One Offs: Bad Boy Family Reunion, Acoustic-4-A-Cure, Happy Days, Big Star’s Third

Puff Daddy and the Family will reassemble in Brooklyn on Notorious B.I.G’s birthday . . . Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield head acoustic benefit concert . . . Happy Days: Live will feature three members of the show’s cast . . . Musical all-stars collaborate to honor Big Star.

Bad Boy artists from the last 20 years will reunite for the “One Night Only” show on May 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show will include label legends Puff DaddyFaith EvansLil’ KimMaseFrench Montana and 112 as well as New York heavyweights Mary J. Blige and Jay Z.

The event gathers talent from what was one of the most commercially successful labels of the ‘90s and will be held on what would have been Notorious B.I.G’s 44th birthday. The label’s standard-bearer was gunned down in Los Angeles at 24-years-old in 1997 in a murder that remains unsolved.

The 2015 BET Awards featured a star studded performance from many Bad Boy artists compressed into just over 10 minutes, so potential concertgoers might look to the video from that show to see what to expect.

General on-sales start on April 2 and more information is available here.

Rock icons will unplug to fundraise for Pediatric Cancer at the Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert in San Francisco May 15.

The event will be held at the Fillmore and is being organized by James Hetfield of Metallica and Sammy Hagar. Other acts on the bill are Melissa EtheridgeJohn MayerPat Monahan and Joe Satriani.

The annual event benefits the Pediatric Cancer Program at University of California, San Francisco and has featured musicians performing acoustic duets and jams, many of which have been covers. The 2015 event featured a surprise performance from Adam Sandler.

Tickets go on sale April 1 with general admission running for $135 and VIP packages are available. More information can be found here.

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Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights, Mich.

Happy Days are here again! In this case, “here” means at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, Wisc. August 10 when three members of the sitcom’s cast get together to share music, photos, video clips and a Q&A session at .

Anson WilliamsDonny Most and Henry Winkler, who played Potsie, Ralph and the Fonz, respectively on the hit TV show “Happy Days”, will all take the stage to delight superfans and channel-clickers alike.

The show ran from 1974-1984 and initially revolved around the life of teenager Richie Cunningham and his family, but gradually shifted focus to the life of high school dropout Arthur “Fonzie” Cunningham. The location of the state fair is fitting, as the show was set in Milwaukee.

Tickets are on sale now at the State Fair Ticket Office.

The music of Big Star will be on display at Thank You Friends, a live performance of the band’s album Third.

The show will feature original band member Jody Stephens joined by musicians from such acts as WilcoYo La TengoTom Petty and the HeartbreakersR.E.M. and the Kronos Quartet.

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Slingshot Festival, College Square, Athens, Ga.

The show will be held at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif., April 27 and will be recorded for a DVD.

Big Star’s Third album has received numerous accolades and although the band had limited commercial success in the ‘70s, many artists have honored the group’s influence on their own work.

Tickets are on sale now and more information is available here