Thursday, April 3, 2014

This week's hot concerts

The Teetotallers
Friday  8 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., $22.73,
Irish born fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist John Doyle (Solas, Joan Baez), with Lunasa’s Kevin Crawford (who was born in England, but lives in Ireland now) form this all-star collective that hones in on the Clare County sound during one of the busy group’s rare US tours.

Chris Knight
Friday  9 p.m., Puckett’s, 2740 W. Sugar Creek Rd., $20,
The critically acclaimed, but commercially underrated singer-songwriter’s latest album “Little Victories” (a Top 10 favorite among “No Depression” readers in 2012), may still be too left of Nashville to score a major radio hit. But with literary skill and a knowing, blue collar delivery, Knight could charm the most mainstream country fan along with the Americana base.

Baby Baby
Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
This Atlanta foursome celebrates the release of its debut album, “Big Boy Baller Club,” which was released this week. The group was formed in 2009 as an alternative to the city’s self-serious hip-hop, indie, and hardcore and comes off like a modern Beastie Boys-meets-Bad Brains - guitar punks with dance elements, catchy choruses and a sense of humor.

Debby Boone
Friday and Saturday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $26.50-$65.50,
She lit up radio and created an even softer side for AM pop in the late `70s with “You Light Up My Life,” but the 57-year-old Grammy winning singer plays up sass and fun on her “Swing This” tour - a tribute to `60s Vegas when her dad was headlining the Sands and Sahara.

Pierre Bensusan
Sunday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $20-$22,
World music loving critics and guitar geeks trip over themselves describing the technical prowess and emotional heft of the virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist’s live shows. The Frenchman celebrates a 40 year career with a three disc set and magazine covers all over Europe where such an intimate, one-night show is rare (so take advantage).

Miley Cyrus
Monday  7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $27.75-$106.95,
If you’re interested in pure spectacle, the former Hannah Montana’s got your number riding flying hot dogs and sliding down a giant tongue. While that’s certainly an attraction, luckily the scantily clad Disney grad can actually belt it out with the best of them. With Icona Pop.

Juicy J
Monday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory, $37.50, 
The Oscar winner is enjoying a hot solo career 23 years after co-founding Three 6 Mafia at age 16 thanks to work with younger rappers Wiz Khalifa and the Weeknd on his “Stay Trippy” album and a new pop fanbase courtesy of his spot on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” He’s back with his fourth solo album on the “Never Sober” Tour.

Onward Etc.
Tuesday  8:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $8-$10,
If you dig fiddle and banjo-infused beer-raising sing-alongs in the vein of Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, but with equal footing in gravelly-voiced, rural singer-songwriter folk and the hard charging punk of Social Distortion, this migrant unit may be for you.

Todd Rundgren
Wednesday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $37,
“An Unpredictable Evening With…” is exactly what you get with the eccentric, adventurous classic psych-rock and AM pop legend who in recent months has covered Rebecca Black, Robert Johnson, Daft Punk and the Miracles as well as his own more predictable Utopia. But you never know if he’ll actually play his own biggest hit “Hello It’s Me.”