On Friday, December 17th, Old Dallas Brewery off Dallas-Cherryville Hwy in Dallas, NC held the 4th annual Schafewood Christmas & Coat Drive event. Live music for the night was provided by Disco Black, Flame Tides, the aforementioned Schafewood, with The Menders taking the stage last.
For those unfamiliar, Old Dallas Brewery (or ODB for short) was established almost 8 years ago West of Dallas off Hwy 279, a short distance down a gravel-ish road. It’s just secluded enough make it feel like a secret hideout, and in a way it does retain a bit of a hidden gem quality when it comes to local breweries and live music venues.
Outside is a recently-expanded area with seating and a firepit, while inside there’s plenty of room to gather and hangout for a few drinks. Beyond the bar, there are tables (including a few presumably repurposed HUGE old industrial textile spools), a couch you’ll recognize from your parent’s living room in 1978, and enough cool and fascinating decor & memorabilia to keep you busy for most of an hour all on their own.
Pale Rebel Y’Ale - "For the average light beer drinker, we offer you this American pale ale that is sure to turn your taste buds from the dark side."
Cap'n Vanny McBlueberry - It's base is the Ole George's Porter, which is a solid full-bodied porter. The Cap'N Vanny steps it up a bit with a well balanced layering of blueberry and vanilla notes. It's a whole lot of flavor.
Kicking things off was “Disco Black“, a trio featuring a strong rhythm section and a guitarist/vocalist powering through a short set of originals as well as a blazing cover of a Mothers Of Invention tune from 1970 included for good measure (My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama).
Describing themselves as a “Heavy, Groovy, Bodacious, Melodic Duo” Hayley Moran on Drums and Rocketman McNeely on guitar and vocals make up the Flame Tides. At first glance you may think of The White Stripes, but what you get from these two is power and musicianship laced with elements of funk and blues providing a more dynamic sound than you would really be expecting with only 2 musicians onstage.
Their set took the energy of the night up another notch with a blistering set of originals including a couple stomping instrumentals. Moran on the drums brings a unique, driving rhythm and McNeely excels with some superior riffs and amazing (and unexpected) voice box work!
They brought with them some copies of their brand new album, “Bonfire Tsunami” on vinyl, hot off the press from Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, OH. Be sure to visit VinylCarolina.com after Dec. 22nd for a review of the release!
(Spoiler alert, it’s sizzling hot!)
Dressed as the “Sticky Bandits” that you’ll remember from the first 2 “Home Alone” movies, the guys known as Schafewood threatened to steal the entire night with their set.
They added to the Christmas pageantry of the evening with a tune that I will never forget and now want to have on the playlist every year. I’ll just put a few of the lyrics here as a teaser:
“We buy all the gifts, but he gets all the credit.
Santa’s a dick! There. I said it. “
And then they performed a rousing cover of “Tribute” by Tenacious D that had so many in the crowd singing along that I am not sure I’ve ever been more proud to be from Western Gaston County!
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It was around 11pm when Gastonia’s own The Menders took the stage. This 5-piece provide what can only be described as an onslaught of energy in their live performances. I wasn’t always sure that the stage was going to be able to contain them.
With multiple vocalists, 2 guitarists that share the sound succinctly with a dynamic rhythm section providing such a solid foundation, it’s easy to imagine us in this area having to share them with a larger legion of fans sooner rather than later. Their new album, “The Devil’s Reel” is a delight and the video for “Shapes in the Night” is a must-see (and was a highlight of their set!).
As great as they are, they were upstaged around Midnight and it was of their own doing. They invited Hannah Hatcher up onstage to sing a Christmas song, and she delivered!
The event was free, but everyone was encouraged to bring coats that were to be donated to the Dallas Christian Ministry. And it worked! By night’s end, a large bin set aside for the donated coats was overflowing. Gaston County proves it’s generosity yet again!
ODB is located at:
136 Durkee Ln. – Dallas, NC.