From Classic to Tango, River Bottom Quartet Plays Club Cafe; Rock for Autism Fundraiser at Jergel’s (CPs Wed., 4/16/14)
1) Whether you like tango, jazz, or classical music, you should find something to enjoy with the River Bottom Quartet at Club Cafe. The foursome, a spin-off of the River City Brass Band, uses a variety of brass instruments and plays an array of musical genres. Smooth melodies and delicate harmonies entice audiences of all ages through either their performances or community outreach programs, or, if you’re lucky, through both. Tonight, RBQ entertains with their euphoniums and baritones: literally, heavy metal. 8 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.
2) Party for a cause at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille with their Rock for Autism charity event. Featuring the local talents of Maddie Georgi, Ben Valasek and The Growlers, and The Elliotts, the fundraiser will benefit the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. Singer/songwriter Georgi combines her sultry voice with Americana rhythms, dovetailing nicely with the folksy sounds of Valasek and The Growlers. (You may remember their song from last summer about the Pittsburgh Pirates.) The Elliotts switch it up with classic rock covers, including over 80 Beatles tunes in their songbooks. Kick back with one of the 18 draft selections and know that you’re supporting a great cause. 7 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.
3) Funk is back with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and you can see them at the ever hip Thunderbird Cafe. Combining funk, rock, and electronica, the band creates a sound as unique as their name in a Grateful-Dead-Meets-Sublime kind of way. For feel-good, kick-back tunes, the band brings high energy to audiences who just can’t get enough. Even if jam bands aren’t your thing, the subtle island undertones in songs like “Couldn’t We All” may leave you asking the bartender for a little umbrella in your drink. Featuring special guest DELTAnine. 9 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.
4) If you didn’t get a chance to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Looney Tunes performance, you can still get a piece of nostalgia at the Toonseum with the Looney Pop Up exhibit. You’ll see original sketches of the classic characters as well as film cells. To complement the PSO’s performance, you’ll also see authentic scores of the music that accompanied Bugs and Daffy throughout the years, complete with animators’ notes. This exhibit won’t last long, so what better way to get into the Easter spirit than with one of the most famous bunnies in recent history! Opens daily at 10:30 a.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 945 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.