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A Tale of Two Cities

The Queen City is packed with nightly performances that present everything from stage-rattling tunes in sprawling venues to sophisticated sonatas in elegant theaters. That means you can pick your music based on your mood.

By Chrissie Nelson

Refined in Uptown


Break out your ball gown or dust off your tux and head Uptown to Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, where you’ll spend an elegant evening relishing the talent of the renowned Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. From the woodwinds to strings, the 62-musician orchestra is the largest in the Carolinas and produces approximately 100 performances each season.

Yearn for tradition? Embrace beloved classics with tickets to the Symphony’s aptly named “Classics” performances, spotlighting the music of well-known classical music composers and world-renowned soloists in a more formal setting, at Belk Theater. This season’s lineup features familiar favorites that include Tchiaskovsky, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Shubert.

If you prefer something slightly simpler than black tie attire, the Symphony has something for you, too. The “Pops” series highlights popular music, film favorites and genres like rock and jazz. This year’s performances range from patriotic picks to the “Magic of Christmas” and even a composition dedicated entirely to “Star Wars.” Another great, more casual option is “Altsounds,” a recurring Knight Theater event that blends traditional classical music and alternative genres.

See the Charlotte Symphony’s full season and purchase tickets at charlottesymphony.org

Casual at The Underground


Mere miles from Belk Theater and decibels away from the classical scores that echo through its halls, live music at AvidXchange Music Factory beckons concert goers to get on their feet and feel the beat while headliners take the stage.

Throw on your favorite pair of jeans and coolest jacket (something conducive to crowd surfing), crack open a cold, local craft beer and prepare to rock out at The Underground, located right next to The Fillmore Charlotte. While you’re jamming, take note of the local art that decorates the laid-back space. It’s the place to give your favorite band a standing ovation and to discover new names to add to your Spotify list.

The new live music lair made its debut this summer and has since carved out a special niche in the Charlotte music scene. Offering a more intimate space than your typical sprawling concert hall, The Underground forgoes traditional seating and opts for a more standing-room-only vibe; there’s a maximum capacity of about 750 people. Albeit smaller, the venue provides a space for both national and local acts and has plans to host special events and music-themed festivities in the future.

For a list of upcoming shows and to buy tickets, visit The Underground online at fillmorecharlottenc.com/theunderground 

This article ran in the November 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.