Friday, May 18, 2012

This week's hot concerts

5:40 p.m. Friday, 4:40 p.m. Saturday venues and restaurants in the heart of Plaza Midwood. $25 for two day pass. Admission available on per show basis as well.
Eight neighborhood venues host over 70 diverse independent bands - both local and national acts ranging from folk to experimental noise - at this two-night festival. Venues include Snug Harbor, Thirsty Beaver, Lunchbox Records, Kickstand, Twenty-Two, Studio 1212, Common Market, and Thomas Street Tavern. (Wymyns Prysyn plays at 9:10 p.m. at Snug Harbor Saturday. Warning: There is violence in above clip)

7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Verizon Wireless Amphithteatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $46.25-$171.75.
The hot hip-hop star leads the Club Paradise Tour which includes Carolina rapper J. Cole, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka Flame, 2 Chainz, and French Montana.

New Edition/El DeBarge
8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Bojangles’ Coliseum 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $56.95-$147.
All six members of the veteran R&B vocal outfit - Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins - deliver hit after hit from its group, off shoots, and solo projects.

Key of V
8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $6-$9.
Like spooky sirens the Pennsylvania sister duo - on violin and guitar - can create lovely, stirring folk music or turn acoustic string music traditions upside down with experimental vocals and effects.

Gogol Bordello
8 p.m. Monday, May 21, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
With one wildly flailing foot planted in breakneck punk traditions and the other dancing to an eclectic array of world music, this NYC octet bring exotic, unbridled Gypsy music to the rock n’ roll stage.

Adrenaline Mob/Kill Devil Hill
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $16-$18.
Two metal acts high on star drumming power. The former features Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy. The latter Dio/Sabbath time keeper Vinny Appice with Pantera bassist Rex Brown. Both are making new hard rock with old school spirit.

Jane’s Addiction/the Duke Spirit
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $50.80-$72.35.
Three out of the band’s four original members deliver the theatrical and intimate “Theater of the Escapists tour.” England’s the Duke Spirit, who bridge sultry female vocals, blues, and modern rock, are a must-see opener.