Didja Know : May / June 2015

Written by Ellen Gurley


Didja Know?The Charlotte area is rich with farmers markets (and farms) and tis the season.  We can now boast a new market. NoDa Farmers Market is the baby of Janus Charlotte's Scott Lindsley and partner Joey Hewell who live at and run  The market is located at 711 E. 36th Street.  See you there on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. 704.906.1705

* (See the complete list of farmers markets and farms on the venue list of and support local.)

The Menders are a five piece Garage Folk band from Gastonia, NC celebrating the recent release of a new album. According to the Charleston City Paper, “The Menders combine an interesting blend of garage-rock influences with Americana to make eclectic music that’ll keep you guessing as to what they’ll sound like next. Last year’s self-titled album is front-loaded with dark, twangy tunes about heartbreak and triumph, and the latter half is a Russian roulette of styles ranging from The Beatles to Ryan Adams.” Check them out yourself at . For bookings:

Craft beer update:
Ass Clown Brewing Co., 10620 Bailey Rd., Suite E & F, Cornelius, NC, 704.995.7767, (still there)
Birdsong Brewery, 1016 N.Davidson St., 28205, 704.332.1810, (just moved from old location to this new location)
D-9 Brewing, 1138-C Treynorth Dr., Cornelius, 28031, 704.457.9368, (new to the scene)
Free Range Brewing, 704.898.4247, (coming soon)
Heist Brewery, 2909 N.Davidson St., Suite 200, 704.375.8260, (still there)
Legion Brewing, 1906 Commonwealth Ave., 28205, 844.HOP.LOVE, (coming soon to the Plaza-Midwood area)
NoDa Brewing Company, 2229 N. Davidson St., 28205, (soon to open new brewery at 2921 N.Tryon St. while keeping current location as a bottle shop)
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Rd., 704.525.5644, (just moved from old location to this new one and Sugar Creek opened in it’s place)
Sugar Creek Brewing, 215 Southside Dr., 28217, (recently opened in the old Olde Meck location)
Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St., (new to the scene)
Triple C. Brewing, Co., 2900 Griffith St., (still there)
Unknown Brewery, 1327 S.Mint St., 28203, (still there)

Stewart Mauldin’s band Junque Gallery is celebrating a CD release at the end of June (see events).  Check out their album “Vintage Junk” at

Didja Know?Charlotte says goodbye to the longtime staple Old Hickory House (mom and pop BBQ restaurant) this spring.  She will be sorely missed.

Philosopher Stone has closed and Ron’s BP at Cotswold has moved to 4900 Albemarle Road (transitioning to a service station only).  Both buildings will be leveled for new projects (the Stone is for apartments and the BP is for a PNC Bank).

Bring Water is a film coming out soon and an interesting character has caught my eye.  The character was written based on and inspired by some of Andy the Doorbum’s (local musician) very unique performances pieces.  He also had a hand in the art direction for the wardrobe and set for the writer.  The link to the trailer and funding campaign can be found here: Andy the Doorbum has been a very busy individual; he’s just wrapping up a monthly residency at Snug Harbor, an art show at Twenty-Twenty and his many ceremonial public performances as a part of (plus his Art War on Everything).  Andy says he’s also working on another film friend Derek Ghent is making, pressing a collaborative record with Justin Aswell, and working on an additional album with a linguistics professor in Israel.  They will be doing English versions of Vladimir Vysotsky's music. Never a dull moment.

Supah Comics will be opening for business Fri., May 1st in NoDa’s Area 15.  See you there.

"Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" has come back through Charlotte recently.  Look for that episdoe to air in May to see some of your favourite places to eat in town.

- Ellen Gurley (photos & words)

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