Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords at Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival (CP’s Fri. 8/30/13)
1) If laughter is the best medicine, then you’ll get more than your recommended daily allowance at First Niagara Pavilion’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which features some of the funniest acts around. In addition to highlight performer Dave Chappelle, tonight’s show includes Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin, Brody Stevens, and more. 5 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown.
2) Even if your name isn’t Casey Jones, jam band fans of all kinds will find their way to the Altar Bar for Fungus, a Grateful Dead tribute band. You can count on hearing your favorite Garcia songs in addition to some amazing improvisation unique to the Dead. The Elliots are special guest performers. 9 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave.
3) Join up-and-coming folk rockers at South Park Amphitheater for the Hometown Music Fest, the last of the South Park Summer Concert Series. Performers include JD Eicher & the Goodnights, Caleb Lovely, and Danielle Barbe. Featured on WYEP 91.3, these local performers each have a unique sound that is promising for the future of the Western Pennsylvania music scene. Bring a blanket and rock out on the lawn. 7:30 p.m. Brownsville and McCorkle roads, South Park.
4) Get out of the city and head to The Meadows Racetrack and Casino for a night of country rock, featuring Ruff Creek. Sounding somewhere between country and The Clarks, the band performs covers from country artists as well as some of their own music, like “Smalltown Blues.” Ruff Creek has opened for national acts along their musical journey, including Trace Adkins and Lonestar. But tonight they’re the highlight. 8 p.m. 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington.
5) Feeling lucky tonight? Roll the dice over to Wheelhouse Rivers Casino for a performance by local rock legends Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. A music staple since the 1970’s, Grushecky is still rockin’ out with the gusto of musicians half his age. Tonight you’ll hear old and new favorites, like “A Silver Spoon” and “Goodbye Steeltown.” You might also hit it big on the gaming tables. 9 p.m. 77 Casino Dr., North Shore.
6) Our hometown heroes, the Pirates, take on the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. It’s also Free Shirt Friday! 7:05 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.
7) The “End of World” is near or at least a hilarious take on it is. Featuring a fun combination of improv comedy, music, dress-up, and animation, The End of the World Show promises to be an interesting production. Show creator Brian Gray states “The End of the World Show allows audiences to reflect on just what aspects of humanity would be worth fighting for by putting them in the perspective of a creature who doesn’t see the value of mankind.” 10 p.m. Runs through Sept. 13. Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.