Music & Nightlife

8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

Volk will perform at Snug Harbor on Friday night.
Volk will perform at Snug Harbor on Friday night. Casey Moore Photography

Stephane Wrembel

Friday 7:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. $22.

The French-born guitarist carries on the Gypsy jazz tradition while infusing the genre with his own style. His latest album, “The Django Experiment III,” marked the 102nd birthday of Wrembel’s biggest influence and follows two recent tributes to the legendary guitarist. The Grammy winner and sometime Woody Allen collaborator returns with a full band.


Friday 9 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. $5.

The Nashville drum and guitar duo declares itself the “Average American Band” on its new EP, and it’s certainly the sum of its parts. With a personality that rings of Southern Culture on the Skids, Chris Lowe’s guitar grumbles like a rabid dog while salty, sassy drumming vocalist Eleot Reich’s voice combines the power of Big Mama Thornton with the country swagger of Loretta Lynn.

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Sunday 7 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $32.50-$49.50.

There’s a reason the 400 Unit won Group of the Year — as well as album and song honors — at last week’s Americana Music Awards: It may very well be the best current live band this side (meaning the country side) of Foo Fighters. The only drawback is that violin whiz/Isbell’s wife Amanda Shires won’t be on stage Sunday; she’s appearing on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” that night.

Stanley Clarke Band

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $45-$70.

The influential composer and jazz bassist — whose legacy began in the ’70s with the Grammy-winning fusion group Return to Forever — remains an innovator on his latest album “The Message.” Flanked by a trio of young musicians and rapper/beatboxer with Doug E. Fresh, Clarke zips from funk and fusion to bass-interpreted cello suites while paying tribute to fallen peers like Prince and Tom Petty.

Father John Misty

Wednesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $32.50.

Two days before the release of his “Live at Third Man” 12-inch, the ever-popular folk-rock singer-songwriter J. Tillman returns on the heels of his latest album, “God’s Favorite Customer.” It’s a chorus-heavy, guitar- and piano-laden collection of self-reflective, inward-looking songs that make it hard to tell if he’s dead serious or yanking his own chain.


Wednesday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $12.

The L.A.-based alternative pop-rock trio (responsible for infectious singles like “Wolves”) returns with a new EP of more stylistically diverse tracks like the punky “Misfits T-shirt” and the electro-pop “Demons.” Opener Morgxn explores standards and perceptions of masculinity, identity and other timely concerns through danceable alt-pop tracks.

Future Islands

Thursday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $26.

The Baltimore synth trio featuring N.C. natives Samuel Herring and Gerrit Welmers have come a long way since headlining the Milestone Club in 2012. It’s since broke big thanks to a 2014 performance on “Late Show With David Letterman,” and 2017’s “The Far Field,” which charted in 13 countries; now it’s a regular at global taste-making festivals.

Jay Rock

Thursday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $20.

Kendrick Lamar’s longtime collaborator and Black Hippy cohort stops by with the Big Redemption Tour, which follows the release of his third album “Redemption.” Although best known for appearances on Lamar’s “Money Trees” and “King’s Dead” (from this year’s “Black Panther” soundtrack), Rock scored his own hits with “Pay for It” and “Hood Gone Love It.”