Bret Michaels, Night Ranger, and Jefferson Starship at Star Lake; Real Time Arts’ People of Pittsburgh II: The Constellationist’; Northside Music Fest (Sat., 7/15/23)

1) He’s the good-looking guy from right around here! You can bet the joint will be jumping when Butler native and diehard Steelers fan Bret Michaels revisits his home turf for a gig at The Pavilion at Star Lake. Michaels, born Bret Michael Sychak, has won fame in practically every way available. In addition to the solo career he launched in 1998, he’s been a founding member and longtime lead vocalist of the glam-metal rockers Poison. He wrote, directed, and starred in the movie A Letter from Death Row, with his friend and colleague Charlie Sheen. Michaels has even had his own reality TV shows. Expect to hear him doing metal/country hits like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” maybe “The App Song,” and more. The show is a highlight of Bret’s Parti-Gras 2023 tour. Also on the bill are Night Ranger, Jefferson Starship, Mark McGrath, and Steve Augeri. 7 p.m. 665 PA Route 18, Burgettstown. (M.V.)

Bret Michaels performing in New York in 2014. (Photo: Rjkowal and Wikipedia)

Bret Michaels performing in New York in 2014. (Photo: Rjkowal and Wikipedia)


2) Real Time Arts (formerly RealTime Interventions) is creating performances around very interesting people—the incredible People of Pittsburgh. The second installment, and new world premiere, is The Constellationist—an audio/performance theatrical experience celebrating the life of an extraordinary Pittsburgher, Mary Helen Carey. A team of highly-talented public artists as well as a cast from all walks of life–including Mary’s neighbors, friends and family members to create “a unique, live-art performance.” A community gathered in collaboration to tell the story of an amazing neighbor. The Constellationist is billed as part variety show, part listening party, part community gathering– and utterly original. Real Time founders Molly Rice and Rusty Thelin said this series is in many ways a love letter to the fellow artists and residents of the city they call home. Performances of The People of Pittsburgh II: The Constellationist  are at Attack Theater Studios. 7 p.m. Continues through tomorrow. All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can all nights for individuals living in Braddock (Zip code 15104). 212 45th Street, Lawrenceville. (R.H.)

3) There’s a new music festival to take the place of the expansive Deutschtown Music Festival—the Northside Music Festival. With slightly fewer bands and a smaller footprint the festival still packs a musical punch. The three-day event is free and will feature 65 bands, art vendors, and over 30 food trucks. See some of Pittsburgh best bands and performers and some up-and-comers. Continues through tomorrow. Noon to midnight.

4) For four Saturdays every summer and fall, Walnut Street in Shadyside shifts its focus from the usual bustling bevy of bistros and boutiques to putting a bit of music in the air, courtesy of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. The annual Jam on Walnut series brings some big names out for free concerts that stop traffic and pack the street. Tonight’s edition features the dance band No Bad Juju. All of the Jams On Walnut are free to attend. 6 to 10 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.

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