Top Concerts and Tours Coming This Fall
Slip on the wool socks and scarves and get ready for great live music with a bit of crispness in the air.
by Andy Goh Sep 27, 2019
While the touring schedule slows down in the fall, it’s mostly due to the lack of festivals as opposed to a lack of quality shows. Charlotte will have a robust list of must-see shows coming to town soon, including legendary names, a couple of rock veterans, and some soulful R&B singers.
October 4 at Bojangles' Coliseum
The neo-soul revolution of the mid-nineties produced some of the most pure and memorable R&B ever made. A beaming icon of that era arrives at Bojangle’s Coliseum to lay down the groove when Erykah Badu takes the stage. Badu helped define a sound with singles like 1997’s “On and On.” At the same time, Atlanta’s Goodie Mob was pushing the sound of hip hop forward thanks to production from Organized Noize, the same team behind the legendary OutKast.
October 18 at Ovens Auditorium
In the summer of 1999, Ray LaMontagne woke up to “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills playing on his alarm clock and decided to quit his job to pursue music full time. In the twenty years since, LaMontagne has released seven studio albums, worked with Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and others. Hear LaMontagne’s warm and cozy acoustic sound at historic Ovens Auditorium.
October 20 at Amos' South End
Los Angeles-based trio Moonchild takes the neo soul sounds of Erykah Badu and D’Angelo and turns them inside out, infusing them with indie psychedelics, dreamy melodies and the playful vocals of Amber Navran. The resulting sound is rich and uplifting, while still rhythmically true to its R&B roots. The intimate atmosphere at Amos’ will make this show that much more memorable.
October 27 at Belk Theater
It’s impossible to understand the evolution of American music without acknowledging the contributions of Motown Records and these two legendary acts. Generation defining hits like “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Papa was a Rolling Stone” and more don’t tell the entire story of how this music has shaped contemporary culture. You won’t want to miss this show, as each group has one founding member still in their lineup (Abdul “Duke” Fakir of the Four Tops and Otis Williams of The Temptations).
November 6 at Spectrum Center
Don’t go breaking our heart by missing Sir Elton John in the Queen City. You don’t want to miss him playing your song so you can crocodile rock (even if your sister can’t twist). Elton John may be made in England, but in November he’ll be callin’ Uptown’s Spectrum Center the one. Saturday night may be alright, but a Wednesday night is still good to hear the legendary performer come out and rock it. Man.
November 9 at The Fillmore
Don’t look now, but North Carolina is quickly becoming the hottest state in the hip hop landscape. Veterans like 9th Wonder, J Cole and Little Brother have paved the way for a proud and uncompromising sound coming from the old north state. Perhaps most intriguing of all is Snow Hill, NC’s Rapsody. The rapper earned two Grammy nominations for 2017’s Laila’s Wisdom, and her 2019 release, Eve, seems to build off that momentum. Meanwhile, Big K.R.I.T. may call Mississippi his home, but his syrupy southern sound is right at home in NC.
November 11 at Neighborhood Theatre
Long-time alternative rockers Dinosaur Jr. will step onto one of the most suitable stages for their music at NoDa’s Neighborhood Theatre. Despite an eight year hiatus from 1997-2005, the band has maintained a place in the evolving world of rock by consistently releasing quality albums since their split. Get ready for some quality guitar work when this Amherst-based trio makes their way to Charlotte.
November 17 at Belk Theater
John Hiatt walks in the same storytelling shoes that many great troubadours have filled in the past including Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie and Elvis Costello. The Indianapolis native weaves a weathered but resilient narrative in each of his songs. His latest release, The Eclipse Sessions, will provide lots of material, but Hiatt will surely pull from his catalog that extends back almost 45 years.
November 23 at The Underground
Freddie Gibbs is not a newcomer to the rap game, having signed his first contract with Interscope in 2006. Because of issues with that label and others, Gibbs’ career has followed a shallow trajectory, despite his undeniable talent as an MC. However, with the release of his latest album, Bandana (his second with producer Madlib), Gibbs is finally starting to see the widespread acclaim he’s worked so long for. Gibbs is clearly confident in his skills and his resume, as the tour’s title boldly suggests.
November 29 at Bojangles' Coliseum
Back when winning shows like American Idol held the potential for launching a legitimate star career, Fantasia Barrino turned a third place finish in 2004 into a career that continues to be formidable fifteen years later. The High Point native played Aretha Franklin’s funeral in August 2018 as well as having several acting roles and publishing a memoir. Her tour promoting her forthcoming album of the same name roles into Bojangle’s Coliseum with Robin Thicke, the Bonfyre and Tank.
December 6 at The Fillmore
One of the most recognizable names of the alternative rock era celebrates the 20th anniversary of their third album, Make Yourself. Though the “alternative” label is the one most often used to describe the band, but their versatility of sound is one of their greatest strengths. Make plans to see one of the most enduring bands in rock.
December 18 at The Fillmore
At this point, there’s very little left for Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg, to accomplish as a hip hop artist. Since his 1991 debut alongside Dr. Dre in the song “Deep Cover,” Snoop has been nothing less than an icon to music fans around the world. One of the few artists to successfully walk the line between mainstream success and authentic street credibility, Snoop has gracefully transitioned into one of hip hop’s elder statesmen. That doesn’t mean his shows are any more gentile. Expect booming bass, west-coast G funk, and plenty of good times when the Doggfather comes to Charlotte.
Check out our Event Calendar to see more concerts happening in the Queen City.