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

Hopscotch Music Festival Takes Over Raleigh!

Hopscotch Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival in downtown Raleigh running this Thursday – Sunday. With more than 120 bands, Hopscotch is known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere.  Passes are still available by clicking here.

They Still Can’t Get No Satisfaction!

For the first time in nearly twenty years, the Rolling Stones will release a new original album next month. Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, and Jagger announced their forthcoming album, Hackney Diamonds, in London along with their new song, “Angry.” At 76, 79, and 80, respectively, the Stones are rolling.  Hackney Diamonds includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga.

The Calendar May Say Summer, But Thoughts of Fall Have Many Planning Road Trips!

CNN has named  the Blue Ridge Parkway an American favorite road trip!  It is made even more spectacular by a breathtaking display of fall colors. It’s home to Mother Nature’s longest-lasting show of fall foliage, and with thousands of feet in elevation, there is no shortage of scenic overlooks.  Worried you’ll miss the leaves? Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain change color in early October, while areas like Chimney Rock hold out until early November.

Lineup of Late Summer Concerts


  • Judah & the Lion, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington
  • Yung Bleu, QC Sound Stage, Charlotte


  • Sam Hunt, Coastal Credit Union Music Pavilion, Raleigh
  • Outlaw Music Festival, PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte
  • Ray LaMontagne, Harrah’s Cherokee Center, Asheville
  • Billy Ocean, Wilson Center, Wilmington


  • Bishop Briggs, The Fillmore, Charlotte


  • Lil Baby, PNC Arena, Raleigh
  • CeCe Winans, Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte
  • Travis Scott, Spectrum Center, Charlotte


  • Nick Carter, Wilson Center, Wilmington


  • Judy Collins, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville

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