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. AWB’s latest release is 2019’s compilation album, Gold. The group is appearing at Hartwood Acres as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. (R.H.)
2) Bonnie Baxter, a Pittsburgh native and former television executive, founded DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh in 2016, after being inspired by a similar event while living in Chicago. It started as an annual event that afforded the public a peek into places that aren’t normally seen like landmark buildings and interesting new spaces. Due to the increasing popularity of the event, more events were added covering Pittsburgh’s history, culture, and neighborhoods. The offerings have branched out and now include: the big annual event, bus tours, guided walking tours, neighborhood walking tours, specialty tours, and even virtual storytelling. Today DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh is having a Strip District Neighborhood event from noon to 4 p.m. which will explore the history of The Strip and its unique buildings and shops.