Charlotte music history comes to life Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Double Door Inn as Jake Berger, Sheila Grady Carlisle and Max Drake return to a venue they all know well.
Berger and his current group the Mannish Boys headline, playing hard driving, raucous garage rock and R&B inspired by the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and other rock and roll legends. Berger is one of Charlotte’s best known rockers, starting his first band back in 1965, and was one of the founders of the rockabilly/surf band Belmont Playboys in 1989. His new band, the Mannish Boys, includes Donny Fletcher on drums, Jon Schigoda on bass, and Sean Mobley on vocals and harmonica. The group plays songs inspired by the garage rock of the 1960s.
Last year, Berger collaborated with writer/photographer Daniel Coston on a book, titled “There Was A Time,” that chronicles with words and pictures the burgeoning rock scene in Charlotte during the 1960s, a watershed decade in local music.
Daniel Coston will MC for the Nov. 15 Double Door show, and be on hand to sell and sign books along with Berger. With co-author Debby Wallace, Coston also wrote the recently revised "Charlotte's Home Of The Blues: 40 Years Of The Double Door Inn" which was re-released in 2013 with much additional content.
Opening for the Mannish Boys on Nov. 15 are two of the most familiar faces on Charlotte stages in the 1970s – Sheila Grady Carlisle and Max Drake, members of the legendary Arhooly band which also included musicians Aristotle Georgio, Chris Grant, and Bob Dunlap. Sheila, a North Carolina native, propelled the group to huge popularity on the East Coast touring circuit with her powerful vocals, live-wire stage presence and deep feeling for the blues. Many, including mentor B.B. King, compared her voice to that of Janis Joplin. Founded in 1973, Arhooly R&B opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Cray, and other top blues artists.
After Arhooly disbanded in 1989, Carlisle returned to Morganton, NC, her hometown, to regroup. Her occasional performances in Charlotte have proved that she still has a huge fan base here.
The Jake Berger and the Mannish Boys/Sheila Carlisle and Max Drake show begins at 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The show is for those 21 and over only.