Florida Gorgia Line w/Dan + Shay Play KeyBank; Meadows Hosts Aaron Neville; Clutch and Killswitch Engage at AE (Fri, 8/2/19)

1) Country duo Florida Georgia Line consists of Tyler Hubbard (he’s the Georgian half of the pair) along with Brian Kelley from Florida. They’ve been headlining their own tours in recent years after opening for Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and Jason Aldean. The duo formed in Nashville in 2010 and have since put out three albums: 2012’s Here’s to the Good Times; 2014’s Anything Goes, which went to No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Country Albums chart; and 2016’s Dig Your Roots. They were 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 in a more leery video). Florida Georgia Line’s latest LP is Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, which was released in February. Opening are Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers is a Wexford native and attended CMU), Morgan Wallen, and Hardy. 7 p.m. KeyBank Pavilion, 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (EC, RH)

2) The axiom “Everybody Plays the Fool” sometime, is true and it was also a top ten hit for Aaron Neville in 1991 when he recorded a cover of The Main Ingredients’ song. He’s had two other high charting successes. One was 1967’s “Tell It Like It Is.” The other was a duet he performed with Linda Rhonstadt, in 1989 called “Don’t Know Much.” Neville comes from a highly talented New Orleans’s musical family. He and his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril recorded and performed as The Neville Brothers until 2012. Art and Charles have unfortunately passed, but Aaron still performs regularly. Neville’s music is a tasty gumbo of soul, R&B, jazz, pop, country, and gospel. You can see him at The Meadows. 8 p.m. 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington. (RH)

3) Clutch and Killswitch Engage will co-headline Stage AE. Clutch formed in Germantown, Maryland, in 1991. Its latest album is 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions. “In Walks Barbarella” is from that album. Killswitch Engage are a metalcore band formed by members of Overcast and Aftershock in Westerfield, Massachusetts, in 1999. After original vocalist Jesse Leach departed in 2002, Howard Jones (not the English musician) joined. The group released The End of Heartache in 2004. The eponymous song scored a Grammy nomination. Jones left, and Leach returned in 2012. Killswitch Engage will release Atonement this August. Cro-Mags JM open. Doors open 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)

Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3

4) Billed as “a celebration of American music,” the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, showcases blues, country, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul. Almost 20 acts are scheduled. The main headlining band is the Gin Blossoms, known for crafting delicious pop-rock tunes like “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You,” and “Follow You Down.” The festival takes place at Peoples Natural Gas Park. Its origins hark back to a 1989 street fair that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood. 90 Johns St., Johnstown. (CM, RH)

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