By Matt Cosper
April 28, 2019
As the city warms into the sunshine months, what better way for your average Charlottean to get into the groove than with Charlotte SHOUT!, a festival designed to showcase all the things that make life worth living. Kicked off by the Charlotte Jazz Festival, Charlotte SHOUT! will take over Uptown from April 29 – May 11 with events highlighting great art, music, food and ideas, climaxing with a three-day “creative convergence” featuring a bevy of ballyhooed speakers.
This year’s celebration is remarkable not only for its excellent curation but also because it will be the grand finale of CLT250, the year-long celebration of Charlotte’s 250th anniversary. Among the heavy-hitters presenting events as a part of Charlotte SHOUT!, Blumenthal Performing Arts is offering a variety of performances both free and ticketed. Among some of the most exciting offerings are those happening at The Tent at Romare Bearden Park. Bearden Park has quickly become a jewel of Uptown and events at The Tent will be the place to be. The lineup features Davina and the Vagabonds, The New Respects, Raul Midon and Con Brio. These artists are all working in their own unique corner of the music world and yet are united by a knack for tuneful performances bursting with soul.
Davina and the Vagabonds – May 5 at 7:30 p.m. ($24.50 cabaret seating, $19.50 row seating, $14.50 standing)
Davinia Lozier has a big voice and a little madness flickering behind her blue eyes. She’s backed by a killer band and has a repertoire that covers what you might call American soul music. This promises to be a theatrical evening– stirring and maybe a little sweaty– something like an old time tent revival for the church of music. You won’t be able to look away.
Literally a family band, The New Respects is two sets of siblings transmitting infectious and funky pop earworms out of Nashville. Sunny and danceable, The New Respects manage the nearly impossible feat of synthesizing their influences into something immediately recognizable and yet all their own. If their live show is anything like what they can create in the studio, these folks are going to be huge.
Born blind, New Mexico-based Raul Midon is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who has collaborated with a large handful of legit music legends. Using his acoustic guitar and versatile tenor voice to tell compelling stories with an incredible depth of sound, Midon’s work has soul and style to spare.
Astral projecting to Charlotte from the Bay Area, Con Brio is most definitely rich in spirit. Playing a psychedelic and genre defying melange of good vibes music, and led by a frontman who is the real deal, Con Brio might be the perfect summer band. This one is going to be a party!