Weekend Arts Events (Aug. 12-14)
THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS
This bluegrass/roots experience invites the whole family for a night at McGlohon Theater. The Denver duo won a Grammy for "Best Children's Album" in 2013.
NO VACANCY: QUEENIE'S FAREWELL BLOCK PARTY
Visit the South End Motel, constructed inside C3 Lab, one more time before this projects ends. In a series of performances by TAPROOT, through Aug. 20, see what the Charlotte ensemble has been concocting over the past couple months. From the event's page: "Developed as a site specific work in collaboration with the visual artists from NoVacancy, Block Party invites you into a totally immersive, sensory performance experience that explores the changing face of Charlotte neighborhoods. Performances happen inside of an art installation developed by four different Charlotte artists."
Unknown Hinson is the comedic country moniker for Stuart Baker, who also voices Early Cuyler on Adult Swim cartoon Squidbillies. A native of the region, he frequently performs in spots in and around Charlotte.
TOAD THE WET SPROCKET
The 1990s were a vital time for Toad the Wet Sprocket. The band hit with singles like “Fall Down,” Good Intentions,” "Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” and more. The band’s latest, an EP titled Architect of the Ruin, came out last year.
The Disney-produced narrative is based on New York City's newsboys strike of 1899. The film was made in 1992, and the stage version appeared on Broadway in 2012.
Caroline Calouche & Co. puts on a cabaret-style aerial dance show. Just a warning: Like the magic show above, this one’s for adult audiences only.
(through Sept. 29) On Thursdays and Saturdays during the summer, River Jam offers free outdoor music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Check out the center’s selection of food and beer and kick back. This month’s lineup includes The Show Ponies (Aug. 4), Parsonsfield (Aug. 6), Davy Knowles (Aug. 11), Jarekus Singleton (Aug. 18), Amigo (Aug. 20), The Accomplices (Aug. 25), and The Mike Strauss Band (Aug. 27).
THE KIDZ BOP TOUR
The Kidz Bop crew has recorded a whopping 32 volumes of covers featuring kids doing contemporary pop staples. The tour brings that format to the stage, with youthful musicians strumming away.
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
History is complex, and there are countless perspectives on the South’s most significant events. The Levine not only puts those events in context, but it offers multimedia exhibits, forums, and artistic expressions that are tethered to our past. ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South (through Oct. 30) examines the rise of Latino populations in Charlotte and other Southern cities, and how the Latino population will help shape the future of the South. The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (through Sept. 18) includes photographs of Southern cultural, artistic, and literary icons by UNC Chapel Hill history professor Dr. William Ferris.