Friday, July 27, 2012

This week's hot concerts

12 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. 15305 Black Farms Rd., Huntersville. $25 Friday, $5 Saturday.
Donna the Buffalo headlines Friday’s festival, but the fourth annual fundraiser (which benefits the Davidson Fire Dept., Red Cross and others) also focuses on local artists like Something Clever and WeakerCaptain, who play Friday and Brody and Choch, Blue Fiveone, and Chasing Pedestrians who lead up to Saturday’s headliner, Masterjaxx.

6:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $33-$116.30.
Nickelback may be the most polarizing band in rock today, but the return of Gavin Rossdale’s Bush (after other bands and a solo career that never seemed to take off) is cause for curiosity and possibly celebration. While deemed too-Nirvanaesque at the time, Bush did release some grunge era classics.

Childish Gambino
8 p.m. Friday, July 27, Time Warner Cable Uptown Ampitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $32.
Comedic actor-turned-critically acclaimed rapper Donald Glover (of NBC’s “Community”) finally brings his alter-ego to Charlotte after rescheduling his sold out Spring concert and getting bumped to a larger venue.

Gigi Dover & Big Love
9 p.m. Friday, July 27, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $8. 704-376-1446.
Dover and husband Eric Lovell step outside that stylistic umbrella of Americana with a new album (“The Robin Is High & the Mustache is Long”) that sounds like Southerners steeped in folk and soul taking a global journey and exploring African, gypsy, and Latin American styles. They celebrate the album’s release.

Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas
8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $38-$69.
The Grammy winning crooner gets back to her bluegrass roots with the band she’s led since her early teens. The seasoned group includes Dan Tyminski (of “O’Brother Where Art Thou” fame), Ron Block and Barry Bales, and has boasted Dobro master Douglas’ membership since 1998.

8 p.m. Sunday, July 29, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27.
These two `90s rock hold outs may seem like two different sides of the hard rock spectrum, but the diverse electric guitar work of the Toadies’ heavier, stoner-leaning output melds well with the thick, methodical riffing that Page Hamilton and company built its career on.

Vans Warped Tour
11:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $42.
Although it’s gone in a distinctly heavier direction (with more metalcore acts on the bill) bands like Taking Back Sunday, Streetlight Manifesto, Sick of Sarah, Yellowcard, New Found Glory, All Time Low, and Bayside keep the long running festival anchored in punk while acts like Breathe Carolina, Blood on the Dancefloor, Every Time I Die, Tony D’Angelo, and Twin Atlantic allow it to stretch stylistically.

Lindsey Buckingham
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $50. 704-358-9298.
Following the recent announcement that Fleetwood Mac will reunite for a 2013 tour, the group’s underrated guitarist (whose playing is often more subtle and fitting to each individual song than showy) brings his intimate “evening with” solo tour to town.

Die Roten Punkte
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. $34.50. 704-372-1000.
What if Jack and Meg White were dysfunctional, German siblings whose relationship breaks down on stage between songs about bananas, robots, and their tragic upbringing? That’s the gist of this uproariously funny, musically rocking concert that’s part theatrical rock show and part comedy.