Morris Day And The Time, Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest, The Houston Brothers tonight (6/25/11)



Morris Day And The Time Some songs are just undeniable, and “Jungle Love” and “777-9311” by these guys easily fit into the category of crowd pleasers decades after their initial release. Armed with Jerome, his mirror and his band, Day often played the villain to close-friend Prince but oozed the charm and charisma to win over an audience with a high-energy stage show, clearly honed from non-stop touring. Not nearly as legendary as his Minnesota counterpart, he is certainly as iconic for his era. $34.50-$64.50. Knight Theater. (Mike McCray)

Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest Headliners George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn are jazz, R&B and funk veterans. The elder Duke’s ’60s and early ’70s records were jazz affairs and his muse since also fuses R&B and funk. Sax man Sanborn’s crossover jazz can be oft sensuous and at times syrupy. Bassist Miller is the youngster of the bunch, a jack of all trades, a multi-instrumentalist. All three have so much output that it’s only natural that the worthy stuff is littered with some throwaways. Expect the trio to bring out their best material and, if the stars align, the night will bloom. Also on the bill: Gerald Albright and Jeff Lorber Fusion. $35-$75. Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater. (Samir Shukla)

The Houston Brothers Over the years, the brothers Houston (nee Faircloth) have added various pieces but found their real comfort zone in the two-piece of Matt on guitars/bass pedals and Justin playing keys and drums (all of that done simultaneously, mind you). But the recent pick-up of David Kim on drums and Molly Jay (Secret Weapon) Brown on additional keys and wind instruments may have hit the sweet spot — it sure sounded that way at a recent benefit gig. You’ll soon get a chance to hear how it translates to record, too, as there’s a new set of songs in the can. Speaking of benefits ... this one is to help raise licensing fees for Plaza Midwood Community Radio. Dial in (the kids call it linking) and hear what’s floating the locals’ boats. With Modern Primitives and the Chalkies. $6. Snug Harbor. (John Schacht)

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