Friday, July 24, 2015

This week's hot concerts

Friday  7:30 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $27.50-$49.50,    
For its 25th anniversary the sunny funk and hip-hop-flavored rock act release a career-spanning four disc 81-track box set, launch its own craft beer, and embark on its annual summer tour. Live it’s much more of a jam band than its hits indicate, playing marathon sets and bringing along beachy openers like Hawaiian reggae band the Green.

Jon Lindsay
Friday  9 p.m., Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., $5,   
Pop singer-songwriter and NC Music Love Army co-founder Lindsay is leaving his native Charlotte for the triangle area, so this marks his last hometown show as a Charlottean at his home base of Petra’s. He’s readying his next album and focusing on more protest music with other Carolina musicians in the Love Army.

Planes Mistaken For Stars
Friday  9 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 35th St., $11-$14,   
The summer renaissance of beloved `90s and early `00s emo and post-hardcore bands is in full swing with the dynamics-loving outfit who broke up in 2007 but have reunited sporadically. The group’s angsty melodicism and fiery aggression is exhibited on the new reissue of 2006’s “Mercy.” With Black Market, Sea of Storms, and Mon Frere.

Beres Hammond
Friday  9 p.m., Amos’, 1423 S. Tryon St., $40-$45,      
The reggae veteran had to cancel his 2012 show at Amos’, but he brings his romantic lovers rock and classic R&B-spiked ballads to Charlotte again. At 59, he has spent four decades making some of the smoothest soul-steeped reggae out there - it’s a wonder he hasn’t had more major crossover success in the states.

Will Hoge
Friday  9 p.m., Visulite, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., $15-$18,  
Few singer-songwriters walk the line between country and rock as well as this Franklin, Tenn. native who was nominated for a Grammy and several country music awards for penning Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” but can tour with a harder rock band like Shinedown. His latest album, “Small Town Dreams,” taps his country roots. 

QC Summerfest
Saturday   2 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., $25, and 6 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., $39.50-$69.50, 
The revamped smooth jazz festival is a weekend-long event built around these two performances. First the intimate matinee concert features Four80 East and saxophonist Andre Delano. The Decade of Jazz celebration continues at night with renowned sax player Najee, pianist Keiko Matsui, and guitarist and host Nick Colionne.

Cameron Floyd
Saturday  8 p.m., Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10, 
This Charlotte singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his new EP, “Momentum,” which features bluesy guitar playing, his soulful, R&B-tinged vocals, shades of country, acoustic rock, blues, and `70s AM pop, and a classic duet.

Raekwon/Ghostface Killah
Saturday  8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $33.58,    
Raekwon’s 1995 RZA-produced album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” is considered arguably the best of Wu Tang’s solo output. For its 20th anniversary he and fellow Wu member Ghostface, who appeared on a number of the album’s tracks, revisit it live while drumming up support for the documentary they’re working on about the seminal record.

My Morning Jacket
Wednesday  7:30 p.m., Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., $29.50-$45,    
The Kentucky psychedelic roots alt-rocker continues a long run of critical acclaim with its latest album, “The Waterfall.”  With annual high profile spots on Bonnaroo and its own eclectic Louisville-set Forecastle Festival it’s proven that it’s the jam band even haters can love.

Wednesday  10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Free,
Charlotte’s psych-rock trio Modern Primitives closes out its month-long residency with this Alabama noise rock trio whose new album “Beats Misplaced” unfolds like a hopped up Dinosaur Jr. jamming while stranded in the desert with Sonic Youth and the singer from Clutch. It’s stoner rock for indie nerds. With the Business People and Pleather.