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CONCERT CALENDAR: 'Soldiers of the Cross' to perform


• Halifax County High School, South Boston … Blessed Hope Halifax and the “Soldiers of the Cross” present Brian Free & Assurance live in concert April 19. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m.  Admission is free, the sponsors just ask that everyone who has the means to bring two canned food items or a non-perishable item to jump start a new food ministry in the Town of Halifax.

  Spare Times Grill, South Boston … Keith Driver April 17; DJ Shakespeare April 19.

  Halifax Farmers Market … Earth Day Celebration April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Music throughout the day.

  Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Vernon Hill … Gospel Sing & BBQ with music by Saved By Grace April 21, 4-6 p.m.

  Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham … Chris Tucker April 19; B.B. King/Robert Cray April 21.

  Carolina Theatre, Durham  … Boney James April 20.

  Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh … Marshall Tucker Band April 19.

 Greensboro Coliseum … Third Day April 20.

  Carolina Theatre, Greensboro … KC & The Sunshine Band April 18.

  Roanoke Civic Center … Ron White April 18.

  Salem Civic Center … George Jones April 20.



  Spare Times Grill, South Boston … Megan Doss Trio April 26.

  BISTRO 1888, South Boston … Live music with Mama’s Black Sheep and Christine Havrilla May 1.

  Bright Meadows Farms, Nathalie … Derby Day Festival May 4, music by Hugh Vaughan.

  Halifax Farmers Market … Rockin’ For Robyn benefit for Robyn Robbins May 11.

  Constitution Square, South Boston … Destination Downtown South Boston summer concert series kicks off May 31 with Bluegrass in the Square featuring Hi Grass and Lawson Creek Grass bands. The second concert in the series will feature the high energy party band, Love Tribe, June 28 and the final performance in the series will be Matt Boswell & The Hillbilly Blues Band Aug. 16. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at gate, available at the Tourism office, True Value, Heritage House Furniture, Caffe Peroni, McCollum-Ferrell, and the DDSB office.

  Downtown Virgilina … Memorial Day Summerfest May 25, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Music throughout the day and street dance 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

  Berry Hill Resort, Halifax … 33rd annual Virginia Cantaloupe Festival June 7. Music by DJ Shakespeare, 6th and Main and The Konnection Band. For information, visit

 Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sutherlin … Stephen Freeman “Elvis Tribute” May 4, 8 p.m. Advance tickets $12, $15 at door. For info, call 434-251-0994.

  Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens … Festival in the Garden June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Music, food, workshops, fun. For more info, call 434-753-2274 or visit

  Emporia … Virginia Pork Festival June 12. Music by The Embers, The Konnection Band, Overtime and The Rhondels. For more information, visit

  Booth Amphitheater, Cary, N.C. … Lyle Lovett May 4; The Lumineers June 13; Harry Connick Jr. July 9.

  Carolina Theatre, Durham  … Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo April 23; Boz Scaggs May 8; Tracy Morgan June 5; Hot Tuna Acoustic w/Jill Sobule June 6; Celtic Thunder Oct. 30.

  Carolina Theatre, Greensboro … Kathy Mattea Sept. 21.

  Charlotte Motor Speedway, Rock City Campgrounds, Charlotte … Carolina Rebellion May 4 and 5, with Alice in Chains, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm, Sick Puppies and more on Saturday; Soundgarden, Rise Against, Busch, 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Steel Panther and more Sunday. For more info, visit

  Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham … Celtic Woman April 27; Il Divo May 7; Carol Burnett May 12; Kings of the Mic Tour with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul June 16; Gladys Knight and The O’Jays June 30; Sheryl Crow Aug. 3; Blue Man Group Sept. 6-8.

  Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach … Styx/REO Speedwagon April 27; Lunatic Luau with Seether, Papa Roach, Sevendust, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Three Days Grace and more May 3; Rush May 5; Luke Bryan May 17; Kenny Chesney June 6; Shaggfest June 15; Heart June 24; Brad Paisley June 28; Vans Warped Tour July 9; Train/Gavin DeGraw July 11; Jimmy Buffett July 13; 311/Cypress Hill July 14; Blake Shelton July 19 (on sale April 19); Dave Matthews Band July 26; Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls Aug. 8; John Mayer Aug. 24; Maroon 5 Sept. 8.

  Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Vienna … Widespread Panic June 5.

