Rock Picks

The best rock picks, March 21

dmenconi@newsobserver.comMarch 20, 2014 

Kelly Holland, second from right, with his band Cry of Love in 1993. A memorial concert for Holland, who died last month, is Sunday in Raleigh.

SONY MUSIC — 1993 FILE PHOTO

  • Other highlights

    • Rising young singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen plays Cat’s Cradle’s Back Room Friday.

    • Merge Records is marking its 25-year anniversary with a 25K road race Saturday, which concludes at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall with a free midday Saturday show by The Love Language and Vertical Scratchers (see mergerecords.com/25k for details). Also Saturday, singer-songwriter John McCutcheon is at the Carrboro ArtsCenter, Yarn heads down from Brooklyn to play the Lincoln, and anti-idol Har Mar Superstar is at Chapel Hill’s Local 506.

    • Memphis’ Three 6 Mafia plays the Lincoln on Tuesday. Texas folk-rock band Okkervil River plays Wednesday at the Cradle. And Thursday, Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion play a Duke Performances show at Durham Performing Arts Center.

If you’re looking to pay respects to the late, great Kelly Holland – the former Cry of Love and Crush vocalist who was one of the best classic-rock frontmen this town has ever seen before his death last month – come on out to Sunday’s Memorial Celebration Concert happening in his honor at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. The lineup includes Hank Sinatra, Wannabees, Skynyrd tribute band Tuesday’s Gone, and an all-star jam of Holland’s friends and peers from the local music community. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sunday. Suggested donation is $5, with proceeds earmarked for Holland’s teenage son, Elijah. See lincolntheatre.com for details.

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