Friday 8 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $34.50-$69.50/$79.50 VIP, www.blumenthalarts.org
Before she was frontwoman for arena-hopping country duo Sugarland, Nettles was an Atlanta-based blues-rock singer belting out numbers at clubs like Visulite. Now a Grammy winner whose ventured into Broadway as “Chicago’s” Roxy Hart and acting (Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”), Nettles got back to music earlier this year with her second solo album. “Playing With Fire.”
So Fest So Clean Festival
Friday and Saturday 9 p.m., Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.; 9:30 p.m. The Station, 2131 Central Ave.; 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $7 per show per night; $5 additional admission to other venues each night, https://www.facebook.com/events/650450041780027/
If you’re new to Charlotte or just curious about the local scene, this two-day, three venue Plaza-Midwood festival and neighborhood clean-up drive is an economical way to sample CLT music. Each club has three to five acts each night. Shadowgraphs, Jaggermouth, Dollar Signs, Ravages, Tigerdog, Known Ghost, and Totally Slow are a handful of Friday’s bands, while Saturday’s lineup includes Time Sawyer, It’s Snakes, Elonzo Wesley, Modern Primitives, Dollhands, Sinners & Saints, the halves and america is a mistake.
Latin American Festival
Saturday 12 to 8 p.m., Symphony Park, South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd., $5, Kids 8 and under free, www.latinamericancoalition.org
The Latin American Coalition’s 26th annual cultural festival features a marketplace filled with food, visual art, and crafts and dance and music performances featuring Grammy winning international acts like Nicaragua’s prince of Salsa - singer-songwriter and percussionist Luis Enrique, 30 year Venezuelan ska vets Desorden Publico, L.A.-based La Santa Cecilia, a Mexican-American act that blends rock and world music with Latin culture, and a Caique Vidal & Batuque, who mix the music of Bahia with Afro-Brazilian and folkloric dance.
Bad Religion/Against Me!
Saturday 7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $29.50, www.livenation.com
Pairing a legendary punk agitator, Bad Religion with a band that’s bound for a legendary future on the Vox Populi tour makes for a fitting election year, HB2 state bill. BR hasn’t played a non-Warped Tour Charlotte gig in a generation and Against Me’s transgender frontwoman’s public transition and openness about her struggle has created a fresh perspective in songwriting. She’s actually telling stories we haven’t heard before.
Saturday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $15-$18, www.eveningmuse.com
You’ll probably never get a chance to see My Morning Jacket in a room as small as this NoDa institution, but you can witness MMJ guitarist Broemel up close when he stops in on tour for his solo album “4th of July.” His pleasant vocals give nod to classic bands, but his psychedelic guitar work gives “4th” a darker, modern spin. In fact, its trippy, fully-realized sound is on par with his day job’s output.
Saturday 8:45 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18, www.visulite.com
Dan Rodriguez and Bonnie Paine – primary singers for this orchestral folk quintet – bring such different voices to the string-laced compositions of hope and darkness on its latest album “Petals,” yet there’s a unity and cohesiveness present especially when they sing together. His delivery is matter-of-fact, while she is a spiritual daughter of emotive singers Sinaed O’Connor and Sarah McLachlan with her own unique delicacy and rasp.
Sunday 7 p.m., The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd., $10, www.themilestoneclub.com
Since its revitalization 12 years ago, the Milestone Club has become a family that extends to touring artists who frequent it and fall in love with the club, staff, and patrons. This rapper/singer-songwriter who defies easy classification is one such artist. One on hand he’s toured with indie hip-hop leaders like Astronautilus and Busdriver, but as a one man band he’s all over the musical map from punk to folk.
Tuesday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $12-$15, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Brooklyn based producer, musician and DJ Jeremy Malvin (aka Chrome Sparks) makes electronic music that’s equally thumping and cinematic. With a balance of foreboding and exciting, tacks on his new EP “Parallelism,” which relies on friends’ vocal samples, three synthesizers, and a tambourine, would be as at home on the dancefloor as they would a movie screen.