Friday, May 15, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Greg Jarrell
Friday  6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Stage Door Theatre, corner of 5th and College Streets, $12-$15,    
The monthly Jazz Room series begins its fifth season with Charlotte saxophonist Jarrell recreating the music of baritone saxophonist and composer Gerry Mulligan, a cool jazz era staple who worked with Gene Krupa (as a an arranger) and Miles Davis’ on “Birth of the Cool,” and as an occasional sideman for numerous greats like Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington.

Charlie King
Friday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $8-$10,
Singer-songwriter Charlie King, who released his beautifully-crafted, full-length folk-pop debut “Path of the Moon” earlier this year, lands back at home after his first national tour. The trek took his catchy Jeff Buckley and Gregory Alan Isakov-inspired folk to coffeehouses, pubs, and homes from here to San Antonio.  

Suzy Boggus
Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $25-$35,
The veteran country singer, who had her highest charting singles “Hey Cinderella,” “Just Like the Weather,” and “Drive South” in the early `90s, pays tribute to country legend Merle Haggard on her latest album, 2014’s “Lucky.” She takes Haggard’s masculine compositions and interprets them with a strong, feminine perspective.

Saturday  4 p.m., Crown Station, 1425 Elizabeth Ave., Free,       
As a ranger in NYC’s Central Park (and leader of the Honey Brothers, a band known for “Entourage” actor Adrian Grenier on drums), songwriter Andrew Vladeck gained a reputation as the singing ranger. The combination of nature and New York informs the pastoral, yet urban indie folk of his new band which often plays like a modern version of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”

Aaron Watson
Saturday  11 p.m., Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., $7,       
Praised by “Rolling Stone” and compared to Macklemore by “The Guardian” for his success as an independent artist that’s managed to attract mainstream attention, Watson is the first indie country artist to debut atop Billboard’s country album charts for his recent George-Strait-style traditional throwback “The Underdog.”

Sean Watkins
Tuesday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $12-$15,       
The ghost of Nickel Creek hangs in the phrasing and vocals on the Grammy winning folkie’s fourth album “All I Do Is Lie.” The busy guitarist/vocalist continues to diversify collaborating with Fiona Apple while remaining anchored to his acoustic chamber pop roots.

Lake Street Dive
Tuesday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22-$25,    
The versatile soul-roots group returns to NoDa between festival dates - success spurred by its online version of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” TV appearances, and its latest album “Bad Self Portraits.” Grads of Boston’s New England Conservatory well versed in jazz, the foursome emits a contagious energy while also summoning Stax, Motown, girl groups, and `70s rock.

Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox
Wednesday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25,  
With a revolving cast of players led by pianist Bradlee, this YouTube sensation takes pop hits by Gaga, Miley, Meaghan Trainor and even the Darkness and Bel Biv Devoe and casts them as `20s ragtime, `40s big band, `50s doo wop, torch songs, and piano ballads Its fun schtick has won them millions of YouTube views and a sold out European tour.      

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
Thursday  9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $15-$17, 
Whether channeling Hendrix, incorporating Latin rhythms, or spouting Memphis soul, Castro is a mean guitar player who stacks his songs with bluesy licks, raspy lived-in vocals, and Hammond B3 organ. The multiple Blues Music Award winner’s latest “The Devil You Know” is his first with his crack new band the Painkillers.