Chasing Pedestrians

It’s the young ones you’re never quite sure about.

When it comes to bands, young is either a very good thing or not good at all. There’s a tightrope maneuver that must be handled, usually unknowingly, with unusual grace, one that balances the creative risks and reckless passion so abundant in youth and the technical and business eloquence.

But when the opposing sides stabilize, genres are changed, stars are born, legendary moments of “I was there when ...” are formed, and we see what music was meant to be all along.

Charlotte-based sextet Chasing Pedestrians seems to be that rare find we wait for, the diamond in the rough that we hope to see polished and prominent one day.

The band has been quietly building a following around Charlotte over the past few years, mainly gaining steam through word of mouth and frequent local shows.

Michaela Amato fulfills her role as front woman with a natural comfort, drawing on influences honestly and boldly making them part of herself. Vocally, Amato resides somewhere between the confidence, eccentricities and broodiness of Bjork, the sweet and playful spirit of Lisa Hannigan, and the indie-laced folk styling from Of Monsters and Men’s Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir.

The rest of the band backs up Amato responsibly, offering room for experimentation and movement without competing for the audience’s attention.

Chasing Pedestrians appears to be a band finding its stride and gaining a sense of where it belongs in the grand scheme of things.

Charging into the new year behind songs such as “Summer Song” and “Can’t Tie Down” that already have been crowd-pleasers, the future seems to be bright for the young six-piece band.

Chasing Pedestrians will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with The Makeshift, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Don Merckle and The Blacksmiths. Tickets are $8 at the door or online at Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Call 577-6969 or go to

Everyone Orchestra

Matt Butler was listening to an open-mike session from international participants while on vacation in India one night when an idea so large hit him that he made it his mission to fulfill. Today, he has made that idea an 11-year reality that has grown in popularity year after year.

Butler was a San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist and former drummer of the band Jambay looking for something he could achieve through music that could make a difference in the world.

He began hosting open-mike nights around San Francisco in which he encouraged participants with varied styles and led improvised song creations himself.

Eventually, Butler took the idea on the road, raising money for charities along the way. He enlists a revolving cast of well-known musicians to perform while he continues conducting on-the-spot performances.

Butler also likes to involve the audience by using them as a collective instrument in the form of clapping, singing, cheering and more.

The Everyone Orchestra will perform Friday and Saturday night at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway.

For the group’s Charleston performances, the lineup will include Andy Farag and Ryan Stasik (Umphrey’s McGee), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), Jeff Sipe (Jimmy Herring Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Phil Lesh and Friends), Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet, Leftover Salmon and Jason “Lefty” Williams (Friday night only) and Wallace Mullinax (Saturday night only).

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 9 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to