Melanie Martinez Club Show at Stage AE; Bruce Bruce at Pittsburgh Improv (CPs Fri., 12/20/13)

1) Melanie Martinez, alternative music singer/songwriter who was one of five finalists on last fall’s “The Voice,” is performing at Stage AE tonight. Her success on the TV show yielded two Top Five songs on iTunes, “Seven Nation Army” and “Too Close.” Warming up the crowd is Tony Resch. Doors open at 8 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2) Bruce Bruce is in town. No, that’s not a typo the editor missed; it’s comedian Bruce Church’s stage name. Church overcame growing up in one of Atlanta’s roughest  neighborhoods to become a successful comic. He’s hosted BET’s “Comic View” for two seasons and has had his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. He’s also made numerous appearances on TV and in films. A big man who pokes fun at his size and good naturedly ribs the audience, Church puts on a show that makes for a good time. 8 p.m. Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead.

3) South Side’s Club Café has it going on tonight with The Pump Fakes fronting an early show at 7 p.m.  featuring musicians from various local bands, including Rob James (guitar), Gary Jacobs (steel guitar), Skip Sanders (keyboards),  Jeff Schmutz (bass), Kevin McDonald (guitar), and Patrick Maloney (vocals, guitar). The 10:30 p.m. show is the The Race to the Coffin Comedy Tour featuring John Dick Winters, Alex Stypula, Shannon Norman, Jesse Irvin, and Tim Ross. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

4) In a pop country mood? Then River’s Casino’s Wheelhouse bar & grill is your place tonight with local country star Chris Higbee laying down the good sound. Texas Two Stepping is permitted! 10 p.m. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore.

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