Andy Grammer in Concert at Roxian; Thunderbird Hosts Coco Montoya; Marlon Wayans at Pittsburgh Improv (Fri., 10/25/19)

1) every note, Andy Grammer, the singer-songwriter with the soaring voice, makes it clear that he loves music and wants to spread the joy. You’ve probably had one of his hit singles, such as “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me,” stuck in your head at some point in the past few years. His latest LP is 2019’s Naive. He headlines the Roxian Theatre. Nightly opens. 8 p.m. 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. (EC, CM) 

2) Blues guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya first started out as a drummer with a secondary love for the guitar. He played drums for guitar legend and “master of the Telecaster” Albert Collins for over five years and worked on his guitar skills with Collins mentoring him. He became so skilled that John Mayall asked him to join his reformed Bluesbreakers band in the early ’80s, staying for 10 years. Since then, he has enjoyed a successful solo career with 11 albums released. Montoya plays his scorching riffs as a southpaw. His latest album is this year’s Coming in Hot. Special guest is Jack of Diamonds. 8 p.m. The Thunderbird Cafe and Music Hall. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

3) Yes, Marlon Wayans is a member of the illustrious, and large, Wayan’s family. Wayans is also an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. He got his first film role as a pedestrian in I’m Gonna Get You Sucka; written, produced, and directed by his big brother Keenen Ivory Wayans. He went on to have subsequent roles in White Chicks, Scary Movie I and II, and Fifty Shades of Black. With comedy being the main family trade, Wayan’s teamed up with them for work on the seminal FOX TV comedy “In Living Color,” and with his brother Shawn on the WB Network comedy “The Wayan’s Brothers,” airing from 1995-99. Wayans starred in his own sitcom on NBC called Marlon and rand from 2017-18. You can catch Wayans up close and in person at the Pittsburgh Improv tonight (7:30 and 9:45 p.m.) and tomorrow. 166 E. Bridge St, The Waterfront, Homestead.

4) Bill Toms and Hard Rain is performing at Club Cafe tonight with the Soulville Horns and special guest Miss Freddye. Should be a great night of rockful soul blues. 8 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side. 

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