Jonny Lang at Palace; Mr. Smalls Hosts Johnny Marr; Quantum Stages “Parlour Song” (CPs Tues. 11/12/13)

1) Singer/guitar slinger Jonny Lang brings his scorching riffs and bluesy vocals to the Palace Theatre tonight. Lang started playing guitar at the age of 12, mainly jamming on the porch of a friend’s family lake house in his native North Dakota. He joined the blues band of his guitar teacher, and the group was subsequently renamed Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang. His biggest hits are “Lie to Me,” “Longtime Coming,” and “Wander This World.” After turning his life around from substance abuse through religion, he even recorded a hit song of faith, “Turnaround.” He is also one of the musicians in a Jimi Hendrix tribute band called the Experience Hendrix Tour. Opening is Indigenous, a very talented guitar-driven rock band of Native Americans. 7:45 p.m. 21 E. Otterman St., Greensburg.

2) Johnny Marr, British singer/songwriter, was the lead guitar player for The Smiths (1982-87) and co-wrote songs with band mate Morrissey. Marr was also with the band Modest Mouse. He’s currently touring in support of his latest album, The Messenger. Special guest is Alamar. 8 p.m. Mr. Smalls Funhouse, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

3) Don’t let the title of the play fool you. Parlour Song may sound like a genteel comedy of manners, but this is a Quantum Theatre production, which means there will be weird stuff going on. You’ve got a central character who is a demolitions expert. And the playwright is Jez Butterworth, author of such works as Mojo, a dark comedy about Atlantic City gangsters. But Parlour Song is set in a pleasant English neighborhood, which means that Quantum has found the perfect local venue in which to present it. The play is at The Waterfront in the building formerly known as Pittsburgh Burger Company. Parlour Song is directed by Martin Giles. Through Nov. 24. 8 p.m. 201 West Waterfront Dr., Homestead.

4) Feed your soul and your appetite while local music staple Shari Richards sings the blues away at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. No stranger to belting out tunes, Richards was once cast as the Acid Queen in the rock opera Tommy, and she has also collaborated with the likes of local favorites Norm Nardini and Billy Price. Tonight she goes solo with her vocals and guitar for a show all her own.  While you’re enjoying Shari’s smooth sound, enjoy one of the chef’s signature dishes, like the pineapple burger or the fireside mac and cheese. 8 p.m. 103 Slade Ln., Warrendale.

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