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Big names highlight spring



The year's music schedule is slowly filling up with bigger and better shows. Each day, it seems like another national name is added to the schedule. Here are just a few of the concerts you might want to check out:

Michael Bublé – The Grammy Award-winning jazz crooner is sure to get things swinging in the Queen City next week. He brings his big band style to Charlotte Bobcats Arena on March 18.

B.B. King – The blues legend is still going strong at 82 years old. He's been performing for 52 years, and while he announced a farewell tour in 2006, he's still on the road. Catch him while you can. He'll be at the Belk Theater on March 31.

Susan Tedeschi – She may be married to Derek Trucks, but the 37-year-old blues and soul singer clearly stands on her own. Vocals with the right amount of smoky, sultry sound can tug on heart strings when you least expect it. Check her out at the Neighborhood Theatre on April 18.

Keith Urban – If you're looking for something with a different kind of Southern appeal, Urban will be offering up a little country from Down Under at Charlotte Bobcats Arena on April 18. He's bringing along American Idol winner Carrie Underwood.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – The band may not be a household name ... yet ... but they're sure to win over fans every time they play. BRMC swings at full force with their own brand of retro rock in a laid back style that reminds some of Kings of Leon. Just another band you should know that'll be playing at the Visulite Theatre on April 22.

Ministry – Al & Co. have made it a point to go after El Presidente and they've done it consistently for the last three albums. As Bush's final year comes to a close, so does the final chapter for one of industrial rock's most successful bands. The C-U-LaTour will stop by Tremont Music Hall on April 24 and wrap things up for Mr. Jourgensen.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – The Boss is back with a brand new record and hitting the road hard. Some say Magic is one of his best albums, others say it doesn't quite match up. Either way, it's the freakin' Boss and he's coming to the Q.C. on April 27 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Kanye West – Rumors have swirled for weeks about whether or not West would be coming to Charlotte. Originally announced as a show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, the concert was finally confirmed last week for May 8 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. He'll be bringing along Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna and NERD ... and I'm sure a bit of attitude.

Radiohead – The concert will likely cost you much more than their last album, but when Radiohead hits the Queen City, you can be sure the fans will be goin' crazy. It's not every day that a band reaches cult status and brings out the masses to put their asses in the seats. Expect something memorable on May 9 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Tim McGraw – He may not have his wife, Faith Hill, in tow this time around, but there are plenty of country fans that are clamoring for another appearance by the 40-year-old. The upcoming Live Your Voice Tour, making a stop at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 16, will be his first solo outing in three years.

James Taylor – The 59-year-old folk singer has plenty of Grammys and won over plenty of fans with his smooth style. He released a CD/DVD set last year and rumors of a new album, We Are Men, have it being released some time this year. He'll be performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 29.

The Rowdy Frynds Tour – I have no doubt in my mind that a few rebel flags will be out when Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. hit Charlotte Bobcats Arena on May 31. It may be indoors, but things will heat up mighty quickly when all those fans can finally yell "Free Bird!" and know the band is gonna play it.

Of course, there are also plenty of local and other nationally and regionally touring bands worth checking out just about any night of the week ... And we haven't even dipped into the summer schedule yet!

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