guys had not played much in over 30 years, at our first rehearsal, the chemistry and harmony were still there. Man, we had a blast! I think we laughed more than we jammed. We worked hard over the next couple of months and got ready to take the stage again for the first time in 40 years. Our reunion show was on July 22, 2006 at the American Legion in Huntersville, NC. The place was packed to capacity.

One side note, a 12 year old kid, Rusty Barkley, used to always be in the shadows at rehearsals and in the studio. Little did any of us know that he was also learning to play the guitar. We've now added him to the line-up. Without his help, this gig would be nearly impossible.

John Barkley

Bobby Donaldson & The Ravens


The Abbadons were one of Charlotte's top bands during the mid 1960s, bringing a youthful Garage Rock spirit to the music that they played. The group won numerous Battle Of The Bands, and performed throughout the state. Singer and guitarist Jim Charles, bassist Gaines Brown, keyboardist Bob Robinson, and drummer Larry Duckworth are reuniting for the first time since 1967 for this show.

THE MANNISH BOYS with special guest Jim Charles

The Mannish Boys play music that's inspired by the American Garage Rock scene of the 1960s, and the blues-infused Rock & Roll that were championed during that time by the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and Pretty Things. Singer and guitarist Jake Berger founded his first band in 1965, and carries the spirit of those days into the Mannish Boys.
The band is rounded out by drummer Donny Fletcher, bassist Jon Schigoda, and singer and harmonica player Sean Mobley. The Mannish Boys play loud, raucous and fun music, the way that Rock & Roll was meant to be played.


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This event is all ages ($2 surcharge @ door for under 21).

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Charlotte 1960s Rock & Roll Reunion, The Good, Bad & The Ugly, The Young Ages, Bobby Donaldson & The Ravens, Abbadons, THE MANNISH BOYS with special guest Jim Charles

Friday, June 28 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Neighborhood Theatre

Off Sale