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  • The SteelDrivers at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 05/09/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/10/19

    The SteelDrivers
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    05/09/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $22.00 - $32.00
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    The SteelDrivers

    They say the only thing consistent about change is...well, that it changes. Whether through design or destiny, that’s a precept the SteelDrivers know all too well. Throughout their career -- one that encompasses four highly acclaimed albums and any number of awards and accolades -- the band has demonstrated the ability to adapt to change with unwavering persistence. Their’s is a lingering legacy defined by quality and consistency. It’s one in which they’ve never stopped looking forward, successfully marshalling their resources for wherever that trajectory takes them. Ultimately, it’s all about the music. “Our dedication and determination remain intact,” says singer, songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers. “We honor our older music by always putting our focus on the songs. Some people describe our music as being bluegrass based, but the fact is, we’re not bound to any one regimen. I liken us to what the Rolling Stones would sound like if they played banjos, fiddles and mandolins – it’s that rock-n-roll edge played on traditional instruments. I don’t know if that’s true, but we are primarily a band that’s centered around songwriting and also just happens to have a bluegrass background.” That persistent push could be called the key to SteelDrivers’ success. Each step in their journey has created a new chapter, one that finds them building on the past but consolidating their strengths as they build for the future. That’s also been the case since the beginning, when Rogers, multi-instrumentalist Mike Henderson, bass player Mike Fleming, banjo player Richard Bailey, and singer/guitarist Chris Stapleton first convened after a series of songwriting sessions between Henderson and Stapleton. What began as a casual get-together to jam in the late summer of 2005 became a fully committed band that signed with Rounder Records in 2007. They released their eponymous debut album at the beginning of 2008, garnering a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for one of the songs in that set, “Blue Side of the Mountain.” That honor was followed two years later, when they received two more nominations for Reckless, their sophomore set -- one for Best Bluegrass Album and another for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals courtesy of its song “Where Rainbows Never Die.” When Stapleton left the fold for a highly successful solo career in April 2010, the band closed one chapter and began another anew, while literally never missing a beat. Singer/guitarist Gary Nichols, a highly accredited artist in his own right, was brought on-board for the recording of the band’s third album, 2012‘s Hammer Down, which subsequently climbed all the way up to number one on the Billboard Bluegrass charts, their highest placement yet. Nevertheless, the real journey had just begun. When Henderson left the band at the end of 2011, musician and producer Brent Truitt was brought in as his replacement. If there was any proof needed that the momentum had been maintained, The SteelDrivers‘ highly acclaimed fourth album, 2015‘s The Muscle Shoals Recording (featuring guest contributions from Nichols’ onetime bandmate Jason Isbell), garnered the group that long elusive GRAMMY® win with a notable nod for Best Bluegrass Album. In addition, it garnered three IBMA nominations -- Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Long Way Down”), Songwriter of the Year (for Rogers) and Best Liner Notes (for writer Peter Cooper). Still, one more major development was left to come. Nichols departed in August 2017, leaving yet another void the band was left to fill. Once again, the group rose to the challenge, selecting Kentucky native Kelvin Damrell after Rogers‘ daughter spotted him singing on a YouTube video. He fit in just fine, and today again, The SteelDrivers’ saga continues unabated. Part of the lure is undoubtably due to the freedom each musician gets to express themselves without any reservation, even as the group maintains the consistency of its sound. Rogers, a former member of the all-star Dead Reckoning music stable, is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and expressive fiddlers on the scene today. Truitt and Bailey are certified string benders who take their respective instruments to new levels of innovation and expertise. Damrell’s vocals and fretwork add a fresh voice to the mix, while Fleming continues to anchor it all with rock solid rhythm and a firm foundation. It’s a sound The Tennessean once described as “Gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly. “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s Steeldrivers have bushels of it.” In fact, The SteelDrivers’ success lies in their consistent growth and ability to reinvent their regimen. It’s also nurtured the various influences that each member brings to the band. With the emphasis on song structure as to parceling out their parameters, elements of Americana, country, blues, rock and soul all enter the equation. Yet their consistent standing at the IBMA awards -- which began when they were voted Best Emerging Artist -- testifies to the fact that they’ve been able to maintain a fierce following even while growing their audiences at every interval. The band plays approximately 75 shows a year, including major festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, Wintergrass, Bristol Rhythm and Roots and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It’s their populist approach that finds their devotees -- self-proclaimed “SteelHeads” -- traveling hundreds of miles to see them in repeat performances. “It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since our first album,” Rogers muses. “And yet, even with all the change and transition, we still have the same joy and enthusiasm that we did in the beginning. Even as the trajectory changes, the story continues to unfold.”

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Resurrection - A Journey Tribute at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/02/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/3/19

    Resurrection - A Journey Tribute
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/02/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $28.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Uli Jon Roth: Triple Anniversary World Tour 2018 at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 04/29/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 04/30/19

    Ulrich Roth
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    04/29/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $20.00 - $33.00
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    Ulrich Roth

    Ulrich Roth (born 18 December 1954), more commonly known as Uli Jon Roth, is a German guitarist and one of the earliest contributors to the neo-classical metal genre. He is also the founder of Sky academy and inventor of the Sky Guitar. He is the older brother of fellow guitarist and artist Zeno Roth. Career: In the early 1970s, Roth formed a band called Dawn Road. In 1973 he temporarily joined the Scorpions, replacing guitarist Michael Schenker (brother of Scorpions guitarist Rudolf) who had left to join UFO. Michael had a reputation as a highly skilled technical player; Scorpions disbanded after he left the group. The "new" Scorpions were, in effect, a merger between the four members of Dawn Road, (Uli Jon Roth, Achim Kirschning, Francis Buchholz, Jürgen Rosenthal) and the two remaining Scorpions members, Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine. During his tenure as lead guitarist and a main songwriter for the Scorpions, the band released five very influential records, including the live album Tokyo Tapes, which sold nearly one million copies and went gold in several countries. Some later Scorpions releases with Roth began to exhibit a stylistic split in songwriting. Roth-composed songs were influenced by classical music and Jimi Hendrix, but songs involving Rudolph Schenker as composer leaned towards straight hard rock and pop hard rock. This split reflected Roth's growing dissatisfaction with his role in the band. He began investigating spiritually oriented subjects in his private life, much as his influence Jimi Hendrix had done towards the latter half of his career. Roth left the Scorpions in 1978. Roth formed his own band named Electric Sun which released three albums. In 1985, Roth released his third and final Electric Sun album, Beyond the Astral Skies, dedicated to Martin Luther King and to Roth's fans. At that time, Roth entered a new phase of creative work, composing a.o. four symphonies and two concertos, and sometimes performing with symphony orchestras throughout Europe.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • REO Speedwagon at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on 04/08/2019 07:30 PM EDT: 04/8/19

    REO Speedwagon
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    04/08/2019 07:30 PM EDT
    $69.75 - $89.75
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    REO Speedwagon

    Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. Formed loosely in the late ‘60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band. By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity (received the Recording Industry Association of America®’s 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the U.S.). REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles. In 1994, when many rock bands of their era had either broken up, or were feeling like their days were numbered, the REO team came up with a co-headline tour concept that breathed new life into the world of touring. The “Can’t Stop Rockin’” amphitheater tour featuring Fleetwood Mac, REO, and Pat Benatar was a huge success and blazed the trail for the very popular co-headline tours that are seen nationwide today. Today, fully established with songs on the radio in every city and town they ever set foot in, REO Speedwagon still has that Midwest work ethic. The band has gone on stage and in the studio to work– dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, and countless radio spins. Their eyes have always been on the future and on the road – not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn’t perform live, thrilling fans with hit filled sets. The band’s younger fans might not realize the sheer impact REO has had on music and the culture of rock ‘n’ roll. Hi Infidelity’s millions in sales were fueled by massive hit singles such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” All these years later, the nearly ten-times platinum Hi Infidelity still remains a high-water mark for rock bands -- the album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, a feat that modern artists can only dream of achieving. At the center of REO’s desire to keep it rocking for the fans is Kevin Cronin, who looks like he’s found the fountain of youth--along with the secret to penning some of the biggest hits in rock. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt, REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007. After an eleven-year break from recording, REO Speedwagon released Find Your Own Way Home in 2007, marking the band's 15th studio effort. Just two years later, REO teamed up with their fellow Midwestern rockers Styx to record the new single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” which was co-written by the two band’s frontmen, Cronin and Tommy Shaw. Later that year, the tune became the title track for the Can’t Stop Rockin’ Tour, as REO Speedwagon hit the road with STYX and .38 Special to unite three of the hardest working bands in America. Sponsored by VH1 and Rock Band®, the tour was a recession-busting night of rock ‘n’ roll, offering the best value of the year. At the close of 2009, not only did the trio of bands end up being nominated for the “Most Creative Tour Package” by Pollstar, but they were also one of the highest grossing, most successful shows of the year. In November 2009, REO Speedwagon celebrated the holidays with the release of Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon. In the summer of 2010, REO teamed up with yet another rock icon, Pat Benatar, for the “Love on the Run Tour,” which brought the songs of these two historic rockers to stages all across America. The “Love on the Run Tour” took fans back to the early ‘80s explosion of hits, when both artists ruled the Billboard charts with #1 and Top 10 positions for the better part of the decade. While on the 2010 tour, REO announced the release of a 30th anniversary deluxe edition reissue of Hi Infidelity. In the spring and summer of 2012, REO linked up with Styx and Ted Nugent for the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour. The trek kicked off May in Texas, and crossed the country before winding up in New York in July. The title of the tour was a tip-of-the-hat to Illinois-bred bands Styx (from Chicago) and REO, as well as Nugent, who has his roots in Detroit. Hot on the heels of that successful run, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour was back again in spring of 2013. The highly anticipated tour started on April 18 in Grand Forks, ND and hit more than 20 cites before wrapping in Burgettstown, PA a month later. During this tour, STYX and REO Speedwagon’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Live at Moondance Jam - the band’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, was released in both a Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) on November 19, 2013.  In December ‘13, REO unveiled the band’s “Great Chicago Fire Hydrant” as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project to benefit the 100 Club Chicago. Shortly thereafter, REO Speedwagon and STYX organized Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, a benefit concert for the central Illinois communities that were affected by the devastating tornadoes there. This concert raised in excess of $400,000. Summer of ‘14 found the band kicking-off a co-headlining tour of two legendary rock bands, REO and Chicago. Before the cross-country tour kicked-off Kevin Cronin said, "Can you imagine the Chicago horn section on 'Roll With the Changes'? That would blow my mind!” That came to fruition as fans across the country had their minds blown by a multi-song encore that brought both bands onstage together to rock out on a series of their respective greatest hits. The tour was such a crowd-pleaser that aired on AXS TV. Chicago and REO Speedwagon: Live at Red Rocks had viewers singing along with “Riding The Storm Out,” “Free,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Keep on Loving You,” and “25 or 6 to 4.” Following another successful year of touring in ‘14, REO Speedwagon lined up another round of shows which began in March of 2015. That REO tour, named “Family First,” kicked off with a sun-soaked date in Cancun, Mexico, before heading back to the U.S. However, this coast-to-coast run includes less shows than the usual (and very extensive) REO Speedwagon tours. 2016 saw REO Speedwagon on the road with Def Leppard. REO joined them in 50-plus cities across the U.S. and Canada. Following the Def Leppard tour, REO crossed the pond to join Status Quo for the end of their historic last electric shows called, “The Last Night Of The Electrics” tour. In the summer of 2017, REO teamed up with Styx and Don Felder (Formerly of the Eagles) for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour. The tour played in more than 25 cities across the nation. Following that rock spectacular, REO will spend the remainder of the year into early 2018 on their own headlining dates. www.REOSpeedwagon.com www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon twitter.com/kcreospeedwagon

    Venue Information
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    21 West Otterman Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/

  • David Sedaris at Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland on 04/07/2019 07:00 PM EDT: 04/7/19

    David Sedaris
    Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
    04/07/2019 07:00 PM EDT
    $35.00 - $55.00
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    David Sedaris

    With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition, especially apparent in his latest book, a collection of his diaries entitled Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (May 2017). Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. In 2018 he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009). A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Meet David Sedaris.” As a companion piece to Theft By Finding, Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (October 2017). His new book of essays entitled Calypso was published in May 2018, and a second volume of his diaries is expected for summer 2020. You can follow David on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidsedaris 
or visit his official website at http://www.davidsedarisbooks.com/ “Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident” —Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly “Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful. . .  He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s . . . well, nice.” —Bill Richardson, Toronto Globe and Mail “Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.” ---Chicago Tribune “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.” ---San Francisco Chronicle

    Venue Information
    Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
    4400 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    http://web.cmoa.org/

  • Kathleen Madigan: Hot Dogs and Angels 2019 Tour at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on 03/22/2019 07:30 PM EDT: 03/22/19

    Kathleen Madigan
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    03/22/2019 07:30 PM EDT
    $29.75 - $45.75
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    Venue Information
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    21 West Otterman Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/

  • An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 03/15/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 03/16/19

    Graham Nash
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    03/15/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $49.00 - $395.00
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    Graham Nash

    Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, Over the Years…, a 2-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes. The original classic union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted but twenty months. Yet their songs are lightning rods embedded in our DNA, starting with Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” and “Lady Of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969). On CSNY’s Déjà Vu (1970), Nash’s “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” beseeched us to hold love tightly, to fend off the madness that was on its way. Overlapping CSNY, Nash’s solo career debuted with Songs For Beginners (1971), whose “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness” were fueled by the Long Hot Summer, the trial of the Chicago Eight, and the ongoing Vietnam war. Songs from that LP stayed in Nash’s concert sets for years including “I Used To Be A King” and “Simple Man”. His next album, Wild Tales (1974), addressed (among other issues) unfair jail terms for minor drug offenses (“Prison Song”), unfair treatment of Vietnam vets (“Oh! Camil”) and the unfairness of fame (“You’ll Never Be the Same”). The most resilient, long-lived and productive partnership to emerge from the CSNY camp launched with the eponymously titled Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972), bookended by Nash’s “Southbound Train” as the opening track and “Immigration Man” as the closer. The duo contributed further to the soundtrack of the ’70s on their back-to-back albums, Wind On the Water (1975) and Whistling Down the Wire (1976). On the CSN reunion studio LP (1977), Nash took top honors with “Just A Song Before I Go” (written in the space of one hour, and a Top 10 hit single). Lightning struck once more on CSN’s Daylight Again (1982), on which Nash penned their second (and final) Top 10 hit, “Wasted On the Way,” lamenting the energy, time and love lost by the group due to years of internecine quarrels. Nash’s passionate voice continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide. That same year, he and Crosby were among the many musicians who made their way to the Occupy Wall Street actions in lower Manhattan. In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography Wild Tales, which delivers an engrossing, no-holds-barred look back at his remarkable career and the music that defined a generation. The book landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and was released in paperback in late 2014. In recognition for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist. With his photography, Nash has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology’s Arts & Technology Medal and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and the Hollywood Film Festival’s inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in the volume Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash (2009). Nash’s work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. His company Nash Editions’ original IRIS 3047 digital printer and one of its first published works—Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby— is now housed in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of his revolutionary accomplishments in the fine arts and digital printing world.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Rodney Atkins at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 02/28/2019 08:00 PM EST: 03/1/19

    Rodney Atkins
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    02/28/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $32.00 - $45.00
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    Rodney Atkins

