There Was A Time: Rock & Roll in the 1960s in Charlotte, and North Carolina" Book Release
Charlotte 1960s Rock & Roll Reunion, The Good, Bad & The Ugly, THE YOUNG AGES, Bobby Donaldson & The Ravens, Abbadons, THE MANNISH BOYS
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Charlotte 1960s Rock & Roll Reunion
We’re bringing back the 3rd Annual Charlotte 60s Rock & Roll Reunion at the Neighborhood Theatre on June 27th. Here’s some info on the bands you’ll see.
We’re opening the show with the Mannish Boys, led by Charlotte music veteran (an NC 60s Rock & Roll book co-author) Jake Berger. Joining the Mannish Boys for their set will be Jim Charles, the man that brought the garage rock classic “Abba” to the Paragons. Jim was the star of our first Rock & Roll Reunion, and we’re bringing him back.
Next will be the Mod VI, garage rock legends from Aiken, SC. The Mod VI released two singles(“What Can I Do?” and “It’s Not The Same”) in 1968, both of which became regional hits, and have been compiled on many garage rock collections. This will the Mod VI’s first show in Charlotte in 47 years, and promises to be a killer.
What do you do to follow up the Mod VI? You reunite one of the Triangle’s most popular Rock bands for the first time in 45 years. The Bondsmen originated from Durham, and quickly became a regional powerhouse. Their cover of the Five Americans’ “I See The Light” would later become the opening track on the now legendary Tobacco A Go Go collection on NC 1960s Rock & Roll bands. Both the Bondsmen’s complete original lineup, and their 1969-1970 lineup will be reuniting for their first show anywhere since those heavy days.
Finishing out the night will be the Kinksmen. Put together by some of the Durham’s best-known musicians, the Kinksmen bring the sound of the Kinks together onstage for a fun show, and a perfect way to round out the night. Daniel Coston will also MC the show, and perform with the Mannish Boys.
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Spread the word, and let’s Rock.
8pm- Mannish Boys with special guest Jim Charles
9pm- Mod VI
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.
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
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.