Sunday, April 21, 2013

Four classic soul and rock artists hit uptown

The latest additions to Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s summer and fall schedule includes a handful of legendary performers that blur the line between soul, pop, R&B, and rock. 

Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame members Gladys Knight and the O’Jays share the bill at Belk Theater June 27. Crooner Boz Scaggs takes the Knight Theater stage July 17. His fellow Duke of September, Michael McDonald, headlines Knight Oct. 9.

Tickets for all three concerts, which are part of the new PNC Celebrity Series at Blumenthal, go on sale Monday morning, April 22, at 10 a.m. at or by calling 704-372-1000.

Other recent announcements include OneRepublic headlining Time Warner Uptown Amphitheatre with Mayer Hawthorne and Churchill August 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m.

Nick Jr. stars from the "The Fresh Beat Band" will return to Charlotte next winter. Kiki, Shout, Marina, and Twist bring the songs from the hit TV series, which airs on Nickelodeon’s preschool-centered sister network, to Ovens Auditorium on Jan. 16.

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa also returns to Ovens November 12. Tickets to both Ovens shows are already on sale at Ticketmaster outlets.

WEND 106.5 The End will present Langhorne Slim and locals Matrimony at The Fillmore June 8. Slim’s latest critically acclaimed album, “The Way We Move,” was released on Concord-based Ramseur Records last June. Matrimony will celebrates its own new release that night - its Columbia Records’ debut album.