May 9th: Anthony Hamilton

Proclaimed a "national treasure" by the Los Angeles Times, Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, cementing his place in history books as the "narrator of love."

Opening Acts:
Doors Open - 5:30 pm
Dexter Jordan - 6:30 pm
Devon Gilfillian - 8:00 pm

May 10th: Umphrey's McGee

The music of Umphrey's McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants - Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals] and Ryan Stasik [bass] - know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio.

Opening Acts:
Doors Open - 5:30 pm
G. Love and Special Sauce - 6:30 pm
Umphrey's McGee Set 1 - 8:00 pm
Umphrey's McGee Set 2 - 9:30 pm

May 11th: Bleachers

Bleachers is an American indie pop act based in New York City. It is the official stage name of songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff, who is also part of the bands Steel Train and Fun. Bleachers' pop music was heavily influenced by the late '80s, early '90s and the high school-based films of John Hughes while still using modern production techniques.



Opening Acts:
Doors Open - 5:30 pm
Laurel & the Love-In - 6:30 pm
Lauren Ruth Ward - 8:00 pm
Bleachers - 9:00 pm

May 9 - 11, 2019

Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage

Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage

Location: 7th and Tryon
Cost: Free
Time: Thursday 8 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday 6 pm - 9:45 pm, Saturday 6 pm - 10:30 pm

The Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage, located at the corner of 7th and Tryon, will feature a heavy emphasis not only on local talent, but more specifically, local talent that supports national acts as musicians and local artists who can stand toe-to-toe with national acts.

We kick of the weekend on Thursday night immediately following Alive After 5. Charlotte's own, DJ Fannie Mae will take to the stage to spin for about 30 minutes and then The Hamiltones will take to the stage with a dynamic and soulful performance like only they can. Friday night's resident DJ will be DJ DR. Friday will begin with a performance from Charlotte based funk/soul group, The Queen's Guard. Followed by Atlanta based singer, Chantae Cann. Most known for her work with India Arie and jazz fusion band, Snarky Puppy. Our headliner for the evening will be singer and rapper, Maimouna Youssef. Maimouna will be accompanied by Charlotte band, The XMen. Friday night will continue at Blumenthal's Stage Door Theater with a Jam Session from 10pm-2am. This event will be hosted by blogger and curator, Peculiar Hippie. The first hour will feature DJ FLLS spinning while an assortment of young visual artists from Charlotte's underground scene display their work as people make their way inside. After that, The XMen will take to the stage to kick off the night and set the tone for the evening. At that point, anyone who would like to sing or play a song with the band only has to check in with the host and wait until you're called to the stage. This evening will be special because local Charlotte singers and musicians will get the opportunity to share the stage with musicians who have toured the world with some of music's biggest names, along with invited guests like The Hamiltones. Admission is free and alcohol will be sold.

Saturday will conclude the weekend with another special set of performers. Our resident DJ will be That Guy Smitty. The evening will begin with Charlotte based Soul/R&B artist, Curt Keyz featuring appearances by Greg Cox and Jason Jet. Doing a special blend of songs from Curt's latest release, Love or the Lack Thereof, as well as new music featuring all three artists. Next to the stage will be semi-finalist from The Voice, Vanessa Ferguson from Greensboro, NC. Our headliner for the night will be the Queen of Underground Soul, Sy Smith, from Los Angeles, CA. Sy will be accompanied on stage by Charlotte's own, Rhythm4U Band. It's going to be an amazing weekend of national, regional and local talent. All of the highest caliber.

May 10, 2019

Headliner: Umphrey's McGee

Headliner: Umphrey's McGee

Location: Atrium Health Main Stage at Romare Bearden Park
Cost: $35 / Click Here to Purchase Tickets
Time: Doors open at 5:30 pm, Umphrey's McGee will take the stage for Set 1 at 8:00 pm and Set 2 at 9:30 pm


The music of Umphrey's McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants-Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger[guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag [percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass]-know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtightsong craft.
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Headline Opener: G. Love and Special Sauce

Headline Opener: G. Love and Special Sauce

Location: Romare Bearden Park
Cost: Included in Umphrey's McGee Ticket Purchase
Time: 6:30pm

Opening for Umphrey's McGee
Genre: Hip Hop- Blues

"When you get the spark, you got to ride that energy," says G. Love, and that spark certainly ignites on his 10th studio full-length Love Saves The Day. He calls the new release "the fullest realization of the hip-hop blues" that he first pioneered with Special Sauce in the early '90s. The album, due out October 30 on Brushfire Records, not only features G. Love's long-term Special Sauce rhythm section - upright bassist James "Jimi Jazz" Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey "The Houseman" Clemens - but also prominent guest performers including Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol.

