First Niagara Goes (Brad) Paisley; Mavericks at Carnegie Library Music Hall (CPs Sat., 5/17/14)

1)  Glen Dale, West Virginia native Brad Paisley brings his tour into the tri-state area at First Niagara Pavilion. Paisley is touring in support of his 2013 album Wheelhouse, which contains the hit “Southern Comfort Zone” and  his current hot single “River Bank.” A new album, still untitled, will be released on August 26.  Special guests are Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, and Leah Turner. 7 p.m. 665 Rt. 18,  Burgettstown.

2) Alt-country band The Mavericks, with Cuban-American Raul Malo as lead singer, returns to Pittsburgh for a show at Carnegie Library of Homestead’s Music Hall. Darlings of adult alternative-contemporary radio stations, The Mavericks have gained a huge following over their 25-year history since starting in Miami, Florida in 1989. Breaking up in 2004 and reuniting in 2011 gave Raul Malo an opportunity to build a successful solo career. Now that he’s back, these guys are out to prove they are still at the top of their game. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall.

3) Mr. Smalls Funhouse hosts Guided By Voices, a band originally formed by friends at a Dayton, Ohio high school in 1983. Although there have been some personnel changes over the years, and the band even dissolved for a while before  reforming in 2010, one constant has been the main songwriter Robert Pollard. GBV is known for its indie-rock, lo-fi sound. Special guest is Death Of Samantha. Ideally, two somewhat odd band names add up to a dynamic show. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

4) One of Pittsburgh’s premier early pop/rock nostalgia groups, The Fabulous Hubcaps, have logged 5,000 shows, 1,000,000 tour miles, and 30 past and present band members. They have been performing the best in early and classic rock for over 40 years. 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St. Greensburg.

5) Our Pittsburgh Power Arena Football League team takes on the Los Angeles KISS this evening at Consol Energy Center. Yes, the L.A. squad is named after the rock band KISS because band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are part of the ownership group. No word on whether the KISS players come out for the kickoff wearing makeup. If they do, here’s to the Power making their mascara run! 6 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

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