Bob Seger in Concert at PPG Paints; Byham Hosts Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Thurs., 10/17/19)

1) Bob Seger enjoyed regional success in the 1960s playing the bars and venues in the Detroit region until, in ’73, he put together the Silver Bullet Band. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band took off with the release of the albums Live Bullet  and Night Moves in 1976. When the song “Night Moves” hit the radio, it charted as high as No. 4 on Billboard, and Seger and his band were on the fast track to major league music success. Seger’s sound features his pleasingly smoky voice and interesting lyrics laid upon a solid foundation of piano, guitar, and drums. The soundtracks of many American lives are peppered with such Seger songs as “Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” “Mainstreet,” “Old Time Rock and Roll” (used in the Tom Cruise film Risky Business), “Beautiful Loser,” “Turn the Page,” and “Like a Rock” (used in Chevy truck TV commercials). Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. His Greatest Hits album has been certified Diamond (10x platinum status). An amazing feat! This year’s tour, the Roll Me Away Final Tour, is one last chance to see Seger and band in Pittsburgh. 7:30 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. 

2) The music of singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter comes from the heart of the country. Actually, she hails from Princeton, New Jersey, but her 2012 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame pretty much certified her status as a heartland hero. Hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “Grow Old With Me” helped her become a household name in the world of country folk music. Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards. Her latest album is 2018’s Sometimes Just the Sky, and she visits us to perform at the Byham Theater. Also on the strong double bill is Shawn Colvin who is widely known for her 1997 Grammy Award-winning song, “Sunny  Came Home.” Her album of the same name also took home a Grammy that year for Album of the Year. 7:30 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District. (MV)