Your guide to entertainment in Charlotte in the week ahead


Dr. John

Tue 5.26 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $20-$69.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

The six-time Grammy-winner and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee returns with the Nite Trippers to play New Orleans-flavored songs.


‘Seven Guitars’

Wed 5.27 7:30 p.m. (also various performances through June 6). Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $28. www.youarenowonq.com.

On Q Productions does August Wilson’s play about a bluesman who returns to Chicago in 1948, seeking justice after time in jail. Wilson specialist Lou Bellamy directs.



Sat 5.30 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. $15 ($12 for kids and seniors). www.discoveryplace.org.

The new exhibition – subtitled “The Instrument That Rocked the World” – traces its evolution from 3,000 B.C. to the present through a gallery of rare instruments, playable guitars and interactive games and more.


‘Recital of the Lotus’

Sat 5.30 7 p.m. Stage Door Theater, Fifth and College streets. $10. www.secretpoetssociety.com.

Secret Poets Society hosts spoken word artists (modern and traditional); music from alternative, hip-hop, acoustic and folk performers; drum circles, belly dancers and more.


Brad Paisley

Sun 5.31 7:30 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $30.25-$60. www.livenation.com.

The country-music superstar – who later this spring will open for The Rolling Stones in Nashville – headlines his own “Crushin’ It” world tour to kick off the summer concert season. With Justin Moore.