Recurring Live Music Events in Charlotte (2016)
Last updated: May 17, 2016.
SURE, SUMMER is the time when you pack and leave town for a week or two. But it’s also the season where folks come to see you, and when you’re making plans to around both scenarios, it’s good to know which weekly series you can count on being there when you need them. That’s why we've compiled an ongoing list of arts events, including live music, theatre, and more, that make up Charlotte’s recurring offerings. We begin with Sundays at Symphony Park:
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: SUMMER POPS
(June 5-July 1) The symphony’s Sunday concert series returns, with the energetic Albert-George Schram returning to conduct each week. Events include Symphony Swings, A Night for "Pops": The Music of John Williams, Oh, The Places You'll Go, and the culminating concert, Celebrate America. $12 for most concerts ($16 for July 1’s Celebrate America). A special concert, The Music of David Bowie, celebrates the late songwriter's career at Belk Theater (June 23), with Martin Herman conducting. Prelude performances begin at 7 p.m., and the symphony goes on at 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd.
PARTY IN THE PARK
(through Sept. 14) Every Wednesday during these four months, you can head down to Romare Bearden Park for live music with an uptown backdrop. Bust out the lawn chairs and blankets, and take in music from Jim Quick & Coastline, The Extraordinares, Band of OZ, SummerDaze, and more. Click the link above to see the full schedule. Free, 6 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
(through Sept. 29) On Thursday and Saturday, River Jam adds bands to the outdoorsman vibe of the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Check out the center’s wide selection of food and beer to go along with the tunes, from acts like Samantha Fish and The Shack Band. Free, 7 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.
ALIVE AFTER FIVE
(through Aug. 27) Bands like Simplified and Departure take to the Epicentre’s Rooftop Stage. If you’re hopping around uptown on Thursday nights, it’s a way to get some free entertainment and keep the momentum going. The Beer/Wine Garden is a new addition to this returning series. Free. 5 p.m. Epicentre, 210 East Trade St.
PROMENADE ON PROVIDENCE
(through Sept. 3) This series, on Fridays and Saturdays, rotates between music and kids’ movies. Out on the lawn, check outs acts like Stepside Deluxe and Vanilla Cornbread. Films include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Inside Out. Free, 7 p.m. Promenade on Providence, Providence Rd and I-485.
STONECREST SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
(through Oct. 1) This Friday/Saturday program has two stages for the Saturday portion: the Fountain Stage and the Plaza Stage. Both Brubakers and Greg Lilley Band tackle multiple dates throughout the series. Free, 7 p.m. Stonecrest Shopping Center, Piper Glen Estates, 7900 Rea Rd.
BLAKENEY CONCERT SERIES
(through Aug. 27) Taking place between Encore and Brixx, hit the fountain stage for bands each Friday and Saturday. Heroes At Last and Chris Sanchez Band are among the acts who add some music to the Blakeney experience each week. Free, 7 p.m. Blakeney, Blakeney Park Dr.
SUNSET AT METROPOLITAN
(through May 26) This free series hosts acts like Simplified, Dead 27s, 5 on Sundays, and Liquid Pleasure. Restaurants at the Metropolitan also offer specials during this four-week series. Free, 5:30 p.m. 1111 Metropolitan Ave.