1) Whether you’re a fan of zydeco music or just want to find out what zydeco even means, you won’t be disappointed at Club Café tonight. Buckwheat Zydeco brings New Orleans to Pittsburgh with his famous accordion and a jazz feel you thought was exclusive to the Bayou. Since performing with the likes of Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, and even the Boston Pops, Buckwheat will get you on your feet with songs like “Out on the Town” and “Hard to Stop.” Don’t forget your dancing shoes! 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.
2) If you miss the days of Reel Big Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, you can get your ska fix at Stage AE tonight when Mike Pinto performs. Pinto combines elements of ska, reggae, and surf rock for a unique summer sound. Special guests Natty Vibes and Three Legged Fox will open. You won’t need to check the weather, as this is an indoor show. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 N. Shore Dr., North Shore.
3) If you’re a Nickelodeon fan, you don’t want to miss this show. Join the boys from the TV show Big Time Rush for a performance at First Niagara Pavilion. Special guest and fellow Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice will also be making an appearance. Remember, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears started on a kids’ TV series, so who knows where these guys will be in a few years? 7 p.m. 665 Route 18, Burgettstown.
4) It’s the last day to see your hometown Buccos before the All-Star break! In today’s final game of the series against the New York Mets, the Pirates are looking to stay in the playoff hunt as they wrap up the first half of the season. It’s fun for the whole family since today is also Kids’ Day at PNC Park. Stop by the Family Fun Zone on Federal Street before the game, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All kids 14 and under receive a tumbler cup. After the game, kids get a chance to run the bases just like their favorite players! 1:35 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.
5) Folk-rock band Great Big Sea will be performing a free show as part of the Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres tonight. Best known for their modern interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs, the band creates a sound that is a combination of Dropkick Murphys, Barenaked Ladies, and Mumford and Sons. Modern guitar and bass riffs married with traditional sounds of mandolin and accordion make for both a lasting relationship and a great concert. Get there early for a sweet spot on the grass. 7:30 p.m. Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Indiana and Hampton townships.