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More live music for the summer 

SATURDAY, MAY 30

Femmefest: More than 30 artists, poets and musicians – local and regional – will perform beginning at 5:30 p.m. in a celebration of women in the arts. (NoDa – The Evening Muse, Neighborhood Theatre, Prevue, Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, Dolce Vita, Wine-Up)

SAturday, June 6

No Doubt: The band doesn't have a new album out, but that hasn't stopped the Gwen Stefani-fronted crew to get back on the road after a few years on hiatus. It'll be one of those "greatest hits" kind of nights. With Paramore and The Sounds. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

MONDAY, JUNE 8

Jessica Lea Mayfield: Singer-songwriter Mayfield just finished an opening stint for Ray LaMontagne and did previous work with The Black Keys. Those should be reasons enough to give her a chance, but her songwriting and vocals will get you to stick around. (Visulite Theatre)

June 11-14

Bonnaroo: Sure it's not local, but this is the closest big music festival that you'll be able to attend. Headliners this year include Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Bruce Springsteen and two nights of Phish. The list goes on and on ... (Manchester, Tenn.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 11

TV on the radio: Plenty of publications listed these guys as having the top CD of 2008 with Dear Science. They mix and bend just about every genre out there into a conglomerate of their own and found a good bit of airplay with the single "Wolf Like Me" a few years back. (Amos' Southend)

FRIDAY, JUNE 12

Nine Inch Nails/Jane's AddiCtion/Street Sweeper Social Club: Where do we start with this one? The opening act is the latest project from Tom Morello (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine). One headliner, NIN, claims this could be its last tour and the other, Jane's, has reunited and is touring for the first time with all the original members since 1991. Let's hope they can stick it out until June, at least. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

SATURDAY, JUNE 13

The Fray: In a lot of ways, it doesn't matter who the band is playing this day. This is the first concert for the new Uptown Amphitheatre at the N.C. Music Factory. (Uptown Amphitheatre)

THURSDAY, JUNE 18

Keith Urban/Sugarland: Urban's Aussie roots separate him from a lot of what's going on in country these days. Sugarland is highlighted by the outstanding vocals of Jennifer Nettles. I'm kind of partial to her bluesy/rock solo days, but I'll take what I can get at this point. (Time Warner Cable Arena)

FRIDAY, JUNE 19

Corey Smith: Again, it probably doesn't matter who is playing. This is the day Charlotte's other new music venue opens. (The Fillmore Charlotte)

THURSDAY, JULY 9

Aerosmith: It's just one of those bands that continues to sound good through all the years of drugs and booze and questionable later-years albums. It's kinda like the Rolling Stones ... a catch-'em-while-you-still-can tour. With ZZ Top. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

FRIDAY, JULY 24

Gov't Mule: Warren Haynes is a busy man. He toured with The Dead this spring, and he'll be back in Charlotte this fall with The Allman Brothers Band. This time around, he's playing with his own band, which has established a nice following of its own. (The Fillmore Charlotte)

SATURDAY, AUG. 8

The Avett Brothers: You have to appreciate that these guys are holding their CD release party right here in Charlotte, even after signing to American Records and touring this spring with Dave Matthews Band. (Bojangles' Coliseum)

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