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Charlotte for Music Lovers

Charlotte, as one of North Carolina’s trendiest and most quickly growing regions, has a music scene that you’d expect from a big city.

Of course, there is the opera and the symphony—high-culture musical programs that you'd expect in a town like this. But if you're looking for trending acts, it's definitely here. Some of the hottest acts (read “pop music” and super stars) perform at the Spectrum Center, with smaller-but-still-a-big-deal bands playing at the Fillmore and the Uptown Amphitheatre within the NC Music Factory.

If you’re looking for more of the local and down-home vibe, the city offers several more intimate music theaters such as the Visulite. These locations are great for beers with friends on a weeknight or weekend, and these venues host city events of all types—think burlesque, beer fests and, of course, plenty of special-interest music events.

The Charlotte local music scene tends to be grounded in rock, blues, bluegrass and singer-songwriter styles, but with the touring acts, you'll find all manner of musical genres in the Queen City. Rare is the night you can't find a good performance in this town.

AvidXchange Music Factory

Formerly known as the NC Music Factory, this enormous refurbished textile mill offers a one-stop shop for dining, entertainment, live music and more. Catch a show at The Fillmore or an act at The Comedy Zone. Schedule of events online. Hours vary by venue.

The Evening Muse

This bar and live music venue also features contemporary art, best viewed at the NoDa gallery crawl the first and third Friday of every month.

Mickey Mooch

Steaks, chops, decadent desserts, and cocktails made right plus a vibrant atmosphere—that’s the timeless appeal of M&M. D (Tu-Su).

Howl at the Moon

For the ultimate night out, you can't go wrong with a venue that's part bar and part concert. Talented pianists and singers take requests all night and put their spin on any song the partiers throw at them. Open W-Th, 8 pm-2 am; F-Sa, 7 pm-2 am.

Theatre Charlotte

Established in 1927, this tucked-away, popular local spot in the city’s Myers Park neighborhood presents long-running favorites, such as "A Christmas Carol" as well as newer standouts.

Opera Carolina

As the premier professional opera company in the Carolinas, Opera Carolina performs many spectacular shows each season and is comprised mainly of Carolina natives. Upcoming: Verdi's "Rigoletto," Feb. 11, 15, 17; Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," April 15, 19, 21. $21-$154. Times vary by performance.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1932, the Charlotte Symphony is a longstanding nonprofit organization committed to connecting and strengthening its community through exceptional musical experiences.

Visulite Theatre

A hotspot for up-and-coming performers sandwiched in with nationally recognized names; also hosts events such as steampunk balls, beer festivals and burlesque shows. The standing-room-only theater's stage is adorned with an old-school, ruched backdrop and crowned with two sets of wings on either side.

Neighborhood Theatre

This one-time movie theater in NoDa offers up a more personal experience for music lovers in an intimate venue, playing host to local and national acts. 

Spectrum Center

Home to the Charlotte Hornets, this 20,200-seat arena also plays host to major concerts and events throughout the year.