Thursday, July 4, 2013

This week's hot concerts

8 p.m. Friday, July 5, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $8. 704-343-9494.
This still relatively new Winston-Salem act steers its muscle car toward bluesy, groove-anchored metal with gruff, literate vocals and ample whiskey-dripping boogie. The band features former Charlottean/bassist Mike Tyson, who was part of Hopesfall’s later lineup.

Maria Howell
5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, The Bechtler Museum, 420 S. Tryon St. $12 for non-members (Friday’s show is sold out).
The Atlanta-based actress and Gastonia native who sang the show stopping choir solo in 1985’s “The Color Purple” and has appeared on “Revolution” and “The Vampire Diaries” of late, joins the Ziad Jazz Quartet for a two-night Jazz at The Bechtler engagement.

Kristy Lee
 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. 704-376-3737.
You wouldn’t expect such a huge, emotive soul-soaked voice just looking at this white Alabama singer-songwriter strumming an acoustic guitar in her sideways ball cap and dew rag. Imagine the Indigo Girls or Tracy Chapman backing Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) or Lisa Kekaula (the Bellrays) at The Apollo.

Mike Pinto
8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$15.
This California songwriter’s playful, reggae-laced acoustic rock captures the easy, relaxed existence of beach dwelling while horns give it a lively ska punch. Pinto’s latest album “Truthful Lies” (which features guest musicians from the Aggrolites and members of Bob Marley's, G. Love's, and Lenny Kravitz’s bands) hits on several levels. It could appeal to jam crowds, Parrotheads, traditional reggae fans, or those that dig 311 and Love.

Debbie Davies
10 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15. 704-376-1446.
Along with Bonnie Raitt this award winning blues guitarist and singer was a forerunner for women in the genre as a sidewoman for Albert Collins and Fingers Taylor before launching a solo career that’s seen her collaborating with everyone from Ike Turner and Charlie Musselwhite to Peter Green and Coco Montoya.

Christopher Paul Stelling
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10.
The nimble picker combines the dexterity of a classical player and a six-string attack that feels like musical exorcism. Vocally he hits with quick, frantic, raspy quips or, elsewhere, more traditional drawn out harmonies. The combination brings new life to the solo acoustic genre.