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5 Reasons You Need to See NoteWorthy at Charlotte SHOUT!

5 Reasons You Need to See NoteWorthy at Charlotte SHOUT!

By Mary Lathem


After a year of virtual concerts, WDAV and FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative’s NoteWorthy concert series is finally making its in-person debut! You’ll hear music from four visionary artists featured in NoteWorthy’s first season – Quisol, Karen Poole, and Harvey Cummings II – onstage with Charlotte icon DJ Fannie Mae and some of the region’s top classical musicians. 

We think that’s all the convincing you should need to get in the car and head to Charlotte – but if you’re still weighing your options, we’ve got you covered with five great reasons to make the trip. 


1. Charlotte’s music scene will come together in front of your eyes. 

When NoteWorthy was just an idea back in early 2021, WDAV and FAIR PLAY formed a shared vision for the project: “to build one Charlotte music community that values all voices.” To honor that vision, we knew that every NoteWorthy pairing needed space to meld together organically, sharing ideas with one another to create something entirely new. That meant that although the first group of artists was strong, those of us behind the scenes still weren’t sure what we were going to hear when it came time to film NoteWorthy’s first episodes.

At the shoot, any nerves we felt were immediately replaced with sheer joy. The energy in the room was electric. The music went beyond our highest hopes for what the project could be. And best of all, the artists’ pride in what they had created together was contagious. Just like that first shoot day, performing in-person at SHOUT! marks a new chapter for NoteWorthy – and this time, you have a chance to be there for the start of it all. 


VIDEO: Jazz composer and saxophonist Harvey Cummings II incorporates a string quartet into his striking arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” 


Pictured: Lenora Cox Leggatt playing a violin on stage.
Violinist Lenora Cox Leggatt films a virtual NoteWorthy concert in March 2021. 

2. It’s FREE.

No tickets. No reservations. Just unforgettable collaborations, out in the open for the whole community to experience together. Come as you are and enjoy the music! 

3. NoteWorthy artists never stop making moves. 

One of the things we love about NoteWorthy is that every audience member gets a chance to discover something, whether it’s a budding interest in classical music or a new favorite Charlotte artist (or five). The best part? Keeping up with the musicians onstage at NoteWorthy is a gift that keeps on giving. Case in point, here’s what some of our featured artists have been up to in just the last month:

  • Limited edition CDs for Quisol’s new album Dreamworld came out (in addition to its streaming release on Bandcamp), featuring NoteWorthy classical musicians Kari Giles and Jeremy Lamb. 


VIDEO: A music video for Quisol’s “In the Flesh” from their new album “Dreamworld” was released in October 2021.


4. FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative is making a difference in Charlotte’s music scene.

NoteWorthy is a collaborative project between WDAV and FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative, a Charlotte organization that envisions “a fair Charlotte music scene where what makes us different is what makes the difference.” Through projects like NoteWorthy, Open Mic Nights, and Charlotte Community Music Hangs, FAIR PLAY works toward inclusivity in music programming and equitable platforms for all Charlotte artists every day. Meet the FAIR PLAY team and learn more about the initiative at their website. 


VIDEO: David ‘Dae-Lee’ Arrington, founding member of FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative, shares FAIR PLAY’s impact with PBS Charlotte.


5. The Charlotte SHOUT! festival fun doesn’t end with NoteWorthy. 

Art, music, food, and ideas are the pillars of Charlotte SHOUT!, a multi-week celebration of Charlotte’s creativity – and with hundreds of activities planned, you won’t have trouble checking off all four of those boxes! Before you head over to Victoria Yards on Wednesday night, spend the day learning to screen print textiles with MacFly Fresh Printing Co., browsing SHOUT!’s ArtPop Street Gallery, playing mini golf at Wells Fargo Plaza, or exploring the festival’s numerous outdoor art installations. If you’re hungry after all that excitement, grab a bite to eat at one of three mouthwatering food trucks standing by at the NoteWorthy concert: Abbott’s Frozen Custard of Tega Cay, Sandwhich Express, and Sandra Lee’s Country Kitchen. 

For a full list of activities, check out the Charlotte SHOUT! website.

VIDEO: A visual recap of Charlotte SHOUT! 2019. 


NoteWorthy is made possible, in part, with funding from ASC, Charlotte Center City Partners, & a HUG Grant awarded from Lending Tree and Charlotte is Creative.


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