Ed Sheeran in Consol Concert; John Mellencamp Plays Benedum (CPs Tues., 5/12/15)

1) He’s a Grammy nominee, BRIT winner, regular tabloid fodder, and possibly the most famous redhead in music right now.  Ed Sheeran plays the Consol Energy Center as part of his worldwide tour for the album X. Have your cell phone fully charged and ready to wave along with Thinking Out Loud – the heart-tugging ballad destined to be played at thousands of weddings – along with the Justin Timberlake-inspired “Sing” and break-up riff “Don’t.”  Also performing as special guest is Northern Irish musician Foy Vance. This is a real treat – those who don’t already know his sweet, folky tunes are likely to have their hearts quickly stolen. 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.


2) You may just want to sing along to “Small Town” or “Jack & Diane,” but there’s no excuse for not getting up to date on John Mellencamp’s new music – every ticket purchased to his show at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts includes a free digital download of the new album, Plain Spoken. In the first single he may be telling us he’s a “Troubled Man,” but there’s nothing troubled about his songwriting – after 22 full-length albums, he’s still a powerhouse.  If you haven’t checked in since he dropped his “Cougar” alias, 2011’s No Better Than This is well worth the effort too. 7:30 p.m., Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District.


3) Wild TalesArgentine film nominated as Best Foreign Language Oscar and the winner of a slew of awards from around the world. This black comedy/drama, written and directed by Damián Szifron, is six unconnected short stories about people living on the emotional edge. 7:30 p.m. Ends tomorrow. Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.

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