RELAX: Enjoy the smooth sounds of local guitarist and vocalist Michael Patterson 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St. No cover charge.
CELEBRATING HERITAGE: Members of various Native American nations will gather and share their culture and traditions during the Mihsihkinaakwa Pow Wow at 5 p.m. in Morsches Park, off U.S. 30 on the east side of Columbia City. Friday's highlight will be a concert of popular hit music by Adam Strack and Mike Mowry at 7 p.m.; admission is a freewill donation. Soarin' Hawk raptor rehabilitation center also will provide demonstrations with birds of prey from 6 to 8 p.m. in the family tent.
The pow wow will continue 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Highlights include Native American dancing, with the public invited to join in portions of the dancing.
Admission is $4, adults, free, ages 11 and younger, and $6 for a weekend pass. To get to the park from Fort Wayne, go west on U.S. 30 to Indiana 205, and go south on Indiana 205 to the park entrance. Parking will be available in the back of the park.
FESTIVE SONG: The Fort Wayne Children's Choir (FWCC) will present its Choralfest concert based around the theme “FWCC Goes to the Movies” at 7:30 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Admission is free.
BLUES BASH: Blues musician John Nemeth will perform as part of the Botanical Roots Series concerts at 8:30 p.m. in the Terrace Garden outside Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. The show will take place rain or shine.
Born in Idaho, Nemeth moved to Memphis, Tenn., to immerse himself in one of the hotbeds of blues and soul music, the conservatory reports on its website, www.botanicalconservatory.org.
Admission is $6 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. Seating is limited, so bring your own chair. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage allowed. For information, call 427-6440.
POWERFUL STORY: Arena Dinner Theatre presents the award-winning musical “Violet” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 719 Rockhill St.
The story revolves around Violet, who has a visible scar across her face from where she was struck accidentally by an axe while her father chopped wood, it says in a show description on the Arena website, www.arenadinnertheatre.org. She saved up money to travel across the Deep South in 1964 to see a TV evangelist, whose touch she hopes will heal her scar. Along the way, she meets a young African-American soldier who falls in love with her despite her physical “imperfections.”
Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 pm., and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35; to order, call 424-5622, visit the Arena box office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and on show dates, or go to www.arenadinnertheatre.org.
Additional performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 15-16 and 22-23.
ROCK REUNION: Members of the former FBC band, which was a hot local rock band from about 1975 to 1983, will reunite for a concert at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park. Admission is free.
SWEET SONG: Enjoy a Music in the Park concert as the New Haven Alumni Band performs at 3 p.m. in Schnelker Park, at Park Avenue and Edwards Street in New Haven.
'FAVORITE' TUNES: The Fort Wayne Area Community Band will perform a variety of popular tunes during its “My Favorite Things” concert at 7:30 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park. Admission is free.
Songs in the concert lineup include “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “King Cotton March,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Washington Post March” and music from Broadway shows such as “West Side Story,” “Grease” and “Jersey Boys.”
GOOD-TIME ROCK: The Bulldogs, who are carrying on without pack leader Spike, will perform rock oldies from 7 to 9 p.m. in Indian Trails Park, on Aboite Center Road east of Summit Middle School. Admission is free.
The show will take place rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating, and don’t forget the bug spray. No alcoholic beverages or smoking are permitted, but the Aboite Township Volunteer Fire Department will sell refreshments.