Thursday, January 5, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes
8 p.m. Friday, January 6, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. 704-376-3737.
This Gastonia-native and former member of Grammy winners the Carolina Chocolate Drops embarks on a new project that takes his old time string band background and folk base and infuses it with hip-hop beats and art-rock spark.

Lizzy Ross Band
10 p.m. Friday, January 6, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10. 704-376-1446.
One of Chapel Hill’s most promising Americana acts, this outfit has already been featured on NPR. Ross flits from `70s style AM pop to jazz to country to blues-pop with a voice that's fit to carry the Triangle area torch once held by Tift Merritt.

Duane Trucks and Flannel Church
8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12. 704-376-3737.
Having made its live debut just last week, Derek Trucks’ drumming younger brother Duane helps steer this all-star blues-funk trio, which includes the Lee Boys’ Roosevelt Collier (who adds a hint of rocking gospel) and Spartanburg-based guitarist Shane Pruitt. 

Mitten/Allison Weiss
8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $7-$9.
Two Brooklyn artists “Together At Last” - the name of the tour that features the electronic duo Mitten's Depeche Mode-inspired post-riot grrrl dance music (think Mirah with beats) and singer-songwriter Weiss veering closer to Tegan and Sara-style pop-rock sing-alongs.

Sarah Jarosz
7 p.m. Thursday, January 12, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $12-$15. 704-358-9298.
At 20 years old this Texas-native divides her time between Boston’s New England Conservatory and a career as one of new grass/Americana’s hottest up and comers. Her sophomore album, “Follow Me Down” builds on her roots with chamber folk and world music that she’s absorbed at college.  

B.B. King
7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, January 12 and 13, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $59.50-$99.50. 704-372-1000.
The legendary blues guitarist, who turned 86 in September, and his beloved six-string Lucille continue to tour well into his sixth decade in music.  He plays back-to-back concerts downtown.  

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