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Nightlife & Music

Charlotte Holiday Concert Preview

November 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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ericchurch Charlotte Holiday Concert Preview

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Concert events, whether they’re a band, artist or big musical, come through Charlotte in droves near the end of the year, bringing even more excitement to the holiday season. Whether you want holiday cheer, or to just get away from it, the top five concerts this season have you covered.

Mannheim Steamroller
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000
www.blumenthalarts.orgPrice: $39.50 to $84.50
Hours: Nov. 23 – 8 p.m.Mannheim Steamroller makes its way through Charlotte every year around the holidays. Attending one of these shows is a guaranteed way to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Mannheim Steamroller’s stage presence keeps you intrigued as to how many different instruments and tunes the band can come up with. Mannheim Steamroller has been around for so many years it’s absolutely the must-see concert for area families this holiday season.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-9000
www.timewarnercablearena.com

Price: $32 to $71
Hours: Nov. 29 – 7:30 p.m.

If you’ve yet to experience the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s exhilarating live performances, it’s past time. Recordings just can’t compare.  Accompanying light and laser shows help bring about the effects of its music, and definitely help put everyone in the holiday spirit as well. Though the orchestra will incorporate some of its non-holiday music into the show, the holidays will be a main focal point of the night.

Eric Church
Time Warner Cable Arena

333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-9000
www.timewarnercablearena.comPrice: $45 to $60
Hours: Nov. 28 – 7:30 p.m.Straight from Nashville, Eric Church has taken over the country charts. His energetic shows never disappoint. Having not been around the music scene for too long, each show offers something new. Once the music is out there, however, it plays nonstop on the radio, which makes this an exciting opportunity to hear his new work before it’s played out.

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Widespread Panic 
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-9000
www.timewarnercablearena.comPrice: from $65
Hours: Dec. 31 – 9 p.m.Widespread Panic has been around since the 1980s and hasn’t lost it yet. The band enjoys a loyal following, continuing to tour well past industry expectations, and promising a rock-solid show every time. The audience is always a crucial part of its shows, and Charlotte will not disappoint. Check out this hot band before they stops touring.

Sum 41 
The Fillmore
100 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 916-8970
www.fillmorecharlottenc.comPrice: $20
Hours: Dec. 2 – 8 p.m.Sum 41 has been in and out of the spotlight over the past several years, and this tour is one fans have been waiting too long for. This is the band’s 10th anniversary tour, so expect songs from the very beginning up through its newest album. Fans love the Sum 41 sound, and although it’s changed it up a bit over the years, it’s still true to its one passion: performing for its fans and from each band member’s heart. Catch Sum 41 play some of its hottest hits at one of the best venues in town: The Fillmore Charlotte.

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Lee Griffin, 27, resides in Charlotte, NC. After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a BA in Communications in 2007, Lee has been working full-time as an Administrative Assistant, and writing part-time for The Examiner. Outside of working, Lee loves to discover new music, travel when she can, and learn more about photography. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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