10 Can’t-Miss Shows in Charlotte This Summer

February 19, 2018

If you haven’t been around me or the blog for a while, you might not know that when I lived in Texas (2012-16) I worked for a live music venue. I probably averaged at least 30 concerts per year. Live music became part of my lifeblood.

Since moving back to the Carolinas, I haven’t had as much of a chance to go to concerts. In fact, I’ve only been to one: Ed Sheeran at the Spectrum Center last year. To be honest, it’s hard to pay for shows after years of going for free.

But, it seems like 2018 is the year that wants to empty my wallet. There are so many amazing acts coming to Charlotte this year (plus I already have my tickets for Taylor Swift in Atlanta).

Here are 10 that I think any music lover shouldn’t miss (in chronological order)

1. Fleet Foxes – March 7 – The Fillmore Charlotte:

YOU GUYS. I’ve been a fan of Fleet Foxes since college (maybe before) and I can’t tell you how badly I want to see this awesome band. Unfortunately (or fortunately? Depending on how you look at it) I’ll be in London so I’ll be missing this show. Go and enjoy it for me?

2. The Avett Brothers – April 6 & 7 – Township Auditorium (Columbia)

I know, I know. I’m majorly cheating here. This isn’t a Charlotte show. But The Avett Brothers are one of my favorite bands of all time (not to mention the bassist is a fellow Winthrop University alum) so I’m going to take the one hour drive down to Columbia to see them in April. They are playing 2 shows, so there’s no excuse to miss out one of the biggest music acts out of North Carolina.

3. The Decemberists – April 18 – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater:

Another one of my favorites for the past decade. Can you tell I have a favorite genre of music?

4. Kate Nash – April 29 – The Fillmore

Again, I’ve been a fan of Kate Nash since her album Foundations back in 2007. Seeing her live would be one of my bucket list items for sure. Also, fun fact: Kate is on GLOW as our favorite British lady wrestler. Don’t miss out on this super-cheeky show.

5. Beck – April 29 – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

How am I supposed to choose between Kate Nash and Beck? Well, I’m a huge of fan both, but I’ve already seen Beck but if you haven’t, I encourage you to check out this musical legend. Seriously, when he won the GRAMMY a few years ago for Album of the Year and no one knew who he was, I almost lost my mind.

6. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – May 5 – The Fillmore

OK, so this show is already sold out so it doesn’t need any help. But for those of you who have tickets: I’m extremely envious. I’ve loved Andrew since his Something Corporate days and I saw him in Houston just before we moved back to the Carolinas. He puts on an amazing show. My husband, who knew nothing about him before the concert, was impressed by his story and showmanship.

7. James Taylor – May 16 – Spectrum Center

I had the pleasure of seeing James Taylor in 2014 at the venue where I worked and it is the only concert that has brought me to tears. Why you ask? Because as he sang “Carolina in My Mind,” my heart was broken into a million pieces. I would love to experience this again.

(Edited on 3/1 to add) 7.5. Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case – June 19 – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Two performers that I absolutely love but have never seen perform live going on tour together? Looks like the perfect combination for me. “You Are The Best Thing” is one of me and my husband’s “songs” (as I know it is to like 5,000 other couples…)

8. Thirty Seconds to Mars (with Walk the Moon and Misterwives) – June 27 – PNC Music Pavilion

Yeah, I love Jared Leto (as himself and not the Joker). I was 20 feet from him when he stripped off his shirt for the Ice Bucket Challenge (remember that??) But I really really love Walk the Moon. So if I’m being honest, I’d be going to the show for them. I’ve seen them twice and they put on a fantastically energetic show. Don’t miss this one.

9. Weezer & Pixies – July 25 – PNC Music Pavilion

Think I could get my husband to go for our anniversary? Ha. But seriously. Weezer is on my music bucket list and one of the few acts out there that I haven’t seen. And I won’t lie: I first got into them because of the Mary Kate and Ashley movie “Holiday in the Sun.” Don’t judge me.

10. Jason Mraz – August 14 – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

Another one on my musical bucket list that I’m dying to see. I noticed the other day that I still have my original Jason Mraz CD from 2004. He is one of my favorite artists of all time and I can’t imagine a better way to spend a summer evening.

Sticking to only 10 was an extremely hard feat. Runners up include New Politics, Dashboard Confessional, and many more.

What concerts are you hoping to see this year?