Music & Nightlife

8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

Rock n’ Roll Hi-Fives perform at Lunchbox Records next Thursday.
Rock n’ Roll Hi-Fives perform at Lunchbox Records next Thursday. Courtesy of Rock n’ Roll Hi-Fives

Dru Hill

Friday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $47.50-$57.50.

Long before Sisqo’s “Thong Song” eclipsed the notoriety of his group’s previous output, the Baltimore quartet had a string of No. 1 R&B hits. Having opened the BET Awards in 2016, the group continues the 20th anniversary celebration it started in 2016 (although it was founded in 1992, 2016 marked the release of its debut album). Friday’s show is an all-white affair, so no pre-show red wine.

Luke Pell

Friday 9 p.m. Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. $15.

The Army veteran-turned-country singer became a finalist on last year’s installment of long-running ABC series “The Bachelorette” (and a fan-favorite with viewers). Now he’s back in Nashville focusing on music – and refuting those player claims that materialized in April. He’ll hit the stage with rising Missouri singer-songwriter Chris Bandi.

The Veldt

Friday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $7.

Decades before The Weeknd was playing arenas with ambient and ethereal R&B, N.C.’s The Veldt was recording its debut album with Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie, mixing shoegazing feedback and funky soul that’s not so removed from today’s hits. Back then, its sound was an anomaly that confounded labels; but brothers Danny and Daniel Chavis, who recently toured with Phantogram, are at it again in hopes audiences have finally caught up with it.

Jim Lauderdale

Sunday 7:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $20-$22.

If it were the ’80s or ’90s, this country-folk singer-songwriter’s name would be hanging on a plaque as you enter Troutman, N.C., the way Randy Travis’ is in his native Marshville. The recipient of a lifetime achievement honor from the Americana Music Awards in 2016, Lauderdale has worked with everyone from Dr. Ralph Stanley to Nick Lowe, and his songs have been covered by the Elvis Costello, the Dixie Chicks and Blake Shelton.

Barns Courtney

Monday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $10.69.

While opening for Ed Sheeran and Blur, performing on “Conan,” and playing Lollapalooza may seem premature for an artist who has yet to release his debut album (“The Attractions of Youth” is out Sept. 29), this English singer-songwriter is already a favorite at SiriusXM. He’s not new to the industry, either. He fronted two indie bands in England before restarting as a solo artist, which seems to be paying off.

Andy the Door Bum

Wednesday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $2.

The month-long residency celebrating the Plaza-Midwood venue’s 10th anniversary ends with the return of its beloved former door person, who has since moved to California and crossed Europe numerous times with his mysterious, dark performance art. He’s joined by avant garde jazz duo Ghost Trees and New Orleans-based experimental rock combo Cult Wife.

Rock n’ Roll Hi-Fives

Thursday 7 p.m. Lunchbox Records, 825 Central Ave. $6.

The Jersey band is a modern-day, punk-influenced, indie-rock answer to the Partridge Family, with mom and dad Joe and Gloree Centeno backing up teens Eilee and Evren on vocals and drums, respectively. The fun four-piece has drawn raves opening for the Everymen, and this time teams up with Slaid Baird of Amigo and young second-generation Charlotte musician Maya Beth Atkins’ new band Vermillion.

Lauren Alaina

Thursday 9 p.m. Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. Free.

Attaining a No. 1 hit after six years of striking out on the charts brought this “American Idol” Season 10 runner-up to tears in April, when her “Road Less Traveled” co-writer Meghan Trainor showed up to surprise the country singer at her first No. 1 party. With an album of the same name that mines her personal losses and soapy real life, Alaina is proving critics were wrong to count her out.