Friday, December 28, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Steel Standing
7:30 p.m. Friday, December 28, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $8. 704-377-6874.
Following the release of its second album, “Wreckage,” this local heavy rock outfit is calling it quits. It’s farewell concert sees the group return to its original trio format.

Keller Williams/That 1 Guy
9 p.m. Friday, December 28, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $23-$33/$48 VIP. 704-358-9298.
Williams foregoes New Year’s Eve at the `the hood this year in favor of a holiday weekend show that features a set by one man band That 1 Guy - a musical anomaly of funk, rock, and invention, a solo, looping set, and his new six-piece R&B/funk group More Than A Little.

Nipsey Hussle
8 p.m. Saturday, December 29, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $18-$20.
This cleverly named Los Angeles’ rapper’s buzz has been building for years with seven mix-tape releases (some available for free on his website) and prime guest spots. The latest news has his next mix tape pushed to 2013. So will 2013 be the year the indie emcee makes his official label release? 

Drivin’ N’ Cryin/Blue Dogs
8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 29, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$25/$30 VIP. 704-358-9298.
Two Southeastern staples. The former - a Georgia outfit - had a string of early `90s hits and a career that seamlessly blends Southern rock, grunge, blues and country. The latter is a Charleston institution that has long packed clubs with its modern twist of bluegrass and many strains of rock.

Gigi Dover and Big Love
9 p.m. Saturday, December 29, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8-$10. 704-376-1446.
Boasting a full, hearty voice, this veteran Charlotte songwriter has evolved over her last two records moving from roots-rock and bluesy Americana to a sound that includes layers of world music.

Widespread Panic
9 p.m. Monday, December 31, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $81.55.
The Athens’ jam rock fixture has taken most of 2012 off the road, but as in 2011, it returns to TWC Arena for a New Year’s Eve Blowout that hints at surprises and another marathon set.

The Spongetones
9:30 p.m. Monday, December 31, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10-$15. 704-376-1446.
Approaching its 34th year together, what started as a `60s throwback remains steeped in the Beatles but also grooves on psychedelic pop, new wave, and jangle pop.  

10 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free.
The Rock Hill roots music foursome begins its month long residency at Snug Harbor, which leads up to the January 29 release of its new album “Salt in the Wound, Flesh on the Bone.” With Sinners and Saints.