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Top Concerts and Tours Coming This Winter

Live music continues to return to stages across Charlotte, which means plenty of opportunities to support your favorite bands, discover new ones or just have an unforgettable night in the city.

Our list looks at some of the best acts from big names like Billie Eilish to local favorites like Pullover that will be hitting stages across town this winter. Don’t forget that many venues are still adapting to COVID-19 restrictions and many have mask mandates as well as proof of vaccine or recent negative tests to enter the show.

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Delta Rae - The Light & Dark Tour

When: Dec. 9
Where:
The Underground

Durham-based sextet Delta Rae makes the trip down I-85 for a show at The Fillmore. Half of the group’s members are siblings that grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they were introduced to music through a cappella. Their vocally-forward sound and song writing reflects that as today’s iteration of the band (which formed on the campus of Duke University) produces a warm and glowing brand of country rock roots that has all the energy of a gospel choir.

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Emanuel Wynter with YUNG Citizen

When: Dec. 9
Where:
The Evening Muse

North Carolina-based but NYC born-and-raised Emanuel Wynter takes the stage at The Evening Muse in NoDa along with one of Charlotte’s strongest producers/MCs, YUNG Citizen. Wynter, a songwriter and vocalist whose primary instrument is the violin, makes smooth, jazzy and melodic neo-soul music backed by acoustic guitar and drums. Charlotte native YUNG Citizen has been producing beats and writing raps since he was 15 and recent singles of his including “OutKast” and “I Wish” have been staples of the local music scene.

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Elonzo Wesley, Pullover, Dylan Gilbert

When: Dec. 9
Where:
The Visulite

If you’re new to Charlotte, or maybe just not that familiar with the local music scene, check out this show at the Visulite Theatre in Elizabeth where some of Charlotte’s most talented and hard-working musicians will take the stage. Acoustic folk trio Elonzo Wesley produces some of the most tender ballads you’ll hear outside Appalachia, dream pop quintet Pullover plays catchy indie and 70’s-inspired rock, while Dylan Gilbert acts as something of a wild card with his sonic spectrum containing anything from thrashing guitars to avant-garde electronica.

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Acoustic Syndicate

When: Dec. 18
Where: The Visulite

It’s no secret that the western half of North Carolina is home to some tremendously talented folk and bluegrass musicians. Few bands have been as consistently brilliant and prolific over the past 25 years as Acoustic Syndicate, who will be bringing their acoustic guitar and banjo-driven sound to the stage at The Visulite Theatre just in time for Christmas. Cousins Steve and Bryan McMurry lead this quartet where McMurry’s deft use of the banjo creates a unique modern-yet-familiar Appalachian sound.

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The Isley Brothers - Photo courtesy of Ticketmaster

Winter Soul Fest feat. The Isley Brothers

When: Dec. 23
Where:
Bojangles Coliseum

One of pop music’s most important (and dare I say underrated) bands in history headlines the Winter Soul Fest at Bojangles Coliseum just two days before Christmas. The Isley Brothers’ contributions to pop, rock and soul span several generations and have produced iconic singles like “Twist and Shout,” “It’s Your Thing” and “Fight the Power.” While only two of the brothers (Ronald and Ernie) remain in the band today, the show will no doubt be an unforgettable one. Also on the bill are R&B veterans Jon B., Keke Wyatt and SWV.

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Citizen Cope

When: Jan. 15
Where: Neighborhood Theatre

In 2002, Citizen Cope’s breakthrough single “Let the Drummer Kick” came out of nowhere to become an everyman’s anthem. The infectious piano and sturdy hip hop-influenced beat created a blueprint for crossover success. While Citizen Cope hasn’t achieved superstar status since then, it hasn’t been for a lack of quality material. He’s well-respected in the music community and has written songs for and collaborated with many top stars including Carlos Santana. Cope will be touring in support of his two most recent albums, “Heroin and Helicopters” and “The Pull of Niagara Falls."

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

When: Jan. 21 & 22
Where: Ovens Auditorium

Country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and his long-time band the 400 Unit stop by Charlotte for a must-see show at historic Ovens Auditorium. The Alabama-born and Nashville-based troubadour has been performing and recording since a young age, coming to prominence in the early 2000s as a member of Drive-By Truckers. After setting out on his own, he began working with the 400 Unit in 2009 and has produced seven albums in that time, including October's “Georgia Blue”, an album covering iconic songs from Georgia musicians such as Otis Redding, James Brown and Dickey Betts.

