Chris Brown Plays KeyBank Pavilion; Hartwood Acres Hosts Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Sun., 7/22/18)

1) Chris Brown plays a concert at KeyBank Pavilion. His debut single, “Run It!,” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005. His latest album is 2017’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon. H.E.R., 6LACK, and Rich the Kid open. 6:30 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (CM)

2) As we’ve said before, crowds don’t lie. When people start bringing their lawn chairs in broad daylight to stake out spots for evening outdoor concerts, it’s because the music is free and the music is good. Such is the case with the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series, staged summer-long at two locations: Friday evenings, 7:30 p.m. at South Park Amphitheater, and Sunday evenings, 7:30 p.m. at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. The lineup for the second half of this summer includes big-name vintage acts in several genres. South Park has Jefferson Starship on July 27 (with special guest Working Breed), indie rockers Better Than Ezra on August 3 (with Two Birds), and jazz/fusion pioneer Jean-Luc Ponty on August 17 (with Lyndsey Smith). At Hartwood Acres, notable headliners are the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on July 22 (with Angela Autumn), and, on August 5, Toots and the Maytals, who are more than just pioneers of reggae. Frontman Frederick “Toots” Hibbert is credited with naming the genre. He still leads the Maytals, and brings ‘em here along with guest Hollis Brown. 3700 Farmshow Dr., South Park Twp., and 4070 Middle Rd., Allison Park. (MV)