Fans of one-man bands, viral videos and Ted Lasso united to celebrate singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cam Cole’s first performance in Charlotte on Sunday, June 19. Currently on his first-ever United States tour, Cole performed for just over an hour, strumming his guitars and stomping beats via a unique one-man drum kit that combines a kick drum, snare sound, cymbal and tambourine.
Cole, who had a small part on the hit TV show Ted Lasso, has also had numerous videos go viral on social media. A busker from the UK, Cole performed an array of original songs on Sunday night, from slower, heartfelt acoustic songs to full-bore rock ‘n’ rollers. His set ended with a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” His energy was infectious from the opening notes — be sure to catch him the next time he’s in town; and look up his videos in the meantime.
Opening the night was the duo of Heidi Sidelinker and Justin Fedor. The Charlotte duo performed a 30-minute set that spotlighted Sidelinker’s vocals, including a cover of The Sundays’ “Here’s Where the Story Ends.”
Sidelinker, who lived in Charlotte roughly 15 years ago before moving to New York City, recently moved back to the area and is quickly finding her place in the music scene once again.
(For the trivia buffs – Sidelinker was once in a band called Autumn in August with another former Charlotte resident, Josh Panda, who was recently on the TV show “American Song Contest” and will return to Charlotte to perform at the Queen City Jam Session later this summer.) Welcome back, Heidi!
Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our Lifeline as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.