Thursday, August 2, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Allman Brothers/Lynyrd Skynyrd
7 p.m. Friday, August 3, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $33-$80.40.
The title of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s new record “Last of a Dyin’ Breed” may sum up this pair of classic Southern rockers who both formed in late `60s era Jacksonville, Florida. Both charge ahead through illness, lineup shakeups, hiatuses, and death.

Ava Luna
9 p.m. Saturday, August 4, Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. 704-333-9799.
The Brooklyn septet makes experimental soul and unpredictable art rock for indie rock fans that dig funky falsetto with stuttering percussion, quirky free jazz-like swerves, and layered female backing harmonies.

Andy Vaughan & the Driveline
10 p.m. Saturday, August 4, Puckett’s Farm Equipment, 2740 W. Sugar Creek Rd. $5. 704-597-8230.
On its new album, “Searching for the Song”, this Richmond combo trades in authentic old timey country, twangy honky-tonk, and late `70s/early `80s pre-pop/post-outlaw country with aching pedal steel and Vaughan’s stellar songwriting. 

10 p.m. Saturday, August 4, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $29.50/$45 VIP. 704-358-9298.
The 47-year-old Jamaican singer is known as the Messenger for his dedication to traditional reggae and Rastafarian principles, shunning the sex and violence that colors many of his contemporaries’ lyrics.

12 Stones
8 p.m. Monday, August 6, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $10-$14.
The Milestone hosts another former hit maker in an extremely intimate setting. While signed with Wind Up Records the New Orleans Christian hard rock band became fixtures on soundtracks ("Dead Man's Chest" for instance), commercials, and WWE programs.

7 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, TWC Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $32-$55.85.
“Champions” - its collaboration with B.O.B. - was created for the 2012 Olympics. So it’s a good time to revisit these East Coast road dogs who are still riding the renewed energy of its latest album, “King.”

Carnival of Madness
5 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $32-$68.
If you missed the Carolina Rebellion festival in Rockingham in May, four of the hard rock acts from that bill return to headline their own mini-fest. It includes Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, New Medicine, and Cavo.

Ray Wylie Hubbard
9 p.m. Thursday, August 9, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15-$18. 704-376-1446.
On the aptly titled latest album, “The Grifter’s Hymnal,” the veteran Texas songwriter straddles gritty country, stirring folk and rocking blues while ruminating on mortality and spirituality and telling nostalgic tales about his colorful past.