Reviews // Treasure Fest III // Day 1
If you are anything like me, you put music on the highest platform, and you take every opportunity to support live music any chance you get. A great opportunity to do this is by going to the Plaza Midwood area just outside of downtown Charlotte and attending the annual Treasure Fest.
Treasure Fest started back in 2011 when Josh Robbins came up with a vision to focus on the local music community. His hope was to bring underground bands to avid music fans, creating an opportunity for artists make a name for themselves; and he succeeded. Now, the festival brings in bands from all around the region, including big names in the Charlotte music scene. Treasure Fest is funded by benefit shows from local musicians and sponsorships from local businesses in Plaza Midwood. Over the years, it has become a staple for my group of friends, and it’s the perfect way to start the summer.
Treasure Fest III took place on May 17th and 18th and included the following venues: The Milestone, Snug Harbor, Lunchbox Records, Tommy’s Pub, Twenty Two, Thirsty Beaver, and Common Market. I wasn’t able to attend the whole thing as I have in the past. On Day 1, I started at Snug Harbot right before It Looks Sad, That’s Why I Said It’s You set was about to begin, and I could only stay out until the end of Tyler Brown’s set at Twenty Two. Below is a recap of the sets I was fortunate enough to see.
It Looks Sad, That’s Why I Said It’s You. (Snug Harbor 6:55pm – 7:20pm)
It Looks Sad, That’s Why I Said It’s You is the perfect example of how Treasure Fest aims to promote and team up with local bands to expose the underground voice of the city. It Looks Sad is a local band that I have seen a few times, but the band has recently made some line-up changes, so it was my first time seeing this specific group. It was an early set, but there was still a decent turnout. Even after the recent line-up changes, the band still seems to be going in the right direction and knows how to rock a room. They played the old favorites along with some newer songs that sounded pretty solid. I really am a big fan of their music and love their sound. Even though it was still light outside, they helped me enjoy my late afternoon with an awesome set, increasing my intake of PBRs as expected.
Museum Mouth (Snug Harbor 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
Muesuem Mouth is a talented pop-punk band out of Wilmington, NC. From the get-go, their set was very lively. It was as if they brought the beach to us with their personality and raw energy. The drummer is also the lead vocalist and has the ability to write great songs to get your head nodding. All the guys maintained a down-to-earth personality on stage. At one point in the middle of the set, the guitarist flicked off the whole crowd for a whole verse, but eventually broke into laughter, showing the group’s lightheartedness. Overall, it was an awesome set with a decent turnout to witness it.
Dollar Signs (Twenty Two 8:15pm – 8:45pm)
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. I was sitting in the back when the set began, but these guys got me right out of my seat with their fun-filled performance. With just two members in the band, they deliver a perfect median between folk and acoustic punk. Their music is aimed towards being funny, but there is enough seriousness in each song to relate to real-life situations. By the end of the set, everyone was standing and singing obscure choruses, such as “throwing up blood on rainbows,” which wasn’t weird at all during that exact moment. The goal of the set was complete because everyone who took part in the event was laughing, smiling, and having a great time.
Tyler Brown (Twenty Two 9:00pm – 9:45pm)
Tyler Brown has been playing music for a long time. You may have seen him screaming his lungs out as the lead vocalist for Ricard Parker or shredding the guitar in Oddczar, but his solo project is nothing like these at all. Tyler shows a whole different side to music with this act, and you can see the seriousness in his approach. He takes pride on conducting everything himself, and you can see that music is his life; and he happens to be very good at it. With just an acoustic guitar, I’ve seen him win over rooms, so I was very excited to see it plugged in and live. As the set progressed, more and more people began to quiet down and listen. Tyler played my favorite song “Weekend (Un Beso)” around the middle of the set. After this song, the entire room was captivated. With his powerful voice that shows signs of R&B and soul at times and the slow, steady build-ups of his songs, he left everyone wanting more by the end of the set.