Amateur Star City Stand-up Comedy Contest, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, The Comedy Loft. Local amateur comics will gather to show off their best 5-minute sets to a panel of judges and a sold-out Comedy Loft crowd. The winner will receive $100 cash, a gift package from The Mill and a spot to emcee at The Comedy Loft.
"Laugh Your Tails Off" fundraiser for Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue with Pete Lee, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rococo Theatre. Stand-up comic Pete Lee has made three appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in the past year. He'll be joined on the Rococo stage by local comedian T. Marni Vos.
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," noon Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln Grand. The Harry Potter universe will soon boast 10 feature films, with the November release of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," and Marcus Theatres is giving people a chance to see the first nine on the big screen. The series continues this weekend with "Chamber of Secrets" and wraps up Nov. 3-4 with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
Pat Green with Justin Adams, Emmett Bower Band, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Bourbon Theatre. Fifteen years after his surprise, nearly-Billboard-chart-topping national breakthrough “Wave on Wave,” Pat Green’s such a big star on the Texas country scene that he’s got a tribute album from the likes of Jack Ingram, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow and Aaron Watson. He’s back in Lincoln for the first time in a while to deliver some of his hits and songs from his most recent album, 2015’s “Home.”
Bill Kirchen, 5 p.m. Sunday, Zoo Bar. The Titan of the Telecaster, the Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods returns to the Zoo Bar for a revved-up rockabilly/country/rock ‘n’ roll “Sunday Funday” show. Kirchen, who grew up with Iggy Pop, is best known for his work in Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen and his collaborations with Nick Lowe. He’s made a batch of records that run from trucker rock to country and western swing to smokin’ rock ‘n’ roll, and he’s one of the best guitar players going.
Rev. Horton Heat with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, 8 p.m., Sunday, Bourbon Theatre. The hard-touring, Texas-based band, which plays the fuzzed-out rockabilly that once was tagged psychobilly, returns to the Bourbon after missing its annual gig there for a couple years. Expect another hard-charging show — in the words of Jim Heath, aka the Rev: “W.S. Holland, Johnny Cash’s drummer, said to me, 'You guys are kind of crazy, loud and aggressive. That’s what we were trying to do back in the '50s.”
Quintron & Miss Pussycat, 7 p.m. Monday, Royal Grove. Quintron is a rockin' electronic noisemaker who plays through a distorted Hammond B-3 organ and a bunch of self-made instruments. Miss Pussycat plays maracas and sings — and sometimes breaks out a puppet show. The Quintron and Miss Pussycat experience is a wild one, with “Swamp-Tech” dance beats, small explosions and, completing the package, incredible clothes.
The Marcus King Band, Bishop Gunn, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Bourbon Theatre. Next month, The Marcus King Band will release its third album, a recording made by Dave Cobb, the top hip Nashville producer in the legendary RCA Studio A. That says plenty about how the South Carolina singer-songwriter-guitarist is regarded. A rising star in the roots world, he’s tagged as a bluesman, like his father. But his fiery music extends to psychedelic rock and soul.
Laura Rain and The Caesars, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Zoo Bar. Powerhouse singer Laura Rain, guitarist George Friend and their band put a Detroit spin on electric soul blues — a sizzling combination that makes them well worth checking out at the Zoo Wednesday.
Trinidad James, 9 p.m. Thursday, Royal Grove. Signed to a $2 million deal by Def Jam Records in 2012 and dropped like a hot rock two years later, Trinidadian-American rapper Trinidad James has worked his way up in the hip-hop game, releasing his records independently and touring hard. That’s landed him plenty of visibility, and he’s making some cash every time “Uptown Funk” plays — "Don’t believe me, just watch" is his line.