Before You Exit to Stage AE, American Fanfare Program by Pittsburgh Symphony (CPs Fri., 3/28/14)

1) Before You Exit is a pop rock band from Orlando, Fla., with a nice touch of soul thrown in for good measure. Their sound is part boy band with occasional vocal and musical  flourishes reminiscent of Earth Wind & Fire or Kool & the Gang. They are touring in support of their latest single and video, “Dangerous,” which was shot in Miami. You can catch them tonight at Stage AE before they exit Pittsburgh for the next stop on their tour. Opening is Macy Kate and Plug In Stereo. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2) U.S.A! U.S.A! is a common Olympic chant that could also be shouted with pride tonight at Heinz Hall. You see, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing American Fanfare, which features some of the top works by American composers. Conductor Michael Stern will lead the orchestra through works by Griffes, Bernstein, Copland, and Gershwin. “Appalachian Spring,” by Copland is a beautiful song you will recognize, if not by the name then by its sound. Another gold nugget is Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.” 8 p.m. Through March 30. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) Singer/songwriter Mary Fahl, formerly the lead singer and co-founder of the 90’s group October Project, brings her distinct melodic voice to Club Café tonight. Fahl has a solid solo career with several album releases; her music has made it into the movies Gods and Generals and The Guys. She is touring in support of her forthcoming album, Love and Gravity. 7 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.

4) Night Life is one of Pittsburgh’s best dance bands, attributable to their talented singers, musicians, and a tight set list of the top dance hits. Experience the fun firsthand when they take the stage at Jergel’s Rhythm Grill. 9 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

5) Good Fridays at the Warhol is a weekly party at the museum, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. Half-price museum admission. 5 – 10 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.



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