Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chvrches ups the energy

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM

Chvrches, Lo Moon
The Fillmore
Oct. 16, 2018

Good lighting is nice. The sound definitely matters. But the right stage presence and energy can lift any concert up to the rafters. Chvrches hit the stage on Tuesday night at The Fillmore and offered another upbeat and entertaining performance that left the whole crowd swooning. Maybe it's the indie-pop rhythms or perhaps its the sweet vocal tones of singer Lauren Mayberry. Whatever the case, Chvrches is on that list of must-see acts thanks to the quality of their sound and simplistic goodness that shouldn't be missed any time they're in town. You just want to dance, sing along and hope the show never ends. The night started with Lo Moon, who kicked off their brief set with the hit single, "This Is It."

Chvrches setlist
Get Out
Bury It
We Sink
God's Plan
Under the Tide
Really Gone
Leave a Trace
Clearest Blue

The Mother We Share
Never Say Die

Lo Moon setlist
This Is It
The Right Thing
Wonderful Life
Real Love

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Florence & The Machine offer a vocal showcase in Charlotte area

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 9:46 PM

Florence & The Machine, Billie Eilish
Oct. 3, 2018
Spectrum Center

Add Florence Welch to the short list of people who could sing an encyclopedia and still be entertaining. Performing around an elaborate wooden stage at Charlotte's Spectrum Center on Wednesday night, Welch and the rest Florence and the Machine could do no wrong in the eyes of fans packing the uptown venue. From her sing-along hits to rarer tunes, fans soaked up every note. Welch's effortless singing and barefoot dancing struck the right chords. 16-year-old Billie Eilish opened the night with an energetic set that showed she has talent beyond her years. It won't be long before Eilish is headlining arenas on her own.

Florence and the Machine setlist
Between Two Lungs
Only If for a Night
Queen of Peace
South London Forever
Dog Days Are Over
100 Years
Ship to Wreck
The End of Love
Cosmic Love
What Kind of Man

Big God
Shake It Out

Billie Eilish setlist
Bitches Broken Hearts”
Hotline Bling
Party Favor
you should see me in a crown
Ocean Eyes
My Boy

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends entertain with wit, classic arts

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds
Belk Theater
Oct. 2, 2018

I hope you didn't attend Tuesday night's performance by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends expecting a standup routine. As Murray himself pointed out, you might be shrugging your shoulders and wondering what's going on. Murray's performance had fantastic moments of wit but it was more of a window into the world of classical arts. He was out of view during intense classical performances performed by cellist Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez. He provided direct readings of classic literature by Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and James Fenimore Cooper. Sure, there were moments of laughter, but how many people in the packed Belk Theater would have come out for a night filled with literature and classical music if not for Murray's involvement? Perhaps more of us should.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Judas Priest, Deep Purple rock the Queen City

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 9:42 PM

Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Temperance Movement
PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 11, 2018

Less than a month ago, a trio of rock legends hit PNC Music Pavilion to prove they're not too old to rock. On Tuesday night, a duo proved the same thing. Deep Purple and Judas Priest may have had a smaller crowd than that concert with Paul Rodgers, Beck and Ann Wilson, but they did their best to tear the roof off the Charlotte amphitheatre. Don't ever second guess that Priest's Rob Halford can't hit all the high notes. While it took Deep Purple's Ian Gillian a few songs to warm up, he held his own through all the hits, as well. Both singers are mixed by a group of long-time players and hired guns that fill the shoes well during hour-plus sets. While The Temperance Movement may have been the younger band on the bill, they held their own and warmed up the crowd nicely.