To create their down and dirty "trashcan blues" sound, G. Love and Special Sauce returned to Brushfire Records' Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles. The band was excited to reteam with Sugar engineer and producer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson, Beastie Boys, Mars Volta). They recorded live with few edits to capture the immediacy of the music: G. Love making his guitar snarl and his harmonica moan, bassist Prescott bringing nimble funk to the bottom end and Clemens' drum work crackling with power. "The music," G. Love enthuses, "jumped off the tape."

The new album completes the trilogy for G. Love that started with 2011's Fixin To Die. That disc stripped his music down to its roots and saw him record with The Avett Brothers, while Sugar, in G. Love's words, "reconnected the blues with the electric side" and reunited the original trio to create the band's signature style of blending John Lee Hooker blues with "Golden Era" hip-hop beats. On Love Saves The Day the group dives even deeper, making the grooves heavier, the music rawer and the performances more authentic.

G. Love also feels Love Saves The Day is his most rock 'n' roll record yet. Just listen to the title track that opens the album and you'll hear why. This blast of furious blues, powered by David Hidalgo's wicked guitar work, stands toe-to-toe with the classic work of Cream and the other blues-inspired bands of the '60s and early '70s. Hidalgo, a returnee from the Sugar sessions, plays on two other songs, "Dis Song" and "That Girl." Besides being the first tracks recorded, G. Love sees these three tunes as forming the core of the album. They also lead off the release and set the record's rugged, raucous tone.

This wonderfully unruly spirit flows through the revved-up rendition of the old Leadbelly tune "New York City," where G. Love does a delightfully ragged duet with celebrated singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. On the mesmerizing "Muse," which arose from an all-night writing session he had with his old pal Citizen Cope, G. Love's sinewy slide guitar drives the tune's southern rock/hip-hop hybrid groove. "Baby Why You Do Me Like That" kicks off with scratching from another old friend, D.J. Logic, and features the album's heaviest hip-hop beats. Adding to the groove on "Muse" and "Baby..." is the energetic horn work supplied by L.A. band Ozomatli; however, their contributions really shine on "Let's Have A Good Time," a super funky jam that could have easily been a lost James Brown gem.

Although "Let's Have A Good Time," along with the catchy, power-of-love ode "Peanut Butter Lips," rank as the lighter tunes on the album, the overall lyrical mood, as G. Love easily admits, tends to favor the darker side. Even the seemingly optimistic title track turns heavy towards the end. Standout cut "Back To Boston," which examines a troubled relationship, was written on a drive from New York City to Boston. Longtime fans will recognize the tune from the acoustic EP Bloodshot & Blue, but G. Love wanted to give it the full-band treatment, with the new version showcasing frequent collaborator Mark Boyce's jazzy organ work. The rough-hewn performances on tracks like "That Girl," "Pick Up The Phone" and "R U Kidding Me...!" further reflect the lyrics' raw emotions, with the sharp-tongued "Dis Song" representing the peak of, as G. Love calls it, "pissed-off-ness."

Whether angrily railing about a girl with a "shotgun tongue" in "Dis Song," joyfully leading a party celebration in "Let's Have A Good Time," or solemnly addressing love woes on the solo acoustic tune "Lil' Run Around," G. Love's vocals vividly express his torn-from-the-heart emotions. He has been putting more emphasis on his singing in the past few years, and feels his vocals on the new album are his strongest ever. G. Love admits that singing with Citizen Cope and Lucinda Williams on this album, and the great session singer Merry Clayton on Sugar, made him raise his game.

