Friday, September 9, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Apache Relay

10:30 p.m. Friday, Sepember 9, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.

Nashville’s Southern Americana-rock outfit puts on intense live shows musically and theatrically reminiscent of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons thanks in part to frontman Michael Ford, Jr. and bouncing, smiling guitarist Mike Harris.

Bruce Cockburn

8 p.m. Friday, September 9, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $28.50-$36.50. 704-372-1000.

The acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter is best known for his thoughtful folk-rooted lyrics but exhibits his skills as an accomplished, if unsung, guitarist on his latest tour and album, “Small Source of Comfort.”

Elizabeth Cook

9 p.m. Friday, September 9, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12-$14. 704-376-1446.

The sassy country songwriter behind the 2007 minor hit “Sometimes it Takes Balls To Be A Woman” exhibits equal amounts trademark sass and thought-provoking heart on her latest album “Welder.”

The Foreign Exchange

9 p.m. Saturday, September 10, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$25. 704-358-9298.

Grammy nominated duo Phonte, of defunct Raleigh-based rap group Little Brother, and Dutch musician Nicolay create an accessible twist of electronica and R&B as if Seal met Portishead.


8 p.m. Sunday, September 11, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $14-$17.

After a 13 year break Michael Gira’s no wave hold out hit restart with a new album, which is well represented along with a couple unreleased tracks on its current tour.

TV on the Radio

7:30 p.m. Monday, September 12, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $47.

The critically acclaimed genre-splicing electro-funk-soul-rock act soldiers on after losing bassist Gerard Smith to lung cancer in April.

Beach Fossils

7 p.m. Monday, September 12, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10-$12.

This Brooklyn quartet’s jangly guitars, lo-fi production, echoing vocals, and hint of Eastern feel create a sense of longing fit for a John Hughes’ soundtrack.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 15, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20/$35 VIP. 704-358-9298.

Sacred steel’s best known ambassador and energetic live favorite who easily marries blues, rock, soul, and gospel, squeezes in club shows between his string of fall festival dates.


  1. Why is the BBQ and Blues Festival not mentioned.
    Jimmy Vaughn and Buddy Guy is not a HOT CONCERT, Really?

  2. In Reply to Anonymous 6:26 AM - Hot Concerts is originally written for publication in CLT. Due to limited space concerts that are featured elsewhere in the paper - in this case as this week's cover story and often in the guide or as a living arts feature - are not also included in hot concerts.

  3. Well it seems, that unless you were to buy the paper. A person such as myself (I read The Observer online everyday)would miss this great show. I understand that not every show can be listed, but Jimmy Vaughn and Buddy Guy are legends

  4. It's Jimmie Vaughan there superfan, not Jimmy.

  5. BBQ & Blues Fest. Awesome last night(Fri.) Jimmie Vaughn was fabulous, best thing about it though was it's free if you don't mind sitting in the lawn, now that's news worth printing

  6. You forgot to mention that Dustin Payseur, the songwriter who wrote and recorded all the songs on the first Beach Fossils record (a new ep came out this spring) is a home town boy. Born and raised here. He's now working on the second full-length record, due out in 2012 on the Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. They put on a great show on Monday night. The songs take on a new energy live.