Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, $40, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
Oh, the grandeur (and neoclassical complexity) of a sweeping soundtrack score! Mann attendees get two chances to relish such rich and romantic tone poems in the next few days. Friday night, the Philadelphia Orchestra (Lucas Richman conducting) offers an 80th birthday salute to John Williams, with music from "E.T.," "Jaws," "Star Wars" and more. Come Tuesday, the most magnificent of video game scoring brings a new generation of classical audience out to hear " ‘The Legend of Zelda' Symphony of the Goddesses" as performed absolutely live by the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue, 8 p.m. Friday, $12.50-$49.50, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, $19.50-$95, 215-893-1999, manncenter.org.
Olde School Sorrow
Many know Andy Hull as the soul-bearing frontman for Atlanta's indie rocking Manchester Orchestra. Now in his sideline solo troubadour project he's Right Away, Great Captain — and serenading us with more olde-world-style balladry — the sorrowful saga of a sailor betrayed by his wife and brother. Casey Crescenzo (from Dear Hunter) and Harrison Hunter share the gig.
North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 7 p.m. Friday, $15, 215-787-0488, northstarbar.com.
Kiss Me Quick
Funny how one song can make and stamp a career. So it was for singer/songwriter Jill Sobule with the original (1995), pre-Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl" — a song that seemed so daring at the time. There's plenty more smart, winsome, sexually provocative and funny songs where that came from.
Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 8 p.m. Friday, $21.50, 215-257-5808, st94.com.
Jazz On The Tip
Philly's hardworking and versatile keyboardist/composer/bandleader Orrin Evans has a sharp new set of straight-ahead jazz tunes ("Flip The Script") to lay on ya. Special guest tenor sax Tim Warfield transforms the Evans trio to quartet.
Chris' Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, $15, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.
Hand tooled for seasoned "adult/alternative" music lovers — the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival makes its annual hot July weekend return with three days of showcases at the Delaware waterfront's Wiggins Park plus two bonus evening shows at the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center. Action Friday night includes Philly's War on Drugs, Dawes, The Hold Steady, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and Ozomatli. Saturday, the daytime lineup features lures including Mike Doughty, Kathleen Edwards, Delta Rae and Lower Dens, then moves over to SBC for a nighttime lineup of Dr. Dog, The Avett Brothers and Wilco. On Sunday, showgoers will watch Diego Garcia, the rotating cast of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers, Kaki King and JD Souther (among others) then a lawnside view of the Susquehanna Bank Center show headlining Counting Crows with Delta Spirit and Field Report.
Wiggins Park, Camden waterfront, 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday, three-day pass $110 ($55 for WXPN Members) includes lawn seat for Susquehanna Bank Center shows, daily tickets $50 ($25 for WXPN members) also includes Susquehanna Bank Center lawn seating, xpn.org.
Music Makes the World Go Round
Grammy winning soul-pop stylist Brandy (Norwood) pours forth with music as the big draw at the 6th annual Global Fusion Festival, a fun 'n' free' daytime event at Penn's Landing. This year's theme of "Rhapsody" also taps into Caribbean, Hispanic, African and Asian styles, with Kenny Lattimore, Elle Varner, Luke James, Cody Kamhar, R.K.M., & Ken Y and Kendrick Lamar.
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, free, http://www.globalfusionfestival.com/.
Pack the trunk
Our region's most famous pachyderm gets the spotlight Saturday as Margate's Lucy the Elephant celebrates her 131st birthday.
The festivities for the iconic landmark include the "Zoo on Wheels." The traveling exhibit from the Philadelphia Zoo features various animals, and will be on hand 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a giant water slide, an 18-foot bungee run, birthday cake bounce, dunk tank, among other activities. And of course, there will be plenty of snacks available from vendors.
A remote parking lot with free shuttle service will be operating at the Union Avenue School, Union Avenue between Winchester and Monmouth avenues.
Atlantic and Washington avenues, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., free admission, www.lucytheelephant.org.
— Compiled by Jonathan Takiff and Chuck Darrow