David Crosby Performs at CHMH; PGH Public Theater Hosts Second City ‘Free Speech’ Troupe (Fri., 8/26/16)

1) On this summer’s solo acoustic tour, singer-songwriter David Crosby takes the stage with just his voice and guitar for company. The veteran performer, of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, promises to draw on music from throughout his 50-year career, from both solo albums and collaborative works. At 74, the two-time Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer hasn’t lost his urge to create new music. His latest solo effort, Croz, was released in January 2014 after a long recording hiatus, and was described by Rolling Stone as “a triumphant solo return.” The producer on the album was Crosby’s son, James Raymond, who also co-wrote some of the tracks and recorded them in his home studio. It’s easy to imagine the spare, stripped-back tunes translating beautifully into an acoustic show. He’s again working with Raymond on a followup album to Croz. Additionally, Crosby has another album, Lighthouse, slated for October release, one which he worked on with Michael League of the band Snarky Puppy. 8 p.m. The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (HM/RH)

As The Second City demonstrates, in politics, everybody's got a hand out.

As The Second City demonstrates, in politics, everybody’s got a hand out.

2) Have you been enjoying Stephen Colbert’s TV spoofs of our wild and crazy election season? More of that kind of stuff is being made available live on stage. Colbert is an alumnus of The Second City, the Chicago-based company in which many famous comics and actors (Tina Fey, Bill Murray, etc.) had their start, and now The Second City’s current touring ensemble is performing a feature-length exercise in political comedy. Free Speech (While Supplies Last) does not consist entirely of material related to this year’s election cycle. It includes vintage Second City political sketches, which may feel like comic relief to those weary of what’s going on this year. But if Donald and Hillary come up during the course of the evening, well, that’s show business. 8 p.m. Through tomorrow. Presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)


3) Rick Jergel is co-owner of Jergel’s Rhythm Grille and lead singer in the house band, Fathertime. The venue, created to provide Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs with a solid concert hall and hang-out spot, plays host to local and touring acts, but Fathertime is no slouch when it fills in the gaps, bringing the heat with enthusiastic renditions of Top 40 favorites. They have a big fan club. Special guests are Christian Beck & Township Road. There’s always something fun happening at Jergel’s. 9 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.


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4) Searights—a guitar driven rock band who recently played at Javo Studios for RANT—are celebrating the release of their new 10 track LP LOOM. Special guests include Pond Hockey, Chet Vincent and the Big Bend, and Emerson Jay. 10 p.m. Cattivo, 146 44th St., Lawrenceville.


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