8 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory. $31-$56. www.livenation.com.
Alabama Shakes (led by bold-and-colorful-cape-wearing frontwoman Brittany Howard) opens the outdoor concert season while riding a wave of success thanks to its three recent Grammys. With Dylan Leblanc.
‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’
8 p.m. (also 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $29.50-$155. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Abby Mueller beautifully embodies the Brooklyn singer-songwriter whose tunes changed the pop music scene of the 1960s – and whose multiplatinum album “Tapestry” did the same in the 1970s.
7:30 and 9:45 p.m. (also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $30-$35. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
The stand-up comic – who can be seen in a small role in “Barbershop: The Next Cut” – cracks wise about race, poverty and the challenges of growing up in Chicago with a dysfunctional African-American family.