CATS, Arts+ Launch Ride with the Music Concert Series




October 1, 2020

Contact: Juliann Sheldon, 982-250-9269  

CATS, Arts+ Launch Ride with the Music Concert Series
Live Music at CATS Locations Throughout October 


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the Charlotte Area Transit System, in partnership with Arts+ launched Ride with the Music. This free concert series will bring live music to various CATS locations on Thursday evenings in October.


"We are continuing to provide essential transit services to many of our community's front-line workers," said CATS CEO John Lewis. "Through our partnership with Arts+, we hope to provide entertainment and inspiration to our community during these uncertain times."


Ride with the Music will highlight local performers across a variety of musical genres. Today's inaugural concert featured musicians Troy Conn and Dave Vergato that performed a duet on guitar and double bass.


"Arts+ has been in conversation with CATS for quite some time on how we could partner. We are thrilled that we can provide music for the enjoyment of Charlotte commuters. We look forward to continuing this partnership and finding new ways to provide an exceptional music experience for the Charlotte community," said Devlin McNeil, President and Executive Director of Arts+.


The concert series will occur according to the following schedule:



Thursday, October 1

5 – 7 p.m.


Charlotte Transportation Center

310 East Trade Street


Troy Conn, Guitar

Dave Vergato, Double Bass

Thursday, October 8

5 – 7 p.m.


Bland Street Station

1511 Camden Road

Flannel is the New Black:

Drew Skinner, Guitar

Cam Heiliger, Bass


Thursday, October 15

5 – 7 p.m.


36th Street Station

434 East 36th Street

The Bechtler Ensemble:

Tanja Bechtler, Cello

Robert Teixeira, guitar


Thursday, October 22

5 – 7 p.m.


J.W. Clay Station

9048 North Tryon Street

Keelan Bozman, Guitar

Kirsten Allen, Violin

Thursday, October 29

5 – 7 p.m.


TBD (Rain Date)TBD


CATS Customer Service staff will distribute free cloth face coverings at all Ride with the Music concerts.


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More about Arts+

Arts+ is creating a brighter future through outstanding arts training. Formerly known as Community School of the Arts, Arts+ envisions the transformative impact of arts education illuminating every corner of the Charlotte region, making outstanding arts education available to students of all ages, skill levels and socioeconomic backgrounds. From private lessons to summer camps to community outreach programs, Arts+ strives to help each student unlock their full potential through the power of arts education for the past 50 years. For more information, visit