Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker Play the Pavilion (CP’s Sat. 9/7/13)

1) The kid’s back in town. Kid Rock that is.  The rap-rock performer is a five time Grammy Award nominee. In 2008 Kid Rock scored a big hit with “All Summer Long.”  He hails from Michigan and was even married to “Baywatch” TV show actress Pamela Anderson. Also on the bill at First Niagara Pavilion are legendary Texas rockers ZZ Top composed of Billy Gibbons (guitar, lead vocals) Dusty Hill (bass, co-lead vocalist), and Frank Beard (drummer). Gibbons and Hill have beards but Beard does not. Some of their top hits are “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” and “La Grange.”  Uncle Kracker who had a big hit with the song “Follow Me” opens. 6:45 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown.

2) The 44th annual A Fair in the Park continues today in Shadyside’s Mellon Park today. Promoted as a contemporary fine craft and arts show and sale, it includes performances, concerts, food and children’s activities. The Fair is presented by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and Citiparks. Squonk Opera brings their quirky combination of visual and musical creativity to the fair with performances at 12, 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Fair hours are 10 a.m. -7 p.m., Free. Runs through Sunday. Fifth and Shady Avenues.

3) Also continuing its weekend run is the 23rd Pittsburgh Irish Festival at the Riverplex at Sandcastle. Great Irish musicians, dancers and performers play all day and night on several stages. Highlights include Makem and Spain Brothers  (7:30 p.m. Emerald Amphitheater) and Carbon Leaf (10 p.m. Emerald Amphitheatre). Plenty of Irish food can be washed down with Irish beers, ciders, and whiskies. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Runs through Sunday. 1000 Sandcastle Dr.,  West Homestead.

4) Comedian Tammy Pescatelli  brings her special brand of hilarity to the Pittsburgh Improv. Her star rose quickly when she made it to the final five on the NBC TV show “Last Comic Standing 2.” Pescatelli has been a coveted guest on many other shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” BRAVO TV”s “Rocco’s Dinner Party,” and CBS’s “The Talk.” Comedy Central’s 2010 “Stand-Up Showdown” crowned Pescatelli as the competition’s winner and she’s also had her own comedy special on the network. Pescatelli grew up in a large Italian family in a city only 133 miles northwest of Pittsburgh (Cleveland), either topic can provide her with great material. (We Pittsburghers also know how to laugh at ourselves). Head on over to the Improv, have a few cold ones and enjoy some great comedy. 7 and 9 p.m. Ends tonight. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead.

5) Pittsburgh’s own River City Brass Band performs the program Stars in Brass at The Palace Theatre. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

6) Hillbilly Way (formerly the Povertyneck Hillbillies minus Chris Higbee) play a gig at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 9 p.m. 103 Slade Lane., Warrendale.

7) Rivers Casino presents All Keyed Up, dueling pianos, tonight in the Wheelhouse bar and grill at Rivers Casino. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore.

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