Friday, December 21, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Morisen Records 10 Year Anniversary Bash
8 p.m. Friday, December 21, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15. 704-358-9200.
Although its existence was relatively short-lived, during its run this Charlotte-based label placed local bands like the Talk, the Sammies, and Alternative Champs on high profile soundtracks and at the SXSW and CMJ festivals. Many of the acts whose albums it released return for the bash including the Sammies, Dillon Fence, Elevator Action, Alternative Champs, and Leisure McCorkle.

2013 Wolves
8 p.m. Friday, December 21, The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $5-$7.
The duo of Neal MF Harper and Robert Childers (who's playing double duty tonight with a gig at Snug Harbor) gels into a visceral force of unique bluesy hard rock riffing, garage punk roots, and head turning gospel-soul. Pig Mountain, Earthling, Towering Pyre, and Salted Slugs are also on the bill.

10 p.m. Friday, December 21, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15. 704-376-3737.
The duo of David Bielanko - critically acclaimed songwriter and leader of the commercially underrated band - and Christine Smith perform an intimate acoustic duo set. Consider the rare treat a prequel to the upcoming 2013 album “Mountain Minstrelsy.”

Benji Hughes, Andy the Doorbum
10 p.m. Friday, December 21, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $10.
It’s not the holidays at the Harbor without Hughes. He shares the bill with fellow bearded frontman Andy the Doorbum, so expect lots of hair to fly, and a healthy double dose of deep voices, big banter and unpredictable sets. With Robert Childers’ Luciferian Agenda.
Acoustic Syndicate
8 p.m. Saturday, December 22, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$17. 704-358-9200.
This innovative roots music outfit has been merging bluegrass, rock, and reggae in the Carolinas since the ’90s. After a hiatus – which saw its members working steady 9-to-5 jobs – the still-active band is back working on a new album. It plays its annual holiday show.
Havana Brown
10 p.m. Saturday, December 22, Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $20.
The Australian electropop DJ/singer/dancer scored a No. 1 dance hit here in the U.S. with “We Run the Night” (in part thanks to collaborator Pitbull). She returns with a new single, “Big Banana,” and for a dance party at the luxurious NC Music Factory nightclub.
Double Door’s 39th Anniversary Party
10 p.m. Saturday, December 22, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10. 704-376-1446.
The Milestone Club may technically be older, but the blues club on the outskirts of downtown is the most consistent longest running local venue. It remains a hotbed of blues, jam, and Americana. The Federal Bureau of Rock n’ Roll helps it celebrate its birthday - just shy of the big 4-0.

Rebirth Brass Band
8 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$30. 704-358-9298.
The New Orleans outfit was discovered at the 1982 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, has gone on to release more than a dozen albums, and scored a Grammy this year (Best Regional Roots Music Album). The day-after-Christmas show will get you off the couch and dancing again.