Live music: 30+ concerts in May, including River Jam and Mt. Joy

Live music: 30+ concerts in May, including River Jam and Mt. Joy
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May marks the return of the Whitewater Center’s River Jam series and Evening Muse’s first show in over a year.

Below is a list of where and when you can get your taste of live in-person music in May in and around the Queen City.

Be smart: If you do plan on attending an in-person performance, please do so responsibly. Wear a mask inside when you’re not eating or drinking and stay a safe distance from others.


Amos’ Southend

Friday, May 14 8pm: Whitey Morgan, Ben Jerrell – $50
Saturday, May 15, 9pm: Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute – $12
Saturday, May 22, 8pm: Decarlo – $12

Crown Town Shakedown at GreenLife Family Farms

Saturday, May 15, 2pm: Susto, Late Night Special Band, Dead Swells, Tin 4, The GreenLife Family Band – $40

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The Evening Muse

The Evening Muse is back! The NoDa venue will host several cabaret-style shows this month, with tickets sold for tables of four.

Saturday, May 8, 7pm: Chris Trapper Cabaret Show – SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 8, 9:30pm: Chris Trapper Cabaret Show – $60
Saturday, May 15, 7pm: Dane Page – SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 15, 9:30pm: Dane Page – $60
Tuesday, May 18, 8pm: Menastree – $15
Wednesday, May 19, 7pm: Jason Eady, Adam Hood – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, May 19, 9:30pm: Jason Eady, Adam Hood – SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 22, 7pm: Hayden Lee – SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 22, 9:30pm: Hayden Lee – $60
Saturday, May 29, 7pm: Sunshone Still – $60

Heist Brewery

Tuesday, May 11, 7:30pm: House of Funk – $6.50
Thursday, May 13, 7pm: Hustle Souls – Free

Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts

Friday, May 7, 7pm: Funk You, GoodFoot Down – $15
Friday, May 14, 7pm: Cordovas, Great Peacock – $20
Sunday, May 16, 6pm: Karina Rykman, AFTM – $12

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Historic Rural Hill

The Huntersville venue will host two “pod”-style outdoor concerts in May. Each 10×10 reserved area allows for up to four passengers, with additional passenger passes available as an add-on purchase (max of two). Doors are at 6 p.m. and shows start at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11: Mt. Joy, Briston Maroney – $150-$300
Tuesday, May 25: St. Paul & The Broken Bones – $105-$135

Middle C Jazz

Middle C Jazz will host 32 performances throughout May, with ticket prices all $54 or less. Check out the venue’s calendar for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Music Yard

Saturday, May 8, 6pm: Westend, Groovy Bone Takeover – $40-$320
Saturday, May 15, 5pm: Walking On A Dream “Indie Dance & Indie Rock Party” – $35-$155
Saturday, May 22, 5pm: Le Youth, Curt Reynolds, Gabriella Gonzalez – $55-$240

Surrounded by the Sound Music Festival at Pinhouse

Saturday, May 15, 12:30pm: Sun-Dried Vibes, TreeHouse!, Sons of Paradise, Sugarshine, Positive J, Prophet of Positivity, TayWoo – $25

Downstairs patio at Pinhouse.

U.S. National Whitewater Center’s River Jam

Thursday, May 6, 7pm: Motherfolk – Free
Friday, May 7, 7pm: The Mantras – Free
Saturday, May 8, 7pm: Gaslight Street – Free
Thursday, May 13, 7pm: The Orange Constant – Free
Friday, May 14, 7pm: Yam Yam – Free
Saturday, May 15, 7pm: Austin Plaine – Free
Thursday, May 20, 7pm: Empire Strikes Brass – Free
Friday, May 21, 7pm: Jon Stickley Trio – Free
Saturday, May 22, 7pm: Ancient Cities – Free
Thursday, May 27, 7pm: Hank, Pattie & The Current – Free
Friday, May 28, 7pm: Songs From The Road Band – Free
Saturday, May 29, 7pm: Desert Noises – Free

Unknown Brewery

Saturday, May 29, 5pm: Pluto Gang, Akita – $15


Go deeper: The music will play on at the Evening Muse. Hallelujah.

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