Black Crowes Bring ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ to Star Lake; Shadyside Sidewalk Sale Starts (Wed., 7/28/21)

1) The Black Crowes are one of America’s top rock outfits and have the catalog to back that up. Their initial album, Shake your Money Maker, released in 1990, produced the hits “Hard to Handle,” “She Talks to Angels,” “Jealous Again” and the title track. All spent time at or near the top of the charts. The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, the band’s followup album paid homage to an old hymn, Southern Harmony, and was another hitmaker spinning off hot rockers like “Remedy,” “Sting Me,” Thorn in My Pride,” and “Hotel Illness.” All reached no. 1 on the charts, an amazing feat that eclipsed Tom Petty three no. 1’s from the same album in 1989. Other interesting rockers from the Crowes catalog include “Wiser Time” and “Nebakanezer.”

The Black Crowe’s signature sound is composed of strong harmonies, top guitar playing, creative drumming/percussion, and melodic keys. They can do a tight 4 minute rock song or go on an extended jam. Although harmony is a big part of the sound, the band’s brotherhood of Chris (lead vocals) and Rich Robinson (lead guitar) has at times been less than harmonious, with several breakups and reunions. Let’s hope The Black Crowes are back together again for good now. A new album is in the works. This tour celebrates the 30th Anniversary of their Shake Your Money Maker album. Dirty Honey opens. 7:30 p.m. The Pavilion at Star Lake,  665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (R.H.)

The Black Crowes performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 2008. (photo: DickClarkMises and Wikipedia).

The Black Crowes performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 2008. (photo: DickClarkMises and Wikipedia).

2) The annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale is happening today through Sunday, all along the upscale Walnut Street shopping corridor. Look for great bargains at the merchant’s outdoor tables. The sale is a neighborhood tradition happening for over 30 years. Then, savor your shopping successes by enjoying a meal and relaxing in the many cafes and restaurants, including: William Penn Tavern, Mario’s East Side Saloon, Cappys, Girasole, Coffee Tree Roasters, Mercurio’s and more.

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