Top Concerts and Tours Coming This Winter
A little chill in the air can’t stop Charlotte’s live music scene from staying hot.
by Andy Goh Dec 31, 2019
From country legends to country rising stars, R&B mainstays to North Carolina-native rappers, a jazz revival and ensemble dance performances, Charlotte’s got a little bit of everything to kick off your new year (and new decade) with a groove.
January 3 at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
When the newly-opened Bechtler Museum of Modern Art began putting on concerts in 2009, there were few venues that dedicated a monthly night to jazz. But what started out as 30-40 people listening to jazz in the lobby of a modern art museum has grown to a regular staple of jazz lovers across the city, drawing up to 600 people across two shows the first Friday of every month. In January, the Bechtler will celebrate ten years of its Jazz at the Bechtler series with a special one-night concert at the neighboring Knight Theater. A lineup stacked with jazz heavyweights including Russell Malone, Nicholas Bearde and North Carolina’s own Neena Freelon will join long-time director Ziad Rabie onstage.
January 25 at McGlohan Theater
In 1998, a relatively unknown Lucinda Williams released the album that would propel her into the spotlight: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Slightly more than 20 years later, Williams hits the road to celebrate that album, including a stop in cozy McGlohan Theater. Lucinda Williams sings songs sincerely, and writes touching ballads about life along the dusty old road.
February 5 at The Fillmore
For more than 30 years, Raphael Saadiq has been entertaining audiences with his buttery smooth falsetto and soulful delivery. Saadiq first appeared as part of pop R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! In 1987. After the group disbanded a decade later, Saadiq went on to become a prolific solo artist, and is considered one of the preeminent R&B singers of the 90s. Saadiq’s latest album, Jimmy Lee, was released in August, giving way to the this tour of the same name.
February 7 at The Fillmore
Los Angeles-based indie prog rock quartet Saint Motel will make a stop at the Fillmore to support their unnamed forthcoming third studio album, to be released perhaps by the time this concert actually occurs. Their 2019 single “Van Horn” has been on heavy rotation, driven by an enthusiastic horn section.
February 14 at The Underground
You could reasonably assume that someone who names their debut album The Epic is confident in their music. To back it up with a three-plus hour odyssey through the heights of melodic, modern and spiritual jazz is to prove something much more meaningful. Kamasi Washington is one of the brightest stars in a modern resurgence of jazz that is subtly influencing music across all genres. Washington, who plays his saxophone as fiercely as any of his predecessors, returns to Charlotte for the first time since 2015 when he played at the now defunct Chop Shop.
February 22 at Ovens Auditorium
Before you go out thinking that historic Ovens Auditorium will be the site of ABBA’s first live show in 38 years, this is instead “the closest to ABBA that you will ever get.” The members of ABBA having sworn off ever playing again, this quartet of musicians expertly fills the void. Prepare yourself for all the hits, including ABBA’s music from the Mama Mia! musical.
February 22 at Bojangles' Coliseum
Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Lauren Daigle will bring her bayou-influenced style to Bojangles' Coliseum in February. Born in Louisiana and a choir leader while a student at LSU, Daigle twice competed in American Idol before her music career began, but never made it past the top 24.
February 29 at Ovens Auditorium
Now in its 28th season on TV, Dancing With the Stars has become one of the longest-running reality shows of all time. Fans of the show won’t want to miss the live tour coming to Ovens Auditorium in February. The 2020 tour will be one full of stars, including Kate Flannery (“Meredith” from The Office).
February 29 at Belk Theater
Few voices in American pop music can claim the kind of influence and acclaim that Diana Ross can. From her run with the Supremes as Motown’s biggest act, to her prolific solo career to being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, Ross’ career could be considered the pinnacle of the recording industry. Not one to rest on her laurels, Ross is hitting the road this winter to celebrate her 75th birthday, which included a stop at Uptown’s Belk Theater.
March 6 at Ovens Auditorium
Nashville, TN is rightfully known for producing some of the best country and bluegrass music you’ll find anywhere in the world. Not surprisingly, acts that come out of Nashville are extraordinarily talented, and forged in countless nights performing. Expect all of that and more from The Steeldrivers, making an appearance at Ovens Auditorium in March. Once known for being the band Chris Stapleton got his start with, The Steeldrivers, the band has made a name for itself with several Grammy nominations, and an award for Best New Bluegrass album in 2015.
March 6 at Spectrum Center
In 2016, Sturgill Simpson entered the minds of country music fans everywhere when he won the Grammy for Best Country Album for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. The album, which also earned a nomination for Album of the Year, was a sincere and heartfelt series of letters to Simpson’s unborn child. In 2019, Simpson released his fourth studio album, Sound & Fury, which features a psychedelic pop rock sound. Hear the evolution of one of country music’s brightest stars at Spectrum Center in March.
March 6 at Ovens Auditorium
Originally planned as a one-time event, Celtic Woman caught the proverbial lightning in a bottle with their 2004 debut performance. Quickly thereafter, a US tour was on the way. Fifteen years later, Celtic Woman celebrates their founding with a stop at Ovens Auditorium. A quartet of talented female performers use singing, violin, dance and ensemble performers to honor Irish culture and heritage. Don’t miss this mesmerizing experience when it comes to the BOplex in March.
March 12 at Amos' Southend
If 2020 is anything like 2019, then the state of North Carolina will continue to solidify its hold on the hip-hop world. One of the state’s brightest MCs will show why NC is a musical force when Grammy-nominated Rapsody takes the stage at Amos’ Southend. Her 2019 album, Eve, dedicates each song title to a notable black woman (Oprah, Aaliyah and fellow NC native Nina Simone, among others).
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