Carnegie of Homestead Hosts Ben Folds; iLoveMakonnen at Mr. Smalls on a Monday (CPs Mon., 5/4/15)

1) Singer-songwriter Ben Folds has long bridged pop and orchestral, dating back to his time with his band Ben Folds Five and hits such as “Brick.” The group disbanded in 2000 but has regrouped sporadically since 2011. Folds is currently touring with yMusic, a New York City-based sextet ensemble. He and the ensemble also collaborated on the upcoming album So There, to be digitally released later this spring. The album was recorded in Nashville, where Folds lives and also operates the historic RCA Studio A. Pittsburgh fans both impatient to hear the new record and lucky enough to have tickets can see Folds and yMusic at their SOLD OUT show at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

 

2) Tuesday has long been the ugly stepchild of the week. How often has a tired laborer, with no weekend in sight, remarked, “Ugh. I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday.” In 2014, Makonnen Sheran, who goes by the stage name iLoveMakonnen, gave Tuesday its due, reminding the world that those who work Saturday and Sunday “ain’t got no … time to party on the weekend.” Those lyrics come from “Tuesday,” released by iLoveMakonnen and later remixed by Canadian rap artist Drake. That remix has more than 79 million YouTube views, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. His show at Mr. Smalls may be on a Monday, but Makonnen, an Atlanta native, is sure to have no qualms playing the hit a day early. Key! and Sonny Digital open. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

3) The Balcony Big Band, with a special guest, is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 7 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.