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Top Concerts and Tours Coming This Summer

Get ready for a summer full of music and excitement at Charlotte’s live music venues.

While many of the following shows are rescheduled dates from 2020, you can bet these events will have extra energy and the venues will be prepared to make your experience a fun and safe one.

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

When: July 20
Where: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Before releasing the eponymous “Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats” in 2015, Nathaniel Rateliff was ready to quit his music career because of the inconsistent path it took him to get there. Along with the strength of the 2018 single “You Worry Me,” Rateliff and his band found viral fame and fortune. Today, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are a hot ticket on the summer festival circuit. Get ready for a night Uptown with upbeat, bluesy and folky rock that you can sing along to.

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Sunny Side

When: July 23
Where: The Evening Muse

Thanks to support from the Charlotte community, the Muse is ready to open its doors to musicians and patrons alike to celebrate its 20th anniversary in style. If you’ve never been to the Muse, prominently situated on the corner of 36th and Davidson in NoDa, make plans to see Sunny Side on July 23. This seven-piece traditional New Orleans-style jazz band plays transformative sounds that provide the perfect cool off after a hot summer day.

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Dave Matthews Band

When: July 24
Where: PNC Music Pavilion

What is a summer without a Dave Matthews Band tour? The legendary jam pop band’s date at PNC Music Pavilion was rescheduled from last year, making this a show fans have been waiting for. Since their founding 30 years ago this summer in Charlottesville, VA, drummer Carter Beauford, bassist Stefan Lessard and singer David John Matthews are the only remaining original band members.

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Old Crow Medicine Show

When: July 24
Where: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

North Carolina will always be a special place for Old Crow Medicine Show. It was in Boone, NC, in the early 2000s when the young folk band was busking outside of a pharmacy where the legendary troubadour Doc Watson discovered their talent and invited them to play in MerleFest, setting them on a path towards national notoriety. The six-piece acoustic, folk and bluegrass band now has six full-length studio albums under their belt, and most recently released a live album recorded at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

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Bakalao Stars

When: July 31
Where: Snug Harbor

Don’t think ska, punk and reggae are your jam? Not sure you can hang out in a bar with Captain Blackbeard’s flag flying from the rafters? Check out Charlotte-based Bakalao Stars at Snug Harbor and you may prove yourself wrong. Bakalao Stars’ music produces an energy that’s impossible to resist. Their Latin-infused blend of Caribbean and Central American music is grounded in a high-energy performance that will remind you exactly why you missed live music so much over the last year.

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Chris Stapleton: All-American Road Show

When: August 12
Where: PNC Music Pavilion

The tender and soulful songs of singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Stapleton deliver a gritty yearning that can only come from the son of a Kentucky coal miner. That heartfelt sound elevated the “Tennessee Whiskey” singer to rarefied air in the country and pop music landscape. Along with contemporaries like Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price, Stapleton is part of a new generation of country musicians who are bringing the “outlaw” sound back to country. Stapleton released his fourth studio album, Starting Over, in 2020.

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Rick Ross

When: August 20
Where: The Fillmore

Since arriving on the hip-hop scene in 2006 with his debut single “Hustlin,’” Rick Ross has enjoyed a gilded career. Ross has released ten albums, collaborated with iconic artists in hip-hop, performed on top late-night shows and established Maybach Music Group, a record label that has produced several No. 1 records. Ross’ albums constantly provide lush, rich soundscapes that wrap you in luxury reminiscent of sitting in the backseat of a Maybach while smoking a Cuban cigar on South Beach.

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Legends Never Die Tour

When: August 21
Where: Bojangles Coliseum

In the late 1990s, there no one had more energy and momentum than Master P (Percy Miller) and No Limit Records. Seemingly out of nowhere, Master P established a record label and a crew that dominated the sound of hip hop and shaped much of the sound for the next generation. This August at Bojangles Coliseum, P is bringing No Limit soldiers including Silkk the Shocker and Mystikal to town, along with Grammy-winning Memphis trio Three 6 Mafia and Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

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Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Liz Phair

When: August 21
Where: PNC Music Pavilion

It’s hard to understate just how prevalent Alanis Morissette’s 1995 debut album “Jagged Little Pill” was when it was released. What started as a quirky but scathing music video about a breakup turned into an international phenomenon as the album went on to sell more than 33 million copies and establish Morissette as a household name. Her ninth studio album, “Such Pretty Forks in the Road,” was released in 2020.

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Andrés Cepeda and Fonseca: Compadres Tour

When: August 27
Where: Ovens Auditorium

Titans of Latin pop and rock Andrés Cepeda and Fonseca will bring the heat to Ovens Auditorium on what is sure to be a steamy August night regardless of the weather. The Spanish-language singers have built powerful solo careers, but as good friends on the stage and off, this tour will exude the pair’s creative chemistry. Both performers hail from Bogotá, Columbia.

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My Morning Jacket

When: August 27
Where: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

The dynamic, psychedelic, southern rock sound of My Morning Jacket is the vision of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Jim James, who founded the band in Louisville, KY in 1998. The band found substantial popularity in the early and mid-2010s after the release of the albums “Evil Urges” and “Circitual.” Live shows during this time established the band as an unforgettable and must-see draw, driven by James’ near-angelic vocals and the band’s synesthesia-inducing soundscapes.

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Steve Nieve and Ajuq: Stories of Love

When: September 17
Where: The Evening Muse

Fans of Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Neil Young will want to get tickets now to this intimate show at The Evening Muse. Keyboardist Steve Nieve was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 as a part of Elvis Costello and the Attractions and has been Costello’s trusted keyboardist ever since. The two have even created whole tours based on Steve’s keys complementing Elvis and his guitar. During the pandemic, Steve and his partner Ajuq have been performing much of the material on this tour via Facebook and Instagram, which means their chemistry for this live show will be immaculate.

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Glass Animals

When: September 4
Where: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

British-based electro indie pop band Glass Animals formed in 2010 but didn’t break into the American consciousness until a performance at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Once discovered, they quickly caught the attention of indie rock listeners everywhere, led by the strength of the platinum single, “Gooey.” Glass Animals are touring to support their third studio album, “Dreamland.”

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Lindsey Buckingham

When: September 21
Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

One of rock & roll’s most prominent names, Lindsey Buckingham’s career has seen the pinnacle of snow-capped mountains and the muddy depths of the valleys. Buckingham and romantic partner Stevie Nicks found perennial fame with Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s, helping to create iconic songs like “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams” and “Rhiannon” among others. Buckingham is revered as a guitarist and songwriter, famous for his velvety finger-picking style. Don’t miss your chance at seeing a true rock legend at Knight Theater.

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