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CL previews upcoming concerts (Sept. 1-6) 


THREE BAD JACKS If a healthy helping of punk-infused rockabilly is what you're looking for, then by all means, this is where you need to be. Slapping bass, a hint of Elvis, some Ramones mixed in — Three Bad Jacks are sure to leave you greased up and rocked out. The openers are definitely worth catching as well — JT and The Dragpipes fuses Jem Crossland with Tommy Ray into a local rockabilly act that's one of the best around. $10, Double Door Inn, (Jeff Hahne)

BUDWEISER SUPERFEST Few have continued the legacy of soulful singers from Charlotte making a splash on the National stage like Anthony Hamilton. His down-home, raw and heartfelt ballads have become his trademark and he's guaranteed to deliver live in front of a hometown audience headlining Budweiser Superfest with R&B crooners Kem, Jaheim and Raheem DeVaughn also on the bill. Word to the wise: Keep one hand on your lady all night long. $48.25-$96.30, 7 p.m. Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre, (Mike McCray)


BOBBY MESSANO Messano is a veteran blues rocker who has put in stints with the '70s pop metal party band Starz, played on numerous recordings and hit the stage riding guitar shotgun with varied rockers. He remains an in-demand session player and is no slacker when he straps on his guitar and takes on a blues rocker persona. Messano can turn up the heat when needed, and mellow it down as the lights dim. $10, Double Door Inn, (Samir Shukla)

GREG GINN AND GARY PIAZZA Ginn is a punk guitar god. Hammering away breakneck riffs, Sabbathy sludge, and even jazzy breaks with hardcore punk legends Black Flag, Ginn has recorded with different outfits over the past three decades. This pairing, also known as the Taylor Texas Corrugators, plucks a demonic mix of blues, jazz, psychedelic and experimental guitar instrumentals that are revelatory on some tracks and surprisingly inane on others. The latter is a rarity and the spirit of improv prevails while Ginn remains a fab guitarist. With Buck Mountain Stranglers and Great Architect. $8-$10, Milestone, (Shukla)

THE GLITCH MOB Bands who can smartly maintain a creative relationship with their fanbase have leg up on the competition in the changing music landscape. Los Angeles-based electronic trio, The Glitch Mob, has given fans and producers alike the opportunity to enjoy and remix its music. With Australia, Amsterdam, Belgium and the U.K. already under their belts this summer, they're well-traveled. Their Drink The Sea album and tour also features Martyparty opening. $15-$20, Neighborhood Theatre, (McCray)


BARONESS Since forming in 2003, the Savannah-based Baroness isn't an overnight success story, but it is, by most folks' accounting, one of the best heavy American bands going. A little more melodic than say a Mastodon (whom it has opened for), Baroness has played Charlotte before (mostly at places like The Milestone), but is finally getting its just desserts (or at least room service) on the road. After this tour with Deftones, the band will be supporting Metallica in Australia. Expect plenty of tracks from the 2007 standout, The Red Album (Revolver's Album of the Year) and last year's The Blue Album, one of this writer's favorite records of that year. Let's just hope the members don't call their next one "Hurley." With Deftones. $38, The Fillmore Charlotte, (Timothy C. Davis)


THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME Brooklyn funksters create a vibe that's soooo, 1976. It's funk. The Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch prancing down the avenue kinda funk. These pimps mesh Afrobeat, salsa, rock and bits of electronica into the grooves while the urban ethos and DJ sentiments spur wicked dance grooves with perfect bass lines and handy guitar work. $8-$10, Neighborhood Theatre, (Shukla)

JOSH PANDA The former Charlotte resident will tell you himself that he's quick to head down Interstate 77 for some biscuits and gravy any chance he gets. While he may be living in Vermont these days, he spends a good bit of time on the road, and a fair share of days back "at home" in the Queen City. As talented vocally as he is with his songwriting, Panda's music is quick to hit your ears with just the right note. With Ian Thomas. $8. 10:30 p.m. The Evening Muse. (Hahne)


DEL MCCOURY One of the rare family bluegrass acts to not burst into family-fueled flames after endless years on the road, Del McCoury and Co. have only ever had to pull the plug on one tour mate: the hard-chargin', easy-cussin' Steve Earle. Mandolinist Ronnie McCoury is nothing less than a savant on his instrument, and Del, that funky homosapien, somehow manages to sing in a voice which has only sweetened over the years — a testament to clean living, no doubt. That said, the band's shows have drawn an ever-increasing jam band following over the past decade, a phenomenon overwhelmingly welcomed by the band, who dose the crowd with nothing but some of the best traditional music performed in this country or any other. With the Emmitt-Nershi Band and The New Familiars. $20-$25, U.S. National Whitewater Center, (Davis)


HARPTALLICA Two ladies playing the harp may not sound like something you'd run out to see on a Monday night, but when you find out they'll be playing Metallica cover songs, it becomes a whole lot more intriguing. They're not going to stick to just the softer songs, either — they tackle it all and bring a completely new vibe to the music. With The All-Girl Boys Choir and KPSoloman5000. $8-$10, The Milestone, (Hahne)

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