1) Scarcely does a musical group embody the term “unique” quite as wholly as Gogol Bordello. If playing Gypsy music were not enough, Bordello takes liberty to include accordion, violin, and elements of punk and dub, creating a truly original sound that has inspired a well-documented, successful 14-year career. Coming to Stage AE with opening acts Tribe Called Red and The Bastard Bearded Irishman, tonight’s show promises to electrify the Steel City and leave audiences buzzing in a state of musical nirvana. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.
2) Musical bliss doesn’t have to come at a high price—or any price, for that matter. Music lovers are invited to a free concert tonight at Hartwood Acres featuring Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Joy Ike with special guest Johnny Miller. Ike is known for her honest and intimate lyrics that inspire and impress. And her ever-evolving sound has established her as one of the area’s most promising rising artists. Catch her live for free while you can. Part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton and Indiana townships.
3) Perk up your morning with brunch accompanied by classical music courtesy of Cello Fury at this week’s Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch at Mellon Park. While classical music typically incorporates soothing, relaxing sounds and movements, Cello Fury is far from the average quartet. Led by three cellists and a drummer, this group combines progressive rock with the symphonic sounds of classical musical to create a can’t-miss sonic experience that expertly blends two seemingly unrelated genres. The Bagel Factory will be on site to satiate your hunger while you jam out to Cello Fury’s engaging live show. 10:30 a.m. Free. Corner of Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside.
4) How can a relaxing day on the river get any better, you ask? With ice cream, of course! The Gateway Clipper Fleet invites the whole family to the Ice Cream Social Cruise, where ice cream, boating, music, and drinks meet to create an afternoon to remember. With a DJ Dance Party hosted by DJ Cache, a magic show, and plenty of snacks, ice cream, and alcohol, this event offers guaranteed fun for all ages. 1 – 3 p.m. 350 West Station Square Dr., South Side.
5) Crank your evening’s intensity knob to 11 with Texas Hippie Coalition at the Altar Bar. These rowdy Southerners sport a brand of metal that calls to mind acts like Pantera, Black Label Society, and Corrosion of Conformity, a tried-and-true sound that resonates with metalheads of all varieties. Lace up your combat boots, slip on some dirty jeans, and prepare for mayhem—Southern style. Eve to Adam, Homicide Black, and I Claim as Mine kick off this night of grungy metal excellence. 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.