moe./Truth & Salvage Co./Sons of Bill
Friday 4 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. Free. www.usnwc.org.
The second day of the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s annual July 4 celebration kicks off with cornhole at 2 p.m. followed by live music from well-read Virginia roots-rockers Sons of Bill, Southern rockers Truth & Salvage Co. and jam stalwarts moe. Fireworks close out the show.
Saturday 10 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $10. www.doubledoorinn.com.
The Baton Rouge bluesman, who gained national attention through “Django Unchained,” makes blues for the modern age on his new album, “Scorched Earth Policy.” There’s haunting, classic acoustic blues, but a keen knowledge of pop, grunge and rock inform the writing and arrangements.
Thursday 8 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $10-$12. www.chopshopnoda.com.
It’s difficult to create an original sound in 2014, but this partly acoustic punk act (whose style has been described as gypsy-punk and hobocore) brings the sound of the punk squats and abandoned buildings it once called home to the stage, performing songs like exorcisms with washboard, banjo and ferociousness.
Monday 7 p.m. Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory. $34.66-$48.25. www.livenation.com.
Since playing Charlotte in June 2013, the dreamy alternative rock band has headlined WEND’s sold-out Not So Acoustic Xmas and has graduated to the larger Fillmore. It’s making one more pass and releasing a mixtape before heading into the studio to record its sophomore effort.
Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry/Plain White T’s
Wednesday 6:45 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $25-$90.70. www.livenation.com.
On the fast track to its 30th anniversary in 2015, Johnny Rzeznik and company team with Daughtry (whose latest album “Bapitized” is more in line with the Dolls’ adult pop) and seemingly youthful Plain White T’s (eight years after its biggest hit, “Hey There Delilah”).
Thursday 8 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $10-$12. www.amossouthend.com.
The veteran horror ska-punk band from South Carolina – made up of equal parts the Ramones, the Misfits and Elvis – is still going strong 22 years after its birth. Its latest album “Into the Light” treats death more seriously, with the loss of family members inspiring frontman Evil Presly and guitarist Willy B this time out.
Thursday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $3. www.snugrock.com.
Snug Harbor’s weekly dance and hip-hop parties team with Recess Fest to welcome the influential Ultramagnetic MC’s founder known under many names – including the critically and commercially acclaimed Dr. Octagon as well as Dr. Dooom. Expect an extremely intimate, and likely packed, set.