Friday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $27-$32, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Whether as an astounding songwriter covered by over 70 artists, including the Dixie Chicks and Travis Tritt, as a sideman for Robert Plant in Band of Joy, or as an equally brilliant instrumentalist, this Kentucky native is nearly unparalleled as an Americana Renaissance man. His latest acclaimed album, “The Couchville Sessions” were recorded 15 years ago - around the same time he released some of his best work.
Friday 10 p.m., Keg & Cue, 2135 S. Tryon St., $5, (704) 333-0074
Few local musicians lead as nomadic a lifestyle as founder Bryan Beilanski, who has toured everywhere from Budapest to Bangkok. His travels took he and drummer Bethany Graham to Chicago to record with legendary producer Steve Albini, who produced albums considered alternative rock gold by Nirvana and the Pixies. The duo celebrates the album’s release tonight before setting off on a 51 date US tour.
Gov’t Mule/Blackberry Smoke
Saturday 6:30 p.m., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $20-$65, www.ticketmaster.com
NC native and Allman Brothers’ band member Warren Haynes and his side project turned headliner, look back at its beginning with the album, “The Tel-Star Sessions” - a collection culled from demos recorded in 1994. The album resonates with improvisation, a focus on grittier basslines, and putting the “power” back in power trio – 22 years later, the band’s now a four-piece. .
Saturday 9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $10, www.visulite.com
After four months off the stage, Charlotte’s disco funk architects (and snappy dressers) return in anticipation of its limited cassette mixtape, “Venus in Retrograde.” It’ll be available digitally or you can order one of the cassettes at the show. Astrea Corp, DJ Justin Aswell, and Latin-tinged Patabamba fill out the bill.
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Saturday 9 p.m., Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave., $15, www.doubledoorinn.com
Before she starts recording her fourth album, the angelic-voiced songwriter whose last release was a tribute to Elliott Smith with pal Seth Avett, is trying out new songs on the road. Having trekked through Charlotte last year solo, she brings the band this time around and her array of effects pedals so she can show off her growing shredder skills.
Tuesday 8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $25-$30/$40 VIP, www.amossouthend.com
The Christian hair metal band who crossed over to secular rock audiences in the `80s with hits like power ballad “Honestly” and “Calling on You” celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that spawned those hits, “To Hell With the Devil.” Expect all four original members to even sport signature yellow and black. Stylistically they’ve evolved in 30 years. Their latest album “Fallen” is heavier than that of yesteryear.
Wednesday 6 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $29.50-$75, www.livenation.com
Having spent the summer sharing the stage with Rob Zombie – both long running `90s stalwarts – Jonathan Davis and company embark on the Nocturnal Underground tour with another generation of hard rock bands, Breaking Benjamin, Motionless in White, and Silver Snakes. Fans may be treated to a preview of its 12th studio album, “The Serenity of Suffering,” due Oct. 21.
Esperanza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $29.50-$54.50, www.blumenthalarts.org
Best known as a jazz bassist, Spalding explores her other side, which she calls Emily, on her latest album and tour. On record it’s a fun, funky ride through all sorts of genres. It’s reminiscent of her one time collaborator Prince in its sense of adventure and recalls the early days of MTV when genres weren’t so clearly separated.
Wednesday 8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $15-$18, www.amossouthend.com
China Grove’s answer to the Prince of Darkness kicks off Halloween month – on a Wednesday no less. The NC native (now based in LA) who started out fronting `90s goth punks Frankenstein Drag Queens in the QC, is not only playing horror camp classics “I Walked with a Zombie” and “Bad Things,” but tracks from his sci-fi conspiracy theorist leaning, “Monsters of the Universe” and even tattooing fans.
Thursday 7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $25, www.livenatino.com
The New Jersey raised songwriter knows how to pick a collaborator. “See You Again,” he and Wiz Khalifa’s tribute to actor Paul Walker for the “Furious 7” soundtrack became a worldwide hit charting at No. 1 in 101 countries. He’s since released singles featuring Meagan Trainor and Selena Gomez, which only ups his cool quotient with the younger crowd. Joel Adams, and Hailey Knox also play.