Pittsburgh Pop Music

Less Than Jake

If you want to relive ska punk’s glory days of the late 90’s, you’ll find what you’re loing for at Altar Bar with Less Than Jake. Combining the distinctive beats of punk with the horns and saxophones of ska, Less Than Jake hit mainstream in 2003 with the album Anthem. The band has toured with Bon Jovi, The Warped Tour, and Bad Religion. We can hope to hear their famed “She’s Gonna Break Soon” as well as old and new favorites. Less

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Kenny Blake

At Theater Square, renowned saxophonist Kenny Blake is the featured performer for this Tuesday’s jazz series at Backstage Bar. His sound is a combination of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues.Swing, Latin, ballads, and standards are also musical components of Blake’s versatile repertoire. Blake, who’s released five solo CDs, has performed throughout the United State, Europe, and South Africa. No cover. 5 p.m. Theater Square. 655 Penn Avenue, Cultural District.

The Balcony Big Band

The Balcony Big Band,  with the Mancini Jazz Ensemble, is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The 18 member group makes a big, beautiful sound. Get in some Monday relaxation with good music. 7 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

Jukebox the Ghost

Fans of Jukebox the Ghost and their 2014 self-titled album got some nice treats in 2015. The power pop trio gave that self-titled album the uxe edition treatment. The uxe edition of Jukebox the Ghost has a solo piano version, sans vocals, of every track off the record—perfect for karae or for some soothing household ambiance. The band also released an EP, The BSide Session, of two acoustic versions of songs from that album. Let’s not forget, too, just how

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Shemekia Copeland

1) Harlem-born blues singer Shemekia Copeland gained a lot of notice with “Never Going Back to Memphis,”  which featured her resonant blues/soul vocals, storytelling lyrics, and fantastic guitar and drum playing. Copeland—the daughter of Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland—started out singing professionally as her dad’s opening act while still in high school. A two-time Grammy nominee, she’s performed with such notables as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton. Copeland has also performed for President Obama and first lady

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Unblurred Gallery Crawl

 Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn features a variety of visual and performing arts at galleries, clubs, and restaurants along Penn Avenue (4800-5500) in the Garfield, Bloomfield, and Friendship neighborhoods. 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Most events are free.