Concert for the Tree of Life at Stage AE; Backstage Bar Hosts Kenny Blake (Tues., 12/18/18)

1)The Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, with eleven people killed and seven injured, was the darkest of days for the victims, Pittsburgh, the nation, and the world. However, it is most heartening to see the reaction to the tragedy. Many Pittsburghers have been doing what they can to offer comfort and solace to the victims, their families, and the rest of us. Another aspect of this sentiment is Concert for the Tree of Life featuring Daya, Jorma Kaukonen, Low Cut Connie, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Sean Rowe, Brooke Annibale with special guest Michael Glabicki and others. Proceeds will benefit the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh’s Victims of Terror Fund. Come, pay tribute, and have fun. Doors open 6 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (RH)

2) At Theater Square, renowned saxophonist Kenny Blake is the featured performer for this Tuesday’s jazz series at Backstage Bar. His sound is a combination of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues. Swing, Latin, ballads, and standards are also musical components of Blake’s versatile repertoire. Blake, who’s released five solo CDs, has performed throughout the United State, Europe, and South Africa. No cover. 5 p.m. Theater Square. 655 Penn Avenue, Cultural District.

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