Music & Nightlife

7 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week

Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at Knight Theater on Saturday night.
Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at Knight Theater on Saturday night. Courtesy of Steep Canyon Rangers

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $27-$35.

The Americana veterans bring their shared influences in blues and folk and their 30-year plus friendship to the stage, trading tunes and sharing covers, this time with a full band backing them up. Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters open.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Saturday 8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25-$42.50 ($77.50 for VIP).

It’s been nine years since the Brevard-bred sextet christened Knight Theater as comedian-turned-banjo-picker Steve Martin’s backing band. Eight albums (with and without Martin), several No. 1 bluegrass albums and a Grammy later, the N.C. group is back on Knight’s stage.

Amy Ray

Sunday 7:30 p.m. Sylvia Theatre, 27 N. Congress St., York, S.C. $20-$25.

Half of contemporary folk duo the Indigo Girls, Atlanta’s Ray has long scratched her itch for rock, punk and bluegrass on her solo albums. The latest, “Holler,” explores Ray’s Appalachian and Southern roots, features guests like banjo virtuoso Alison Brown, and continues some of the sounds featured on 2014’s “Goodnight Tender.”

Highland Echoes

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $20-$55 ($12 for kids under 17).

“Riverdance” fiddler Patrick Mangan, award-winning Celtic vocalist Jennifer Licko, Brazilian drummer Daniel Gohn, Irish guitarist Patrick Doocey, and St. Andrews’ College Highland bagpiping director Bill Caudill share the musical portion of the show, which celebrates the sounds, dance and stories of Scotland.


Wednesday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $67 (via “verified resellers”).

The 21-year-old streaming sensation — who enjoyed celebrity endorsements and accolades from NPR, Forbes and Rollling Stone early on — preps her follow-up to 2017’s debut full-length with the second of two new EPs, “I Used to Know Her Part 2.” That’s also the title of the R&B It Girl’s current tour, which should appease fans until her sophomore album is released.

Lee Bains & the Glory Fires

Thursday 8 p.m. The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $8.

The Alabama outfit draws as much on the South’s rich history and literature as it does on the jagged blues, sweaty garage rock, and fiery punk. Its visceral, passionate live performances border on Southern rock exorcism, similar in unbridled energy to what the Avett Brothers’ shows were like early on.

Wye Oak

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

Durham-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jenn Wasner — who recently performed at a voting rally in Charlotte — and her Texas-based compatriot Andy Stack returned earlier this year with their fifth album, “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs.” A blend of indie folk and orchestral spirituality, it’s likely to wind up on many 2018 best-of lists.