Thursday, February 26, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $20,  
The `90s riff rock giant, who regrouped in 2004, returns to revisit its 1994 fan favorite “Betty” to mark the album’s 20th anniversary (the tour started in Europe last fall). The band will play the album, which was praised for its merger of heavy music with jazz and blues, in its entirety then return for a career-spanning second set.

Manhattan Transfer
Saturday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $20-$74.50,
The versatile vocal group celebrates its 40th anniversary, although sadly without founder Tim Hauser who died of cardiac arrest in October. Trist Curless of the a cappella group m-pact, who covered for Hauser in 2013 and 2014, helps commemorate its history with hits like “The Boy From New York City” and “Route 66.”

Eric Roberson/Bilal
Friday and Saturday  8:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $29.50-$35/$65 VIP,
The grown and sexy crowd has its choice of live music during CIAA, but there are two chances to get in on post-game romance with prolific R&B singer-songwriter/producer Roberson and go-to collaborator Bilal who sings numerous hooks on others’ songs. Roberson actually attended former CIAA school Howard University (which now competes in the MEAC conference).  With Aaron Camper.

Average White Band
Saturday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $49.50-$89.50,
Founders Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre head up the oft-sampled Scottish funk band behind R&B and disco hits like “Pick Up the Pieces,” “Soul Searching,” and “Cut the Cake.” It celebrate its 43rd year with what it’s calling its Final Funk Affair. A portion of proceeds from the concert go toward CIAA competitor Virginia State University’s Tuition Assistance Fund.

Cody Canada & the Departed
Sunday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $20-$25,
On his new album “HippieLovePunk” Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Cody Canada takes the reins after sharing band leader duties with the now departed (pun intended) Seth James on two previous albums. The sound is grittier and bolder and marks a return to his red dirt roots. With Jason Boland & the Stragglers.

Monday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25.01,
Between her 2011 breakthrough “Siberia” and her anthemic 2014 return “Little Machines,” the Canadian electro-pop singer-songwriter conquered severe writer’s block by channeling iconic female musicians like Kate Bush and Patti Smith in the New Mexico desert and had a daughter with husband Beau Bokan (BlesstheFall). Both inform “Machines’” uplifting sound.

NoDa F.A.M. Rally Kick Off Party
Thursday  6 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., Free,
The seasonal outdoor food truck, art and music event, which takes place each Thursday, kicks off with seasoned Charlotte Americana band the Loudermilks’ country-rock tales of heartache, acceptance, and growing maturity and roots-grass musician Josh Daniel (the New Familiars/Mark Schimick).

Dreamers/Born Cages
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10-$12,
The up and coming Brooklynite’s hooky alt-pop is what indie band’s in search of a hit should strive for. It strikes up one infectious garage rock and Brit-pop inflected track after another on its 2014 debut EP, which serves as a precursor to summer’s upcoming full-length. With Born Cages and the Kickback. (Warning: Profanity in chorus).

Jazmine Sullivan
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58,
The award winning Philly R&B singer who charmed audiences in 2008 by threatening to “Bust Your Windows” returned last year after a self-imposed three year hiatus where she drew inspiration for her third album “Reality Show” by participating in the favored American pastime of watching reality television.