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THE FREE SOUND OF MUSIC IN CHARLOTTE May 20, 2015

 

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Charlotte is alive with the beauty of spring and summer! A beautiful feast for your eyes and ears fill every area of Charlotte with soft breezes, flowering trees, gardens and green lawns. Birds are chirping in the tall trees, children giggle in the many local parks, baseballs thwack! on bats at BB&T Ballpark, golf balls swoosh across Charlotte area golf course greens and the hum of cicadas is right around the corner.

The music of nature is free to all and so is the music of local bands at free concerts throughout the Charlotte area!

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series is every Friday and Saturday night. The Fountain Stage offers families a place for the children to play and the parents to sit at tables, benches or perch on the wide walls listening to the music. Set in a whimsical atmosphere where water is dancing in the fountains and the deliciousness of ice cream concoctions are calling out from Marble Slab Creamery. The Plaza Stage in Stonecrest is tucked in by Flying Biscuit Café and offers music on Saturday nights.7-10pm. Memorial Day weekend, May 22-23, Dukes and Smith, an energetic mix of Pop/Rock, Country, R&B and Beach Music will be playing.

Blakeney’s Summer Concert Series is a very popular Friday and Saturday summer excursion. The bands play in Village Green, a large expanse between Brixx and Bravo! Restaurants. People often bring their picnic supplies and spread out on the lawn, 7-10pm. May 22-23 Natty Boh, a family friendly, acoustic mandolin, vocals and guitar duo, will perform.

Promenade on Providence  free outdoor concerts are offered on Fridays and Saturdays through September. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and settle in  7-10pm. May 22 Nita B, a bluesy band, will perform and on May 23 enjoy the music of Borderlyne, a five-piece band that plays dancing oldies that will get you moving!

Enjoy free music in Charlotte’s Uptown at Romare Bearden Park. Lunchtime on Tuesdays and Fridays will have you enjoying local and regional talent from 12-1pm at the park. Music can also be enjoyed Wednesdays, 6-9pm! On May 20th enjoy The Party in the Park with the Carolina Soul Band. Once a month, May through October, The Bearden Music Series presents different music genres. The smooth jazz of Willie Bradley and Brian Lenair will be on May 23, 6-9pm.

Tin Roof at Uptown’s hopping EpiCentre has free music Sunday through Thursday. No cover charge on Friday and Saturdays, just make sure to arrive before 10pm. May 21-24 Brandon Stile (country), Stereotype (pop, rock, alternative), and Incredibly Tall People (rock/jam) will play.

Charlotte’s National White Water Center is the place to cool off with fun water activities in the summer! Whitewater River Jams is a free musical summer series through September, offered on Thursdays and Saturdays. 7-10pm. On May 21, The Hackensaw Boys, a rowdy old time band, will play and on May 21, The Howlin’ Brothers, a blue grass and blues string band will have you tappin’ your to

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of summer in Charlotte!

Memorial Day weekend offers many enjoyable musical events and moments of reflection honoring our military men and women.

 

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CHARLOTTE FAMILIES SALUTE THE TROOPS ON MEMORIAL DAY May 22, 2013

soldier holding childPhotos from the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte honors our military and their families with family celebrations throughout the Queen City! Spending time with families and understanding the sacrifices made by our military men and women is an annual Queen City Memorial Day tradition!

Running on sneakers or speeding on four wheels, Charlotte loves a great race! Memorial Day offers opportunities to race in the Queen City while supporting our troops!

The U.S. National Whitewater Center celebrates Memorial Day on Sunday, May 26th!  Start your day with a 5-mile and 8-mile trail races.  Food and beverages, live music with Bonerama and an evening of spectacular fireworks to honor our troops wraps up the family fun.

Tega Cay  will host a Memorial Day 5k run and mile-long Family Walk on Monday, May 27th. The activities benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Veterans of York County. A ceremony to honor and remember our fallen troops will be held at the Living Memorial Garden at 11:55 a.m.

The annual Coca-Cola 600 is a wonderfully patriotic and exciting way to spend Memorial Day. Thousands of troops and their families will be in attendance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to watch the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  A patriotic pre-race salute to the U.S. Armed Forces will include an air parade with ten vintage war planes a patriotic fly over and an American Bald Eagle soaring overhead during the National Anthem.  Families can start the weekend early on Friday, May 24th with country music star Trace Adkins and the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk.  Take a walk with Tony Stewart, Danny Hamlin and Darrell Wallace

The Charlotte Knights will have a Military Appreciation Night on Monday, May 27th. The Knights will wear special jerseys in custom digital camouflage commemorating men and women of the military. Baseball is an all American, great way to spend Memorial Day with the family!

Novant Health Memorial Day Ceremony will solemnly honor those who have provided military service to our country on Thursday, May 31 at 1:00 pm, 200 Hawthorne Road in Charlotte. Special tributes and comments from veterans and guests will take place.

A Memorial Day Ceremony presented by the Mecklenburg County Veterans and Matthews American Legion will honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have lost their lives while serving our Nation. A salute and special tribute to vereans and POW/MIAs will be a part of the ceremony at Stumptown Park.

For those Veterans seeking artistic expression, the Matthews Community Center will offer free art classes! ART for VETERANS offers a series of free painting and drawing classes as a small thank you to Veterans for their service. Art classes, supplies and membership to the Matthews Artists Guild will be gifted.

Charlotte appreciates families and freedoms in the Queen City! We thank all our troops for the many freedoms made possible through their sacrifices!

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