From his start as an upstart comedy recording artist with a snarky sarcastic side, “Weird Al” Yankovic – live Friday at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte – is now regarded as the most successful comedy recording artist ever.
With numerous awards to his credit including three Grammys, Yankovic has elevated the renegade comedy specialty genre right into the mainstream with clever parodies of hit songs.
What began as a novelty act spoofing selected songs with redone lyrics and outlandish angles has evolved into an art form, thanks to Yankovic. Somewhere along the way it has become an honor, of sorts, to have a song parodied by the one and only “Weird Al.”
He was first heard through his DIY submission to Dr. Demento’s syndicated radio show in the mid-’70s with “My Bologna,” a parody of “My Sharon” by The Knack. From that snarky start, Yankovic’s credits include singer, songwriter, record/film producer, actor, and author.
As for his parodies, no music genre is taboo and no artist too sacred in Yankovic’s four-decade career, including Mick Jagger, Queen, Michael Jackson, Eminem, Madonna, U2, Billy Joel, Nirvana, Lady Gaga and more.
The current touring band features: “Weird Al” Yankovic, vocals/accordion; Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, drums/percussion; Jim West, guitar; Steve Jay, bass; and Ruben Valtierra, keyboards.
Roll with the wild and witty “Weird Al” Yankovic, live Friday at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. For more concert details, call 704-372-3600 and go to ovensauditorium.com. For more on the music, visit weirdal.com.
May I introduce, “the act you’ve known for all these years” as interpreted by a collection of popular area musicians and bands at the 12th Annual Beatles Tribute Night, Saturday at Knight Theater in Charlotte.
Presented by John Tosco through his Tosco Music Parties, this annual gathering of local/area favorite bands and artists glorifies the music of The Beatles but with a tasty twist. Songs are performed by a cross-genre mix of area acts who offer their own take on the Fab Four.
Traditional Beatle presentations exist, of course, but for this event, always expect the unexpected as original Beatles sounds morph as interpreted through other musical realms.
“A splendid time is guaranteed for all” at the Beatles Tribute Night, Saturday at Knight Theater at The Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. For show information, call 704-372-1000 and check blumenthalarts.org. For more on the music, visit toscomusicparty.org.
Friday: Weekends at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Crib & Freebird at The Handle Bar, Catawba; DeCarlo at Lake Wylie Bowl ‘N’ Bounce, Lake Wylie; Finally Friday Concert w-Lakeside Drive Band, City Hall, Lancaster; Ashes to Airwaves, Buried Voices, SIX at New Brookland Tavern, Columbia; Southern Experience Band at Breakers Bar & Grill, Columbia; Tony Barnes at Harmony Hall-Carowinds, Fort Mill; Sincerely Iris at D’Vine Wine Café-Ballantyne, Charlotte; The Get Go at McKoy’s Smokehouse & Saloon, Charlotte; A Light Divided, Shadow of Myself, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Chris Stapleton with Aubrie Sellers at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Shotgun Saints at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; The Rockaholics at The Trap, Charlotte; Perfect Strangers Acoustic at Yellow Rose-Touchstone, Charlotte; Carrie Marshall at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Wicked Powers at RiRa, Charlotte; Old Southern Moonshine Revival at Bootlegger’s Saloon & Dance Hall, Charlotte; Shannon Lee at Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant, Charlotte; Simplified at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Analog Daze, The Menders at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Aqualads, It’s Snakes, Truckstop Preachers at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Weird Al Yankovic at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte; Haley Mae & The Hardware at Crown Station Coffeehouse & Pub, Charlotte; Darrell Harwood with Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Open Mic at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; Cowboy Mouth, Of Good Nature at NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Darnell Boys at US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; The Dead Woods, The Stress Exchange, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Poor Blue at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Joe Firstman, John Dugan at Evening Muse, Charlotte;
Saturday: The Hyde Band at The Handle Bar, Catawba; Ashley Rhodes Peeples at Garden Café, York; Chubby Knuckles at T-Bones on The Lake, Lake Wylie Dave Matthews Tribute Band, 42-A – Tribute to Coldplay at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Rockaholics at Maverick Rock Taco, Charlotte; Gene Gene & The Blues Machine, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Charlotte; Dank at US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte; Mike Strauss Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Beatles Tribute Night at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Lisa De Novo at Hattie’s Tap & Tavern, Charlotte; Unknown Hinson at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; The Baseball Project with Mike Mills, Peter Buck (of R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey, Steve Winn, Linda Pitmon at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Tantrum at Stooges Pub & Grub, Charlotte; Amigo, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Jacob & The Good People at RiRa, Charlotte; DeCarlo at Common Market, Charlotte; The Armory at Tin Roof, Charlotte; Queen City Jazz with Will Downing, Karen Briggs, more at Uptown Amphitheater-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; For the Byrds, Joules at Milestone, Charlotte; Surry Line at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Chubby Checker at Don Gibson Theater, Shelby; Southern Experience Band at Quillies Bar, Lincolnton; The Weepies, Carsie Blanton at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Dirty Grass Soul at Bootlegger’s Saloon & Dance Hall, Charlotte; Jill Andrews, KS Rhoads at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Sunday: Jazz & Blues Series at Casual Water-Tega Cay Golf Club, Tega Cay-Fort Mill; Shannon Lee at EagleSpeak Coffee House, Charlotte; Antiseen, Hookers, No Anger Control (early show, 6 p.m.) at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Colony House, Swim in the Wild at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; K. Flay at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
Monday: Ben Davenport at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Jaggermouth at Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte; Knocturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Open Mic with Randy Niles at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Tuesday: Walker Black, McStealth, Modern Day Scarecrows at Tommy’s Pub, Charlotte; Ethan Uslan Show – Silent Film & Jaz at Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, Charlotte.
Wednesday: Walter and Dave at Villa Antonio-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Too Much Sylvia at Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte; Betty Who, Coin, Cailee Rae at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Animals, Public Radio, The Business People, more at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Museum Mouth, Aggrocragg, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Spice of Life, Sister Helen, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Louque, Rachel Kate, Jeff Shepherd, Delicate Cutters at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
Thursday: Still Well Angel, White Knuckle Blackout, Butterfly Corpse, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Appetite For Destruction: Guns N Roses Tribute; Ride the Lightning: Metalica Tribute at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; The Old Dogs Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Rockin’ Jake Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Grandmaster Furious 5, Melle Mel, Scorpio at Studio Movie Grill, Charlotte; Michael Franti, Spearhead at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Kevin Gates at Chop Shop, Charlotte; Christy Snow at Evening Muse, Charlotte;
“And that was all she wrote.”