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Written by:  CP
Date: June 1, 2011

Pack a picnic, a blanket and the family, and enjoy a warm summer evening under the stars.  Here's what's happening throughout the region.


CHARLOTTE


Blakeney Summer Concert Series
Enjoy the sounds of jazz, acoustic, blues, and rhythm and blues. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. The Village Green, Ardrey Kell and Rea roads.
www.shopblakeney.com
June 3-4: Jes Seda Group
June 10-11: The Loafers
June 17-18: Cookie Trio
June 24-25: Robin Burke Band
July 1-2: Unique Blend
July 8-9: Flute Praise
July 15-16: Kim Carper Group
July 22-23: Cookie Trio
July 29-30: Robin Burke Band
Aug. 5-6: The Loafers
Aug. 12-13: Jes Seda Group
Aug. 19-20: Kim Carper Group
Aug. 26-27: Uniq Blend


Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops Concerts

Orchestral favorites, from movie music to popular sing-alongs, dance tunes, and the best of Broadway. Gates open at 4 p.m.; prelude performances, 7 p.m. and concerts at 8:15 p.m. $10; free ages 18 and younger. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-792-2000.
www.charlottesymphony.org/Summer.asp
June 12: "A Strauss Serenade," Christopher Warren-Green, conducting
June 18: "Overtures Under the Stars," Jacomo Rafael Bairos, conducting
June 19: "Musical Travels," Albert-George Schram, conducting
June 26: "Big Band Bash," Albert-George Schram, conducting
July 3: "Celebrate America," Albert-George Schram, conducting

Movies in the Park at Ballantyne
Bring a chair or blanket. Free movie, popcorn, bottled water and face painting. Third Friday of each month through August. Movies begin at dusk. Ballantyne Corporate Park, Brixham Green Connector Tent.
www.moviesintheparkballantyne.com
June 17: "Despicable Me"
July 15: "How to Train Your Dragon"
Aug. 19: "Tangled"

Movies in the Park at Freedom Park
Bring a chair or blanket. Free popcorn and prize giveaways. Second Friday of the month through August. Movies begin at sunset. Freedom Park Amphitheater, 900 E. Blvd.
www.watershedcharlotte.com
June 10: "Megamind"
July 8: "Despicable Me"
Aug. 12: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Movies Under the Stars
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," plus live music by Mr. Nigel. 7 p.m. Free. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-364-4411. www.simon.com.
Aug. 5: "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Aug. 12: "Megamind"

Aug. 19: "Despicable Me"

Aug. 26: "Rio"

Whitewater River Jam
Enjoy live music with family and friends while watching the sunset over the Catawba River. Thursdays, 7 p.m. $5 parking. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
www.usnwc.org/riverjam
June 2: The Victor James Band
June 9: ToneBlazers
June 16: Mike Strauss Band
June 23: Thompson Brothers Band
June 30: Alan Barrington
July 7: Exit 54
July 14: Elonzo
July 21: Matt MacKelcan Band
July 28: Lindy Dobbins and the Red Velvet Manx
Aug. 4: RockHighway
Aug. 11: Town Mountain
Aug. 18: Overmountain Men
Aug. 25: Wild Rumpus


BELMONT


Friday Night Live
Free concerts every other Friday night on Main Street in downtown Belmont. Concerts start at 7 p.m.
June 3: Hip Pocket
June 17: Billy Scott and the Party Prophets;
Clifford Curry
July 1: The Tams (fireworks following)
July 15: Coastline
July 29: Band of Oz
Aug. 12: Coming Up Brass
Aug. 26: Too Much Sylvia;
Carolina Connection
Sept. 9: The Embers


CONCORD/KANNAPOLIS


Summer Concert Series
Free live music at Village Park, between A and C streets and North Loop Road, Kannapolis. Music begins at 7 p.m.
June 4: Country — Jason Michael Carroll (fireworks following)
June 18: Blues — The Skydog Woody Project and Part-Time Blues Band
July 2: Charlotte Symphony (fireworks following)
July 16: Band of Oz
July 29-30 : Beach Music Festival — Jim Quick & Coastline; Atlantic Groove; Catalina's; and Fantastic Shakers
Aug. 13: Too Much Sylvia (fireworks following)


