Pittsburgh concerts

Cool Picks Sunday June 17, 2012

1) Rich Engler, legendary Pittsburgh rock promoter and extra cool guy, brings part of his fascinating personal guitar collection to the Carnegie Science Center as part of the new Guitar exhibit. Engler has guitars signed by the top rock stars of the last thirty years. He will display his guitars, answer questions and discuss the concerts he has promoted with rock fans. Engler’s appearance runs from 2-3 pm.

2) Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners play their top hits from the ’50s & ’60s in a free

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Cool Picks Saturday June 16, 2012

1) Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World opens tonight at the Carnegie Science Center on the North Shore. The show features over 60 guitars, hands-on interactive exhibits, performance audio and videos, photos and much more. Tonight’s opening reception features some of Pittsburgh’s best rock musicians in an All-Star Acoustic Jam — Joe Grushecky of the Houserockers, Rick Witkowski of the B.E. Taylor Group, Rob James of the Clarks and Billy Price of the Billy Price Band. Legendary rock promoter Rich Engler will be

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Cool Picks Friday June 15, 2012

1) Greensburg Pick #1 – Guitar Virtuosos Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang burn up the Palace Theatre stage tonight with their hot riffs. Strap in for the ride at 8 pm.

2) Greensburg Pick #2 – Snarky Puppy brings their brand of new jazz fusion to Summer Sounds concert series at St. Clair Park. Free show runs from 7 to 9:30 pm.

3) Lindsey Buckingham, of Fleetwood Mac fame and an A-1 guitarist in his own right, plays a concert tonight at 9:00 pm at the

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Cool Picks Thursday June 14, 2012

1) Igniting the Promise is the unique fund raising event going on tonight at Stage AE. The bash will raise money for the Pittsburgh Promise program, where every city of  Pittsburgh student who wants to go to college and has completed the program requirements, gets money towards tuition. For every $1.50 raised, UPMC will donate $1. The event is hosted by Kiya and Mike Tomlin. Entertainers include G.-Love and Special Sauce, Ashanti, DJ Bonics (part of Whiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang), DJ Zimmie

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Cool Picks Wednesday June 13, 2012

1) Entertainment Central’s top food writer, Deborah McDonald, wants to share with you a delightful new place she’s found.  It’s called Biddle’s Escape, on Biddle Avenue which runs between Regent Square and Wilkinsburg. Deborah reports they have a great selection of coffee drinks, teas and sweet treats.  She especially likes the Hungarian szegedi kave: 2 shots of espresso, 2 shots of steamed cream, maple/cinnamon sugar and whipped cream. Another cool thing, Deborah  says, is their patio where you can sit beneath the trees. and enjoy the summer

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Cool Picks Tuesday June 12, 2012

1) Walnut Grill in Shadyside has a new name, new menu, new decor in their same location at the corner of Walnut and Bellefonte (second floor) streets. It is now called Up Modern Kitchen and features tantalizing dishes including: appetizers like Skillet Cornbread and Korean Meatballs.  Small plates like Grilled Eggplant, Jambalaya, Alaskan Halibut and Duroc Pork Tenderloin are among the items featured on the main dish side of the menu. You can even order a Black Angus Short Rib Meatloaf Sandwich from the

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Cool Picks Monday June 11, 2012

1) After weekend indulgences, get out on the South Side Riverfront trails for a hike or  bike trek. Extra nice sections of the trail are from around Tenth street up to Station Square and the Gateway Clipper Fleet. You can even see the trains rumbling by or look up at the incline and beautiful greenery of Mount Washington. Before, after or during (the trail actually runs through Station Square) you can stop at Station Square’s promenade for a bite to eat or a cool,

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Cool Picks Sunday June 10, 2012

1) It is often said  that all good things must end and so it is with the 2012 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Ah, the music, the art, the food.  Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers close out the Arts Fest. Hornsby and the Noisemakers play a lively brand of music drawing from many different genres including: rock, jam, folk, and bluegrass. Hornsby played over 100 shows with the Grateful Dead from 1988 until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Come hear their

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Cool Picks Saturday June 9, 2012

1) Girl Talk is not just good conversation, it is the name of a rapping, mash-up unit originally from Pittsburgh.  At Stage AE you can hear Girl Talk in an outdoor show with two opening acts. Gates open at 7:00pm.

2) Grammy-award winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, is the Pride in the Street headliner for Pittsburgh Pride Fest. She will perform on a closed section of Liberty avenue, Downtown, the scene of a large block party celebrating gay pride.  Show starts at 8:45 pm.

3) The Smiling

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Cool Picks Friday June 8, 2012

1) The Squonk Opera presents their new production, Go Roadshow, at The Three Rivers Arts Festival tonight. If you’ve never seen a Squonk Opera production, you owe it to yourself to view one. It’s a beautiful spectacle of original music and theater with lights, humor and interesting set pieces.  Squonk Opera describes their latest production as a “free street spectacle aboard a 34 foot long monster truck…retrofitted with a truck horn calliope, wall made of rotors and a spinning grand piano.” A colorful

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