The ultimate guide to Charlotte’s music venues

Open mic night at The Evening Muse. James Willamor/Flickr

Despite the closure of some of Charlotte’s most iconic music venues like the Double Door Inn and Tremont Music Hall, you still have plenty of options for enjoying an evening out listening to music.

Here’s a list of Charlotte’s top music venues and what to expect at each one. These are listed from largest to smallest.

Spectrum Center E. Trade St.; Capacity: 20,200.

This is Charlotte’s largest indoor music venue and it hosts the biggest acts. It’s also the home of the Charlotte Hornets. Formerly known as Time Warner Cable Arena.

PNC Music Pavilion

Zac Brown Band performs on stage at PNC Music Pavilion. Robert Lahser/Charlotte Observer Pavilion Blvd.; Capacity: 19,500.

PNC Music Pavilion, the Charlotte area’s largest outdoor music venue, is in the University City area. Formerly known as Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and, before that, Blockbuster Pavilion. About half of the seats are general admission lawn seats.

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Robert Lahser/Charlotte Observer NC Music Factory Blvd.; Capacity: 5,000.

Part of the AvidXchange Music Factory, this small amphitheater hosts shows several nights a week in the warmer months. A pretty wide range of artists perform here, but it’s a go-to destination for touring 90s bands.

Coyote Joe’s; 4621 Wilkinson Blvd.; Capacity: 3,200.

Coyote Joe’s is the place to go in Charlotte for country music. They opened in 1991 and have hosted the likes of Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt and Garth Brooks. Besides touring acts, Coyote Joe’s also boasts a fine house band and a large dance floor.

Ovens Auditorium; 2700 E. Independence Blvd.; Capacity: 2,460.

Ovens Auditorium, located next to Bojangles’ Coliseum, which also hosts some live music events, is managed by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. It’s a seated venue, with orchestra, mezzanine and balcony sections.

The Fillmore Charlotte

James Willamor/Flickr

www.fillmorecharlottenc.com820 Hamilton St.; Capacity: 2,000.

The Fillmore Charlotte is also part of the AvidXchange Music Factory. It’s a standing-only venue, except for a few VIP seats. As far as genre — anything goes. The Fillmore hosts indie rock, funk, country, tribute bands and much more.

Neighborhood Theatre

www.neighborhoodtheatre.com511 E. 36th St.; Capacity: 956.

This NoDa mainstay has a storied past, starting in 1945. Before it was a music venue it served as a movie theater (not always the family-friendly kind) and then a church. In the 1990s it reopened as a music venue and has been an important part of Charlotte’s music scene ever since.

The Fillmore Underground Hamilton St.; Capacity: 800.

The newest addition to AvidXchange Music Factory, The Fillmore Underground is booking a robust, varied lineup of bands several nights a week.

Visulite Theatre

www.visulite.com1615 Elizabeth Ave.; Capacity: 540.

Visulite Theatre hosts touring bands, along with some local bands, on one of the best-looking stages in Charlotte. It also has one of the best lines of sight to the stage, with a large, elevated bar area behind the pit.

Tin Roof Charlotte; 210 East Trade St.; Capacity: 300.

Tin Roof, in the EpiCentre, books a rotation of Charlotte bands and artists, along with a smattering of touring bands. Occasionally they also present surprising shows, like an acoustic performance by The All-American Rejects, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the calendar.

The Rabbit Hole Commonwealth Ave.; Capacity: 350.

The Rabbit Hole started serving up live music in Plaza Midwood just a couple of years ago and features funk, fusion, reggae, rock, soul and more.

Hattie’s Tap and Tavern

hattiescharlotte.com2918 The Plaza; Capacity: 200.

This dog-friendly — and just plain old friendly — neighborhood bar has an outside patio and live music Fridays and Saturdays.

Snug Harbor

snugrock.com1228 Gordon St.; Capacity: 150.

Snug Harbor hosts live music several nights a week, plus one of Charlotte’s most popular karaoke parties every Sunday. Each month a local band has a residency, playing every Wednesday and bringing along guests performers each week.

The Milestone Club

Aloud/Flickr; 3400 Tuckaseegee Road; Capacity: 150.

This gritty rock club has been around since 1969 and has seen the likes of Nirvana, R.E.M. and the Dead Milkmen. More than 8,000 bands have graced the graffiti-covered stage over the years.

The Evening Muse

Open mic night at The Evening Muse. James Willamor/Flickr

www.eveningmuse.com3227 North Davidson St.; Capacity: 120.

This unpretentious, intimate NoDa spot boasts impeccable sound and a stage that’s hosted some of music’s biggest names on the way up.

Petra’s Bar

petrasbar.com1919 Commonwealth Ave.; Capacity: 100.

Petra’s is a hidden gem. This cozy neighborhood bar in Plaza Midwood hosts local, regional and touring bands in the main room, and provides comfortable spots to hang out in the back room and patio.


  1. Thanks for this recap of some of the area’s venues. It was helpful to me, because I haven’t been to several of them, even though I’m an avid live music fan. Also worth noting: McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, the Knight Theater, even the Bechtler Museum, and the Whitewater Center.

    By the way – it’s “a couple OF years”, not “a couple years”. It adds credibility when the writing and editing are grammatically sound… Sorry for the criticism, but lazy writing in ostensibly serious media annoys me.

  2. To call this the ultimate guide is quite presumptuous. You have only mentioned about 10% of thye clubs offering music regularly. I would like to know how you selected the ones you did mention.

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