Monday, June 18, 2012

Apple, Isaak, Buckingham announced

Friday Blumenthal Performing Arts announced that crooner Chris Isaak will perform an intimate concert at McGlohon Theatre September 10. Isaak, whose latest album is a collection of classic covers, has played Asheville and Greenville, South Carolina in recent years but not Charlotte. I've seen him work a gymnasium in Anderson, South Carolina like it was the Hollywood Bowl and play the much posher Peace Center more recently and am continually blown away by his ageless performance. Pre-sale tickets to his Beyond the Sun Tour are now on sale. Public sale starts Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. Call 704-372-1000 or log on to

Elsewhere The Fillmore announced today that long absent singer-songwriter Fiona Apple will make her Charlotte return September 26 at the NC Music Factory venue. Apple, who appears on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" tonight, has been receiving stellar reviews for recent live shows. At one time she had a reputation as a shaky performer, but it appears she's matured since her days of repeatedly apologizing to the crowd like she did at Grady Cole Center in her early twenties (she was great when she guested with Nickel Creek at Ovens a few years back). "The Idler Wheel..." - Apple's first album in seven years - is out tomorrow, June 19. Tickets also go on sale Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the Fillmore box office,, Ticketmaster outlets, select Walmart stores, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. 

Before those two must-sees, Neighborhood Theatre welcomes another rock legend in Lindsey Buckingham, who will perform a rare solo "evening with" concert there Tuesday, July 31. Buckingham's latest solo album, "Seeds We Sow," was released in September. Tickets for that show go on sale tomorrow, June 19 at 11 a.m. at 704-358-9298 or at