Common in Concert at Roxian; Rex Hosts Black Flag; ‘Match Gayme: The Shady Bunch’ at Greer Cabaret (Sun., 8/11/19)

1) An Oscar winner is performing at the Roxian Theatre. Rapper, actor, and philanthropist Common won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Glory.” The song, co-written with John Legend and Rhymefest, was the theme for 2014’s Selma. The movie is based on the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Common also starred in it. He has been releasing albums since he was Common Sense and dropped 1992’s Can I Borrow a Dollar? (He removed “Sense” from his moniker when a reggae band of the same name sued him.) As Common, he’s released nine albums, including 2005’s critically acclaimed Be. The LP was largely produced by Kanye West, a fellow Chicagoian. Common’s latest album is 2016’s Black America Again. He is also part of the R&B supergroup August Greene. Maimouna Youssef, who performed with this group during an NPR Tiny Desk concert, opens. 8 p.m. 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. (CM)

2) Black Flag, which formed in Hermosa Beach, California, rolls into the ’Burgh for a show at The Rex Theater. Formed in 1976 by guitarist Greg Ginn (the only continuous member), the band has had several breakups and reunions and was re-formed in January 2013. It is one of the seminal hardcore punk groups, and it pioneered the DIY (do-it-yourself) aesthetic and attitude. The band members organized many of their early shows and promotional flyers. Their raw, thrashing sound with backing vocals is somewhat reminiscent of the Ramones and can be heard in “TV Party.” Washington D.C.-based singer Henry Rollins joined Black Flag in 1981 and fronted arguably the most popular incarnation of the group. He sings on 1981’s Damaged, its debut and a touchstone of early hardcore. 2013’s What The… is Black Flag’s latest album. The Linecutters open. 8 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. (RH, CM)

3) No, Match Gayme is not a typo. Rather, it’s a “Match Game”-style show with Pittsburgh drag queens. In “Match Game,” remember, contestants fill in the blank and hope to match their answers with celebrities’ answers. Double entendres are encouraged if not expected. The ever-ubiquitous Alec Baldwin hosts the latest version on ABC. The show premiered on NBC in 1962. In Match Gayme: The Shady Bunch, contestants will be chosen from the audience and will compete for prizes. As an added twist, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of “The Brady Bunch,” drag queens will impersonate the Brady children and also play. (Not sure if this includes Cousin Oliver. We can only hope.) Expect some performances and other surprises during the show. Joe King hosts. 6 p.m. Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (CM)

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