This solo performance by Oklahoma's Samantha Crain puts the focus firmly on the oddly enchanting vocals and equally captivating Southern Gothic-style stories of the Ramseur Records singer-songwriter. Lumberton sextet Dark Water Rising presents soulful, often jangly rock over which its trio of female singers harmonizes beautifully. This isn't just a random pairing: Both Dark Water Rising, which features members of Lumbee heritage, and Crain, who has Choctaw blood, won Native American Music Awards last year, though they're worthy of attention regardless of their background. Pay a $5 cover at 9 p.m., with Humble Tripe's Shawn Luby. Both acts also perform Saturday, Nov. 20 at a 5 p.m. concert at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh ($5 advance, $8 door), and that night at Deep South in Raleigh. —Spencer Griffith
Correction (Nov. 22, 2010): The name of the band is Dark Water Rising, not Deep Water Rising, as we published.