Live concerts are meticulously coordinated events, with dedicated staff ensuring each instrument is tuned, each mic is working, and each band member is set in the upright and locked position. Keep their hard work from going to waste with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get two general-admission tickets to the Charlotte Music Awards at CPCC's Dale F. Halton Theatre on Thursday, December 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a $40 value). Red-carpet festivities begin at 6 p.m.
Established in 2007, the Charlotte Music Awards support local talent by spotlighting regional musicians across a broad range of genres, from rock to country to folk to hip-hop. Standing as the culmination of a series of individual showcases, the fully tuned ceremony harvests gifted ensembles and quick-witted teleprompters from throughout the Carolinas to create a talent-packed year-end finale. This year, a collection of more than 80 stars headlines the evening, as performances from bands such as Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, the Mary Selvidge Band, and J Chozen delight open-eared attendees. Peppered among performances, a lengthy list of awards will recognize standout acts, with accolades for best bands, songs of the year, and a lifetime achievement award, which honors individuals who can whistle the Gilligan's Island theme song without any errors.