Thursday, November 7, 2013

This week's hot concerts

Melanie Fiona
Friday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $35/$65 VIP,
The Canadian R&B singer behind hits “4AM” and “It Kills Me” is regrouping as an independent artist with a new single, “Cold Piece,” which packs plenty of attitude. She’s paired with fellow smooth crooner J. Holiday (“Bed,” “Suffocate”) and `90s R&B quintet Silk, who helped add the phrase “Freak Me” to urban slang dictionaries back in 1994.

Mipso & David Holt
Saturday  8 p.m., Neighorhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $17-$20,
Titling its second album, “Dark Holler Pop,” gives this harmony-driven Chapel Hill trio a built-in calling card. There’s no better description for a record that’s a who’s who of the triangle’s music scene. The innovative group keeps good company in Grammy winning PBS’ “Folkways” host and NC music historian Holt.

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sunday  7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33,
On his eighth studio album, “All People,” the veteran California activist/musician continues to seamlessly blend rock, reggae, hip-hop, folk and funk into hook-laden pop songs while sticking with the positive messages of unity and tolerance that have long been at the forefront of his music. Canadian it-girl Serena Ryder opens the show.

Sunday  9 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $8-$10,
This rock duo is likely the best band you haven’t heard. As an opening act it’s converted Sum 41 and Blue October fans with catchy song after catchy song. You’ll doubt whether the pair - out on its “Hey Girl” tour before its second album is released next year - is capable of writing a dud.

Joe Bonamassa
Tuesday  8 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $97.30-$147,
While other young blues guitarists were copping classic licks, this now 36-year-old wunderkind was carving out his own style, which he delivers to audiences with an acoustic opening set and a show-stopping electric set for a show that clocks in at nearly three hours. Both are filled with eclectic covers from “Jelly Roll” to “Sloe Gin.”

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Wednesday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $27-$32,
Hard to believe it’s been 17 years since the movie “Swingers” gave this California swing revivalist and actor Vince Vaughn a kick in the career. BBVD was already steeped in the swing tradition before the swing craze took hold. It celebrates 20 years with a signature dancefloor-igniting set.

Kevin Devine
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $13-$16,
Don’t let the singer-songwriter tag fool you. Like Ted Leo, the Brooklyn band leader is as capable of rocking out to charging guitar as he is delving into folkier acoustic pop. He does both with two recently released Kickstarter-funded albums, “Bulldozer” and “Bubblegum.” With Now Now.

Trombone Shorty
Thursday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th. St., $25-$27,
The legacy musician’s place was destined as a band leader parading brass bands through the streets of New Orleans at age 6. The now 27-year-old, Treme-raised horn player continues to push the boundaries of jazz, funk, and hip-hop with rock and R&B thrown in, often collaborating with an eclectic mix of his peers and industry legends.

Thursday  9:30 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $10-$12,
This Asheville based outfit merges the no longer so dissimilar worlds of electronic music and jam rock pinning matter-of-fact, everyman-style harmonies and the occasional flicker of bluegrass and folk music on trippy psychedelic atmospherics and dance-music bloops and bleeps - making it a favorite on the festival circuit.