Friday, September 18, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Janet Jackson
Friday  8 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $26.71 Lawn (only seats left available other than resale seats),  
With a new album, “Unbreakable,” set for Oct. 2, the most successful remaining Jackson sibling isn’t skimping on hits and production for her current comeback tour. She returns for a whopping 32-song, career spanning set. The hot ticket means only lawn seats are available at regular prices.

Friday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $22-$32,
Disco queen Donna Summer’s daughter Amanda Sudano (a former backup singer for her mom) and husband Abner Ramirez bring their feel good, foot-stomping, soul-steeped roots music to NoDa for the first time since the birth of their first child in February (they played here in December during their Christmas tour).

Skinny Lister
Friday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $14-$16,         
With firm footing in traditional, accordion-guided pub songs and sea shanties, this blatantly British sextet give the Celtic rock and pub punk of Americanized bands like Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys a folkier makeover with  shuffling singalongs and roots music camaraderie fit for a modern day Pogues.

Pokey LaFarge
Sunday  8 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18,
Evoking an era that’s not yet oversaturated popular music, the witty St. Louis singer-songwriter taps be-bopping jazz, ragtime, speakeasy blues, and Western swing with an almost time machine sense of authenticity in look and instrumentation from his Brylcreem and cuffed jeans to his hip-shaking, finger wagging dance tunes.

Wednesday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $62.48,         
When Motorhead cancelled its 2014 Carolina Rebellion appearance due its 69-year-old singer’s health, it looked like we might’ve seen the last of the legendary trio. Recent cancellations still have fans worried, but Lemmy and co. are back for now with a biting new album, “Bad Magic” and a stacked lineup featuring psychedelic hard rock buzz band Crobot and fellow metal legends Anthrax. Keep your fingers crossed.

Wednesday  9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $17-$20/$32-$35 VIP,     
On 2014’s “Year of the Caprese,” the smooth Nashville electronic duo responsible for last year’s earworm “Doses & Mimosas” spikes its polished take on R&B, hip-hop, and pop tropes with a sense of humor and self-awareness of the sandbox its playing in (not to mention food references).

Luke Bryan
Thursday  7 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $88.63,          
Since sweeping the American Country Awards in 2012, the reigning ACMA and CMA’s Entertainer of the Year and recent stadium sell-out has become arguably the biggest artist in country music. In August his latest album “Kill the Lights” marked his third release week No. 1, coming in third to Kendrick Lamar and Drake in 2015 first week sales.

Sham 69
Thursday  8 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $15-$18, 
A forerunner of UK punk along with the Sex Pistols, the old school act most notable for the classic `70s punk call to arms “If the Kids are United,” is divided into two touring camps (much like the Temptations and Queensryche). This one is piloted by founding guitarist Neil Harris and features vocalist Tim V and longtime drummer Ian Whitewood.

Jamey Johnson
Thursday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory, $39.23,
Probably the most well-known of the current crop of Nashville outlaws, the Grammy nominated, Alabaman singer-songwriter headlines SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country sponsored tour. With his 2012 tribute to Hank Cochran as his last official release, he’s promised more new music this year.