He certainly has come a long way in the 20 years since drummer Clemens discovered him performing in a Boston pub. The two started playing together and, after Clemens brought in upright bassist Prescott, G. Love & Special Sauce was born. Their self-titled debut, featuring the hit "Cold Beverage," wound up going gold. The band became known for their live shows and performed around the world. G. Love has played with and without Special Sauce over the years, but now the trio is back together and it feels right. G. Love believes the current manifestation of the band is stronger than ever and is riding a creative high, adding "and we didn't want to kill each other."

Love Saves The Day marks G. Love's sixth with Brushfire Records and he's thrilled with their relationship. He lauds label chief Emmett Malloy as someone driven by creativity first and whose aesthetic tastes he trusts. G. Love views today's music world as the Wild West, with "all the lines washed away;" however, his genre-blurring music now is more relevant than when he started. "It's a good time to be doing what we are doing," he asserts, noting Gary Clark Jr., Jack White, Robert Randolph and Galactic as some fellow keepers of the blues flame who "maintain the roots but push music forward."

G. Love proudly describes himself as a road dog who "will be touring until I fall off the earth" and plans to keep on pushing with Special Sauce from stage to stage. Whether Love Saves The Day makes one dollar or a million isn't a big concern to him. It stands as a huge success because he made the gritty, honest album that he intended by "keeping it raw, keeping it immediate, keeping it real." It's an approach that he has honed over the years: "be original and be true to what you do."

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DrumSTRONG

DrumSTRONG

Location: Levine Avenue
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm

Our concept is simple: DrumsForCures produces DRUMSTRONG™ events globally, raising awareness and funds in support of cancer survivorship, education, prevention and research through uplifting, facilitated, interactive rhythm experiences.

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DJ DR

DJ DR

Location: Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage
Cost: Free
Time: 6 pm - 7 pm; 7:45 pm - 8 pm; 8:45 pm - 9 pm; 9:45 pm - 10:15/10:30 pm

The Mighty DJ DR has shined and been noted as one of the hardest working Professional DJ/producers in the Charlotte area since the early 90's. His production services have been called upon by artists such as his NC comrades Little Brother, Kam Moye, and Darien Brockington. As a prominent and respected DJ, DR has shared the bill with artists such as Nas, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Pete Rock, The Roots, Dead Prez, Biz Markie, Raekwon, DJ Jazzy Jeff (pictured right), The Legendary DJ Kool, Common, The Foreign Exchange, Anthony Hamilton, Sunshine Anderson and countless other celebrities.

The Queen's Guard

The Queen's Guard

Location: Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

A community of artists seasoned in the Gospel, R&B, and Funk scenes across the country, led by the inspiring and dynamic vocal stylings of Blanche J-this is The Queen's Guard. Playing together for years in various contexts, the members formally branded themselves as The Queen's Guard in early 2016, debuting to a deafening, sold-out audience at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC. While members of the community have worked with and been featured alongside influential artists such as George Clinton, Anthony Hamilton, Roy Ayers, Kirk Franklin, and Chantae Cann, the musical rhapsody of their debut propelled them to emerge beyond the local music scene. Welcome to the Queen's court, we hope you enjoy yourselves.

Chantae Cann

Chantae Cann

Location: Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage
Cost: Free
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Top 10 Billboard Jazz Soul Vocalist Chantae Cann is the charismatic influence with a voice that transcends through time. Soothing, sweet, comforting and angelic are some of the words that have been used to describe Ms. Cann's vocals. Influences like Bobby McFerrin, Haitus Kyote, Chaka Khan and countless others help shape the sounds that you hear throughout her music. Chantae's music blends the exploratory sounds of Jazz with the feel good vibes of Soul. It is her heart's desire to simply inspire, uplift and encourage the lives of others through music. Chantae is not a novice to the industry. She has been blessed to travel the world as a background vocalist (10+ years) with P.J. Morton, Gramps Morgan, and most notably India Arie. She's had the tremendous honor of collaborating with artists/bands such as, Snarky Puppy, Masego, PJ Morton, Jonathan McReynolds and The Foreign Exchange.

Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh

Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh

Location: Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage
Cost: Free
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Maimouna Youssef has shared stages with music giants such as Sting, Nas, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ed Sheeran, Queen Latifah, Bobby Mcferrin, Jill Scott, D'Angelo, Aloe Blacc, Bruno Mars, Jussie Smollett, Fred Yonnet, Dave Chappelle, Yasiin Bey, Angelique Kidjo, Lalah Hathaway, Femi Kuti, and more. Mumu Fresh has traveled the worldwide as a supporting vocalist for legends such as Congolese Vocal Acapella group Zap Mama, Late night Jimmy Fallon's band, The Roots and is currently on tour with Grammy & Oscar award winner, Common. This Duke Ellington School of The Arts graduate has a discography that spans from 2006 to present day with 6 solo and group projects under her belt. She released her highly anticipated and widely praised first full-length solo album, "The Blooming," in September 2011. The leading single "I Got A Man" produced by award-winning DJ Jazzy Jeff went on to become selected as the theme music to BET's original series Being Mary Jane.

Headphone Disco

Headphone Disco

Location: Romare Bearden Tent
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Cost: $10 in advance and at the door. $5 at the door after 9:30pm.

At Headphone Disco, YOU get to choose which DJ's music you like best as they battle it out for the crowd's attention. This surreal spectacle removes the sound system and arms party-goers with a set of wireless headphones while three separate DJs broadcast to them over three FM channels. Half the crowd might be bouncing to EDM while the other jams out to hip hop. Is it silent? No chance! Whether thousands of voices are singing in unison to a classic party track or they're cheering wildly when their DJ of choice drops another massive tune, the atmosphere at Headphone Disco's 'Three Deejay Supershow' is always electric.

Charlotte SHOUT! presents The Vibe

Charlotte SHOUT! presents The Vibe

Location: Stage Door Theater
Cost: Free
Time: 10 pm - 2 am

Friday night will continue at Blumenthal's Stage Door Theater with a Jam Session from 10pm-2am. This event will be hosted by blogger and curator, Peculiar Hippie. The first hour will feature DJ FLLS spinning while an assortment of young visual artists from Charlotte's underground scene display their work as people make their way inside. After that, The XMen will take to the stage to kick off the night and set the tone for the evening. At that point, anyone who would like to sing or play a song with the band only has to check in with the host and wait until you're called to the stage. This evening will be special because local Charlotte singers and musicians will get the opportunity to share the stage with musicians who have toured the world with some of music's biggest names, along with invited guests like The Hamiltones. Admission is free and alcohol will be sold.

SHOUT! Out: Charlotte Hip Hop

SHOUT! Out: Charlotte Hip Hop

Location: Knight Theater
Cost: $25
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Join us as the best hip hop performers from around the world and down the road invade Knight Theater. SHOUT! Out: Charlotte Hip Hop brings the dynamic energy and amazing athleticism of hip hop dance off the street and onto the stage. The end result is an extraordinary fusion of hip hop culture and cutting-edge contemporary dance. With local spoken word poet and "slam master" Bluz as the emcee and DJ Steel Wheel holding it down in the lobby, SHOUT! Out will be an immersive experience not to be missed.

VISITING ARTISTS
Femme Fatale Trio, Featuring Marie Poppins
Jaja Vankova - Popper
BDash and Konkrete - Krumpers

LOCAL ARTISTS
Twin Nation
AJ Glasco
Leah Visser's Queen City Bitty's
Tron Robinson's Bboy Crew
Breakers 4 Life (Tron's Kid Crew)
LeDarius Parker's Gypsies
Animatrixx
Kelsey Edwards and Davon Bush

"Gabriel Bello" presented by Tosco Music

Location: Convergence Plaza
Time: 11:30 PM - 12PM

Outside of his solo career, Gabriel's abilities have made him an in-demand choir and worship leader, earned him a 2012 SESAC Honors Award for album sales and publishing, and found him producing, mixing, mastering, and performing with artists like Pastor James R. Adams and the Abounding Life Church of God in Christ's on their release "Times of Refreshing" which ranked fourth on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart. His first Christian/Gospel album & second solo release "Miracle", named after the miraculous birth of his first child Evangeline Grace, saw him sharing the stage with Israel Houghton, Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobbs & Kierra "Kiki" Sheard.

