Friday, May 23, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Friday  6 p.m., Fountain Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $5,
A week before releasing a new album with his other band Camper Van Beethoven, David Lowery and Cracker co-founder Johnny Hickman return to ring in the weekend at the weekly concert series where the 20-year-old alt-rock stalwarts will undoubtedly revisit hits like “Low” and “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now).” 

Infamous Stringdusters
Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15,
The award winning, environmentally conscious bluegrass group embarks on its “I Get Away” Tour following the release of its new album, “Let It Go” -  a thoughtful, laid back and pastoral look at everyday life, apathy, empathy, and the current state of the world.

Saturday  4 p.m., Carowinds Paladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., $52.14-$70.09,
“The View’s” Sherri Shepherd and fellow comedian and returning emcee Bone Hampton join gospel stars, singers, rappers, and speakers Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann, Lecrae, Humble Tip, and Dr. Larry Reid and the Breakthrough singers at this annual Spring festival.

Whitewater Center Memorial Day Celebration
Sunday  4 p.m., US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Free,
The Meters’ (Funky and otherwise) bassist George Porter, Jr., who has held the low end for artists as renowned and disparate as Robert Palmer and Tori Amos, headlines the holiday festivities with his band the Runnin’ Pardners as well as Robert Walters’ 20th Congress and Earphunk.

Justin Hayward
Sunday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $55-$75,
As the Moody Blues’ nears its 50th anniversary in 2016 the fabled British’ group’s frontman strips Moodies songs down to a trio for his solo “Spirit of the Western Sky” Tour, which features material from his latest solo album as well as sparser versions of those hits.

Danity Kane
Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $37.50,
The girl group assembled by P. Diddy in 2005 on MTV’s “Making the Band” turned its reunion run into a farewell tour for member Aundrea Fimbres, who announced on opening night last week in San Francisco that she’s pregnant, engaged, and leaving the group following the tour when it will continue as a trio.

Manchester Orchestra
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $24.50-$37.50, www
The Atlanta rock outfit turns up the distortion on its new album, “Cope,” which rides on hard-hitting guitar anthems and Andy Hull’s Southern vocals and personal lyrics. With dynamic, angsty Pennsylvania alt-rockers Balance and Composure and excellent songwriter and sometime M.O. collaborator Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band.

The Black Cadillacs
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10,
This Knoxville outfit rests somewhere between the Black Crowes and the Black Keys - noisy guitars and ample soul delivered with gnarly Southern garage style that’s knee deep in blues but every inch rock n’ roll.