Rusted Root Leads County Music Fest; Rivers Casino Finds Pure Gold on the River (CPs Sun., 8/31/14)

1) Hartwood Acres Amphitheater hosts the Allegheny County Music Festival this evening. The event features internationally known Pittsburgh jam band Rusted Root (7:30 p.m.) and openers Grand Piano, The Color Fleet, and Derek Woodz Band. Opening bands start at 5 p.m. Proceeds from a $20-per-car donation will benefit children and youth served through the County’s Department of Human Services and/or Juvenile Probation. What a great way to wrap up the summer season! Hartwood Acres Park, Hampton and Indiana townships.

2) Enjoy a melodious revival at the Rivers Casino Outdoor Amphitheater as critically acclaimed Pittsburgh oldies group Pure Gold showcases its harmonies and diverse set list from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Because of the singers’ refined musical sensibilities and widespread appeal, Pure Gold has performed for the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Heinz USA. In addition, the eight-person a capella group has been channeled into over 30 million homes in PBS Specials, including “Doo Wop 50,” “Doo Wop 51,” Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop,” “Soul Spectacular,” “Rhythm Love & Soul,” “Red, White & Rock,” and “Rock & Roll 50.” 7 p.m. Free. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore.

3) CrossCurrents (Mark Lucas, Joe Sheehan, John Hall, Chuck Anderson) plays the Citiparks’ Reservoir of Jazz concert this evening at the Highland Park Reservoir. Listening to CrossCurrents and catching the eveneing breeze is a nice way to spend a Sunday evening . 5-7 p.m., Free. Highland Ave. and Reservoir Dr., Highland Park.

4) The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, a recent beneficiary of a large donation from the late billionaire-publisher Richard Mellon Scaife, is hosting the 103rd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition. This juried show features some of the best artists our region has to offer. Past artists selected for the show include Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Henry Koerner, Samuel Rosenberg, and Philip Pearlstein. Come see who could be the next Pittsburgh artist to hit it big and also view some exciting artwork. Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Through Aug. 31. 4764 State Route 30 (temporary location until the renovated museum re-opens in Spring  2015), Greensburg.

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