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Cool MUSIC things to do this fall 

2015 Fall Guide

Cooler weather is finally here. So, what are you going to do — sit in the house and couch surf the season away? Hell no! You're gonna get out there and check out all of the amazing stuff your city has to offer. From the season's first games by the Panthers, Hornets and Checkers to concerts by Chvrches and Stevie Wonder, from art exhibit openings to ridiculous races, from cooking classes to the primary election, we're sure there's something for everyone regardless of attitude or interest. Who says there's nothing to do in Charlotte?

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SEPT. 25 — A fusion of electonic and world music, Beats Antique brings forth an eclectic mash-up of sounds that pairs well with its visual stimulations. In addition to dancing and costumes, the band's video backdrops are equally entertaining. This tour, dubbed the "Creature Carnival" promises more audience participation, as well. $25-$40.


click to enlarge Of Monsters and Men
  • Of Monsters and Men

OCT. 8 — Icelandic folk-rock quintet Of Monsters and Men makes its long-awaited Charlotte debut. The band's first album, My Head is an Animal, topped charts behind singles "Little Talks" and "Dirty Paws." This tour is in support of their sophomore effort, Beneath the Skin, released in June. And it's not often that a concert will take place outdoors on a brisk, fall night. $20-$39.50.

OCT. 9 — This New Frequencies event features Erb/Baker/Rosaly Trio. That means you can expect lots of avant-garde soundscapes. The jazz trio is comprised of Swiss saxophonist Christoph Erb, Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly and longtime pianist and synthesizer king, Jim Baker. Local jazz duo Ghost Trees opens. $10-$12.

OCT. 10 — The Fall Finale closes out the River Jam series at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Obstacle trail races in the morning lead up to concerts by Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Last Bison and The Suffers. Free.

OCT. 10 — Nope, Outkast is not headlining this year's Funk Fest, but you can see Erykah Badu, 2 Live Crew, Mint Condition, Da Brat and more. $40-$135.

OCT. 12 — Fans of '90s alt-rock got excited when they heard Korn would be playing its self-titled album in its entirety to celebrate its 20th anniversary. They did the same thing at Carolina Rebellion earlier this year, but this is in the more intimate setting of the Fillmore. $49.50.

OCT. 15 — This year's inductions into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame — yes, there is one — include Eric Church, Warren Haynes, Gerald Alston of the Manhattans and the late Nappy Brown. $25.

OCT. 17-18 — The inaugural, family-friendly Lost Hollow Music Fest will take place at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and features a solid lineup of music performers — David Childers, Underhill Rose, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and Sierra Hull among them. $6.95+.

OCT. 23 — In its third year, Charlotte Symphony's Bachtoberfest is a cool way to enjoy classical music and craft brews. Norman Huynh conducts the show that features works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son, W. F. Bach. The concert also features selections from Mozart, Brahms and Wagner. Come in the evening for beer tastings from local craft breweries and a "drinking with Mozart" game. $12 matinee; $29 evening (includes a free drink ticket).


NOV. 6 — Grace Potter returns to the Fillmore, without the Nocturnals. If you've heard her solo album, she's definitely taking a cruise down the pop-rock highway, but her stellar vocals remain intact. This is a great chance to see how it all comes together live — mixing some older songs with the new. $

NOV. 10 — This Puscifer show could just be a stall tactic by singer Maynard James Keenan to avoid working on the long-awaited new Tool album, but either way, we'll take any of Keenan's projects over a ton of other swill that passes itself off as music these days. This tour's in support of the band's new release, Money Shot. $27.50-$63.

NOV. 14 — While the owners plan their next move, they have confirmed the electronic get-your-freak-on-fest that is Gets F*cking Weird will be the Chop Shop's final show at the current location. Dammit.

click to enlarge Stevie Wonder
  • Stevie Wonder

NOV. 14 — It's been exactly eight years since Stevie Wonder last performed in Charlotte. This time around, the legendary musician is performing his classic album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety. $39.50-$129.50.

NOV. 27 — The New Familiars are hitting a bigger venue for their annual Tribute to Levon Helm & The Music of the Band which finds a solid group of talented locals paying tribute to the late drummer's music. Take a load off and check out the great music. $10.


DEC. 5 — Sing us a song, you're the piano man, Billy Joel. $47-$126.50.

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