When The Who brought their “Quadrophenia” show to Greensboro three years ago, the opening act was one I’d never heard of: Vintage Trouble, whose name seemed to suggest a cover band. Not even. This young Hollywood quartet turned out to be unexpectedly fantastic, playing soulfully rocked-up R&B that had the entire Greensboro Coliseum crowd on its feet and moving. The band’s half-hour onstage was over all too soon, and I remember hoping they’d come back to headline their own show.
Lo and behold, Vintage Trouble is coming through our part of the world again – with a solid new album, the Don Was-produced “1 Hopeful Rd.” (Blue Note Records) – and Wednesday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle finds Vintage Trouble in the headline slot. Greg Holden opens at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20-$22. See catscradle.com for details.
- Friday brings Crescent City soul man Aaron Neville to Durham’s Carolina Theatre with Blind Boys of Alabama, Blitzen Trapper to the Cradle and locals Jack The Radio christening their new album “Badlands” (Pretty Money Records) at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
- Saturday, Chapel Hill’s Archers of Loaf are back at it and playing the Cradle while the “Yesterday’s News” pairing of Ryan Kennemur and Jeff Mullins will perform Whiskeytown’s classic 1997 album “Strangers Almanac” in its entirety at Raleigh’s Berkeley Cafe as part of Guitartown’s Cover Album of the Month Series.
- The N.C. Symphony has a very cinematic week coming up, playing “Music From the Movies” Friday and Saturday at Raleigh’s Meymandi Hall and then Danny Elfman scores from the films of Tim Burton Tuesday at Durham Performing Arts Center.
- The two-day American Roots Music & Arts Festival comes to Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Saturday and Sunday with Eric Church, Modest Mouse, The Roots, Willie Nelson and lots more.
- Sunday brings the pop-punk triple-bill of New Found Glory, Yellowcard and Tigers Jaw to Raleigh’s Ritz – the same night Blasters main men Dave and Phil Alvin play the Cradle, Telekinesis is at the Cradle Back Room, Israel Nash plays Durham’s Pinhook and the highly eclectic vocalist Becca Stevens performs at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall.
- Venerable bluesman Taj Mahal plays the Carolina on Wednesday. DPAC has Latino pop star Ricky Martin on Wednesday followed by Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler on Thursday.
- And Kate Taylor (yes, of That Family) plays the Cradle Back Room on Thursday.