Music & Nightlife

6 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

Penny & Sparrow will perform at Neighborhood Theatre on Wednesday.
Penny & Sparrow will perform at Neighborhood Theatre on Wednesday.

Brad Paisley

Friday 8 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $31.25-$61.

Fresh from his Netflix special, “Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo,” which brought the comedy night he hosts in Nashville to the small screen (with Jon Reep, John Heffron, David Hasslehoff and others in tow), Paisley is back on stage during his Weekend Warrior World Tour. As always, he’s stacked the lineup with country young crop in Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell.

Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native

Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $22.

The Louisville cellist/singer-songwriter’s new album with his band Kentucky Native may be steeped in the textures of the bluegrass state, but it’s also a social commentary on the music that made its way to America via immigrants and in turn influenced generations of musicians that fall under the big umbrella of Americana like Sollee. In light of this week’s DACA controversy, the quartet’s examination of roots is yet more relevant.

Lilly Hiatt

Saturday 8 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $10-$12.

The daughter of acclaimed largely unsung (at least in the mainstream) music legend John Hiatt, this Nashville-based singer-songwriter delivers on the promise of her 2015 sophomore album, “Royal Blue,” with her recently released follow-up, “Trinity Lane.” As a writer, she delves deep into failed relationships and father-daughter bonds, but the serious tones don’t dampen the fun on singles like “The Night David Bowie Died.”

Josh Phillips

Saturday 9 p.m. Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd. $10-$12.

A pro-baseball-hopeful-turned-songwriter, the pop-country newcomer may find himself the biggest thing out of Sanford since WWE Hall of Famer Lita was notably billed from the N.C. town. Phillips is racking up writing credits with Luke Combs cutting “Can I Get an Outlaw.” With Alabama native Riley Green, who won CMT’s “Redneck Island” and hosts the hunting series on DirtRoadTV.

2 Chainz

Tuesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $39.50.

On his fourth studio album and subsequent tour, the Atlanta rapper declares that “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” and is banking they’ll turn up at his show this week. Upon its June release, the album was already a hit with critics, who declared that 2 Chainz is poised for greatness and hitting his stride at age 39 while sticking to his guns by mining typical lyrical fodder and minimalist production.

Penny & Sparrow

Wednesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $15.

This Austin duo’s stark harmonies, sparse arrangements and cerebral lyrics have been known to hush curious crowds with its melancholy beauty and unpredictable nuances. Who else has paid homage to characters from “Les Mis” in folk-rock songs? On its new album, “Wendigo,” the duo’s search for truth touches on the classical and political with a juxtaposition of chilliness and warmth.