6 hip-hop and R&B concert tours coming to Charlotte

Mark your calendars for these Charlotte tour stops in September and October.

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.

Miguel

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.

Photo: Funk Fest Tour

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.

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.”

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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