Florida Georgia Line at First Niagara; Rock All Night Tour in Lawrenceville (Sat., 8/15/15)

1) Country duo Florida Georgia Line have named their 2015 summer tour Anything Goes, and that’s the band’s personal mantra too: “It says it all. No boundaries, no genre, no rules,” says Tyler Hubbard. He’s the Georgian half of the pair, along with Brian Kelley, from Florida. It’s the first time they’re headlining their own tour, after opening for Luke Brian, Taylor Swift, and Jason Aldean in recent years. The duo formed in Nashville in 2010 and have since put out two albums, 2012’s Here’s to the Good Times and last year’s Anything Goes, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Country Albums chart. They were apparently the first group to be labeled as “bro-country,” a rock and hip-hop influenced style, best demonstrated by their smash single “Cruise” (which was later remixed by hip-hop artist Nelly and given an even more leery video). With Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard. 7:30 p.m. First Niagara Pavilion, 665 Route 18, Burgettstown. (HM)

 

2) For music-lovers who missed the Deutschtown Music Festival or are bummed it’s over, don’t forget one of its precursors, Lawrenceville’s Rock All Night Tour, aka RANT. Butler Street and the boulevards running off it are home to some of the ‘burgh’s hottest spots: bars, restaurants, and, of course, Arsenal Lanes, a popular bowling alley. Many of these venues, including the bowling alley, will serve as venues for the festival. Lawrenceville United, plus numerous volunteers, host the annual all-day event, which is now in its fourth year. With multiple venues, including three outdoor stages, and over 100 bands scheduled, there’s too much to list. But here’s a quick sampling: Want country-swing and a succulent fried fish sandwich? Frequent Nied’s Hotel. Slim Forsythe and his Payday Loaners, including noted drummer Brad Smith, will host the other eight acts scheduled at this historic establishment. The Thunderbird is a Butler Street mainstay and is also where you can catch rockers Chrome Moses. Chet Vincent, a Lawrenceville man himself and one of this year’s festival organizers, will play with his band, the Big Bend, at Javo. Singer-songwriter, folk, metal, and other genres will also be represented throughout the day. For a complete list of venues, and the acts playing therein, be sure to visit the festival’s website. noon–2 a.m. Free. Lawrenceville. (CM)

 

3) Pittsburgh native singer/songwriter Bill Deasy performs his annual Live by Request show at Club Cafe. Best known for his work as the former (and current, for reunion shows) lead singer of The Gathering Field, Deasy deals in easygoing, mellow, acoustic folk rock. In this annual performance, the audience picks the set list; it’s a great opportunity to force Deasy to flex his musical muscles, since he has little idea beforehand what songs he’ll be asked to play. When you enter Club Cafe just fill out a request form and drop it in the open guitar case on stage. Deasy has an impressive background, having released and toured nationally in promotion of 13 studio albums, including four with The Gathering Field and seven as a solo artist. He’s also dabbled in the authorial arts—in 2006, he released Ransom Seaborn, his first of three books so far, which are now known collectively known as the Finbar Trilogy. Deasy’s most recent musical release is 2013’s Start Again. 7 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

4) Style Week Pittsburgh is building up to a big finish this weekend, with a free Pop-Up Marketplace today featuring fashion trucks, and local vendors offering accessories, beauty products, and more. The annual fashion event, which supports Dress for Success Pittsburgh, ends tomorrow with Brunch En Blanc, a hat fashion show accompanied by brunch and Mimosas. Today’s Pop-Up Marketplace is Style Week’s only free event, and a good chance to get your hands on some of the hot trends that have been showcased throughout the week. 12 – 4 p.m. Market Square, Downtown. (HM)