Movies in the Park

Family-friendly movies at Village Park, between A and C streets and North Loop Road, Kannapolis. Movies start at 8:45 p.m.
www.ci.kannapolis.nc.us/calendar_showcase.asp.
June 10: "Despicable Me"
June 24: "Jaws"
July 8: "Megamind"
July 22: "The Blind Side" (PG-13)
Aug. 5: "Night at the Museum"
Aug. 19: "Tangled"


Stories Under the Stars

Live arts, music and story-telling programs in partnership with the Cabarrus County Library Kannapolis Branch. Events begin at 7 p.m.
www.facebook.com/cityofkannapolis for more information.
June 25: David Novak
July 23: Poetry Alive
Aug. 20: Bobby McMillon
Sept. 24: John Fowler


Union Street Live

Live music and family fun on the Historic Courthouse Lawn in Concord.  6-9 p.m.
www.concorddowntown.com/pages/events_union_st_live.html.
June 16: Too Much Sylvia
July 21: Atlantic Groove Band
Aug. 18: Craig Woolard Band
Sept. 15: SuperGlide


CORNELIUS/HUNTERSVILLE/DAVIDSON


Concerts on The Green
Bring a blanket and enjoy music under the stars. Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. 6-8 p.m., concerts start at 6:30 p.m.
www.ci.davidson.nc.us/concerts.
June 5:  Blue Chip Jazz Band
June 19: The Back Beat
July 3:  Rough Draft
July 17:  The Stranger
Aug. 7:  Billy Jones & The Pocket
Aug. 21:  Rusty Knox Band


Movies in the Park Huntersville

See family-friendly movies displayed on a 15-by-20 foot outdoor screen. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and come early for Frisbee, Corn Hole and other games. Park opens 6pm, movie begins at 9pm. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-464-2400.
www.moviesintheparkhuntersville.com.
Aug. 26: "Tangled"


Movies at McGuire

See a flick on the lawn by the lake. Free. 8:40 p.m. McGuire Energy Explorium, 12700 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville. 980-875-5600. www.duke-energy.com/visitor-centers/energyexplorium.asp.

Summer Pops Concert
Orchestral favorites, from movie music to popular sing-alongs, dance tunes, and the best of Broadway. Performances begin at 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
June 11: Bailey Road Park, Cornelius
June 17: Duke Energy Explorium, Lake Norman


Summer Outdoor Cinema Series

An exciting line-up of movies, with something for every member of the family shown on a state-of-the-art inflatable screen. Join in pre-movie activities, including Wii games, mini basketball and free product samplings from us from 7-8:30pm. Movie begins at 8:30pm. Free. 704-896-2460.
www.corneliuspr.org.
June 15: J.V. Washam Elementary (Multipurpose field), Cornelius
June 29: Torrence Chapel Park, Cornelius
July 4: Cornelius Town Hall Lawn, Cornelius
July 20: Ramsey Creek Park (Boat-In), Huntersville
Aug. 3: Smithville Park, Cornelius
Aug. 17: Cornelius Town Hall Lawn, Cornelius


MOORESVILLE


Mooresville Movies on Main.
Concessions available. All ages. 7:30pm. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. 704-662-3334.
www.ci.mooresville.nc.us.
June 17 — "Tangled"
July 15 — "Shrek Forever After"
Aug. 12 — "Despicabe Me"


GASTONIA


Blues Out Back Concert Series
Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic. Gaston County Museum, 131 W. Main St. 6:30-8 p.m.
www.gastoncountymuseum.org.
June 10: Abe Reid
July 8: Big Ron Hunter
Aug. 12: The Harris Brothers


MATTHEWS


Matthews Summer Concert and Movie Series
Food and beverage vendors on site. No pets. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m., with movies starting at 8:30 p.m. or dusk.
www.matthewsfun.com.
June 4: "Back to the Future"
June 10: Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops
June 18: "Megamind"
June 25: Livehouse
July 2: Too Much Sylvia
Aug. 20: "Tangled"


PINEVILLE


Rockin' and Reelin' Summer Concert and Movie Series
Bring a chair or blanket. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Road.
www.pinevillenc.net/departments_parks_events.html
June 3: "The Karate Kid"
June 17: Bull City Syndicate
June 26: Matthews Playhouse (begins at 6 p.m.)
July 1: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (at Belle Johnston Park)
July 15: "Yogi Bear"
July 22: Key West Band
Aug. 5: "Toy Story 3"
Aug. 19: Face-2-Face



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