Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party Tour is still going strong. He hosts the party at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre July 26 with Luke Bryan, Rachel Farley, and DJ Silver warming up the crowd. Aldean picked up two American Country Music Awards last week for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay," his duet with Kelly Clarkson (now that's a co-headlining tour I'd like to see). Tickets go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com, at the venue's box office, and by calling 1-800-745-3000.
The Fresh Music Festival (which was previously announced for Greensboro Coliseum May 27) featuring Keith Sweat, K-Ci & JoJo (pictured), Doug. E. Fresh, Guy, and SWV will make its way to Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena July 1. These acts were responsible for classic `80s and `90s R&B and hip-hop jams like Fresh's "The Show/La Di Da Di," Sweat's "I Want Her," K-Ci & JoJo's 1997 smash "All My Life" (as well as the Charlotte brothers work with Jodeci), Guy's "Groove Me," and SWV's "Weak." Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster beginning Monday, April 16 at 10 a.m. Interestingly enough the tour's website boasts "No Lip Syncing," "No Singing Over Tracks," and "All Acts Performing with Live Band."
Elsewhere former Charlottean Joe Firstman unveils his new band the Cordovas at Chop Shop in NoDa May 4. Firstman will open for the trio as a solo artist.
Reggae singer Beres Hammond returns to Amos' Southend May 25.
Alt-rock veterans the Dandy Warhols make a rare Charlotte appearance at The Fillmore Saturday, May 26. Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger make their Charlotte return at The Fillmore Monday, July 2.
Elsewhere singer-songwriter Paul Thorn moves uptown - this time playing Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre June 7. Fellow singer-songwriter Todd Snider is back at Visulite June 22.
Italian trio Il Volo, who bridge teen pop and classical music and have been dubbed the Teenage Tenors, will make its Charlotte debut September 12 at the Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre. Piero Barone, Ignazio Borschetto, and Gianuca Ginoble (ages 18, 17 and 16 respectively) made an impact on US audiences after performing on "American Idol" last year. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. via LiveNation and Ticketmaster outlets.