Friday, March 15, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Benefit for Elijah Von Cramon
3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $10. 704-343-9494.
Over ten Charlotte artists will raise money for the singer for Charlotte-based trio Paint Fumes who was struck by a car in February shortly before the group was scheduled to stop at SXSW. Funds raised will go to Von Cramon’s medical care. He suffered fractures to his pelvis and shoulder and broke a femur and multiple teeth.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $14-$17.
The long-running soulful Jacksonville, NC Southern guitar rockers return to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its career-making self-titled debut (which featured the hit “Heartbreaker”). Its sound is still big on swelling harmonies and rippling guitars with touches of R&B and beach music. Expect new releases soon.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $40.70-$116.85.
There’s no question her vocals and number of hits make her a major player in pop music, but it’s her daring live show - where she relies not just on hired dancers and acrobats but performs some of the biggest stunts herself - that puts her on par with some of the biggest live draws around.

Jill Andrews
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15.
Before heading out with Joan Osborne later this month, the Knoxville singer-songwriter (formerly of the roots music duo the Everybodyfields) brings her honey dipped vocals and mature pop songs that, as a solo artist, swing with the jazzy playfulness of contemporaries like Sara Bareilles.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $17-$20.
The former Sepultura frontman brings the family for the Maximum Cavalera tour. Sons Zyon 19, and Igor, 17, and stepson Richie, 25, are members of opening bands Lody Kong and Incite, respectively, making for an evening of Cavalera metal.

Roomful of Strangers
8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $5-$9.
The demonstrative, masked Orlando foursome makes the sort of in-your-face, talky punk of Jello Biafra jamming with a spastic Detroit garage band. Its fittingly paired with a colorful cast of locals in Secret Hospital, Hectorina, and Dr. Cirkustien.

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12.
Bluegrass continues to get a youthful makeover with artists like this female-fronted quintet who builds on a traditional base with her soulful voice and the band’s bright instrumentation and textured harmonies. It’s bluegrass that can resonate with both young Americana fans and oldtimers.

Spindrift/Gram Rabbit
8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $6.
With an obsession with the peyote peppered psychedelic west that would make Jim Morrison smile, Spindrift teams with its fellow Joshua Tree dwellers (where both bands record) to spread its hypnotic mix of cinematic scores and cowboy psychedelia. Gram Rabbit combine a similarly strange versatile mix that touches on desert rock and electronica as well as a bit of Gwen Stefani and Peggy Lee.