A handful of new shows were recently announced, so here's a quick roundup:
* Crosby Stills and Nash will perform at Ovens Auditorium on May 19.
* Band of Horses has added a second night to the Fillmore. The band's May 10-11 shows are the first two-night run in the Fillmore's history.
* Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre announced its country megaticket for 2013:
Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert, Love and Theft - May 3
Brad Paisley with Chris Young, Lee Brice - June 7
Luke Bryan with Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line - July 12
Keith Urban with Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch - July 25
Kenny Chesney with Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves - Aug. 1
Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley - Aug. 23
Jason Aldean with Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett - Sept. 12
* Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell & Richard Thompson Electric Trio will perform at Belk Theater on April 1.
* Anthrax with Exodus, Municpal Waste and Holy Grail will perform at Tremont Music Hall on April 13.
Earlier today, Charlotte's NBC affiliate station, WCNC, reported that Rick Ross had cancelled gigs in Greensboro tonight and Charlotte tomorrow because of death threats from a North Carolina faction of the Gangster Disciples. News of the threats immediately went national.
The Maybach Music Group Tour stop at Bojangles Coliseum was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and also included Meek Mill, Wale, and Machine Gun Kelly. None of the acts will be performing. The threats against Ross came in a YouTube video in which members of the Gangster Disciples, all dressed in dry-cleaned bandanas, and couture gangwear, issued a "public service announcement" warning the rapper not to perform in North Carolina.
Haven't seen Slowhand in concert before? You've got another chance. Eric Clapton will perform at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 2, 2013.
Clapton's band for the upcoming tour will include Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano and keyboards) and Willie Weeks (bass). The Wallflowers will be opening.
UPDATE (1/2/13): The Avett Brothers have been added to the Sunday lineup for Merlefest.
The four-day festival, which is known for its unique mix of traditional and roots-oriented music, will celebrate the life and music of Watson, who died on May 29, 2012.
Other performers announced include the Charlie Daniels Band, Chatham County Line, Delta Rae, Donna the Buffalo, Jerry Douglas, The Greencards, Eilen Jewell, Jim Lauderdale, Tift Merritt and Charlotte's The New Familiars and Jim Avett. You can find the full lineup here.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. online at www.merlefest.org or by calling 800-343-7857.
Set times for the 106.5 Weenie Roast have been announced. The concert will take place at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Offspring (70 minutes) 9:40-10:50 p.m.
Garbage (50 minutes) 8:20-9:10 p.m.
Flogging Molly (40 minutes) 7:10-7:50 p.m.
Coheed & Cambria (40 minutes) 6-6:40 p.m.
Switchfoot (40 minutes) 4:35-5:15 p.m.
Our Lady Peace (40 minutes) 3:15-3:55 p.m.
Anberlin (40 minutes) 2-2:40 p.m.
Eve 6 (30 minutes) 1-1:30 p.m.
Paper Tongues (35 minutes) 5:20-5:55 p.m.
Evans Blue (30 minutes) 4-4:30 p.m.
Foxy Shazam (25 minutes) 2:45-3:10 p.m.
Drop D (20 minutes) 1:35-1:55 p.m.
Vess (20 minutes) 12:35-12:55 p.m.
Instead of the devil going down to Bojangles Coliseum, Rock the Red will be heading down to the Hunter Farm in Weddington on Sept. 5 — but "the devil" is no longer invited.
While rumors of poor ticket sales and marketing were to blame for the original cancellation, it was more likely a lack of enthusiasm for a less-than-stellar lineup... which just received a downgrade. Is this the best music Republicans can come up with to drum up excitement? Probably.
The schedule of performances for CarolinaFest, being held on Sept. 3 in downtown Charlotte, has been announced:
NATIONAL STAGE SCHEDULE
12 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies Parade featuring Johnson C. Smith Marching Band
12:05 p.m.: National Anthem: Anthony Hamilton
12:20—1 p.m.: Janelle Monáe
2—2:40 p.m.: Simplified
3:40—4:25 p.m.: Jeff Bridges
5:15—6:15 p.m.: James Taylor
CAROLINA STAGE SCHEDULE
1:05—1:50 p.m.: Blue Dogs
2:45—3 p.m.: Radio Disney
3—3:30 p.m.: West End Mambo
4:30—5:05 p.m.: Chairman of the Board
We've been hearing rumors and information for weeks, but it looks like official announcements will start coming on a regular basis when it comes to DNC-related parties, events and concerts around Charlotte.
