Thursday, September 25, 2014

This week's hot concerts

Stranger Day
Friday  9:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Free before 11 p.m., $5 after 11 p.m.,
The Charlotte rapper stacked his new album “Graves” with an eclectic mix of area musicians including Junior Astronomers’ Terrence Richard, Modern Primitives’ Travis Phillips, Little Bull Lee, Alex Kastanas, Ally Hoffmann, Scott Weaver, Justin Aswell, Elevator Jay, and Lotta - many of whom join him on stage to celebrate the record’s release. (Adult language in the above video)

Uncorked: Wine Tasting and Live Music
Saturday  1 p.m., US National Whitewater Center, 1000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Free (tasting $35), 
Following the Wild Vine half marathon and trail race, runners and sunners can unwind with 15 local, regional and national wineries (one ticket is good for 12 samples) and some of the finest blues and Americana around courtesy of blues vet Bob Margolin, Americana royalty Alejandro Escovedo, and jazz grass combo the Jon Stickley Trio.

Ben Folds
Saturday  8 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $55-$89,  
The NC native will perform the 25-minute three-part concerto that he composed for piano and orchestra and premiered in his hometown of Nashville in March with the Charlotte Symphony, who will also accompany him on re-orchestrated versions of his many pop hits.

The Wood Brothers
Saturday  8 p.m., McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., $18.50-$26.50,
Together brothers Chris (of Medeski Martin & Wood) and Oliver (of King Johnson) make twangy, bluesy roots  music that resonates with a richness and worn-in authenticity. It remains modern in its vibrant color and emotional depth - qualities often so unique to sibling projects like their album “Muse.”

Scythian with Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project
Saturday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $15-$17,
The DC-based festival favorite calls its lively world roots music “immigrant rock” and infuses it with Celtic, gypsy, and its band members’ Ukrainian roots . It returns on the heels of the new album “Jump at the Sun” before heading to Ireland. The opener features the New Familiars’ Daniel with mandolin virtuoso Schmick of Larry Keel’s band.

Saturday  9 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $10-$13,
There’s more to this Charlotte rock band’s geekery than just the apt description “atmospheric sci-fi metal.” The band draws musically from the Deftones and Tool while taking a visual cue from comics-tied Coheed & Cambria. It celebrates its debut album and the corresponding comic series, “The Ghost Children Chronicles” which acts as a companion to its music.

Sarah Borges/Girls Guns & Glory
Saturday  10:30 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10-$12,
The Boston roots rock singer/guitarist’s new album “Radio Sweetheart” (her first without band the Broken Singles) finds her growing more confident as a sassy frontwoman and rock guitarist. Having teamed up for a seven inch vinyl single of duets (including “I Got You Babe”), Borges’ label mates also serve as her backing band.

My Brightest Diamond
Tuesday  7 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15,
Musician Shara Worden, who kicked off her tour this week in her hometown of Detroit, creates one of the most exhilarating records of the year with “This is My Hand,” which skirts world music, bright, bold electronica, sprightly jazz, and avant garde rock topped with Worden’s dreamy, layered vocals.

Charli XCX
Tuesday  8 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $18-$20,  
After guest spots on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (both tracks she co-wrote), the British pop writer/performer enjoyed her own hit in “The Fault in Our Stars’” lead single “Boom Clap.” She stops in while readying her next full-length, “Sucker,” for October release and before heading to Europe to open for Katy Perry.