Friday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10-$12, www.eveningmuse.com
The Georgia folk-rock singer-songwriter has a soulful, yet plainspoken delivery reminiscent of James Taylor, Van Morrison, and Amos Lee. He’s paired with fellow Atlanta musician Besides Daniel.
Friday 8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., Free to the first 200 concertgoers, then price TBA. www.tremontmusichall.com
The Charlotte rapper dubbed “the leader of cult rap” celebrates the recent release of his Vice Records debut, “The Rebirth EP.” He’s already generated buzz via XXL magazine, Spin, and Pitchfork, who praised his self-released 2013 “The Patriarch” comparing him to Young Buck, Freddie Gibbs, and Bun B.
Friday 9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $7, www.themilestoneclub.com
Through diligent touring, an increasingly memorable catalog, and an organic approach that doesn’t place technique or delivery over pure, unfiltered emotion, this long running indie rock outfit has become one of Charlotte’s best national hopefuls. With One Another, Muscle and Bone, Pullman Strike, Means Well, Black Market, and Alright.
Rock the Park
Saturday 4 p.m., Carowinds Palladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., $54.19-$70.09, www.ticketmaster.com
The annual Christian music festival returns with veteran `90s rock band Third Day, Grammy winning rapper Lecrae, and fellow Atlanta singer/rapper Jamie Grace filling out an eclectic bill heavy on Georgia-based artists.
Beatles Tribute Night
Saturday 7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $19.80-$30, www.blumenthalarts.org
In its 11th year John Tosco’s all-star, variety show-style tribute remains a local favorite. This year’s lineup includes the Loudermilks, Reeve Coobs, gogo Pilot, Love Canon, Los Trabucos, Muriel Anderson, Vicki Genfan, of course, the Spongetones and others.
Saturday 8 p.m., Jim Rivers Fellowship Hall, Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Dr., $20, www.folksociety.org
The veteran Irish singer, who mined tradition ballads and pub tunes with Sweeney’s Men in the `60s, exported Irish traditions globally in the `70s and `80s with Planxty, and later with all-star groups Patrick Street and Mozaik, performs a rare intimate set of classic Irish music.
John Butler Trio
Sunday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33, www.livenation.com
The Western Australian trio wins raves for its live shows thanks to Butler’s soulful, goose-bump raising delivery, bluesy guitar chops, and seamless marriage of rock n’ roll and world music, which is displayed on 2014’s “Flesh and Blood.”
Monday 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10, www.snugrock.com
The outspoken Brooklyn rapper who left law school to pursue a music career and has grabbed headlines, not only for his nimble, literate, and socially conscious rhymes, but for equally thought provoking blogging, revisits Snug’s weekly Knocturnal series.
Thursday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10, www.eveningmuse.com
The 29-year-old Mississippi electric blues singer/guitarist plants one foot firmly in tradition while infusing his version of spitfire blues with bits of R&B, rock n’ roll, funk, and classic soul and leaves traces of hip-hop in his direct delivery and phrasing.
Cage the Elephant
Thursday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33, www.livenation.com
After nearly stealing the show from Muse (an extremely tall order) as an opening act in September and releasing its third album “Melaphobia” last fall (led by the earworm single “Come a Little Closer”), the Bowling Green-born rock band brings its intense live show to The Fillmore.
Thursday 9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $8, www.doubledoorinn.comMofro co-founder and psychedelic bluesman Hance left the band after four albums and embarked on a solo career in 2010. His second solo effort “Land of Trembling Earth” is out in July and while still steeped in funk and blues there’s a garage rock thread that fans of the Black Keys and Jack White will dig.