Monday, August 31, 2009

O.A.R. to return to Charlotte

From a Live Nation press release that just popped into our inbox:

O.A.R. returns to the Carolinas for one night only when they play the Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory in Charlotte, NC on October 14th at 7:30pm with special guest Elmwood.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday September 2nd at 10am at, the Hardee’s Thickburger box office at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, select BLOCKBUSTER stores or charge by phone 877-598-8698.

For more information, directions, or to purchase tickets go to For information about upcoming shows or directions call 704-916-8970.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Silversun Pickups coming to Charlotte

Indie rockers Silversun Pickups will play three Carolina concerts when they visit The Fillmore in Charlotte on Oct. 10, Headliners in Columbia, S.C., Oct. 5 and House of Blues Myrtle Beach Oct. 9.

Tickets for the Charlotte show on sale 10 a.m. Friday at, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre box office, select Blockbuster stores, or charge by phone 877-598-8698. Special guests An Horse and TBD will open the show at 9 p.m.

Tickets for the Columbia show also go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at Special guests Cage the Elephant and An Horse will open the show at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Myrtle Beach show on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at the House of Blues box office,,, Ticketmaster, or charge by phone 800-745-3000. Special guests Cage the Elephant and An Horse will open the show.

For more information go to

Friday, August 21, 2009

Honor Society to stop in at the EpiCentre

From a Live Nation press release that just popped into our inbox:


The band is opening for The Jonas Brothers tonight at the Time Warner Cable Arena and will be performing at The Fillmore Charlotte for the official after-show of the Jonas Brothers World tour.

To buy tickets or for more information go to

Charlotte Symphony rally set for uptown

From a Charlotte Symphony press release that just popped into our inbox:

The Charlotte Symphony will present a rally on the plaza at Independence Square, Trade and Tryon streets, at noon on Thursday, August 27. Ensembles of Charlotte Symphony musicians will perform, and Governor James G. Martin, Chair-elect of the Board of Directors, will speak.

“This has been a challenging and eventful summer for the Symphony,” said Executive Director Jonathan Martin. “Throughout these months, we have been encouraged by the tremendous show of community support, from the generous Summer Pops donations and increased annual fund giving to the strong subscription sales. The Symphony is working diligently to become a healthier institution both financially and artistically, and we will be sharing exciting news next Thursday of our progress so far.”

The Arts & Science Council has asked the Symphony to present a revised financial restructuring plan on September 2. Continued funding from the ASC for FY 2010 is dependent upon the approval of the plan by the ASC.

The Charlotte Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in the Charlotte region. The Symphony opens its 78th season on September 11 and 12. This season marks Christof Perick’s ninth and final season as Music Director. Music Director Designate Christopher Warren-Green will succeed Mr. Perick in the fall of 2010.

'Psycho Beach Party’ hits Charlotte screen

From an Actor's Theatre of Charlotte press release that just popped into our inbox:

CHARLOTTE – Theatre 650, the twisted little sibling of Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, is pleased to present its August 2009 Cult Movie Monday featuring the 2000 spoof “Psycho Beach Party”. The film will show Monday, August 31, 2009, at 8:00pm at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, located at 650 East Stonewall Street in Uptown.

August’s Cult Film ‘Psycho Beach Party’ is a hilarious spoof of 1950’s psychodrama, the 1960’s beach party/Gidget movies, and the 1970’s slasher films. Lauren Ambrose stars as Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl who becomes “Chicklet”, the first girl surfer at Malibu Beach. Florence suffers from dissociative identity disorder, whose sexually aggressive alter ego occasionally and is suspected in a string of suspicious murders.

Patrons are encouraged to don their best beach attire (swimsuits and/or Hawaiian shirts especially). After the movie, stick around, limbo, and compete for fabulous prizes, like free tickets to upcoming Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte shows. Roxy Moorecox hosts this month’s events.

Cult Movie Mondays are an excellent networking opportunity, as well as a great alternative to the bar scene. Please visit our new website for more information. Admission is free to the public, and popcorn is provided for free. Seating is first come, first served and is limited to 220 people. Drink specials include $2 select beers and $3 select wines.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Zac Brown Band at Uptown Amphitheatre

From a Live Nation press release that just hit our inbox:

Zac Brown Band will play the Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory in Charlotte, NC on Saturday September 26th at 7pm.

Tickets go on sale Friday August 14th at 10 am at, the Hardee’s Thickburger box office at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, select BLOCKBUSTER stores or charge by phone 877-598-8698. 4packs available for a limited time while supplies last.

