A big week ahead as diverse as it is splendid! For starters, Taylor Swift brings her Red Tour to Raleighs PNC Arena Friday night, while Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett sing their country hits at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. Also, Gospels award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama sing songs of praise Friday and Saturday nights at Hayti Heritage Center in Durham.
• On Saturday, Country Music Hall of Fame enshrinee Willie Nelson performs at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre.
• On Tuesday, Southland Ballroom in Raleigh hosts Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
• On Thursday, Gaelic Storm performs at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and the wonderful Quebe Sisters present a free Texas-swingin’ concert in Wilson Library’s Pleasant Family Assembly Room. That’s at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilson Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.