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Best Outdoor Concerts To Look Forward To This Summer In Charlotte

April 11, 2013 9:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheater

Photo Credit: Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheater

Many outdoor concert goers enjoy the freedom to move around, dance and rock on to the music. They also provide a greater opportunity to mix with the crowd and meet people. An outdoor concert attached to a festival can be fun for the entire family. Check the venue sponsor for camera policies. Here are a few events around the Charlotte area:

Taste Of Charlotte
Tryon St.
Uptown Charlotte
(704) 262-9847

Dates: Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m./Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m./Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Admission free

Held in uptown Charlotte along Tryon Street, from MLK Jr. Boulevard to 6th Street, this is a food lover’s festival featuring two regional music groups. StellaRising is a southern rock, female-headed band formed in Charlotte. The energetic sound fuses some rock, pop and funk. One Leg Up is based out of Asheville. They present a fusion of gypsy jazz, swing, Latin and original compositions appropriate for dancing! These outdoor concerts are held at various times throughout the festival. Check the website for more information. Taste of Charlotte offers delectable samplings from 30+ restaurants, including Mexican, Indian, Irish, Italian, Moroccan and American cuisines. Coins are used to purchase food and beverages.

Charlotte Symphony Pops Prelude
Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 941-2557

Date: Sunday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
Price: Admission free

Symphony Park is located near South Park Mall. The lawn is always full for these concerts presented by the Charlotte Symphony. Concert goers bring gourmet picnics, munching on cheese and little sandwiches while drinking their favorite wine. Many set up portable table and chairs or lounge on blankets. For most part, there is no shaded area except a few small trees. Enjoy an after-concert meal at one of the restaurants, within walking distance. The “Pops” series features sounds of the 20th and 21st centuries, including rock, folk, jazz, Broadway and cinema. The Charlotte Symphony has entertained concert goers since 1932. It has a tremendous outreach program to area schools.

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O.A.R. – The Sounds Of Summer Tour
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(866)  625-4586

Date: Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Price: Starts at $23

The Sounds of Summer Tour will hit Myrtle Beach and Charleston after wrapping up Charlotte. The group began together while in high school in Rockville, Maryland. They released their first album before graduation and stayed together while attending Ohio State University. Rain or shine, the concert will go on. This venue is located behind the NC Music Factory. Concession stands provide food and drink. Parking is free on a gravel lot.

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Willie Nelson concert (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Dave Matthews Band
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
707 Pavilion Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 549-5555

Date:  Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
Price: Starts at $50

The Dave Matthews Band (DMB) is known to sell out some of the largest venues in the world. They formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. Their music is a mix of rock, folk, bluegrass and country rock. Bring a picnic meal, and spread out on the lawn for this venue, as there is plenty of open space. Food and drink concessions are available. Acoustics can be loud, and there is plenty of room for dancing or adding another chair to the group.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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