Elle King Brings ‘Ex’s & Oh’s to Mr. Smalls; Byham Hosts Italian Singer Giada Valenti (Mon., 4/4/16)

1) Last December, Elle King brought her sultry vocals to the third annual O Starry Night concert. The event, which took place at the Pete, celebrated a particular type of celestial body—the pop star—and included four musicians, including a headlining performance by Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas. Elle King opened the show but performed only seven songs. A shame, as her single “Ex’s & Oh’s” was already a genre-crossing success across many of Billboard’s charts: adult top 40, alternative, and rock. That single abounds as much with hooks as it does double entendres, and it appears on her similarly infectious debut, 2015’s Love Stuff. King is also a talented guitar and banjo player, and her songs draw as much from bluegrass as they do from indie rock. Pittsburgh didn’t have to wait too long for a proper King concert. Fans lucky enough to have tickets can see her headline a sold-out show at Mr. Smalls. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)

 

2) Italian songstress Giada Valenti has sprung onto the American music scene in part due to a concert special on PBS last year. Born and raised in Venice, she started singing and playing the piano at the age of seven and would later go on to earn a degree in music from the Tartini Institute in Trieste. Valenti fires on all cylinders with a good voice, charismatic personality, and classic Italian beauty. She’s able to sing and speak in five languages, and her songbook contains American and Italian hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, as well as recent contemporary songs. The beautiful dresses she wears in concert are all custom-made for her in Venice. Valenti will be performing From Venice With Love at the Byham Theater. 7:30 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District.

3) The Balcony Big Band,  with a special guest, is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The 18 member group makes a big, beautiful sound. Get in some Monday relaxation with good music. 7 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.