Thursday, June 16, 2011

This week's hot concerts

Ed Kowalczyk

6 p.m. Friday, June 17, NC Music Factory, 935 N. Graham St. $5.

The Music Factory ends its Friday Live series with the frontman from `90s alt-rockers Live who will likely revisit hits like “I Alone,” “Lightning Crashes,” and early singles like 1991’s “Pain Lies on the Riverside.”

Owl City

7 p.m. Friday, June 17, Fillmore, 1000 Seaboard St. $35.25.

This one-man basement project turned hit making band behind 2009’s “Fireflies” finds mastermind Adam Young (whose voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard’s) back on the road in support of his new whimsical electronic pop album “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”

Rock the Park

Saturday, June 18, Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. $53.29-$112.29.

Christian rock artists Jeremy Camp, Family Force 5, Tenth Avenue North, Skillet, Manic Drive, and Anthem Lights make up the lineup at one of Carowinds’ semi-annual Christian music festivals.

Chatham County Line

7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $12-$22. 704-358-9298.

Singer-songwriter Dave Wilson, who grew up in Charlotte, fronts this triangle area new grass outfit that’s really stretched and grown out of its bluegrass beginnings to become an eclectic new acoustic force without leaving tradition behind.

Delfeayo Marsalis

7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $25-$35. 704-372-1000.

Wynton and Branford’s little brother (who is not so little in his forties) is a revered trombonist in his own right who re-imagines Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorne’s Shakespeare-inspired work “Such Sweet Thunder” for a modern audience on his latest album and tour.

Dick Dale

6:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15.

The 74-year-old surf guitar legend behind classics like “Misirlou” heads up a classic surf and rockabilly bill with guitarist Laramie Dean and Charlotte’s own Belmont Playboys and Aqualads.

Nicole Atkins

8 p.m. Monday, June 20, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $10-$12.

The UNC-Charlotte grad (who hails from Jersey) returns to town after a triumphant performance at this year’s Bonnaroo in support of her lovely latest album, “Mondo Amore.” With local songwriter Stephen Warwick.

Def Leppard/Heart

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $32-$149.50.

Two `70s and `80s rock powerhouses return. Decades into its careers both continue to deliver monster live performances with Leppard still playing like a well-oiled machine and Ann and Nancy Wilson showing little age.

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