Jefferson Starship Lands at Palace; Brit Floyd Lights Up Cultural District (CPs Fri., 3/7/14)

1) Jefferson Starship was founded in 1974 by Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kanter and Grace Slick when the Jefferson Airplane disbanded. Slick was with the group through 1978 and has appeared with them several times since then. The current line up features original members Paul Kantner (vocals and guitar) and Cathy Richardson (lead vocals). Kantner and Richardson carry on the proud San Fransisco power pop/psychedelic music tradition. Jefferson Starship put on a great show at the 2013 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Top hits include “Volunteers,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Runaway.” 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

2) The British Pink Floyd tribute show Brit Floyd, which began in Liverpool, England, in 2011, returns to the states for a new tour, the Discovery World Tour 2014. This is a whole new show with songs from Pink Floyd’s recent box set of the same name, which includes a selection of top hits and some lesser-known gems. Discovery features a three-hour show featuring note-for-note performances of Pink Floyd songs from the 60’s to the 90’s, including the albums Wish You Were HereAnimalsThe WallThe Division Bell, and Dark Side of the Moon. A trademark of the show is the dazzling light displays and visuals. 8 p.m. Continues tomorrow night. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District.

3) Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents an innovative combination of  music and movement with the world premiere of 3×3, three ballets by three choreographers. Julia Adam’s Ketubah, Viktor Plotnikov’s  In Your Eyes, and Dwight Rhoden’s  Smoke ‘n Roses will be performed to the singing of jazz vocalist Etta Cox. 8 p.m. Runs through March 16. August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.

4) People are amazing in overcoming obstacles. Proof of that is deaf rapper and drummer Sean Forbes, who not only performs but also translates music videos into American Sign Language. He’s passionate about further integrating the music industry and the  deaf community. 7 p.m. Trust Arts Education Center Peirce Studio, 805 – 807 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.

5)  Comedian Bert Kreischer, the star of his own shows, “Comfortably Dumb” on Comedy Central and “Bert the Conqueror” on the Travel Channel, headlines at Pittsburgh Improv tonight and tomorrow night. His comedy career got a boost during Kreischer’s seventh year at Florida State University when Rolling Stone named him the nation’s number one party animal. 8 and 10:15 p.m. 166 Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

6) Pandemic will break out at Brillobox tonight. Symptoms of this DJ dance party are a wide grin  and the uncontrollable urge to shake your body parts. This strain of Pandemic, derived from world folk and contemporary dance music, could be studied, but it is better understood through collecting experiential evidence. Pandemic presents Meltdown, their hot winter mix containing strains of cool tropical vibes. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.

7) 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.

8)  Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn Avenue features a variety of visual and performing arts at galleries, clubs, and restaurants. 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. along Penn Avenue (4800-5500) in the Garfield, Bloomfield, and Friendship neighborhoods. Most events are free.

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