Allegheny County Music Fest at Hartwood; Lonestar Plays Rib Fest; Portogallo’s Hosts Bill Toms (Sun., 9/2/18)

1) The Annual Allegheny County Music Festival promises a balanced survey of local music. Headlining is Uprooted, with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root fame (8 p.m.). Openers include The Living Street, Starship Mantis, and Meeting of Important People. This is the last concert at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater this year, so be sure to get in as much outdoor dancing as you can before autumn arrives once more. Music begins at 5 p.m. There is a $20/car requested donation which benefits children and youth served by DHS through the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton and Indiana townships. (CM, RH)

2) The Kickoff and Rib Festival at Heinz Field continues today. The festival features some of America’s top rib vendors reflecting the nation’s diverse barbecue tastes. Adding great music to tasty ribs and cold beverages makes a perfect trifecta. Today’s entertainment features Lonestar  at 9 p.m. Opening is Dylan Schneider (7:30 p.m.). Free admission to Rib Fest. Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

3) Bill Toms and Hard Rain with the Soulville Horns will be rockin’ out Portogallo Peppers N’AT tonight. Toms’s slightly raspy, deeply soulful voice and his guitar playing prowess combine with the drums, horns, and rest of the band to create a hot rock sound. Their latest release is Good For My Soul. The band also recorded a recent concert at Club Cafe, so look for a live album or some live tracks to come out sometime in the future. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. Toms’ next Pittsburgh gig will be at Cheswick’s Syria Mosque on September 8. 28 Braddock Ave., Braddock.

Bill Toms plays some killer lead guitar riffs (c.) while Hard Rain and the Soulville Horns jam on.

Bill Toms plays some killer lead guitar riffs (c.) while Hard Rain and the Soulville Horns jam on at the Moondog’s Holiday Rock party in 2016. (Photo: Rick Handler).

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