Cool Picks Friday July 27, 2012

1) Country party rocker Toby Keith takes the stage at First Niagara Pavilion tonight. He’s sure to play his big hit “Red Solo Cup”  (re: the color and brand of cup that’s used at many parties, tailgates and “keggers”). Toby Keith has a lot of friends, with over two million “Likes” on his Facebook page. 7 p.m., Burgettstown.

2) Lucinda Williams brings her well-seasoned voice to South Park Amphitheater. Her songs hit the sweet spot between blues, country, folk and rock.  She’ll be singing about her Joy and doing Cartwheels on a Gravel Road. Special guest is Amy Cook. 7:30 p.m. Free. Part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series.

3) Seven Springs Mountain Resort is hosting its Rib & Wing Festival in the Laurel Mountains all weekend long. With the established formula of tasty ribs, wings and great music, the headliner today is Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers (7:15 p.m.) followed by Zambelli Fireworks at dusk.

4) Another Pittsburgh favorite, The Clarks, rock out at the Fayette County Fair tonight. It’s a homecoming of sorts for lead singer Scott Blasey who grew up in Connellsville, Fayette County, on the “Yough” river. The Clarks first started playing together as students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (I.U.P.).

5) In a great night of top Pittsburgh rock bands playing to crowds across the region, punk-pop band Punchline celebrates the 15th anniversary of their formation with a concert at Altar Bar in the Strip. 8 p.m. All ages. 1620 Penn Avenue.

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