Thursday, July 28, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Southern Culture on the Skids

8 p.m. Friday, July 29, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$18. 704-358-9200.

This Carolina institution rarely slows down despite nearing the 30-year-mark. It continues its toe tapping, humor-filled brand of retro roots-rock and celebration of Carolina culture on 2010’s “Kudzu Ranch” and the recently digitally reissued “Santo Swings.”

Rascal Flatts

9 p.m. Friday, July 29, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $34.75-$79.50.

Country’s biggest trio (this side of Lady Antebellum at least) makes its annual summer trek to Charlotte with Sara Evans, who is enjoying somewhat of a comeback after a long recording hiatus, Easton Corbin, and Justin Moore in tow.

DS The Evolution/Leydy Bonilla

8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$20. 704-358-9298.

The Latin duo that fuses hip-hop, reggaeton, Bachata and Merengue and the Dominican vocalist both call Charlotte home, but tour internationally. This hometown show gives locals a chance to catch these popular musical exports.

Sade/John Legend

7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $37.75-$170.60.

After a long break the Nigerian born UK singer and her band returned from a second retirement in 2010 for a fourth Grammy win and a 2011 tour featuring fellow award winner Legend in the opening slot.

Maroon 5

7 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $32-$115.80.

Team Levine is back with the band after coaching “The Voice’s” Javier Colon to a win. He and his soul-pop outfit, who mine their rock roots on stage, join Train and Gavin DeGraw.

Young Jeezy

8 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $38.

The growling South Carolina-born, Atlanta-based rapper behind “Ballin,” “Lose My Mind” and “Soul Survivor” heads up his TM103 Tour with rising, fast-talking rapper Freddie Gibbs, and Deniro Farrar with J. Capri as support acts.

Selena Gomez & the Scene

7 p.m. Wedneseday, August 3, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 Seaboard St. $38-$96.05.

The now 19-year-old "Wizards of Waverly Place" star is the latest Disney princess to try to break the Mickey-mold without wrecking her tween-friendly image. She channels Gaga lite with the costume changes and electro-pop of her recent single "Love You Like a Love Song."


  1. Seriously, Maroon 5, Young Jeezy and Selena Gomez. Hot concerts. You have got to be kidding me. I should write this column.

  2. Courtney Courtney Courtney......How do you miss the BIGGEST Concert of the week...AUG 1st. 311 / Sublime w/ Rome, DJ Soulman. Do I need to email you every week.

  3. In reply to Anonymous 8:05 AM: Point taken. It's actually mentioned elsewhere, so I didn't include it in both spots.