Music & Nightlife

9 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

Carolina Gator Gumbo will perform at the Mardi Gras bash at Petra’s on Friday night.
Carolina Gator Gumbo will perform at the Mardi Gras bash at Petra’s on Friday night.

Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Friday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $27.50.

The Colorado trio laid low after the 2016 birth of frontman Todd Park Mohr’s daughter, but with its heavily rocking 11th album (“New World Arisin’ ”) rooted in gritty blues, this ’90s rock staple is back on the road playing new music while celebrating its 30th year together.

Willie Watson

Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $17-$20.

Exactly two weeks after sharing the same stage as part of David Rawlings’ band, the former Old Crow Medicine Show member returns to the Neighborhood for a solo set big on selections from his Folksinger Vol. 1 and 2 albums. Produced by Rawlings for the Acony label, Vol. 2 digs deep into the well of American folk music through Delta blues, gospel, railroad songs and Irish fiddle tunes.

Mardi Gras with Carolina Gator Gumbo

Friday 9 p.m. Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. $8.

Charlotte Cajun/Creole-steeped outfit Carolina Gator Gumbo have led Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana-soaked tradition for well over a decade. Asheville’s Zydeco Ya Ya, which shares CGG’s love of swinging party music and all things swampland, will again be a part of the festivities; horn players Molly Brown and Greg Jarrell join in for the first time this year.

Lola Pistola

Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $8.

Latin Night in Plaza-Midwood gets an infusion of noisy Brooklyn art-rock when Puerto Rican singer/guitarist Lola Pistola and drummer Robert Preston (Pink Mexico) storm the stage. With her lo-fi garage pop immersed in shoegazing fuzz (My Bloody Valentine-meets Jesus and Mary Chain) and vocals that recall L7 and the Breeders, she’s one of the most exciting new acts around.

G. Love & Special Sauce

Tuesday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $20-$25.

The trio of Garrett Dutton (Love), Jeffrey Clemens and Jim Prescott — the hip-hop-influenced alt-blues outfit behind “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce” – marks 25 years since the Sauce first got together with an anniversary tour that promises a slew of hip favorites.

Lalah Hathaway

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $49-$69 ($170 VIP).

While her famous last name precedes her (father Donnie Hathaway died when she was 10 years old), the Grammy-winning vocal powerhouse sketched out her own critically acclaimed career. A favorite among her peers, she’s worked with younger A-listers Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, and continues to push her creativity and message on her latest album, “Honestly.”

Lara Hope & the Arktones

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8.

Named 2017’s best female rockabilly artist by the Ameripolitan Music Awards (which champions honky-tonk, western swing and the like), the New York outfit brings youthful energy, classic chops and a colorful frontwoman with a unique voice to the stage. Its new album is “Love You to Life.”


Thursday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvvd. $30-$35.

A week into the 2018 chapter of his Paradox tour (inspired by last year’s “The Paradox” album), the Canadian dubstep/drum n’ bass DJ returns to the Fillmore for what promises to be an incredibly visually stimulating experience. Expect walls of digital imagery, visual effects and a killer light show.