Under The Sun Tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms (CP’s Wed. 7/24/13)
1) No, it is not 1998, but it may feel like it at Stage AE, with the Under the Sun Tour, featuring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, and Gin Blossoms. Sugar Ray soared to fame with its 1997 single “Fly,” then sealed a spot in ‘90s immortality with the 1999 album 14:59, featuring the single “Every Morning.” Following the success of the 2012 Summerland tour, lead singer Mark McGrath wanted the ‘90s nostalgia tour to become a yearly event. Returning to the tour are the Gin Blossoms, who hit fame in 1992 with New Miserable Experience, which included the single “Hey Jealousy.” New to the tour this summer is Smash Mouth. Its breakout single was “Walkin’ on the Sun” from the 1997 Fush Yu Mang album. Their fame continued with Astro Lounge (1999) and a spot on the Shrek soundtrack (2001). Special guests include Vertical Horizon and Fastball. Join fellow ‘90s fanatics for a night of nostalgia under the stars at this outdoor show. Gates open 6 p.m. 400 N. Shore Dr., North Shore.
2) Whether a novice or a near professional dancer, you’ll have a blast at the Hip Hop Dance class at The Alloy Studios tonight. Instructor Gino Vaccaro will help you find your rhythm with the latest pop music. You’ll get the health benefits of a great workout in a fun atmosphere. Tonight is the last class of the summer session, so don’t miss it! Some dance experience is preferred, but not required. 6 – 7:15 p.m. 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty.
3) Looking for the perfect mid-week perk? Make a point to stop at Carnegie Coffee Company. Located in the former Carnegie Post Office, the newly opened coffee house specializes in the European coffee experience. This is also the only coffee house in the area serving Illy coffee, which prides itself in educating growers on sustainability and ethical farm practices. Pair an espresso with locally made pastries and sandwiches, and you’ll have the boost you need to get through the rest of the week. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie.
4) If you’re looking for a performance that will keep you guessing what comes next, you’ll definitely want to check out folk rock guitarist and singer Bob Schneider at Club Café. Schneider incorporates a variety of musical genres into his songs, including funk, country, blues, and pop. His variety is necessary for the slew of emotions he expresses through such songs as “Swimming in the Sea” and “Unpromised Land.” Special guest is The Wheeler Brothers. 8 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side.
5) Get in touch with nature at Phipps Conservatory and enjoy the ongoing exhibit of the Butterfly Forest. Take a walk through the tropical clime and experience the delicate presence of butterflies as they pollinate plants during their brief but important life. Look for the orange and black Western Pennsylvania Monarch among a variety of other winged wonders. Colorful and sweet-smelling flowers add to the ambiance as you watch these fluttering guests. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Through Sept. 2. One Schenley Park, Oakland.
6) The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society presents Chicago bandoneonist Julien Labro who will lead the Spektral Quartet in an exciting concert of tango music. Five for Tango features a pre-show mixer, tango music performance and post concert Tango lessons from Koichiro Suzuki and Yulia Zhukoff and then tango dancing. 7:30 p.m. Absolute Ballroom, 6617 Hamilton Avenue, Larimer.