Big Time Rush Members Follow Heffron Drive to Mr. Small’s; Rock Star Karaoke at Smiling Moose (Wed., 8/3/16)

1) The group Heffron Drive is composed of two members of Big Time Rush—a boy band, on hiatus since 2014— Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt. Schmidt and Belt had formed Heffron Drive back in 2008, they had met and wanted to form a group together. A name for the band suddenly appeared when they discovered that they both lived on Heffron Drive in Malibu, California. A year after that excursion started they both joined Big Time Rush—Schmidt as lead vocalist and Belt as touring guitarist. Now with Big time Rush on hiatus they started up their original band, Heffron Drive, once again. The group’s sound draws on the rich vocal history of Big Time Rush (minus a few vocalists) along with rock, dance, and electronica influences. Heffron Drive’s latest album releases are Happy Mistakes in 2014 and ’15s Happy Mistakes (Unplugged).  Special guests are This Is All Now and Gavin Becker. 8 p.m. Mr. Small’s Funhouse, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

2) Do you fancy yourself a rock star? Then the place for you tonight is Rock Star Karaoke at the South Side’s Smiling Moose. In addition to pleasing everyone with your great renditions of famous rock songs you’ll enjoy $3 Captain cocktails and half off all Troegs beer from 9-11 p.m. Karaoke starts at 9:30 p.m. DJ T-Money cues the music for you the rock star. 1306 E. Carson St.

 

3) The Secret Life of Pets Did you ever wonder what your pet does when you go off to work? Me neither. I figure that as long as they don’t doodoo on the rug, I don’t really care what else they do do. But the fine folks at Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have wondered and to that end bring us this animated movie about a pampered pet, Max, who has to join forces with a mongrel named Duke when they find out a bunny rabbit called Snowball is creating a battalion of abandoned pets with one goal in mind: ruin the lives of pets and their owners! Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney co-direct from a script by Ken Aurio, Brian Lynch, and Cinco Paul. Voice talents include Ellie Kemper, Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Dana Carvey, Louis C.K., Steve Coogan, and Eric Stonestreet. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)