Blackberry Smoke Plays Starlight; Drive-in Arts Fest w/1Hood Media (Sat., 9/12/20)

1) Add some sweet southern-fried rock to your music tonight with Blackberry Smoke at Starlight Drive-in. The country band formed in 2000 and gained popularity as a supporting act for Zac Brown Band’s 2011 tour. They’ve also opened for the legendary  Lynyrd Skynyrd, and for Eric Church and ZZ Top. Their rich harmonies and quality guitar and drum play give them good crossover appeal. The group’s 2016 album Like an Arrow reached no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Country and Americana/Folk charts, while also reaching no. 3 on the U.S. Rock chart. Blackberry Smoke’s latest album, Find a Light, was released in 2018. They also have a new EP, Live from Capricorn Sound Studios, which dropped in June. Nick Perri & the Underground Thieves are the warm-up. Doors 6 p.m. Concert at 8 p.m. 1985 North Main Street Extension, Butler.

Blackberry Smoke performing live in Oklahoma City, OK in 2018. Photo: Peterstormer.

Blackberry Smoke performing live in Oklahoma City, OK in 2018. Photo: Peterstormer and Wikipedia.

2) There are drive-in movies, so why not drive-in live entertainment? Pittsburghers get to try the concept at the city’s first and perhaps only Drive-In Arts Festival. Staged at Hazelwood Green—the sprawling new multi-use development site in where else but Hazelwood—the festival is produced by City Theatre. And though it doesn’t include live theater, just about every other performing art is on the two-week schedule: comedy, dance, magic, and music in forms from classical to hip-hop. Each night is devoted to a single featured act or set of related acts and the artists are Pittsburgh-rooted. Check the link above for the night(s) you want, buy tix in advance, and arrive with up to four in your vehicle. 

The Drive-in Arts Festival tonight features talented performers from 1Hood Media.

Institutions collaborating with City Theatre for the Drive-In Arts Festival include the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, City of Asylum, MCG Jazz, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and WYEP-FM. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Main entry to Hazelwood Green is at 4734 Second Ave., Hazelwood. (MV)