A few months ago, I posted about an impromptu decision to go and see Gavin De Graw perform at the Avalon Ballroom in Niagara Falls, where I met some incredible people and a really wonderful new friend. Little did I know, that 6 months later, I would be visiting her in North Carolina and exploring several locations in this stunningly beautiful state.
There are so many wonderful things to do and places to see in the Tarheel State, we started in Charlotte, and then went on to explore Coastal North Carolina, including two of my favourite little gems, Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.
Queen City Vibes
One of my favourite things to do in a new city is check out the local live music scene and Charlotte was no exception. When planning our weekend in the Queen City, we knew that we wanted to check out a concert (or two), and soon after learned that two of our favourite artists – Gavin De Graw and Andy Grammer – were performing in a double-headline show in one of the cities most iconic music venues, The Fillmore.
Show night arrived and we did not leave disappointed. The show started with a mind-blowing performance from an incredibly talented opening act Wrabel. To say that he is talented really doesn’t do him justice – but you don’t have to take my word for it – check out the video I took on Tickets & Passports TV.
EPIC Opening Act
Up next, crowd favourite Gavin De Graw delighted us with some trusted favourites and first time performances from his new record – Something Worth Saving. After seeing Gavin perform twice this year, I’m totally hooked and can’t wait for his next tour.
Gavin De Graw – Live at The Fillmore
I didn’t think it was possible to beat Gavin’s live show. Then, the lights went out and Andy Grammer stepped out onto stage. The crowd went WILD. The energy was electric and a good time was had by all. If you haven’t seen him, check out his tour schedule and go…..you won’t be disappointed – he’s the best live act I’ve seen to date (sorry Gavin!).
Andy Grammer – Live at The Fillmore
Interested in seeing some live music in Charlotte? Check out this awesome list of concert halls, music clubs and other live music venues for some inspiration.
We didn’t have a huge amount of time to explore Charlotte, but we did manage to take a sneak peak at some of the local gems.
Check out the local pubs
If you’re looking for a great bottle of wine and a relaxed atmosphere, I highly recommend checking out the Wine Vault located at the Shoppes at University Place. If cocktails and a leisurely lunch by the river are more your thing – run next door and check out Boardwalk Billy’s – a quirky BBQ and seafood restaurant – with epic “fishbowl” (bucket-sized) cocktails for under $10. Yes…..I said bucket-sized cocktails for under a tenner!
The Girls and I enjoying our fish-bowl cocktails at Boardwalk Billy’s.
Charlotte definitely has a lot to offer – as always, we ran out of time but it’s definitely on my list of places to return to.