Charlotte Symphony Pops: A Salute to America’s Heroes
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: The Symphony salutes America’s heroes with its special guest, the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. The group of midshipmen perform “Navy Hymn,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” America the Beautiful,” and more. Also Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets $34.50 - $84.50; www.carolinatix.org.
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Fisher Farm Park, 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson
Friday, 7-9 p.m.: Join the Davidson Lands Conservancy for an evening of stargazing at this free event. The Physics Department from Davidson College and the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club provide equipment and expertise. Updated information and potential cancellation notices will be posted on www.davidsonlands.org.
The Jazz Room
Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St.
Friday, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.: Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative’s monthly series swings into Season 6 with a performance from Lovell Bradford playing the music of jazz icon Herbie Hancock. Tickets $15/$17.50, blumenthalarts.org.
Backcountry Beer Fest
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr.
Saturday, 1-5 p.m.: The festival features Birdsong Brewing Company, Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, Rock Bottom Brewery and Heist Brewery. Music from local artists, food truck, corn hole tournament and home site tours among the festivities. Tickets $10 members, $15 non-members, $5 non-drinking guests. www.charlottemuseum.org
Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.
Saturday, 8 p.m.: The Motown legend comes to Charlotte. Tickets $39.50 - $129.50, www.ticketmaster.com.