1. FLAME ON!
The first attempt at the Great Chicago Fire Festival ended with a fizzle when only one of the three mansions floating on the Chicago River actually ignited. Undaunted, Redmoon and the Chicago Park District are trying again in a new location: Northerly Island on the Museum Campus. After a neighborhood bazaar beginning at 5 p.m., the closing ceremony at 7:30 promises music, fireworks and the torching of a house clad with “I Celebrate…” and “I Overcome…” statements from Chicago youth. Details: www.chicagofirefestival.com.
2. GUFFAW WITH GODFREY
A veteran of the stand-up circuit, the comedian Godfrey is known for his “Make 7 Up Yours” commercials and his co-hosting gig over the summer on Fox’s “Bullseye.” A Lane Tech grad, he returns to Chicago to tape a TV special over two sets at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North. Tickets: upcomedyclub.com.
3. HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL
Among the highlights of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival this weekend will be the world premiere of a commissioned piece by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Called “banyan,” it examines the role of the “griot” in social and jazz history. A 12-member ensemble will perform “banyan” at 3:30 and 5:15 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Other acts will play on a dozen other stages; for the full lineup, see www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org.
4. ROCKY TOPS
He probably won’t have video partners Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson along for the ride, but A$AP Rocky shouldn’t have trouble commanding the stage during his Sunday concert at the Aragon. Fresh from the No. 1 debut of his album “At. Long. Last. ASAP” and his Lollapalooza and MTV Video Music Awards appearances last month, the rapper leads a bill that also includes Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples. Tickets: livenation.com
5. LIKE A HURRICANE
The Scorpions announced a farewell tour in 2010, but guess what: It didn’t stick. The German rockers are back on the road and coming to the Allstate Arena on Sunday with a setlist of hits including “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Wind of Change.” Queensryche opens. Tickets: ticketmaster.com