As it gets hotter in the Queen City, so are the musical acts coming here to perform. It’s getting to be the prime time when favorite artists make a stop in Charlotte, and this week’s performance schedule is a dream for lovers of Top 40 radio. Here’s what’s happening this week in Charlotte music:
WEDNESDAY, July 24
Dave Matthews Band w/ The John Butler Trio (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, $53-90)
Kellie Pickler w/ Katie Armiger, Rachel Farley, Cassadee Pope, Maggie Rose (The Fillmore Charlotte, $13)
Dave Matthews Band, America’s favorite summertime showstoppers, is making a stop at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Their most recent album, “Away from the World,” was released last September to positive reviews. Surely these jazz-jiving rockers will play hits and oldies from their vast collection of music to make for a fun summer time in the summertime.
And to support Ryan Seacrest’s Foundation and its latest project (Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital), Kellie Pickler is holding a benefit concert at the Fillmore Charlotte this Wednesday night. Tickets are around $13 for some great pop/country acts, and it all benefits children in need.
THURSDAY, July 25
Last Summer on Earth Tour with Ben Folds Five, Barenaked Ladies, and Guster (Uptown Amphitheater at NC Music Factory, $72-87)
Light the Fuse Tour featuring Keith Urban w/ Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, $39-73)
It’s starting to seem like all early popular 2000s pop-rockers are looking to make their way back into the mainstream this year. The Last Summer on Earth Tour brings artists of “One Week,”Brick” and “One Man Wrecking Machine” together on one stage for a night of self-described unadulterated good times.
And after a turn as an “American Idol” judge, Keith Urban is out from behind the judges’ desk and back on the tour bus for his headlining summer tour. Urban’s single, “A Little Bit of Everything,” will give way to a brand-new album coming this September. He’s teaming up with rising musicians Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch to make this one of his biggest tours to date.
FRIDAY, July 26
America’s Most Wanted Festival featuring Lil Wayne, T.I., 2 Chainz, G-Easy (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, $39-157)
Though his last two albums have not exactly faired well with critics, Lil Wayne is still topping the rap charts, as well as the Billboard Hot 100 and 200. And the America’s Most Wanted Festival brings together popular hip hop artists for the biggest rap concert Charlotte will see this year – until Drake hits TWC Arena this November.
SATURDAY, July 27
Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (Time Warner Cable Arena)
And finally, the Queen of hip-hop and R&B will make her ferocious mark on the Queen City this Saturday. Tickets for the Charlotte stop of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour are scarce, but there have been no reports that the show has completely sold out. It’s sure to be one of the biggest and most spectacular concerts to hit Charlotte this year, if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket.