Don't let the concert poster fool you: The Juanita Family does indeed feature members of The Last of the Juanitas, a Portland-via-Arizona math-sludge metal monster whose noise-injected excursions into seldom-traveled time signatures always deserved more attention. But the apple fell far from the tree: Offshoot The Juanita Family is a crying-eyes heartbreak outfit, channeling George Jones hurt and Loretta Lynn magnetism through the pure eloquence of frontwoman Lana Rebel. Electric Sunshine and Good Times open. --Grayson Currin
The Man Who
Manbites Dog Theater
A "theatrical research" into the nature of reality and the inconceivably strange mysteries of the human mind, inspired by Oliver Sack's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat. Pay what you like ($5 minimum) at this first performance. After that it's $10 on Wednesday and Thursday or $15 Friday through Sunday. More information at www.manbitesdogtheater.org.
Two local DJs dig for the best in current, fast and dirty British club styles, garage, hip hop, R&B, two-step and grime at this monthly event with DJs Mango of Panther Records and Cooper of WXDU and Urban Renewal Records. Dance to the beat of a different drum the first Thursday of every month. 10 p.m. --Chris Toenes
Buddy Miller and James McMurtry
This is an inspired pairing, two guys whose regular Joe visages and demeanors don't prepare you for their guitar ferocity. And they both traffic in soul music of sorts. Miller is at his best when writing about looking deep into your soul, McMurtry when writing about America's lost and wandering souls. 8:30 p.m./$12--Rick Cornell
The next time someone complains that all folk is soft and squishy, cue up a record from Greg Brown, a rangy, elder Iowan statesman who writes and plays with bite and imagination. Brown's a fine interpreter too, as demonstrated on last year's collection of traditional songs, Honey in the Lion's Head, and 1993's Friend of Mine, a covers album made with fellow folk savior Bill Morrissey. 8 p.m./$20--Rick Cornell
Celtic and bluegrass fiddler Natalie MacMaster brings her faster than the speed of sound fiddling and Irish/mountain backcountry rockability to UNC's Great Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. For tickets, go to www.performingartsseries.unc.edu or call 962-1449; they're $32, $18 students.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
He went from blowing sax behind Lenny Kravitz to creating his unique brand of acid jazz with his first group, the Greyboy Allstars. Deepening the groove for his next group, Karl Denson combined James Brown grooves with John Coltrane and Curtis Mayfield in his Tiny Universe. The jam band set has adopted him because of his free-form compositions, but Denson is not easily pinned down--even at his most predictable, Denson is still evolving. 9 p.m./$16--Grant Britt
The 24-Hour Plays
Six shows written, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours in this benefit for the Genesis Home. Presented by Company Carolina at UNC's Hanes Art Center Auditorium. Tickets are being sold at the door for $10, $5 students, $8 faculty, staff, senior citizens. For more information, visit www.unc.edu/company.
Raleigh Jazz Orchestra and Raleigh Symphony Orchestra
The RSO and the RJO team up for an evening of jazz and classical, well, classics. Featured classical works include Neilsen's Saul and David Prelude, Still's La Guiablesse, Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite followed by the jazz compositions of Ellington, Kenton and Herman with vocalist Susan Reeves. The show starts at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Tickets range from $10-$20.
Soul Notes, an original musical by UNC-Chapel Hill student Creighton Irons, is the result of interviews conducted in Jamaica, South Africa and the American South. These interviews, mostly with musicians, explore the issues surrounding race in intimate and vulnerable ways. Presented by Studio 2 in UNC's Kenan Theatre. March 4-6, 8:15 p.m.; March 7, 4 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; and March 8, 5 p.m. www.unc.edu/~cirons. $5.
Keith Whitman, under the pseudonym Hrvatski, works with break-beats like masons work with ground stone, creasing and spackling until things fit together loosely but shine like broken glass in sunlight. Brilliant, bright live production by one of the best. 10 p.m. --Chris Toenes
Music of the Spirit
Uday Bhawalkar is one of the few masters who still perform the North Indian classical vocal music style known as dhrupad. Dhrupad, "the literal rendering of verse into music," is one of the most ancient forms of music hailing from India and is known for its austere and structured qualities. This devotional style is intended not to entertain, but to provoke contemplation in the listener. Bhawalkar will be accompanied by Manikraeo Munde on the two-headed drum at Duke's Nelson Music Room. Tickets can be purchased by calling 684-4444; they're $15, $5 students. --Tasha Petty
Buddy Guy is warming up for his biggest gig ever--induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Technically a bluesman, Guy has more histrionics in his act than most rock stars, doing more on guitar with one finger than most can do with both hands. His biggest problem is not being himself--the imitations of other guitar greats during his show gets old, but when he's back on as himself, he's hard to beat. 7:30 p.m./$30-$35--Grant Britt
I once read that New York quartet Ambulance Ltd. has an outright aversion to the shoegazer description. Fair enough, but--given the multi-tracked, quaking pedal pulsations lurking beneath many of the band's best songs--it's a tag that's hard to shy from. That is, unless you ignore about half of their smarmily named debut, LP: eclectic country/trippy/twee/psyche sounds sung by Marcus Congleton, whose voice has that uncanny Shins-like husk that makes the kids fall in love. VHS or Beta open. 10 p.m./$7--Grayson Currin
Bettie Serveert and Schooner
The Breeders, Belly, Throwing Muses--the early '90s produced some great female-led acts, but none (short of Liz Phair) produced a debut as wonderful as Dutch rockers Bettie Serveert's Palomine. A ragged guitar roar that pays homage to Neil Young, muscular melodies and singer Carol Van Dijk's bittersweet musings on life and love are delivered with wonderful vocal verve. Their latest, Attagirl, continues the band's upward post-millennial momentum. 10 p.m./$12--Chris Parker