    Rodney Atkins knows the value of taking the long way home, of veering off the beaten path onto that road less traveled once in a while. You can hear it in his music, in the lyrics of his smash new single, "Take A Back Road," a song that celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment, and getting right with your soul. And you can see it in the way he lives his life: putting family first, listening to that inner voice and remaining true to himself, and striving to evolve and find unique ways of expressing himself through the music he puts out into the world. It‟s a philosophy he tries to employ throughout his life, and it has led him to some amazing places. "What does it mean to follow your own path? I try to think about that a lot when I‟m making an album," explains Rodney, describing the journey he took in making his fourth album, "Take A Back Road." "To me, it‟s go somewhere you‟ve never been, because when you do that, you wind up seeing things that no one has seen before. Which means you can paint the picture differently." The hardworking artist gathered up a whole new set of colors when he set about creating his latest masterpiece/fourth CD, "Take A Back Road," and he cranked the whole recording process up a notch in intensity -- which is saying something for a guy who is pretty darned intense to begin with. But he wanted this project, his first in nearly three years, to convey and express some emotions and feelings in an authentic yet different way. Simply put -- Rodney had a lot to say musically, and he wanted to say it in exactly the right way. The East Tennessee native has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener: he‟s had five number one hits from his first three albums, from "Watching You" and "These Are My People" to his most recent smash, "Farmer‟s Daughter," (which quickly skyrocketed to platinum,) and he‟s sold over four million singles in the past five years alone. His latest single, "Take A Back Road" is on course to propel him to even bigger heights with its irresistibly catchy chorus and easygoing, windows-down, breezy summer vibe. The tune is near platinum status just weeks after its release, but interestingly enough, Rodney wasn‟t sure how it would be received when he first decided to record the song, penned by Rhett Akins and Luke Laird. "‟Farmers Daughter‟ was one of the craziest download songs we had," recalls Rodney. "It was peaking at 15-16,000 a week, and now "Back Road" is knocking on 40,000 a week. And we haven‟t done a lot of press on that song either. So that was validation for me to follow my heart. Because when I got it, I was afraid to play the song for the people at the label, because I thought, „they‟re gonna think I‟m crazy‟ because of what it was. It‟s pretty different. I knew before I could play it, my picture of where I wanted it to go had to be done. "It‟s one of those songs that the first time I heard it I thought, „Boy, that feels good.‟ And then it‟s catchy, and something you want to just crank up, but then, the more you hear it, you realize it‟s not just a ditty - it‟s about life. If you want it to be just summer ear candy, it can just be that, but also it‟s about getting right with your soul, coming down to earth." To capture just the right vibe for his new CD, Take A Back Road, Rodney teamed up once again with producer Ted Hewitt, who co-produced both the platinum "If You‟re Going Through Hell," (which featured the title track smash and 2006‟s most-played song of the year) and "It‟s America." The two spent hours in Rodney‟s home studio painstakingly crafting each vocal and track, with Rodney paying attention to every minute detail on song after song. It‟s a process he cherishes almost as much as being onstage, and one he takes extremely seriously. "In the studio I‟m always flying stuff around, messing around with Pro Tools, moving stuff around, and my co-producer Ted, he really gets this stuff. I‟m very much a thinker. Now you call it ADD - I‟m hyper-focused. It‟s hard to find the kind of songs that will really set you apart, though. I think that‟s the biggest challenge. That‟s the ultimate goal. And Ted and I have talked about the accountability for the music and what works, and what doesn‟t. You have to figure out what it is you came here to say, and stick to that, and not forget that. I think you live and learn. I have to record songs that won‟t just be around for a little while. And you want to have something that people relate to - you don‟t want to be thinking about listening to a song, you want to be inside of it. It‟s like watching a movie." The songs on "Take A Back Road" are undeniably relatable --- from the sweetly honest battling couple who‟ve drawn the lines down the middle of the bed in "Feet," to the fiercely parental pride-even-through-the-tough-times in "He‟s Mine," the tunes are chock full of emotions that any couple or family in modern-day America could identify with and find themselves experiencing, and for Rodney, that real emotion is what he strives for in each and every note. "I‟ve had some success with my songs, and you‟ve got to sit back and ask yourself, why did these songs connect? With a lot of songs, the approach is about how perfect things are, or how messed up things are -- it‟s one or the other. But for me, real life is there‟s ups and downs, and if you can, get both sides of that in a song." Rodney also covers some new ground musically on the project with several tender love songs. Reluctant in the past to record them because many tend to express the same sentiments in the same predictable way, he found several songs for this record that capture the romance between a woman and a man in a unique, genuine way, without the shellacking or sugar-coating. Tunes like "She‟s A Girl," about the mystery and power a female can wield over a male, and "Cabin In The Woods," about the beauty of stealing away to a remote place, approach the age-old subject in ways he could not only relate to, but felt fans would gravitate to as well. "I‟ve never recorded love songs before. My love songs have been "These Are My People" and "Watching You" and "Cleaning This Gun." Or "Farmer‟s Daughter" -- that‟s sort of a "Going Through Hell" love song. But I‟ve never gone down that road, because I wanted to find or write the type of song that was about something you can relate to that really moves you. Not something that you just hear and say, „Oh that‟s neat, or that„s pretty or that sounds good.‟ But something I can really relate to. It‟s a different approach than you‟ve heard in a long time. Love is not all blue skies and no bills …it‟s gutters leaking and the cat messed in the fireplace. It‟s not convenient at all, and you‟ve got to make time for it - that‟s the toughest part of it. "There‟s also a tune "He‟s Mine" about a father and son that is sort of a love song as well. My boy Elijah, he‟s nine, and I started thinking about my teenage years and what I put my parents through, and what he‟s gonna be like. And you start thinking, „Well it doesn‟t matter…I‟m gonna be there for him, and I‟m gonna try my best and it‟s unconditional and that‟s one of the most diverse songs - its "Watching You" the teenage years, but completely different." Although he can be soft-spoken and serious, Rodney demonstrates his appreciation for the funnier side of life as well through tunes like the warm and witty, "Family," about a quirky clan of characters gathered at a family reunion, and the laugh-out-loud "She‟d Rather Fight." The CD definitely features glimpses into Rodney‟s wild side, a side most often seen onstage during his energetic live shows, where he jokes he "lets his shadow come out to play." And he took pains to ensure he captured that raw, live energy this time around on the new CD, feeling he had lost a bit of that spontaneity on his last CD. "This album is different in that it‟s got more edge on it, it„s got a lot more dive-bombs. With a smaller band, songs like "Back Road" feel like it‟s right up in your face and not affected. It‟s a more soulful album…"It‟s America" didn‟t talk enough about the real world; it lost some grit for me. Grit to me is sometimes just being honest. And sometimes you just want to cut loose and have fun, and you have to do something unexpected…you just have to kind of roll with it. That‟s how I try to be onstage, and the shows get better the more spontaneous they are, the less the band knows what‟s going to happen. I like not knowing exactly what‟s going to happen. But typically, I always know where I‟m going. I‟m not saying I always know how I‟m gonna get there. But as long as I know where I‟m going, I‟m good. I like to just be in the moment, to focus on the power of now -- this album felt that way for me. I‟m low-key, but I get excited on stage. I think if I didn‟t have the outlet of playing live, I‟d be frustrated a lot. Music was definitely my savior. It‟s a way of saying things that, hopefully, because it‟s in the form of music, will stay around awhile." Though his new crop of songs has some edge, and the vocal energy may be amped up a notch, Rodney is still the same, hard-working, patriotic, rock-solid country boy that fans have grown to know and love since his debut with 2003‟s "Honesty." He still relishes the time spent with wife Tammy Jo and his son Elijah, and still serves as the spokesperson for brands like Massey Ferguson and the National Council for Adoption, a cause dear to his heart as a child of adoption himself. Rodney volunteers for the council on a large scale, but also makes plenty of time to return to the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greenville, TN, where he was adopted as a small baby as well, for visits. After all, the road back to the tiny hometown where he got his start may be a long one, and a long way from the glitzy one he travels now as a country star, but for Rodney, nothing could ever beat the power of taking that back road and returning home to your roots. http://www.rodneyatkins.com/

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Le Butcherettes at Rex Theater on 02/24/2019 08:00 PM EST: 02/25/19

    Le Butcherettes
    Rex Theater
    02/24/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $15.00 - $18.00
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    Le Butcherettes

    Formed by Terri Gender Bender and Auryn Jolene in 2007. Recorded and released the EP "Kiss & Kill" in 2009. Auryn Jolene left the band on 20th July 2009 due to "irreconcilable differences". The band continued with a number of musicians playing drums, bass, keyboard and guitars alongside Terri.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.rextheater.net

  • Martin Sexton at Metropolitan Theatre on 02/14/2019 08:00 PM EST: 02/15/19

    Martin Sexton
    Metropolitan Theatre
    02/14/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $25.00 - $40.00
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    Supporting Acts: Chris Trapper

    Martin Sexton

    Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when - the one that's etched in your soul? Martin Sexton's new album Mix Tape of the Open Roadis that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls his "soul marinated voice." Sexton will perform tunes from Mix Tape as well as your favorite Martin classics on this tour.

