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OneRepublic in Charlotte

I have been playing a lot of music from OneRepublic’s new album in my yoga classes. I didn’t even know that I liked them so much until recently. I honestly had no idea that they sing that song Apologize and I’ve liked it for years! I heard on the radio on Thursday evening that they were playing in Charlotte the following night. I thought it sounded fun but the weather was supposed to be cold and rainy and it was an outdoor concert so I didn’t give it a second thought…


…Until late Friday afternoon when the weather cleared up and it ended up being a nicer day than expected. After a check of the hourly weather forecast and a search on Live Nation for tickets, I was purchasing third row center tickets for the show!


I have seen several shows at the Uptown Ampitheatre and it’s a great venue. It’s part of the North Carolina Music Factory which is an entertainment and music complex right on the edge of our downtown with restaurants, bars, comedy and music venues. It features easy parking and navigation. We had the car parked and were sitting down at VBGB to grab dinner for the show in less than 5 minute of arriving at the Music Factory. Dinner was black bean and corn quinoa salad with chips and boneless wings.


I can’t believe I wore jeans and a light sweater to a concert in North Carolina in August. Every other concert I’ve ever attended in August has been hot, sticky and sweat drenched. It was so nice!


We missed the opening bands but got to our seats about 10 minutes before OneRepublic came on stage.


I was so surprised that I knew all but about 2 songs that they played. I really enjoyed the show and the band was high energy and entertaining. I was dancing and singing along the entire time. The lights and visuals were really great too. I always appreciate when bands sound as good live as they do on the radio and that is definitely the case for OneRepublic. They mixed things up a bit by adding a cool Kanye Gravedigger cover and by sampling M83’s Midnight City in the encore. Loved it.

Here’s a little excerpt from Counting Stars. It gives you a good idea of the energy of the show and the lights/visuals.


So what was supposed to be a rainy and gloomy Friday night in Charlotte ended up being beautiful and fun! I’m so happy I decided to buy the tickets and see OneRepublic. I used to see so much live music and rarely do anymore. This reminded me that I need to get back to it! 🙂

What was the last concert you saw? 


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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 18, 2013, 5:00 pm

    The last concert I went to was a Three Days Grace concert at the Starland Ballroom which is standing room only. I had gone to 3 previous concerts there and always get front row. We got front row at TDG too, but it was so crazy and packed. We were getting smashed around, there was tons of mosh pitting, crowd surfing, and just craziness. The music was great but I realized I am just not a crazy concert person, haha!

    • Jen August 20, 2013, 7:32 am

      i can imagine that three days grace would be a pretty rowdy concert! onerepublic was a little more tame than mosh pits and crowd surfing! i am with you on that…crazy concerts kinda stress me out!

  • She Rocks Fitness August 18, 2013, 5:56 pm

    I haven’t been to a concert in so long! The last one was when I lived in Denver and it was AC/DC…HA! So let’s see, that is about over 5 years ago. Pathetic! Glad you had a fun time and it wasn’t hot and sticky.

  • Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 18, 2013, 7:43 pm

    I love OneRepublic! That concert must have been a blast 🙂

  • Keri August 18, 2013, 8:18 pm

    I am taking all of your music recommendations from now on. I grew up listening to only country so I know nothing about other genres! You got me listening to The Civil Wars and now one Republic!!

    • Jen August 20, 2013, 7:33 am

      aw, i’m so glad you’ve found some music you like. LOVE the civil wars! i’ll keep the music recs coming! 🙂

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 19, 2013, 7:54 am

    The last concert I went to was many many moons ago – it was a Jonas brosthers concert with my daughter!
    One republic is one of my favs! Love their single “feel again” – glad you got to see them, bet it was all sorts of wonderful 🙂

    • Jen August 20, 2013, 7:33 am

      i love that song too!

      i’ll bet jonas brothers was quite an experience! 😉

  • Amy August 19, 2013, 9:25 am

    I saw Matt Nathanson last spring and already have tickets to see him again in November. If you haven’t checked him out do so. He’s a singer/songwriter out of San Francisco and fabulous! Love OneRepublic as well!

    • Jen August 20, 2013, 7:34 am

      i have heard him. love singer/songwriters! always fun/intimate concerts.

  • Amanda @Fitforgloryfoundbygrace August 19, 2013, 12:23 pm

    ah, so fun! Love them!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen August 19, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Go you for being spontaneous!! That looks like it was so much fun!

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