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Rock Picks: The Whom and others play cancer benefit shows at Kings

Even when one has health insurance, cancer is something that can wipe out a household financially – especially if one’s treatment involves anything experimental. So it is that Jonathan King, one of the regulars at Raleigh nightspot Kings, has racked up tens of thousands of dollars in bills for colon-cancer treatments not covered by insurance. Fortunately, he has some friends in the local-music scene who are pitching in with a weekend of benefit shows for King as well as cancer research. Drop by Kings in Raleigh on Saturday or Sunday and you’ll see a “Great Cover-Up” encore of sorts with musicians from Bright Young Things, Birds of Avalon, Deep Sleeper, Noncannon and others putting their spin on everyone from Cheap Trick to Waylon Jennings, with a healthy portion of David Bowie music. And Sunday night’s closer will be The Whom, a local all-star quartet that is pretty much the greatest version of The Who that there is nowadays.

Cover is $8 each night. See kingsbarcade.com for details.

Other highlights

  • Saturday brings venerable British bluesman John Mayall to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre, and Nova Scotia’s Nap Eyes to the Pinhook in Durham.
  • Cee-Lo Green, of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” fame, sings Sunday at the Lincoln.
  • Durham’s Carolina Theatre has Indigo Girls on Monday (rescheduled from the January ice storm), followed by Rickie Lee Jones on Tuesday.
  • Fetty Wap raps at the Raleigh Ritz on Thursday, the same night Drive-By Truckers kick off a two-night stand at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle.