16 must-see concerts and performances coming this spring

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Waitress the Musical courtesy of Joan Marcus

Concert season is upon us, Charlotteans.

As a city we can have a little musical chip on our shoulder. In the past, citizens have grumbled that Charlotte gets skipped by some of the big touring acts. I was one of those people when I saw that my BFF, Pink (and, I don’t care about your pop music induced eye rolls – she is a bad ass), wasn’t bringing her tour to the Queen City.

However, we shouldn’t despair. While we wait on the megastars to come later this spring and summer, there is already an incredible music and cultural scene that you can check out every week in Charlotte. Here are 16 must-see concerts and performances:

breatheINK Youth Poetry Slam 
Knight Gallery at Spirit Square 
345 N College St

courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

breatheINK, a performance poetry based organization, is hosting a poetry slam that is open to all 13-19 year olds.

When: March 9, 8 p.m.

Charlotte Ballet: “The Most Incredible Thing” 
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 
430 S Tryon St

courtesy of Toby Shearer

“The Most Incredible Thing”, a fairytale pop performance that combines a Hans Christian Andersen fable and music from the Pet Shop Boys, makes its American debut in Charlotte.

When: March 9-18, Various Times

Dirty Art Club (Record Release) w/ Don Telling’s Island Mysteries, Zodiac Lovers, Blank Ocean 
Snug Harbor 
1228 Gordon St

via Dirty Art Club’s Instagram

Dirty Art Club, a Charlotte-based group that fuses sample-based instrumentals with analog and digital instrumentation, is hosting its record release for Basement Seance at Snug Harbor.

When: March 10, 10 p.m.

Chris Tapper
The Evening Muse 
3227 N. Davidson St.

The New York Times called the soulful voice of Chris Tapper “classic pop perfection”.

When: March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Jeezy
The Fillmore 
820 Hamilton St

via Jeezy’s Instagram

The Cold Summer Tour showcases the unique style and swagger that has made Jeezy-believers out of Fabolous and P. Diddy.

When: March 11, 8 p.m.

Tony Bennett
Ovens Auditorium 
2700 East Independence Blvd.

courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts

There are legends and then there is Tony Bennett. With a career spanning more than six decades and 19 Grammy Awards, Bennett and his signature sound is nothing short of an international treasure.

When: March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Green River Revival 
U.S. National Whitewater Center 
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

The ninth annual Green River Revival kicks off the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s festival season – and, they turn the river green. This year’s event will be headlined by Kevin Maines and the Volts (on stage at 1:30) and Rebirth Brass Band (on stage at 3:30).

When: March 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The One that Got Away 
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square 
345 N College St

See what unfolds when a family’s secrets, lies, lust and jealousy meet in a powerful production written and directed by Ron A. Miller, of R&M Productions.

When: March 10, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Waitress 
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center 
130 North Tryon St.

Waitress the Musical courtesy of Joan Marcus

“Waitress”, inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film and showcasing the original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, was called a “monumental contribution to Broadway” by Marie Claire.

When: March 13-18, Various times

Cigarettes After Sex 
The Underground 
820 Hamilton St

via Cigarettes After Sex’s Instagram

The Brooklyn by way of El Paso band brings its ambient pop sound to the Underground.

When: March 29, 9 p.m.

The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour 
Spectrum Center 
333 E Trade St

via Kevin Hart’s Instagram

Comedian Kevin Hart brings his special mix of goofiness and self-deprecating humor to the Spectrum Center. Hart most recently starred in “Jumanji”, alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black, which has brought in more than $800 million worldwide.

When: March 31, 7 p.m.

90’s Block Party
Spectrum Center 
333 E Trade St

Guy, Teddy Riley, 112, Tank and Ginuwine kick it old school with their smooth New Jack Swing brand of R&B and hip hop.

When: April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band 
PNC Music Pavilion 
707 Pavilion Blvd

via Jimmy Buffett’s Instagram

Shine up your tailgating flip flops because the indefatigable Jimmy Buffett brings his “I Don’t Know Tour” to PNC Music Pavilion.

When: April 7, 8 p.m.

The Eagles
Spectrum Center 
333 E Trade St

via The Eagles’ Instagram

Founding member, the late Glenn Frey’s son, Deacon Frey, and special guest Vince Gill join Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit for “An Evening with the Eagles”.

When: April 11, 8 p.m.

Tuck Fest 
U.S. National Whitewater Center 
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

Tuck Fest is a premier multi-day festival that celebrates getting outdoors. In addition to competitions, exhibitions and demos, Tuck Fest features some impressive musical acts including: Shaky Graves, The Wood Brothers, Deer Tick and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.

When: April 19-22, Various times

Bon Jovi
Spectrum Center 
333 E Trade St

via Bon Jovi’s Instagram

2018 Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Bon Jovi, bring their “This House is Not For Sale” tour to the Queen City in April.

When: April 21, TBA

Additional notable summer concerts: 

Spectrum Center:

May 16: James Taylor with Bonnie Raitt

June 9: Journey and Def Leppard

PNC Music Pavilion:

May 10: Steely Dan with the Doobie Brothers

May 11 : Kenny Chesney

May 16: Post Malone

June 29: Luke Bryan

June 30: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Feature photo: Joan Marcus 

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