Beo String Quartet
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
A musical mashup to end all musical mashups. The first set will be the Beo String Quartet doing its 21st century take on a tried-and-true classic, Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10. The second set will be an even wilder ride with the Difficulties bringing in bass, sax, laptop and the kind of spoken word you’d hear in a ‘50s jazz coffeehouse but probably not a poetry slam. It’s part of the Charlotte New Music Festival, something that’s making the contemporary classical music in Charlotte a hell of a lot more interesting.
Free, Google Fiber Space 301 East 7th Street 866-777-7750
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
Charlotte’s Loudermilks have a new album out, y’all. Yep, the boys who once called themselves Lou Ford are still kicking around, making what they call “rural pop.” Whatever that is (we think it's another word for "Americana," which was another word for "country"), brothers Alan and Chad Edwards always seem to be naming their bands after somebody else. In this case, Loudermilk is the real last name of the classic bluegrass duo of Ira and Charlie Louvin. At least this name makes more sense than Lou Ford (who was the villain in The Killer Insdie Me), seeing as how, like the Louvins, the Edwards bros sing quite pretty together.
$10, Neighborhood Theatre 511 E. 36th St. 704-942-7997 www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
Bugalu: Old School Latin Boogie
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5
What better way to celebrate the good old U.SA. on the day after the 4th than with a Latin boogie dance party? Seriously. New York born-and-bred, Bugalu is an all-American mix of R&B, soul, mambo and son that first caught on with Nuyorican kids in the 1960s. Yes, there’s more to Latin rhythms than salsa and Fania Records. There will also be freshly made mojitos and mescal cocktails, along with Lady Go-Go’s homemade vegan Mexican food.
$Free, Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608 www.petrasbar.com