Deep Purple setlist
Highway Star
Pictures of Home
Strange Kind of Woman
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
The Star-Spangled Banner
Uncommon Man
Knocking at Your Back Door
Keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin'
Smoke on the Water


Judas Priest setlist
Delivering the Goods
Lightning Strike
Desert Plains
Turbo Lover
Rising From Ruins
Freewheel Burning
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Hell Bent for Leather

No Surrender
Breaking the Law
Living After Midnight

The Temperance Movement setlist
Caught in the Middle
Only Friend
Three Bulleits
Battle Lines
Take It Back
Ain't No Telling
Built-In Forgetter

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Miguel brings passion to the Queen City

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 9:56 PM

Miguel, DVSN, Nonchalant Savant
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 6, 2018

It wasn't that long ago that R&B singer Miguel was performing to a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore. It was actually just a few months ago. No worry though. Plenty of people packed into Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday night to see him perform again. And he didn't disappoint. While his little brother, Nonchalant Savant, tried to warm the crowd up and DVSN brought the explicit lyrics and sexual vibes, Miguel got the night heated up with simple moves, knowing winks and vocal range that lit up the entire venue. If he follows the same pattern, maybe he'll get back in town for Valentine's Day.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Rodgers, Beck and Wilson prove they aren't too old to rock

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 10:16 PM

Stars Align Tour f. Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson, Deborah Bonham
PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 19, 2018

Paul Rodgers is 68 years old. Jeff Beck is 74. Ann Wilson is 68. Who says you can't get better with age? The trio of rock icons hit Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion on Sunday night and proved they've still got what it takes to hit all the right notes. While Rodgers filled his performance with songs from Bad Company and Free, Ann Wilson of Heart focused more on covers of music that influenced her and meant something to her. Meanwhile, it was Beck who lit up the night from start to finish. The legendary guitarist simply shredded every note and showed why he's at or near the top of so many best guitarist lists. (Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring even made the drive up from Atlanta just to see him.) The night was opened by John Bonham's sister, Deborah. There might not have been many people in attendance but those who were soaked in every minute of classic rock. As Ann Wilson said, "It's a night full of music performed by people with real voices and instruments." Plenty of modern musicians should take notes.

Paul Rodgers setlist
Little Bit of Love
Can't Get Enough
Wishing Well
Feel Like Makin' Love
The Stealer
Ready for Love
Movin' On
Mr. Big
Fire and Water
Shooting Star
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy

Walk in My Shadow
All Right Now

Jeff Beck setlist
Pull It
You Know You Know
Morning Dew
I Have to Laugh
Lonnie on the Move
Mná na h-Éireann
Just for Fun
Little Wing
Big Block
Cause We've Ended as Lovers
Brush With the Blues
A Day in the Life

Corpus Christi Carol
Going Down

Ann Wilson setlist
The Real Me
Ain't No Way
I Am the Highway
Back to Black
You Don't Own Me
Life in the Fast Lane
Won't Get Fooled Again

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Rain doesn't dampen the party with Kesha and Macklemore

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 9:51 PM

Kesha, Macklemore
PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 1, 2018

Someone said there were massive downpours at PNC Music Pavilion last night. I also heard that the sets by Kesha and Macklemore were cut short by two songs each. Those in attendance didn't care because they were too busy having a great time. The pop stars brought a party to Charlotte last night and rain didn't hold anyone back. Usually when it rains, concert-goers run for cover. In Charlotte, they acted like it was an extension of Macklemore spraying water on the crowd or Kesha's confetti bombs.

Macklemore opened up the night with an eight-song run through his biggest hits. He brought crowd members on stage, threw things into the crowd and never stopped dancing from one side of the stage to the other. Kesha's anthem "Praying" brought many to tears, but her entire set showed she's a pop start without the "diva" label. Her set started off with plenty of f-bombs and middle fingers in the air, but she clearly had a blast from the first notes of "Woman." She even joked that her ass wasn't hanging out of her leotard enough. Sure, those in attendance would have preferred less rain and more music, but they loved every minute of the party that rolled through town.

Kesha setlist
Blah Blah Blah
We R Who We R
Good Old Days
Your Love Is My Drug
Take It Off
Tik Tok

Macklemore setlist
Ain't Gonna Die Tonight
Thrift Shop
White Walls
Same Love
Willy Wonka
Dance Off
Can't Hold Us

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Weezer and Pixies thrill amphitheatre crowd

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 10:46 PM

Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells
July 25, 2018
PNC Music Pavilion

If Weezer represented upbeat pop-rock and Sleigh Bells provided the punch of heavy, modern rock, the Pixies were the glue holding it all together on a night that featured all three bands. Wednesday night's co-headliner event showcased the high energy of Sleigh Bells kicking things off. Pixies spent more than an hour proving why they've had staying power - except for a decade-long hiatus in the mid-90s to mid-00s. Frontman Black Francis sounded better than ever, merging spoken word with on-point screams and everything between. Weezer hit the stage with "Buddy Holly" and never let up with hit after hit to keep the entire crowd singing along. Both headliners played setlists of more than 20 songs each. Overall, it's one of the best rock shows Charlotte's seen this summer.

Weezer setlist
Buddy Holly
Beverly Hills
Pork and Beans
Undone - The Sweater Song
Hash Pipe
Perfect Situation
My Name Is Jonas
El Scorcho
In the Garage
Surf Wax America
Happy Together
Keep Fishin'
Island in the Sun
Take On Me
Burndt Jamb
(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Feels Like Summer

Pink Triangle
Say It Ain't So

Pixies setlist
Ed Is Dead
Nimrod's Son
Mr. Grieves
River Euphrates
Planet of Sound
Where Is My Mind?
All the Saints
Here Comes Your Man
Gouge Away
I've Been Tired
Head On
All I Think About Now
Wave of Mutilation
Crackity Jones
Isla de Encanta
Monkey Gon

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling bring new energy to PNC Music Pavilion

Posted By on Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 10:49 PM

Lindsey Stirling, Evanescence, Cellogram
July 20, 2018
PNC Music Pavilion

If you went to PNC Music Pavilion on Friday night expecting to see a blistering rock show, you left either completely disappointed or pleasantly surprised. While Evanescence was on the bill with co-headliner Lindsey Stirling, the band left the heavy rock behind. Singer Amy Lee took center stage to showcase her vocals through rearranged, more mellow versions of the band's songs accompanied by more than two dozen orchestra members. She showed depth and range for more than an hour and brought numerous fans to tears with the emotion and power in her vocals. Stirling capped off the night with an energetic performance filled with non-stop dancing. It wasn't the typical show for PNC Music Pavilion as both artists performed their music with renewed style and grace. If only more artists brought something completely new to the table on their own tours.

Evanescence setlist
Never Go Back
End of the Dream
My Heart Is Broken
Bring Me to Life
Secret Door
Across the Universe
Lost in Paradise
Your Star
My Immortal
The In-Between

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Willie Nelson's return is worth the wait

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 10:53 PM

Outlaw Music Festival f. Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Jamey Johnson and Sarah Shook and the Disarmers
PNC Music Pavilion
June 20, 2018

When Willie Nelson abruptly canceled his performance nearly a month ago, fans left Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion filled with disappointment. Sure, they said they'd make up the show, but would it really happen? When a June 20 makeup date was announced, fans remained optimistic. On Wednesday night, Nelson held up his end of the bargain in fine fashion. Though the night started a bit slow for the 85-year-old legendary singer/guitarist, he quickly warmed up his vocals and fretwork. He rolled through hit after hit and cover after cover. At this point, Nelson doesn't owe anyone an explanation or a makeup date, but he showed his love of performing for more than an hour. His only acknowledgement of last month's debacle was a simple, "I feel like I've been here before."

Before Nelson, Concord's own Avett Brothers performed a stripped-down set a la 2008. With only Seth and Scott Avett flanked by bassist Bob Crawford and cellist Joe Kwon, the quartet rifled through songs like they used to when they were performing in Charlotte on a regular basis. Family harmonies, energetic foot stomping and spot-on instrumentation highlighted the set. It might have stole the show if they were opening for anyone other than Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson setlist
Whiskey River
Still Is Still Moving to Me
Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Good Hearted Woman
Down Yonder
If You Got the Money
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
On the Road Again
Always on My Mind
It's All Going to Pot
Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
Hey Good Lookin'
Move It On Over
Shoeshine Man
Georgia on My Mind
I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train
Funny How Time Slips Away
Night Life
Still Not Dead
Something You Get Through
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Will the Circle Be Unbroken / I'll Fly Away

The Avett Brothers setlist
Laundry Room
Distraction #74
Down With the Shine
Talk on Indolence
Murder in the City
I Wish I Was
Satan Pulls the Strings
At the Beach
Standing With You
Mama Tried
Through My Prayers

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