Thursdays Live – October 2021

Art, Concert Series, Events, News

What a year it’s been! We’ve loved being back outside and seeing all of your faces. For MoRA’s Thursdays Live on October 21st, from 6-8pm, we’re bringing a local band with original sound.

Late Night Special is going to make our last Thursdays Live of the season special with danceable grooves and modern, soulful rock.

Fronted by electric singer-songwriter Fred Lee IV, Late Night Special will sound both familiar and unique. The band points to musical influences across several genres, and the result is a sound of rock, pop, and classical soul.  Bring a chair and  for Oct. 21 at Embrace.

Check out the photos from September’s Thursdays Live.

Brian Lafontaine as Andrew Wade with Laura Linney on Ozark


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.


Food & Drink


Menu art by the very talented Kayla Witmore


To our collective delight, local Oakhurst popup Messy Madison will be on site serving White Bean Chicken Chili, Vegan White Bean Chili, Sloppy Joe, Pimento Cheese Snack, Pumpkin Roll, Carolina Kettle Chips, and Sodas. Messy Madison proudly sources produce from local Garden Window Farm.


Co-creator Justin Rawlings pictured


Hawthorne’s NY Pizza and Edge City Brewery are offering pizza and drink specials. $5 for two slices or $15 for a whole pie: Pepperoni or Cheese. Full menu of options available inside.



Special guests, local vendors, and area nonprofits:


Local Author, Dale Austin

Local Author, Dale Austin

Dale Austin, who grew up in Oakhurst and went to East Meck H.S., authored a book that’s entirely set in the area. Dale’s non-fiction narrative weaves through familiar places of past and present in the Monroe Road Area—Woonsocket Mill, Raney Way, Craig Ave, East Meck, and Lake Hill Apartments to name a few.  Read our recent article on how the book came to be and what Hollywood hopes are on the horizon.

Neighborhood Hope

Come meet Neighborhood Hope, a local nonprofit that cultivates trust and sustainable change. We’ve written about this great organization before—here’s the article, in case you missed it. Neighborhood Hope is collecting items for its November Food Drive this month and next. Check the graphic for non-perishable items needed.


Matthews Playhouse, SolarShine, McClintock Middle, and Pet in the City will also be on site!

MoRA’s Thursdays Live 2021 is presented by Edge City Brewery and supported by several 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 – The Swingin’ Richards
  • September 16 – Barcerado
  • October 21 – Late Night Special


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. Food and drink is 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).