Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd are paragons of Southern Rock, with overtones of hard-core country. Skynyrd’s iconic “Free Bird” is rock’s “Fox on the Run” and has been covered by everyone from Wynonna Judd to Bob Dylan.
All his rowdy friends may have settled down, but Hank Sr.’s boy, Bocephus, refuses to go gently into that good night. On Saturday at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, the Grammy-winning Williams joins the rock Hall-of-Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd for a show that promises to be as rowdy as it is rollicking. Country artist Aaron Lewis will also perform.
On Thursday, American Tobacco Amphitheatre hosts Acoustic Syndicate.
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Among the many blessings of Triangle music, the presence of Durham-based Merge Records falls somewhere toward the top of the list. Merge has won an album-of-the-year Grammy Award and topped the Billboard pop charts while bringing up a roster full of internationally known acts, but it still has room for rising local acts, too. And three of the label’s acts will play Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art on Saturday night, headlined by fountainhead Merge act Superchunk. Also on the bill are the power-trio super-group Ex Hex and singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $18-$33. See ncartmuseum.org for details.
- Friday brings jam band Umphrey’s McGee to Downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, Carolina Chocolate Drops alumnus Dom Flemons to Rocky Mount Mills and Guns N’ Roses to Winston-Salem’s BB&T Field (in their reunion tour’s closest brush with the Triangle, at least so far).
- Saturday’s offerings include Eddie Money playing a Hope for Haiti Foundation/Water for Good benefit show at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre, ’90s hitmakers Tesla at the Raleigh Ritz, New Orleans funk band Dumpstaphunk at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre and the latest free Y’all at Dix Park show with The Veldt, BQs and ZenSoFly.
- Guitarist Albert Cummings plays Durham’s Blue Note on Wednesday.
- Thursday’s WUNC “Back Porch Music on the Lawn” show at Durham’s American Tobacco features Acoustic Syndicate.
Jazz vocalist and Washington, D.C.-native Akua Allrich is a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. The vocalist, composer and teacher has etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances. Allrich performs two shows – 7 and 9 p.m. – at the Beyu Caffe in Durham Friday. Get more info at beyucaffe.com.
▪ On Friday, the Ernest Turner Trio plays at Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Info: durhamjazzworkshop.org.
▪ Saturday at Sharp Nine, it’s Avante. 8 p.m. $10-$20. Info: durhamjazzworkshop.org.
▪ Also Saturday, Russell Taylor plays Beyu Caffe. 7 and 9 p.m. $15. Info: beyucaffe.com.
The Women’s Theatre Festival has canceled the final performances of “Miss Lulu Bett” at Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St., Durham. Ticketholders can request a full refund or use the tickets at the upcoming Little Women Holiday Production. To obtain a refund or to exchange tickets, patrons should contact Brown Paper Tickets directly at 1-800-838-3006.
▪ Thornton Wilder’s classic American drama, “Our Town,” gets a staging this weekend from N.C. Theatre’s student acting program. Details at nctheatre.com.
By David Menconi, Jack Bernhardt, Cicely Mitchell and Roy C. Dicks