It’s been more than a year since the late great David Bowie departed this earthly dimension, and yet his music seems more present and alive than ever nowadays. Long after tributes to 2016’s other prominent musical deaths faded out, Bowie’s songs are still in the air on a regular basis, played as well as broadcast. And there will be an especially choice instance of Bowie-related performance Friday night at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall – “Heroes Tribute: A Celebration of the Music of Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno.” Part of Carolina Performing Arts’ “Glass at 80” series, the performance centers on Bowie and Eno’s Glass-inspired Berlin period, with a lineup of players including ambient guitar god William Tyler, multiple members of Megafaun, Superchunk/Portastatic’s Mac McCaughan, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, saxophonist Ken Vandermark and the UNC Symphony Orchestra. It should be epochal.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and tickets are $20. See carolinaperformingarts.org for details.
- Elsewhere Friday: Alabama singer/songwriter Allison Crutchfield will be at the Back Rook of Carrboros’ Cat’s Cradle, while G. Love and Special Sauce hold forth in the Cradle’s main room. Cedric Burnside Project is at Carrboro ArtsCenter. American Aquarium opens its annual “Roadtrip to Raleigh” two-night stand at Lincoln Theatre, with Hayes Carll and Joe Put among the opening acts. And Richard Lloyd from Television plays Slim’s in Raleigh before moving over to The Cave in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
- Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and other Reagan-era stars play urban hits of yesteryear on Saturday’s “Back 2 the ‘80s” tour at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. Also Saturday, Hiss Golden Messenger alights at Durham’s Pinhook while bluesman Reed Turchi shows off his new album at the Cradle Back Room.
- Al DiMeola, arguably the flashiest guitarist on the planet, plays Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Tuesday. And Kruger Brothers play a Pinecone show with Kontras Quartet Thursday at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh.