Fri 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10-$12. www.doubledoorinn.com.
With his history as Dwight Yoakam’s musical partner, it’s no surprise that this Telecaster-slinging, Grammy-winning producer (Lucinda Williams, Meat Puppets) can strut like a Stray Cat, pull off tension-filled blues licks, and give his new album, “Birds Above Guitarland,” a classic feel.
Sat 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. www.eveningmuse.com.
With an aching alto, the Brevard singer-songwriter seamlessly blends country and soul while conjuring the genre-blurring spirit of musical beauties of the ’70s and ’80s like Carly Simon, Carlene Carter, and Rita Coolidge.
Sat 8 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$18. www.amossouthend.com.
The prolific third-generation musician continues to flit between his familial honky-tonk roots and the noisy metal and sludge of his youth with two new releases (out Oct. 1) – a double album of country, and a punk CD. Expect his live show to demonstrate the same split musical personality.
David Mayfield Parade
Sat 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. $12. www.doubledoorinn.com.
With a stellar sophomore album, the former Cadillac Sky and Jessica Lea Mayfield sideman literally struts his stuff on stage, where he’s a comedic frontman, poignant songwriter and nimble picker. You will not leave without a smile glued to your face.
Jam For Cam
Sat 9 p.m. The Saloon, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $5. www.thesalooncharlotte.com.
The second annual concert features two artists who have new albums produced by David Mayfield. Spartanburg’s Sarah Clanton Schaffer makes cello rock that’s part roots music, part Fiona Apple; Bristol, Va.’s Annabelle’s Curse is an acoustic act that erases the line between pop and bluegrass.
Tue 6:45 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $29. www.livenation.com.
The genre-hopping country-rocker abides by his Heartland-loving, everyman-empathizing lyrics by leveling the ticket-buying playing field and making admission actually affordable and equal (all seats are the same price). With ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker.
Tue 7 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $33. www.livenation.com.
Rancid headlines a Charlotte club for the first time since 1996. Recent setlists have relied heavily on the veteran punk band’s “And Out Come the Wolves” era. Opening act Tim Timebomb and Friends is a covers and originals project of Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong featuring a revolving cast of musicians.
Tue 8 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $15-$17. www.amossouthend.com.
Narrated by Don McCorkindale (BBC’s “The Avengers”) with delicate female vocals and multi-media collaborations with 20 film directors, this trip-hop adventure from the award-winning French electronic hip-hop artists is more like a live-scored film and music experience than a typical hip-hop concert.
Thu 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The Oakland-based R&B singer can do sexy, feminist Mary J. Blige-style R&B and classic soul, but there’s also an undercurrent of experimental arrangements, jazz and electronic musical swerves, and smart, sympathetic lyrics that make her music relatable without rattling her striking, cool persona.
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