Friday, July 1, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Judacula Fest

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $7. 704-343-9494.

The West side and Plaza-Midwood crowds converge on Southend when Milestone regulars 25 Minutes to Go, the Emotron, and 2013 Wolves meet Mr. Invisible, Hungry Girl, Jason Michel and visual artists Kelly Keith, Andy Fenstermaker, Frank Balthazar, Matthew Stover, and Robert Childers.

Von Ehrics

8 p.m. Friday, July 1, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $6-$9.

The Texas cowpunk combo, which takes its name from the doomed pro-wrestling family, filter country and gospel through speedy punk on its latest album, “Two Foot Stomp.”

John Parr

8 p.m. Friday, July 1, Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $22-$29/$100 VIP.

The long dormant British rock singer behind “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” and “Naughty, Naughty” finishes up a run of area shows. Tickets include a copy of his new double album “Letter to America.”

David Gray

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $43.15-$69.40.

The British pop singer best known for his hit “Babylon” performs an intimate, acoustic-leaning set inspired by his early material and the folk-ier singer-songwriter sound of his latest album “Foundling.”

US National Whitewater Center 4th of July Festival

4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (july2,3,and4), US Whitewater Center, Free.

USNWC celebrates the fourth with a weekend of concerts including Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Riley Etheridge, Jr. and Do It to Julia Saturday, Langhorne Slim, Ovemountain Men, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival Sunday, and Anders Osborne with New Familiars and Sol Driven Train on Monday.

Zac Brown Band

7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $44-$62.85.

One of country’s biggest recent success stories, the Georgia chef-turned-Grammy winner graduates to headlining even bigger outdoor stages with his mix of country, Southern rock, and feel-good roots music.

11th Annual Plaza-Midwood Pig Pickin’

4 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Sherwin Williams Parking Lot, 1218 Gordon St., Free.

Plaza-Midwood businesses carry on the tradition started by The Penguin with a block party that includes Belmont Playboys, Aqualads, Temperance League, Sea of Cortez and Modern Primitives. Alternative Champs and Poontanglers play the after party at Snug Harbor at 11 p.m.


  1. Is anybody feeling like Charlotte is being passed over by the Big Rock acts on tour?
    Mainly speaking of U2, their last tour stop here in Charlotte sold out in minutes, so the fanbase is here - what's the hold up?
    Some other examples.
    FURTHUR, Peter Frampton's 35th anniversary of "Framton comes Alive", Steely Dan and what happened to Widespread Panic's usual 2 night stand.
    I'll admit that PHISH recently played here but in a review of that show on it was pointed out that for most in attendance it was their first show of the year.
    So I opine that for fans of this music genre who live in the Charlotte area, We are not being fed properly and it's time the local promoters do something about it. PLEASE

  2. if a decent act does come to Charlotte it's on a weeknight when people who work a 9-5 job are less likely to go