Thursday, August 14, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Juice Newton
Friday  8 p.m., Don Gibson Theater, 318 Washington St., Shelby, $26.50,
In 1981 Juice Newton erased the line between pop and country with the Top 10 hits “Angel of the Morning” and “Queens of Hearts.” She charted and was nominated for Grammys in both genres (eventually winning in country for her 1982 Brenda Lee cover). After a quiet `90s the 62-year-old redhead returned still straddling pop and country.

JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers
Friday  9 p.m., Puckett’s Farm Equipment, 2740 W. Sugar Creek Rd., $8-$25,
The Legendary Shack Shaker teams with upright bass playing wife Jessica, whose husky growl is a fitting counterpoint to his rockabilly soul style in this bluesy guitar-driven quartet that bridges Southern Culture, Memphis soul, and gritty electric blues that’s catchy enough for Black Keys’ fans.

Hillsong Worship
Saturday  7 p.m., Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., $35.23-$50.73,
The Australian Christian music and worship giant puts on an elaborate arena spectacle of song and praise that’s on par with large scale pop tours. Named for its latest album, the 14-city No Other Name Tour features some of the performers, church leaders, and musicians that appear on the church’s recordings.

Amigo/Dear Blanca/Susto
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
If you think you know South Carolina, check out Sequoya Prep School’s Justin Osbourne heading up Susto with songs he crafted in Cuba and Charleston; Columbia’s Dear Blanca who make laid back indie rock on its Bo White-produced album “Pobrecito;” and locals Amigo, whose hook-writing, guitar slinging frontman hails from Clover.

The Ataris
Monday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $10,
The classic line-up of the `90s/early `00s pop-punk band regroups after a 10 year hiatus to perform their million selling album “So Long, Astoria” (best remembered for its version of Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer”) in its entirety - at the Milestone for ten bucks, which seems like a bizarrely good deal.

Motley Crue/Alice Cooper
Tuesday  7 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707  Pavilion Blvd., $25-$143.50,
The Crue says it’s retiring after an uneven last decade during which they’ve been very very good or very bad. Set lists indicate a fitting 20-plus song sendoff predictably big on hits and  obligatory solos. Even at age 66 rock stalwart Cooper doesn’t disappoint with a consistent catalog and theatrical stage (horror) show.

3 Doors Down
Tuesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $52,
After lineup changes that included bassist Todd Harrell’s dismissal due to vehicular manslaughter charges, the headlining, hit-making Mississippians push reset with an intimate acoustic club tour that includes aforementioned hits and covers of Garth Brooks and Metallica.

Old Crow Medicine Show/Shovels & Rope
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $38-$58.85,
The newgrass cats responsible for turning a smidge of a Bob Dylan song into the modern standard “Wagon Wheel,” are back with the energizing new album “Remedy” (and another Dylan collaboration). The septet is paired with the pride of SC - fast climbing husband and wife Americana duo Shovels & Rope.

Mikaela Davis
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $6-$8,
If you’re looking for something you haven’t seen before the Rochester-based harpist and singer-songwriter drew attention on YouTube for gorgeous harp covers, but, although she’s capable of classical interpretations, her Martha Wainwright-meets-the-Sundays lilt and instrument of choice makes for unique indie-pop.