Thursday, March 28, 2013

This week's hot concerts

8:45 p.m. Friday, March 29, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15.
This Athens band manages to blend sweeping Americana, Southern rock rootsiness, aching pedal steel with edgy, sweat-soaked garage rock, gravelly vocals and psychedelic tendencies.With the Catch Fire.

Sarah Clanton Schaffer
8 p.m. Saturday, March 30, The Saloon, 900 NC Music Factory, $5.
Cello-rock has the ability to roar, rumble and break hearts with a weeping bow. This classically trained Greenville, SC vocalist/cellist brings jazz, rock and Americana into the mix and tops it with lovely vocals and thoughtful, sometimes quirky lyrics. Check out her upcoming Kickstarted funded new album, produced by songwriter David Mayfield. 

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Monday, April 1, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $ 704-372-1000.
Long Americana’s leading lady, Harris reunited with former bandmate and stellar songwriter Crowell on the joyful, stripped down (compared to her later work) new record “Old Yellow Moon.” Bonus? legendary British guitarist/songwriter Richard Thompson opens the show.

Marcus Foster  
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13/$60 VIP.
Don’t be fooled by the “British singer-songwriter” label. While this Londoner can do the quiet contemplation his UK peers are known, he's a hungry soul and blues singer at heart with a lot of fire and grit in his voice.

Eric Clapton
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, Time Warner Cable Arena, $58.85-$102.05.
With a new album - a collection of mostly favorite covers called “Old Sock” - the 67-year-old Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer returns to riff on his own classics as well as some of the work that inspired him. The Wallflowers - back after a long hiatus - opens the show.

Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $17-$20. 704-376-3737.
After a solo album and playing on Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange,” prolific 7 and 8-string guitarist Hunter, who's rooted in the jazz, hip-hop, and jam worlds, joined longtime drummer Amendola for a duo album - “Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead.”

The Duhks
8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $18-$20.
After years of shifting lineups and dormancy, the Canadian soulgrass soul-grass rooted combo reunites with all original members (including vocalist Jessee Havey) for a proposed EP and full-length and much anticipated live shows.