For more information, directions, or to purchase tickets go to For information about upcoming shows or directions call 704-916-8970.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

'The Color Purple' returns this month

From a Blumenthal Performing Arts Center press release that just hit our inbox:

The Charlotte run of THE COLOR PURPLE in May played to capacity crowds each night, leading to the August return engagement. Tickets for this month’s shows are on sale now online at, by phone at 704-372-1000 and at the Belk Theater box office. Seats are still available – including premium locations – for all performances but fans will find the best availability on Tuesday (8/25), Wednesday (8/26), Thursday (8/27) and Sunday (8/30) evenings. Group pricing is available for groups of 15 or more by calling 704-379-1380.

Nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE opened on December 1, 2005 at the Broadway Theatre where it ran for over two record-breaking years. It is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is a member of the Independent Presenters Network (IPN), which is a producer of THE COLOR PURPLE.


WHAT: Oprah Winfrey presents THE COLOR PURPLE, The Musical about Love,

WHEN: August 25-30, 2009

WHERE: Belk Theater (130 N. Tryon St.)

COST: Tickets start at $35

TIX/MORE INFO:; 704-372-1000 or at the performing arts center box office in the Belk Theater lobby

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Top chefs take center stage at show

From a Southern Shows press release that just hit our inbox:

If you are ready to explore the newest designs, colors and innovations in the world of kitchens and baths, you are in luck. The Southern Kitchen & Bath Show is Aug. 28-30 at The Park, formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart. And this is a two-fer, folks. The show is held in conjunction with the Southern Ideal Home Show and one ticket takes you into both events.

In fact, the same ticket also buys you cooking classes, conversations with top chefs and tempting tastes of gourmet goodies. And, it’s an $8 ticket if you buy in advance; or $9 if you wait until show time. Such a deal.

Who will be cooking for you? The line-up is impressive, and includes chefs Chris Coleman, McNinch House; Greg Thompson, Morton’s the Steakhouse; Luca Annunziata, Passion 8; Geoff Bragg, The Pewter Rose; Tulsi Pai, Soma Indian Grill and sous chef Luke DeBisschop from The Pewter Rose. Plus, don’t miss long time favorite culinary expert, and food and wine educator Heidi Billotto.

This all-star cast of chefs will be on the Cambria Cooking Stage throughout the show. Check for who’s on when.

Cooking, tasting, learning and listening at the Cooking stage will be fun and possibly filling, but guests will also have a major bonus. The show is filled with counter tops, cabinets, spas, tubs, hardware, and everything you’d visualize in a first class kitchen, as well as the ultimate bathroom.

Add to that mix all that the Southern Ideal Home Show offers, with nationally recognized home improvement and design speakers, plus hundreds of exhibitors with products, services and experts in building, remodeling, decorating, landscaping and more – and, you have the perfect recipe for a homeowner, food-lover’s, dream day.

Here are the details you’ll need to plan your visit.

What: Southern Kitchen & Bath Show
When: August 28-30
Hours: Friday Aug. 28 – Noon-9:00p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Park, formerly Charlotte Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.
Admission: $9 (includes Southern Ideal Home Show); $8 in advance; Seniors (Friday only) $7. Under 15 free with paying adult.
Money-Saving Coupons, Schedules, and Details at: or call 800-849-0248.

Irish Summer Festival coming back to uptown

From a press release that just moved across our desk:

The third annual Charlotte Irish Summer Festival returns to Uptown on Saturday, August 15 at Third and Tryon streets. The event, celebrating all things Irish, will feature live entertainment, vendors, a Kids Corner and new attractions including Irish Dance Lessons, RiRa Dunk Tank, Dublin Dog Oasis, Tullamore Dew Putting Green and an onsite genealogist to help attendees trace their Irish roots.

“With such a thriving Irish community and support from the City, it’s our goal to continue to grow Charlotte's Irish Summer Festival into a destination event with visitors from all over the country,” said Ireland native and festival founder Kevin Devin, who is also co-owner of Connolly’s on Fifth. “In this economy, we couldn’t do it without community and sponsor support so we are particularly thankful to all of our partners.”

Official festival partners include: NewsTalk 1110 WBT: Official Radio Partner; Courtyard Charlotte City Center: Official Hotel Partner; Hawk Recycling: Official Green Partner; Guinness and Budweiser American Ale: Official Beers; Red Bull: Official Energy Drink; Zingo: Official Safe Ride Home.

Featuring authentic Irish dancers, music, food, drink, crafts and games, festivities kick off at noon and run until midnight. Admission is free from noon until 5pm with a $10 cover charge after that. Onsite donations will benefit the Festival's charity partners, Classroom Central and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Classroom Central will have bins at all entrances collecting school supplies and the first 100 attendees who donate will receive an official Charlotte Irish Summer Festival item.

