Thursday, September 13, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Brad Paisley
4:30 p.m. Friday, September 14, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $38.25-$79.
The recent CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee heads up a bill so big it might as well be a festival with the Band Perry, “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery of Garner, Kristen Kelly, “One Tree Hill’s” Jana Kramer, and Love and Theft, which features Charlotte-bred Eric Gunderson.

Big K.R.I.T.
7 p.m. Friday, September 14, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $15-$18.
The Mississippi emcee is one of 2012’s hottest young artists with number ones across the board (R&B/hip-hop, rap, digital) for June’s non-mixtape debut, “Live from the Underground” and its single “Country S***.” He heads up an eight artist bill that includes Tito Lopez, Slim Thug, and Royal-Tee.

9 p.m. Friday, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $30.50.
Since ringing in the New Year at The Fillmore, the Canadian dubstep DJ/producer and frequent remixer has released his first official album - a surprisingly eclectic and futuristic guest-heavy affair titled “Vitamin D” - and launched his own label.

Mary J. Blige/D’Angelo
7 p.m. Saturday, September 15, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $38.75-$116.55.
Blige, fresh from her Presidential opening gig at the DNC, is paired with the R&B/hip-hopper – who is making a long-awaited comeback after years of silence. They co-headline the Liberation Tour.
106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast
12 p.m. Sunday, September 16, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $24.50-$68.
WEND turns back the clock with `90s acts the Offspring, Garbage, Our Lady Peace and Eve 6, while later entries Flogging Molly, Coheed and Cambria, Anberlin, and Switchfoot join rising acts Foxy Shazam, Evans Blue and Charlotte’s Paper Tongues, Drop D, and Vess.

8 p.m. Monday, September 17, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $39.
One of the best live acts touring, this Canadian guitar and synth-rock four-piece create bold, yet beautiful infectious tracks elevated by singer Emily Haines' dreamy vocals and dynamic stage presence.

Passion Pit
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33.
Two months after postponing its July show due to singer Michael Angelakos’ mental state, the electro-dance outfit returns for a makeup date with new supporting acts the Neighborhood and Pacific Air. 

Randall Shreve & the Sideshow
9 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $5. 704-376-1446.
Call it cabaret or burlesque rock, the former drummer reinvented his sound from more generic (but still quality), contemporary rock to a colorful vaudeville which comes across like Ours' Jimmy Gnecco or Jeff Buckley playing ringmaster in Amanda Palmer's circus.