Flux Pavilion at AE; Three Rivers Film Festival Kicks Off (CPs Fri. 11/8/13)

1) Tonight the Flux Pavilion Freeway Tour takes the off ramp to Stage AE. Flux Pavilion is the stage name for Joshua Steele, an English DJ and dub step producer who’s been gigging since 2008.  His song “I Can’t Stop” was featured in the 2011 Great Gatsby movie. Also on the bill is SKiSM and Roksonix. Doors open at 8 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2) The 32nd Three Rivers Film Festival begins tonight. Sponsored by Dollar Band and Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the festival brings top independent films to several Pittsburgh screens. Tonight’s highlights include The Rocket (Waterworks Cinema, 7:15 p.m.); The Girl From the Wardrobe (Regent Square Theater, 7:15 p.m.), with the film’s director Bodo Kox scheduled to attend the screening; Brasslands (Melwood Screening Room, 7:15 p.m.); andA Perfect Man (Harris Theater, 7:15 p.m.), starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Liev Schreiber. Runs through Nov. 23.

3) There are many tribute bands out there, even one devoted to the late great Colorado singer/songwriter John Denver (real name Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.). Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon recreate Denver’s joyful songs about nature and family. The beauty of the Rocky Mountains (“Rocky Mountain High”), West Virginia (“Take Me Home Country Roads“), sunshine (“Sunshine on My Shoulders”), and love (“Annie’s Song”) were all topics that propelled Denver’s songs into top chart positions in the 1970’s. His life was not always filled with the happiness reflected in his songs, and he perished at the age of 53, in 1997, while piloting the new experimental aircraft he’d just bought, which crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the California coast. Thanks to Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon, the respect and love for nature Denver finely crafted into his songs lives on. 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

4) One of this town’s truly great lead guitar players, Bill Toms, and his band, Hard Rain,  are in concert at Club Café. They will be playing songs from their 1999 CD My Own Eyes, front to back, with special guest Wil Kondrich. Toms once was a member of Joe Grushecky’s band, The Houserockers, and has achieved a nice level of success as a solo artist. 7 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.

5) Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl is happening at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, with all those fun hits like “Rebel Yell,” “You Spin Me Right Round,” “Walking on Sunshine,” and more. 9 p.m. 103 Slade Ln., Warrendale.



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