Fri 7:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $10-$12. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Another hometown act is on the rise nationally. Former members of Flagship Brigade and Campbell the Band release their self-titled full-length debut as Flagship on Bright Antenna Records Tuesday. It’s bursting with dark, expansive, dramatic and delicate guitar rock with nods to moody Britpop and U2.
Nora Jane Struthers
and the Party Line
Fri 10 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $12-$14. www.eveningmuse.com.
The former English teacher crafts beautiful story songs from the female perspective with a progressive bluegrass and forward-thinking folk base on her sophomore album, “Carnival.” If you enjoyed the Dixie Chicks’ rootsy “Home,” think of Struthers as the long-awaited next step.
Lucky Five, Grownup Avenger Stuff, Colby Dobbs Band, Blu Avenue, and others play this family-friendly all-day event to honor Kilah Davenport, whose abuse at the hands of her step-father triggered stronger legislation against abusers in North Carolina. Gov. McCrory is scheduled to appear.
Sat 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $54.50-$94.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Emily Saliers and Amy Ray join the Charlotte Symphony for full orchestral reworkings of the harmonizing Atlanta songwriting team’s classic folk-pop songs, including “Kid Fears,” “Chickenman,” “Power of Two,” “Galileo” and “Closer to Fine.”
Gregory Alan Isakov
Sat 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15-$18. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The South African-born, Colorado-based folk noir songwriter treads the same dark skies and stark fields as peers like Iron & Wine and Jessica Lea Mayfield. His latest album, “The Weatherman,” celebrates the magic in simple normalcy, which is fitting given his thoughtful, straightforward folk.
Sun 8 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. $13-$16. www.tremontmusichall.com.
Best known as frontman of the Murderdolls, the singer twists horror-movie cliches into clever, catchy and sometimes funny punk-metal tunes.
Tue 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $37.50. www.livenation.com.
After a four-year hiatus, the Grammy-winning Atlanta soul singer-songwriter sounds reinvigorated on her urgent, upbeat new album, “Songversation.” It finds her infusing smart, radio-friendly R&B with jazz, Middle Eastern, reggae and classical guitar for a cohesive, but eclectic global sound.
Wed 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $44.50-$84.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
The PNC Celebrity Series continues to place A-list vocalists in intimate settings, this time with the blue-eyed soul and rock singer whose voice branded hits for the Doobie Brothers, Christopher Cross and Patti Labelle as well as on his own. Watch for new material, including some with his son, on the Web.
Yonder Mountain String Band
Thu 7 p.m., Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., $22.50-$25. www.amossouthend.com
Two days after releasing “YMSB EP 13” (which features one song by each member) and a week before hosting their annual Harvest Festival in Arkansas, the venerable road dogs return with a genre-melding blend of jam-friendly alterna-grass.
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