  Greensboro Coliseum … Loretta Lynn May 10; Jason Aldean/Jake Owen May 18; Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell May 31; Taylor Swift Sept. 12; Rod Stewart/Steve Winwood Oct. 17.

  Greensboro Coliseum’s White Oak Amphitheater … Darius Rucker/Justin Moore May 30; Earth, Wind and Fire June 8; Sugar Ray/Gin Blossoms/Smashmouth/Vertical Horizon/Fastball Aug. 8.

  Hooper Park, Crewe … Virginia Crossroads Live featuring ZZ Top May 10.

  Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen … Aaron Lewis May 1; Pat McGee Band May 8; Daughtry May 22; Thompson Square May 29; Everclear/Live/Filter/Sponge June 5; Sheryl Crow June 13; Marshall Tucker Band July 3; BB King July 17; Sugar Ray/Gin Blossoms/Smashmouth/Vertical Horizon/Fastball Aug. 7.

  Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow … Kid Rock June 28; Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Machinehead, more July 24.

  John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville … Taylor Swift Sept. 14.

  Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh … The Darkness May 10; Jars of Clay July 14.

  The National, Richmond … Hackensaw Boys April 26; Shooter Jennings May 22; Hanson Sept. 4.

  The Norva, Norfolk … Gov’t Mule April 23; Alice In Chains May 5; Mickey Hart Band May 9; Insane Clown Posse May 11; Dark Star Orchestra Aug. 2.

  Ntelos Pavilion, Portsmouth … Chaka Khan May 25; Earth, Wind and Fire June 7; The Lumineers June 12; Kings of the Mic Tour with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy June 15; The Avett Brothers June 22; Cyndi Lauper July 5.

  PNC Arena, Raleigh … Barry Manilow April 26; Bob Seger April 27; RUSH May 3; One Direction June 22; Taylor Swift Sept. 13.

  Pocahontas Live, Chesterfield … Justin Moore May 23; moe. May 31; Creedence Clearwater Revisited June 13; Lee Brice/Josh Thompson July 10; Doobie Brothers July 21; O.A.R. July 31; Dark Star Orchestra Aug. 3.

w Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh … Bob Dylan May 2; Smashing Pumpkins May 7; Everclear/Live/Filter/Sponge May 31; Widespread Panic June 8 and June 9; O.A.R. July 21; Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band July 23; Barenake Ladies/Ben Folds Five July 28; Jonas Brothers July 31; IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Sept. 27 and 28.

  Richmond Coliseum … Barry Manilow April 25.

  Roanoke Civic Center … Brantley Gilbert April 26; REO Speedway/Styx/Ted Nugent April 28; Daniel Tosh June 18; Avett Brothers June 20; Bill Cosby July 27.

  Salem Civic Center … Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Football Stadium with Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Colt Ford, Gloriana and more June 1.

  The Scope, Norfolk … Bob Seger April 30.

  Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte … Bob Seger April 25; New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men June 19; Fleetwood Mac June 24; Beyonce July 27; Bruno Mars Aug. 21.

  Time Warner Cable Pavilion, Raleigh … REO Speedwagon/Styx/Ted Nugent April 27; Tim McGraw May 4; Kenny Chesney May 23; Brad Paisley June 8; Heart/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience June 22; Big Time Rush/Victoria Justice July 7; The Black Keys/The Flaming Lips July 11; Keith Urban/Little Big Town July 26; Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls Aug. 7; Blake Shelton Aug. 9; John Mayer Sept. 5; Maroon 5 Sept. 10.

  Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte … Bob Dylan May 1; Smashing Pumpkins May 8; Everclear/Live/Filter/Sponge June 2; Earth, Wind & Fire June 9; Black Crowes/Tedeschi Trucks Band July 21; Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster July 25; Jonas Brothers July 30.

  Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. … Eagles July 22.

  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte … Tim McGraw May 3; Brad Paisley June 7; Heart June 21; Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd July 13; Dave Matthews Band July 24; Keith Urban July 25; Vans Warped Tour July 29; Train/Gavin DeGraw July 30; Kenny Chesney Aug. 1; Matchbox Twenty/Goo Goo Dolls Aug. 6; John Mayer Sept. 4; Kid Rock/ZZ Top/Uncle Kracker Sept. 10.

  Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem … Mother’s Finest May 11; Drive-By Truckers June 28; Watkins Glen/Summer Jam 40-Yr. Anniversary Tour July 26; Darkstar Orchestra Aug. 15.

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