Music & Nightlife

8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

David Byrne, photographed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival last Sunday in New Orleans, performs at Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium on Wednesday.
David Byrne, photographed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival last Sunday in New Orleans, performs at Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium on Wednesday. Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Charlotte Symphony Pops: Disney’s Fantasia

Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $23-$104.

Dancing mushrooms, hippos in tutus and Mickey Mouse in “The Sorcerer’s Apparentice” are all part of Disney’s classic combination of animation and classic music. CSO brings the film to life, performing as it rolls in HD on a giant screen behind them. Young children can enjoy an abbreviated, one-hour version during the Lollipops Series’ 11 a.m. matinee Saturday. $17.25-$64.

Carbon Leaf

Saturday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $20-$25.

A fixture in the roots-rock music scene since the ’90s, the Virginia quintet celebrates its 25th anniversary, having spent the past few years reclaiming and re-recording part of its back catalog. The group is back on the road, honing material for its next album, the first new music since 2014’s Celtic-tinged “Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle” and its companion “Constellation Prize.”

Brian Culbertson

Sunday 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $39.50-$49.50.

After surprising fans by sitting in with Victor Wooten and Sinbad on trombone at Neighborhood Theatre Monday, the jazz-funk/R&B multi-instrumentalist headlines his own Colors of Love Tour. With heavy visual elements and inspiration drawn from his own 20th wedding anniversary, he promises a visually and musically stunning night of romance.


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

Influential forerunners of sludgy metal and thick stoner-rock riffs dig even deeper into the low end on “Pinkus Abortion Technician” — the band’s new album. The title is a reference to Butthole Surfers’ Jeff Pinkus, who joins Off!/Redd Kross’ bassist Steven McDonald (along with Dale Crover and King Buzzo) for a double bass odyssey.

David Byrne

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $70-$152.43.

The Talking Heads frontman has spent the latter part of his career pushing boundaries and promoting exploration of world music. His latest album, “American Utopia,” furthers that cause, blending his quirky Heads-style writing with a diverse mix of styles and sounds. Live, he’s not known to disappoint, whether with new songs or revisiting his hits.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Wednesday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $20-$26.

The flu caused the cancellation of BRMC’s much-anticipated return to Charlotte in January, but the garage rock trio is finally back with a set of fan favorites and material from its latest album, “Wrong Creatures” — another dip into dark, leather-clad, noisy rock n’ roll.

Housing Fest: A Concert to End Homelessness

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $51.50-$66.50.

Legendary musicians Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples co-headline this year’s Urban Ministry fundraising concert. Both acclaimed in their own right, the bill pairs two of the most powerful veteran performers in blues, soul, R&B and gospel, while helping the organization acquire housing for Charlotte’s homeless population.

Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers

Thursday 7:30 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $20-$199.50.

Led by co-founders Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons with longtime guitarist John McFee, the Doobies remain as influential on present-day country music (Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton) as they once did in the rock world. They team with the Donald Fagen-led Steely Dan (whose cofounder, Walter Becker, died in 2017) on the Summer of Living Dangerously Tour.