Two days of music, autographs and activities will celebrate the return of the Charlotte Hornets name.
Buzz Fest, an indoor basketball-themed fan festival, will run from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The event is hosted by rapper and Hornets minority owner Nelly. Recording artists Big & Rich, Diggy Simmons, Nico & Vinz and Elle Varner are on tap to perform. Tickets are $10 each day.
The Hornets play their season opener Wednesday. The team name returns after a 12-year absence that began when the original team moved to New Orleans. The Charlotte Bobcats, which began play in 2004, announced last year that they would become the Hornets. Jonathan McFadden