Thursday, May 29, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Blackstock Music Festival
Friday and Saturday  7 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, Festival grounds, Heritage Rd., Blackstock, SC, $125 weekend, $85 Saturday only, $150 RV pass, $290 VIP,
Sandwiched between Charlotte and Columbia, this jam and roots-friendly festival features Galactic, Papadosio, Mason Jennings, Leftover Salmon, Gwen Sebastian, Will Hoge, Hiss Golden Messenger, Boombox, Toubab Krewe, Electric Soul Pandemic, Dopapod, the Mantras, and locals like Sunny Ledfurd, New Familiars, Case Federal, and Simplified.

Another Lost Year
Friday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $8,
Between a recent Midwest tour, summer rock festivals and reportedly working on the follow-up to its breakthrough debut (which enjoyed play on Sirius/XM and placements on reality television series and sports-related programs), the Charlotte post-grunge hard rockers land home.

Friday  8:30 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $20-$25,
Following tumultuous years that included jail, beating drug addition, and the 2013 death of drummer Joey LaCaze, the New Orleans metal outfit returned this week with its first album of new material in 15 years. The well-reviewed self-titled album is awash in sludgy riffs, fraught vocals, noisy distortion, and a methodical bluesy underbelly.

Foreigner/Styx/Don Felder
Saturday  7 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $25-$89.70,
The classic rock radio vets return for the Soundtrack To Summer tour, but what’s different this year is the hour-long set from the Eagles’ famously ousted lead guitarist Don Felder who penned the music for “Hotel California” as well as a tell-all book. Its writing inspired his second solo album.

Scars on 45
Saturday  7 p.m., Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, 13139 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Free, 704-247-2222.
Having nearly doubled funds for a new album via a Pledge Music campaign, the British alternative rock quintet responsible for minor hits “Give Me Something” and “Hearts on Fire” (buoyed by spots on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: New York”) returns for an intimate set.

Legends of Old School Hip-Hop
Saturday  8 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $52.78-$231.66,
Major players in late `80s/early `90s hip-hop Chubb Rock, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, go-to collaborator the Lady of Rage (who worked with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Rock), and Whodini’s bionic DJ Grandmaster Dee join comedian D. Ellis for a look back at what many consider the golden age of rap.

Everyly Brothers Tribute
Saturday  8:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10,
These successful Levine Children’s Hospital fundraisers featuring local musicians paying tribute to classic artist are becoming more frequent. Artists like Reeve Coobs, Sam the Lion, Ancient Cities and the Sammies cover the Everlys this time out followed by an all-star jam.

Patty Griffin
Monday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $27-$32,
The Grammy winning Americana musician and Band of Joy bandmate, as well as Robert Plant’s leading lady, has two recent albums to celebrate on the road. Her first all original album since 2007, “American Kid,” was inspired by her father's passing and her "lost" album “Silver Bell” was finally released 13 years after being shelved by her label.

Black Star Riders
Thursday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$30,
The band led by Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham grew out of Lizzy reunion shows, but the band wasn’t comfortable recording new material under the name considering legendary leader Phil Lynott died in 1986. BSR remains true to TL’s twin guitar sound and Lynott’s Irish roots with Northern Ireland native Ricky Warwick channeling Lynott on vocals.