3 Reasons to Love Charlotte SHOUT!
Coming in under the wire on the last day of Charlotte SHOUT!, my family and I spent a Saturday exploring a few of the festival’s events. As a result, I will definitely file this one under “One day is not enough!”
Charlotte SHOUT! is produced by Charlotte Center City Partners (and in partnership with Blumenthal Performing Arts). This lively festival celebrates music, art, ideas and food in different venues throughout Uptown Charlotte. This year’s festival ran from Apr. 29 to May 11, 2019 and was ushered in with the Charlotte Jazz Festival. There were more than 75 events featured in all. A wide variety of performances and events ensured there was something for every age and every interest.
Here’s what we enjoyed most about Charlotte SHOUT!
1. The performances
We took in a performance of L’homme Cirque: David Dimitri’s One Man Circus, which was set up in First Ward Park, and it was so much fun. We loved the intimate atmosphere of the not-so-big tent. Dimitri engaged the audience the entire show. His performance included accordion serenades, tight wire tricks and a daring human canon ball launch. We were especially captivated by his final number when he exited the tent along the high wire, then continued to cross it outside 150 feet off the ground.
Other Charlotte SHOUT! performances included concerts from a variety of notable artists like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Anthony Hamilton (Charlotte native R&B singer), Bleachers and Umphrey’s McGee.
2. The art
The giant inflated bunnies on The Green were a huge hit, dominating many Instagram feeds from Apr. 29 to May11. They were created by Amanda Parer, an Australian artist who was inspired by the real-life invasion of bunnies in Australia. The installation was impressive by day and positively gorgeous at night when they were illuminated. The interactive light and sound display “Impulse” was incredibly popular, too. Located in the street on Levine Avenue of the Arts, the glowing seesaws made music when you played on them.
Other installations included Talking Walls Charlotte, which featured murals in three locations; and Christopher Schardt’s LED light art project “Constellation” which was situated at Convergence Plaza at Trade and Tryon streets. In addition to the installations, many galleries and venues offered special events, workshops and exhibits throughout the festival.
3. Uptown stops
We spent a good bit of time walking around Uptown Charlotte both before and after the performance. Charlotte is such a pedestrian-friendly city, so it’s easy to spend a day exploring it. Next year, I fully plan on taking advantage of the guided city walks Charlotte SHOUT! offers.
One of our favorite places to hang out is 7thStreet Public Market. You’ll find everything from freshly pressed juices and wine to locally made gifts and specialty foods. There’s ample seating both inside and outdoors, making it easy to relax and enjoy your meal (and the company you share it with).
We grabbed lunch at Pure Pizza. Pizzas are always on point here. However, I had to go with the Shroomin’Krueger this time. This sandwich is loaded with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, arugula and Daiya cheese, and topped with balsamic vinegar. The house-made focaccia bread it’s sandwiched between is worth the price of admission.
Festival dates for next year haven’t been confirmed yet, but you can check in for updates on their website, Cltshout.com. I honestly can’t wait to see what will be included in Charlotte SHOUT! 2020, and you can better believe I’ll devote more than one day to it!
(All photos courtesy of City of Charlotte.)