American Authors, Kenny Loggins, and Trombone Shorty Play Pittsburgh Tonight (CPs Thurs., 11/6/14)

1) The 13th Annual Honda Civic Tour rolls into Stage AE with headliner American Authors. Even if you’ve never heard of this New York City rock band, you’ve probably heard the hook from their single “Best Day of My Life,” whether in a commercial or from an open car window this past summer. All members are professionally trained; they met at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. More hit singles have followed, all from their 2014 debut album, Oh, What a Life. They also recorded a cover of the rock band Big Country’s “In a Big Country” for Record Store Day, with Southern California’s The Mowgli’s sharing the B-side of Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True.” The Mowgli’s, who are better known for their single “San Francisco,” will open. Brooklyn’s Oh Honey will bring the folk pop as the night’s other opener. Patrons also will be entered into the raffle for this year’s customized Honda Civic. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2)  Legendary rock/pop musician Kenny Loggins, whose music has provided a soundtrack to many lives over four straight decades, is in concert at Heinz Hall. He first made it big as part of the duo Loggins and Messina, with hits “Danny’s Song,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” and “Angry Eyes.” Loggins’ solo career brought him more success with “Danger Zone” from Tom Cuise’s Top Gun movie, “I’m Alright,” and “Footloose.” Special guest is Carla Bianco. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) Trombone Shorty recently collaborated with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters in a free concert in New Orleans’ French Quarter. They opened the windows and doors of Preservation Hall and gave a concert to surprised people walking by. A sizable crowd gathered immediately. The performance also featured members of the world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The concert was part of a documentary by Grohl that explores music germane to certain cities. Trombone Shorty is a native of New Orleans—bursting higher on the national scene in 2013 with his hot brass rocker “Fire and Brimstone.” 8 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural District.

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