    Venue Information
    Metropolitan Theatre
    369 High St.
    Morgantown, WV 26505
    http://www.morgantownmet.com/

  • Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 02/13/2019 08:00 PM EST: 02/14/19

    Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    02/13/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $15.00 - $27.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • 4th Ave - Initiation Tour 2.0 at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 02/09/2019 03:00 PM EST: 02/9/19

    4th Ave
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    02/09/2019 03:00 PM EST
    $10.00 - $12.00
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    Supporting Acts: Rayla

    4th Ave

    Sometimes the path to your dreams can detour down an unexpected road. For Cam, Mikey, Marcus and Jaden – four soulful singers who met on the hit ABC show BOY BAND – the route has become 4th Ave. Where the road leads is far from clear, but it stretches as far as these gifted young artists can imagine. The members of 4th Ave., who range in age from 17 to 20, each battled individually on the ABC show BOY BAND, with three of the four making it all the way to the season finale. While they were ultimately not voted into the final group, they came out of the experience with a strong bond and a shared love for making music together. Timbaland, one of the show’s mentors, urged Cam, Mikey, Marcus and Jaden to continue reaching for the stars – without ever having heard them sing as a group. The four were never all together during the run of the show, but behind the scenes they formed a unique brotherhood that has proved as inspirational as the harmonic melody their voices make together. Even more encouraging has been the response from their fans, who have been desperate for more from these stellar vocalists since BOY BAND went off the air. The group officially launched in January 2018, and in less than a month had chalked up more than 160,000 streams across a variety of platforms, while accruing more than 13,000 followers on Instagram and more than 4,000 subscribers on YouTube. 4th Ave.’s first single, “XOXO” was released just in time for Valentine’s Day, and that weekend the boys performed the song live at the NBA Celebrity All Star Game. Their heartfelt harmonies have also backed superstar singer-songwriter Charlie Puth. They’ll soon be releasing their stunning debut, The Initiation Playlist. It should come as no surprise that these four have become such a distinctive combination, with personalities as unique and complementary as their voices. Cam Jackson (20) is the big brother, the peacemaker and natural born leader whose unflappable charm brought the band together; Mikey Jimenez (18), the laid-back visionary, open to every idea and able to integrate them into the band’s big picture; Marcus Pendleton (17), the endlessly energetic hype man, the youngest in spirit if not in age and a constant source of energy; and Jaden Gray (17), the old soul, determined and headstrong with musical knowledge beyond his years. The band’s backgrounds are equally diverse. Cam is a New Jersey kid who studied at the Broadway Dance Academy and loves early 2000s R&B from John Legend to Usher. Mikey hails from California, where his family owns a strong of salons – and he has the perfectly-coiffed hair to prove it. Marcus, also known as K-MARZZZ, is a Michael Jackson superfan raised in the country music hub of Nashville. Jaden is another California boy, who grew up singing in church both in his native Compton and in Marietta, GA, where he spent part of his childhood. While they were fierce competitors on screen, the four became lifelong friends in the off hours of the ten-week series. While the show’s winners were chosen by the judges, 4th Ave. chose each other. Their bonds were forged during late-night hang-outs in Cam’s room, which became a hub for the contestants, where they played video games, blew off steam, sharing pizza, and singing together into the wee hours. It was in those informal sessions, with no audiences or judges watching, no cameras capturing every moment, that they found the gorgeous harmonies that form the heart of 4th Ave. The Initiation Playlist will introduce the 4th Ave. sound to the world with eight songs that showcase the band’s diverse inspirations and drive to inspire with their message of positivity and tolerance. Cam, Mikey, Marcus and Jaden have all followed different and winding paths in their lives, but they’ve converged on 4th Ave., together heading down a road that leads to a bright horizon – and beyond.

    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • Jaret Reddick (of Bowling for Soup): Heartache and Hilarity Tour at Crafthouse Stage & Grill on 02/06/2019 07:30 PM EST: 02/7/19

    Jaret Reddick
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    02/06/2019 07:30 PM EST
    $20.00 - $22.00
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    Jaret Reddick

    Lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist for band Bowling For Soup. He plays a trademark guitar that has a flag of Texas design on it. Born March 6, 1972 in Denton, Texas, United States.

    Venue Information
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    5024 Curry Road
    http://www.crafthousepgh.com/

  • Quiet Riot at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 02/01/2019 08:00 PM EST: 02/2/19

    Quiet Riot
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    02/01/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $28.00 - $40.00
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    Quiet Riot

    Quiet Riot is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, CA. The band was formed in 1975 by guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Kelly Garni, vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth. Despite their local popularity, the group was unable to secure a record deal in the United States. Their first two albums, 1977's "Quiet Riot" and 1978's "Quiet Riot II" were released by Sony in Japan. In 1979, Rhoads departed to accept an offer to join Ozzy Osbourne's solo band. DuBrow and Forsyth continued on with new members before splitting in 1980. After that, DuBrow continued with various players under the name "DuBrow". Eventually, Dubrow included Kevin, guitarist Carlos Cavazo, drummer Frankie Banali, and bassist Rudy Sarzo (who initially joined Quiet Riot after the band recorded their 2nd album). In 1982, DuBrow changed their name to Quiet Riot. For many fans, this is the quintessential Quiet Riot line up. In 1983, the band released "Metal Health" which would be the first heavy metal album to reach the top of the Billboard charts. The band was unable to reproduce this success, however, and this, combined with their unhappiness with their recording contract and Kevin Dubrow's media assaults on his contemporaries led to the band fracturing, culminating in Dubrow being fired from the band he had co-founded. The band recruited singer Paul Shortino as Dubrow's replacement before splitting in 1989. In 1990, Dubrow and Cavazo relaunched Quiet Riot. By 1997, Banali and Sarzo would rejoin the band. The band continued to release albums, although they never came close to their 1983 commercial heights. In 2003, the band split again, but Dubrow and Banali reformed Quiet Riot the following year with bassist Chuck Wright, who had done stints in Dubrow and Quiet Riot throughout the 1980s, and guitarist Alex Grossi. in 2007, Dubrow died from a cocaine overdose. Banali issued a statement mourning his friend and stating that he would not continue Quiet Riot without Kevin. However, in 2010, Frankie reversed his stance and reunited with Alex Grossi and Chuck Wright to revive Quiet Riot with previously unknown vocalist Mark Huff. Huff was let go from the band at the beginning of 2012. He was eventually replaced by another unknown, Scott Vokoun. The band split with Vokoun in 2013 and is currently fronted by Jizzy Pearl (formerly of Love/Hate and Ratt). In 2014, a documentary called "Well, Now You're Here, There's No Way Back", was released. The film, directed and produced by Banali's fiancee, focuses on Banali's attempts to restart the group, his anger over Dubrow's death, the group's tenure with Mark Huff, and their discovery of Scott Vokoun.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • No Quarter - The Tribute to Led Zeppelin's Legacy at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 01/26/2019 10:00 PM EST: 01/27/19

    No Quarter - The Tribute to Led Zeppelin's Legacy
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    01/26/2019 10:00 PM EST
    $20.00
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    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • George Lopez: The Wall World Tour at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 01/25/2019 08:00 PM EST: 01/26/19

    George Lopez
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    01/25/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $59.75 - $250.00
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    George Lopez

    George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Lopez is currently on his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Charlie Murphy, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer in arenas across the country. The comedians also recently wrapped a BET scripted comedy series based on their tour. Lopez is also starring in his new comedy series, Lopez on TV Land. Starring and produced by Lopez, the series explores how he struggles between his two worlds and crises that are often of his own making. The half hour single camera serialized comedy consists of 12 episodes and has been renewed for a second season. For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS, which represented Lopez's return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television's groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable's Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication. George Lopez is one of only four off-net comedies to post weekly ratings gains among households from the 2007-'08 to 2008-'09 season. In 2015, Lopez was seen in the Lionsgate inspirational drama, Spare Parts. Produced by Lopez, the film is based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who team up to build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition. In 2014, Lopez starred in the multi-camera ensemble comedy Saint George on FX, which he co-created. In 2013, Lopez released his second memoir, I’m Not Gonna Lie And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, where he tells the unabashed and hilarious truth about aging – as only he can. In 2012, Lopez debuted his third solo stand-up special It’s Not Me, It’s You on HBO. Lopez also voiced animated characters in a string of animated blockbuster films including Rafael in Rio and Rio 2 along with Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, Thurman in Escape from Planet Earth opposite Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara, Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs 1 and 2, and The Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1, 2, and 3. His other most recent film credits include the box-office hit Valentine's Day directed by Garry Marshall, Swing Vote, Henry Poole Is Here and Balls of Fury. In August 2009, Lopez filmed his second HBO Comedy Special, Tall, Dark and Chicano, which was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of Best Comedy Album. He headlined his first HBO Comedy Special, America's Mexican, in 2007. Lopez has also performed as part of HBO and TBS's Comic Relief 2006. His acclaimed comedy concert, Why You Crying?, debuted on Showtime in 2004. He released his third standup CD, El Mas Chingon, in 2006, which also earned Lopez a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Comedy Album. Prior to that, in 2004, he was nominated for a GRAMMY in the same category for his CD Team Leader. In May 2004, his autobiography, Why You Crying?, entered The New York Times Bestsellers List top 20. The book was co-written by Emmy winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. Lopez also was the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream. In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • “WILD’N DA BURGH COMEDY SHOW” FEATURING “ DEM WILD BOYZ” from MTV’S WILD’N OUT CHICO BEAN,KARLOUS MILLER,DARREN “BIG BABY”BRAND at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 01/20/2019 08:00 PM EST: 01/21/19

    WILD N DA BURGH COMEDY SHOW
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    01/20/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $35.00 - $55.00
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    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Hunks - An All Male Revue at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 01/10/2019 08:00 PM EST: 01/11/19

