Allman Betts Band Plays Starlight; Jazz Night at City Theatre’s Drive-in Arts Fest: Squirrel Hill Popup (Thurs., 9/17/20)

1) Some ingredients go very well together, like ice cream and hot fudge sauce. Another tasty combination is the Allman Betts Band. The group consists of sons of some of the players in the former Allman Brothers Band. This includes Devon Allman, Duane Betts, and Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley). Other members are: Johnny Stachela (slide guitar) and Devon Allman Project percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow), and John Lum. Devon Allman is the son of the late Gregg Allman and Shelly Jefts, while Duane is the son of a longtime Allman Brothers’ lead guitarist Dickey Betts and Paulette Howell. Duane was named after Allman Brothers’ band co-founder Duane Allman, who was a lead guitar virtuoso. The latest Allman Betts Band album is Bless Your Heart, which was released in August. Some Allman Brothers Band songs are sure to surface on the concert’s set list. Special guest is Derek Woods Band. Doors 5:30 p.m., Show at 7:30 p.m.  Starlight Drive-in,

2) There are drive-in movies, so why not drive-in live entertainment? Pittsburghers get to try the concept at the city’s first and perhaps only Drive-In Arts Festival. Staged at Hazelwood Green—the sprawling new multi-use development site in where else but Hazelwood—the festival is produced by City Theatre. And though it doesn’t include live theater, just about every other performing art is on the two-week schedule: comedy, dance, magic, and music in forms from classical to hip-hop. Each night is devoted to a single featured act or set of related acts and the artists are Pittsburgh-rooted. Check the link above for the night(s) you want, buy tix in advance, and arrive with up to four in your vehicle. 

Performing tonight are jazz outfits Dwayne Dolphin Trio and Tony DePaolis Quartet presented by MCG Jazz

Institutions collaborating with City Theatre for the Drive-In Arts Festival include the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, City of Asylum, MCG Jazz, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and WYEP-FM. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Main entry to Hazelwood Green is at 4734 Second Ave., Hazelwood. (MV)

3) This evening Uncover Squirrel Hill (the neighborhood’s chamber of commerce) is having the first in a series of SHOP: Squirrel Hill Outdoor Popups on Forbes and Murray Avenues with local business and service providers that includes product, food, and entertainment offerings. Participating merchants include: Silk Elephant, Kiin Lao & Thai Eatery, Coffee Tree Roasters, Dollar Bank, Chocolate Moose, Classic Lines Bookstore, Jewish Community Center (JCC), Ten Thousand Villages, European Wax Center, Paititi Peruvean Clothing and Gifts, Pastoli’s, Games Unlimited, and The Friendship Circle. Live music will be provided by Sunburst Music and local artists will also be on hand. 4- 8 p.m. The next Popups are October 1 and October 15.