Alan Parsons Live Project at CHMH; Mr. Smalls Hosts Low; Tree of Life Food Truck Benefit (Tues. 11/13/18)

1) “I don’t care what you do/I wouldn’t want to be like you” is a memorable line from The Alan Parsons Project song “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You.” It was just one of their catchy keyboard/guitar rock songs that delivered hits like “Games People Play,” “The Raven,” and “Eye in the Sky.” The Alan Parsons Project for many years consisted of two main members: Parsons and Eric Woolfson. The two met in the dining area at Abbey Road Studios in 1974. Parsons was a noted audio engineer and producer and also a composer and musician. He had worked on The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let It Be albums, as well as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Woolfson was a songwriter, composer and session pianist. They both were growing tired of producing other artists music and decided to join forces to create their own. After many successful years together they each went their separate ways in 1990. Woolfson died in 2009.

Once, to fulfill a record company contract during a dispute with their label, they submitted an all-instrumental album named after a bold chess move called The Sicilian Defence. The record company rejected it and Parsons and Woolfson’s risky bet garnered them a new contract with their record label. Look for a new release from Parsons in 2019 called The Secret, his first in 15 years. See Alan Parsons Live Project at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. 7:30 p.m. 510 E. 10th, Ave., Munhall. 

Alan Parsons performing in a 2017 concert. (Photo: Andemaya and Wikipedia.)

Alan Parsons performing in a 2017 concert. (Photo: Andemaya and Wikipedia.)

2) If you’re looking for something different, check out Low at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls. The trio plays a type of indie rock that is sometimes called slowcore. (See songs such as “Quorum.”). The band formed in Duluth, Minnesota in 1993 and released its 12th studio album, Double Negative, this year. IN/VIA opens. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)

3) Almost twenty food and beverage trucks will set up shop in the closed off Pittsburgh Parking Authority (thanks Parking Authority) lot between Bartlett and Beacon Streets in the Murray Avenue business district. 11th Hour Brewing will be on hand to supply brewed malted beverages. The All You Need is Love event’s proceeds will benefit Tree of Life Synagogue. Music and positive vibrations will flow. 5-9 p.m. Squirrel Hill.

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