Cole Swindell in Concert at UPMC Events Center; Cosmo Cabaret Party at Greer Cabaret Theater (Sat., 10/28/23)

1) Country music is the genre where songs about losin’ can make you a winner. Cole Swindell has mastered the art form. His latest single, “Drinkaby,” is a riotous toast to a gal who up and left: “I don’t know where she’s at, could be Kentucky / But all I know is I might get lucky …” You might say Swindell got lucky some years ago, when he attended Georgia Southern University and joined the same fraternity that Luke Bryan had joined while a student there. Bryan—already a rising star—came to the fraternity house for a visit, and after the two men met and clicked, Swindell had a brotherly connection that helped him launch his own career. The younger guy’s talents took it from there. Swindell first made a mark writing songs and lyrics for others, then jumped into performing. His debut single “Chillin’ It” scored a massive hit in 2013. By 2015, he won ACM’s New Artist of the Year award, and to date he’s released four studio albums including last year’s Stereotypes. Catch Cole Swindell in Pittsburgh with guests Nate Smith and Avery Anna. 7 p.m. UPMC Events Center, 6001 University Blvd., Moon Township. (M.V.)

2) Would you like to attend a happening party and see the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s newly renovated Greer Cabaret Theater? Then the Cosmo Cabaret at the Greer Cabaret Theater is the event for you. The Cultural Trust promises, “A Night of Music, Fashion, Magic, Food, and Exciting Cosmo Tastings!” Cosmo Cabaret will magically occur this evening from 7 to 10 p.m.

Attendees can mix and mingle as they enjoy The Boyd & Blair Cosmopolitan Tasting Bar featuring Boyd & Blair Signature cosmos created by local mixologists from Braddock’s Rebellion, Con Alma, Meat & Potatoes, Morton’s, Ritual House, and Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Additionally there will be  a specialty Casamigos Tequila Cosmo from Alchemy in Market Square.  On the softer side, Blume Honey Water Signature Mocktails will be infused with Blume Honey Water Citrus Vanilla, Wild Blueberry and Ginger Zest Flavors to create three different fun non-alcoholic drink offerings Cosmo Cabaret will also feature sweet and savory offerings from local restaurants including chocolate-dipped strawberries from The Milkshake Factory, Fogo de Chao Antipasti Platters and bacon wrapped chicken, and a veggie dish from Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, Chef d. Mini Meatballs, a cabaret themed tasting table from Nosh & Curd and more.

The Greer Cabaret Theater will not be the only sporting haughty fashion looks—models styled in themed couture fashions designed by Brian David will also be adding even more beauty to the event. Live cabaret music will fill the air upon entrance with a special live jazz performance and DJ SMI will be spinning your favorite dance tunes throughout the evening as you are captivated by magic from Liberty Magic’s house magician, Mr. Messado. And if that’s not enough, there will also be dance performances by Catherine Krebs and Khandice Anselm choreographed exclusively for Cosmo Cabaret by Catherine Krebs with hair & makeup by Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar.

Tickets to Cosmo Cabaret are $150 and include event admission, complimentary signature cocktail tastings at the Cosmo Tasting Bar, Signature Blume Honey Water Mocktails, and all performances. For tickets and more information see the Cosmo Cabaret event web page. Cosmo Cabaret at the Greer Cabaret Theater is a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 655 Penn Avenue, Cultural District.

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