Entertainment - Concert Reviews

Endless energy: Imagine Dragons entertains crowd at Spectrum Center

By Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent

CHARLOTTE — Imagine Dragons brought its Evolve tour to the Spectrum Center on Wednesday night.
K.Flay and Grouplove opened the show.
Imagine Dragons began its portion of the concert with “Whatever It Takes,” a song off the new album, “Evolve.”
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Review: Logic concert worth going to

By Lily Pope

Rapper Logic came to inspire and entertain fans Thursday night at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, and that he did.

Performing alongside Big Lenbo, DJ Rhetorik, his piano teacher, and other people, he certainly provided plenty of surprises and sent the crowd home with full hearts and minds. He talked about race, religion, mental health and other topics, sticking close to his saying: “Peace, love and positivity.”

Logic did disappoint fans when he announced that Joey Bada$$, one of his companions on his Everybody’s Tour, would not be performing with him on Thursday for unexplained reasons. But an appearance made by Logic’s wife, Jessica Andrea, during “1-800-273-8255,” a song about his struggle with suicide and self-love (the song’s name is the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), made the concert a grounding experience.

Thursday’s venue, Red Hat Amphitheater, made the concert even better because of its amazing acoustics, convenient parking and overall easy space to enjoy. It appeared that the concert was far from sold out, but everyone who did attend were intense fans.

As if all of this weren’t enough, Logic made the concert even more fan-centered by talking to members of the audience. He even brought some on stage to rap part of a song with him. At one point, he played (and won) a game of Mario Kart with a crew member and encouraged the crowd to cheer them on as they played.

Overall, Logic impressed and touched his fans with his messages, views and, above all, music.

Lily Pope is a home school ninth-grader and a Times-News correspondent.

LOGIC IN CHARLOTTE

WHAT: Logic Presents: Everybody’s Tour

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte

COST: $45-$139. Available through Ticketmaster

 

[Nick Mahar/Wikimedia]

 

 


The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ tour is mesmerizing

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

   One might assume that a huge starship hovering over and covering most of a stage, parts shifting and color changing all the while, would distract from whoever is performing. Usually they would probably be right. However it was evident that people attending The Weeknd’s stop at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on Wednesday as part of the Starboy: Legend of The Fall tour were uninterested in this part of the concert when the set began, as his dedicated fans sang along to every word and watched the R&B powerhouse move across the stage.
The setlist was comprised mostly of songs off of his latest release, “Starboy,” along with other hits such as “Earned It” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” The opening acts were rapper Belly and Mississippi-native rapper duo Rae Sremmurd, who are also brothers. Both artists came back out during The Weeknd’s set, with Rae Sremmurd performing their hit “Black Beatles.”
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