Friday, February 22, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Tiempo Libre
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $27.50-$72.50.
From the rooftops of its native Cuba to global sensation, the classically-trained Grammy nominated Miami-based septet collaborates with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for a culturally adventurous Pops concert that merges Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban tradition with big orchestral sound.

8 p.m. Saturday, February 23, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10.
The veteran Charlotte punk band celebrates its 30th year in October and this show - with the “Eat More Possum” lineup playing the bulk of that 1992 album as well as material from its current lineup - will likely be its last until then. Guitarist Joe Young says of playing 23-year-old material: “I felt like I was 33 again.”

A Night in Rio: Brazilian Carnival Experience
7 p.m. Saturday, February 23, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $12-$15.
NoDa celebrates the music, dancing, food, arts and crafts of Brazil for the fourth annual Night in Rio. The popular cultural festival features elaborately costumed performers, samba and Bossa Nova, dance lessons, capoeira demonstrations and batucada drumming and dance.  

Jerrod Niemann
11 p.m. Saturday, February 23, Coyote Joe’s 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. $12-$15.
On his latest album, “Free the Music,” the “Lover Lover” singer proves his versatility on genre-pushing hick-hop and pop-laced country (the title track and “Get On Up”), traditional classic country (“Whiskey Kind of Way”), pop balladry (“Only God Could Love You More”) and horn-laced Tex-Mex (“I’ll Have to Kill the Pain”).  

Wayne Hancock
9 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15.
For his first album in four years, “Ride” (out February 26), the rockabilly-flavored Americana guitarist and honky-tonk throwback channels his blues through the open road having taken up motorcycling following a separation from his wife, which gives the record a aura of freedom and sadness.

Donna the Buffalo
7 p.m. Thursday, February 28, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $22-$37. 704-358-9298.
A bison (see below) and a buffalo playing music across the street from each other? Sounds like a joke, but festival favorites Tara Nevins and company return with its signature mix of danceable Zydeco and Cajun flavored reggae and Americana.

The Last Bison
8 p.m. Thursday, February 28, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. 704-376-3737.
Culled from the same pool as Mumford and the Lumineers, this Virginia farmland outfit sounds more firmly rooted in colonial Appalachia and Irish folk music while it looks as if it might be part of a “Little House on the Prairie” cult in period dress. It’s lively mix of mountain and chamber music can certainly draw you in.

Mod Sun/Cisco Adler
8 p.m. Thursday, February 28, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15.
The one time drummer for post hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids is a rapper who calls his style hippy-hop and mixes electronic, reggae, hip-hop and rock for a sound that's in line with contemporaries like Mickey Avalon. Whitestarr/Shwayze’s Adler released his solo debut “Aloha.” It also rides a similar lazy summertime vibe.