About

The Evening Muse opened in April of 2001 and thanks to the music-lovin’ citizens of Charlotte and venturous visitors to our fair city, the Muse has had the opportunity to present literally thousands of original independent music acts since opening. From our own Carolinas’ music scene to performers from all corners of the globe, an amazing array of artists have graced our stage: from acoustic music to full electric bands; alternative, Americana, blues, country, folk, hip-hop, jazz, pop, reggae, rock, r&b – and where it all begins, with the songwriter.

The Muse brings acoustic music and much more to Charlotte in a great-sounding room. There is excellent original artwork on the walls, a great selection of beer, wine and spirits, and music from some of the finest local, regional and national talent. The Muse is located in the NoDa Arts District in Historic North Charlotte, a great neighborhood with a diverse mix of galleries, shops, restaurants and homes. While we are a non-smoking venue, smoking is permitted outdoors in front of and alongside the building.

Things you should know before attending a show at The Evening Muse:

We strive to provide a wonderful experience for all attendees and performers. Please keep conversations during performances to a minimum, so all can experience the artists in a listening room environment with an excellent sound system and engineer.

All concerts and events are open to all ages unless otherwise specified. (Comedy shows are usually 18+ but check the website first.)

EVERYONE will have their State Issued ID scanned at the door. We are now a private club selling liquor, which means EVERYONE will have to become a member in order to be admitted. New members will pay $1 for an annual membership. If you do not have a legal ID, and you are over 21, we will not be able to admit you. There is also a surcharge at the door of $2 if you are under 21.

Some of our shows will have the chairs down, and some of the shows are standing only, and some have a combination. This is determined by the performers prior to the show, sometimes not until their arrival. Some prefer the quiet intimacy of a seated audience, and some want the audience up close, participating, and occasionally dancing. All scenarios can be an extremely enjoyable and make for an entertaining, emotional, and sometimes magical, experience. We encourage you to take advantage of all show types. GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING IS ON A FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED BASIS. There are times when the room is very full, and unfortunately we cannot guarantee a seat per ticket purchase.

Most shows start promptly at the advertised time, and seating is on a first come-first served basis. If there is an opener, it will be noted on the website and Facebook Event page. Occasionally there will be co-bills, with 2 bands sharing the entire length of the show. It this case, it is usually decided at sound check which band will perform first.

Club capacity: 120. Full PA and sound engineer provided. We book ORIGINAL bands, not cover bands. Please do not have any other shows booked
in the area for 30 days before or after a Muse date.

Best Place to Hear Local Music – “The sound’s the thing here. Owner/soundman Joe Kuhlmann plays and records music, so he knows what a musician (and a seasoned concertgoer) wants to hear. Not the largest place in the world, but it’s guaranteed you’ll never hear one of those hellhound-like screeches of monitor feedback at this place.” – Creative Loafing

Best Acoustic Music Club – Critics’ & Readers’ Pick!

BEST VENUE 2016 – Creative Loafing Best Of Charlotte Critics’ Choice

BEST PLACE TO SEE A CONCERT (less than 400) – The Best of the City Awards
2016 – Elevate Lifestyle

Fan & performer quotes:

“Best venue in the city. Great vibe, drinks, staff. Folks come to listen to music.”
“Best Independent Music venue in Charlotte. The sound is perfect and the room is just the right size for great shows! 🎶🤘🏋”
“The Evening Muse has become our favorite venue for live music. Friendly people who share appreciation for great music. Variety of music presented by very talented musicians. Never fails to be a great evening. ♫”
“The Evening Muse not only brings you top quality musicians but a great staff who are superior and always very cordial yet down to earth.
By far Charlottes finest small venue with excellent lighting, warm welcoming sound and an atmosphere liken to being at home with the best of friends.
As a professional photographer, stagehand (Red Rocks Amphitheatre), former venue coordinator and having traveled the nation for 28 years performing my art i must say the Evening Muse is a Rare Gem well worth discovering!!!”