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Top Concerts and Tours Coming This Summer

It already promises to be a hot summer in the Queen City, and one of the best ways to take advantage of the great outdoor weather is to check out a concert at your favorite venue.

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This year the touring circuit is at its busiest with some of the best talent from every genre coming to Charlotte. Make this summer a memorable one by catching some of the shows we’ll be looking forward to.

A show at the Bojangles Coliseum

Greenway Summer Concert Series

When: June 23 and 30
The Comporium Amphitheater at Anne Springs Close Greenway

If you’re looking for a fun and family-friendly outdoor music event, make the trip down to Fort Mill’s Anne Springs Close Greenway to catch their Summer Concert Series. The last two performances of the summer feature Charlotte staples Sol Driven Train and Next Level Band of Charlotte. Pack a lunch, bring a blanket, the kids and the doggos, and enjoy the sounds of summer.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

When: June 29
Ovens Auditorium

For anyone under the age of 50, seeing Jason Bonham’s five-man Led Zeppelin Experience is probably the closest thing you’ll get to seeing the legendary Led Zeppelin live. Jason Bonham is the son of drummer John Bonham, whose relentlessly thunderous drumming helped push Led Zeppelin to the apex of rock stardom in the 1970s. Jason also sat behind the kit with the surviving three members of Zeppelin for a highly-publicized reunion show at London’s O2 Arena in 2007, the last time the band played together. This show at historic Ovens Auditorium will surely be turning the volume up to 11.


Chicago & Brian Wilson

When: July 1
Where: PNC Music Pavilion

Brian Wilson is a name that stands up with Lennon, McCartney, Bob Dylan and anyone else you want to name in terms of pure genius and influence in pop music. From the lush harmonies and clever compositions of the Beach Boys to his somber and reflective solo work, this is your chance to see a truly one-of-a-kind artist. Pairing Wilson with classic rock radio perennials Chicago will make for a vintage outdoor summer concert night at PNC.


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5 Seconds of Summer: Take My Hand World Tour

When: July 3
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Everyone's favorite Aussie pop-rock band is back in the Queen City for their latest world tour. To celebrate more than 10 years together, Calum, Ashton, Luke and Michael have put together a fantastic setlist. Old and new fans alike can rock out, with hits from their latest album Calm like "Easier" and "Wildflower", and classic throwbacks like "She Looks So Perfect," making this a perfect outdoor summer concert.


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The Chicks

When: July 14
PNC Music Pavilion

The Chicks, formerly known as the The Dixie Chicks, are gearing up for their sixth headlining tour. Known for number one hits like “Wide Open Spaces,” “Cowboy Take Me Away” and “Landslide,” The country trio are now ready to show audiences their new music from their recent album release. Plus, they've invited Patty Griffin, two-time Grammy winner, to get the party started.


Garth Brooks

When: July 16
Where: Bank of America Stadium

It would be a severe understatement to call Garth Brooks one of the most accomplished and influential country musicians of all time. A more accurate statement would put Brooks in a company reserved only for the most transcendent musicians of all time along with Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Over his 30-plus year career, Brooks has sold hundreds of millions of records, performed some of the biggest tours, and brought country music to a mainstream audience in a way that no one has done before or since.


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Shawn Mendes: Wonder, the World Tour

When: July 22
Where: Spectrum Center

One of pop music’s brightest young stars makes a stop in Uptown’s Spectrum Center for a highly anticipated show. At just 24 years old, Canadian-born Shawn Mendes has already established a top tier resume as a pop singer songwriter. Mendes writes music that is warm and bright, but bold and anthemic, making Spectrum Center the perfect setting for this high-energy show.


Michael McDonald: The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour

When: July 25
Where: PNC Music Pavilion

The sound of the ‘70s couldn’t be told without a long look at The Doobie Brothers. In particular, their music produced in the second half of the decade when Michael McDonald joined the group made for some of the most memorable rock-and-roll of its era. To celebrate 50 years of the Doobies, Michael McDonald is gearing up with original members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee to perform a night of hits like “China Grove,” “Long Train Runnin’” and “What a Fool Believes.”


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Kendrick Lamar w/ Baby Keem: The Big Steppers Tour

When: August 2
Where: Spectrum Center

One of the defining voices of his generation, Kendrick Lamar has emerged from an almost five-year-long period of relative silence with a world tour supporting his massively anticipated fifth studio album, “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers.” The only pop artist to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for music, Lamar’s intricate and layered rhymes weave a lucid look at life in the streets. Deeply profound and cinematic, K Dot will put on an explosive performance rich with meaning and symbolism.


