Quick overview of 6 popular Charlotte music venues and 11 live shows to experience this spring

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From rock and hip-hop to indie and folk, believe it or not, a few of the Queen City’s gems are the live music venues.

Want to rock out with that band you just heard on 106.5 The End? We got it.

Looking to grab a beer and catch an intimate show or listen to your favorite country superstar under the stars? We got that too.

One of Charlotte’s most vibrant yet overlooked attributes is its underrated live music scene.

Spectrum Center and PNC Music Pavilion

The Spectrum Center is home to more than just the Hornets.

Along with the PNC Music Pavilion, these two venues are the largest live music spaces in Charlotte, in terms of capacity. These two venues split shifts throughout the year.

When the nights get long, camp out under the stars at the Pavilion.

When you turn your clocks back, warm up with Grammy nominees at the Spectrum Center.

From Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd to Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan. Together, these two venues showcase music’s brightest superstars year-round.

Notable upcoming concerts: Jimmy Buffett (April 7), Slayer (June 14), Luke Bryan (June 29)

AvidXChange Music Factory

Known simply as the “Music Factory,” this little piece of Uptown is the premier destination for live music in Charlotte. Home to the Uptown Amphitheatre, The Fillmore and The Underground, these venues boast both a variety of national and local acts from all genres.

Looking to catch a show under the sparkling Charlotte skyline? Kick back and relax in a comfy lawn chair at the amphitheater with a cold brew.

Interested in getting sweaty and moshing with your favorite rock or metal band? Cram into the newly renovated Underground next door to The Fillmore.

Notable upcoming concerts: Dashboard Confessional (March 27), Modest Mouse (April 27), Beck (April 29)

The Neighborhood Theatre and The Evening Muse


NoDa is dedicated to promoting the arts, which includes live music. Spend a night in this corner of Charlotte and enjoy the upcoming bands in both the local and national music scene at Neighborhood Theatre.

Originally built as a movie theater in 1945, Neighborhood Theatre brims with character from wall to wall. It’s sloped, first floor standing-room only ensures that there isn’t a bad view in the house.

Sitting catty-corner to the Neighborhood Theatre is The Evening Muse, a space for music-lovin’ citizens and independent artists. With at least one show nearly every night of the week, this award-winning venue is a rare gem for lovers of both acoustic and full electric bands.

Notable upcoming concerts: Jessica Lea Mayfield (March 15), Minus The Bear (April 22), Margo Price (May 15)

Visulite Theatre

Located in the heart of Elizabeth, next door to a few of the tastiest restaurants Charlotte has to offer, the Visulite Theatre showcases some of the promising up and coming performers today.

Mixing both national and local talent with the very best tribute bands, find the ultimate live music experience here. Amidst an intimate feel, friendly environment and full service bar with a large selection of beer, wine and liquor, there’s little not to love about the Visulite.

Notable upcoming concerts: Coast Modern (March 13), Wolf Alice (April 17)

Other notable music venues in Charlotte: The Rabbit Hole, The Milestone Club, Petra’s Bar, The Station, Flight Beer Garden & Music Hall, Ovens Auditorium, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Tin Roof

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