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PHOTOS: AJR Plays All the Hits at PNC Music Pavilion

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Jack Met, one of three brothers who make up the indie-pop band AJR, performs at PNC Music Pavilion on May 8. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Temperatures dropped toward the 40s on Sunday night, but that did little to put the chill on indie-pop band AJR’s show, PNC Music Pavilion’s second concert of the 2022 season. The New York-based trio is composed of multi-instrumentalist brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met.

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Jack Met (right) with brother Ryan during Sunday’s performance. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Though they began performing in 2006, busking in Central and Washington Square parks, they’ve seen more mainstream success in recent years, hitting No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with their third album Neotheater, released in 2019, and seeing their single “Bang!” peak at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2021. 

Jack Met, one of three brothers who make up the indie-pop band AJR, performs at PNC Music Pavilion on May 8. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

The setlist that was chock full of hits, including “Bang!,” “Dear Winter,” “Burn the House Down,” and “Sober Up,” providing a solid soundtrack to the band’s antics, which included plenty of dancing and video screen excitement. 

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While the lawn wasn’t open for this tour stop, the full pavilion provided plenty of singalong energy for the enthusiastic trio. Each time AJR has returned to the Queen City, they’ve played in a larger venue. There’s no telling where they’ll go next… 
Jack Met, one of three brothers who make up the indie-pop band AJR, performs at PNC Music Pavilion on May 8. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
The same could be said for opening act GAYLE, a 17-year-old pop singer who’s riding high on the wave of her single, “ABCDEFU.” GAYLE’s talent and energetic performance kept the crowd captivated throughout her 45-minute set. It’s hard to imagine that she won’t be headlining large venues around the country in the near future. 
Pop singer GAYLE performs at PNC Music Pavilion on May 8. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our Lifeline as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here
 
AJR Setlist
Bummerland
Karma
3 O’Clock Things
Bang!
Dear Winter / The Trick
Don’t Throw Out My Legos
Ordinaryish People
100 Bad Days
Next Up Forever / Netflix Trip / Birthday Party / Record Player / The Green and the Town / I’m Ready / Break My Face / Christmas in June / Turning Out
Joe
I Won’t
World’s Smallest Violin
Humpty Dumpty
Weak
The Good Part
Burn the House Down
Encore
Sober Up
Way Less Sad

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