Drake and Future in Concert at Consol; The Wailers Bring Reggae Jams to Jergel’s (Wed., 8/17/16)
1) With the “Hotline Bling” music video, Drake made “dad dancing” (and owl-emblazoned hoodies) cool. Inspirer of multiple memes, “Hotline Bling” is also the paragon of an earworm. That chorus! So innocuous on the first listen—until you find yourself humming it to the amusement of your cubicle or classmates. Drake later included the single on this year’s Views, his fourth studio album, which hit number one on the US Billboard 200. Drake, born Aubrey Drake Graham, is from Toronto, Ontario, and got his start playing Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” As a musician, he has collaborated with multiple artists, notably the Atlanta-based rapper Future. The pair released What a Time to Be Alive, a mixtape, in 2015; it also went to number one on the US Billboard 200. Like Drake, Future released his fourth studio album this year: Evol. They are now touring together and will play Consol Energy Center along with Roy Woods, DVSN, and other special guests. 6:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (CM)
2) Renowned reggae royalty The Wailers come to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille this month. The legendary backing band for Bob Marley, The Wailers have stayed true to their Jamaican musical roots and are led by longtime member Aston “Family Man” Barrett. After Marley’s death in 1981, The Wailers continued to tour and release music, sometimes with other artists and sometimes just as a group. They play an average of 200 shows per year and are no strangers to Pittsburgh. Marley’s last concert was played at The Stanley Theater (now The Benedum), and since then, The Wailers have played shows in the area at numerous venues over the years. They continue to perform classic cuts, like “No Woman, No Cry” and “Buffalo Soldier.” Let the positive vibrations lighten your mood and move your feet. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (RH/CM)
3) It’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! Why is this important to you? More than 50 Pittsburgh restaurants are offering extra special deals through August 21, including multi-course meals or $20.16 specialties. To view participating restaurants and for more information, visit Pittsburghrestaurantweek.com. Let’s get out there and support all our great local restaurants!