Remember when we all thought the COVID shutdowns were going to last, like, two weeks? As of this month, it’s been two years, and we barely remember what it was like to attend a live event without worrying that someone in the crowd might be a Typhoid Mary. But, with about 70% of adults in North Carolina fully vaccinated, live events are slowly returning. Finally, for the first time since March 2020, the calendar has a full list of live events in Charlotte, at least as of press time in mid-January. The continuing COVID threat means these events are subject to change or cancellation.
Banksy’s art: “Without limits” (top)
AvidXchange Music Factory (until April 10)
Banksy arrives in Charlotte …well, sort of. Part of the appeal of the famous and elusive British street artist is that his works appear – and then sometimes disappear – out of the blue. Organized by Guillermo S. Quintana, Banksy’s art: “Without limits” toured the world with 150 works of art by Banksy, some of them original; many have been reproduced, including murals, sculptures, prints, photos and digital installations. For each city visited by the exhibition, Quintana uses local artists to recreate some of Banksy’s works – by stenciling or painting murals – specifically for this leg of the tour. The goal is to make the replicas look as close to Banksy’s originals as possible, right down to the paint drips. Tickets starting at $27.20. artofbanksy.com
Paths to Contemplation by Larry Horowitz at the Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art (until March 12)
Annemarie Schwarzenbach: Departure without destination at the Bechtler Museum modern art (April 2-June 19)
J. Louis: Personal exhibition at Shain Gallery (May 20-June 2)
Crafting in the Lab: The science of To do things at Mint Museum Uptown (In progress)
May 26-June 5
New Central Piedmont Community College Theater
Tickets start at $14.; theatrecharlotte.org
Charlotte Theater launches its interpretation of the 2013 play by playwright Dominique Morisseau. Directed by local actor Ron McClelland, the play tells the story of two black siblings who keep a private juke joint in their basement to make ends meet. They’re already at odds over the future of their business, but when a brother brings home a mysterious white woman during the Detroit race riots, their relationship explodes.
“With the Black Lives Matter movement and the things we’ve been through locally following the death of George Floyd, this show highlights a moment very similar to what we’re still going through today,” says Chris Timmons, Acting Executive Director of the Charlotte Theater. “It’s one of the things we talked about when we selected the show – it provides an opportunity for conversation.”
→ Morisseau was the 5th most produced playwright of the 2019-20 theatrical season, according to American theater magazine.
→ Timmons predicts that approximately 150 hours of rehearsal (excluding technical week) will go into production.
→ Get off at Motown: Although the show is not a musical, Timmons says, the music plays a central role in Detroit ’67. While most scripts specify which songs to play when, Detroit ’67 only makes a few mandatory and allows producers to shuffle the rest, as long as it’s Motown.
Other theatrical performances this spring:
12th of March
Jesus Christ Superstar
Pretty Woman: The Musical
April 26-May 15
fiddler on the roof
May 31-June 5
Charlotte’s Spring mix tape
The most-played songs currently on Spotify, from 20 musicians and bands coming to Charlotte this spring:
1. Kat Von D“Exorcism” (March 5, The Underground)
2. celtic woman“You raise Me Up” (March 10, Fours Auditorium)
3. Patti LaBelle“On my own” (March 13, Belk Theater)
4. Tyler the Creator“See You (feat. Kali Uchis)” (March 16, Bojangles Coliseum)
5. Chelsea Cutler, “you’ve been good to me” (March 17, The Fillmore)
6. slash“Sweet Child O’ Mine (acoustic)” (March 21, The Fillmore)
7. bad bunny“Yonaguni” (March 26, Spectrum Center)
8. KALEO“Down We Go” (April 2, The Fillmore)
9. John Mayer“New Light” (April 11, Spectrum Center)
ten. johnnyswim” Touch the sky ” (April 12, The Fillmore)
11. Saba“Photosynthesis” (April 21, The Underground)
12. The CAMINO group“See through” (April 21, The Fillmore)
13. Travel“Do not stop Believing” (April 28, Spectrum Center)
14. jimmy buffet“It’s five o’clock somewhere” (April 30, PNC Music Pavilion)
15. Kenny Chesney“American Children” (April 30, Bank of America Stadium)
16. RDA“Weak” (May 8, PNC Music Pavilion)
17. Tim McGraw“Humble and kind” (May 12, PNC Music Pavilion)
18. Leon Bridges“River” (May 16, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater)
19. J Balvin“The Song” (May 18, Spectrum Center)
20. foo fighters“Always” (May 24, PNC Music Pavilion)
Class It Up with the orchestra
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in concert
The Force is strong with this one: watch the film on the big screen as Charlotte Symphony performs John Williams’ score, live.
On tap @NoDa Brewing Co.
March 22, April 19 and May 10
NoDa Brewing Co.
Beer and chill with the Charlotte Symphony at NoDa Brewing for classic and contemporary tunes in a casual and intimate environment.
Beethoven meets 90s vibe
Charlotte Symphony and Atlanta’s Orchestra Noir, led by bandleader Jason Ikeem Rodgers, play ’90s R&B and hip-hop from artists like TLC, Usher, Biggie Smalls, Ginuwine, and more.
Longest on Broadway: Phantom, Chicago, Cats, & More
Music lovers rejoice: The Charlotte Symphony plays songs from Broadway’s most enduring musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago, Cats, The Lion King, Wicked, and more.
Celebrating Music and Digital Garden Arts
Digital Gardens, 4100 Raleigh St.
Digital Gardens Music & Arts Celebration is back for the third time for a two-day celebration of electronic dance and bass music. Get hooked up for acts like CloZee, TroyBoi, 12th Planet, Ekali and Froggy P on the main and silent disco stages, then check out the live mural artists and vendors. Tickets from $100. digitalgardensnc.com
North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival
Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
The two-day North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival is all about the little guys. For more than a decade, it has been celebrating independent microbrewers and musicians. Brewers will hand out samples of their beers while artists like Steep Canyon Rangers, Hayes Carll and Acoustic Syndicate take the stage. Festival-goers have also been known to camp overnight on site, which is probably wise considering this is a dedicated drinking festival. Tickets start at $8. ncbrewsmusic.com
Surrounded by the Sound Music & Arts Festival
Pinhouse, 2306 Central Ave.
Surrounded by the Sound is a one-day reggae and rock music festival in Plaza Midwood. The Destinators, Sons of Paradise and Sun-Dried Vibes will rock the main stage, with Bubba Love and The Dubber on the side stage. When the music goes down outside, head to Pinhouse for an official afterparty. The festival also promises food, drink, bowling, disc golf, and arts and crafts vendors. Tickets starting at $25. @sbtsmusicfest on Instagram
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Party
Ballantyne Backyard, 11611 North Community House Road
This 15th annual one-day festival is dedicated to three substances that draw the blood of the South: beer, bourbon and barbecue. Try over 60 beers and 40 bourbons, and eat more smoked meats than you can count. Attendees are promised a day of “sipping beer, sipping bourbon, listening to music, smoking cigars and barbecuing.” What more ? Tickets from $27. charlotte.beerandbourbon.com