How To Experience Live Music in the Queen City


As mentioned in our first post, this blog was developed out of a desire to boost the local talent in Charlotte, NC. So we’re going to kick things off with our own review of the queen city’s music scene.

Quite frankly, it sucks.

Not the talent. Just the show of support for the talent. There are a ton of gifted musicians here, and most of my favorites either fizzle out and give up or move to a bigger, more music-friendly city like L.A. or New York.

There are some great venues here, but trying to get booked is like pulling teeth. I should know, I’ve been there.

But this post is not about my struggle as an aspiring musician in Charlotte. It’s more about how to get the best out of the live music scene as an audience member. If you’re planning to attend a live show, whether you’re going to a small, intimate venue like The Evening Muse to see one of our talented locals, or you’re heading to the Time Warner Cable Arena to see your favorite indie rock band perform, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your experience.

1. Treat yourself to the VIP experience. If you’re attending a concert in the queen city, there’s no reason to feel like anything less than royalty.

Invest in awesome seats. Go out to eat beforehand. Arrive early enough to tailgate. And make sure you have plenty of cash on hand for drinks.

2. Know the music you’re going to hear.

Let’s face it: concerts are way more fun when you can sing along.

Yes, you’re probably going to hear some music you don’t recognize. (Independent artists are notorious for releasing new material at live shows.) But you’ll have a better time if you’re familiar with most of the music.

If you get invited to go to see a band you’ve never heard before, take some time to listen to their records as much as possible before the show.

3. Don’t drink and drive! Well, duh… but still, we thought this was worth mentioning… and repeating. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and have a few too many while you’re listening to your favorite band or singer-songwriter. But if you end up consuming alcohol, it’s best to arrange a ride home.

If you rent a Charlotte party bus or limo to take you there and back, you’ll be set. Not to mention, it’s the perfect place for a little pregame before the show starts. And if you’re not into the opening band, you can spend a little extra time enjoying a few beverages in the comfort of a luxury vehicle.

4. If you like the artist, buy their music! Again, duh. But seriously. Support independent musicians. The more money you spend on tickets and merch, the bigger their cut. And since most independent musicians are “starving artists” these days, they need all the support they can get.

A concert in the queen city should be nothing short of amazing. And the more we invest in our local music scene, the better it will be. Next time you go to a live show, make the most of your experience!