Thursday, April 5, 2012

This week's hot concerts

We Were Promised Jetpacks/Bad Veins
8 p.m. Friday, April 6, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $12-$14. 704-358-9298.
Both of these rising indie-rock bands created buzz with their last albums. The futuristically named Scottish foursome make hook-laden, expansive rock while the.latter duo takes a sunnier turn on its upcoming sophomore album “The Mess We’ve Made.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers/Santigold
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $47.15-$69.15.
After rescheduling January’s concert due to Anthony Keidis’ foot injury, the Chili Peppers are back with a new guitarist (friend Josh Klinghoffer who toured with RHCP before John Frusciante’s departure) and a killer opening act in Santigold, who mashes dance, rock, new wave, ska and dub reggae backed by animated dancers.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15. 704-358-9298.
String Cheese Incident’s Michael Travis and Jason Hann forego the more traditional jam band directive for improvised electronic music with influences ranging from world music to dubstep. The duo premiers its groundbreaking Lotus Flower stage set up, which creates a visual multimedia experience and encases the band on stage.

Hot Chelle Rae
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$18.
This Nashville quartet is made up of sons of music city songwriters and musicians and the group has turned that pedigree into pop with hits like “Tonight Tonight,” an opening slot with Taylor Swift, and a new album, “Whatever.”

Joan Osborne
8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $25. 704-358-9200.
Best known for her hit “One of Us,” Osborne was a blues singer at heart then and returns to those roots on her latest album with mature versions of both classic and obscure blues and R&B covers. Lera Lynn opens.

The Dream
8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $17-$20.
Although he’s found more success behind the scenes, the Rockingham-born songwriter/producer behind Beyonce and Rihanna’s inescapable hits “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Umbrella” (respectively)  has a few modest hits of his own in “Shawty is a 10,” “Falsetto” and “Rockin’ That Thang.” With CJ Hilton and Sterling Simms.

John Eddie
8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. 704-376-3737.                                                                              
A respected folk-rock songwriter since the `70s, the Virginia native enjoyed major label runs and shared the stage with Springsteen and the Kinks. His new disc, “Same Old Brand New Me,” balances country and rock and may make you wonder why he’s not a household name. 


  1. I wish I had watched those concerts.

  2. Full Service Movie Premiere/Acoustic Show @ Evening Muse on May 6th. Be there!!