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CONCERT CALENDAR: Check out what's happening this weekend


Constitution Square, South Boston … Destination Downtown South Boston summer concert series with 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.

 Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham … Toni Braxton Aug. 18.

 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh … Ke$ha Aug. 14; Slightly Stoopid Aug. 16.

 Carolina Theatre, Greensboro … Eric Benet Aug. 16.

 Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem … Darkstar Orchestra Aug. 15.

 Pocahontas Live, Chesterfield … Slightly Stoopid Aug. 14.

 The National, Richmond … Ted Nugent Aug. 17.

 Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach … Backstreet Boys Aug. 17.

 Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte … Ke$ha Aug. 15.



 American Legion Post 8, South Boston … Poker Run benefit for Gavin Smith Aug. 24 with food concessions, car club display, raffle and music by Yellow Snow Show (Adam and Ronnie Snow). For info., contact Pete Talley 470-4017 or Randy Tingen 579-2297.

 Spare Times Grill, South Boston … DJ LOCO Aug. 23; Ray & Audrie Aug. 30; Dane Ferguson Aug. 31. 

 Halifax Co. High School Auditorium … South Boston/Halifax County Blues Festival Aug. 30 featuring Theodis Ealey “The Stand Up In It Man”, along with special guests the Hot Damn Band and Juanita Cross. Tickets $20, available at Breedlove’s Fresh Fish stand and Executive Cuts Barber Shop, both in South Boston, and from Jonas Walker by calling 434-446-5535.

 Constitution Square, Downtown South Boston … South Boston Harvest Festival 2013 Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 Booth Amphitheater, Cary, N.C. … Hank Williams Jr. Aug. 30; Willie Nelson & Family Sept. 14; Alabama Shakes Sept. 20; Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Sept. 28.

 Carolina Theatre, Durham  … John Hiatt Aug. 22; Leon Russell Aug. 29; Dickey Betts and Great Southern Aug. 30; Cheap Trick Sept. 17; Joe Satriani Sept. 24; Ani DiFranco Sept. 27; Lily Tomlin Oct. 10; Sandra Bernhard Oct. 11; Celtic Thunder Oct. 30; Red Clay Ramblers Nov. 15; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Nov. 16; Edwin McCain Nov. 30; Drew Carey Jan. 11.

 Carolina Theatre, Greensboro … Kathy Mattea Sept. 21; Buddy Guy Oct. 11; Mint Condition Nov. 1.

 Crossroads Live at Hooper Park, Crewe … Delbert McClinton Sept. 14.

 Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham … Rickey Smiley Aug. 24; Blue Man Group Sept. 6-8; Alabama Sept. 28 (Sold Out!); Jack Johnson Oct. 3; Neko Case Oct. 26; India.Arie Oct. 29; John Legend Oct. 31; John Fogerty Nov. 3; Ron White Nov. 22; Michael McDonald Dec. 1; Natalie Cole Dec. 10.

 Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach … Miranda Lambert/Dierks Bentley Aug. 22; John Mayer Aug. 24; Shinedown Aug. 31; Allman Brothers Band/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Sept. 4; Maroon 5 Sept. 8; Rascal Flatts/The Band Perry Sept. 26.

 Greensboro Coliseum … Taylor Swift Sept. 12; Rock Allegiance Tour Sept. 23; Rod Stewart/Steve Winwood Oct. 17; The Eagles Nov. 16; Florida Georgia Line Nov. 23; Bonnie Raitt Nov. 27; Justin Moore/Randy Houser Jan. 23 (on sale Sept. 27).

 Greensboro Coliseum’s White Oak Amphitheater … Flip Flop Beach Music Festival with Swingin’ Medallions, The Tams, Eric & the Chill Tones, & The Craig Woollard Band Sept. 7.

 Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen … The Band Perry Aug. 21; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Aug. 28; Darius Rucker Sept. 5; Montgomery Gentry Sept. 19; Beach Boys Sept. 25.

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

 Landmark Theatre, Richmond … David Sedaris Oct. 19; Joe Bonamassa Nov. 9.

 Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh … Steve Earle & The Dukes Aug. 25.

 The National, Richmond … Steve Earle & The Dukes Aug. 23; Hanson Sept. 4; Son Volt Sept. 25; Alice Cooper Oct. 22.

 Ntelos Pavilion, Charlottesville … The Beach Boys Aug. 28.

 Ntelos Pavilion, Portsmouth … Ke$ha Aug. 28; Hank Williams Jr. Aug. 31.

 Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte … Joe Bonamassa Nov. 12.

 PNC Arena, Raleigh … Taylor Swift Sept. 13; nine inch nails Oct. 21; Michael Buble Oct. 25; Drake Nov. 3; Justin Timberlake Nov. 13; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Nov. 19.

 Pocahontas Live, Chesterfield … Creedence Clearwater Revisited Aug. 21.

 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh … Big Head Todd & the Monsters Aug. 22; Shinedown/Papa Roach Sept. 1; Steely Dan Sept. 18; IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Sept. 27 and 28.

 Roanoke Civic Center … Joe Bonamassa Nov. 8.

 Roanoke Performing Arts Center … Willie Nelson & Family Sept. 13.

 Salem Civic Center … Michael McDonald Oct. 11; Merle Haggard Oct. 27; Florida Georgia Line Nov. 22 (on sale Aug. 23).

 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte … Bruno Mars Aug. 21; Muse Sept. 3; Michael Buble Oct. 26; Selena Gomez Oct. 27; Drake Nov. 2.

 Time Warner Cable Pavilion, Raleigh … Backstreet Boys Aug. 20; Miranda Lambert Aug. 24; Allman Brothers Band Aug. 30; Iron Maiden Sept. 3; John Mayer Sept. 5; Maroon 5 Sept. 10; Jason Aldean Sept. 13; Rascal Flatts/The Band Perry Sept. 27.

 Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte … Steely Dan Sept. 17; Queens of the Stone Age Sept. 19.

 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte … John Mayer Sept. 4; Kid Rock/ZZ Top/Uncle Kracker Sept. 10.

 Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem … Blackberry Smoke Sept. 7; Sister Hazel Sept. 27; Donna the Buffalo Dec. 14.

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CONCERT CALENDAR: Check out what's happening this weekend


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