Friday, June 24, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Jazz Fest

8:30 p.m. Friday, Fillmore, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, both venues located at 1000 Seaboard St. $50.50-$66 Friday, $43.35-$72.40 Saturday.

The second annual Uptown Jazz Fest includes performances by Michael Franks, Marcus Johnson, Shableek, and Uncommon Jazz Friday and Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber Fusion, and George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn performing as DMS Saturday.

Morris Day & the Time

8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $34.50-$64.50. 704-372-1000.

Prince reminded fans of his cohort’s funk-pop playing the Time’s “Cool” at recent concerts. Day and his group remain nothing less with a catalog that includes “Jungle Love,” “The Bird,” “Jerk Out” and more.

Sugar Ray

8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, The Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. $20-$25.

TV hunk Mark McGrath reunites with the Southern California band that kickstarted his career with “Fly” and “When It’s Over.” The group brings a its sunny pop to the EpiCentre rooftop stage.

Jennifer Holliday

8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $36-$58. 704-372-1000.

The Tony winning original Dream Girl, who recently released her first new album in 17 years, joins the Charlotte Symphony during this fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. 704-376-3737.

After years as a beachside staple the steel pan is the centerpiece of this classically-trained band leader that’s making waves in world music and jam circle. With fellow Ashevillean Stephanie’s Id.

PJ Morton

6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15-$20.

Best known as a producer and for his work with Maroon 5, this singer/writer/producer makes his own blend of R&B and pop with a smooth sound and a unique jazzy catch to his voice that recalls Lenny Kravitz crossed with Terence Trent D’Arby at times.


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10-$12.

This rap duo hit hard in the early `90s with the influential quick lyrical style and childlike wordplay of “They Want EFX” and “Mic Checka” (and is credited with the “iggity” craze). It aims to remind fans of its influence on the road.

1 comment :

  1. Hot concerts? I'd say luke warm at best....