Hot Dates: The Mannish Boys, Natalie Cole, Lorrie Morgan and touring the past

Country singer Lorrie Morgan performs in Denver on Saturday.
Country singer Lorrie Morgan performs in Denver on Saturday. courtesy of Lorrie Morgan

Saturday at The Neighborhood Theater in NoDa: 3rd annual Charlotte Rock & Roll Reunion: Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. with the Mannish Boys, led by Charlotte music veteran Jake Berger. The Boys will be joined by Jim Charles, the singer who wrote “Abba” in 1967 for Charlotte garage band, The Paragons. The song was a hit regionally, recorded at Charlotte’s Arthur Smith Studios.

Next up: Mod VI, a garage rock legend from Aiken, S.C. Mod VI released two singles, “What Can I Do?” and “It’s Not the Same,” in 1968 and both became regional hits. It will be the band’s first show in 47 years.

After the Mod VI, The Bondsmen, originally from Durham, are reuniting after 45 years for the Charlotte show. That band recorded a regional hit in the Five Americans cover “I See The Light.” The Bondsmen’s original lineup and its 1969-70 members are coming back together in time for Saturday’s reunion.

Durham’s Kinksmen are scheduled to close the show. Tickets are $15, and the theater is at 511 E 36th St. in Charlotte.. Details, click here.

Jim Charles performing “Abba”:

Thursday, 7:30 p.m., singer Natalie Cole at Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.: At 65, she’s outlived her famous father, Nat King Cole, by two decades and won nine Grammys for her work. At The Belk, she’ll revisit her family’s multicultural history and perform some of Latin’s music most beloved standards. She grew up inspired by her father’s bilingual recording legacy. Details, click here.

A medley of Natalie Cole’s Latin music:

Opening Friday, “Liberty Mountain” at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Ave in Kings Mountain. It’s a drama by Robert Inman, a former Charlotte TV news anchor turned novelist, screenwriter and playwright, about the Battle of Kings Mountain. Inman treats the battle as the event that changed the course of the Revolutionary War.

And indeed, the battle was the first major patriot victory after British forces invaded Charleston in May 1780. Get details about the show here.

Opening at a theater near you: “Max,” about a dog that helps U.S. Marines in Afghanistan and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. Stars Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham and Thomas Haden Church. Warning: bring a box of Kleenex.

Also on Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), “That’s a Take!” at Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Carolina Voices’ Impromptu ensemble offers a concert of film-related music, from “I Heart it Through the Grapevine” (”The Big Chill”) to “Glory” (“Selma”). Details, click here.

A big name comes to Denver on Saturday: Country singer and Nashville recording artist Lorrie Morgan will be the featured performer in the Denver Area Business Association’s free concert – dubbed the Denver Fireworks Spectacular – at East Lincoln High’s football stadium, 6471 NC-73 in Denver.

A child of the Opry, Morgan was one of the youngest performers to make her debut, singing “Paper Roses” on center stage at 13 with her father, George Morgan. Three years later, after her father died, she hit the road to launch her career with her father’s band. At 24, she became a lifetime member of Grand Ole Opry. Now as a singer-songwriter, she’s sold more than 6 million records, had 14 top-10 hits and four times has been named country music’s Female Vocalist of the Year.”

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with live entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Details, click here.

Rescheduled for Saturday: Paranormal event at Historic Rosedale, north of uptown, where no more than 30 visitors will be offered a tour of the grounds from 9 to 10:30 p.m. and attempt to make contact with the great beyond. You’ll use the latest technology and members of the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society will be there to help. Their team will lead the investigation. Want to participate? You’ll need to wear flat, comfortable – and quiet – shoes and bring a small flashlight.

Details, click here.

Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), a free self-guided tour of York County’s Historic Brattonsville near McConnells: You can tour the farms and artisans of South Carolina’s Catawba Region. Historic Brattonsville, a 775-acre plantation site, will be promoting the agricultural activities of the site and hosting local artists. Come see its flock of Gulf Coast sheep, Dominique chickens, and Ossabaw Island hogs. Learn why these animals were important to early Americans. See field crops and gardens that were vital to the survival and success of the antebellum plantation. On Saturday, costumed interpreters will conduct hands-on demonstrations such as 18th century gardening, blacksmithing, weaving and hearth cooking. Details, click here.

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