With something for all ages, free daytime activities include: Kids Corner with moon bounce, face painting, games, Irish dance lessons, Corn Hole tournament and performances by the Rince na h’Eireann and Walsh Kelley Schools of Irish Dance.

New additions to this year’s festival include: an art exhibition, RiRa Dunk Tank, Tullamore Dew Putting Green, Dublin Dog Oasis, Gaelic Football Hurling challenge presented by the Charlotte Gaelic Football Club, Highland Games Exhibition and an attempt to break the world record for longest choreographed Irish Dance with the help of two local Irish dance schools.

The afternoon and evening entertainment lineup includes bands on the main stage with performances by Dublin City Ramblers, The Prodigals, Vertigo, Trad At Heart, McLean Avenue, The Fighting 86’s, My Three Kilts and Jimmy Brown and The Badly Loved.

"The Charlotte Irish Summer Festival is becoming an integral part of our summer calendar," said Moira Quinn, SVP of Communications for Charlotte Center City Partners. "Cultural events like this enrich our lives and bring energy to the urban core, helping to make our Uptown a memorable and inviting place to be."

Monday, August 3, 2009

School of Rock to play Woodstock tribute

This press release just popped into our inbox:

On Saturday, August 15th, 2009, The Paul Green School of Rock Music Charlotte will be one of 40+ nationwide music schools to collectively participate in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

The nation’s premiere performance-based rock music school for ages 7-18 will be hosting their Woodstock concert event rain or shine from 1-8pm at the renowned Symphony Park at Southpark, located at 4400 Sharon Rd. Charlotte NC.

Officially sanctioned by Woodstock Ventures’ Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman and Jennifer Roberts, the Charlotte festival is amongst 40 concert events that will feature local kids from School of Rock branches around the country. The kids will serve to pass the torch to a new generation of rockers, spreading the message of peace, love and rock ‘n roll. The School of Rock kids in the northeast will also be featured in the upcoming 2-hour documentary Woodstock: Now & Then set for broadcast in August on VH1 and The History Channel.

“It’s really about bringing Woodstock to the next generation,” said Woodstock founder Michael Lang. “Roots are important, musical and cultural, and 40 years after the Festival, we’re thrilled to have kids from the Paul Green School of Rock join us as the youngest part of the Anniversary celebration.”

School of Rock founder Paul Green expressed his excitement as well, “At the School of Rock, we believe that music and its enjoyment should not be limited by when it was created. We are truly honored to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, a monumental musical and cultural event.”

The Paul Green School of Rock Show Team (directed by Phil Black) will perform hits by classic Woodstock artists such as Santana, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Also featured will be local band icons performing tribute shows: Lenny Federal (Variety), Case Federal and the Agents (The Band), Crackers and Snackmeat (The Who) Duk Tan (Santana), Marcy Hernandez (Joan Baez), ES Guthrie (Joe Cocker) Chris English and the North Americans (Variety) and many more.

Over 15 vendors of local food and beer, handmade jewelry, crafts, clothing, henna artists, face painters and other sundry goods will be hosting booths throughout the day to round out the Woodstock experience.

Sponsored by Volkswagen, 95.7 The Ride and Highland Brewery, The Woodstock 40th Anniversary celebration is all-ages and open to the general public. Admission is FREE and more information can be found on

Live Nation expands 'No Service Fee Wednesday'

Straight from a press release that just moved into our inbox:

Live Nation announced that this Wednesday, in addition to extending the popular half-price ticket special in its amphitheaters, the company is for the first time expanding its No Service Fee program to include more than 1,500 shows in its theaters and clubs, including House of Blues and Fillmore venues, making hundreds of thousands of additional no-fee tickets available for the first time to concerts by new and developing artists across North America.

Both promotions, which together include shows at 86 venues across North America, will kick off at 12:01 a.m. local time on August 5, 2009 and run for 24 hours only at

“This summer, through our Wednesday ticket promotions, concert fans have saved nearly 10 million dollars on tickets to amphitheater shows by some of the biggest artists in the world,” said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. “As we near the end of a very successful summer season we want to bring the same value to music fans who enjoy shows at House of Blues and other theaters and clubs across North America. This Wednesday hundreds of thousands of additional tickets will be available with no service fee, making it easier for even more fans to discover and connect with the amazing artists playing in these smaller venues today, some of whom will be headlining amphitheaters and arenas tomorrow.”

Subject to availability at participating venues and select shows. Parking and other fees may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. General admission or reserved seats where applicable. Half Price Tickets promotion: service fees will be charged, will execute via a 50% discount off the total price and fees of tickets in multiples of two.