Friday, October 19, 2012

This week's hot concerts

Chris Knight
9:30 p.m. Friday, October 19, Double Door, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $15. 704-376-1446.
The commercially underrated, but critically adored songwriter’s new album “Little Victories” is a timely rugged roots-rock effort that echoes lonesome, modern outlaw country and the writing of John Prine and Steve Earle.

Chatham County Line
7 p.m. Saturday, October 20, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15/VIP $25. 704-358-9298.
The venerable triangle area new grass four-piece seamlessly weaves traditional and contemporary roots music (and includes Charlotte natives in its membership). Its live show was recently captured on a double CD/DVD release, but you can witness it here.

John Jorgenson Trio
8 p.m. Saturday, October 20, Stage Door Theater, 5th and College Streets. $22.50. 704-372-1000.
Like a musical train conductor the ambassador of gypsy jazz and one-time guitarist for Elton John (who fittingly portrayed Django Reinhardt in the film “Head in the Clouds”) takes audiences on a guided, time traveling tour of Europe, South America, and pockets of the US.

Erykah Badu
8 p.m. Saturday, October 20, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $58.85-$81.45.
The reigning queen of neo-soul (and chameleon-like fashion maven) makes her Charlotte return lightening up the seriousness of her own songs with a set from comedian Rickey Smiley. She’ll also host an after party at Republic.

8 p.m. Saturday, October 20, Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $16-$19.
After a 14-year hiatus (following its 15 year run), the ever evolving recent returnee is back with a second album, “The Seer,” and tour led by founder Michael Gira and original member Norman Westberg with an impressive list of musicians from Swans/Angels of Light and other acts.

Southern Culture on the Skids
8 p.m. Saturday, October 20, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $17-$20.
The NC institution is back for a pre-Halloween romp to revisit the high camp horror send-up that was last year’s “Zombified” tribute record to leader Rick Miller’s favorite holiday.

Ben Taylor
8 p.m. Saturday, October 20, Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $15-$18.
The second generation singer-songwriter whose parents are James Taylor and Carly Simon, makes the kind of folk-tinged pop and rock you’d expect from that lineage with a voice and delivery akin to his dad.

Kevin Seconds/Kepi Ghoulie
8 p.m. Monday, October 22, Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. $8-$10.
Two veteran punk rock band leaders - of 7 Seconds and the Groovie Ghoulies, respectively. The former continues with his long running acoustic solo work, while the latter retains the campy pop-punk of his former band. 

Alejandro Escovedo
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $22-$25.
Although considered a countrified Americana artists since alt-country magazine “No Depression” declared him “artist of the decade,” the former punk band leader actually grows more rocking and edgier in his sixties.

9 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $8-$10. 704-358-9298.
Blurring the definition of “jam band,” this growing festival fixture creates moods and scenes with electronica, old school soul and R&B, hypnotic rock, and blues that can be as accessible as Lake Trout or as trippy as STS9.