This year’s model of the North Carolina State Fair’s Homegrown Music Fest concludes this weekend with the most perfectly chosen closer one could imagine, Kinston’s own Maceo Parker. One of the great saxophonists of the rock era, Parker has had enough accolades and highlights for three careers, playing key roles with James Brown, George Clinton’s P-Funk All-Stars, Prince and scores more over the years. He is also a fine bandleader in his own right, still plays a wickedly funky saxophone and does a Ray Charles vocal imitation precise enough to make you miss the late great Brother Ray just a little bit less.
Parker will perform at Raleigh’s Dorton Arena at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, closing night of the fair. The show is free with a State Fair admission ticket, which is $8-$10 for adults and $3-$5 for kids 6-12. For details, see ncstatefair.org.
- Friday is extraordinarily busy, with the great operatic country group Mavericks at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, King at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall, singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis at Cary Theatre, Louisiana’s Seratones at the Back Room of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle, electronic pioneers The Orb at the Cradle main room, “alt-country man of mystery” Richard Buckner at Durham’s Shed Jazz Club and Corrosion of Conformity at the State Fair.
- Saturday brings wise-guy singer/songwriter Todd Snider to the Cradle, as well as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood starting a two-night run at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
- Indie-folk ensemble The Head and The Heart plays The Ritz in Raleigh on Monday. Lisa Fischer, backup vocalist to the Rolling Stones and a spectacular singer in her own right, holds forth at Durham’s Carolina Theatre Tuesday.
- Wednesday brings rapper T.I. to the Lincoln, Japanese porto-punks Shonen Knife to Durham’s Pinhook and a metal bill topped by Hatebreed to the Cradle.