Thursday, June 20, 2013

This week's hot concerts

7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $17.$117.30.
The Wilson sisters’ affection for Led Zeppelin is well known, but on the Heartbreaker Tour they team with opening act Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. The son of deceased Zep drummer John Bonham will join Heart for a Zeppelin honoring finale as well.

Ricky Skaggs
5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, Don Gibson Theatre, 318 S. Washington St., Shelby. $37-$42.
The Grammy winning country singer whose devoted the later part of his career to the traditional bluegrass and gospel that marked the early part of his career, returns to NC before the release of his autobiography in August.

Shooter Jennings: 
8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$18.
The recently married second generation country outlaw proves again there’s more than “son-of” (as in Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter) to his version of country and rock with the new film and album, “The Other Life.”

The Broadway Dolls: 
8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $19.50-$39.50.
These musical mavens put a new spin on Broadway - reinterpreting some of the tunes they sang on Broadway stages, mashing others with contemporary pop music, or giving pop smashes like Britney Spears’ “Toxic” a new glow as they hit on 50 stage favorites.

Robin and Linda Williams: 
8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Ave. Kings Mountain. $20.
The Charlotte native and his wife are a folk-singing staple. With its traditional blend of folk, bluegrass, and gospel, the couple have been regulars on “Prairie Home Companion” since its inception. They return following 2012’s “These Dark Hills.”

Fleetwood Mac: 
7 p.m. Monday, June 24, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $62.45-$159.30.
The veteran rock group celebrates the 35th anniversary of its seminal “Rumours” album with its first tour since 2009 (still sans retired Christine McVie). Recent set lists promise the celebrated album will be heavily represented. Although don’t expect McVie-heavy `80s hits like “Hold On” or “Little Lies.”

Lord Huron/Escondido: 
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10-$12.
L.A.’s Lord Huron trades spots at high profile festivals and opening for Dave Matthews Band for an intimate headlining gig that showcases its pastoral psychedelic folk (think Blitzen Trapper or Band of Horses meet epic indie-rock). Nashville duo Escondido sound like Buddy and Julie Miller if they robbed a bank and headed for the desert.

Josh Ritter
7:30 p.m.  Wednesday, June 26, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon $24.50-$31.50. 704-372-1000.
On his latest album, “The Beast In Its Tracks,” Ritter gives his most personal reading recounting his bitter divorce, but the album isn’t a complete downer. Our hero finds new love and has since welcomed a baby girl. That joy shows through too. With Milk Carton Kids.

Gladys Knight/The O’Jays: 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon. $39.50-$99.50.
These fellow Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame members kick off the PNC Bank Celebrity Series. Either could fill a concert revisiting numerous R&B, pop, and soul hits. Together this “Family Reunion” - as its billed - promises a night packed with classics.