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Corinne Bailey Rae & Joss Stone

When: Feb. 2
Where:
Ovens Auditorium

A pair of powerful British crooners takes over Ovens Auditorium in the first week of February. Both Stone and Bailey Rae will share headlining duties on this tour, an appropriate bill for two Grammy-winning vocalists. Both artists rose to fame in the mid-2000s, with Bailey Rae’s self-titled debut album in 2006 and Stone’s “The Soul Sessions” in 2003. One of just twelve stops on tour, this show promises to be an intimate look at each artist’s best music.

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Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever, The World Tour

When: Feb. 6
Where:
Spectrum Center

Since bursting onto airwaves with the 2015 single “Ocean Eyes,” Billie Elish has been on the shortlist for pop music royalty. Since that time she’s established her place atop the music industry with seven Grammy awards, and became the youngest artist to record a theme song for a James Bond movie when she released “No Time to Die'' at just 18 years old. Eilish’s second studio album, “Happier Than Ever," hit stores and playlists in July.

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Dua Lipa - The Future Nostalgia Tour

When: Feb. 16
Where:
The Spectrum Center

Global pop superstar Dua Lipa announced the North American leg of her highly anticipated Future Nostalgia Tour for 2022, in support of the Grammy-winning album of the same name. Future Nostalgia is the longest running top 10 album by a female artist on the Billboard 200 this year and was the #1 most streamed album of 2020 on Spotify. It landed on the year-end “Best Of” lists of everyone from Rolling Stone to Billboard and Pitchfork, and spawned multiple worldwide hit singles including the #1 tracks “Break My Heart,” “Levitating,” which is still topping the charts and is the longest running song ever on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist, and US 4x platinum lead single “Don’t Start Now,” which broke her personal best record of weeks at #1 at US Top 40 radio and is the most streamed track on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist in history.

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Aminé - The Best Tour Ever Tour

When: Feb. 26
Where: The Fillmore

In 2017, Portland-born rapper Aminé released his infectious and catchy debut single “Caroline.” Just a few months later, the rapper would perform the same song on The Tonight Show, launching Aminé (pronounced ah-MEEN-eh) into national prominence. An exciting young rapper who refuses to be boxed into a single category or sound, Aminé’s clever wordplay, effortless flow, and no-boundaries delivery has his music buzzing on streaming services everywhere. Aminé’s most recent effort, “TwoPointFive”, was released in November.

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Sleigh Bells

When: Mar. 4
Where: The Underground

It’s not a stretch to call Sleigh Bells one of pop music’s most innovative and trendsetting pioneers of the last decade. Debuting in 2010, the tandem of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist/producer Derek Miller set the standard for noisepop and glampop. Their explosive mix of hard, crunching guitar and sweet bubblegum pop melodies has influenced many artists since. Brooklyn-based Sleigh Bells released their first studio album in five years (and fifth overall) with September’s “Texis.”

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Patti LaBelle - Photo by Derek Banks, courtesy of Belk Theater

Patti LaBelle

When: Mar. 13
Where:
Belk Theater

The Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle brings a rich and historic career of hits spanning several decades to the elegant stage at Uptown’s shining Belk Theater. Bursting onto the scene in 1974 with vocal trio LaBelle and iconic disco single, “Lady Marmalade,” Patti soon launched her own solo career that includes 20 albums, three Grammys, a TV and film career, numerous NAACP image awards and many more memorable moments. Expect a glamorous evening with one of soul music’s true pioneers in Uptown.

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Tyler, the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost Tour

When: Mar. 16
Where: Bojangles Coliseum

Rapper and producer Tyler, the Creator has managed to evolve sonically with each phase of his career, while still maintaining a loyal connection to himself and his art. An artist once thought of as so controversial he was banned from entering (much less performing in) the UK, Tyler has achieved a level of mainstream success that has led to Grammy Awards, headlining spots at Lollapalooza, and his own highly-successful annual summer festival, Camp Flag Gnaw. A visionary composer with a flair for showmanship and an endless supply of energy will make for a hot and buttery time at the Biscuit.

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Other Can't-Miss Concerts

Motion City Soundtrack
When:
Jan. 18
Where:
The Fillmore

Eric Church
When: The Spectrum Center
Where: Feb. 26

Conan Gray
When:
Mar. 11
Where: The Fillmore

Brockhampton
When: Mar. 14
Where: The Fillmore

Oliver Tree
When:
Mar. 18
Where: The Fillmore

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