Pizazz Smooth Jazz Festival
Friday 6 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $48-$153. www.livenation.com.
Some of the biggest names in smooth jazz make up this festival bill, which is rich in sax. Saxophonists Kenny G, Dave Koz with the Summer Horns, multi-instrumentalist (including sax) Gerald Albright and Richard Elliott join Grammy-winning keyboardist Bob James, trumpeter Rick Braun, vocalist and trombonist Aubrey Logan, and Pittsburgh’s Funky Fly Project.
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Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $29.25-$32.95. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
A month after the release of its fourth album, “Golden Age,” the Indiana rock trio has expanded to a horn-fueled septet for the current tour. With themes like the ever-changing digital world, social media, and its how millennials relate to each other and build relationships, “Golden Age” is a brisk, bright 30 minutes that explores deeper issues.
Saturday 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5. www.snugrock.com.
Local music veterans Jay Garrigan, Shawn Lynch and Darrin Gray (whose resumes include Temperance League, It’s Snakes, Lou Ford and others) celebrate the release of the band’s full-length debut, “Volume.” Despite its tumultuous origins, it’s a fun, quirky album of marvelously catchy songs that house enough deeper meanings to keep things interesting.
The Tomb of Nick Cage
Tuesday 9 p.m. The Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $5-$7. www.themilestone.club.
Oscar winner Nicolas Cage built a pyramid-shaped tomb in New Orleans’ St. Louis Cemetery, inspiring the name of the city’s horror rock outfit, which —under the leadership of vocalist Kim Trailz — injects a foreboding spirit and a winking sense of humor into songs about horror and sci-fi movies. With Solemn Shapes, 30 Year Sick and Malhond.
Wednesday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $27-$30. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s influential L.A. punk band is back for another post-reunion run with its original lineup. The group’s 2017 Charlotte show had fans raving about a set of classic cowpunk and still-timely, socially charged anthems delivered with an energy that surpasses expectations for band members now in their 60s and 70s.
Family & Friends
Thursday 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $12-$16. www.visulite.com.
The latest indie rock act to emerge from the fertile Athens, Ga. college rock scene evolves past its rootsier beginnings on its full-length album, “Felix Culpa.” With shades of Imagine Dragons and Foster the People, “Felix Culpa” is a rawer-edged recording of a band on the cusp of something bigger.
Thursday 8 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $29.50-$143.72. www.livenation.com.
Mere months after selling out the Fillmore, the Grammy-winning R&B sensation headlines the club’s neighboring outdoor venue as part of his “War & Leisure” Tour. The tour reflects the same timely balance of politics and sensuality, with the Mexican-American/African-American singer unable to ignore present-day societal strife despite long-held messages of love.