6:30 p.m. Friday, NC Music Factory Fountain Plaza, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $5. www.ticketleap.com
The nationally revered songwriter headlines the second week of the Friday Live! series – the only installment to showcase local bands. With support from a rising funk-rock powerhouse (Lucky Five), a female-fronted alt-rock combo (Grown Up Avenger Stuff), and Greensboro’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival.
7 p.m. Friday, May 4, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$30. 704-358-9298.
The Lancaster, SC country star best known for 2004’s “Break Down Here” has weathered MS and the loss of her record deal and everything she owned (in the Nashville flood). She emerges as a newly independent artist that’s feisty, soulful and inspiring.
8 p.m., Friday, May 4, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $20. 704-358-9200.
The Indigo Girl has long moonlighted as the leader of rollicking rock bands (which feature members of the Butchies), she merges those rock, soul, and folk sides on her latest solo album, “Lung of Love.” With the Shadowboxers.
11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, Rockingham Speedway, 2152 N. US HWY 1. $92.35. www.carolianrebellion.com
The hard rock festival moves to Rockingham and boasts a lineup that includes Slash, Staind, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Shinedown, Adelita’s Way, Chevelle, P.O.D., Evanescence, Volbeat, Weaving the Fate, New Medicine, Ghost of August, Red, Redlight King, and Charlotte’s own Paper Tongues.
7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15. www.etix.com
Ladies love this notorious sexually explicit party rapper whose colorful backstory includes drug addiction, prostitution, and young parenthood. After parting ways with Interscope, who released his buzzy debut, he finally delivers the follow-up, “Loaded.”
Bombadil/Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes
8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10-$12. 704-358-9200.
Sidelined by medical issues after early buzz, the Durham-based Ramseur Records’ act made a triumphant return in 2011. It’s joined by former Carolina Chocolate Drop Robinson, who navigates folk waters with the inventiveness of a roots music Prince.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$20/$30 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The San Francisco trio fuses electronica, world music, and belly dancing with musically progressive performance art that appeals to both young beatheads and more mature fans of forward thinking international music and dance.
10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. 704-333-9799.
Hope Nicholls and husband Aaron Pitkin’s (Fetchin Bones, Sugarsmack) say farewell to their long running third act, due to the departure of guitarist Amy K. (who moves west for grad school), with a cd and video release Cinco de Mayo party that promises guests and career spanning tunes.
8 p.m. Tuessday, May 8, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$23. www.etix.com
The New York indie-pop songwriter whose career gained steam in 2007 thanks to an Old Navy commercial (and numerous TV placements since) that took her quirky and beautiful pop melodies (think Sara Bareilles) to the masses.
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. 704-376-3737.
Best known for crooning the hook in Lupe Fiasco’s “Superstar,” as a solo artist this Chicago singer-songwriter actually lends his soulful pipes to atmospheric original rock and folk.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $39.50. www.livenation.com
Critics hailed the Atlanta metal act’s latest full-length, “The Hunter,” as an end of year best in 2011. Some called it a modern classic. It joins purveyors of equally theatrical metal, Sweden’s Opeth.