DOUBLE DOOR INN ANNIVERSARY REUNION PARTY featuring Lenny Federal Band, Randy Franklin & The Sardines & The Monday Night Allstars

Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present

DOUBLE DOOR INN ANNIVERSARY REUNION PARTY featuring Lenny Federal Band, Randy Franklin & The Sardines & The Monday Night Allstars

Sun, December 16, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

Neighborhood Theatre

Charlotte, NC


$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.


7:00 Randy Franklin & The Sardines
8:00 Lenny Federal Band
9:50 The Monday Night Allstars

For over 43 years, the Double Door Inn was more than an old house on Charlottetowne Avenue. It was recognized as one of the oldest blues music venues in the United States, bringing in musicians of all genres to Charlotte, NC. It was the place that you went to hang out on Friday afternoon, or Saturday night. To meet old friends, and make new ones.

What had once been the house built by the Wearn family, one of the prominent families in Charlotte during the early 20th centuries, become the home of the Charlotte music scene, and the place where owner Nick Karres oversaw countless nights of music and memories.

While we cannot bring it back, this show is a homecoming for the many that had the Double Door Inn pass through them, just as much as we passed through it. On the week that the venue would have celebrated its 45th anniversary, we bring together two of the most famous names in the Double Door¹s history. The Lenny Federal Band, and the Monday Night All Stars.

We also welcome back Nick Karres and his family, who have been part of our own extended families for many years.

Gather, return, and let the music play on.
-Daniel Coston
Lenny Federal Band
Lenny Federal Band
The Lenny Federal Band, formerly of the ... wait for it ... Federal Bureau of Rock 'n' Roll (yes!) was, along with his musical (com)patriots, a staple in the burgeoning Charlotte rock scene of the '70s and early '80s. Known for its brand of relatively straightforward bluesy originals and for its good taste in classic cover tunes, the Federal Bureau always resisted making the move to the Allman Brothers-like sound so many of their Caucasian compatriots did, in favor of keeping it simple. Federal, a cornerstone cog in the Charlotte music scene, hasn't changed that recipe a whole lot of the years. Forgive the food metaphor, but it's musical meat and potatoes you're getting here – meat and potatoes slow-cooked with plenty of care, and with but a soupcon of spice.
The Monday Night Allstars
The Monday Night Allstars
The All-Stars were a Monday night tradition at The Double Door Inn.

It all came about when Les Moore said "How ’bout me getting a few of my buddies (also some of the best Charlotte musicians) together to form a band to play off-night Monday night?" And The Double Door Inn said go for it! Never in the history of the Charlotte music scene has a group come on so strong to draw a crowd and develop a fan base on a Monday night. Most people thought it could never happen on Mondays in Charlotte.

The MNAS's, band members offer up their take on a variety of cover songs (the set list runs the gamut from Bob Marley to Earth, Wind & Fire). A diverse, and often large, crowd will dance and sing along, sometimes dropping their jaws at the talent that's present on stage. They don't call them "All-Stars" for nothing.

Shana Blake -Vocals
Ziad Rabie - Sax
Rick Blackwell - Bass & Vocals
Jim Brock - Percussion
Dustin Hofsess - Guitar & Vocals
Chris Allen - Drums & Vocals
Randy Franklin & The Sardines
Randy Franklin & The Sardines
When you think of the long time pillars of the Charlotte, NC music scene, you may think of bands like The Spongetones, Antiseen, or Doubting Thomas. But hanging around, playing in the background for just as many years is Randy Franklin.

Randy is a native Charlottean who grew up in the 1970s, when Charlotte was a much different town. Getting his first guitar for Christmas at the wee age of 6, Randy began playing in earnest, and as a high school student, began jamming with local bands and performing solo throughout the Charlotte area.

Teaming with Gina Stewart (Blind Dates, Doubting Thomas, Volatile Baby) in the early 80s, the pair toured the bars and clubs of the Carolinas, playing honky-tonk country rock and original tunes. In the latter part of the decade, Randy formed the Providence Drive Band; a bluegrass meets high energy rock-n-roll. With Ed Leitch (Halifax) on lead guitar, and Randy on guitar and banjo, the foundation was laid of what would eventually morph into Crisis, the band Randy has led for the past decade.

Crisis has released 5 critically acclaimed CDs since 1998, and has received radio airplay and record sales from Sweden to Japan. As the band’s primary songwriter, Randy forged the crunchy pop, unmistakable sound of Crisis.

When Randy is not touring with Crisis, he still enjoys performing solo shows, spotlighting his prolific song writing, as well as spot on renditions of classic rock cover tunes.
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205