Thursday, December 6, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Lee Fields & the Expressions                                                                                                                                                                                              
7 p.m. Friday, December 7, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$15.
The Eastern NC native channels authentic soul, funk and R&B because he’s the real deal. He was a recording artist during the soulful `70s and has been making a steady comeback since the `90s working with soul-funk revival labels and taking a similar trajectory as Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, and Betty LaVette.

Gasoline Heart
8 p.m. Friday, December 7, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $5-$7.
The working class thread of the Replacements and Springsteen weaves through 2012’s “Thanks for Everything,” which expands on the act’s punk roots. Frontman Louis DiFabrizio performs songs solo and with the band. With Pullman Strike, AM/FMs, and Death on Two Wheels.

Popa Chubby
10 p.m. Friday, December 7, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10-$12. 704-376-1446.
Despite losing his lower Manhattan studio to Hurricane Sandy, the brawny, burly NYC-native is back tempering his rowdy electric blues attack with introspective, mature new songs and the introduction of Beethoven and Judy Garland into his canon.

Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield
10 p.m. Friday, December 7, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15. 704-376-3737.
The Ohio sister and brother are exceptional solo artists in their own right. Here they team for the Sibling Rivalry tour, performing as an acoustic duo unearthing rarely played gospel and bluegrass numbers as well as new and old material from their own catalogs.

Steep Canyon Rangers
7 p.m, Saturday, December 8, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$25. 704-358-9298.
The Western-NC band takes a break from moonlighting as actor Steve Martin’s Grammy winning backing band for its own bluegrass originals on the 2012 album “Nobody Knows You," which was nominated for a Grammy earlier this week. 

Richard Elliot and Nick Colionne
8 p.m. Saturday, December 8, Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $30-$49.
Scottish saxman Elliot’s has a penchant for wildly ornate instruments and for reworking familiar pop and R&B tracks. He’s paired with award-winning singer/guitarist Colionne, who adds his own soul-funk take on contemporary smooth jazz.

Desert Noises
10 p.m. Saturday, December 8, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10. 704-376-3737.
The local buzz alone is enough to pique interest in this Utah outfit which recalls a more rock-oriented, ’70s Southern California-rooted Band of Horses (less twang, more pop) and features boyish bassist Tyler Osmond (yes, he’s a relative of Donny and Marie).

Marina & the Diamonds
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $26.50.
This Welsh/Greek pop singer combines the voice and intelligence of Kate Bush with the imagery, aesthetic, and hooks more akin to a bubblegum Britney. On stage, she’ll go from tongue-in-cheek to waxing poetic about bulimia and girls’ struggles.

Wanda Jackson
8 p.m. Thursday, December 13, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$25/$35 VIP. 704-358-9298.
Having enjoyed yet another comeback with the assistance of producer Jack White, the 75-year-old rockabilly legend teams with second-generation folkie Justin Townes Earle, who brings out her country, gospel and early rock roots on her latest album.