Indigo Girls in Concert at Byham (Cool Picks 3/3/13)

1) The acoustic singer songwriting team of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, better known as the Indigo Girls, is in concert tonight. Saliers’ style is a softer, more complex Joni Mitchell sound, while Ray’s is more drawn from punk rock influences like the Pretenders and the Jam. Together they’ve combined for a nice musical synergy extending over the past two decades. Opening are The Shadowboxers. 8 p.m. Byham Theater. 101 6th St., Cultural District.

2) MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly is bringing their smooth soul sound to the Benedum Center tonight. Grab a loved one or friend and head on down to the show. You’re almost guaranteed to leave with “Happy Feelings” (a Maze song). Also starring El DeBarge and a performance by Ginuwine. 7:30 p.m.  7th St. and Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) Not all of our ancestors came to this country on the Mayflower (at least not mine). Most came later on other ships,  in first class, second class or the lowest– steerage accommodations  However, as the movie Titanic (1997)  revealed, sometimes the best entertainment and most fun was found  in steerage. Gaelic Storm, the band who played Irish music in a steerage scene in the movie, is in town for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day show at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre. 7 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St.

4) Sweaty Betty is throwing a charity blues jam at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille to benefit the Food Bank. Other top Pittsburgh bands and blues musician’s will be joining in. 12 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.