Carnegie Music Hall Hosts Cher Lloyd; Grammy-award Winner Gregory Porter at Theater Square (CPs Tues., 4/1/14 )

1) Former contestant on the United Kingdom’s “The X-Factor” Cher Lloyd parlayed her experience  on the reality TV show into an album, Sticks & Stones. At a sound check she was doing for the American version of  the show, Epic Records’ head L.A. Reid noticed and signed her. He re-released Sticks & Stones with several new songs in 2012, which made it in to the Top Ten. Lloyd’s first single, “Want U Back,” went double platinum. Special guest is Jackson Harris. 7 p.m. Carnegie Library Music Hall, 510 E. 10th St., Munhall.

2) Gregory Porter was a high school football star with a full ride to San Diego State University, until a devastating shoulder injury ended that dream. No problem; he started concentrating on another area of interest, music. His 2010 debut release, Water, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. Porter’s third album, Liquid Spirit, won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. He’ll be performing wearing his trademark cap at the Cabaret at Theater Square. 8 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.


3) Gutsy fighter pilot Lauren English is grounded due to her pregnancy, and when she goes back to work, she’s flying drones in Afghanistan from the relative comfort of an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. A drone pilot by day and mother by night, English and her attempt to navigate the two roles is the premise for an interesting, new one-woman show from City Theatre, called GroundedKelly McAndrew plays the pilot, and the play, written by George Brant, is directed by Jenn Thompson. 7 p.m. Runs through May 4. 1300 Bingham St., South Side.

4) The Warhol Museum’s Sound Series presents Tinariwen, a Tuareg group from the Sahara Desert in northern Mali whose name means empty places, much like the surrounding landscape. While their area may seem empty, their music is rich and warm. The group, which formed in Libya in 1979, is made up of former nomads forced from their traditional lifestyle who swapped lutes and flutes for electric guitars and drums to play a brand of music influenced by Western blues/rock, Middle Eastern sounds, and traditional African tribal chants with song lyrics that convey pertinent messages. 8 p.m. The Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. This event has now SOLD OUT.

5) Pens take on the Carolina Hurricanes in a 7 p.m. face off. This is one of only four remaining home games left before the playoffs begin. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

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