Thursday, June 18, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Juicy J
Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $38.73,
The Oscar winning veteran Three 6 Mafia rapper is enjoying the attention of a new generation of hip-hop and pop fans through collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry. He continues the youthful star collabs on his upcoming 2015 album.

Chris Stapleton
Friday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $16-$20,  
This Kentucky musician spent 15 years writing tracks for everyone from George Strait to Adele and two of those in Grammy nominated bluegrass band the Steeldrivers. So it’s no wonder his solo debut “Traveller” is lighting up the charts and critics’ early 2015 best lists.

Beatles Tribute Night
Saturday  7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $19.80-$30,
The annual tribute to the Fab Four presented by the folks behind the 25-year running Tosco Music Parties features 15 artists covering Beatles’ songs in a variety of styles. The three-hour concert is usually a sell-out that boasts local musicians amped to take a break from their own material to pay homage to one of their favorite artists.

The Weepies
Saturday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22-$25,  
The married folk pop duo - go-to collaborators for artists like Mandy Moore whose songs have been used in numerous television shows and during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign - weathered wife Deb Talan’s breast cancer diagnosis shortly after the birth of their third child. In remission since 2014, the band returns with “Sirens” its first album in five years.

Sunday  6 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $12-$15,
Not all dads want to golf or grill, so the veteran Charlotte Southern punk stalwart offers an alternative to cap your Father’s Day activities - an early evening hardcore punk rock show with probably blood splatter for the metal, hard rock, and possibly pro-wrestling-loving dad in your life. With No Anger Control and Hookers.

K Flay
Sunday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $10,
During last summer’s Warped Tour Bayside singer Anthony Raneri mentioned that this female indie rapper/songwriter stopped him in his tracks with her performance. Now she’s turning heads with her smart mix of hip-hop and indie rock opening for bands like Third Eye Blind and AWOLNATION this summer. Here she plays a rare solo date.

Colony House
Sunday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$14,  
After opening for fellow Southern pop-rockers NeedtoBreathe at Uptown Amphitheatre last month the Tennessee trio, which features Christian music giant Stephen Curtis Chapman’s sons Caleb and Will on vocals and drums, respectively, returns for a headlining gig showcasing its expansive, emotive dreamy guitar pop.

Betty Who
Wednesday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $16-$18,  
The 23-year-old Aussie wowed fans of public displays of romance when her track #1 dance single “Somebody Love’s You” went viral during a gay fan’s flash-mob marriage proposal in 2013. She’s gained cred with LGBT fans through Pride events, a Logo NewNowNext award and a song on “Glee” and relatable pop on her debut album “Take Me When You Go.”

Natalie Cole
Thursday  7:30 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 S. Tryon St., $20-$69.50/$84.50 VIP, 
After tackling everything from pop music to her father’s catalog on the groundbreaking “Unforgettable,” the veteran singer received multiple Latin Grammy nominations for her 2013 collection of Latin standards which she revisits live. Having learned from her father Nat King Cole and friends like Frank Sinatra, 

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $38.23,
After last summer’s yoga-themed outdoor tour, the activist/band leader is back indoors promoting positivity with the summer tour’s “Once A Day” which is also the name of the first single from his upcoming album. The genre-splicing singer/guitarist explains that the song and tour encourages people to share and spread love at least once every 24 hours.