Under the Chandeliers
a preview of what’s coming up at The Fillmore
NC Music Factory has been one of my favorite spots in Charlotte for a long time. I’ve seen many amazing bands in the various venues, danced on many dancefloors, and even been chased by zombies down the sidewalk during the haunted house attraction in October. The Fillmore is probably at the top of my list as far as Music Factory establishments go, and is one of my favorite venues overall in Charlotte. I think it might be all the chandeliers – or maybe the fact that I met Hollywood Undead in the parking lot once and J3T kissed me on the cheek – but it’s definitely always held a special place in my heart. You also can’t beat free parking and the twenty-four hour diner right across the sidestreet. Concerts till well after midnight and greasy food always go well together.
I’m not surprised by the lineup over the course of the next couple of months at what seems to also be a favorite to a lot of artists who continue to play at The Fillmore every time they visit North Carolina. So what can you expect for the rest of May and into June? Good luck picking just one. Let’s just get right to it.
Has that song “Sleeping With A Friend” been stuck in your head yet? Neon Trees has a way of constructing catchy tunes that aren’t hard to become obsessed with – maybe it’s lead singer Tyler Glenn’s unmatchable sound that’s so easy to sing along with, or just the architecture of their lyrics, but if “Everybody Talks” didn’t get you singing a couple of years ago, I doubt you’ll get away from them a second time around. If you’re already hooked, you’re in for a treat Thursday, May 22, because they’ll be here along with the American indie pop band Small Pools starting at 8pm.
For fans of the classic Heart, you can treat yourself to the ultimate USA Heart Tribute, Heart Brigade, on Friday, May 23. Tickets are just ten bucks and show starts at 9pm. Remember that MTV show “Making the Band” and the girl group it erected, Danity Kane? They had a rocky start, unable to keep the drama out of their business, and went through some turnover in group members, but the group best known for “Show Stopper” and “Damaged” regrouped in full, minus one original member, in 2013. You can check out their new sound on Wednesday, May 28, during their No Filter Tour.
On Thursday, May 29, in regards to Freedom Project, you get to rock out with Atlanta rock band Manchester Orchestra along with post-hardcore crew Balance and Composure. Tickets start at $17.50 and show’s at 8pm. A fresh approach to social media experiences, The DigiTour provides real life form social media by way of concerts, events, and more. The DigiTour 2014 will be in Charlotte at The Fillmore on Wednesday, June 4, beginning at 6:30pm. If you’re not familiar with this new generation approach to live music, the tour features over eighty of the best social media talent, including acts such as Before You Exist, Fifth Harmony, O2L, Tyler Oakley, and more. Tickets are just $25.00 and shows are selling out fast across the tour’s span; so if you want to see some of your favorite social media stars, get your tickets now!
One who doesn’t need much of an introduction to most of us is the multi-talented Jack White. If you didn’t already know, he debuted for us as vocalist, guitarist, and pianist for The White Stripes, which ended in 2011. Ever since, he’s been breaking our hearts with how good is individual talent is. White founded and functioned in a couple of other well done bands aside from The White Stripes, including The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, but it’s definitely his solo career that stands out for most Jack White fans. Sufficiently falling under everything from indie rock, to alternative, to folk and even blues, Jack White has a superb tapestry of talent and you should be sure to check him out Thursday night, June 5, at The Fillmore.
Here’s one for all the old school music fans such as myself. They just don’t make music like they used to, and these legendary tributes that come around every so often pay high honor to that. On Friday night, June 6, enjoy a double tribute to two of the best artists of all time, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. The Stranger honors the astounding catalog of Billy Joel, while Natural Wonder pays homage to some of those R&B favorites from the Wonder himself. Tickets are just ten bucks and the show starts at 9pm.
Kickstart your giggle box on Saturday, June 7, with the comedy show Turn It Funny starring the one and only Tracy Morgan. A television and stand up star compatible with most anyone who has a sense of humor, this is definitely a comedy show worth investing in. Not a huge investment, either, with tickets just $35.50 and reserved seats.
Rounding up the middle of the month are the Seattle folk band The Head and the Heart on Wednesday, June 11, at 8pm, and the Australian roots jam band John Butler Trio on Sunday, June 15 accompanied by folk duo, Falls, at 8pm.
As you can see, the buffet of entertainment over the next couple of months at The Fillmore is substantial. Pencil in your favorites, score your tickets online, and enjoy some of this summer’s best upcoming shows.