4 p.m. Saturday, US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Parkway. Free. www.usnwc.org
Western Carolina favorite Acoustic Syndicate headlines the USNWC’s 2012 finale concert with the always entertaining and skilled David Mayfield Parade and Virginia’s Sons of Bill, who are becoming a sort of R.E.M. of rocking country.
Swing Jazz Series
8 p.m. Saturday, October 13, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $29.50-$39.50. 704-372-1000.
This new concert series debuts with Grammy winning trumpeter and film scorer Terence Blanchard with Durham’s John Brown Big Band, which is led by Duke University professor and bassist, Brown, who helped conceive the series.
The Holmes Brothers
8 p.m. Saturday, October 13, Don Gibson Theater, 318 S. Washington St. Shelby, $22. www.etix.com
The Blues Music Award winning trio encompass the term Americana (blending gospel, blues, country, R&B, soul and rock). Its revered work includes collaborations with Joan Osborne and Peter Gabriel. It headlines Shelby’s Art Council’s 10th Annual Art of Sound Festival.
8 p.m. Saturday, October 13, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15. www.ticketfly.com
7 p.m. Monday, October 15, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$15. www.etix.com
The politically active Denver outfit draws on progressive messages and Occupy-like movements as it bridges alternative hip-hop and indie-rock. Its paired with Astronautalis, who is often described like a hip-hop Beck.
8 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$17. www.etix.com
Remember those homemade mix tapes where you’d cobble Prince, L.L. Cool J., and the Ramones into one track? This mash-up duo has turned that bedroom practice into an artform splicing Notorious B.I.G. and Tom Petty or Kanye and M83.
James McMurtry/Joe Pug
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $17-$20. www.visuliate.com
Contemporary songwriters don’t come much more revered than this pair. It must be in McMurtry’s blood (he’s the son of author Larry McMurtry). Pug is a newer voice on the scene, but one that’s been met with much praise.
Thursday, October 18, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $39.50- 704-372-1000.
The duo returns but this time its shaking up its formula backed by Atlanta rock band the Shadowboxers on electric versions of classic songs and some from its new album, “Beauty Queen Sister.”