Pittsburgh Pop Music

Cool Picks Wednesday June 27, 2012

1) Watershed, a high energy rock band from our neighbors to the west, Columbus, Ohio, rocks out Club Cafe. Special guests are Erica Blinn. 8 pm show, South Side.

2) “Captain America : The First Avenger” is running free in Schenley Park. The movie starts at 8pm with a live pre-show concert from The Schrader Steel Band starting at 7 pm. Free (“Thank You” Dollar Bank), Flagstaff Hill.

3) Check out the latest from director, Ridley Scott, the sci-fi movie “Prometheus” at your local

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Cool Picks Sunday June 24, 2012

1) Anne Mullaney’s Friends for Haiti Block Party event is happening today at the Map Room in Regent Square from 5  to 10 pm. Proceeds from the event will be used to build a school in Haiti. Haitian Food, Haitian poetry readings and some Irish music (Ann Mullaney is the late owner of Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle in the Strip) are some of the fun things on tap. Admission is free, donations accepted. For more info contact Ray Werner: (412) 443-5064 or ray_werner@yahoo.com.


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Cool Picks Saturday June 23, 2012

Went Phishing and said “Hi” to the Clarks. On the way to the Meadows to see Paul, encountered Cinderella and a Spector. No, this isn’t lost verses from Don McLean’s American Pie recording; with so many interesting names of the great entertainers in Pittsburgh tonight I couldn’t help putting them in a little verse.

1) Phish jams out First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown. Doors open 6:30 pm.

2) Hometown Favorites, The Clarks w/ Chris Higbee are in concert at Stage AE on the North Shore. Gates open at 6:30 pm.

3) The

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Cool Picks Friday June 22, 2012

1) A really cool free music event happens this evening, the 15th Annual WYEP Summer  Music Festival.  Concert highlights include on-the-rise national acts. The event begins with established local talent Donora at 6 pm, Great Lake Swimmers at 7:10 pm, Sharon Van Etten, 8:25 pm, and finishes with Dr. Dog at 9:45 pm. Dr. Dog has a hot song out now called “That Old Black Hole.”  The festival is in Schenley Plaza in Oakland, smack dab next to Carnegie Library and Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning. There’s

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Cool Picks Monday June 18, 2012

1) Monday Bargain: $5 movie tickets, all day and night at the South Side Works Cinema. You can also receive deals at the concession stand: buy any size popcorn and get the same size fountain drink for free, $1 off all candy and fountain drinks, Kiddie combos only $2.50. There is an additional charge for 3D movies. Cool Pick provided by M. Brown, Entertainment Central’s new movie reviewer. Look for her fun and insightful reviews soon.

2) Club Cafe has their

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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 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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