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"Chelsea Locklear" presented by Tosco Music

Location: Convergence Plaza
Time: 12 PM - 12:30PM

"My goal in music is for you to feel it. I want every song I write to start a conversation and bridge gaps, whether I am ever given the chance to talk to you or not. Laugh, cry, go hard and rap, contemplate past memories, sing at the top of your lungs, enjoy your dang day. I want my music to get stuck in your head and become a common currency in your memory bank." - Chelsea

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"Reinaldo Brahn" presented by Tosco Music

Location: Convergence Plaza
Time: 12:30 PM - 1PM

Reinaldo toured his original music throughout Brazil, and then brought his artistry to the United States. Arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October 2007, he quickly introduced his Brazilian roots to the local scene. He creatively applies robust Brazilian style to popular American music with a truly inspiring result. Reinaldo's specialties include singing and playing authentic Brazilian music, including Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB) and classic Sambas, as well as performing American pop songs with a strong Brazilian influence. Veteran percussionist and producer Jim Brock refers to Reinaldo Brahn as "the new voice of Brazil".

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"Persona Bell" presented by Tosco Music

Location: Convergence Plaza
Time: 1 PM - 1:30 PM

Accomplished "soultry" solo performer is a classically-trained pianist. However, her vocal range has been compared to super-performers like Alicia Keys and Beyoncé, and has been influenced by legends Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. She uniquely marries her piano talent with her full-soul singing and songwriting. Her audiences cannot hear enough of her sound, and feel her heart-felt, raw emotion in her music!

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"Jazz Revolution" presented by Tosco Music

Location: Convergence Plaza
Time: 6 PM - 7 PM

TALENTED, SOULFUL, AND FUN ARE JUST A FEW WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE THIS UNIQUE MUSICAL GROUP THAT PERFORMS LIVE JAZZ, SOUL, R&B, POP, MOTOWN, AND LATIN MUSIC IN CHARLOTTE NC.

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May 11, 2019

Headliner: Bleachers

Headliner: Bleachers

Location: Atrium Health Main Stage at Romare Bearden Park
Cost: $35 / Click Here to Purchase Tickets
Time: Doors open at 5:30 pm and Bleachers will take the stage at 9:00 pm


After building a devoted fan-base through a year and a half of non-stop touring behind his band Bleachers' well-received debut album Strange Desire, Jack Antonoff was spending time in studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta spit-balling ideas for a second album when he had a powerful realization. It struck him, as he was sitting in hip-hop producers Organized Noize's studio in Atlanta, that the records that meant so much to him growing up- are rooted in a specific place. "They came from somewhere!" he says excitedly. "There's an energy there and the artist is telling a story of how they were raised. It's a sound from a city, and they're planting a flag in that city and saying, 'This is what it's like to live here.'"
The New Jersey-born, New York-based Antonoff knew he needed to go home to the East Coast and build a studio. "It's like you have to go sit in your bedroom and hear the music on the speakers you heard Graceland on the first time," he says. "You gotta listen through the speakers you heard Smashing Pumpkins on the radio the first time. I had to get back to that space. So I did. I grabbed all this shit from my childhood bedroom in New Jersey and built a studio in my apartment in New York and I literally didn't leave it. I thought, 'This album is going to sound like New York and New Jersey and the actual space I grew up in, in the most specific way. And that, to me, is the most I can offer."
It was there in that room - surrounded by posters and flyers from punk shows he saw as a kid and his old baseball trophies and Star Wars figurines - that Antonoff created the epic, synth-driven anthems that appear on Bleachers' second album entitled Gone Now, which is set for release on June 2, 2017. As a result, the album sounds like "the way the space looks," he says. "It sounds like someone alone in their room, wrestling with their thoughts. It sounds like someone trying to create something very direct and simple amongst the chaos."
Critics praised Strange Desire's modern nostalgia and remarked that the '80s-influenced songs could have served as a soundtrack to a never-made high-school-themed John Hughes film. On that album, Antonoff set emotional meditations on anxiety, depression, loss and picking yourself up after a tragedy (in his case, the death of his younger sister from a brain tumor when Antonoff was 18 and his struggled with a panic disorder in the aftermath) against a backdrop of earworm melodies and shouty choruses on songs like the gold-certified "I Wanna Get Better" (which topped Billboard's Alternative chart) and "Rollercoaster."
"The songs were about growing up and still sort of existing in the past," Antonoff says. "The crux of the new album is my desperately trying to find a way to become some version of an adult, and not just be a giant child. I thought a lot about things like, 'Where do I want to go from here? Do I want to be a person who has this extremely vibrant relationship with their art, but their life suffers in a million other places? Where do I want to go with my life?'"