Here's what we've heard so far —
* CarolinaFest will take place Uptown on Sept. 3 in a Speed Street-style event. Janelle Monae, Jeff Bridges and the Abiders and James Taylor are scheduled to perform along with other acts. Music will take place from noon until 6:15 p.m.
* Politico Influence is reporting that Jessica Alba and Cash Warren will host a convention closing party at the Fillmore on Sept. 6 called "Super-O-Rama." The event will feature Pitbull and the Scissor Sisters, a band whose name evokes the image of two women making love — a Republican's biggest nightmare.
* Camp Freddy featuring Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum and special guests will perform a concert in the Fountain Plaza of the N.C. Music Factory on Sept. 2.
* The Roots will perform at Amos' Southend for an invitation-only, StartUp RockOn party on Sept. 3. Considering that they played "Lyin' Ass Bitch" to welcome Michelle Bachman onto Jimmy Fallon's show, we aren't surprised at all to see them DNC-involved.
* Bernie and the Allstars, featuring former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, will perform a benefit show at McGlohon Theatre for Americans for the Arts. Musicians, actors and politicians are expected to join in on the jam session... What are the chances we'll see Bill Clinton break out his sax?
* Will.i.am will perform at a fundraising event that features Bill Clinton on Sept. 4 at the Westin Charlotte. Tickets start at $150.
* Common will perform on Sept. 4 at the Fillmore for the Presidential Convention Charity Benefit. The invitation-only event is sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Recording Industry Association of America and will be hosted by DJ Jermaine Dupri.
* Far East Movement will perform at an invite-only event which will also welcome Perez Hilton on Sept. 4.
* Motion City Soundtrack will peform at UNC Charlotte for a Rock the Vote event on Sept. 5.
* The B-52s will perform on Sept. 5, perhaps turning the N.C. Music Factory into a "Love Shack."
* James Taylor and Delta Rae are scheduled to perform at the DNC's final event before President Obama's speech.
* WCNC is reporting that Eminem and Nicki Minaj will be performing at private parties during the DNC.
* Styx is scheduled to perform at a private party, as well, but considering they just played Charlotte a few months ago, is this really news? And they were on that tour with Ted Nugent. Identity crisis?
* Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Bono may or may not be in town, but are probably not going to be performing. Which is a lot like saying the end of the world may or may not happen later this year.
This page will be updated as concert and event news is received.
The Republican and Democratic conventions are locked in an entertainment arms race. As they have with Super PACs and redistricting/gerrymandering, the GOP has so far outspent and out-maneuvered the Dems, securing at least eight big-name acts to the Democrats’ two. According to a July Showbiz400 article, Republicans are paying entertainers mega-bucks to lure them down to the big GOP convention in Tampa.
Part of their problem is that MTV may trump the DNC. The erstwhile music network airs its Video Music Awards on Sept. 6, the same night Obama makes his acceptance speech. Currently only Alicia Keys and One Direction have chosen a live spot on the VMAs over an appearance at the DNC, but heavy-hitters Katy Perry, Rhianna and Drake have been nominated for awards. If they opt for MTV over Obama-Fest, it could lead to serious attrition in the DNC’s potential pop music roster.
A benefit event being called Kilah-Palooza will be held at the Forty Rod Roadhouse in Mint Hill on Sunday, Aug. 12. Featuring 10 bands and a variety of activities, the fundraising benefit is for 3-year-old Kilah Davenport who was the victim of a severe beating. Davenport, whose stepfather is charged with the crime, nearly died and may never fully recover as she relearns how to walk, talk and eat.
The stepfather, Josh Houser, is charged with felony child abuse and is currently being held under a $1 million bond.
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