Hot ideas for cool after-hours fun


LOVE AND MUSIQ: The smooth sounds of Grammy-nominated Musiq Soulchild will fill Amos' Southend. The soul singer will debut songs from his new album “On My Radio.” 8:30 p.m. 1423 S. Tryon St. $30. www.amossouthend.com.

PANTHER PRIDE: The Pavilion at EpiCentre starts a new Friday night tradition with its first “Panther Prowl.” The pep rallies will be held the Friday before every Panthers home game. Wear your blue and black. 5:30 p.m. 210 E. Trade St. Free. http://pavilionatepicentre.com.


LIVE MUSIC: The Tosco Music Party celebrates its 20th anniversary. Come see why the seasonal concert has evolved from a living room gathering to an event that regularly sells out the 1,000-seat Dale F. Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College. Performers range from a 9-year-old singer to a musician who plays the kora, a 21-string harp lute. 7 p.m. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $15 for adults, $8 for 15 and under, $12 for 65 and older. www.toscomusicparty.org.

STREET FEST: Follow the hickory smoke wafting through uptown this weekend and you'll find the Blues, Brews and BBQ festival. Sample barbecue and beer from local vendors, listen to national blues acts, and see how competing cookers prepare their award-winning pork for national judges and local personalities (including yours truly). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. North Tryon Street between Sixth and Eleventh streets. Free. www.bluesbrewsandbbq.com.

HEAVY METAL: Fur coats, studded leather and horned helmets are the dress code for this weekend's Slashin' Bash II. The party will feature a night of tongue-in-cheek viking references as the Visulite is converted into “a cross between a headbangin' metal club and the lost land of the Vikings with a pinch of fetish,” according to party organizers. Highlights will include a performance by Iron Cordoba, a resurrection of a dead Viking, slave girl “blood wrestling” and a virgin sacrifice. 11 p.m. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. www.visulite.com.


New location

Pop Life is back

6 p.m. 1440 S. Tryon St. Free. www.thesolkitchen.com.

Pop Life returns after a brief hiatus – and it has a brand-new location: Apostrophe Lounge. Network with other young professionals and try one of the martinis at the new spot.