With nearly 2 million residents now, the Triangle has become a major stop for touring performers, bringing many star attractions to our doorsteps. Here are some coming this fall:
Taylor Swift (Sept. 13, PNC Arena, Raleigh. $29.50-$84.50; thepncarena.com). In seven short years, Swift has accumulated multiples of every major music award for her first three albums. Her country music narrative songs appeal beyond the category, including those on her latest album, Red, on which this tour show is based.
Willie Nelson (Sept. 14, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary. $35-$54.50; boothamphitheatre.com). He may be 80 years old now, but Nelson still plays his heart out in all his classic numbers. His son and other musicians fill out the evenings entertainment.
Wynton Marsalis (Oct. 3-4, Carolina Performing Arts series, Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill. $79-$119; carolinaperformingarts.org). The Jazz Orchestra of Lincoln Center and the Chorale Le Chateau join trumpeter and composer Marsalis for his Abyssinian A Gospel Celebration, an exploration of the African-American church service.