The Piano Man in Consol Concert; Rick Springfield’s Stripped Down (CPs Fri., 2/21/14)

1) Many “Uptown Girls” (and Downtown ones, too) are heading to see the “Piano Man” in concert. They may check out the “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” and have a bottle of red or a bottle of white, but they won’t try to be a “Big Shot,” because Billy Joel likes them “Just the Way You Are.” Joel, the third-highest selling solo artist of all time in the U.S., was nominated for 23 Grammy Awards and won six. He also is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show is sold out, but tickets can be found on ticket reselling sites. Don’t be “The Stranger“; find a way to get to the show. Gavin DeGraw is the opener. 8 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown!

2) Eighty’s pop rocker and soap star Rick Springfield makes an appearance at Carnegie Library Music Hall. Springfield, a musician in his native Australia, moved to the U.S. to pursue music and acting opportunities. In 1981, he hit it big in both fields when he played Dr. Noah Drake on ABC’s “General Hospital” and was touring behind his No. 1 hit “Jessie’s Girl.” Springfield continued to star in these dual roles until he left the TV show in 1983, when he pursued other acting, writing, and musical opportunities. Springfield’s shows still draw numerous fans. On his current Stripped Down tour, Springfield is playing solo and incorporating storytelling and an interactive Q & A session in his performances. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

3) Nicole Atkins, a singer/songwriter from Neptune, N.J., overlooking the Shark River that she says was influential in her music making, cut her teeth on such classic artists as Johnny Cash and The Ronettes and was heavily influenced by Harriett Wheeler of The Sundays. Atkins played with The Sea, but after they disbanded, formed The Black Sea. Her sound is a vocally driven power pop with touches of the classic and enhanced by a talented supporting band. She is touring behind her latest album Slow Phaser and will be at Club Café tonight. Special guests are Arc Iris and Davey Horne. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

4)  One of the Steel City’s biggest bashes is happening tonight, History Uncorked: Poptastic!  This party takes place on all levels of the Heinz History Center. In addition to the great exhibits and museum displays, there will be food from various restaurants and Common Plea Catering, entertainment from DJ Mad Maxx and The Delaneys, raffles, chair massages, and- featured beverages from Penn Brewery, Wigle Whiskey and Clique Vodka. 6:30 p.m. (VIP), 7 p.m. (regular admission). 1212 Smallman St,Strip District.

5) Fathertime, a classic rock dance band that’s a favorite at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, makes a special appearance to celebrate the club’s second anniversary. Also on the bill is Vince Agwada and Nick Marzock. 7 p.m.  285 Norhtgate Dr., Warrendale.

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