Jim Lauderdale just picked up a WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by George Strait, at the Americana Honors & Awards. It’s a much deserving honor given to a master songwriter — his work has been recorded by artists like Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and Strait. Lauderdale is a talented performer, as noted after this year’s Housing Fest that was held at The Fillmore. See him at Evening Muse with its intimate setting is a real treat. $20-$22
Saying Lauryn Hill will be late to the stage at her upcoming Charlotte show is akin to telling people the sun will rise in the morning. Expect it and don’t let it bother you. Once that’s out of the way, we know Ms. Hill is worth the wait. Her recent concerts and festival appearances have been sublime. Her songs have received modifications and modernizations and her talent shines through. $61.50-$101.50.
Local artist Grace Stott is showcasing a selection of her artwork at Petra’s, and the surrealsim involved in this show will blow your mind. Back in April, she curated Cherry Pie, an exhibit that feature feminist-inspired art by local artists at Union Shop. Her solo show features art that’s described as “fantastical and nightmarish.” Cats with rainbow tongues wrapped around legs? Check.
Better known as a member of the hip-hop collective, The Social Contract, Rob:Earth-One, is going solo for this show. Dividing his time between Fayetteville and Charlotte, he’s written and recorded new material recently. He’ll release his solo album at this Snug show, so pick it up while it’s still hot. What better way to have a good time and support local music before anyone else has it? $5
This convention, which debuted in Charlotte last year, is was one of the funnest events of 2015. On Friday, Knight Theater hosts break dancing performers from across the globe, including Just Dance (Korea), Tentacle Tribe (Canada), Jane Sekonya (South Africa), Pro-Motion (UK) and the mastermind behind the convention, Jonzi D (UK). Followed by an outdoor festival on Saturday. Free outdoor performances; $20 and up show.
The first Heroin Kills show was put on last winter after a group of friends in Plaza Midwood lost numerous people to the drug. After raising $1,600 that time around, they’re back it, raising money for the scholarship fund of a local holistic treatment center and the NC Harm Reduction Coalition. Performers include The MADD Hatters, The Common Wealth, No Brainer, The Fill Ins, Sibannac and Black Fleet. $3
This local group has quite a good reputation around town and for good reason. The band is comprised of Shawn Olson and Josh Faggart (also of Cement Stars) and Scott Weaver (who doesn’t know Scott Weaver? Music wise, think: Babyshaker and Snagglepuss). Seeing the trio with Patabamba and Astrea Corp makes this a not-to-miss show at Visulite Theatre. $10
It's Find Your Muse open mic night at The Evening Muse this and every Monday. Musicians, grab up your music gear and head over to perform one of your own creations in front of a crowd. No one can guarantee they'll be liked, but constructive criticism is always helpful! Get there early to snag a performance spot. And, if you don't play, come out to watch. You never know who might show up. $3
This exhibit is about the power of perspective. It features work by experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon’s and an optical installation from Ethan Jackson. It’s also the debut of Sharon Dowell’s “A City on its Side,” a controversial mural (with a familiar face: CL contributor Lara Americo) created as a response to HB2. Jackson and Dowell will speak at the reception. Free
Brew enthusiasts can expand their knowledge — rather than just their bellies! During Growler's buzz-worthy talks, hosted by brewers and distributors, you'll learn the art of craft brewing. Free admission
The first Tuesday of each month is your chance to talk dirty. This open mic gives folks the chance to share stories about sex, desire and romance. If you've got the nerve to jump on stage, you'll get seven minutes to tell your tale, whether it has a happy ending or not, to a room full of strangers looking for a new guilty pleasure. Free admission
Jazz bassist/cellist/singer Esperanza Spalding flew under the radar for years until a number of Grammys, including Best New Artist in 2011, helped quickly elevate her status. She’s touring in support of Emily’s D+Evolution, her fifth studio album, which was released in March of this year. If you haven’t seen her by now, this is yet another chance to catch her talent in the Queen City. So, what are you waiting for? $29.50-$54.50
RESCHEDULED: Following up on last year’s “Comedy Camisado Tour” in Charlotte, Hannibal Burress is back with the “Hannibal Montanabel Experience.” The comic started to get shine as Ilana’s sort-of boyfriend on Broad City, but he’s built his own name up and become one of the nation’s most popular stand-up acts since. He’s come a long way from sleeping on the train in Chicago between stand-up gigs during his come-up. $25 and up