Thursdays Live – July 2021

Art, Concert Series, Events, News

MoRA’s Thursdays Live 2021 summer concert series, presented by Edge City Brewery, kicked off the season in June with a record crowd who came to enjoy a brass quintet from the Charlotte Symphony.

This month, on Thursday, July 15 at 6pm, we’ll have a whole different vibe…


…the crowd-pleasing, high-energy Party of Six  has a playlist that spans rock, country, dance and R&B favorites.



Brian Lafontaine hosts

Rocking the mic as emcee this season is “one of Charlotte’s most recognizable, non-famous, best kept secrets,” Brian Lafontaine, who has performed and worked professionally as an actor “since the late 1900’s.” Lafontaine’s body of work includes film, stage, and TV—OzarkStranger Things, and Homeland to name a few—as well as countless commercials.


There will be food and drink specials from Hawthorne’s Pizza and Edge City Brewery. No Forks Given, a Cuban food truck, will be serving up authentic sandwiches, emapanadas, and croquettes. Also, Tealicious owners Anna and Trung will have some of their refreshing beverages available for purchase. (Tealicious is a new Banh Mi and Boba Tea shop opening next month. They’re located at the Matthews end of MoRA, 10915 Monroe Rd.)



Finally, as an added treat to feed your creative soul, The Light Factory will be joining us with a make-and-take cyanotype popup. You will learn a about cyanotype, one of the oldest forms of photography, by creating a blue print piece of your own. This eco-friendly activity takes only a few minutes and is easy for friends of all ages.


This event is made possible by all of our generous and community-minded sponsors (see below). Please thank them when you see them!


What to know about Thursdays Live 2021:

WHEN:  Concerts take place 6p – 8p on the third Thursday of each month, from June through October in 2021:

  • June 17 – a brass quintet of the Charlotte Symphony
  • July 15 – Party of Six
  • August 19 – check back, to be announced
  • September 16 – check back, to be announced
  • October 21 – check back, to be announced


WHERE:  The venue is the iconic Embrace sculpture located at 6697 Monroe Rd., at the intersection of Monroe Road and Conference Drive in Charlotte.

HOW:  As always, admission is free. And this year, food and drink will be available for purchase from the great businesses in Meridian Place near the Embrace sculpture:  Edge City Brewery, Hawthorne’s Pizza, and Wingstop.

Guests may bring a chair or pack a picnic, but no outside alcohol permitted on the premises.

In addition to Edge City Brewery, sponsors include these local businesses and partners:

Free parking is available onsite at Meridian Place (6697 Monroe Rd), and overflow parking is available across the street at East Mecklenburg High School (6800 Monroe Rd).

HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTE:  CDC guidelines will be followed. Please wear a mask if you haven’t been vaccinated.