Foreigner Visits Star Lake on Farewell Tour; Pgh Blues Fest at Shrine Center; Clarks and Sun King Warriors at Fayette County Fair (Sat., 7/29/23)

1) Veteran rockers Foreigner are famous for power ballads such as “I Want to Know What Love Is” and rockers like “Rev on the Red Line” and “Juke Box Hero.” Mick Jones is the only remaining original member of the band, which formed in 1976 and was composed of several Americans and several Brits (including Jones). The group had a major hit with its eponymous, five-times-platinum first album, released a year after it formed. The hot singles “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold As Ice” were from the album. Other top-selling albums followed, including Double Vision (1978) and Head Games (1979). Lead singer Lou Gramm (a Yank), who co-wrote many of Foreigner’s hits with Jones, left the band for good in 2003. Their most recent studio album is 2009’s Can’t Slow Down. Foreigner is one of the world’s top-selling bands with over 80 million records sold. Jones and the band are frequent visitors to Pittsburgh and have a good following here. Canadian rockers Loverboy opens. Catch Foreigner on this, their farewell tour. 7 p.m. The Pavilion at Star Lake, 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (R.H.)

2) The annual Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival will take place today and tomorrow at the Syria Shrine Center Pavilion in Cheswick. The strong lineup of blues musicians includes headliners Gabe Stillman (Saturday) and Tommy Castro (Sunday). Also on the bill is King Solomon Hicks, The Bail Jumpers, The Shiners, Nied’s Hotel Band w/ Mia Z. & Jorge MartinezBilly The Kid, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Blues Attack, Band Together Pittsburgh Performers, and more. 1 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The nonprofit groups Band Together Pittsburgh and Autism Pittsburgh are the beneficiaries of the event. There will also be performances from musicians on the autism spectrum. The festival is produced in association with Ron Esser, owner of Moondog’s Pub and John Vento. Syria Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick. 

3) A powerful local music vortex is forming this evening at the Fayette County Fair where perennial favorites The Clarks will be performing (Scott Blasey is from Connellsville) and will be joined by very special guests Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors. 7:30 p.m. EQT Arena, 132 Pechin Rd., Dunbar.

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