Thursday, August 9, 2012

This week's hot concerts

I Am Music Fest
7:30 p.m. Friday, August 10, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $39.50-$79.50. 704-372-1000.
Grammy winner India Arie is back on a Charlotte stage for the first time in three years. She headlines this inaugural festival with Saint Paul R&B vocal outfit Mint Condition. 

Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun
9 p.m. Friday, August 10, Snug Harbor, 1218 Gordon St. $5. 704-333-9799.
The coed Atlanta quartet look like an `80s throwback and sound a bit like Metric’s Southern cousin, but the distorted mix of dance music and indie rock is also firmly rooted in early `90s alternative rock (think Curve, or a British Breeders).

Grown Up Avenger Stuff
8 p.m. Friday, August 10, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $5-$7. 704-358-9200.
The Charlotte band celebrates the release of its new EP, “Alive.” Produced by Bruce Irvine, it captures the foursome’s knack for dynamic heavy rock, emotive and theatrical vocals, and complex, but accessible arrangements.

Def Leppard/Poison/Lita Ford
7 p.m. Saturday, August 11, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $32-$166.
Although a 25th anniversary performance of “Hysteria” in its entirety would make this bill sweeter, these `80s hold-outs bring the hard rock/hair metal summer fun back with enough hits to sustain an audience for four hours.

Power 98 Summerfest
7 p.m. Saturday, August 11, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $23-$30.
The annual WPEG-sponsored festival’s lineup heavily represents Southern hip-hop. It includes performances by Future, Miguel, Travis Porter, Pleasure P., Ace Hood, Chief Keef, and Mykko Montana.

9 p.m. Saturday, August 11, Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. $15.
The British DJ, actor, visual artist, and UK reality TV star is best known as a veteran in the electronic music scene whose work was influential in the early drum n’ bass and jungle scenes. At 46 he makes a rare, intimate Charlotte appearance.

Peter White
7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 12, Halton Theater at CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $30-$49.
Before stepping out as a solo artist in the early `90s the British smooth jazz and fusion guitarist was a busy session musician (Dave Koz, Boney James, the Rippingtons) and member of Al Stewart and Basia’s bands.