American Authors Play Three Rivers Regatta; Club Cafe Hosts Wye Oak (Sat., 8/6/16)

1) This year’s EQT Three Rivers Regatta promises a variety of music in a range of places. The Main Stage at Point State Park will feature the most acts. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, shows begin at noon and continue through the afternoon and evening. Saturday, American Authors, who are arguably best known for their super-catchy single “Best Day of My Life,” play at 8 p.m. Many local artists will perform over the weekend, including, but not limited to, Beauty Slap, Good Brother Earl, and The Andy Davis Band. Lovebettie, also from Pittsburgh and a Rolling Stone “Band To Watch,” will play an acoustic duet Saturday at noon.

On the North Shore Riverwalk, local DJs begin spinning Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. DJ Bamboo, who is the Penguins’ official pre-game DJ, opens both days followed by DJ Petey C. on Friday. Sunday sees Country-singer Rodney Atkins closing the Main Stage at 8 p.m. followed by Purple Rain Fireworks and FX, a tribute to the late musician Prince. Pyrotecnico, a fireworks company based in New Castle, will be shooting the rockets, and you can probably guess what the dominant color will be. See the Regatta’s event schedule for a full list of performances. (CM)

Cathy Richardson , of Jefferson Starship, performing at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta at Point State Park. Photo: Martha Rial

Cathy Richardson , of Jefferson Starship, performing at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta at Point State Park. Photo: Martha Rial

 

2) For Wye Oak’s fourth studio album, 2014’s Shriek, Jenn Wasner put down her guitar and picked up the bass. This might not sound like a big deal, but consider that Andy Stack is the only other member of this Baltimore duo. And consider, too, how big a record their previous LP, 2011’s Civilian, was. The A.V. Club voted it the best album of 2011, and the title track was used in “The Walking Dead” and in the indie film, Safety Not Guaranteed. The instrument swap could signal only sonic departure—hipsters were freaking out. And, yes, a sonic departure it was—the flash of “Holy Holy” traded for the slow-burn of “Glory”—but it worked. Shriek was similarly lauded by fans and critics. This year saw the release of Tween, songs which originated between Civilian and Shriek. The band is now touring Tween, including a stop at Club Cafe. Tuskha opens. Sold Out. 56- 58 S. 12th St., South Side. (CM)

3) Mercedez, one of Pittsburgh’s best funk/dance/soul bands, plays “the wharf” at Baja Bar and Grill. 8 p.m. Fox Chapel Yacht Club and Marina, 1366 Old Freeport Rd., O’Hara Township.