Monday, April 1, 2013

M5, Clarkson, Passion Pit, more headed our way

LiveNation announced this morning that Maroon 5 will headline the 2013 Honda Civic Tour with special guest Kelly Clarkson. The tour hits Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre September 11. Support acts all have a Maroon 5 connection. Openings acts include collaborator and sometime Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Tony Lucca (who placed second runner-up as a member of Team Levine on NBC's "The Voice" and was later signed to Adam Levine's label), and Lucca's 222 Records labelmate Rozzi Crane, who recently toured with Maroon 5 and was featured on its track "Come "Away" (from "The Hunger Games" soundtrack).

Maroon 5 fan club members have access to tickets today. For pre-sale tickets, which go on sale April 2, sign up here. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, April 6 at Ticketmaster outlets.

Other recent concert announcements include Everclear's Summerland Tour making its return to Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre for a second year. This year's lineup includes fellow `90s rockers Live, Filter, and Sponge. Tickets are currently on sale.

Passion Pit graduates from the Fillmore to the larger neighboring outdoor venue when it plays Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre on June 13. Tickets go on sale Friday April 5 at noon.

Keith Urban's Light the Fuse Tour hits Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre July 25 with Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town. John Mayer returns to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre September 4.

The 4th Annual Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest revealed its full lineup last week. Acts for the June 21-22 concert at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre include 5th and York, Brian Culbertson, and Peter White and Euge Groove on Friday, June 21. Saturday's bill features keyboardist Gregg Kanukas, Sax in the City featuring Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, and Vincent Ingala, and the all-star group BWB, featuring Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun. Tickets, including VIP packages, are available at Ticketmaster outlets and the Fillmore box office.

Joyfest, the annual gospel music festival at Carowinds, returns to the amusement park May 25. This year's lineup includes Kirk Franklin, United Tenors featuring Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, recent Grammy winning Christian rapper LaCrae, Le'Andria Johnson, Isaac Carree, Humble Tip, and comedian Bone Hampton. Tickets are currently available at

At the club level buzz band Youngblood Hawke visite Visulite April 23. Pixies' frontman Black Francis makes his first solo Charlotte appearance since the mid-to-late `90s (if memory serves). Back then he was going by Frank Black, but he's back to Black Francis at Visulite May 11.

Soulive drummer Alan Evans' brings his Trio to Evening Muse April 26. Female quartet the Trishas play the Muse May 16. And Band of Horses' guitarist Tyler Ramsey has rescheduled his cancelled March show at the Muse for September 13.

Hurt headlines the Rock Revival Tour at Amos' April 28 with Smile Empty Soul and SSS (Sun Sky and Surface). Relient K hits the SouthEnd venue May 1 followed by former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle's Band May 5. He'll be playing music from his former band. Fear Factory returns to Amos' May 8. The Hush Sound and Hockey stop by May 18 with River City Extension and Company of Thieves' frontwoman Genevieve Schatz.

Rounding out Amos' recent calendar additions are former teen heartthrob Aaron Carter on June 6 and Hanson's return November 20.

On the country side, Coyote Joe's welcomes Kip Moore May 10 followed by the return of Staind frontman Aaron Lewis June 1.

Two heavy acts with area roots return to Tremont in June. Goth rocker Wednesday 13 returns June 4 and Valient Thorr kicks off its tour with Gypsyhawk on June 12. Tickets available through venue websites.

In other recent concert news, Sara Barreilles' May 21 show at Booth Playhouse sold out in three hours.