Friday, December 18, 2015

This week's hot concerts

John Cowan and Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Friday 8 p.m., Don Gibson Theater, 318 Washington St., Shelby, $27.50,

 The New Grass Revival founder, Doobie Bros’ bassist, and solo artist teams up with the award winning NC bluegrass couple for the first of a series of concerts which find the soul singing bass player revisiting material he hasn’t played in years, including songs by his groundbreaking new grass band, the Doobies, and the duo’s renowned work.

Friday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $12-$14,
Describing this NC act is a playful exercise in musical terminology. With roots in folk, art, pop, rock, world, and um, roots, this now 10-year-old Durham-based act play with the abandon of punks at RenFair. But its broad appeal extends to the pop side too. Its song “Amy’s Friend” was heard in Amy Shumer’s summer comedy “Trainwreck.”
Dillon Fence

Friday 8:30 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $18-$20,

In the `90s this NC power pop act went from playing frat parties to scoring college rock hits like “Living Room Scene.” Two decades after its demise (and with the occasional reunion tour), this marks the classic lineup’s only holiday show and boasts Hootie and the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan as the opening act – much like the early days.

Junior Astronomers/The Verdict/Watch Husky Burn

Friday 9 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $8-$10,

The second to last show before the 20-year-old rock club closes its doors features one band made up of former employees whose tenure dates back nearly to the club’s beginning, a one-time reunion of a Charlotte dream pop band few thought would regroup, and a local linchpin that spent its formative years honing its indie-rock sound there.

Gina Sicilia

Friday 9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $10-$12,

You’ve heard of blue-eyed soul? Consider this Philly songstress brown eyed blues whose rich alto swims in electric blues and R&B with splashes of pop and Americana. Her latest is “The Alabama Sessions,” which was featured on several reality TV shows. She on to her next project, kicking off a fan funding campaign last month.

Temperance League

Friday 9:30 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $5,

Consider it a friendly duel? The best of both worlds? Or at least the best of the largest metropolitan areas in the Carolinas when Charlotte rockers Temperance League and always experimental vets It’s Snakes meet Durham’s punky Red Collar and recent NC transplant Mike V., leader of New Jersey’s show-stopping rock n’ rollers the Everymen.

Goodbye Tremont

Saturday 12 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $10-$15,

In typical Tremont fashion, the Southend club will go out with a day long, 17-band bill that leans on what the club stood for – all ages, local metal, punk, and hard rock. The Body Bags kick things off followed by Tattermask, Everthrone, F-Dux, 403 M.O.B., the Beat Downs, the Fill-Ins, and a host of others before Antiseen tears up the stage one last time.

Parranda Navidena

Saturday 7 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $20-$25,

Immerse yourself in Latin American culture, music and food at the 2nd annual Venezuelan Christmas celebration featuring music from former Gran Coquivacao singer Juan Carlos Acaya and his Miami/Venezuela-based band SwinGaitero, who’ll play holiday classics following tropical band Ultimanota and dance by Raices Venezolanas.

Acoustic Syndicate

Saturday 8:30, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$20,

Once Western Carolinas’ biggest new grass export, these days the Cleveland County quintet spends more time on the farm (or at nine to five jobs) than on the road. But the band always makes time for its annual show at Visulite, especially following the reinvigorated group’s 2013 rural Americana-steeped release “Rooftop Garden.”