Nightlife & Music

Best Places To Discover New Music In Charlotte

January 4, 2013 6:00 AM

View Comments
(credit: Thinkstock)

(credit: Thinkstock)

(credit: Thinkstock)

(credit: Thinkstock)

If you’re looking for new music, undiscovered talent and overnight discoveries that, unknown to the public, may have been woodshedding for a long time, look no further than these clubs in Charlotte. They often blend the tried and true, the old with the new to bring you exactly the sound you need every time.

Neighborhood Theatre
511 E. 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 358-9298
The Neighborhood Theatre, an anchor in the NoDa alternative arts district built in 1945, looks a bit run down from outward appearances. Its old movie theater marquee outside keeps those who drive by up to date on coming attractions, and its bookings speak volumes about the kind of talent it attracts. Blues, rap, funk, rock and bluegrass artists, such as Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, and the late Doc Watson, have appeared at the Neighborhood Theatre. Consider, too, that the December before winning its first Grammy, the Carolina Chocolate Drops played there. Last December, the year after it won, CCD returned and performed once again. Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, which give homage to George Clinton as a great influence in its music, play regularly.

Snug Harbor in Plaza Midwood
1228 Gordon St.
Charlotte, NC 28205-5024
(704) 333-9799
snugrock.comSnug Harbor is deemed a haven for the hip. Completely brand new, this music venue is dedicated to offering a stage for undiscovered talent. A free concert featuring its designated artist in residence is offered Wednesday nights. Located in the trendy Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, the location promises to attract a diverse clientele who also support the nearby NoDa area. Expect serious volume.

Related: Best Places for Film Buffs in Charlotte

Tremont Music Hall
400 W. Tremont Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 343-9494
Founded in 1995, Tremont Music Hall is a features international acts and new musicians. Concerts are usually for audiences of all ages unless otherwise indicated. Consequently, generations of Charlotteans have good memories of music events in days gone by. While Tremont has hosted some of the best live shows in the city, its ambiance is intimate. Two music rooms — the Casbah and the larger Main Hall — accommodate from 400 to 950.

Amos’ Southend
1423 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 377-6874
www.amossouthend.comSince its early days when Amos’ was located on Park Road, this music venue has been an integral part of the local and regional music scene. Acts such as Hootie and the Blowfish, Dave Matthews, Edwin McCain, Cowboy Mouth and Sister Hazel performed on its stage long before they were signed to major labels. After moving to the current Southend location, Amos’ has continued to seek the best in local, regional and national talent. Hinder, 3 Days Grace, Shinedown, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, The Zack Brown Band, John Legend and Wiz Khalifa are just a few of the artists that have performed at Amos’ Southend and have gone on to become superstars in the music business.

Related: A Guide to Charlotte’s Visulite Theater

Visulite Theater
1615 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 358-9200
www.visulite.comThe Visulite Theatre offers everything from funk to reggae to burlesque. It also shares a history of featuring acts that became famous. The first of two times sacred steel guitar artists Robert Randolph and the Family Band appeared, audience members loved the sound so much they left before the main show to preserve the memory. Derek Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeski, now the Tedeski Trucks Band, played quite often at the Visulite before they got big.

Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 15,217 other followers