With a full lineup of shows, musical performances and outdoor concerts, you don’t want to miss a beat this month in Charlotte. From classical tunes to modern melodies, the Queen City is full of cool concerts to keep you grooving all summer long.
Celebrating a beloved Charlotte summer tradition since 1983, the Charlotte Symphony returns to Symphony Park for the Summer Pops in the Park outdoor concert series each Sunday in June and the first Thursday in July. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy symphonic sounds that span classics from Broadway musicals to melodies from Mendelssohn. For more instrumental inspiration, experience the melodic musings of jazz artists from near and far. Join the Ziad Jazz Quartet at Jazz at the Bechtler on June 6 to celebrate the music of Charles Mingus, a composer and pianist known for his eclectic blend of gospel, jazz and classical styles. And to keep summer sizzling, The Jazz Room returns to Stage Door Theater for its third season June 19. Swing over to see some gifted local musicians recreate the music of jazz masters like Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Billie Holiday.
Summer brings a rockin’ concert season boasting major headliners. Head out to PNC Music Pavilion on June 12, when the Grammy-award winning Zac Brown Band will bring fans to their feet with popular songs like “Chicken Fried” and “Toes.” The tunes keep bopping when Elton John, one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time, rocks the night away on June 14. Fans of America’s favorite singing show, “The Voice,” can see contestants from season six, five and one including season five winner Tessanne Chin when The Voice 2014 Tour makes its way to Ovens Auditorium on June 20. Then on June 21, end the month with a bang at the Faith, Family and Freedom Concert at zMAX Dragway, where you’ll experience a spectacular fireworks show and a night of family fun while jamming out to Christian rock bands like Hawk Nelson, Matthew West, Britt Nicole and For King & Country. Or head out to PNC Music Pavilion for a night under the stars with country music stars Tim McGraw, Kip Moore & Cassadee Pope.
June is full of harmonic happenings perfect for mixing, mingling and enjoying music this summer. For a cool retreat from the summer heat, head out to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for the River Jam Series Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the month. Come early for a rafting or kayaking adventure. Then find a spot on the patio at the River’s Edge Bar & Grill for craft beer and a great view of the show. Start the weekend early at Alive After Five, the largest happy hour in Charlotte held every Thursday at Rooftop 210 at the EpiCentre. End the work week with pitch perfect plans every Friday at Friday Live! at The Factory. Rock out to local and national acts before dancing the night away at one of the dozens of nightlife and entertainment hotspots at NC Music Factory.
Relaxing rhythms and fresh air fun make a great combination in Charlotte this month. Each Tuesday and Friday in June, local performers such as Dave Haywood, John Alexander and Caution! Blind Driver will perform at the Music Box Lunch Series at Romare Bearden Park, offering the perfect opportunity to unwind at lunch time. For more fun in the urban green space, head to Party in the Park every Wednesday this month for performances by Too Much Sylvia, The Extraordinaires and Flashback, The Party Band. Then grab a lawn chair and picnic basket and boot scootin’ boogie over to Live at the Vines on Saturdays at Treehouse Vineyards. Enjoy soulful performances by RJ Adams and southern rocker Dirt Poor, all while sipping and savoring delectable wine and sampling from food truck favorites. Can’t get enough soothing sounds? End the week at Childress Vineyards and experience Music in the Vineyard each Sunday with a beautiful backdrop, live music and food on the lawn.
Find more ways to swing into summer on a high note at charlottesgotalot.com/events.