NoDa F.A.M. Rally Kicks Off (Plus: This Weekend in Charlotte)
NoDa F.A.M. Rally, the five-week series that combines live music, fine art, and food trucks, kicks off at the Chop Shop tonight. The rally occurs on Thursday each week, with musical acts and food changing throughout. Notable live acts ahead include The Loudermilks, Bless These Sounds Under the City, and The Menders. You may remember the Loudermilks from last year’s music issue, as well as May’s BOB Awards. Here’s the rundown of this week’s line-up:
DJ Smitty keeps the music flowing between sets, while singer-songwriter Megan Flechaus takes the stage with Pearl Hill, a band that blends rock, blues, and jazz. The main draw for fans of Charlotte music will be The Business People, the indie rock quartet that’s been playing area venues and festivals since 2010. The group’s last recording was the strong 2013 E.P. That’s It, and they continue to play dates and build a following outside of the Charlotte area.
Tonight’s event benefits the Green Teacher Network & Behailu Academy. Food trucks include Yummi Banh Mi Truck, Maryland Crab Co. Llc, K.O Food Truck, The Plated Palette, All-Star Cafe, and SweetCakes Bakery. Bonus: NoDa F.A.M. Rally is a dog-friendly event, with a costume contest and photo booth for your pup(s). CLTure presents the event, running 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Check out this weekend's picks below:
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 2
Christopher Warren-Green conducts this two-day set of performances. Tchaikovsky's piece closes the concert, but you'll also hear some work by Mikhail Glinka and Jean Sibelius. Pekka Kuusisto is the featured violin player for these concerts.
CHARLOTTE BALLET: PETER PAN
Charlotte Ballet leader Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is known for a distinct style and choreography. In the case of Peter Pan, he lends that vision to the boy from Neverland.
JACKIE & ME
Joey Stoshack, the play’s protagonist, uses his time-traveling powers to visit Jackie Robinson in his prime. (Just go with it.) The 10-year-old gets way more than a great report for his history class out of it.
Collins is an old-school road comics, opening for the likes of Tony Bennett and Dolly Parton over the years. His material stays fresh, though, and he’s bringing it to the Queen City.
UNFINISHED WOMEN CRY IN NO MAN'S LAND WHILE A BIRD DIES IN A GILDED CAGE
On Q Productions presents this classic tale, which combines the story of five single mothers and the death of Charlie Parker. The original play was penned by the Harlem-born scribe Aishah Rahman.
You know Sarah McLachlan. Whether it’s from the success of her 1997 album Surfacing, catching her on one of the several Lilith Fair tours, or that dog commercial that always makes me cry, you’ve likely heard songs like “Angel” and “Adia.” She released a new collection of original music last year, and has been touring on the new tunes since.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVORITES
The Eric Carle aesthetic is recognizable, even outside of his popular children’s books. This story brings his characters to the stage.