Friday, February 20, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Jim White vs the Packway Handle Band
Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15,  
Singer-songwriter and award winning short story writer Jim White, who recorded for David Byrne’s Luako Bop label for years, was recruited to produce Athens, Georgia’s Packway Handle Band’s new album. When he and the band hit it off the album became a bluegrass collaboration billed under both names.

Dark Star Orchestra
Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $31.58,  
In 17 years the tribute has actually played the Grateful Dead’s music live more than the original band did in its 30 year run. It continues the legacy of the influential jam band as four of the Dead’s surviving members have announced its final shows commemorating the group’s 50th anniversary in Dark Star’s hometown of Chicago.

A Night in Rio
Saturday  7 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$25,  
The Latin American Association’s 6th annual Brazilian Carnaval celebration features live music from Afro-Brazilian funk band Dende!, Batuque de Terreiro,  and Reinaldo Brahn and dance performances by Movimentos de Samba and Brazilian Fusion. Other activities include Samba lessons, a parade, and a performance by Capoeira Cordao de Ouro combining martial arts, dance and music.

Saturday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $8-$10,
The female-fronted Charlotte metal band celebrates its annual Tattermasquerade with the release of its “Carpe Noctem” EP. The EP, which includes its version of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” to mark the song’s 20th anniversary, finds a homegrown version of Lacuna Coil boosted by strong vocals and versatile guitar and rhythm sections.

Holy Komodo
Sunday  4 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,
This Olympia, Washington outfit makes flirty, fun dance-pop music with a retro feel that time travels from psychedelic `60s to Abba, and the Bee Gees to Scissor Sisters and Fitz & the Tantrums with a taste of visual art, humor and fashion that would be right out home on Thursday’s at Snug’s Shiprocked.

The Time Jumpers
Sunday  7 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $20-$69.50,  
The group of Nashville session all-stars lost singer Dawn Sears to lung cancer in December, but charges ahead with Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Ranger Doug Green and others pickers that have long been heralded as a not-so-secret society of music city’s best.

JD McPherson
Sunday  7:45 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18,  
The Little Richard-loving Oklahoman band leader echoes the retro hearts of artists like Amy Winehouse and Raphael Saddiq, but puts his own vibrant spin on rhythm & blues, rockabilly, and `60s rock n’ roll singing soul like a man possessed on his impeccable, aptly-titled  second album, “Let the Good Times Roll.”

Wednesday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18,  
At ages 15 to 21 the fresh faced Seirota siblings are enjoying the success of the infectious 2014 single “The Cool Kids” and its first headlining tour. In actuality the band - all children of L.A. composer/producer Jeffery David - has been together for close to 8 years. Its paired with fellow female fronted synth pop act The Colourist.

K. Michelle
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $38.23,  
The “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star isn’t wasting any time after waiting years to release her 2013 debut. Her impressive second album “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart” dropped in December - less than a year and a half after her debut “Rebellious Soul - to coincide with her solo VH1 reality TV venture “K. Michelle: My Life.” She returns as part of CIAA.

Legends of Hip Hop
Thursday  9 p.m., Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., $25-$45,
Legendary party starting rapper and beatboxer Doug E. Fresh returns to head up this old school hip-hop bill featuring pioneering emcees MC Lyte, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, and Chubb Rock as part of CIAA’s week of entertainment. The first 1,000 ticket buyers receive free admission into the concert’s after party.