Growing beyond youthful angry snark is a tricky transition for any songwriter, but John Hiatt has managed it better than most. More than four decades into a recording career that began with songs like “I Killed an Ant With My Guitar,” Hiatt comes across nowadays as a venerable blues cat who exudes a sort of unpretentious everyman anti-cool. And that sandpaper sweet-and-sour yowl of his is equal parts heart and wiseacre commentary. Hiatt will sing it live Friday at The Clayton Center.
Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $45. See theclaytoncenter.com for details.
- Friday is super-busy, with guitar god Richard Thompson at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall, Blonde Redhead in a Duke Performances show at Reynolds Industries Theatre, jock rapper Mike Stud at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, spacey singer-songwriter Sam Amidon at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle and R&B giant Eddie Levert headlining N.C. Central’s homecoming concert at the Durham Sheraton.
- Saturday brings singer/songwriter Brett Dennen to the Cradle, Alabama rapper Yelawolf to the Lincoln and pianist Chick Corea to Durham’s Carolina Theatre – which has Henry Rollins (and the requisite pointed commentary about current events) on Sunday.
- Memphis alternative-country band Lucero plays the Cradle Tuesday with Cory Branan. And Thursday brings a vintage North Carolina music-history lesson to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall, with Sneakers and Little Diesel.