Live music: 40+ outdoor concerts and virtual shows in September

Live music: 40+ outdoor concerts and virtual shows in September
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This story is proudly presented by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. Let the pros at CEENTA help tune up your hearing. Whether you’re streaming or enjoying at a local venue (from a safe distance), you don’t want to miss a single glorious note at these upcoming shows.


Even in a pandemic, the show must go on. In September, look out for drive-in concerts, outdoor performances, and virtual shows in Charlotte.

Below is a list of where and when you can get your taste of live music again in September in and around 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.


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 two September concerts. Tickets range from $50 (4 people max) for a small sedan to $160 (8 people max) for a VIP picnic table for the September 5 concert and $100 to $120 for the September 18 concert.

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  • Saturday, September 5, 7 p.m.: DownTown Abby & The Echoes, Courtney Lynn & Quinn
  • Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.: Shakedown Street with Josh Daniel’s Grateful Band

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Josh Daniel has been playing live from his porch for more than 150 days in a row now and broadcasting the shows on Facebook Live to a growing audience of fans. Now he’s playing at a drive-in concert at The Music Yard.

Anne Springs Close Greenway

The Fort Mill greenway has live performances Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are required and open the Friday before each concert. Music on the Lawn is free to members and $6 for non-members, and parking is $5 per car.

  • Thursday, September 3: Todd Johnson & the Revolvers
  • Thursday, September 10: Party Parrot Band
  • Thursday, September 17: Kids in America
  • Thursday, September 24: Gal Friday Band

Music at the Met

The Metropolitan in Midtown hosts free outdoor performances in the breezeway next to Dressler’s Restaurant Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 3: Courtney Lynn & Quinn
  • Thursday, September 10: The Hwy
  • Thursday, September 17: Natty Boh Duo
  • Thursday, September 24: Dan Hood

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 Jazz will host 18 performances throughout September, with in-person ticket prices all $42 or less, and tickets to watch the concerts via livestream available for free or a donation. Check out the venue’s calendar for more information and to purchase tickets.

Middle C Jazz

Sounds on the Square

Blumenthal Performing Arts is highlighting local musicians and comedians at Spirit Square’s public plaza on College Street every Friday of September at 7 p.m. Events are free and socially distanced seating will be provided for the first 25 guests.

  • Friday, September 4: Temperance League, Todd Riley
  • Friday, September 11: Vadim Kolpakov, Don Garrett
  • Friday, September 18: Brit Drozda, Gabby Moore
  • Friday, September 4: Jason Jet, Christian Johnson

Hound’s Drive-In

Hound’s Drive-In Theater in Kings Mountain, just 40 minutes from uptown, will host Christian rock bands Big Daddy Weave and Zach Williams Friday, September 11. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the music will begin at dusk. Tickets start at $100 for a car with up to six people.


Live and Local Streaming Events

Here’s a round-up of upcoming live and local virtual concerts on Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms.

Virtual Concerts at The Evening Muse: The Evening Muse will host four livestream performances by local and regional musicians this month.

Josh Daniel’s Quarantine Sessions: Josh Daniel is still at it, performing live every day on Facebook at 6 p.m., as he’s done since March.

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

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

No Contact Concert Series: Catawba Brewing Company, WNCW, Codex Sound Company, Midwood Entertainment and American Video Production have teamed up for a free Saturday night live stream concert from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Fritz will perform September 5.

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

Live from Crown presents Alfred Sergel IVtet: JazzArts Charlotte’s virtual live music series features drummer and composer Alfred Sergel IVtet. The September 3 stream begins at 8 p.m.

The Jazz N Soul Live Streamin’: Willie Walker & Conversation Piece: Tickets for the September 5 smooth jazz performance are free (or a $5 donation) and get you the streaming link. Stream begins at 8 p.m.

Unplugged+Live: Curt Keyz & Nathan Storey: The September 17 event will feature performances from the singer-songwriters, as well as a post-concert Q&A. Register for the 7 p.m. event on Eventbrite to receive a streaming link.

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