Here are some things NCMS employees, members, and YOU are talking about this Labor Day Weekend!

John Coltraine International Jazz & Blues Festival

Check out Keb’ Mo’, Dave Koz, and Samara Joy and others Saturday and Sunday in Highpoint.  Since its inception, the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival has succeeded in bringing the very top names in jazz, paid homage to the blues, and celebrated the life and musical legacy of the jazz genres greatest artists.  The festival attracts a growing audience and enjoys a burgeoning reputation as the destination for Labor Day weekend.  For all you need to know click here. 


2023 Charlotte HBCU Labor Day Classic: Battle of the Bands

The perfect safe event for the entire family, food trucks, vendors and more. Come see 9 HBCU Bands put on halftime shows like never before.  Check it out Sunday at 3pm at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte.  For tickets click here. 

NC Apple Festival in Hendersonville

The Apple Festival is held on Labor Day Weekend each year (Friday through Monday) to recognize the importance of the apple and the apple industry to Henderson County and North Carolina.  All you need to know is here. 

It’s time once again for the Chaos Slam!  US Open keeping everyone guessing again this year!

Djokovic, Gauff, Alcaraz, Swiatek, Medvedev, Pegula, Jabeur, Tiafoe, and more are still looking to the title as the US Open continues (it ends September 10).  Americans will be glued to their TVs this weekend to see all the action.  Click here to find out all you need.

The unofficial end of summer weekend means lots of concerts!


  • ZZ Top, PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte
  • Moon Taxi, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington
  • Band of OZ, 97 Pinebridge, Spruce Pine


  • Late Night Music Fest, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro
  • Nickelback, Veterans United Home Loans Stadium, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Scream Tour, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
  • Dave Koz, John Coltrane Statue, High Point
  • 3 Doors Down, Skyla Credit Union Amphitheater, Charlotte


  • 5 Seconds of Summer, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
  • Billie Eilish, Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, Raleigh
  • Michael McDonald, Enmarket Arena, Savannah, GA
  • Duke Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, Duke University, Durham
  • Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs Center, Shelby

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