Thursday, April 16, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Stuck Mojo
Friday  8  p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $17-$20,
Earlier this month frontman Rich Ward told “That Metal Show’s” audience that the recently reunited original lineup will record a new album. Its December hometown show at Atlanta’s Masquerade was its first with Ward, Bonz, Corey Lowery, and Frank Fontsere since 1998.

Blackberry Smoke
Friday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $31.08,
Over the course of four albums the Atlanta country-rock quintet has gained a reputation on the strength of its soulful live shows, riveting blues and Southern rock with nods to both AC/DC and the Allman Brothers that still manages to top the Billboard Country Chart. The Ben Miller Band and the Temperance Movement open the show. The latter is an on the verge act from the UK where it's already opened for the Stones.

The London Souls
Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $12-$15,     
In 2012, guitarist/vocalist Tash Neal survived a hit and run car accident that resulted in two brain surgeries. Only now are he and bandmate  Chris St. Hilaire releasing the album they recorded pre-coma, but the mix of Thin-Lizzy-meets-funk, poppy Beatles, wailing Zeppelin and folk, soul and roots is worth the wait.

Stephane Wrembel
Saturday 8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $20,   
The French-born/Brooklyn-based guitarist is an incredibly nimble and fast picker with a light touch who flits between channeling Django Reinhardt and dividing his attention from Flamenco to rock. Wrembel, who performed his song from Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” at the Oscars, will play his latest album, “Dreamers of Dreams.”

Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
Saturday  8:30 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $20-$23/$32.95 VIP,
The former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, who replaced Randy Rhoads and played on “Blizzard of Oz” and “Ultimate Sin,” made headlines in late 2014 for admitting he was railroaded out of publishing royalties for the former. His first album with RDC is his first solo album since 2008 and his first output since 2009.

Guster/Kishi Bashi
Monday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.05,   
It’s hard to believe this Massachusetts alternative rock outfit has been at it for almost 25 years. It’s latest doesn’t sound like a band that’s growing old. The “Evermotion” is a lush, moody pop-rock album that calls on shoegazing Brit-pop, electronic jam bands, and pastoral folk-pop. One man looping violinist Kishi Bashi’s live execution can hypnotize.     

Billy Joe Shaver
Monday  8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $20-$22,   
Last year the legendary Texas songwriter released his first album in six years, “Long in the Tooth,” with the help of A-list peers like Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, and producers Ray Kennedy and Gary Nicholson. By all accounts he hasn’t lost any of his ornery fire or his knack for creating hooky choruses and descriptive honky-tonk verses.
Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour
Tuesday  5 p.m., Tremont, 400 W. Tremont Ave., $20-$25,   
Flyleaf heads up this all female-fronted lineup, which feature “The Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” according to “Revolver Magazine.” The Agonist, Fit For Rivals, Diamonte, Falling for Scarlet, and Tattermask - Charlotte’s answer to Evanescence and Lacuna Coil - thankfully aren’t just a bunch of pretty faces, but rock in equal measure.

The Woggles
Tuesday  9 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., $8,  
Known for its rollicking live sets, the veteran Athens-GA garage rock n’ soul throwback is a staple on Sirius/XM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage where frontman Mighty Manfred is a DJ. The band is also signed to Steven Van Zandt’s label and just finished a EP of R&B covers that will be released in late summer.

Thursday  2:30 p.m., N. Wilkesboro Community College,$50 single day, $155-$180 3 and 4-day pass, respectively; RV camping is sold out, but tent camping is available for an added $75, 
The annual 4-day music festival kicks off its 27th year with a strong opening night lineup featuring Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Scythian, Trampled By Turtles, Lee Ann Womack, and Hot Rize along with its alter-ego Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. The Avett Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, Del McCourty Band, and North Mississippi Allstars are among the weekend acts.