8 p.m. Friday, March 23, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$24/$35 VIP. 704-358-9298.
Former Axl Rose co-hort Buckethead and equally unusual solo artist That 1 Guy, who creates a funky one man band from a modified electronic bass called the magic pipe, join forces.
Chris Thomas King
8 p.m. Friday, March 23, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15-$17. 704-376-3737.
Maybe best remembered for his Robert Johnson-like role in “O’ Brother Where Art Thou,” this Louisiana blues guitarist/actor is also a Grammy winner with a new album - his first in five years.
The English Beat
7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $22/$37 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The long running British ska outfit led by Dave Wakeling returns as fans hit the dancefloor to tracks like “Save It For Later,” “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Stand Down Margaret” and “Tenderness” - Wakeling’s hit with General Public.
Nantucket/The George Hatcher Band
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $14-$17. www.etix.com
Best known for the hits “Heartbreaker” and “Coming Home,” respectively, these veteran blues-rock and Southern boogie acts were extremely popular fixtures in Charlotte and the Southeast during the late `70s and `80s when they were signed with labels and enjoyed modest hits.
John Mark McMillian & Friends/Songs of Water
8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $14. 704-372-1000.
A top songwriter/performer in the Christian market, this Charlottean writes great rock songs that transcend genres. He plays with friends Songs of Water, an innovative Carolina-based roots music ensemble.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $70.25. www.ticketmaster.com
The hunky “Transformers” star flipped his focus back to music in late 2011with “Open Invitation” - his first album since 2006. He’s paired with the R&B powerhouse touring behind 2010’s spunky “Let Freedom Reign.”
7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, Knight Theater, 430 N. Tryon St. $69.50-$99.50. 704-372-1000.
The jazz guitarist behind classics like “Give Me the Night” and “Turn Your Love Around” focuses primarily on his stellar six-string skills on the recent mostly instrumental “Guitar Man” album, which won an NAACP image award.