Bill Toms and Hard Rain and Danny Gochnour Play Mr. Smalls; Three Rivers Classic College Hockey Tournament


1) Bill Toms and Hard Rain with the Soulville Horns will be rockin’ out the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls tonight. Toms’ slightly raspy, deeply soulful voice and his guitar playing prowess combine with the drums, horns, and rest of the band to create a hot rock sound. Their latest release is Good For My Soul. The band also recorded a concert last year at Club Cafe, so look for a live album or some live tracks to come out sometime in the future.

Guitarist Danny Gochnour‘s regular gig is as a lead guitar player for Joe Grushecky as a member of The Houserockers, but Gochnour will be opening for Bill Toms and Hard Rain for this date.. Gochnour recently released his first solo recording, The Despair of Summer. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (RH)

Bill Toms plays some killer lead guitar riffs (c.) while Hard Rain and the Soulville Horns jam on.

Bill Toms plays some killer lead guitar riffs (c.) while Hard Rain and the Soulville Horns jam on.

2) Attention sports aficionados: There’s a great opportunity today to watch several NCAA Division I hockey teams battle for the top prize in the Three Rivers Classic hockey tournament, presented by Robert Morris University. Other teams competing are St. Cloud State, Union College, and Brown University. This is the second day of the two-day tournament and is the championship game. 8 p.m. The consolation game will begin at 5 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

3) The Pitt Panthers basketball team play the North Carolina Tar Heels in a little game of hoops.The Panthers have a very young and green team, but are playing hard and making progress. Jump ball is at noon. Sold Out. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.