If North Carolina’s Hollow Rock and Fuzzy Mountain string bands helped define old-time music in the 1960s, Portland, Ore.’s, Foghorn String Band sets the standard for a new generation of pickers. With influences as diverse as Cajun, country and bluegrass, as well as the late Mount Airy fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell, Foghorn approaches tradition with an invigorating blend of respect and fiery drive. Behind the weathered vocals of mandolin player Caleb Klauder and fiddling of Sammy Lind, the band offers a compelling evening of rare and familiar songs. Catch the band Saturday when it raises the rafters and rattles the walls at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro ($13-$17). Wear dancin’ shoes. Details: artscenterlive.org.
• Guitarist Scott Ainslie plays the blues at the ArtsCenter Friday night. On Saturday, David Allan Coe will play Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, while R.A. Fountain General Store in Fountain hosts the Boys from Carolina with Tommy Edwards on banjo.
• On Wednesday, Nixon, Blevins and Gage perform at Architect Bar in Raleigh.