Dance Council Presents Ronald K. Brown/Evidence; Reggae Fushion Fest with ORiel & the Revoluters (CPs Sat., 2/7/15)


The law of gravity says humans can't fly but Evidence (Brown's dance company) proves that they can.

The law of gravity says humans can’t fly but Evidence (Brown’s dance company) proves that they can.

1) There’s more than one brilliant modern dancer who uses his middle initial. If you are dance fan you’ve probably seen Bill T. Jones, and now the high-flying Ronald K. Brown comes to town with his company, Evidence. The troupe is booked into the Byham Theater by the Pittsburgh Dance Council for a show that features Brown’s distinctive mix of contemporary Western and traditional African dance. The dancing ranges from 11 out of 10 on the high-energy scale to elegant and sinuous; the music ranges from jazz to African drums to Stevie Wonder. 8 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District.


2) Pittsburgh has an island tradition in the making: It’s the third annual Reggae Fusion Fest at Altar Bar, headlined this year by ORieL & the Revoluters. Oriel Barry is from the Caribbean island of Dominica, and the above video of the title track from his EP Confidence will give you a hint of what’s up. The current Fusion Fest celebrates the life and music of Bob Marley, born 70 years ago this month. Marley played his last concert at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater (now Benedum Center) in 1980. The groups performing in his spirit include Truth & Rites, Jah Ques, Ras Maisha, and an African dance ensemble. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

3) The Pitt Panthers basketball team face a tall order today as the un-ranked, but always tough Syracuse Orange challenge them in a little game of hoops. Pitt is fresh off two wins, one, an upset against no. 8 Notre Dame and the other, a squeaker past an unheralded Butler University team. Let’s hope the Panthers squeeze the Orange!  Jump ball is at 4 p.m. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.

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