Flaming Lips Play Stage AE (CP’s Tues. 7/16/13)

1) Oklahoma-based psychedelic alternative rock band The Flaming Lips invade Stage AE tonight with opening act Spiritualized. Active since 1983. The Flaming Lips stand as one of the genre’s most accomplished and revered acts, and their shows provide a can’t-miss experience that expertly combines visual and auditory stimulation through rhythmic lines and a trippy, syncopated light show. FLike The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized takes a groovy, experimental approach to its music. The band, which was formed in 1990, has released seven studio albums, including Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, recipient of NME Magazine’s Album of the Year award in 1997. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr. North Shore.

2) Esteemed jazz/soul artist Boz Scaggs is set to fill the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead with smooth melodies and flowing chord progressions. A veteran of over 50 years in the music industry, Scaggs rose to fame in the 1960s as the guitarist for the Steve Miller Band before gaining further acclaim as a solo act in the ’70s. These projects have earned the 69-year-old Scaggs significant accolades, including four top-20 albums and six top-20 singles. Scaggs has compiled a discography of over 20 records, including his latest, MEMPHIS, which was released in March 2013.

Joining Scaggs on the night’s billing is rising Tennessee-born singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter. With a sound reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Steven Van Zandt, Baxter delights audiences with his insightful, passionate lyrics and his honest and open delivery. 7:30 p.m., 510 E. Tenth Ave. Munhall. The concert has Sold Out.

3) Lil Wayne will perform at the First Niagara Pavillion with T.I. and Future providing opening sounds. Lil Wayne, who has recently made headlines for trampling the U.S. flag while recording a music video for his song “God Bless Amerika,” strolls into tonight’s show off the release of his latest album, I am Not a Human Being II, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. 7 p.m., 665 Route 18, Burgettstown.

4) Ariel and her cast of whimsical aquatic pals take the stage at the Benedum Center, as the musical adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid continues its current tour through July 21 in the Steel City. Music from eight-time Academy Award Winner Alan Menken highlights the show, creating a the perfect backdrop for the classic story of love and magic.

Ideal for all ages, The Little Mermaid tells a tale that will allow audience members to flex their imaginations and enter an underwater world of wonder. 8 p.m.  237 7th St., Cultural District

5) Multi-piece reggae/ska group The Pinstripes will heat up the Smiling Moose tonight with its catchy vocal melodies and feel-good jams. Winners of the 2007, 2009, and 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band, this six-piece act separates itself from other local groups through heavy use of brass and woodwind instruments in addition to the standard trio of bass, guitar and drums.

Even if you do not consider yourself a fan of ska or reggae, know this: The Pinstripes are known for their lively performances and are experts at creating a fun-loving, upbeat atmosphere that encourages dancing, singing, and feelings of brotherhood. Opening act Masters of the Universe kicks off its set at 10:15. Upstairs, 1306 E. Carson St, South Side.


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