Spotlights: See Richard Marx and a Prettier folk-pop duo

Richard Marx
Richard Marx

Richard Marx will perform tonight in Shelby, N.C.

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Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:34 p.m.


Shelby, N.C.: DON GIBSON THEATRE, 318 S. Washington St., 704-487-8114: Richard Marx. 8 p.m. $29

A longtime favorite on the adult contemporary circuit, Grammy winner Richard Marx first made a name for himself in the late 1980s when his debut album produced such hits as “Don't Mean Nothing,” “Should've Known Better,” “Endless Summer Nights” and “Hold on to the Nights.”


Spartanburg: DELANEY'S IRISH PUB, 117 W. Main St., 583-3100: Prettier than Matt. 9:30 p.m.

A Columbia-based duo composed of Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts, Prettier than Matt churns out infectious folk-pop comparable to that of nationally renowned duo She & Him. Prettier than Matt's repertoire includes outstanding originals along with covers of such songs as Roger Miller's “King of the Road.”

Spartanburg: NU-WAY RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE, 373 E. Kennedy St., 582-9685: Matthew Knights Williams & The Witnesses. 9:30 p.m.

Matthew Knights Williams has been cranking out roots-tinged rock 'n' roll for more than two decades. Along with the Witnesses — bassist Don McGraw and drummer Kevin Heuer — Williams offers an invigorating sound that melds the spirit of late '70s Stiff Records singles with the poignancy of Tom Petty.

Newberry: NEWBERRY OPERA HOUSE, 1201 McKibben St., 803-276-6264: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. 8 p.m. $45

In the 1960s, Martha Reeves was a superstar. With her group, then billed as Martha & The Vandellas, the legendary singer delivered a string of catchy pop-soul hits, including such iconic Motown classics as “(Love is Like a) Heat Wave,” “Jimmy Mack,” “Nowhere to Run” and “Dancing in the Street.”


Asheville, N.C.: THE ORANGE PEEL, 101 Biltmore Ave., 828-225-5851: Gomez/Hey Rosetta! 9 p.m. $16, $18

Together since 1997, Gomez is an English indie rock band whose unique sound has a folk-flavored psychedelic and experimental vibe. The veteran group has released more than a half-dozen eclectic albums, including last year's “Whatever's on Your Mind.”

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