Thursday, July 3, 2014

This week's hot concerts

moe./Truth & Salvage Co./Sons of Bill
Friday  4 p.m., US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Free,
The second day of the US National Whitewater Center’s annual July 4 celebration kicks off with cornhole at 2 p.m. followed by live music from well-read Virginia roots-rockers Sons of Bill, Southern rockers Truth & Salvage Co. and jam stalwarts moe. Fireworks close out the show.

Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’
Friday  6 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free,  
The AMFMs, Temperance League, Amigo, and Hectorina head up the annual holiday party at Snug Harbor, which will feature a fish fry courtesy of Twin Tops Fish Camp and live rock n’ roll followed by DJs inside and karaoke on the back patio while the neighboring Diamond features the Loudermilkes, Pullman Strike, and Belmont Playboys on the patio.

New Edition/Joe
Saturday  8 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $37-$147.50,
The full lineup of Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe break out everything from “Candy Girl” to “Hit Me Off” as well as equally huge hits from Bell Biv Devoe and Gill, Brown, and Tresvant’s solo careers. Opening act Joe just released his eleventh studio album “Bridges” in June.

Brother Dege
Saturday  10 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10,  
The Baton Rouge bluesman, who gained national attention through “Django Unchained,” makes blues for the modern age on his new mixtape “Scorched Earth Policy.” There’s haunting, classic acoustic blues, but it’s done with a keen knowledge of pop, grunge, and rock that inform the writing and arrangements.

Goddamn Gallows
Thursday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $10-$12, 
It’s difficult to create an original sound in 2014, but this partly acoustic punk act (whose style has been described as gypsy-punk and hobocore) brings the sound of the punk squats and abandoned buildings it once called home to the stage performing songs like exorcisms with washboard, banjo, and ferociousness.

The Neighbourhood
Monday  7 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory, $34.66-$48.25,
Since playing Charlotte in June 2013 the alternative dream-rock band has headlined WEND’s sold out Not So Acoustic Xmas and has graduated to the larger Fillmore. It’s making one more pass and releasing a mixtape before heading into the studio to record its sophomore effort.

Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry/Plain White T’s
Wednesday  6:45 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $25-$90.70,
On the fast track to its thirtieth anniversary in 2015, Johnny Rzeznik and company team with Daughtry, whose latest album “Bapitized” is more in line with the Dolls’ adult pop, and seemingly youthful Plain White T’s eight years after its biggest hit “Hey There Delilah.."

Shinobi Ninja/Pradigy GT
Wednesday 9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $5-$10, 
The NYC sextet mix Linkin Park's seriousness with the animated, colorful vibe of the Beastie Boys for a party-starting sound that's the next step in blurring musical styles. Local opening act Pradigy GT, who is readying its new album, takes a similar approach to bridging distorted guitar rock, hip-hop, dance, and pop.

The Independents
Thursday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $10-$12,
The veteran horror ska-punk band from SC that’s made up of equal parts the Ramones, the Misfits and Elvis, is still going strong 22 years after its birth. It’s latest album “Into the Light” treats death more seriously with the loss of family members inspiring frontman Evil Presly and guitarist Willy B this time out.

Kool Keith
Thursday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $3,
Snug Harbor’s weekly dance and hip-hop parties team with Recess Fest (which takes place later this month) to welcome the eccentric, influential Ultramagnetic MC’s founder known under many names, including critically and commercially acclaimed Dr. Octagon as well as Dr. Dooom, for an extremely intimate, and likely packed, set.