Thursday, May 23, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Steel Wheels
8 p.m. Friday, May 24, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $17.50. 704-372-1000.
Nope it’s not a Rolling Stones tribute,but a twangy Virginia bluegrass quintet built on four-part harmonies, lively stage shows, and a modern spin on tradition. The band is touring in support of its new album “No More Rain.” Singer-songwriter Ana Egge opens.

Dustin Hofsess
8 p.m. Friday, May 24, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10. 704-376-3737.
On his new instrumental album, “Short Stories” this versatile and nimble guitarist weaves jazz, classical, blues, progressive, rock, and ethereal experimental touches. The album, which is his first solo release after years playing with other artists, includes impressive spots from George Porter, Jr. of the Meters on bass and fellow Monday Night Allstar and famed local percussionist Jim Brock.

Billy Don Burns
9 p.m. Friday, May 24, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10. 704-376-1446.
The unsung Nashville songwriter’s songwriter that eluded fame despite A-list artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Mel Tillis recording his songs should finally catch some name recognition with the upcoming documentary, “Talk About Crazy.”

Eric Britt
8 p.m. Friday, May 24, Volume Lounge, 1801 Commonwealth Ave. $5. 704-333-9197;
His Athens indie-rock band Hazel Virtue was a fixture in the Southeast in the `90s bridging jangly alt-pop with Live-like grooves and vocals. Now Savannah’s Britt takes a romantic folk-pop approach that’s lighter on angst on his new solo album “Greener.”

The New Familiars
8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $12-$15.
The remodeled NoDa venue, which had to push back its opening a few weeks, holds its first official show. Fittingly locals the New Familiars, who were somewhat of a fixture at the old theater, headline the revamped venue.

Frank Bang & The Secret Stash
9 p.m. Thursday, May 30, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8-$10.
On his new album “Double Dare” (out this week) Buddy Guy’s former sideman plays mean, swampy slide guitar like he’s driving a getaway car and, during slower tracks, hiking across the spooky desert in the sweltering sun when that car runs out of gas. Either way his dirty blues shows ample heart and grit.

Truth & Salvage Co.
8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $12.
This transient Nashville-based sextet of Southern rockers (three of whom previously lived in Asheville) is a favorite of Black Crows’ Chris Robinson (who produced its first record) and remains tied to the NC mountains. The group recorded its upcoming sophomore album there with Band of Horses’ Bill Reynolds.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$15.
If you dog steel drums chiming poolside but wondered how the instrument would morph in other musical settings then look to Asheville’s Scales. His ensemble can’t escape the sunniness of the instrument on its upcoming full-length album, but he places the steel pan into lively jazz-fueled instrumentals where he fluidly struts his stuff.