Thursday, August 27, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Social Distortion/Nikki Lane/Drag the River
Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $43.58,   
Mike Ness and company return with a lineup that reflects his band’s country-punk aesthetic - Greenville, SC native, Nikki Lane, who captures classic country with a punky modern edge, and Fort Collins, Colorado’s Drag the River, which is the long running fringe-country side project from All vocalist Chad Price.

God Save the Queen City Day 2
Friday  8 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $20,       
Night 2 of the fifth annual homegrown indie music fest features locals Bubonik Funk, Junior Astronomers, and Ancient Cities along with Mississippi’s Water Liars, and Nashville’s Pujol, Music Band, Kansas Bible Company, and Diarrhea Planet. Even if you aren’t familiar with the bands, GSTQC can be counted to deliver on ones to watch.

Darius Rucker
Saturday  7 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $41.25-$66.20
Having proven that his foray into country wasn’t a passing fancy (as its been for some rockers), the Hootie frontman and “Wagon Wheel” hitmaker celebrated another No. 1 single this week. He returns to his old Hootie-stomping grounds following his fourth hit country album “Southern Style.” He’s joined by the Brothers Osborne, Brett Eldredge, and A Thousand Horses.

Motley Crue
Saturday  7 p.m., TWC Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $32.07-$118.38,       
The Crue makes what fans assume will be its final stop in Charlotte during its farewell tour, which guitarist Mick Mars reiterated recently on VH1’s “That Metal Show” has nothing to do with his health and, unlike most artists, is actually the last live run. Get there early to catch horror rock legend Alice Cooper’s signature theatrical set.

God Save the Queen City Finale
Saturday  7 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58,   
Dean Ween, the Alternative Champs, Benji Hughes, and Futurebirds close out the fest at the Fillmore while elsewhere around the Music Factory, Temperance League, Giant Squid Squad, Hungry Girl, the Sammies, Black Market, and Pullman Strike kick off the festivities Saturday afternoon at Small Bar, Bootlegger’s and VGBG.

Doug McCurry & the Verticals
Saturday  10 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $6,       
A veteran of the Charlotte music scene as a member of Big Brick Building, McCurry’s now on his third solo release and first with the Verticals (which includes BBB drummer William Earl) since his return to music. He makes classic pop-rock that echoes `80s alt-rock, early Elvis Costello, and power pop. With Hardcore Lounge and Lovesucker.

Mac McCaughan & the Non-Believers
Saturday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $10-$12,       
For his first solo album under his own name the Superchunk frontman channels `80s synth-pop and post new wave, which translates to the heavy longing of a John Hughes soundtrack with subtle nods to the era of the Cure, the Smiths, and Let’s Active. Not simply a nostalgic turn, it’s also a great listen which gets a guitar rock makeover live.

Here Come the Mummies
Thursday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $20-$22,
Rumored to be Grammy winning musicians donning weathered bandages and armed with a pile of horns and guitars, the 10-piece band resurrected from its Tunis tomb create some of the best sexually-charged funk and Latin grooves since the genre’s `70s hey-day - all while wrapped head to toe like it’s Halloween.  

Martin Stephenson
Thursday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10,       
A favorite of Ramseur Records’ Dolph Ramseur (who released a couple of the prolific songwriter’s albums), the founder and frontman of English `80s cult faves the Daintees makes a rare stateside run through the South with Helen McCookerybook (Chefs, Helen & the Horns). If you miss the Muse gig, they’re at Catawba Coffee in Mt. Holly Friday.