Pat Benatar Plays Palace; Between the Buried and Me at Mr. Smalls; Hard Rock Hosts CureRock 2018 (Fri., 3/30/18

1) Pat Benatar, hot looking and hard rocking 1980s music icon, visits the area tonight with a concert at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre. Benatar, whose maiden name is Andrzejewski, is a mezzo-soprano singer who once considered attending Juilliard, but instead went to State University of New York at Stony Brook to study health education. She left after a year to pursue her musical dreams. She started her trademark early-career spandex look accidentally, after attending a Halloween party as a character from Cat Woman of the Moon and then performing on stage at a regular gig at Catch a Rising Star. She received a standing ovation, thanks in part to the spandex,  and decided to keep it. Benatar scored four Top 10 hits: “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Invincible,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” and “We Belong.” She met her husband, guitarist/producer Neil Giraldo, in 1979 when he auditioned for her band. They will be performing together for an acoustic show. It’s a true rock and roll love story! 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg (RH)

2) Between the Buried and Me is known for progressive, spiritually inspired metal with death-metal overtones. Formed in 2000 by lead vocalist Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. and guitarist Paul Waggoner, the Raleigh, North Carolina quintet scored big with 2015’s Coma Ecliptic, which shot to no. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Top Rock, and Tastemaker charts. Their new album is the March 9 release Automata I. Between the Buried and Me visits Mr. Smalls with special guests The Dear Hunter and Leprous. 7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (MV)

3) CureRock 2018 lets concertgoers raise money to fight pediatric and adolescent cancer. The benefit show, now in its seventh year, features The Alternate Routes, Nevada Color, and Working Breed. The Alternate Routes are from Bridgeport, Connecticut, and their song “Nothing More” was used for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Nevada Color, an indie-pop band, and Working Breed, a solid rock group, are from Pittsburgh. Besides music, look out for a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. 8 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 230 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square. (CM)

4) Three members of one of  Pittsburgh’s favorite bands, Scott, Rob & Greg (drummer Dave is also beloved) of The Clarks take the stage at Rivers Casino Drum Bar tonight and perform acoustic song sets. 8 p.m. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore.


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