Thursday, December 10, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Weirdo Winter Formal
Friday 7:30 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $7,
Charlotte’s indie underground celebrate Tremont with a punk prom which will undoubtedly look like your high school dance gone wrong – or right. Noise punks YARBS, garage rock foursome Del Rio, a reunited Mon Frere, keytar duo Sext Message, punky, female-fronted fuzz-pop trio Alright, and soulful pop-rockers Good Bones play.

Samantha Fish
Friday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$18,
There’s a raw, by-the-seat-of-her-pants quality to this young blues guitarist and Blues Music Award winning singer’s new album, “Wild Heart.” Produced by North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, who crisscrossed Southern studios with Fish to record, “Wild Heart” captures a true blues-rock slide player, shredder and soulful singer.
John Scofield and Jon Cleary
Friday 8 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $27.50-$37.50,
Modern jazz guitar pioneer Scofield and British ex-pat/New Orleans’ R&B pianist Cleary join forces following new albums. Scofield’s “Past Present” features his band from 1990, while Cleary’s “Gogo Juice” includes some of recently departed New Orleans’ legend Allen Toussaint’s last work. He wrote most of the horn arrangements.
Southern Culture on the Skids/6 String Drag
Friday 9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18,
The chicken slinging North Carolina institution returns for what’s become an annual holiday-timed concert. This time the blatantly Southern twang trio bring Chapel Hill’s reunited 6 String Drag along for the ride. Songwriter Kenny Roby’s band was a force in alt-country in the `90s and is back with an intense new record after a six year hiatus.
Luis Miguel
Monday 8 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $34-$164,
Recording since the age of 11 and winning his first Grammy at 14 (for a duet with Scottish pop star Sheena Easton), the Mexican crooner is a best-selling Latin music giant with practically unmatched celebrity in Spanish-speaking circles. He’s been a tabloid magnet for decades and his personal life is as rich as his famous voice.  

Between the Buried and Me
Thursday 7 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $20,
It would be fitting for the progressive metal outfit with Charlotte roots to play the venue where it got its start before it closes for good four days later, but the 15-year-old technical metal wizards moved to bigger stages a few years ago. The band ends its current tour here with Enslaved. Intronaut, and Native Construct.
Rising Appalachia
Thursday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$18,
Sisters Leah and Chloe create quiet, harmony-driven world folk with soul edge. The duo’s music crosses the strong feminist voice of Ani Difranco with the eclectic tone of Michael Franti. In fact they’d be a fitting addition to Franti’s yoga and music tour, promoting sustainability in everything from roots music to what the clubs they play serve.