Towns and organizations throughout the region have put together a full list of summer concerts and outdoor films this year. From bluegrass to shag to symphony, there’s music for everyone to enjoy out on a picnic blanket this summer. Here’s a roundup of some of this summer’s shows.


Cornelius outdoor concerts and movies

CORNELIUS – The town will hold two outdoor music events this summer and fall:

• Lake Norman Has Talent, Aug. 24 at Bailey Road Park. Gates open at 7 p.m. The show will feature performances from local residents. Applications and audition tapes may be submitted to the Cornelius PARC Department, P.O. Box 399, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius, 28031. Fireworks immediately following the awards ceremony

• LaketoberFest, Oct. 19 at Bailey Road Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. The event will feature live music, art vendors, children's activities, food trucks and a beer tasting. Fireworks immediately following the final music performance.

Cornelius will also hold a series of outdoor movie screenings at Ramsey Creek Park, Aquesta Bank and Movies on the Boulevard at Kenton Place.

All movies will be shown on an inflatable “blimp” screen. Weather permitting, movies will begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Shows are free, with refreshments available to buy at each showing.

The movie lineup:

June 12, Kenton Place, ParaNorman

June 22, Ramsey Creek Park, Men in Black 3

June 26, Kenton Place, Skyfall (Edited)

July 10, Kenton Place, Here Comes the Boom

July 20, Ramsey Creek Park, Rise of the Guardians

July 24, Kenton Place, Hotel Transylvania

Aug. 7, Kenton Place, The Avengers

Aug. 17, Aquesta Bank, Madagascar 3

Aug. 21, Kenton Place, The Amazing Spider-Man


Davidson Concerts on the Green

DAVIDSON – The town holds concerts on Sunday nights from 6-8 on the Village Green, at the intersection of Concord Road and Main Street. The shows are free and appropriate for all ages.

June 2, Lake Norman Big Band

June 9, Band of Oz

June 16, Pushh

July 4, The New Familiars

July 7, Da Throwback Band

July 21, Rusty Knox Band

Aug. 4, Bobby Umber Band

Aug. 18, Too Far Gone

Sept. 1, Backbeat

Sept. 15, Davidson Symphony & Jazz Ensemble


Whitewater Center River Jam

CHARLOTTE – The U.S. National Whitewater Center holds concerts each week throughout the summer.

Thursday nights also feature a trail run beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This summer’s lineup:

June 6, Delta Saints

June 8, Porch Dog Revival

June 13, Jamie McLean Band

June 20, Packway Handle

June 22, Rosco Bandana

June 27, Hollis Brown

June 29, The Broadcast

July 6, The Chemist

July 11, Town Mountain

July 13, Mipso

July 18, Holy Ghost Tent Revival

July 20, Common Foundation

July 25, Honey Island Swamp Band

July 27, Mike Strauss Band

Aug. 1, Paper Bird

Aug. 3, Overmountain Men

Aug. 8, Desert Noises

Aug. 15, Red Wanting Blue

Aug. 17, Lefty Williams

Aug. 22, Delta Moon

Aug. 24, Jesse Dee

Aug. 31, Charley Horse

Sept. 5, Tone Balzers

Sept. 12, Bob Margolin

Sept. 19, Sol Driven Train

Sept. 26, Humming House



Mooresville’s Music on Main

Music on Main is a free outdoor concert series presented by the Town of Mooresville. The shows are held on the first Friday of every month through September. The music will start at 6:30 p.m., and food and beverages will be available to buy.

Concerts take place on the lawn at Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St.

This year’s lineup:

June 7, Trial By Fire

July 5, Fantastic Shakers

Aug. 2, The Stranger

Sept. 6: The Dickens Band



Union Street Live – Concord

Downtown Concord hosts a monthly outdoor concert on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. next to the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union St. S.

This year’s schedule:

June 20, Tim Clark

July 18, Too Much Sylvia

Aug. 15, Craig Woolard

Sept. 19, Atlantic Groove Band


Charlotte Symphony at McGuire

The EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station hosts the annual Charlotte Symphony concert beginning at 8:15 p.m. June 21. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn or anchor your boat in the cove of Lake Norman. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Details: 980-875-5600.


