Music & Nightlife

Hot Concerts

By Courtney Devores

Brooklyn's Ava Luna makes a stop at Petra's in Plaza Midwood.
Brooklyn's Ava Luna makes a stop at Petra's in Plaza Midwood. RENAUD MONFOURNEY

Robert Glasper Trio

Friday 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $34.95-$45.

After years as a jazz sideman and touring musician for Q-Tip, Bilal and Maxwell, the jazz pianist grabbed the spotlight (and the Grammy for Best R&B album, besting better-known competitors) with 2012’s critically adored “Black Radio.” He followed it up with the equally guest-heavy hip-hop/R&B/jazz-splicing sequel “Black Radio 2.”

Shannon Wright

Friday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $12.

Atlanta-based songwriter Wright drew ample indie buzz for the inventive guitar, piano and restrained vocals on her 1999 debut. Eight albums and 16 years later, she continues to flex her originality with her most recent album, “In Film Sound,” which can be meaty, mathy, thick, delicate and haunting.

Swell Friends

Sunday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5-$7.

On its new “Dizzy” EP, this Charlotte combo sheds poppier elements (while tapping older, heavier hardcore, punk and emocore) and gets downright urgent, shouting lyrics and never letting up on the breakneck pace.

Ava Luna

Tuesday 9:30 p.m. Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. $5.

Think of this Brooklyn outfit’s upcoming album “Infinite House” as R&B, Motown soul, doo wop and D’Angelo-worthy funk, filtered through arty indie rock that doesn’t remove the dance-worthy grooves and sense of delight. The band just wrapped up a trip to SXSW.

Black Milk

Tuesday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $12.

Having rocked Monday night’s weekly Knocturnal party previously as a solo act, the acclaimed Detroit indie rapper/producer returns – following SXSW with his live band Nat Turner – to do an intellectual hip-hop set. With DJ Justin Aswell and Kumo Machi.


Wednesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $45.91.

The soul singer was bumped at the Grammys by Beyonce, who performed Mahalia Jackson’s “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” despite the fact that Ledisi played Jackson and sang the song in the Oscar-nominated “Selma.” But she’s still enjoying a career upswing in the wake of the role. With Leela James and Raheem DeVaughn.


Thursday 8 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5.

On the dreamy upcoming album “Uptime!,” a transplanted French musician (Guylaine Vivarat) and Guided By Voices’ former bassist (James Greer) mix girl-group verve, psychedelic expanse and guitar pop chops.

Cold Cold Sweats

Thursday 9 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. $7.

One might think that with a Muscle Shoals’ calling card and garage-rocking name, it would be easy to pin this Alabama outfit down. But the group keeps listeners guessing, echoing Kings of Leon with banjo at one point, then demonstrating a knack for Coldplay-esque heart-tugging pop, before jumping into a Black Crowes-worthy chorus.