Top Concerts and Tours Coming This Winter
Featuring local, regional and national tours, we spotlight highly anticipated shows taking the stage in Charlotte from December through March.
by Andy Goh Nov 30, 2018
Despite the winter chill, there are plenty of indoor venues heating things up with great shows this season. Get out of the cold and check out some of these awesome live shows happening now through March.
Dec. 9 at The Underground
As hip-hop and jazz have slowly progressed toward a mutually beneficial symbiosis, several new names and faces have emerged to lead this musical mutation. Robert Glasper is one of the musicians firmly at the head of this movement, and he’s got the resume to back it up. The Grammy Award-winning, Houston-born producer and pianist has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Common and many of hip-hop’s elite in addition to producing his own “Black Radio” series. The Underground is the perfect venue to see this visionary musician.
Dec. 15 at Ovens Auditorium
The massive influence of the Beach Boys on popular music and songwriting is rivaled only by that of the Beatles. Formed in southern California in 1961, the Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records, have 36 Top 40 singles, four No. 1 songs and a 1988 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their sound has defined a generation, and their legacy is mythical. This is one early Christmas present you’re going to want to treat yourself to.
Dec. 30 & 31 at Bojangles' Coliseum
One of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Concord-born American folk rock band The Avett Brothers returns to Charlotte to ring in the New Year at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The two-night show comes after a historical run for the band, whose critically acclaimed documentary “May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers” and Grammy-nominated album “True Sadness” have, this year, put them on the map.
Jan. 8 at Spectrum Center
For over 25 years now, Justin Timberlake has been one of pop’s brightest stars, combining shimmering vocals, flawless dance moves and, perhaps best of all, an affinity for showmanship that keeps audiences everywhere enthralled. Just a few days into 2019, JT brings his show to the bright lights of Uptown’s Spectrum Center. Coming off his most recent album release, last January’s “Man of the Woods,” the former NSYNC leader has a deep and rich enough catalog of perfectly-crafted pop funk songs to keep the feet of Charlotteans moving all night long.
Jan. 10 at The Fillmore Charlotte
One of the best examples of finally breaking through to mainstream success after years of touring and recording is Lake Street Dive. As recently as 2013, Boston’s Lake Street Dive was playing to a sparsely populated Evening Muse in NoDa. Five years later, they’re touring around the world, performing the late-night TV circuits and selling hundreds of thousands of albums. The pop/folk/indie rock quartet (who added a keyboardist so they are now a quintet) are no strangers to the Fillmore, having played there most recently in 2016.
Jan. 23 at Spectrum Center
Despite a revolving door of band members that has left founding member and frontman Brendon Urie the sole official member of the band since 2015, Panic! At The Disco has maintained a high level of popularity. The alt-pop rock group from Las Vegas, Nevada, has a sound as loud and flashy as their hometown, earning a Grammy nomination for 2016’s “Death of a Bachelor.” After several musical mutations that have taken the band from affable Beatles-inspired pop group to grandiose arena rock titans, Panic! will take over Uptown’s Spectrum Center to support their latest release, “Pray for the Wicked.”
Feb. 8 at Visulite Theatre
If you’ve been missing the scintillating bass lines set to an 11/8 time signature that you can only find in progressive rock, then you probably want to check out New York quartet TAUK when they invade the cozy confines of the Visulite. While not a name on the tip of most tongues, the band came to prominence in 2014 after touring with Umphrey’s McGee. Blending high-energy rock with touches of jazz and hip-hop, TAUK has a sound that is unique and instantly engaging. Another distinctive feature of the band? Their lead singer left the band in 2014 and was never replaced, meaning their sound is 100% instrumental. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind show in Elizabeth’s favorite music venue.
Feb. 12 at The Fillmore Charlotte
You can’t think about Birmingham, Alabama-based St. Paul and the Broken Bones without hearing the voracious howl of lead singer Paul Janeway. True, Janeway’s distinctive brand of crooning is the centerpiece of the band’s sound, but the octet is much more than that. Backing Janeway is the traditional bass/drums/keys combo as well as a luscious brass section, including a trumpet, saxophone and trombone. The brass section dominates many of the melodies and blends eloquently with Janeway’s vocals, serving as the ultimate complement. This promises to be a high-energy affair as the band promotes their latest release, “Young Sick Camellia.”
Feb. 13 at Belk Theater
Certain artists transcend time, trends and styles, and that is certainly the case with two-time Grammy-winning Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle. Perhaps one of the boldest and most full-throated singers of our time (think of her thunderous howl during “Lady Marmalade”), Labelle’s talents are timeless, and her catalog sounds as fresh today as it did in 1960. Despite having a career that has spanned six decades, LaBelle hasn’t slowed down a bit, releasing “Bel Hommage,” her first album of jazz tunes in 2017. As always, when the icons are in town, you make time to see them.
Feb. 24 at Spectrum Center
Speaking of icons, Fleetwood Mac is as legendary a name as any on this list. Having sold more than 100 million albums and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, Fleetwood Mac is easily one of the most recognized names in all of music. Thanks to constant rotation on classic rock radio, Fleetwood Mac has even gathered a real following among younger generations behind timeless classics like “Dreams”, “Rhiannon” or “Go Your Own Way”. Dust off your copy of “Rumours” and get ready for an unforgettable night in Uptown.
March 1 at The Fillmore Charlotte
If at any point in the early to mid-‘90s you had to awkwardly swap a CD copy of “Black Sunday” in or out of your car stereo from a large CD case while stopped at a stoplight, then we need you to be at this show. Cypress Hill is a band of 30-year West Coast hip-hop veterans who helped define hip-hop’s golden era with unforgettable bangers such as “Insane in the Brain,” “Hits From the Bong” and “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That.” Their sound is a high-energy Latino rap that in recent years has been complemented by some live instrumentation in addition to the veteran DJ Muggs. The intimate stage of the Fillmore is the perfect place to see B Real and crew bring the noise.
March 9 at Spectrum Center
P!nk has been at or near the top of the solo pop songstress mountain since the turn of the century. Seeing a P!nk live show not only involves exuberant vocal pop performances and dazzling light displays, but also jaw-dropping acrobatics and aerial skills. In addition, P!nk is also one of the rare contemporary pop artists who writes her own songs. Did we mention she’s also won three Grammy awards and sold more than 100 million records? Point being: If you want to see a supremely talented and versatile artist in her prime, don’t miss this show.
March 15 at Ovens Auditorium
Jimmy Page? Jimi Hendrix? Pete Townsend? Amateurs, all of them. At least when you stack them up next to a guitar immortal like Joe Satriani. While you may not have heard of Satchmo, it’s because he doesn’t produce the kind of music that’s going to enter the Top 40. Instead, Joe is an absolute alchemist with a guitar, and certainly one of the faces of a group of uber-technically talented guitarists like Steve Vai (a former student of Satriani’s), Yngwie Malmsteen and John Petrucci. Take this night at Ovens Auditorium to have your mind blown.
March 22 at Ovens Auditorium
Rock-and-roll from the heartland hasn’t exactly been at the top of the public zeitgeist in some time. Well, probably since John Mellencamp was last in his prime in the early- to mid-‘90s. While Johnny Cougar (a name he famously rejected when it was suggested by his record label) lacks some of the mainstream appeal of other artists on this list, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more authentic. Mellencamp, who helped found Farm Aid in 1985, is underappreciated as a songwriter, but was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this past June. Many of his songs are instantly recognizable, including “Pink Houses,” “Jack & Diane” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” Get your tickets online for this show now, and you’ll even get a copy of Mellencamp’s forthcoming album “Other People’s Stuff.”