Headline Opener: Lauren Ruth Ward

Headline Opener: Lauren Ruth Ward

Location: Romare Bearden Park
Cost: Included in Bleachers Ticket Purchase
Time: 8:00pm

Opening for Bleachers

Lauren Ruth Ward's music has spread like wildfire these past two years in LA after leaving her hometown of Baltimore. Her lyrics are secrets to strangers, writing about her life's trajectory sharing both vulnerability and strength delivered with grit and vibrato. Her band re-creates 60's rock and roll nuances, allowing Ward to release a powerhouse of raw, visceral emotion in their live show.

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Headline Opener: Laurel & the Love-In

Headline Opener: Laurel & the Love-In

Location: Romare Bearden Park
Cost: Included in Bleachers Ticket Purchase
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Opening for Bleachers

Laurel & the Love-In came together piece by piece, soldiering on until they found each other in Nashville in 2015. The common love of early rock and roll are what brought them together, but it's their wide array of influences that help them to stand out. Their fusion of raw blues, rock and roll guitar solos, and 1960s girl-group inspired harmonies help them create a sound that is entirely their own. The band consists of lead singer and pianist Laurel Sorenson, Krista Hess on guitar, background vocalist Veronica Selby, drummer Michael Rasile, and keyboardist Sarah Bernstein.

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Carolina Voices

Carolina Voices

Location: McGlohon Theater
Time: 3 pm & 7:30 pm

It's time to pop in that favorite mixtape of songs you love! Sing along with Carolina Voices' MainStage Choir as we cover all the best tracks - from The Beach Boys and The Beatles to Cyndi Lauper, ABBA, Richard Marx and even songs from The Greatest Showman! Joining us onstage will be the thrilling dancers from Northwest School of the Arts. What a fun way to celebrate Mother's Day. So, crank up the volume and get ready to sing all your favorite tunes!

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CLT DJ Battle

CLT DJ Battle

Location: Convergence Plaza (Trade & Tryon)
Cost: Free
Time: 5 pm - 6 pm

DJ's own the pulse of the music scene and this year CLT DJ Battle is looking for Charlotte's best! From Hip-Hop to EDM, Turntablist to Club DJ, whatever your vibe, if you can rock the crowd, you could be crowned 2019's CLT DJ Battle champion plus win up to $1000 in cash and prizes.

The CLT DJ Battle will consist of two phases : online submissions and final battle. Submissions will be accepted and voted for by Charlotte music fans online at www.cltdjbattle.com to determine the final four for battle. The competition will culminate at Charlotte SHOUT! and the winner of 2019's CLT DJ Battle Crowned.

Curt Keyz featuring Jason Jet & Greg Cox

Curt Keyz featuring Jason Jet & Greg Cox

Location: Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Curt Keyz: When Curtis Hayes aka Curt Keyz walks on stage, it's just him, his instrument and his audience. A certain tunnel vision takes over where nothing else matters. Studio sessions are focused and full of honed-in musicality-craftsmanship fueled by creativity. His attention to detail comes from a place of passion and love for what he does. Hearing Curtis play piano, it's hard to believe he's self-taught. Though he played drums and has been singing since he was a toddler-even traveling and playing in a family quartet group-it wasn't until high school that he got serious about the keys. "I was a late bloomer," he says. "I'd always admired the piano and keyboard instruments so, I dabbled in arranging music because of modern hip-hop and jazz. I studied PJ Morton , Maze, Steely Dan George Duke and Robert Glasper Experiment. When asked what music means to him, Curtis says "everything. I believe that gift of music bridges the gaps between nationalities and ethnicities-between any socioeconomic status and any demographic. Music is what makes the world go round."

Jason Jet: Born in Keflavic, Iceland and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jason JetPlane has developed a style like no other. Blessed with a brilliant tenor voice, astounding production prowess and gripping lyricism, this sensuous singer/songwriter has an almost trancelike effect on anyone who listens. JetPlane has already won numerous awards, including a New York Urban Music Explosion award as well as Best R&B New Artist at the Carolina Music Awards. Considered by many industry insiders to be the next to watch, Jason JetPlane is flying high with his upcoming sophomore release. "The Great Escape".

