Music & Nightlife

8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

Cyndi Lauper is the first female to have four top-five singles on a debut album (1983’s “She’s So Unusual”).
Cyndi Lauper is the first female to have four top-five singles on a debut album (1983’s “She’s So Unusual”). Helen Maybanks

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St. $59.50-$89.50.

The 73-year-old Brit has a vast catalog of hits to pull from — which he’s proven by changing up his Vegas sets. Fans can enjoy Faces Rod, sexy late ’70s Rod, early MTV Rod, crooner Rod, and interpreter-of-a-wide-array-of-famous covers Rod. Get there early to hear 65-year-old Lauper belt out “I Drove All Night” and “Money Changes Everything” with gusto.

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Keith Urban returns to Charlotte on Saturday night with Kelsea Ballerini as his opening act. Mark Seliger

Keith Urban

Saturday 7:30 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $39.25-$113.25.

After a 12-week streak at No. 1 with his 2017 hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” the Aussie hitmaker returned this April with his 10th solo studio album, “Graffiti U,” which has critics debating his contribution to #TimesUp via songs like “Female” and “Gemini.” They agree he’s at his best cranking out multi-genre-infused hits on stage. With Kelsea Ballerini.

Eddie Z and the Vault Dwellers

Sunday 7 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $8-$10.

Charlotte music fixture Eddie Z.’s involvement in local music ranges from his band Charity Case to producing and engineering to owning the facility, where Grammy-winning Charlotte residents Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia rehearse. He’s put together a new nine-piece band, which celebrates the release of its debut “Together in the Vault.”

Vans Warped Tour

Monday 11 a.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $45-$55.

Punk rock summer camp (as the bands who’ve played it over the past 23 years call it) is coming to a close, but not without one last hurrah. Festival vets Simple Plan, Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish join Senses Fail, the Interrupters, Amity Affliction, Twiztid, Every Time I Die, Motionless In White, 3oh!3, State Champs, Real Friends, the Maine and others.

Josh Ritter

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $25-$32.50.

The decorated songwriter has lived several lifetimes in his songs, from historical retellings to his ups and downs. Having long drawn comparisons to Dylan, his delivery is extra-intimate during this acoustic set, and the church-like setting of McGlohon is a perfect spot for his testimony.

Erin Rae

Tuesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $10-$12.

Part psychedelic folkie and part torchy songstress, the Nashville singer-songwriter balances that dichotomy through atmospheric production that ranges from lush, cinematic tracks that would be comfortable in a David Lynch film to ringing minor key, round-the-fire acoustic guitar. Her Joni Mitchell-like vocals are the defining thread.

The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore

Wednesday 7 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $30.50-$153.

Reclaiming her identity and musical reins while predating the #metoo movement by challenging the music industry, Kesha revealed herself as much more than a pop footnote. With fellow groundbreaker Macklemore (who brought LGBTQ rights into mainstream hip-hop) at her side, she is ready to slay in glittery pop-the-cork fashion on stage.

Black Label Society

Thursday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $35.

It’s a busy year for Zakk Wylde, whose band released “The Grimmest Hits” (not a greatest-hits collection by the way) early this year and who’ll embark on Ozzy’s final No More Tours Tour before heading out with fellow shredders on the Generation Axe Tour later this year. For now, BLS teams with N.C.’s Corrosion of Conformity and EyeHateGod.