Alan Stone

The Underground 820 Hamilton Street, Charlotte, NC

A self-described “hippie with soul,” Alan Stone has only made minor tweaks in his sound since his self-titled debut album cracked the Top 40 of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart in 2011. That accomplishment was all the more remarkable because Stone crafted ridiculously engaging tunes by remaining resolutely rooted in the past. His grainy, unvarnished vocals …


Wednesday Night Live: Visual Vanguard Celebration

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC

To coincide with the Visual Vanguard exhibition, which examines 25 contemporary Black Carolina artists who create in a variety of vibrant and versatile media, this edition of Wednesday Night Live celebrates the power, passion and allure of the spoken word. Featured artist de’Angelo Dia, acclaimed as a poet, theologian, doctoral candidate at Union Presbyterian Seminary …


Charlie Parker: Reverberations

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC

Arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time, Charlie Parker changed the course of jazz music. His genius reverberated well beyond the musical circles of his time to inspire masterful players like John Coltrane, writers like Ralph Ellison and visual artists as disparate as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Romare Bearden. In partnership with the UNC Charlotte Department …


Hope Nicholls’ Birthday Bash

Tommy's Pub 3124 Eastway Dr Suite 710, Charlotte, NC

Forming and fronting the bands Fetchin’ Bones, Sugarsmack, Snagglepuss and, currently, It’s Snakes, Hope Nicholls is a musical treasure. Fetchin’ Bones has been filed with the likes of Pylon, R.E.M., and the dBs, yet were unlike anything else on the American music scene. Grunge before Nirvana, riot grrrl before Bikini Kill, Nicholls’ band kept faith …



The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC

Early in its career, Savannah DIY metal band Baroness was filed away in the doom metal category, but maybe — like presumed metalheads Opeth and Ghost — they’ve just been closet prog rockers all along. The band, which seemed to rise from the dead in 2012 when a horrific bus crash prompted two members to …


MLK Day 2022: Community Dreams

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC

The Gantt celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full day of programming that includes an interactive dance performance, a written dreams workshop hosted by Boris “Bluz” Rogers, panel discussions featuring icons of Charlotte history such as Dorothy Counts-Scoggins and contemporary activists like Kass Ottley, theatrical readings of Dr. King’s epic speeches, film screenings, …


‘Son of the White Mare’

VisArt Video 3104 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, NC

A psychedelic masterpiece of world animation, Marcell Jankovics’ Son of the White Mare sits amid the august company of Yellow Submarine and René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet. A 1981 Hungarian production, Son of the White Mare pits three brothers, spawned from a horse goddess, against three evil dragons in a quest to rescue three princesses while …


‘La Besita’

Booth Playhouse NC

In a cloud of smoke, the train flies through the air above the stage as aerialists and acrobats depicting the train’s passengers and moving parts defy gravity. For Charlotte circus arts ensemble Nouveau Sud the train is La Bestia — or “The Beast,” which can offer an avenue toward a new life or kill you …




What would it be like to live in someone else’s 70-year-old-dream of the future? A concrete Utopia designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Lucio Costa, the city of Brasilia sprang from the desert sands in the 1950s, along with the rebirth of Brazil’s democracy. Director Bart Simpson traces the history of this visionary — …


“Lancaster Rocks! The Contributions of Lancaster, SC to American Popular Music”

Native American Studies Center 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, SC

For such a small town, Lancaster, SC has produced a surprising number of musicians and producers, not only artists who have gained fame, but ones who shaped and continue to shape American popular culture. From the earliest days of recorded music, through the R & B and Soul music eras, into the Alternative music of the 80s, and to the contemporary era, Lancaster County has produced rock and pop stars of regional, national, and international acclaim. This lecture celebrates Lancaster’s contribution to American popular music.



Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC

CSO’s homage to film composer John Williams is a strategy to teach the little ones about the different sections of the orchestra through “The Boy Who Lived.” The idea is to rope the youngsters into classical music appreciation though Hufflepuffs, Hagrid and Quidditch. A contemporary refinement of Benjamin Brittan’s 1945 classic The Young Person’s Guide …



Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC

“Talking to the wallpaper/Wandering the halls/I burned a lot of bridges/And I dropped a lot of balls/It’s wonder I can go back to any place I’ve been,” James McMurtry sings in his hazy single-malt baritone on “If It Don’t Bleed” off his latest album The Horses and The Hounds. The lyrics are peak McMurtry: plain-spoken …


Milton Suggs sings Great Jazz Composers at the JAZZ ROOM

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts 130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

Evocative baritone Milton Suggs gives vocal life and lyrics to jazz’s classic instrumentalists, including Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Roy Hargrove, Bennie Golson, Clifford Brown and more.

$20 – $25



Dancer, scholar and assistant professor in the Department of Dance at UNC Charlotte Tamara Williams presents a lecture in conjunction with Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi — A Marvellous Entanglement, British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien’s nine-screen film installation/tribute to Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Williams, who has trained extensively in Afro-Brazilian dance, draws on her …