Boz Scaggs in Concert at CHMH; The Palace Hosts The Robert Cray Band (Sun., 11/15/15)

1) Esteemed jazz/soul/rock artist Boz Scaggs is set to fill the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall with smooth melodies and flowing chord progressions. A veteran of over 50 years in the music industry, Scaggs rose to fame in the ’60s as the guitarist for the Steve Miller Band before gaining further acclaim as a solo act in the 70’s. These projects have earned the 71-year-old Scaggs significant accolades, including four top-20 albums and six top-20 singles. Major hits have included “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle.” Scaggs has compiled a discography of over 21 albums, including his latest, A Fool to Care, released earlier this year. The album rose to no. 1 on the Billboard Blues album chart and included duets with Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt. 8 p.m. 510 East 10th St., Munhall.

 

2) Every so often a musician comes along who makes life easy for music writers, because the artist’s work can be described in a single word. Robert Cray is one of those musicians and the word is “beautiful.” To say a bit more: One could observe that Cray is not the most pyrotechnic blues guitarist around—but the music flows from his instrument as naturally and sweetly as water rippling in a stream. Cray isn’t the most spectacular singer, either. He doesn’t wail like a banshee or rumble like a freight train—but a blues song is a song of the people, and this guy with the everyday, common man’s voice simply knows how to sing it like it is. That’s beautiful. Cray has won five Grammy Awards and induction to the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis. He’s bringing his Robert Cray Band to The Palace Theatre with special guest Shemekia Copeland. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (MV)

3) The Turnpike rivalry between our Pittsburgh Steelers and our neighbors to the Northwest—the Cleveland Browns—continues today at Heinz Field. Landry Jones gets the start for the injured Ben Roethlisberger at QB, let’s hope his several years of apprenticeship payoff big time today! 1 p.m. kickoff. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

 

4) The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating Film History of Pittsburgh – John Schalcosky, founder of the website “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh” screens a collection of very oddball film and TV bits from Pittsburgh’s history. There’s footage of the 1936 St. Patrick’s Day Flood, 1932 Pirates spring training, a 1962 broadcast of a WIIC 6 o’clock news program and even bloopers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. 7 p.m. The Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont.