Cool Picks Friday, July 6, 2012

1) Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is playing Pittsburgh hard this weekend with concerts for the masses. Tonight they perform at South Park Amphitheater  (8 p.m.) and Sunday at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater (8:15 p.m.). Thank you Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Allegheny County Parks for these free cultural events.

2) Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn , a really cool gallery crawl for the especially hip, is flowing at the art galleries and venues on Penn Avenue in the Bloomfield/Garfield neighborhoods. Art, music, interesting people snacks and beverages from 6 p.m.-2 a.m., what more could one want? Free.

3) First Fridays at the Frick  (sponsored by First Niagara Bank) features Pittsburgh’s own, River City Brass Band tonight in concert. Show starts at 7 p.m on the Great Lawn of the Frick Mansion, Point Breeze. Free.

4) The Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band takes the stage tonight at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. Twin Lakes Park, near Greensburg, PA. 6 p.m.  Other musical events at the festival today are: blues musician Ernie Hawkins, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Pittsburgh’s reggae ambassadors the Flow band, 3:30 p.m.; and Saul Brody, featuring regional American folk music., 6:30 p.m.

5) Another great free summer event is also occurring in the Greensburg area. Hear the blue-eyed, blues/rock of the Mary Ann Redmond Band as part of the Summer Sounds Concert Series in St. Clair Park, 7 p.m.