July concerts: Live music is back at drive-in venues and breweries

July concerts: Live music is back at drive-in venues and breweries
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Though traditional concerts have mostly stopped due to COVID-19, live music in Charlotte has made a bit of a comeback over recent weeks with drive-in concerts, live streaming, and even a venue opening with limited seating.

Below is a list of where and when you can get your taste of live music again in July in the Queen City.

Safety first: If you do plan on attending an in-person performance, please do so responsibly. Wear a mask when you’re not eating or drinking and stay a safe distance from others.


Middle C Jazz

The uptown jazz club was able to reopen with limited seating since it is private, seated, and has restaurant service. Middle C will host 19 performances throughout July, with ticket prices ranging from $10 to $42 and limited to just 50 ticketed seats per performance. Check out the venue’s calendar for more information and to purchase tickets.

Middle C Jazz

Seating at Middle C Jazz is blocked out with orange tape to ensure social distancing. (Photo courtesy Middle C)

The Music Yard Summer Drive-In Series

The Music Yard, located in between SouthBound and Mac’s Speed Shop on South Blvd, will continue its Summer Drive-In Series with four Friday night performances. Each event goes from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is limited to ages 21 and older. Tickets start at $50 per car.

  • Friday, July 3: Sun-Dried Vibes, Lovely Budz
  • Friday, July 10: Girls Room presents GIRLS YARD
  • Friday, July 17: Drive-In Dance Floor with Daniels Jack, Nat Black, James Wyler and Alan Ospina
  • Friday, July 24: CBDB, Blue Footed Boobies

Live and Local Streaming Events

Charlotte Symphony al Fresco: Principal Cellist Alan Black hosts live performances from himself and other socially distanced Charlotte Symphony musicians in his backyard. The performances happen Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. and can be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

Josh Daniel’s Quarantine Sessions: The guitarist and singer started performing live on Facebook in front of his home in March. He celebrated his 100th straight performance on June 24 at 6 p.m. in a stream that now has 80,000 views.

josh daniel porch quarantine sessions

Knocturnal: The weekly hip-hop event at Snug Harbor has gone virtual as DJ A-Minor livestreams a set every Monday at 9:30 p.m. on the Knocturnal Facebook page and on Twitch.

Lisa De Novo’s Word Song Wednesday’s: The acoustic musician improvises a song based on words submitted from her audience every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m on Instagram Live at @lisadenovo. In addition to her weekly series, she’ll be performing a longer set live on Facebook Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m.

Live Streaming On A Prayer With Courtney Lynn & Quinn: The folk duo will perform live every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m on Facebook or Instagram.

PALEFACE LiveStream Concert Series: The indie guitar and drum duo will be performing Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 23 live on Facebook at 8 p.m.

Sam on Sunday: Sam Tayloe of the Americana band Time Sawyer livestreams a concert with a mix of Time Sawyer originals and covers on Sundays at 8 p.m. on the band’s Facebook page.

Sofa King Dope Sessions: Jah Freedom will be streaming live DJ sets on Facebook and Twitch Wednesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 24 at 9 p.m.

GiGi Mack: The Get Down: Soul vocalist GiGi Mack and her band The GiSpot will perform Friday, July 3rd at 8 p.m. Tickets are free (or a $5 donation) and get you the streaming link, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local food pantries.

Live from Crown With the Lovell Bradford Trio: The JazzArts Charlotte event features Lovell Bradford on piano, Lovell Bradford Jr. on bass, and Tim Scott on drums performing live on Facebook from Crown Station on Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

Unplugged+Live: Jason Jet & Emaejai: The July 16th event will feature performances from the solo-acoustic and duo-acoustic singer-songwriters, as well as a post-concert Q&A. Register for the 7 p.m. event on Eventbrite to receive a streaming link.

A Night With Groove 8: The Evening Muse will host the jazz funk group for a live streaming concert on Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

The Evening Muse (photo taken pre-coronavirus)

Live at a Brewery

OldSkool: July 3 at 6:30 p.m. Sugar Creek Brewing

Reid Ferguson: July 4 at 4 p.m. Blue Blaze Brewing

Brice Parker: July 10 at 6 p.m. Town Brewing

No Business Mountain: July 10 at 6 p.m. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Cameron Moore: July 24 at 6 p.m. Catawba Brewing Company

Embarrassment Of Riches: July 24 at 7 p.m. Sugar Creek Brewing

You Knew Me When: July 25 at 6 p.m. Birdsong Brewing


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