‘Motown: The Musical’
1:30 and 7 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and various performances through Sept. 6). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$134.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Berry Gordy wrote and produced this autobiographical jukebox musical about the early days of Motown, jamming in more than four dozen songs (performed mainly in medleys or fragments.) York County, S.C., native Charles Randolph-Wright directed the Broadway version and this national tour.
Noon-5 p.m. (also 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday). Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. $15 ($12 for kids and seniors). www.discoveryplace.com.
The exhibition – subtitled “The Instrument That Rocked the World” – traces its evolution from 3,000 B.C. to the present through a gallery of rare instruments, playable guitars and more. Open through Sept. 7.
Charlotte School of Rock
1 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $8. http://locations.schoolofrock.com/charlotte.
Students take the stage all day and into the evening, performing covers of songs by Queen (1 p.m.) and U2 (2 p.m.), then pay tribute to hip-hop (3:30 p.m.), Jack White (5:30 p.m.) and the Rolling Stones (7 p.m.).