    Hunks
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    01/10/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $15.00 - $30.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Black Sabbath Lives at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 01/03/2019 08:00 PM EST: 01/4/19

    Black Sabbath Lives
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    01/03/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $8.00 - $15.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Darling Nikki - A Tribute to Prince at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 12/28/2018 10:00 PM EST: 12/29/18

    Darling Nikki
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    12/28/2018 10:00 PM EST
    $20.00 - $25.00
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    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • The Prince Project at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/20/2018 07:30 PM EST: 12/21/18

    The Prince Project
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/20/2018 07:30 PM EST
    $15.00 - $25.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Jason D Williams at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 12/18/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/19/18

    Jason D Williams
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    12/18/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $12.00 - $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Dante Romito Band

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Kix at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/15/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/16/18

    Kix
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/15/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $28.00 - $45.00
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    Supporting Acts: Turbo Lovers, Wicked Earth

    Kix

    American rock band based in Baltimore, active since the early 1980s.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Vista Kicks at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 12/14/2018 06:30 PM EST: 12/14/18

    Vista Kicks
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    12/14/2018 06:30 PM EST
    $10.00 - $12.00
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    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • Lee Brice at W.D. Packard Music Hall on 12/13/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/14/18

    Lee Brice
    W.D. Packard Music Hall
    12/13/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $25.00 - $69.00
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    Lee Brice

    When Lee Brice isn't selling-out arenas, writing and recording songs or building a new brand like American Born whiskey — you'll find him with his wife Sara, two young boys Takoda (9) and Ryker (3), and new daughter Trulee Nanette, who was born on June 2, 2017. With more than 11 million in RIAA certified sales including GOLD certifications of each of his first three albums — Love Like Crazy, Hard2Love, and I Don't Dance — Lee has also received double Platinum certifications for his songs, "I Don't Dance" and “A Woman Like You.” With well over 2 billion spins on Pandora, Lee Brice was inducted into the streaming service’s ‘Billionaires Club’ on June 8, 2018. The “Rumor” singer, who is now among the Top 25 most-streamed country artists of all time on Pandora, is only the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive the Pandora Billionaire plaque and puts Lee in company with not only Urban, but legends including Johnny Cash and Fleetwood Mac, and pop phenoms such as John Legend. Lee is a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA nominee and a double ACM award winner, and he's taken five radio singles to #1: “A Woman Like You," “Hard To Love," “I Drive Your Truck," “I Don’t Dance," and “Drinking Class.” Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs and he's performed on TV shows including NBC's Today, ABC's The Bachelor, NBC's The Voice and FOX's Miss USA 2018 (May 21). Lee’s new single “Rumor” is out now and follows “Boy,” the debut song from his fourth studio album, Lee Brice (November 3, 2017).

    Venue Information
    W.D. Packard Music Hall
    1703 Mahoning Ave
    Warren, OH 44483
    http://packardmusichall.com/

  • Muscadine Bloodline at Crafthouse Stage & Grill on 12/13/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/14/18

    Muscadine Bloodline
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    12/13/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $10.00 - $12.00
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    Supporting Acts: Jordan Fletcher

    Muscadine Bloodline

    There’s a new force making major waves in country music, Muscadine Bloodline. Proud natives of Mobile Alabama, Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster started Muscadine Bloodline in early 2016. From the first time they took stage, Nashville started talking... so now, with two Billboard charting critically acclaimed EP’s under their belt, it’s no surprise the rest of the music world is quickly catching on. The duo’s reputation for high-energy live experiences has resulted in a schedule full of shows spanning from coast to coast. Charlie’s contemporary vocals complimented by Gary’s harmonies and masterful guitar licks make MB a powerfully refreshing mix of talent, passion and unfiltered authenticity. Infamously undaunted by the big stage, their sound intertwines the brash irreverence of early southern rockers with the seductive quality of 90s country love songs. Captivating hooks heard in songs like “Movin' On” and the aggressively anthemic “WD-40” stand as a testament to MB’s wide ranging music-making capability. Every song and every show is a moving experience but at the same time, unmistakably Muscadine Bloodline.

    Venue Information
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    5024 Curry Road
    http://www.crafthousepgh.com/

  • A Clint Black Christmas at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on 12/13/2018 07:30 PM EST: 12/14/18

    Clint Black
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    12/13/2018 07:30 PM EST
    $49.75 - $84.75
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    Clint Black

    Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music's brightest stars. His many talents have helped shape his long career, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist's career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it's well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica. Black's continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of Country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the Triple Platinum Killin' Time, marked a shift in the industry, with a return to the more traditional sounds of the genre. CMT lists this album as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music. Released while Black was still an unknown Texas-based artist and writer, Killin' Time boasted five #1 hits – unprecedented from a debut album in any genre – and won Black a collection of awards that included: Country Music Association Horizon Award, Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite New Male Country Artist, Academy of Country Music Best New Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Best Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Album of the Year (Killin' Time), and Academy of Country Music Single of the Year ("A Better Man"). For Black, Killin' Time was only the beginning. Put Yourself in My Shoes followed in 1990, and quickly went Triple Platinum. Since then, Black has had nearly two dozen #1 hit singles, and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits – all of them his original compositions, which is itself a notable rarity in popular music. The overall number of his awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, surpasses the number of his hit records, while he has performed for a staggering number of dedicated music fans in concerts through the years. With such a long and productive career, Black still keeps his output as fresh now as when he was a hungry, up-and-coming artist. When he felt that his music was in danger of becoming a bit repetitive in the late '90s, Black took a brave risk and shook things up by leaving his label of more than a decade, and took a much-needed break to reevaluate where he wanted to take his career next. At that time, he and wife Lisa Hartman Black decided to start a family, and the birth of daughter Lily Pearl subsequently gave Black a new perspective and vigor that affected not only his personal life, but his professional and creative sides as well. Clearly, Black's devotion to family was the best thing for his career. In 2003, he boldly founded Equity Music Group, an especially artist-friendly record company that became home to his own recordings, as well as those of other like-minded artists. It was his company that launched Little Big Town's career with their Platinum-selling album, The Road to Here. Black's highly anticipated debut album for the label, Spend My Time, received great critical acclaim, and the label went on to earn Billboard's #2 Independent Imprint of the Year and #4 Independent Label of the Year across all genres in 2006. Without a doubt, Clint Black has earned his place as one of the most successful artists in the history of American music; but he has not stopped there. Black memorably flexed his acting chops with a cameo in 1994's Maverick (alongside Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster), as well as with roles in films such as 2000's Going Home (with Jason Robards) and the starring role in 1998's Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack. Flicka 2 (with Patrick Warburton) was released in May 2010, which was then followed up in 2012 with "Flicka – Country Pride" which starred not only Clint, but his wife Lisa and daughter Lily as well. Black has also performed on TV shows including The Larry Sanders Show, Las Vegas, King of the Hill and many others. In addition to a heavy touring schedule, Clint is currently developing a Broadway production based on the life of his friend Roy Rogers. In addition to his established business ventures and various charity foundation efforts, in 2009 Black branched out even further with an appearance on Donald Trump's hit reality series Celebrity Apprentice. As a result of the friendship on the show between Black and fellow contestant and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, the teammates are working to secure a total of one million dollars in matching fund donations for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF). Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for the IRSF's "Research to Reality: Funding Progress" campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure for the developmental disorder.

