George Banda, Ellie Morgan, Alexa Jenson – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – November 3rd, 2017

George Banda, Ellie Morgan, Alexa Jenson

The Muse Family is happy to present our friends...

George Banda

Ellie Morgan

Alexa Jenson

Fri, November 3, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC

$7.00

Tickets at the Door

George Banda
George Banda
George Banda was born in Arizona, where his father taught him to play guitar when he was just five years old. In the 25 years since, George has dedicated his time and resources to pursuing this passion. He attended Central Piedmont Community College and Queens University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors and was awarded degrees in music theory and guitar performance. In addition to devoting time to his studies, George has also released his own music. He has produced two albums, one of which was an independent EP (2016) and the other a collaboration with local Charlotte artists (2017). While he considers The Evening Muse his musical home, he has played on multiples stages in Charlotte and the surrounding region. When not performing locally, George makes a priority to give back to the community. He has worked with multiple Charlotte organizations, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dream Center, where he serves as the Creative Arts Director; and the School of Rock, where he teaches guitar, music theory, and provides any additional resources required for the musical education of the students the organization serves. In addition, he also provides private lessons. George enjoys expressing himself through both his writing and his musical compositions. His writing draws on themes of prior hardship and love, while his musical compositions have been performed by members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and members of the Queens University Music Department. He hopes to exert a positive influence on the world through his passion for music and works every day to achieve this goal through his commitment to personal growth, community involvement, and artistic expression. In his spare time, George enjoys MMA training, boxing, and riding his yellow motorcycle named Pikachu. He also hates cucumbers. A lot.
Ellie Morgan
Ellie Morgan
Born and raised right here in the Carolinas, Ellie Morgan is a native Charlottean and a veteran of the city’s rapidly growing music scene. Ellie fell in love with singing and playing guitar at a young age, and was originally smitten by the works of a young country singer-songwriter by the name of Taylor Swift. Ellie learned to play all of Swift’s songs at the age of fifteen and began to perform those songs around Charlotte as a Myers Park High School student. She began busking uptown for school fundraisers and performing at local Charlotte events, including Festival in the Park and the Tosco Music Open Mic at the Evening Muse on the first Wednesday of the month. Throughout her college career at Queens University of Charlotte, Ellie continued to play out around the city, bringing only her acoustic Taylor guitar (a much-appreciated high school graduation gift from her mother and father) and her soprano vocals to the stage, but delivering her whole heart and soul through her songs. Ellie balanced gigging around town with school work from her classes, until the age of twenty-two, when Ellie was in the middle of her junior year at Queens, and decided it was time to choose between the music that was calling her to the stage, and the studies that she felt were hindering her creative energy flow.

After completing her third year of university studies, Ellie dove headfirst into the Charlotte music scene by committing to a full-time career in music and performance. Ellie began to earn her living through playing around town: in live music venues and restaurants, breweries and bars, backyard gatherings and birthday parties alike, and continues to do so today. She also performs for weddings, special events, and festivals, in and outside of the Charlotte area. Ellie has performed at the Tosco Music Holiday Party and Beatles Show, The Matthews Artwalk and Jazzfest, and on the main stage at Charlotte’s most treasured autumn festival, Festival In The Park, with a full band ensemble. Ellie volunteers to play and sing for patients and family members at Levine Children’s hospital roughly ten times a year, and teaches guitar lessons to a select few students from the ages of ten to fifteen. Her passion for music is ever growing, and she seeks to expand her avenues for making music a full-time career on a day-to- day basis.

In January of 2017, Ellie auditioned and received the Charlotte Folk Society adult scholarship to attend The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in the mountains of North Carolina. The gathering takes place annually in the summertime, and is best described as an educational program of folk arts workshops, lead by merited country and folk musicians (such as Kathy Mattea Cliff Eberhardt), to develop skills of singer-songwriters and contemporary folk musicians alike. During this week of expansive songwriting and vocal performance classes, Ellie was grateful to have been awarded the opportunity to delve into her musical passions and broaden her songwriting horizons to create new works of music that will appear on her forthcoming albums in the future of her career.

Ellie continues to create and perform her music on a citywide scale, and plans to tour with her original songs outside of Charlotte, in the near future. Her debut original album, titled “Places I Hide,” is to be released here at the Evening
Muse on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The album is a compilation of Ellie’s musical works from the ages of twelve to twenty-four, and conveys the chapters of her life thus far, through honest and emotional, raw and relatable lyrics. Her
songs are melodic and heartfelt: they reach into your chest and play your heartstrings with a conviction of personal experiences that are relatable to audiences of all ages and areas of life. Ellie plays and sings with a passion that is
tangible to the listener, captivating to the onlooker, and is unmistakably apparent to those who open their hearts to receiving the messages of her music.
Alexa Jenson
Alexa Jenson
Singer/songwriter Alexa Jenson has a passion for music. The signs that music would be a defining part of her life first became apparent when she was in preschool. As she grew, it was never a problem keeping her occupied during a car ride. She was always busy belting out songs of the musical Mama Mia (her favorite), or Disney Tunes. Alexa discovered her love for performing in front of an audience when she was in elementary school, where she began performing in talent shows. She continued doing so through middle and high school, where she was selected the winner of her last two high school shows. She was the youngest member of The Arts Experience middle school aged chorus at age nine, and has been known to sing the national anthem at a sporting event or two. Her musical repertoire expanded at age twelve when she learned to play the guitar and started writing songs.

These days, Alexa can still be heard belting out songs in her car, but she has expanded her list of venues to include her bedroom, the shower, and various public facilities. At the age of sixteen, she began performing at different open mics around the greater Charlotte area, eventually getting the chance to open shows for some of her local favorites. Now long a supporter of the local open mic music scene in Charlotte, you can often catch her performing at The Evening Muse in Charlotte on Mondays and Summit Coffee House in Davidson on most Wednesdays. Tonight is her first ever featured artist spot at the Find Your Muse Open Mic and we've super stoked to have Alexa as our feature!
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/