Photos and Writing by Sam Darwin 

Early last month, under the watchful eye of the Milestone’s resident Crazy Frog plush, a show jam packed with some of Charlotte’s music gems turned the already sweaty night into a fever.

The Donner Deads opened the show with their jammy and ethereal take on psych rock. The group, hailing from Statesville, is no stranger to putting on a show. Artful execution and a special guest at the end of their set started the night on an excellent foot. This show, the group consisted of seven members- three drummers, two guitarists, one bassist and one keyboardist. How they fit everyone on stage? Nobody knows.

The Eccentrics performed next with their weird, raucous and self-labeled “nuclear-powered” brand of rock n’ roll. Playing music from their 2017 ‘Black Market Disco’ EP along with a few new songs, The Eccentrics kept the Milestone spooky and jumping to their lyrics about ghosts, space lasers, and the things that go bump in the night.

A shift in vibe but not in energy, Charlotte music legend Jordyn Zaino took to the stage. Coming right off the release of their EP “Who We Weren’t,” Zaino played some well known tunes, and a handful of new ones. JZ’s music has been described as “the sound of a stone skipping off of a frozen lake,” powerful, unexpected and beautiful. Their lyrics are the kind of ones you hold close to your chest at home until you can scream them at the show. If you’re looking for a chance to see Jordyn in the flesh- they just started touring across the East Coast- hitting cities like New York, Washington D.C. and New Orleans in the next couple months.

Lastly, Regence stepped onto The Milestone stage. Formerly known as ‘The Walbournes,’ Regence has had no signs of slowing down since rebranding earlier this year. With a handful of singles out leading up to their new album release later this year- Regence is forging the trail and blazing it at the same time. This show, like the rest of their performances, was high-octane, polished and fun. It’s obvious this four-piece loves what they do- making how they do it all the more engaging. Check out Regence’s new singles ‘Medicine,’ and ‘Somebody Else’ out now.

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