Here are some things NCMS employees, members, and the general public are talking about this week!

Ladies and Gentlemen are hitting Centre Court all weekend at Wimbledon!

Who will be kissing those trophies this year?  Wimbledon is coming to a close with matches all weekend!  Lots of upsets so far and fans are showing up (hello, Princess Catherine, Queen Camilla, and Jon Bon Jovi!) and tuning in (look for matches on ESPN and ABC).  You can learn about all the action by clicking here.

PS:  Here is how to make classic Wimbledon Strawberries and Cream!

It Is a Hot Concert Summer!


  • Riley Green at Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
  • Billy Strings at Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary
  • blink-182 at Spectrum Center, Charlotte
  • Melissa Etheridge at Knight Theater, Charlotte
  • Barenaked Ladies at Live Oak Bank Pavilion, Wilmington


  • Kenny G at Wilson Center, Wilmington
  • Luke Combs at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
  • Michael Franti at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington
  • Ryan Perry at Blackmon Amphitheater, Mt. Airy


  • Erykah Badu at Spectrum Center, Charlotte
  • Rosa Linn at Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh


NC Blackberry Festival Celebrates 20 years!

Includes Black “Beer”y Beer Garden, Blackberry Patch, Farmers Market, Live Music & Vendors.  Fun for the Whole Family!

All you need to know can be found here.

WWE Smackdown Lands at PNC Arena Tonight!

The superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment show off their athleticism and dramatic skills. Scores are settled as elaborate and enduring rivalries are played out in the ring.

Tickets are still available by clicking here. 

If you have an event you would like added to On The Lighter Side, email Randy Aldridge at [email protected].