Thursday, August 1, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Crystal Bowersox
8 p.m. Friday, August 2, Don Gibson Theater, 318 South Washington St., Shelby, $22.50.
Some of “American Idol’s” most memorable personalities aren’t its winners (Pickler, Daughtry) and while this bold blues singer may not have won the prize she’s released two albums and will play the title role on Broadway this fall in “Always, Patsy Cline.”

Sy Arden
8 p.m. Friday, August 2, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10.
This Charlotte singer-songwriter, guitarist and visual artist celebrates the release of her wild new “Baby Mama” video. Arden has personality to spare and her music and art are as unique as she is. So expect lots of humor and heart from her latest endeavor.

8 p.m. Friday, August 2, Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20.
Anchored by Don Dokken and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown, the hair metal holdout continues to make new music (2012’s “Broken Bones”) while the solid band stokes nostalgic flames with old favorites like “Into the Fire,” “Burning Like a Flame,” “In My Dreams,” and “Dream Warriors.”

Grown Up Avenger Stuff/Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun
10 p.m. Friday, August 2, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $8.
The female-fronted family band has been burning up the road since SXSW, touring the country with its unique brand of heavy alt-rock and creative arrangements - as if riot grrrl matured with its `90s influences intact. It’s paired with Atlanta’s dreamy modern rock quartet who’s playing its first Charlotte show in nearly a year.

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
10 p.m. Friday, August 2, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $12-$15.
The recent Blues Music Awards recipient for Best Harmonica Player served in San Francisco’s Little Charlie & the Nightcats for over 30 years before he and his bandmates forged their own band after Charlie’s retirement. The hopping vintage blues, jazz, western, and surf on its second album, “One Wrong Turn,” has garnered raves.

8 p.m. Saturday, August 3, Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $40.85-$52.15.
Her post “American Idol” life may have been as rife with drama as a reality series, but the Charlotte-based vocal powerhouse manages to hush naysayers by delivering inventive and relatable R&B albums that demonstrate her evolution and are each better than the last. With 112.

8 p.m. Saturday, August 3, Halton Theater, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $30.
The versatile veteran sax and flute player straddles contemporary jazz with urban soul and funky R&B having helped usher in the smooth jazz movement in the `80s. His collaborative “The Smooth Side of Soul” is the Grammy winner’s latest. The show is almost sold out.

BeaSoliel avec Michael Doucet
8 p.m. Saturday, August 3, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $22-$25.
The Grammy winner is one of the most popular Cajun groups in the world. A favorite of Garrison Keillor, the group explores a different strain of American roots music that’s vibrant and colorful and rooted in Louisiana’s rich history.

Matchbox 20/Goo Goo Dolls
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $32-$111.75.
Although its well over a decade since these bands ruled radio, Rob Thomas and company continue to crank out infectious pop-rock songs on the latest album “North” while Johnny Rzeznick’s Buffalo trio holds steady with its latest Top 10 album, “Magnetic.”  

The Tea Club
9 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $5-$7.
Imagine Coheed and Cambria’s intellectual arrangements, Flaming Lips’ trippy invention, and the psychedelic harmonies of Blitzen Trapper scoring a trip through a folksy Wonderland. That nears the ballpark of this progressive New Jersey outfit whose songs tell stories with shifting tempo and direction and swirls of guitar, synth and vocals. With fellow Jersey act Thank You Scientist. 

Speedy Ortiz
9 p.m. Thursday, August 8, The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $5-$7.
If you miss the lo-fo nature and frank songwriting of `90s acts Liz Phair, Pavement, and Helium, then this Massachusetts’ indie guitar rock combo should strike your fancy. Vocalist Sadie Dupuis is a poet with a voice that recalls Phair and the Butchies’ Kaia Wilson while the guitars are mathy, angular, and distorted.