Listen to this
The Patrick McNeese Band comes to Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade, after the release of its latest album, Hallelu. The music mixes a variety of rock, jazz and traditional influences into a unique blend. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday, and the cover is $8. Beetnik.com.
Premiere of operetta
The Bluegrass Opera presents the world premiere of Illyria, a long-lost operetta that combines Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night with music in the style of Gilbert & Sullivan.
The work was composed in 1933 by William Theodore Diebels, professor of music at Washington University in St. Louis. It was scheduled to premiere at the time, but the production was shelved during the Great Depression.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students with a valid ID. Call (859) 940-9379 or go to Bluegrassopera.org.
tucker at the palace
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker brings his standup act to the Louisville Palace. The star of Rush Hour, The Fifth Element and the Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $39.50 to $49.50. Louisvillepalace.com.
ambassadors of fun
The Harlem Globetrotters roll into Lexington for a night of basketball high jinks at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $24 to $109. Call 1-800-745-3000 or go to Rupparena.com.