Queen City Jam Session brings 3 days of music to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — Earlier this month, social media was buzzing after Governor Roy Cooper advocated for a canceled Atlanta music festival to come to North Carolina.

The two-day annual festival, Music Midtown, was canceled because of what organizers called “circumstances beyond our control.”

In a tweet, Cooper encouraged organizers to bring the festival to the Tar Heel state, which got many local music fans excited about the idea of Charlotte having a multi-day music festival.

Fortunately, Charlotte-based concert promoter MaxxMusic and NoDa Brewing Company have teamed up to plan an event that should satisfy fans’ appetites.

Queen City Jam Session kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday outside of the brewery’s North End taproom at 2921 North Tryon Street, with late night performances taking place at Neighborhood Theatre.

The three-day event features 40 bands, art vendors and food trucks. Headliners include Greensky Bluegrass, Oteil & Friends, The Infamous Stringbusters and The War & Treaty.

Here’s what you need to know before you go:

Tickets cost $89 for a single day or $189 for a 3-day pass.

A limited amount of 3-day VIP passes are available for $299 and include express entry, special viewing area, dedicated bar, two complimentary beers each day and free water.

Children ages 6 and younger get in for free.

Gates open at 2 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be limited parking on site during the festival, but the venue is a short walk from the light rail stop at 36th Street. There will also be a designated drop off and pick up location for Uber and Lyft riders.

To see the daily band schedule, click here.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to queencityjamsession.com.

Queen City Jam Session is the first of several music festivals coming up in the Charlotte area.

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival, featuring host Jerry Douglas and performers Béla Fleck, Leftover Salmon, The Earls of Leicester, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush Band, Alison Brown, Acoustic Syndicate, Chatham County Line and others, will be held Sept. 2-4 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring.

The Outlaw Music Festival, featuring Willie Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Billy Strings, Larkin Poe and Charley Crockett, will be held Sept. 10 at PNC Music Pavilion.

The Breakaway Music Festival, featuring Illenium, Tiësto, The Kid Laroi, Quinn XCII and others, will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at zMAX Dragway.

The Moo and Brew Festival with Chris Lane, Jon Langston, Oceanic and others will be held Oct. 1 at AvidXchange Music Factory.

The Hops & Hogs Festival with Collective Soul, Default and others will be held Oct. 8 at Memorial Stadium.

(Watch below: Gov. Cooper wants canceled Atlanta music festival to come to North Carolina)

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