7 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer

Taj Mahal

Friday 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $25-$54.50 ($74 VIP). www.blumenthalarts.org.

Much more than a blues artist, the legendary Grammy winner has expanded the scope of American and world music by infusing his blues with influences from the Caribbean, the West Indies, Hawaii and Africa. After a 2017 trek and Grammy-nominated album with Keb Mo, the 75-year-old jumps back on the road for a run of solo dates.

Tim Barry

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Friday 9 p.m. The Milestone, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. $12-$14. www.themilestone.club.

It’s been more than a decade since Barry’s legendary (in some circles) Richmond punk band Avail performed live, and while a punk streak remains, the former frontman now brings that working-class aesthetic and hard-living storytelling to his country and folk-influenced acoustic songs. With Laura Stevenson.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Saturday 8 p.m. The Underground, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $26. www.livenation.com.

Fans are abuzz with the release of a new album, “Wrong Creatures,” and the dark, San Fran garage psych-rock trio’s return to the road. It carries the rock n’ roll torch with its signature bluesy swagger, drawing on Velvet Underground and Jesus & Mary Chain. Consider earplugs, because the volume can often make your skull vibrate.

Birdland Allstars with Tommy Igoe

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $19.50-$49.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

This New York fixture returns to the road for the first time in five years, with drummer Igoe leading his big band of stellar musicians through works by jazz icons like Herbie Hancock and Charlie Parker, as well as jazzy reimagings of songs by Steely Dan, David Bowie and the Police.

Killswitch Engage/Anthrax

Wednesday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $35. www.livenation.com.

Before they jump on Slayer’s upcoming final tour this summer, thrash veterans Anthrax team with long-running metalcore purveyors Killswitch Engage to co-headline the Killthrax Tour leading up to the April release of the former’s new live DVD. With Havok.

Aimee Mann

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $25-$39.50 ($42.50 VIP). www.blumenthalarts.org.

The new wave survivor isn’t a folk artist, but her latest album “Mental Illness” is up for a Grammy in the folk category thanks to its chamber folk strings and slow acoustic sparsity. Yet it feels somewhat familiar given her knack for writing smart but melancholy songs (exhibit A: her work on the soundtrack for 1999 film “Magnolia.”

Leann Rimes

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $24.50-$59.50 ($74.50 VIP). www.blumenthalarts.org.

At 35, the former child country crooner has earned the heaviness and maturity that her voice captured on her first hit “Blue” more than 20 years ago. The Grammy winner has weathered ups and downs, following new paths and creative muses while continuing to let her voice lead.

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