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HousingFest is the feel good music festival you don’t want to miss this weekend

HousingFest, Saturday, May 28, at The Fillmore Charlotte, is a music festival with a mission: Ending chronic homelessness in Charlotte.

The ticket price — $39 (buy tickets here) — is the cost of one night of housing with support services in Urban Ministry Center’s HousingWorks program. (And learn how you can enter to win tickets to the music festival by scrolling to the bottom of this story!)

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Food trucks, including Maki Taco and OooWee BBQ, will be on site at the Music Factory, and the covered stage at Uptown Amphitheater will provide seating for diners.

Six artists will perform, starting at 4 p.m. And this is one serious lineup: Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale and country/roots singer Lindi Ortega are on the bill.

Lindi Orgeta. Photo: Julie Moe

Jim Lauderdale

A quick look at the rest of the lineup, including one Charlotte band that may be playing its last show together:

Josh Ritter


Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter brings his literary lyrics and memorable melodies to the headlining slot. His latest album, “Sermon on the Rocks,” takes a sharp turn from much of his recent work, leaving behind the heartbreak and angst in favor of, well, fun.

It’s still filled with poetic lyrics but the sound is less folksy. It’s looser and more upbeat. If he includes a good mix of fan favorites and these new more rollicking tunes, it should be a robust set.


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Fans of this Charlotte-based band should make it to this show to see what might be their final performance as a band.

Thrust into the spotlight with its 2014 Columbia Records release, “Montibello Memories,” the band received positive attention from Rolling Stone and American Songwriter. But after that release, they fell off the radar.

They haven’t performed together as a band in a year. But their Charlotte roots are deep, so lots of fans and friends will surely be at the show to welcome them back to the stage, if only for one night.

Nikki Hill Band


If there’s one performer who’s going to shake your world at HousingFest I predict it’ll be Nikki Hill, a soul/rock singer with a healthy helping of the blues in her arsenal. Her intensity and vocal chops, along with her more-than-able band, featuring husband Matt Hill on guitar, bring fire to every song. Also, she does scorching covers of AC/DC songs.

Justin Fedor

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A mainstay of Charlotte’s music scene, Justin Fedor was a founding member of the Americana band The New Familiars and is now front man for the psychedelic rock band Ancient Cities. HousingFest will give us a chance to hear his new five-member Americana band, which picks up where The New Familiars, who played their final show on New Year’s Eve, left off.

He’s long used his music to benefit the community. He’s the creator and curator of The Tribute To Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital, a concert series held at The Neighborhood Theatre that has raised over $35,000 for the hospital so far.

“I believe housing is a basic human right. I believe we are a society of abundance,” he says. “We have the power to fix society’s problems. We only have to choose to do so.”

Now here’s how you can win tickets:

Details: HousingFest, 4 p.m. May 28 at The Fillmore. Tickets.

Photos: Charlotte Observer file; Courtesy of HousingFest; Julie Moe