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Alicia Keys Lights up the Night at CMCU Amphitheatre

Alicia Keys hold a microphone in the air while on stage in Charlotte
Alicia Keys wowed crowds on Aug. 2 at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

R&B singer Alicia Keys kicked off the North American leg of her Alicia + Keys World Tour on Aug. 2 at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre — the only Carolinas date of the tour. Her effortless, yet powerful, vocals fit seamlessly into every song she sang.

Alicia Keys can easily swing the pendulum between heartfelt and playful, as her vocals easily convey whatever emotion she’s going for. She also performed a good portion of her set on a smaller stage on the venue’s lawn.

Opening the night was soul singer Pink Sweat$ who enjoyed his own time in the spotlight, while also enjoying a vanilla cigar during his performance. 

Alicia Keys plays the piano during her show
Alicia Keys plays the piano during her show. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

As far as I could tell, Alicia Keys hadn’t been in Charlotte since 2004 — and fans can only hope she’ll be back again soon. However, a setlist of more than 30 songs should satisfy people for a while.

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 events page 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.

Alicia Keys sings into a microphone on stage in Charlotte
Alicia Keys (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Alicia Keys setlist
Nat King Cole
Truth Without Love
You Don’t Know My Name
Wasted Energy
Time Machine
New Day
Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)
So Done
Show Me Love
Off the Wall
The Beginning (Interlude)
The Gospel
Is It Insane

My Boo
City of Gods (Part II)
Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down
Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart
Girl on Fire
In Common
Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)
No One

Like You’ll Never See Me Again
If I Ain’t Got You

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