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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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MUSICALLY ENDING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER September 27, 2012

Walking my dogs down Ballantyne Commons Parkway to take advantage of a September breeze is truly a south Charlotte delight. There are a few fallen leaves along our typical route and I realize that too soon Charlotte’s trees will be ablaze with fall colors.

Summer is quietly showing signs of coming to an end, but Charlotteans know how to extend their outdoor relaxation into the fall. South Charlotte continues the pleasures of summer outdoor entertainment through its free local concerts.

Ballantyne Village can get you through that mid week hump! MIXATSIX will continue Wednesdays through October 10, 2012. People can enjoy music from the patios of Ballantyne Village restaurants. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with live outdoor music, drink specials and fine dining! www.ballantynevillage.net

Music on the Greenat the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center will continue through September 29th. The atmosphere is family friendly situated on a large patio and fountain area. If the weather is hot, it is not unusual to see children sneaking (an unendorsed by the management) dip in the fountain. The concerts will be held every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm – 10pm. www.promenadeonprovidence.com

Stonecrest Summer Concert Serieslasts through September 29th from 7pm to 10pm. You can choose from two locations: the Fountain Stage (large patio area with expanse of beautiful fountains below) or the Courtyard Stage (smaller courtyard area near Bonehead restaurant). The Fountain Stage has concerts every Friday and Saturday; the Courtyard, every Saturday. www.shopstonecrest.com

Blakeney Summer Concert Series presents free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm through September 29th. A large patio and lawn area invites guests to bring lawn chairs and blankets for family friendly, relaxing musical entertainment. A large patio area invites children to frolic and grownups to show off off their dancing skills. www.shopblakeny.com

Taking in the view of our fine Queen City is another wonderful way to relax and listen to outdoor entertainment! Located in Midtown Charlotte, Metropolitan offers a great Queen City view to accompany their musical performances. METLIVE’ offers an exciting, yet relaxing outdoor venue to listen to music from September 13th– October 18th, 6:30-9:30 pm.  Enjoy a glass of wine, view the Uptown skyline, take in the Little Sugar Creek Greenway at sunset or stay for dinner at one of the six restaurants, including the always delicious fair at Dressler’s, at Metropolitan. www.metmidtown.com

Summer concerts are calling you to relax outdoors, and replace the cicada drones with sounds of music!

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