2018 Charlotte Spring Concert Guide

 By Delaney Clifford

February 23, 2018 (Updated)

Every year, Charlotte is afforded bigger and better opportunities. As the city grows, culture follows. Whether it be art, business, bars, food or music, there’s never a shortage of something to do on any given night. It seems that 2018 is going to be the biggest year yet for music in Charlotte and no matter what you like, there’s going to be something for everyone. In the coming months, Charlotte will host a variety of talent, ranging from hometown heroes to national sensations.

After losing several beloved venues over the past few years, most notably the cherished Tremont Music Hall, Amos’ Southend and The Double Door Inn, there’s been a hole in Charlotte’s heart waiting to be filled. Lucky for us, other local spots have stepped in to fill the space and, with the roster of events so far, it looks like we have quite a lot to look forward to.

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Our 2018 Spring Concert Picks: 

Migos and Trippie Redd – May 1 at Uptown Ampitheatre

Matt and Kim with Tokyo Police Club – May 4 at The Fillmore

Microwave, Late Bloomer, and Sinai Vessel – May 5 at Snug Harbor

This Atlanta-based band stands above the rest in the new wave of bands that have blended the gut-wrenching elements of emo music with the grittiness and vitriol of rock and punk. Microwave’s sound is a straightforward and honest one, with lyrics that reflect vocalist Nathan Hardy’s inner turmoil regarding religion, separating one’s self from that indoctrination, and the resulting consequences and freedoms. The band’s two full length albums, Stovall and Much Love offer different reflections on Hardy’s life as well as the resulting difference in sound, balancing between sadness, anger, apathy, and coping with it all. 

Melvins – May 6 at Visulite Theatre 

Matthew Logan Vasquez and T. Hardy Morris – May at The Evening Muse

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nights Sweats – May 8 at The Fillmore 

David Byrne – May 9 at Ovens Auditorium

The founding member of Talking Heads is as magnanimous as it gets. An Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe award winner, as well as an inducted member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bryne has more than made his mark on American music. His stark, distinctive voice can be recognized all over the world, and his ability to transcend genre is nearly unparalleled.

Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers – May 10 at PNC Music Pavilion

One of the greatest of all time, Steely Dan is making a triumphant return to stages across the nation following the death of core member Walter Becker late last year. Becker and fellow co-founder Donald Fagen created the group in the early 70’s and established one of the most influential rock sounds in the history of the genre, topping charts and selling over 40 million records worldwide. After inspiring millions and diversifying rock n’ roll music, the time has come once again to see what Steely Dan has in store.

Odesza – May 10 at Uptown Ampitheatre

Seattle based indie electronic duo Odesza hit the scene in 2012 with their debut album Summer’s Gone, and has been taking the indie electronic pop world by storm. Their unique brand of intelligent and danceable EDM music culminated with an album (A Moment Apart) that boasted an impressive list of collaborations including Leon Bridges and Regina Spektor, leading to a Grammy nod for Best Dance/Electronic album.

Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples – May 10 at Ovens Auditorium

Vance Joy – May 11 at Uptown Ampitheatre

Guided By Voices – May 12 at The Underground

Tank and The Bangas – May 15 at Visulite Theatre

Formed in 2011 in New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas is a collective led by the spoken word poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. The group’s music ranges from funk and soul to hip hop and R&B, all stemming from a deep emotional lyricism that seems to spring forth and touch its audience. This is a group that’s reforming the structure of genre within music, refusing to stay within the boundaries of music and conform to the standards of predecessors. This kind of collective only comes along once in a great while.

Margo Price – May 15 at Neighborhood Theater

Nashville has once again proven to us that it is the city where music is born, this time with a rising country singer by the name of Margo Price. Her twangy voice and down-home roots style of playing has earned her praise across the board, most notably from The Fader, who has referred to Price as “country’s next star.”

Post Malone, 21 Savage, and SOBxRBE – May 16 at PNC Music Pavilion

Post Malone has been the name on everyone’s lips all through 2017, and with plans for a new album, fans are on the edge of their seats wondering what Post is cooking up for 2018. The young artist got his start by establishing relationships with 1st Down and Rich from the production team FKi as well as the producer Rex Kudo in San Fernando. From there, Post released “White Iverson,” his 2015 breakout single that went certified platinum, then his full-length album Stoney at the end of 2016. 

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt – May 16 at Spectrum Center

Acclaimed singer-songwriter James Taylor is on the upswing, back with more to say and more to sing. The five-time Grammy award winner has one of the most illustrious careers in the history of American music, with over 100 million records sold worldwide and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining Taylor will be the iconic 10-time Grammy award-winning blues-rock songstress, Bonnie Rait. Collectively, their sound is timeless, and they’ll be selling out stadium-sized venues for this tour, demonstrating the stopping power of truly impactful music.

Primus and Mastadon – May 19 at Uptown Ampitheatre 

St. Vincent – May 21 at The Fillmore 

Anne Clark, better known as St. Vincent, is an enigmatic artist that has received high praise for her eclectic blending of experimental soft rock with electronic pop and jazz. She made her debut in 2007 after departing from Sufjan Stevens’ touring band, and has since released four studio records as well as a compilation album with David Byrne of The Talking Heads.

Khalid – May 23 at Uptown Ampitheatre

Bishop Briggs – May 25 at The Underground

LA-based Scottish singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs brings her powerful vocals and high energy show fresh off her much-anticipated debut album Church of Scars.

Matthew Sweet – May 30 at The Underground

Big Boi – May 30 at The Underground 

One half of the legendary southern rap group Outkast, Big Boi has been busy with his own solo projects and recent collaborations with Run The Jewels and Phantogram. With a wide-spanning catalog of hip-hop hits, this is sure to be a fun show.

Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello, and Brandi Carlile – May 26 at PNC Music Pavilion

Brockhampton – June 7 at The Fillmore 

The music of the young Texas-based rap collective has been spreading across the internet like wildfire and they’ve been selling out shows across the country. Known for their raucous and dynamic stage energy, the group continues to rise as one of the dominant groups in indie hip-hop.

Bruno Major – June 7 at Neighborhood Theatre 

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls – June 8 at The Fillmore 

Japanese Breakfast – June 9 at Neighborhood Theatre 

Lany – June 10 at The Fillmore

Royal Blood – June 14 at The Fillmore

The Neighbourhood – June 18 at The Fillmore

*We’ll be updating this list weekly, and giving away several concert and festival tickets in 2018. Be sure to check back, share and sign up for our Weekend Guide for updates!*

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