August Wilson Center Hosts Average White Band; Of Montreal at Mr. Smalls (Tues., 4/25/17)

The Sarah Silverman appearance for tonight at Heinz Hall has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

1) Average White Band is composed of very talented musicians and maybe should be called Above Average White Band or even Great White Band. Its success rises out of a funky beat, great vocals, and quite nice horn parts. The band formed in Dundee, Scotland, in 1972 and shot to fame on songs like the million-selling “Pick Up the Pieces,” “School Boy Crush,” “Cut the Cake,” and “A Love of Your Own.” Founding members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre faithfully play the music with help from newer band members. AWB’s music is so well-loved and respected that other artists, including The Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, and Arrested Development, have utilized parts of AWB’s music. AWB is the 15th most sampled group ever. The group is appearing at the August Wilson Center as part of the Cultural Trust’s Soul Sessions. 8 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. 

2) Frontman Kevin Barnes is the sole constant in of Montreal, a band with rotating members and a genre indefinable. He formed the group in 1996 in Athens, Georgia. They are part of the Elephant 6 Collective, which dates to 1991 and includes other great independent American bands, like Neutral Milk Hotel. of Montreal count a range of fans. Pittsburgh-based Girl Talk sampled “Gronlandic Edit,” off 2007’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, on his masterpiece, Feed the Animals. El Pasado Es un Animal Grotesco, an experimental play by the Argentine writer Mariano Pensotti, translates into “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal,” the title of another track off Hissing Fauna … . of Montreal’s latest LP was 2016’s Innocence Reaches. An EP, Rune Husk, followed this year. Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solution open their show at Mr. Smalls. Included with admission is “Strangeways,” a rock dance party hosted by DJs Jesley Snipes and the Comeback Kid. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)

3) Do you want to go see the battlin’ Buccos play the Chicago Cubs but your dog is giving you the “we don’t spend enough time together” look. Don’t fret the Pirates got you covered with Pup Night, aka bring your dog to the Pirate game night. Dogs receive a Pirates ball thrower and a portion of the proceeds benefit local animal organizations. If your dog can catch anything thrown their way please let the Pirates know as they are now down an outfielder. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.