    Venue Information
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    21 West Otterman Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/

  • Ashley McBryde - The Girl Going Nowhere Tour at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/12/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/13/18

    Ashley McBryde
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/12/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $18.00 - $33.00
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    Supporting Acts: Dee White

    Ashley McBryde

    "I hear the crowd, I look around, and I can't find one empty chair. Not bad for a girl going nowhere" sings Ashley McBryde on "Girl Goin' Nowhere," the seminal title track from her forthcoming LP. They're words built from experience: over the course of her life, McBryde's been finding her own way to fill those seats and sway those hearts since the very first time her teacher told her that her dreams of writing songs in Nashville would never see the light of day. Every time she was brought down, she persevered; trusting her timeless tone and keen, unwavering eye for the truth. It paid off. In April, Eric Church brought her on stage and called her a "whiskey-drinking badass," confessing that he's a massive fan. The rest of the world is quickly catching on, too. Dubbed as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know," citing she's "an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert," McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line, and it's that honest all-in approach that has led to NPR critic Ann Powers to ask if McBryde could be "among the first post-Stapleton country stars?" McBryde's album will showcase an artistic vision that will prove her to be one of the genre's keenest working storytellers, bringing unwavering honesty back into a pop-preoccupied genre. Pulling tales from every corner of her human experience, McBryde sings with fire and fury, laughing and swigging that brown stuff along the way. McBryde was raised in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. At three, she'd secretly pluck her father's guitar like an upright bass, and after about the 17th time being caught, her father bought her a guitar of her own. When she was twelve, she played her parents and grandparents her very first composition. It was at Arkansas State when, while a member of the marching band, McBryde finally started sharing her voice with others, and finally moved to Nashville in 2007 where steadily worked a circuit of dive bars, biker hangouts, and colorful joints fighting to have her songs heard. Her first EP, the self-released 2016 Jalopies and Expensive Guitars was just a taste of what McBryde can do, and, on her full-length debut, she will meld her songwriting chops with the vision of producer Jay Joyce, peppering her tales with a touch of guitar-driven rock fury. McBryde isn’t afraid to tell the truth, get raw and real and use the spirits of country, folk and rock when it serves her greater purpose. And that's to tell the stories that shake us, make us and tell us a little more about what it's like to be human.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Fates Got a Driver (ft. Eddie Reyes of Taking Back Sunday) at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 12/12/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/13/18

    Fates Got a Driver
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    12/12/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $10.00 - $12.00
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    Supporting Acts: Silent Hearts, Murderboat

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters and A Carpenters' Christmas at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 12/12/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/13/18

    The Carpenters
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    12/12/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $25.00 - $39.00
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    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Ingrid Michaelson Trio Presents: Songs for the Season at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 12/11/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/12/18

    Ingrid Michaelson Trio
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    12/11/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $39.50 - $234.50
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    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Eve 6 - Self-Titled 20th Anniversary Tour at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/11/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/12/18

    Eve 6
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/11/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $22.50 - $99.00
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    Supporting Acts: Party Nails, Somme

    Eve 6

    Eve 6 (sometimes typeset as EVE 6 or EVƎ 6) is an American rock band from Southern California, who are most well known for their hit singles "Inside Out", "Here's to the Night", and "Victoria". They disbanded in 2004, returned for numerous tours in 2007 with a new lineup, and finally reunited with all three original members in early 2011.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Thunderstruck: America's AC/DC at Crafthouse Stage & Grill on 12/08/2018 09:00 PM EST: 12/9/18

    Thunderstruck: America's AC/DC
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    12/08/2018 09:00 PM EST
    $20.00
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    Supporting Acts: Dying Breed, Neutral Loss

    Venue Information
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    5024 Curry Road
    http://www.crafthousepgh.com/

  • Adam Conover: Mind Parasites Live at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 12/08/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/9/18

    Adam Conover
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    12/08/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $37.50 - $75.00
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    Adam Conover

    Adam Conover is the creator and star of TruTV’s ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING, a comedy that dispels common misconceptions and encourages the audience to think critically about the world around them. Adam recurs on the hit Netflix animated series BOJACK HORSEMAN and was a regular panelist on VH1’s BEST WEEK EVER. Prior to this, he was a writer and performer for College Humor Originals and co-wrote and starred in the film festival darling THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT. He is a founding member of the sketch group Olde English.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Puddle Of Mudd at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/08/2018 07:00 PM EST: 12/9/18

    Puddle Of Mudd
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/08/2018 07:00 PM EST
    $27.00 - $39.00
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    Supporting Acts: Alter The Design, Paul Benson

    Puddle Of Mudd

    Group from Los Angeles, CA, USA Current (2017) Line-up: Wes Scantlin – lead vocals (1991–present), rhythm guitar (1991–2011, 2014–present) Dave Moreno – drums, backing vocals (2005; 2014–present) Matt Fuller - lead guitar (2012; 2014-present) Michael John Adams – bass guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • ESPERANZA SPALDING – 12 Little Spells at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 12/07/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/8/18

    Esperanza Spalding
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    12/07/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $34.50 - $60.00
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    Esperanza Spalding

    Esperanza Spalding is typically referred to as a bassist, vocalist and composer. However like most organisms growing in response to their environment, Esperanza is emerging into something she does not yet understand, nor is able to clarify through reference or language. Some of the primary cells directing this emergent artistic organism could be named: poetry, magic, staging, theater, opera, sound-spells, improvisation, movement, dance, bio-geometry, reiki, nothing, bad-art, fake-art, listening, smells, dream-talk, dialogue, demonic therapy, cat-tongue. Also: fuck accolades.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Jon Langston at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/06/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/7/18

    Jon Langston
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/06/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $16.00 - $25.00
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    Jon Langston

    Georgia native, Jon Langston, has always had a love for music of all kinds, but has not always pursued a career in the music industry. Even though he had a band in 8TH grade with a few hometown buddies, it was nothing more than just a fun hobby for Langston at the time. The band which included long time friend, Josh Manuel, who co-produced Langston’s first two EP’s back in 2013 at Century Studios in Atlanta. Manuel is currently the drummer for the band “Issues.” Instead, Langston set his sights on playing football in high school and earned a Division I scholarship to play at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina in 2009. It was his junior year of college when he picked the guitar up again. “I suffered multiple concussions, and so the coaches, doctors and myself decided the best for my health was to hang up the pads,” Langston says. “It was hard but I knew it was the right thing to do. I didn’t know what God had planned for my life at the time.” Langston began to learn how to play the guitar again and began to write his own songs and posting them on YouTube. “It is crazy how God closes one door and opens another. I had no idea what was ahead of me with the whole music world.” Since then Langston has shown a passion and love for country music, and his unique voice and songwriting have sparked a wildfire fan base across the country. Selling out shows across the southeast, including the huge accomplishment at the Georgia Theatre on Nov. 7, 2015, dreams are starting to come true for Langston. “To be given the opportunity to not only play on that stage, but to headline the theatre, where I’ve seen many acts perform such as: Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, and Corey Smith, who are guys I look up to, it was an honor and a night I will never forget.” Langston, now a Music City resident in Nashville, TN, has created his own style and sound from a variety of influences. Growing up listening to everything from Alan Jackson to the Eagles, Langston has crafted a fresh, new country music sound that is ready for take off. Langston, now 24 years old, has a publishing deal with Sony ATV, and is managed by KP Entertainment

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Randy Rainbow Live at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 12/06/2018 07:30 PM EST: 12/7/18

    Randy Rainbow
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    12/06/2018 07:30 PM EST
    $45.00
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    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Steve Earle & the Dukes - Copperhead Road 30th Anniversary at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/05/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/6/18

    Steve Earle
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/05/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $35.00 - $47.00
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    Supporting Acts: The Mastersons

    Steve Earle

    Three-time Grammy Award recipient and 11-time Grammy nominee Steve Earle is a cornerstone artist of Americana music. One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, he has released twenty albums - a number of them were as Steve Earle and the Dukes, one was Colvin and Earle, another was Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band, etc. Earle’s songs have been recorded by such music legends as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Carl Perkins, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill and Joan Baez. He has created such country successes as “When You Fall in Love,” “Guitar Town,” “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left,” “A Far Cry From You” and “Nowhere Road.” During his four-decade career, Earle has also become a novelist, a film, TV and stage actor, a playwright, a short story author, a record producer and a radio host. He is a longtime activist whose causes have included the abolition of the death penalty and the removal of the confederate flag. Always musically adventurous, Steve Earle has crafted folk, blues, rock, country, rockabilly and bluegrass recordings. His diverse collaborators on disc have included such notables as The Pogues, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith, The Fairfield Four, The Indigo Girls, Chris Hillman, Sheryl Crow and Shawn Colvin. His new Warner Bros. Records album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, explores his country songwriting roots and includes collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Miranda Lambert.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Craig Ferguson "Hobo Fabulous" Tour at College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT on 12/05/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/6/18

    Craig Ferguson
    College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
    12/05/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $30.00 - $50.00
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    Craig Ferguson

    Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962, Springburn, Glasgow) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, and actor. He was the host of the CBS late-night talk show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005–2014). In the 1980s he was the drummer for various UK punk/indie groups. He was naturalised as a United States citizen in 2008.

