7 p.m. Friday, October 26, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $22-$32. 704-358-9298.
With charm and chops, one of newgrass’ founders still astounds with his award winning mandolin-picking and fiddling skills and song selection as the 60-year-old enters into the fifth decade of his career.
8 p.m. Friday, October 26, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15-$17. 704-376-3737.
The native son, who was born in Troutman and spent some of his youth here, returns having just released a solo bluegrass record (“Carolina Moonrise”) and a duets album with fellow Nashville secret weapon Buddy Miller.
9 p.m. Friday, October 26, Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $7-$10. www.chopshopnoda.com
Curious about Charlotte hip-hop? This showcase features Kooley High, Elenora Fagan, Nicole Shari, Big Treal, Amanda Pollard, Naj Music, God City, Moe Crayne Mischef, Big Jillz, Quill, 1Lyph Music Group, Caliba, and Pistol Pete.
The Wheeler Brothers
10:30 p.m. Friday, October 26, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.
Being named Best New Band in the musical hub of Austin is quite a feat. With Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket-style grandeur, R.E.M.’s intelligent pop-rock chops, the country-rock longing of Sons of Bill and its own close-to-the-border Texas roots, this act has big-sounding aspirations.
6 p.m. Saturday, October 27, Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E. 7th St. $15-$20/$60-$80 VIP. www.ticketstoday.com
The Winston-Salem-born, Atlanta-based rapper/singer-songwriter who is a fearless collaborator regardless of genre, headlines Kiss 95.1’s annual Gravedigger’s Ball concert.
8 p.m. Saturday, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $10-$12. www.etix.com
This annual bill casts local bands as classic acts. Hectagons and Thought Criminals team up as Cypress Hill, Your Fuzzy Friends takes on Devo, Secret Hospital! is Jawbreaker, Blossoms is the Clash, and Ma’am is Ma’amdrew WK, plus others.
Shake Your Ghoul Thing
8 p.m. Saturday, October 27, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $10-$15. 704-372-1000.
Impromptu - Carolina Voices’ jazz and pop ensemble - delights Halloween junkies with a night of rollicking yet creepy tunes from “Thriller” to “Little Shop of Horrors.” Costumes encouraged.
7 p.m. Sunday, October 28, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $22.50-$27.50. 704-372-1000.
The Canadian roots-rock songstress - whose delivery could cause her to be mistaken for Neil Young’s daughter - returns this time with a trio that includes Gord Tough and Jim Bryson. With Mandolin Orange.
10:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $5-$7. 704-376-3737.
This quirky theatrical rock quartet, whose songs have been used in an iPod commercial and on TV series, wowed as an opener for Of Montreal this summer. Its pop is infectious.
MXPX Allstars/Unwritten Law/Versus the World
6 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $20-$22. www.etix.com
It’s a pop punk Halloween with MXPX’s Mike Herrera leading a guest lineup. Fellow Warped Tour vets Unwritten Law (who scored hits like 2002’s “Seein’ Red” after 1998’s breakout “Teenage Suicide”) rounds out the bill with former members of the Ataris and Lagwagon making up VtW.
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. www.visulite.com
In its quest for year round domination, the folks behind Bonnaroo (who also launched a college comedy tour), give audiences a taste of the taste making festival with White Denim, Maps and Atlases and Tiny Victories.