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Vanessa Ferguson

Vanessa Ferguson

Location: Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage
Cost: Free
Time: 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Vanessa Ferguson hails from Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Greensboro, NC. Vanessa was as Top 8 semi-finalist on season 12 of NBC's "The Voice." She draws musical influences from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Sting, Alicia Keys and others.

Opera Carolina

Opera Carolina

Location: Belk Theater
Time: 8 pm

Beautiful, educated and forthright Tatyana is rejected when she declares her love for Eugene, a rich playboy. Soon after, he kills his best friend in a duel. Years later, Eugene returns from self-imposed exile to discover Tatyana married to a prince. He realizes - too late - his love for her. In choosing fidelity to her husband, Tatyana denies herself true love - but preserves her honor.

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Sy Smith

Sy Smith

Location: Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage
Cost: Free
Time: 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Sy Smith is considered one of the leaders of the indie soul movement (having released 5 CDs/3 EPs/1 DVD), plus she's recorded and/or toured with some of the biggest names in R&B, hip-hop and jazz (Whitney Houston, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Foreign Exchange, Chris Botti and more). This Emmy-nominated artist has been dubbed by her peers as the "queen of underground soul". Since 2015, she's performed tributes to Ella Fitzgerald at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Toronto's Massey Hall and more. In 2018 she released her long-awaited 5th studio project - "Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete" - which she wrote & produced entirely herself, gaining 3 nominations from SoulTracks.com. Sy also co-wrote and was featured on Chris Dave & The Drumhedz' 2019 Grammy-nominated self-titled album. She is most honored to be a part of this year's Charlotte SHOUT!!

Headphone Disco

Headphone Disco

Location: Romare Bearden Tent
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Cost: $10 in advance and at the door. $5 at the door after 9:30pm.

At Headphone Disco, YOU get to choose which DJ's music you like best as they battle it out for the crowd's attention. This surreal spectacle removes the sound system and arms party-goers with a set of wireless headphones while three separate DJs broadcast to them over three FM channels. Half the crowd might be bouncing to EDM while the other jams out to hip hop. Is it silent? No chance! Whether thousands of voices are singing in unison to a classic party track or they're cheering wildly when their DJ of choice drops another massive tune, the atmosphere at Headphone Disco's 'Three Deejay Supershow' is always electric.

"Kevin Jones" presented by Tosco Music

Location: Convergence Plaza
Time: 7 PM - 7:30 PM

The "Kevin Jones Experience" features vocal stylist Kevin Jones; who has been thrilling audiences for years. His unique vocal range and professional stage presence and singing a variety of styles like smooth Jazz, Pop, R&B, even Reggae has earned him a reputation that continues to grow throughout the region.

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"Jake HaldenVang" presented by Tosco Music

Location: Convergence Plaza
Time: 7:30 PM - 8 PM

At age 16, Jake was nominated & awarded "Artist of the Year" by the Queen City Music Awards and his band "Halden Vang" was also nominated for 2011 "Band of the Year" by the Charlotte Music Awards. As a song writer, Jake wrote his first song, "Tell the Truth", at age 14 and released his first studio Cd, at age 15. Jake has since written and composed hundred's of original songs, eight of which he recently recorded in the studio that are slated for his next upcoming CD, which is planned to be released this summer and followed by extensive touring upon his graduation from high school June 2013.

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Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage - That Guy Smitty (DJ Smitty)

Charlotte SHOUT! Soul Stage - That Guy Smitty (DJ Smitty)

Location: 7th and Tryon
Cost: Free
Time: Saturday, May 11th 6pm-7pm, 8pm-8:15pm, 9:15pm-9:30pm, 10:30pm-11pm

DJ | Producer | Remix

Voted 2014 "Best Lounge DJ" (critics), 2016 "Best Club DJ" (readers) in Charlotte by Creative Loafing and 2107 Best DJ in Charlotte's Best Magazine...Charlotte native and self proclaimed "urban-techno-hippie", That Guy Smitty, brings 20+ years of passion, experience, and bill-paying skills to the mix every time he's behind the decks.