Thursday, November 13, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland & Ulster to Appalachia
Friday  7:30 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Free (donations accepted),
NPR’s “The Thistle & Shamrock” host Fiona Ritchie and Swannanoa Gathering founder and former Charlotte Folk Society president Doug Orr penned the recently published book chronicling the roots of Appalachian music, which gives the concert its title. They’ll share history and stories. Little Windows provides the soundtrack for the multimedia show.

Cameron Floyd Band/Life Size
Friday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $12, 
The local acoustic pop band celebrates the release of its new album, “Dancing the Distance.” Standout track “Change” indicates it’s an impressive collection. On its own debut EP “Mockingbird Alarmclock,” Salisbury soul-pop outfit Life Size flits between Dave Matthews-style acoustic pop and meatier almost gospel-flavored rock with emotive harmonies and colorful piano fills.

Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10-$12,  
This female-fronted, Rolling Stone-endorsed Canadian combo’s self-titled album of deeply infectious indie pop lands somewhere between influential `80s alt-rock, `90s K Records, and Best Coast. It went to No. 1 on the college charts this summer. The group is paired with fellow Toronto band Absolutely Free and Charlotte’s Late Bloomer.

Friday  8:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15,  
On his 2014 full-length debut “Days and Nights,” the British R&B singer/producer who got his break guesting on Gorillaz’ “Doncamatic,” skirts retro tags while making some of the most classic yet still modern R&B around. To prove it he embarks on a acoustic tour - a rarity for an electronic age artist that brings to mind Bill Withers’ moving `70’s shows.

Benefit for Luke Hill
Saturday  8:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10-$20,
Charlotte musician (Animals, Public Radio) and Neighborhood Theatre bartender Luke Hill was injured by a hit and run driver walking home November 4. Locals Flagship, Junior Astronomers, Jeremiah Wilde, Warsong, One Amazing Kid, Solis, the Business People, Deep Sky and Animals will play to help with his mounting medical bills.

Max Drake & Sheila Grady Carlisle/The Mannish Boys
Saturday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10-$12, 
During the `70s and `80s Drake and NC-native Carlisle’s band Arhooly was a popular blues rock fixture on the East Coast circuit. They return to the Double Door for the first time since 1989. They’ll be joined by Charlotte’s own Mannish Boys, whose sound is a throwback to classic `60s garage rock n’ roll.

Justin Townes Earle/Cory Branan
Monday  7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $20-$28.50,  
The now well established singer-songwriter son of Steve Earle - whose sound is deeper ingrained in the blues and old-timey rock and country than his dad’s - turns another corner through sobriety and marriage on his new album “Single Mothers” and its follow-up “Absent Fathers.” Fellow Nashville renegade and stellar songwriter Branan also plays.

Powerman 5000
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$25,  
After the sudden death of scheduled headliner StaticX’s Wayne Static, Powerman 5000’s Spider One (whose band toured with StaticX in the early days and saw the upcoming bill as a reunion) stepped up to continue the tour in honor of Static (Atlanta’s show even features a StaticX tribute). With American Headcharge and Wolfborne.

Dillon Francis
Thursday  9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27.51,
On his long-awaited debut album, “Money Sucks, Friends Rule,” the rising EDM DJ/producer gathered disparate guest artists like Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, Major Lazer, and Twista and mixed his slower signature moombahton style with unapologetically guilty-pleasure pop that’s melting dancefloors.