Friday, July 11, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Pete Seeger: A Musical Tribute to Courage
Friday  7:30 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Free, 
Charlotte Folk Society kicks off its 34th concert season with a tribute to legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who died in January at age 94. The multimedia experience includes video and photos and Seeger’s music performed by Harry Taylor, Saundra Porter, Roife Neigenfind, and Mason Schmitt.

Beck/Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger
Friday  8 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $40.77-$64.52,  
With his first album since 2008 being considered a triumphant comeback (he was sidelined by a spine injury), Beck makes his first Charlotte stop since 1996’s “Odelay” tour. Sean Lennon’s impressive psych-rock duo with model/girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl opens the show.

Randy Franklin & the Sardines
Friday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10,
The leader of long standing Charlotte band Crisis celebrates the one year anniversary of his solo album “Bloodlines” with his first solo show at Double Door where he’s backed by local music veterans from the Spongetones, Crisis, New Familiars, Marimoon, and Halifax. Singer-songwriter Carrie Marshall, who appears on “Bloodlines,” opens the show.

Friday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,  
This collective of members of Richmond bands the Head and the Heart, the Mason Brothers, Farm Vegas, Hypercolor, and the Trillions dusted off vintage equipment and recorded its impromptu debut, “Empty Light,” on an historic plantation. The spontaneity and layer of distortion energizes its raw, psychedelic shoegazer sound.

King’s X
Saturday  8:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $17-$20,
King’s X returns to Amos’ eight months after singer Doug (dUg) Pinnick was rushed to the hospital after his band’s November concert (he’d recently undergone hernia surgery, but reported a lymph node problem online). Given fans’ positive reaction to a show that he struggled through in pain, this one should be better.

Marc Cohn
Saturday  8 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $25-$40,
The Grammy winning “Walking in Memphis” singer-songwriter, who survived a near fatal shooting while on tour in 2005, returns with a set heavy on longtime favorites. Although his most recent album is 2010’s covers tribute to the year 1970, recent setlists rely heavily on his originals as well as material from 2007’s acclaimed “Join the Parade.”

Ancient Cities
Saturday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $8, 
Secondhand Stories’ Stephen Warwick and the New Familiars’ Justin Fedor celebrate the release of their other band’s debut album, which is rooted in psychelia, folk, and Warwick’s beat-making DJ experience for a sound that connects the Black Keys and the Beatles with medieval folk songs and dust bowl carnivals.

Mike Strauss Band
Saturday  10 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10,  
Backed by trumpet and pumped backing vocals, but minus piano and fiddle this time out, the bluesy Charlotte songwriter takes on upbeat and midtempo numbers that play up his deep Mark Knopfler-like vocals and mine classic rock n’ roll territory with a swing twist on the new album “The Whole Skinny.”

The Fray
Tuesday  7:30 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $38.77-$71.09,
The platinum-selling band behind “How to Save a Life” mines diverse influences on its fourth album “Break Your Plans” - from Hooters-meets-Cure (“Closer to Me”) to the Adele-esque single “Love Don’t Die” to rock anthems to the piano pop balladry that made the Colorado quartet famous.

Royal Blood
Tuesday  9 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $13-$15,
The UK’s latest buzzing export is this duo who blend thick, muddy Queens of the Stone Age-style riffs with pop aesthetics and nods to the bluesy grunge of Soundgarden and the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. It’s debut album is due in early fall.

Lionel Richie
Thursday  7:30 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $40-$150.50,
The R&B/pop veteran proved with a lengthy Bonnaroo set last month that his endless `80s hits and Commodores' numbers still hold up. He's also a re-energized performer from funny banter to his chemistry with a band who seems as happy to revisit his classic catalog as he is.