Since forming in 1988, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have carried the torch for California-based roots music featuring full measures of rockabilly, western swing and country. The big man’s musical travels have taken him around the world, and he’s been featured on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air.” With more than two dozen albums to draw from, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys keep the party moving from the first note to the last. On Saturday, the boys roll into Raleigh for a show at Stag’s Head Music Hall and Bar. https://www.facebook.com/StagsHeadRaleigh/
▪ On Friday, Cowboy Mouth brings its roots-rock to Motorco Music Hall, 722 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. The New Orleans group includes former members of Dash Rip Rock and the Red Rockers. Show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30. Info: www.motorcomusic.com/events, 919-901-0875.
▪ This weekend’s lineup at the Cat’s Cradle includes The Old Ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Back Room, rock pioneer Roger Kynard “Roky” Erickson at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and an album-release party for Ellis Dyson & The Shambles at 9 p.m. Saturday. 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Info: catscradle.com.
▪ At The Pour House, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, it’s Tropidelic (reggae) with Bumpin Uglies and Sons of Paradise at 9 p.m. Friday and the Jason Adamo Band (rock) with The New Schematics at 9 p.m. Saturday. Info: thepourhousemusichall.com.
▪ Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern’s “Yes To Nothing,” a new play with music by Mara Thomas, concerns four women punk rockers from the 1980s who get back together 20 years later to examine their lives and legacies. Three weekends of performances at various Triangle bars begin at Slim’s in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $10-$15. 919-452-2304 or littlegreenpig.com.
▪ The Raleigh Little Theatre production of the musical “Crowns” promises a moving celebration of black history through various hats. A young girl, who’s moved down South from Brooklyn, learns there are hats for every occasion with many stories to tell. Additional shows have been added to see the gospel musical with performances scheduled Sept. 15, 16 and 17. Tickets are $15 to $28. 919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org.
▪ “The Open Door Stage Play” comes to the Garner Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The play showcases the life of a family whose beliefs in God and family are not all the same. 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. $15. Info: garnerperformingartscenter.com.
▪ “Eyes Up Here Comedy,” a stand-up show with some of the Triangle’s funniest ladies, is at 8 p.m. Friday at Kings Barcade, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh. $5. Info: kingsraleigh.com. Improv comedy comes to Kings at 8 p.m. Saturday. Improv teams from across the Triangle will perform. $10.
▪ “Fluid,” an exhibition of works by MyLoan Dinh, 1-6 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. Free.
▪ Paintings by Pamela George of Durham will be on display from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham. Free.
▪ “Looking South: Photographs by Eudora Welty,” 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Info: 919-839-6262.
Scott Bolejack, Jack Bernhardt and Roy C. Dicks contributed.