Dr. Zoot Plays Donato’s; Igor and Red Elvises at Hard Rock (CPs Fri., 5/23/14)

1) Dr. Zoot is at Donato’s in Fox Chapel tonight. The lively local band comes in several formulations, including the full-fledged Zoot Island Ensemble and the more minimalist duo that will be appearing at Donato’s. The weather is finally warming up, but Dr. Zoot has been heating things up for years with a mix of classic Caribbean, Latin, and American hits. You’ll be “Jammin’” “All Night Long” to the duo’s smooth sound, so throw back a few with some fine Italian fare and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” No cover. 7 p.m. 46 Fox Chapel Rd.

2) German-born Igor Yuzov founded Igor & Red Elvises in 1995, after the ghost of Elvis Presley came in a dream to tell him to start a rock ’n roll band. No, really. That’s what Yuzov says happened. He did as he was told, and the band began banging out their own special blend of self-branded “Siberian Surf Rock” on the streets of Santa Monica. They soon drew such large crowds that they were actually declared a public nuisance and banned from playing in public. Lucky for you, they’ve been booking shows around the world in some pretty legit concert venues ever since. They’re in Pittsburgh at the Hard Rock Cafe with special guests Neon Swing X-Perience and Hepcat Dilemma. 10 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Dr., South Side.

3) Local musician Rob Eldridge has toured nationally with the likes of Edgar Winter and members of Phish, and he’s founded Steelesque with the goal of using his experience and talent to bring something a bit different to the Pittsburgh music scene. Steelesque’s first album, a collaborative effort between Eldridge and local drummer Josh Egan, hit in 2012 to solid reviews and local radio play. The group has grown since then, and the oft-rotating cast of talented musicians appearing on stage with Eldridge has seen a standard rock quartet joined at different times by keys, strings, and horns. But thanks to the veteran leadership of Mr. Eldridge, the sound is always tight. Catch Steelesque with special guest Addison Steele at Club Cafe. 7 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side.

4) Rick Jergel is the co-owner of Jergel’s Rhythm Grille and lead singer of 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. A complimentary shuttle service is available by appointment within a 10-mile radius of the venue. 9 p.m. 285 Northate Dr., Warrendale.

5) The Pittsburgh Pirates play the second game of a four-game series against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park on a Free Shirt Friday. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.

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Daniel J. Dombrowski

Daniel J. Dombrowski is a freelance writer and editor living and working in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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