Essence Festival favorite Charlie Wilson will perform at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, March 14. Singers Kem and Joe are also on the bill.

Wilson, a solo star and the former lead singer of the Gap Band, will release his new album, “Forever Charlie,” Jan. 27. Concertgoers who pre-order the album from the rhythm-and-blues and funk star’s online store will gain access to pre-sale tickets for his “Forever Charlie” tour.

Pre-sale ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6. General public ticket sales begin 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, available at or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are subject to service charges and fees.

More information is available at Wilson’s website at