    Venue Information
    College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
    238 College Street
    New Haven, CT 06510
    http://www.collegestreetmusichall.com

  • Sabrina Benaim at Rex Theater on 12/05/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/6/18

    Sabrina Benaim
    Rex Theater
    12/05/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Clementine Von Radics

    Sabrina Benaim

    Sabrina Benaim is a writer, performance & teaching artist, whose home base is Toronto. She was a member of the Canadian championship-winning 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam team, & in 2015, she represented Toronto at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam. She is currently the coach of the 2016 TPS team. Sabrina has written poems for ESPNW, The Government of Canada, & most recently, made her Canadian television debut with Sport Chek, writing & voicing the third instalment of their #WhatItTakes Olympic Manifesto video series. Sabrina enjoys breaking down stigma, women who help women, & the Toronto Blue Jays. She will accept any invitation to dance.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.rextheater.net

  • Generation Axe at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on 12/03/2018 07:30 PM EST: 12/4/18

    Generation Axe
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    12/03/2018 07:30 PM EST
    $59.00 - $205.00
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    Generation Axe

    After a successful US tour, Generation Axe is is back with Asian Tour! The concert that fans will experience on theGeneration Axe Tour will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. Eachtour stop will include a variety of performances in different configurations amongst the five players,including performing together as one cohesive band, including Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa) on bass and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) on keys and JP Bouvet on drums. Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen,Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems). Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans meet and greet access to these guitars masters and one-of- a-kind memorabilia..

    Venue Information
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    21 West Otterman Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/

  • Rittz & King Lil G - The Top Shelf Tour at Foxtail (formerly Diesel Club Lounge) on 12/03/2018 07:00 PM EST: 12/4/18

    Rittz, King Lil G
    Foxtail (formerly Diesel Club Lounge)
    12/03/2018 07:00 PM EST
    $22.50 - $25.00
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    Supporting Acts: East Koast Craziez, Morbid Sikosis

    Rittz

    The Atlanta metropolitan area stretches on for at least 30 miles beyond the Georgia Dome and the World of Coke. Peachtree Street (conspicuously void of actual peach trees) stretches up through several counties, changing its name a number of times, confusing the tourists and the transplants. Furthest to the north of the metro area, sits Gwinnett County; sprawling and well-populated by a mix of out-of-towners hoping to indulge in a slice of that oft-mentioned American Pie: a house in a subdivision with a yard for the kids. After closer observation though, it's apparent that the suburbs of Gwinnett are the digs to many who don't fit the cookie cutter, Stepford lifestyle. The county, more frequently being referred to as the Northside, boasts both million dollar homes on golf courses as well as drug hubs in neighborhoods riddled with gang activity. The Northside, essentially, is in stark contradiction to itself. Rapper Rittz is the Northside. Raised in Gwinnett County, Rittz embodies the same level of irony and self-conflict as his hometown. Born into a musical family, he, his twin sister and their brother had always been exposed to the inner workings of music. The fact that their parents were heavily into rock and roll ensured that the kids were always around instruments or in studios. The family moved from small-town Pennsylvania (Waynesburg) to the Atlanta outskirts when he was eight years old, and once Rittz got to junior high, his musical tastes evolved. Atlanta's booming bass and rap movement had traveled north on I-85 to get the entire metro area jumping. "When I moved here, I was introduced to rap music. When I started rapping, I was listening to any early Rap-A-Lot records, like Willie D, Geto Boys… Kilo [Ali] was like the first. So when I started at 12 years old, my early raps, I tried to rap like them," he explains, "But the early Outkast, and Goodie Mob was really the beginning of me wanting to rap and imitate them in finding my own style. Me and another guy were actually in a group called Ralo and Rittz [1995-2003], we were like the white Outkast, or we tried to be like that. I had a studio in my basement, and we put out a bunch of tapes in Gwinnett. I felt like we were one of the first, if not the first... There were only maybe one or two other people rapping in Gwinnett at the time, from '95 to 2000." During the earlier part of the millennium though, around 2003, Rittz had hit a wall. After eight years, he and Ralo had matured in different directions. His promising buzz had led to countless disappointments. "I won Battlegrounds on Hot 107.9, got retired and shit and felt like I was 'bout to make it. But, so many industry up and downs, with managers, contracts…" He was dead broke, feeling dejected, and living with friends- ready to resign from the rap game before even taking his rightful place in it. It wasn't until 2009 when he'd randomly received a call from another flamespitter who was repping an area as under-the-radar as Gwinnett was. "I had some money behind me." Rittz says, "Everything was going good and then everything fell out, at the same time, I'm getting older, thinking it's time to hang it up. This isn't gonna happen and that's when Yelawolf put me on 'Box Chevy.' [on Yelawolf's Trunk Muzik]." Nowadays, the rap career of Gwinnett-raised Rittz is rapidly on the rise. From his affliation with one of the hottest new rappers coming out of the South to his first mixtape, Rittz White Jesus (hilariously inspired by a friend's term of endearment), everything is coming together now, two years after he nearly lost everything. These days he's booking late night studio sessions, and still clocking in to work early the next day. "I see both sides: the regular, working class type shit and then I've also seen a lot of the street shit that goes on here, some people that are blind to that here, may never have seen it." Rittz says he's "just a normal guy who raps"- a contradiction if there ever was one- but he makes you believe, with the humility of the everyman and the talent of a superstar.

    Venue Information
    Foxtail (formerly Diesel Club Lounge)
    1601 E Carson St
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203

  • With Confidence / Broadside at Rex Theater on 12/03/2018 07:00 PM EST: 12/4/18

    With Confidence, Broadside
    Rex Theater
    12/03/2018 07:00 PM EST
    $16.00 - $18.00
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    Supporting Acts: Sleep On It, Small Talks

    With Confidence

    With Confidence’s sophomore album, Love and Loathing, was released Aug 10, 2018 and hit #1 on the Current Alternative Albums chart in the US. The band called on veteran producer Mike Green (All Time Low, Paramore) to create Love and Loathing. An album filled with both catchy melodies and emotive lyrics, Love and Loathing carries you through first loves, blistering breakups and everything in-between. According to bassist and vocalist Jayden Seeley, the final themes weren’t clear until they had finished most of the songs. “There's a looming relationship with loathing, mostly about the concept of self-loathing,” explains Seeley. “That period before getting into a relationship is very introspective—you’re trying to be a better person, but a lot of how that happens is because people are really hard on [themselves]. That ties back to love just as strongly, because in the relationship, you want to keep being better. In every way.” Formed in 2012, With Confidence is lead vocalist/bassist Jayden Seeley, vocalist/guitarist Inigo Del Carmen, and drummer Joshua Brozzesi. In 2017, they took home the award for Best New Artist Music Video at the Alternative Press Music Awards and recently finished their run on the final full cross-country Vans Warped Tour.

    Broadside
    Broadside is a five piece Pop-Punk band originated in Richmond, Virginia. Signed to Victory Records on March 10th, Broadside were listed as one of the '100 Bands You Need To Know in 2015' by Alternative Press. Broadside also appeared in another Alternative Press magazine listed under 'AP Recommends.' Vocalist, Oliver Baxxter also made a special appearance on Alternative Press' Blog in 2015 under 'How To Look Pop-Punk: Style Essentials with Broadside's Ollie Baxxter.' Oliver also has a clothing line called "Damaged Kids" that speaks up for anyone lost in their own regret, fear or anxiety… For the beaten, broken and bruised, for Damaged Kids. View clothing brand here. Drummer, Andrew Dunton created custom coffee/tea mugs for the Alternative lifestyle named "Hard Luck Mugs." View Hard Luck Mugs here.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.rextheater.net

  • Kulick at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 12/02/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/3/18

    Kulick
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    12/02/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $12.00 - $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Victoria Morgan

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Reverend Horton Heat's Holiday Hayride at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 12/02/2018 07:00 PM EST: 12/3/18

    Reverend Horton Heat
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    12/02/2018 07:00 PM EST
    $33.00 - $49.00
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    Supporting Acts: Junior Brown, The Blasters, Big Sandy

    Reverend Horton Heat

    From: Dallas, Texas. The Reverend Horton Heat is the name of a Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio. The group is led by James C. Heath, AKA Reverend Horton Heat (2). Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The group originally formed in 1985, playing its first gigs in Dallas's Deep Ellum neighborhood. Its current members are Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath on guitar and lead vocals, Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass, and Scott Churilla on drums.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Just Juice at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 12/02/2018 06:30 PM EST: 12/2/18

    Just Juice
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    12/02/2018 06:30 PM EST
    $15.00 - $18.00
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    Supporting Acts: Dax, Faaathom, Mike Parker

    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 12/01/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/2/18

    Jason Bonham
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    12/01/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $49.00 - $95.00
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    Jason Bonham

    British drummer and son of the Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Bayside (Acoustic) at Rex Theater on 11/30/2018 09:00 PM EST: 12/1/18

    Bayside
    Rex Theater
    11/30/2018 09:00 PM EST
    $21.00 - $25.00
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    Supporting Acts: Kayleigh Goldsworthy

