Who says all the good concerts happen during the summer? With Labor Day signaling the unofficial end of the season, fall will usher in a handful of concert tours worthy of a #NoNewFriends outing or Date Night with your significant other.


Thursday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m.
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte
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After sold-out spring concert dates, R&B singer Miguel visits Charlotte during the fall run of his tour to promote his latest album, “War & Leisure.” The singer/songwriter is joined by Canadian R&B duo, dvsn (pronounced “division”), who is signed to everyone’s favorite emotional rapper-singer Drake’s OVO Sound record label.

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Funk Fest Charlotte

Saturday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m.
Route 29 Pavilion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord
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If you weren’t at last year’s Funk Fest, you missed some memorable moments, like headliner Erykah Badu singing til they cut her mic off, Babyface showing you just how many chart-topping hits he’s made happen, and Bobby Brown…being Bobby Brown.

Get ready for a dose of ‘80s and ‘90s nostalgia with this year’s lineup, including Keith Sweat, EU and Brandy. It’s highly likely that rapper Juvenile will take over for the “9-9 and 2000s.” Crooner Raheem DeVaughn will hit the stage representing new school R&B. And, if rapper Plies’ Instagram account brightens your day like it does mine, then make sure you’re in the crowd to see him perform.

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Tamia: Passion Like Fire Tour

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St., Charlotte
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Another Canadian import, R&B songstress Tamia, will grace the stage promoting her “Passion Like Fire” album — her first fully independent project after ending her contract with Def Jam Recordings. Expect a walk down memory lane with her feel-good hits like “So Into You,” “Stranger in My House” and “Beautiful Surprise.”

For the record, I really like Tamia, but I liked her even more when I found out that it was Anita Baker who introduced her to her future husband, former NBA player Grant Hill.

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Maxwell: 50 Intimate Nights Live Tour

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte
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When Maxwell released new music earlier this summer, it put an end to the two-year drought since summer 2016’s “blackSUMMERS’night.” He announced his 50 Intimate Nights Live Tour featuring former Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius. Sounds like a very sexy evening.

I guess it has become the norm to release music videos as short films, so check out Maxwell’s latest single, “We Never Saw It Coming.”

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Kevin Gates: Luca Brasi 3 Tour

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte
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For the hip-hop mixtape connoisseurs, get ready for Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates. Although he’s had very public legal troubles, Gates has a renewed focus with his latest project “Luca Brasi 3.” Up-and-coming Soundcloud rapper Yung Bleu joins Gates on the 24-city tour.

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So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour

Sunday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte
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Twenty-five years is like a lifetime in the music industry, but rap mogul Jermaine Dupri has found a way to stay relevant. The guy responsible for elevating the careers of teen sensations Kris Kross and Bow Wow, rapper Da Brat and R&B group Jagged Edge will hit the road with a bevy of artists to celebrate 25 years of hits. Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton will lend his soulful voice to the 11-city tour, along with the labelmates and other notables like Xscape, Youngbloodz and Dem Franchize Boyz.

Get ready for the snap music flashbacks.

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