Jazz Room presents the music of Thelonious Monk
Friday 6 and 8:15 p.m., Stage Door Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $12, www.blumenthalarts.org
Accomplished jazz pianist and Durham native Ernest Turner lends his youthful spark to the music of another NC-native - hugely influential, innovative Rocky Mount-native and late jazz legend Thelonious Monk - during the monthly Jazz Room concert series.
Friday 7 p.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., $31.25-$56, www.livenation.com
Kicking off last year’s Riser Tour at PNC in May 2014, Bentley proved he’s as captivating, fun, and relatable as an amphitheater headliner as he is on record straddling his Oklahoma red dirt roots with slicker Nashville flair. He’s back with Maddie and Tae, Kip Moore, and Canaan Smith.
Friday 9 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $30-$40/$50-$60 VIP, www.chopshopnoda.com
Reggae’s other favorite siblings (who join the Marleys’ Catch a Fire Tour in August) - topped Billboard and iTunes’ reggae charts recently with its all-star collection “Strictly Roots,” which includes appearances from Shaggy, Rebelution, Soja, and third generation artists Jo Mersa Marley and Jemere Morgan. Jemere Morgan is also part of the tour.
Sunday 6 p.m., Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St., $15-$20/$40-$50 VIP, www.chopshopnoda.com
The Charlotte rapper continues to twist hip-hop stereotypes with his latest slice of hard-edged rap, “Cliff of Death II.” The collaborative EP with Bay area producer Young God pits haunting tales of his checkered past with dark, cinematic soundscapes while publicly sharing his own redemption, retribution, healthy lifestyle and reading recommendations.
Sunday 7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $46-$136, www.ticketmaster.com
The queen of `90s country returns to the live stage for her first tour in 11 years featuring a greatest hits set that critics say is big on flash and spectacle, but light on musical punch. Although billed as her final tour, Twain plans to release a new album after she turns 50 in August, yet is still looking for the right producer. Gavin DeGraw opens.
Monday 7 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $35, www.livenation.com
The `90s alternative rock giants take a nostalgic trip, not only through their respective catalogs, but - with Les Claypool’s bass-heavy, funk-metal outfit’s latest album- an excursion into 1971’s Gene Wilder-starring “Willy Wonka” film. Besides wacky Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers, both bands continue to put out impressive new material.
Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $29.93-$83.34, www.ticketmaster.com
The 22 year old former Nickelodeon star’s rep was recently rocked by the bizarre TMZ news that the future “Scream Queens’” star licked doughnuts and made anti-American comments (a statement, she says, about America’s eating habits). No charges were filed and it’s doubtful young fans turning out for her Honeymoon Tour care.
Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell
Tuesday 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $48.41, www.livenation.com
Unlike most covers album, “Sing Into My Mouth”, the new collaboration from SC natives Band of Horses’ Bridwell and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam features obscure tracks by acts like Talking Heads, Unicorn, Bonnie Raitt, Spiritualized, Sade, and Marshall Tucker Band, which gives the project a fresher feel than your average covers set. With Susto.
Robert Earl Keen
Tuesday 8 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., $28-$30, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
The acclaimed Texan songwriter delves into the rootsier side of acoustic Americana with his latest Lloyd Maines-produced album, “Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions,” which features covers of classics by Flatt & Scruggs, A.P. Carter, Bill Monroe, and Richard Thompson and includes guest spots from Natalie Maines and Lyle Lovett.