    Bayside

    Anthony Raneri – Vocals, Guitar
 Jack O’Shea – Lead Guitar
 Nick Ghanbarian – Bass
 Chris Guglielmo – Drums At their inception, BAYSIDE consciously stood apart from the pack and has maintained that commitment to integrity and earnestness for over 18 years. Skipping over pop-punk clichés like landmines and forcefully resisting the fake rebellion and thinly veiled misogyny too often dominating the “scene” around them, BAYSIDE takes their cues from Nirvana and Green Day, never the rulemaking bros. Originating in Queens and eventually establishing personal lives and careers that extend across the country, BAYSIDE became a staple of pop-punk and alt-rock world, powered by the strength of sing-a-long ready anthems that are both deeply personal and welcomingly universal. Songs like “Devotion and Desire,” “Sick, Sick, Sick,” “I’ve Been Dead All Day,” and “Blame it on Bad Luck” are cherished by the BAYSIDE faithful, the lyrics brandished like badges of misfit honor. BAYSIDE represent a lifestyle, a counterculture, and a deeply held conviction, diverse in thought and background but united by a shared desire for authentic expression. It’s a spirit that permeates an impressive and storied discography, including Sirens and Condolences (2004), Bayside (2005), The Walking Wounded (2007, celebrated with a 10 Year Anniversary tour in 2017), Shudder (2008), Killing Time (2011), Cult (one of Kerrang!’s Top Albums of 2014), and Vacancy (2016). Take away the distortion, the aggression, and the reckless ferocity that defines much of punk rock, and a great song is still a great song. With a spirit of deconstruction and re-imagination running counter to some bands’ lazy cash-grabbing collections, BAYSIDE returns refreshed and reinvigorated with Bayside Acoustic Volume 2. Twelve years since the band released the fan-favorite EP, Acoustic, BAYSIDE puts forward an incredible blend of instantly recognizable fan-favorites and deep cuts. BAYSIDE’s latest release throws off convention in search of the distilled melodic essence and emotive power of their catalog. These aren’t “stripped down” versions of BAYSIDE songs so much as they are completely new discoveries, refashioned and broadened by possibility. Unburned by any expectations or preconceived notions, the band made the record quietly and at their own pace, steadily mining their past to build a new vision for the future. Musicianship and artistry is paramount, with a purposeful urgency throughout. “I didn’t have a studio, an electric guitar, or an amp setup in my house for many years of being in the band,” explains frontman Anthony Raneri. “I wrote everything on an acoustic. It always had to be good without the bells and whistles.” Bayside Acoustic Volume 2 was crafted in Franklin, Tennessee with Jon Howard, a musician and producer who has worked with Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, and New Found Glory. Howard is part of a hyper local community outside of Nashville that includes members of those bands, plus guys from Yellowcard, Saves The Day, Grammy winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, and Raneri, among others. “When we went into it, we said, 'this can't just sound like us playing the stuff on acoustic guitars instead of electric guitars.' We were really adamant about that,” says Reneri. “We're always trying to show that we're better than your average pop-punk band. This was a chance to demonstrate all of the different things we can do.” It was liberating for Raneri and longtime members Jack O’Shea (lead guitar), Nick Ghanbarian (bass), and Chris Guglielmo (drums) to tear down the walls, playing the songs any way they wanted, as ‘though they had just been written for the first time. “Landing Feet First,” which so many BAYSIDE fans have played at their weddings, is given the full “first dance” treatment, now with real strings and a fresh arrangement. “Devotion and Desire” is even more intense in this setting. “Once you hone into the percussive element of an acoustic guitar, there's a lot to discover there,” says Raneri. Vol. 2 also boasts new takes on BAYSIDE deep cuts like “I Can’t Go On” and “Howard,” songs that had never been played live, given long overdue justice here. Since the dawn of the New Millennium, BAYSIDE has earned a reputation as top-tier songwriters, passionate performers, and high quality humans, all while headlining theaters and clubs or touring with their friends and peers in bands like Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Say Anything, A Day To Remember, The Gaslight Anthem, Hawthorne Heights, Alkaline Trio, Saves The Day, New Found Glory, and Anberlin. In every note of the vibrant Acoustic Volume 2, a record that conjures the spirit of classic performances like Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged or The Cure’s most adventurous outings, BAYSIDE serves up a confident reminder of their firmly established place in the rock music landscape. It’s evident - from all of the lyrics tattooed on fans, the cover version and tributes that permeate YouTube, and the obsessive supporters worldwide - why BAYSIDE continues to thrive on the strength of these very songs.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.rextheater.net

  • Craig Ferguson “Hobo Fabulous Tour” at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 11/30/2018 08:00 PM EST: 12/1/18

    Craig Ferguson
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    11/30/2018 08:00 PM EST
    $45.00 - $75.00
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    Craig Ferguson

    Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. In December 2014, Ferguson concluded his ten-year run as the host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” which set all-time viewer records, earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination and the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As the host of “Celebrity Name Game,” Ferguson was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host two years in a row. This year he was nominated for a third Daytime Emmy Award. As of February 2017, Craig launched his new SiriusXM program “The Craig Ferguson Show” which is broadcast live on Comedy Greats every evening. In September 2015, Ferguson launched his fourth original stand-up comedy special on EPIX entitled, “Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest,” which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. The special was filmed at New York City’s Town Hall and focuses on topics spanning from “the deeply meaningless to the profoundly meaningful.” In May 2016, Craig completed The New Deal Tour, a 60-show comedy stand-up tour across North America. Ferguson was last seen in his original History Channel show, “Join or Die,” which featured him and his celebrity friends debating provocative topics with history experts. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ferguson got his start in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the U.K., a profession he held for several years. Following his musical stint, he began bartending in a local pub in Glasgow where he was introduced to Michael Boyd, the artistic director of The Tron Theatre in Glasgow, who persuaded Ferguson to give acting a go. After several low paying acting gigs, Ferguson discovered he had a knack for comedy and was soon the star of his own BBC television show, “The Ferguson Theory.” After several stints on the English comedy circuit, Ferguson brought his act to America in 1995 to star with Betty White and Marie Osmond in the short-lived ABC comedy, “Maybe This Time.” After the show ended, ABC decided to add the talented Scotsman to “The Drew Carey Show,” playing Drew Carey's boss, ‘Nigel Wick,’ from 1996-2003. Ferguson has also become a huge success on the North American comedy circuit. He has performed to sold out theaters all over the country and sold out Carnegie Hall in October 2010. In October 2012 Craig performed his highly praised stand-up at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall to a sold out audience. Additionally, Craig has three widely acclaimed stand-up comedy specials, “A Wee Bit O’ Revolution”, which premiered on Comedy Central and was released on Home Video in 2009, and “Does This Need To Be Said,” which premiered on EPIX in 2011, aired on Comedy Central and was released on Home Video. In the summer of 2013, Craig released his third comedy album “I’m Here to Help,” garnering him a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. The stand-up special premiered on Netflix and was later released on DVD. Ferguson has written the feature films “The Big Tease” and “Saving Grace”. In 2003, he made his directorial debut with “I'll Be There,” which he also wrote and starred in. “I'll Be There” went on to receive the Audience Award for Best Film at the Aspen, Dallas, and Valencia film festivals. Craig was also named "best new director" at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Ferguson’s other film credits include, “Niagra Motel,” “Lenny the Wonder Dog,” “Prendimi l’anima,” “Life Without Dick,” “Chain of Fools” and “Born Romantic.” Ferguson was most recently heard on the big screen as he reprised his character ‘Gobber’ in “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the sequel to the 2010 animated feature, “How to Train Your Dragon.” In 2011 Craig portrayed ‘Owl’ in the highly anticipated Disney classic “Winnie The Pooh.” In the summer of 2012, Craig was heard as the voice of ‘Lord Macintosh’ in Disney’s animated feature, “Brave.” In April 2006, Ferguson debuted his first novel entitled Between The Bridge and The River, which made it onto the bestseller list. In the novel, two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the deep South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre adventures which, it turns out, are somehow interconnected-and, even more surprisingly, meaningful. The eclectic cast of characters features Socrates, Carl Jung, and Tony Randall; while love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood also make special appearances. In February 2008 Ferguson succeeded in becoming a US Citizen, mentioning that this is his home after thirteen years and “my heart is here.” Soon after, Craig had landed himself the biggest date of all; a date with President Bush hosting the White House Correspondence Dinner. Critics raved of his witty and comical deliverance speech to the 3,000 attendees who included political journalists, celebrities, and Washington’s power players. In 2009, Harper Collins published Ferguson’s memoir American On Purpose - a book about why and how late night funnyman Craig Ferguson became an American. The book was listed on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to sell well to date. Ferguson also serves on the board of the Lollipop Theater Network. The mission of the Lollipop Theater Network is to bring movies that are currently in theatrical release to hospitalized children facing chronic and life threatening illnesses nationwide.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/