Friday, March 2, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Maybach Music Group
7 p.m. Friday, March 2, Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $71.55-$103.90.
Rick Ross headlines the all-star hip-hop bill with label mates Meek Mill and Waka Flocka, DJ Seduction, Luco, and DJ Scoop while another Maybach member, Wale, performs across town at The Fillmore with DJ Kid Capri.

Lucy Woodward
8 p.m. Friday, March 2, Don Gibson Theatre, Shelby, $21. 704-487-8114.
This sultry jazz singer is a throwback to classics like Peggy Lee with a modern take on torch, lounge, pop, and Latin. She’s received raves for her live shows with Pink Martini and recently did a USO tour. 

8 p.m. Friday, March 2, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $34.40-$39.
This South Carolina pop-rock act (who hails from the Clemson area, but resides in Charleston) has climbed from playing Tremont’s Casbah to opening for fan Taylor Swift while deftly straddling Christian rock airplay and becoming the deep South’s answer to Kings of Leon.

Apache Relay/Moon Taxi
8 p.m. Friday, March 2, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10. 704-358-9200.
The former is a Tennessee indie-Americana outfit known for its infectious on stage energy and delightful charisma, while the latter lets roots-rock influences seep into its glossier pop feel which recalls an indie Maroon 5.

Mark Crozer & the Rels/Hello Handshake/Great Architect
10 p.m. Friday, March 2, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $7-$9. 704-376-3737.
Former Jesus & Mary Chain guitarist Crozer (who now lives in Charlotte) debuts his new project with two former Laburnum members. Charlotte’s Hello Handshake bridge progressive art rock with touches of Nirvana and Arcade Fire while Great Architect approaches avant garde jazz with signature unpredictability.

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$15.
The Canadian electro-pop singer-songwriter has been heard in an Old Navy commercial and grabbed a Juno Award. On her sophomore album, “Siberia” she explores heavier dubstep beats without losing the sweet, cute vocals fans find endearing.

Langhorne Slim & the Law/Jon Lindsay
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Visulite, 1615 Elilzabeth Ave. $12-$15. 704-358-9298.
With intense live shows the alt-folkie treads similar waters as friends the Avett Brothers, making it fitting that his upcoming album, "The Way We Move" (set for June), will be released on Concord's Ramseur Records. 

The Dream
8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $17-$20.
The Grammy winning Rockingham born/Atlanta raised producer/performer is a solo artist, but his own work is often overshadowed by his ability to craft hip-hop hooks and inescapable pop smashes like Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” 

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