Thursday, June 14, 2012

This week's hot concerts

G. Love & Special Sauce
8 p.m. Friday, June 15, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $25.
Whether charming frat boys, jam fans, festival audiences or hip-hop heads with his unique hybrid of blues, roots, and hip-hop, Love and his band rarely disappoints live. Of note - his latest release “Fixin’ To Die” was produced by Concord’s Avett Brothers. 
Drivin’ n’ Cryin’
8 p.m. Friday, June 15, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave, $12.
Following its first release since 2009 (the new EP “Songs from the Laundromat” which covers everything from blue collar anthems to country to jangly guitar and heaver rock) the Southern road dog behind early `90s hits “Fly Me Courageous” and “Build a Fire” return. During a regional trek.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
9 p.m. Friday, June 15, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $18. 704-358-9200.
Thirty-five years into its career the New Orleans brass legends keep upping its profile in the mainstream with appearances on HBO’s “Treme,” tours with Widespread Panic and Black Crowes, and recording with Norah Jones and Elvis Costello. It continues to push stylistic boundaries on its own new record “Twenty Dozen.”
Beatles Tribute
7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $12-$20. 704-372-1000.
John Tosco’s annual concert honors the Fab Four with renditions from artists like Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Mark Crozer & the Rels, Reeve Coobs, the Joe Davis Band, Shana Blake, Steve Stoekel, Donna Duncan and others.
Vince Gill/Sarah Jarosz
7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $49.50-$69.50. 704-372-1000.
The Grammy winning country musician returns to sounds he cut his teeth on in bands like Bluegrass Alliance and Boone Creek (with Ricky Skaggs) with a special evening of bluegrass that includes up and coming roots music instrumentalist and singer Sarah Jarosz.  
The Bodeans
7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $24.50-$32.50. 704-372-1000.
Following the departure of co-founder Sam Llanas, frontman Kurt Neumann (who sounds like a rootsy Anthony Keidis) recharged his near-30-year-old band (best known for 1996’s “Closer to Free”) by tackling heady, personal subjects on the new disc, “American Made,” which was released Tuesday.
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, Bojangles’ Coliseum 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $34.40.
The next generation of Motown’s Gordys aren’t kidding about bringing the party rock. Along with its own goofy and colorful show, LMFAO stacks the deck with tour mates Natalia Kills, Eva Simons, Sidney Samson, Far East Movement, and the Quest Crew.
Iron Maiden/Alice Cooper
7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $25-$85.
The British metal legends kick off its “Maiden England” World Tour with a rare Charlotte show. The production and set are expected to mirror 1988’s “Seventh Son of the Seventh Son” tour, which was recorded for the “Maiden England” concert video. Fellow hard rock royalty Alice Cooper opens the show with his signature theatrical set. 
Chris Cook
9 p.m. Thursday, June 21, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $7. 704-376-1446.
The Belmont raised singer-songwriter, who spends much of his time regularly gigging in Key West and touring in Europe annually, is a writer’s writer with literate songs and soulful singing that drift between blues and roots music and flirts with bluegrass and jazz on his latest record, “Remembering.”