Thursday, June 25, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Surfer Blood
Friday  6 p.m., Fountain Plaza, NC Music Factory, $10,  
The early summer concert series ends with the indie guitar-rock headliner that’s wherewithal has been tested leading up to the release of its new album, “1000 Palms.” Guitarist Thomas Fakete left the band recently to undergo cancer treatment and in May donations to his medical fund were stolen from the band’s van along with gear.

Groove 8
Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $8-$10,  
The Charlotte jazz-funk act celebrates ten years together with the release of a digital compilation called “Decades.” Now sharing members with Bette Midler, Prince, and Paul Simon’s bands, the group will be joined by two Detroit musicians during its annual trek to San Francisco and a late summer tour overseas.

The Rippingtons
Saturday  8 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., $45-$70,
As the contemporary jazz group led by guitarist/composer Russ Freeman approaches its 30th anniversary in 2016, the band continues to explore oft-revisited geographical inspiration while delving into themes through unique collaborations - from scoring the Weather Channel to working with Black Label Society guitarist Zack Wylde.

Malcolm Holcombe
Saturday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10,
The country-folk singer-songwriter (think NC’s answer to Guy Clark-meets-Tom Waits) marks 20 years of music by rerecording favorite tracks from his 11 releases with frequent band members at RCA Studios in Nashville for the new CD and DVD “The RCA Sessions.” It stands as a fine collection and career overview.

Charlotte 1960’s Rock n’ Roll Reunion
Saturday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15,  
For the third year running author and photographer Daniel Coston, who chronicles the history of `60s rock n’ roll in his book with musician Jake Berger, reunites Aiken, SC’s Mod IV and Durham’s the Bondsmen for the first time in over 45 years along with the Kinksmen and Berger’s band Mannish Boys.

Andy the Doorbum
Sunday  9 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $5-$7,  
Before heading West to join his visual artist fiancé in L.A., Charlotte’s resident noir folkie-turned-performance-artist revisits his past from the door booth where he started through his latest guerilla-art inspired persona on stage with collaborative stops in between. The city is losing a unique voice in underground art with his departure.

Def Leppard
Tuesday  7 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $25-$99,
The English rock giants who weathered the death of guitarist Steve Clark, drummer Rick Allen losing an arm, and the onset of grunge, can’t be held down for long. It announced this week that guitarist Vivian Campbell, who is being treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, is back on stage after missing only the first two days of the tour with Styx and Tesla.

Merle Haggard
Tuesday  7:30 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $20-$59.50/$74.50 VIP,  The country music legend has influenced everyone from mainstream stars like George Strait and Gretchen Wilson to roots rockers the Avett Brothers. His legacy and influence is actually mentioned in several songs by other artists. At age 78 he continues to tour often.

Chrisette Michele
Tuesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58,
The R&B singer and reality television star takes a break from working on her fifth album - an experience which she’s been sharing with fans via her YouTube Vlog - for a run of tour dates. Inspired by current racial strife in the US, she promises an album that reflects music’s place within the turmoil she’s witnessing in the news.

Thursday  7 p.m., Carowinds Palladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., $59.99-$99.99,
Before hitting Camp Lejeune to celebrate the 4th with the troops, the rockers return close to home to kick off the holiday weekend. The Carolinian singer continues to diversify his resume. He was booked to play a drug addicted musician on a Fox pilot this season, but the show remains in limbo since the network passed on the “Empire-esque” series.