Neil Young: Heart of Gold
N.C. MUSEUM OF ART–Still searching for the heart of gold, Neil Young appears rejuvenated after some health problems in the concert film Neil Young: Heart of Gold. Playing in front of an audience in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium while playing an old Hank Williams guitar, Young runs through a set heavy on material from Prairie Wind, his 2005 album. Jonathan Demme, who has displayed a deft touch in such performance films as Stop Making Sense and Swimming to Cambodia, received excellent notices for his work here. See it at 9 p.m. outdoors. Tickets are $3, free to NCMA members. –David Fellerath
Eastern Music Festival: Alejandro Escovedo
TRIAD STAGE–Courtesy of its passion, inventiveness and emotional depth, Alejandro Escovedo’s work in this decade and the last has earned him comparisons to Van Morrison, The Band and Townes Van Zandt–a roots/soul holy trinity, for sure. Escovedo, a punker turned roots-rock troubadour, chamber-rock band leader and alt.country deity, revels in finding the beauty in volume and turning up the volume on beauty. With a brilliant band and an adventurous, John Cale-produced record, he’s going strong after a death’s door battle with hepatitis C complications. Tickets are $25 for the 9 p.m. show. See www.easternmusicfestival.org.