CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Indie LGBT artists are making their way to North Carolina this spring, with lesbian indie artist Brandi Carlile slated to perform on June 11 and artists Melissa Ferrick, Ani Difranco, Andrea Gibson and Eli Conley slated for performances in April and May.

On April 10, transgender folk artist Eli Conley will perform at Winston-Salem’s North Star LGBT Center, 704 Brookstown Ave. Based in the Bay Area, but with Virginia roots, Conley is a singer-songwriter with deep roots in modern folk songs. Conley will be joined on fiddle, mandolin and vocals by Joel Price of the Philadelphia-based band Ellipses.

Also performing that evening is Adam Plant, a North Carolina native and classically trained soprano.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, visit

Poet and activist Andrea Gibson will visit Asheville and Charlotte in April. She’s scheduled to perform at Asheville’s The Grey Eagle on April 26 and Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theater on April 27. Asheville tickets are available here, with Charlotte tickets available here.

Lesbian icon Melissa Ferrick will be in the Queen City at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., on April 21 at 8 p.m. Sarah Rachael joins her on the bill. Tickets are $12-15 and are available at

Feminist, bisexual singer/songwriter Ani Difranco will hit the stage on May 14, 8 p.m., at the Neighborhood Theatre. Tickets are $35/advance, $40/at the door and are available at

Carlile performs in June

Brandi Carlile will perform on June 11, 8 p.m., at The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Carlile’s style embraces both folk rock and alternative country. The singer/songwriter who is originally from Ravensdale, Wash., is self-taught on piano and guitar. She has been performing onstage since she was eight-years-old.

“The Firewatcher’s Daughter” album dropped on March 3.

“The Story,” her second album, included a collaboration on “Cannonball” with Georgia’s Indigo Girls. Her music has been featured in commercials and on the small screen.

Carlile was a previous GLAAD Media Award nominee for Outstanding Music Artist for her “Give Up the Ghost” album.

While music is her first love, she also spends time working with her Looking Out Foundation charity which supports initiatives for which she has passion

She is married to Catherine Shepherd and has one child.

Tickets are $40.23 and are available online. Her tour shows have been selling out quickly. Attendees are encouraged to purchase quickly.

Carlile also performs on June 12, 8 p.m., at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., in Raleigh, N.C.

Her appearance at The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., on March 14 is sold out.


— Matt Comer contributed

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.