Earth Wind & Fire/Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Friday 8 p.m. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St. $89-$125. www.ticketmaster.com.
Recent Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nile Rodgers and his party-starting veteran funk band teams up with fellow ’70s funk-soul stalwart Philip Bailey and EW&F. Chic covers all facets of Rodgers’ career as an artist, producer and writer – from his songs with Diana Ross and Sister Sledge to Daft Punk – which makes for a hit-packed opening set. With “Shining Star,” “September” and “Fantasy,” EW&F brings “Boogie Wonderland.”
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Friday 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $10. www.visulite.com.
The one-time frontman for defunct Charlotte act the Noises 10 (which once packed the Visulite semi-regularly, and had deals with two major labels) celebrates the release of his “Find Today” EP. It’s his first new material in six years following the short-lived Hot Gates, a foray into fatherhood, and producing artists like Britt Drozda – who also performs, along with Bless These Sounds Under the City.
Social Distortion/Jade Jackson
Saturday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $36. www.livenation.com.
As his veteran Southern California punk band nears its 40th year, Mike Ness and company return to the road. Although it’s been six years since the group released a new album, Ness has been busy producing opening act Jade Jackson’s debut – a punk-tinged country record that skirts the fringes of both genres and reveals a smart young songwriter who sings with hints of Kathleen Edwards and Lucinda Williams.
Matchbox 20/Counting Crows
Sunday 6:45 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $29.50-$109.50. www.livenation.com.
It’s a love-fest as these ’90s pop-rock veterans team up for the second summer in a row after having such a great time on 2016’s co-headlining tour with the Crows and Matchbox frontman Rob Thomas. Both play up the nostalgia factor on the “A Brief History of Everything” Tour, delivering hit-heavy sets anchored in their most popular records.
Sunday 7:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $42.50. www.livenation.com.
At just 36, the Atlanta-based R&B singer is an industry veteran, having released her first hit album at age 14. Now a mother of three and wife to the NBA’s Shannon Brown, she’s had a tough few years: In June, she had surgery for endometriosis and she parted ways with RCA following 2015’s commercially disappointing “Code Red.” A proven survivor, she’s recovered and back on stage.
Tuesday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.
Not since the ’90s has the world had a taste of such subversive, tongue-in-cheek, yet in-your-face noise-punk with a fierce and funny feminist streak. The Brooklyn four-piece’s appeal is based in its balance of urgency and cheekiness, like the women of L7 playing a psychedelic beach party scored by ripping surf guitar and reverb-rich vocals that are part Ronnie Spector/part riot grrrl.
Gente de Zona
Thursday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $36. www.livenation.com.
The Latin Grammy winners are best known in the states for their appearance on the 2014 international No. 1 Enrique Iglesias’ single, “Bailando”; its follow-up collaborations with Marc Anthony; and for its 2016 spin on the widespread, Los Del Rios ’90s dance hit with its own “Mas Macarena.” The Cuban reggaeton duo of founder Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcolm Martinez delivers a mix of contemporary and tradition.