Friday events in the Charlotte area


Carolina Panthers Playoff Pep Rally

7 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. Free to attend, or $7 for bar crawl tickets at millerlitepantherspeprally.eventbrite.com.

Everyone can enjoy a performance by the TopCats and Purrcussion Drum Line. Ticketholders get a Panthers division championship T-shirt, can skip the line and pay no cover at participating bars and restaurants, and are entered to win tickets to Saturday’s playoff game.


Rockin’ & Racin’

10 a.m.-6 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. $19.95; $17.95 for seniors and military; $12.95 for kids 5-12. 704-654-4400.

Final chance to see the exhibit of more than 40 artifacts highlighting the racing industry’s connection with the music industry through trophies, guitars, records, driver uniforms, helmets, music-related vehicles and more.


Jazz at the Bechtler

7-9 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25 ($18-$22 members). www.bechtler.org.

To celebrate the museum’s fifth anniversary, the concert will be performed on a stage (and not at the Bechtler!) for the first time ever. The Ziad Jazz Quartet will be joined by eight guest musicians and two vocalists, including Charlotte-native singer/actress Maria Howell.