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Gladys Knight

When: August 4
Where: Ovens Auditorium

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer Gladys Knight steps onto the stage at Ovens Auditorium to bring southern soul music back to its roots. One of the enduring faces of the early Motown era, Gladys Knight is known for performing iconic R&B hits like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “That’s What Friends are For” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” Hear the Empress of Soul herself in one of the city’s most celebrated venues.


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When: August 5
Where: Charlotte Metro Credit Union

Grammy nominated artist Kehlani makes a stop at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre for a highly anticipated show. The R&B and hip-hop singer, who has worked with the likes of Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, is now touring their critically acclaimed 2022 album, Blue Water Road. Tender, raw and emotional, Kehlani will put on the performance of a lifetime this August.



The Queen City Jam Session

When: August 19-21
Where: NoDa Brewing Company

NoDa Brewing Company has teamed up with Maxx Music for the newest music festival to grace the streets of Charlotte. The locally tenured brewery has helped create a three-day music and arts festival featuring nationally known names like bass legend Victor Wooten and folk/bluegrass veterans The Infamous Stringdusters, as well as talented local musicians like Fedor & The Denim Denim, Greg Cox, Emily Sage and many more.


Jack White: The Supply Chain Issues Tour

When: August 25
Where: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

Visionary rock auteur Jack White has been quietly working behind the scenes the past few years as co-founder of Third Man Records, discovering and developing new talent. In 2022, the former White Stripes frontman is back in a big way with two full-length albums of his own and a world tour to support them. Judging from early returns, White hasn’t lost his fastball and will likely deliver an explosive rock show with his signature enigmatic style.


Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ the Strokes and Thundercat: 2022 World Tour

When: September 1
Where: Bank of America Stadium

For the first time in fifteen years, guitarist John Frusciante rejoins the band with whom he found superstar notoriety more than 30 years ago. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have surged back into the scene with the release of their 12th studio album “Unlimited Love” in April. Sounding just as spicy as they did when they burst onto the scene in Los Angeles in the late ‘80s, the group now features its prime time lineup and is ready to deliver a show worthy of Uptown’s crown jewel.


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The Temptations & The Four Tops

When: September 8
Where: Ovens Auditorium

The early years of the Motown era produced some of the most memorable music ever made and you’ve got a chance to see two of the signature groups from the time perform live. And just like in 1966, there will be no shortage of hits. Many of the songs performed between these two groups are some of the most well known (and most fun to sing along to) songs of the last century, such as The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “My Girl,” or The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “It’s the Same Old Song.”


Outlaw Music Festival ft. Willie Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and more

When: September 10
Where: PNC Music Pavilion

After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the Outlaw Music Festival is, well, back on the road again. A rotating lineup of some of Willie Nelson’s favorite bands to play with will make a stop at PNC Music Pavilion this summer, headlined by the Red Headed Stranger himself. Also sharing the billing on the Charlotte stop of the tour is always-rowdy country soul band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.


Lake Street Dive

When: September 17
Where: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

A few people in Charlotte will remember seeing a young and emerging Lake Street Dive a little over a decade ago at NoDa’s Evening Muse before they hit the big time, but even more will claim they were there. This Brooklyn-based quintet floats effortlessly but vigorously through multiple genres and influences that still manage to sound uniquely their own. Touring in support of seventh studio album, 2021’s “Obviously,” Lake Street Dive promises to be a funky and effervescent experience.


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Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road

When: September 18
Where: Bank of America Stadium

You might forgive Elton John for taking his time working his way across the world for a final heartfelt goodbye to his millions of fans. Charlotte’s date on this tour finally appears to be imminent, as it has been rescheduled multiple times due to both the pandemic and John’s health. Fortunately, it seems that the elaborately ornate “Rocket Man” singer is back on the road at full strength and delighting audiences around the globe. Don’t miss your chance to join the #EltonFarewellTour.


Other Can't Miss Concerts

Social House
July 2
Where: The Underground

New Kids On The Block
: July 12
Spectrum Center

Garth Brooks
When: July 15, 16
Bank of America Stadium

Reina Del Cid w/ Carson McKee
When: July 26
Where: The Evening Muse

Oracle Blue
When: July 28
Where: Petra’s

Pluto Gang
When: August 26
Where: Visulite Theater

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