Summer offers great live music options

Upcoming summer concerts include musical styles like bluegrass, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. (Courtesy of Stephen Youngblade)

Towns and organizations throughout the region have put together a full list of summer concerts this year. From bluegrass to shag to symphony, there’s music for everyone to enjoy out on a picnic blanket this summer. Here’s a roundup of some of this summer’s shows.

Friday Night Live – Belmont

Friday Night Live concerts will be held every other Friday evening in downtown Belmont through Sept. 6. Concerts run from 7-10 p.m., South Main Street closes between the railroad tracks and Myrtle Street beginning around 2 p.m. to set up for the event.

The concerts are free, but there is a charge for concessions.


This summer’s series, “Summer of Shag:”

June 14, Coming Up Brass

June 28, Voltage Brothers, featuring fireworks

July 12, Band of Oz

July 26, Spontanes/Image

Aug. 9, Hip Pocket

Aug. 23, Coastline

Sept. 6, Ken Knox & Company (former members of Chairman of the Board)

Whitewater Center River Jam

The U.S. National Whitewater Center holds concerts each week throughout the summer.

Thursday nights also feature a trail run beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This summer’s lineup:

June 6, Delta Saints

June 8, Porch Dog Revival

June 13, Jamie McLean Band

June 20, Packway Handle

June 22, Rosco Bandana

June 27, Hollis Brown

June 29, The Broadcast

July 6, The Chemist

July 11, Town Mountain

July 13, Mipso

July 18, Holy Ghost Tent Revival

July 20, Common Foundation

July 25, Honey Island Swamp Band

July 27, Mike Strauss Band

Aug. 1, Paper Bird

Aug. 3, Overmountain Men

Aug. 8, Desert Noises

Aug. 15, Red Wanting Blue

Aug. 17, Lefty Williams

Aug. 22, Delta Moon

Aug. 24, Jesse Dee

Aug. 31, Charley Horse

Sept. 5, Tone Balzers

Sept. 12, Bob Margolin

Sept. 19, Sol Driven Train

Sept. 26, Humming House

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series

The Stonecrest Summer Concert Series takes place every weekend through Sept. 28. The concerts are free and take place from 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at two performance spaces: the Fountain stage and the Plaza stage.

The concert roundup:

June 7-8

Fountain Stage: Mick & The Ultras

Plaza Stage: Kristi Orman

June 14-15

Fountain Stage: Dukes & Smith

Plaza Stage: Rayen Belchere

June 21-22

Fountain Stage: Red Car

Plaza Stage: Sabra Callas

June 29-29

Fountain Stage: Uniq Blend

Plaza Stage: Jerry Dowd

July 5-6

Fountain Stage: Mick & The Ultras

Plaza Stage: Wicked Powers

July 12-13

Fountain Stage: Doug Burns

Plaza Stage: Scott Smith

July 19-20

Fountain Stage: Leslie & Friends

Plaza Stage: Tony Barnes

July 26-27

Fountain Stage: Brubakers

Plaza Stage: Kristi Ormand

Aug. 2-3

Fountain Stage: Robin B

Plaza Stage: Sabra Callas

Aug. 9-10

Fountain Stage: Hot Sauce

Plaza Stage: Rayen Belchere

Aug. 16-17

Fountain Stage: Uniq Blend

Plaza Stage: Jerry Dowd

Aug. 23-24

Fountain Stage: Mick & The Ultras

Plaza Stage: Kevin Russell

Aug. 30-31

Fountain Stage: Uniq Flavur

Plaza Stage: Wicked Powers

Sept. 6-7

Fountain Stage: Brubakers

Plaza Stage: Jeff Brown

Sept. 13-14

Fountain Stage: Leslie & Friends

Plaza Stage: Kevin Russell

Sept. 20-21

Fountain Stage: Kimberly Carper Trio

Plaza Stage: Sabra Callas

Sept. 27-28

Fountain Stage: Robin B

Plaza Stage: Scott Smith

Union Street Live – Concord

Downtown Concord hosts a monthly outdoor concert on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. next to the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union St. S.

This year’s schedule:

June 20, Tim Clark

July 18, Too Much Sylvia

Aug. 15, Craig Woolard

Sept. 19, Atlantic Groove Band

Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops Series

The symphony will hold a series of concerts this summer at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Gates open at 5 p.m., a pre-show begins at 7 and the Charlotte Symphony begins playing at 8:15. Tickets cost $10 for adults, or $35 for all five concerts. Children get in free.

The symphony also performs several free community concerts throughout the summer. Details:

This year’s shows:

June 9, The Thrill of the Orchestra, conducted by Albert-George Schram

June 16, A Summer Pops Fantasia, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green

June 23, Scores of Movie Music, conducted by Albert-George Schram

June 30, That’s Amore, conducted by Albert-George Schram

July 3, Celebrate America, conducted by Albert-George Schram

Charlotte Symphony at McGuire

The EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station hosts the annual Charlotte Symphony concert at 8:15 p.m. June 21. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn or anchor your boat in the cove of Lake Norman. Refreshments will be available to buy. Details: 980-875-5600.

Alive After Five Concert Series – Lincolnton

Downtown Lincolnton hosts a monthly outdoor concert series behind the Lincoln County Courthouse, at the intersection of Main Street and Court Square. Shows usually run from 6-9 p.m.

Here’s a look at this summer’s concerts:

June 27, Coming Up Brass

July 25, The Folsom Prison Gang

Aug. 29, Kevin Richardson and Cuttin’ Edge

Sept. 26, The Fantastic Shakers

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