Alive After Five Concert Series – Lincolnton

Downtown Lincolnton hosts a monthly outdoor concert series behind the Lincoln County Courthouse, at the intersection of Main Street and Court Square. Shows usually run from 6-9 p.m.

Here’s a look at this summer’s concerts:

June 27, Coming Up Brass

July 25, The Folsom Prison Gang

Aug. 29, Kevin Richardson and Cuttin’ Edge

Sept. 26, The Fantastic Shakers


Charlotte Symphony summer series

The symphony will hold a series of concerts this summer at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Gates open at 5 p.m., a pre-show begins at 7 and the Charlotte Symphony begins playing at 8:15. Tickets cost $10 for adults, or $35 for all five concerts. Children get in free.

The symphony also performs several free community concerts throughout the summer. Details:

This year’s shows:

June 9, The Thrill of the Orchestra, conducted by Albert-George Schram

June 16, A Summer Pops Fantasia, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green

June 23, Scores of Movie Music, conducted by Albert-George Schram

June 30, That’s Amore, conducted by Albert-George Schram

July 3, Celebrate America, conducted by Albert-George Schram


The symphony has also planned a series of community concerts throughout the region. All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m.

June 7, Stumptown Park, Matthews, The Thrill of the Orchestra

June 20, Belle Johnston Park, Pineville, A Summertime Serenade

June 29, Bailey Road Park, Cornelius, Celebrate America

July 2, Village Park, Celebrate America



Stonecrest Summer Concert Series

The Stonecrest Summer Concert Series takes place every weekend through Sept. 28. The concerts are free and take place from 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at two different performance spaces: the Fountain stage and the Plaza stage.

The concert roundup:


June 7-8

Fountain Stage: Mick & The Ultras

Plaza Stage: Kristi Orman


June 14-15

Fountain Stage: Dukes & Smith

Plaza Stage: Rayen Belchere


June 21-22

Fountain Stage: Red Car

Plaza Stage: Sabra Callas


June 29-29

Fountain Stage: Uniq Blend

Plaza Stage: Jerry Dowd


July 5-6

Fountain Stage: Mick & The Ultras

Plaza Stage: Wicked Powers


July 12-13

Fountain Stage: Doug Burns

Plaza Stage: Scott Smith


July 19-20

Fountain Stage: Leslie & Friends

Plaza Stage: Tony Barnes


July 26-27

Fountain Stage: Brubakers

Plaza Stage: Kristi Ormand


Aug. 2-3

Fountain Stage: Robin B

Plaza Stage: Sabra Callas


Aug. 9-10

Fountain Stage: Hot Sauce

Plaza Stage: Rayen Belchere


Aug. 16-17

Fountain Stage: Uniq Blend

Plaza Stage: Jerry Dowd


Aug. 23-24

Fountain Stage: Mick & The Ultras

Plaza Stage: Kevin Russell


Aug. 30-31

Fountain Stage: Uniq Flavur

Plaza Stage: Wicked Powers


Sept. 6-7

Fountain Stage: Brubakers

Plaza Stage: Jeff Brown


Sept. 13-14

Fountain Stage: Leslie & Friends

Plaza Stage: Kevin Russell


Sept. 20-21

Fountain Stage: Kimberly Carper Trio

Plaza Stage: Sabra Callas


Sept. 27-28

Fountain Stage: Robin B

Plaza Stage: Scott Smith




Friday Night Live – Belmont

Friday Night Live concerts will be held every other Friday evening in downtown Belmont through Sept. 6. Concerts run from 7-10 p.m., South Main Street closes between the railroad tracks and Myrtle Street beginning around 2 p.m. in order to set up for the event.

The concerts are free, but there is a charge for concessions.


This summer’s series, “Summer of Shag:”

June 14, Coming Up Brass

June 28, Voltage Brothers, featuring fireworks

July 12, Band of Oz

July 26, Spontanes/Image

Aug. 9, Hip Pocket

Aug. 23, Coastline

Sept. 6, Ken Knox & Company (former members of Chairman of the Board)