Friday, January 16, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Dickey Betts & Great Southern
Friday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $35/$60 VIP,  
Three months after his old band the Allman Brothers took its final bow and six years after giving up extensive touring, the 71 year old influential Southern rock and blues guitarist is back for a quick four day jaunt around the South.

Winter Jam
Sunday  6 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $10 at the door,  
The annual touring Christian music festival celebrates 20 years with Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, For King & Country, Newsong, Family Force 5, and speaker Tony Nolan with a pre-party featuring Blanca, About a Mile, and Veridia.

Tosco Music Party
Saturday  7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $17-$23,  
The sing-along and variety-style live music sampling kicks off 2015 with the first of three annual concerts in the 25-plus year series. Acts are Charlie King, Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, Elias Roochvarg, Evan, Xie, Hawaiian Kine Band, Jenna Lindbo Justin Tosco, Kim Richardson, Little Big String Band, Renee Ebalaroza, Sweet Claudette, and others.

Monday  7:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $14-$17,  
With pop-punk anthems that pogo with angry calls for social justice and equality, the Pittsburgh political punk band began celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of last year’s aptly titled retrospective “A Document of Dissent.” Now it commemorates the 10th anniversary of its album “The Terror State” by revisiting it live in its entirety.

River Whyless
Wednesday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10,
With its 2012 debut the Asheville roots quintet, who releases its self-titled EP Tuesday, traded in contemplative, pastoral songwriting, rich string arrangements, bright, but melancholy harmonies and frank delivery that evokes Band of Horses or the Avett Brothers mixed with the sweet female fronted `90’s alt-pop bands like the Cranberries or the Sundays.

King Tuff
Wednesday  9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10-$13,
The rock n’ roll alter-ego of Kyle Thomas is a favorite of Sirius/XMU’s indie set. On his third record for SubPop, “Black Moon Spell,” he takes gnarly stoner-rock distortion and speeds up the tempos for a ride that’s more psychedelic garage rock funhouse than mid-tempo fuzz meltdown. It’s also bigger on pop hooks than college radio suggests.

Hot Club of Cowtown
Thursday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22,  
On the Texas swing trio’s seventh album, “Rendezvous in Rhythm,” the band delves into Gypsy jazz and American standards using legendary French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt and Paris in the 1930s as inspiration.

Wednesday 13
Thursday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $12-$15,
The L.A.-based, China Grove native returns to his old rocking grounds two days after the release of his latest album, “Monsters of the Universe: Come Out and Plague,” which finds the punk/metal horror rocker focusing on recent interests in aliens and conspiracy theories. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of signature gore and camp.

Covers for a Cause
Thursday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1228 Charlottetown Ave., $5, 
A who’s who of local musicians pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac at this Community School of the Arts fundraiser. Performers include Reeve Coobs, Sam the Lion, Benji Hughes, Chalkies, Mike Strauss, Gigi Dover, Truckstop Preachers, Amigo, Pam Taylor, Lenny Federal, and Loose Lugnuts.

Michaela Anne/Girls Guns & Glory
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10,   
For a New York transplant and country singer-songwriter Anne has a knack for capturing honest longing, independent spirit, and the weepy twang of the Southern experience on her debut album, “Ease My Mind.” She’s paired with snappy-dressing, Boston roots rock outfit GG&G, who Rolling Stone named one of 10 bands to watch last fall.