You could say that Bruno Mars was born to be a pop star. Raised in a family of musicians in Hawaii, he first gained notice as a child Elvis impersonator in the 1992 movie “Honeymoon in Vegas,” going on to hone a style sharing space alongside Prince and Michael Jackson on the borderline between pop and soul. He has also developed a reputation as one of the finest showmen on the road today, a live act he’ll bring to Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Saturday. Aloe Blacc opens the show at 8 p.m. and tickets are $51.30-$115.41. See thepncarena.com for details.
• Friday brings Americana singer/songwriter Amos Lee to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre with Lake Street Drive opening, Texas wiseacre Robert Earl Keen to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre with Debonzo Brothers and New Orleans-style funk band Boneslinger to Papa Mojo’s in Durham.
• Beatles tribute band 1964 plays Raleigh’s N.C. Museum of Art Saturday, preceding the documentary film “Good Ol’ Freda.” Also Saturday, ’80s hit-making band English Beat plays Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle while Polica comes to the Lincoln.
• New Merge signees Spider Bags play Duke’s Music in the Gardens series Wednesday, the same night the great Joe Ely holds sway at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom and Grouplove plays Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom. Schooner plays Pinhook in Durham Thursday and Gringo Star plays Southland.