7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $28. www.livenation.com
The dance-rock foursome behind the runaway hit “Animal,” which was everywhere from a Vegas commercial to “Glee,” makes its Charlotte debut with the Limousines and Eastern Conference Champions.
7 p.m. Friday, May 20, Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $10.65-$12. www.etix.com
Prior to the June 21st release of its upcoming album “We All Bleed” the Columbia rockers responsible for top 10 rock tracks “Cold” and “So Far Away” (from its platinum selling 2004 album) is back with a new single “Killing Me Inside.”
5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, NoDa Arts District at 36th and North Davidson Streets, $15-$20. www.charlottefemmefest.org
The annual women’s music benefit features over twenty local and national musicians including Jennifer Knapp, Elizabeth & the Catapult, and Mieka Pauley as well as poets, visual artists, and poets and benefits The Relatives Crisis Assistance Shelter.
6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$23. www.etix.com
After a couple summers spent supporting Counting Crows, the San Diego pop outfit hooks up with the Maine on a co-headlining tour following the release of its hot Tom Petty-meets-the-Killers’ single “Steal Your Heart.”
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
8 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $52.35-$86.50. www.livenation.com
The actor-comedian proved a crack banjo picker and band leader with his last tour and Grammy winning album. His new one, “Rare Bird Alert,” finds his Brevard-based bluegrass backing band Steep Canyon Rangers take a more prominent role.
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, The Saloon, 935 N. Graham St. $10-$14. www.ncmusicfactory.com
Former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and neo-soul/funk vocalist Viveca Hawkins (Goapele, Blackalicious) head up this hard rock outfit that’s progressive and unpredictable while following Bad Brains and Living Colour’s punk and psychedelic-metal footsteps.
7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 Seaboard St. $29.50-$48.50. www.livenation.com
Sidelined by the near fatal 2008 car accident that left bassist Chi Cheng in a “minimally conscious” state, the California hard rock combo made a triumphant and respectful comeback with 2010’s “Diamond Eyes.” This marks its second Charlotte appearance since the album’s release.
9:45 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Coca-Cola at NASCAR Hall of Fame entranceStage Speed Street Festival. Free.
The funky R&B outfit behind `80s hits like “Freak-a-Zoid,” “No Parking on the Dancefloor,” and “Operator” headlines opening night of NASCAR’s Speed Street Festival with “Car Wash” act Rose Royce and country singer Pat Green.