Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story Opens at Benedum (CP’s Tues. 7/30/13)
1) If you’re feeling the itch for some ‘50s rock ‘n roll, you’ll definitely want to check out the Pittsburgh CLO’s presentation of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. It’s opening night for the production at the Benedum Center. Experience how Holly burst onto the music scene armed with his crooning vocals, trademark specs and signature Fender Stratocaster guitar. Come and hear jukebox classics including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” and “Not Fade Away.” Bring some tissues, though, because this show sees Holly all the way to his tragic end. Runs through Aug. 4. 8 p.m.803 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.
2) For a folksy, acoustic experience, head to Club Café to see singer/songwriter Andrew Belle’s performance. His name may not ring a bell, but you have probably heard his songs if you watch “Ghost Whisperer,” “The Real World,,” or “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” After opening for influencing performers like Ben Folds and Brian Vander Ark (The Verve Pipe), Belle is on his own for this tour. The acoustic, soulful sound he creates is comparable to the likes of Gavin DeGraw, Mumford and Sons, and Jakob Dylan. Special guests include Trent Dabbs and Sol Persona. 7:30 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.
3) Mellow out at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy for their Jazz Jam Session where you can count on some great riffs and improvisation. If the music works up your appetite, try an oyster po’ boy sandwich or the Cajun blackened sirloin. Bring an instrument if you’re feeling brave, or just kick back enjoy the variety of craft beers on tap. 8 p.m. 422 Foreland St., North Side.
4) Indie folk-rocker Father John Misty is on the road to Millvale, and not just for Pamela’s P&G pancakes. The multi-dimensional artist/musician will be putting on an unforgettable show at Mr. Smalls Funhouse Theatre. Until 2012, he worked his craft under his birth name Joshua (J.) Tillman, including a stint as drummer for folk rock band Fleet Foxes. Currently using the moniker “Father John Misty,”audiences can enjoy a sound that is a little psychedelic, a little rock, and a little folk. Special guest is Night Moves. 9 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.
5) The Pirates battle the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at PNC Park. It’s a single admission doubleheader game. 7:05 p.m.115 Federal St., North Shore