O.A.R. at AE; Olive or Twist’s Absolut Martini Night (CPs Wed., 6/18/14)

1) What began as teenage time-passing in drummer Chris Culos’ Rockville, Md., basement soon became O.A.R.’s first album, The Wanderer—and the band’s been working ever since. With several platinum records, sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, and seven acclaimed studio albums to date, O.A.R. shows us how to transcend the constrictions that eras and styles often bestow on contemporary music; as their acronym suggests, “Of a Revolution” does not allow the passage of time to quiet them. If you need proof, wander down to Stage AE  tonight, where you’ll have a chance to see O.A.R. meld indie-alt-pop themes from the last two decades.The band is touring in support of their eighth studio album, The Rockville LP.  Special guests are Phillip Phillips and LP. Gates open at 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2) Cure your mid-week blues with Absolut Wednesdays at Olive or Twist in the heart of the Cultural District. Noted as on of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants for cocktails for the past three years, Olive or Twist has a martini bar that is a perfect place to wind down for happy hour, dinner before a show, or a post-performance nightcap. You can enjoy $5 Absolut cocktails and martinis this evening. Get there early for happy hour, 4 – 6  p.m., for $1 off all draft beers, $4 Chardonnay or Cabernet, and $2 off all specialty cocktails. 140 6th St.

3) Variety is the spice of life, so mix up your Wednesday routine with Rumba Night at Los Sabrosos Dance Company. Featuring the spinning skills of DJ Juan Diego, the dance floor comes alive with Pittsburgh’s best kept secret for Latin dance. No experience is necessary, but beginner lessons are offered every Saturday if you’ve got cold feet. Whether you like the hot contemporary sounds or classic cha-cha, you’ll hear it all. Grab your favorite dance partner and bailamos. 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 4909 Penn Ave., Friendship.

4) Our Pirates battle a team who also hails from a Ohio River town in a friendly (or not) game of baseball, as the Cincinnati Reds are in town tonight. 7:05 p.m.  PNC Park, 115 Federal St.


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