Get Funky With Galactic at Mr. Smalls (CPs Wed., 2/5/2014)

1) Are you in a winter funk? That may not be a bad thing, especially when it involves the funk band Galactic at Mr. Smalls. The jam band is widely known for a sound that combines hip hop, techno, world music, rock, blues, and jazz. Their New Orleans roots radiate in songs like “Funky Bird” and “Moog Marmalade.” Add some southern heat to your winter and remember, spring isn’t too far away. Special guest is Ryan Montbleau. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.

2) Add a little twang to your day with singer/songwriter/fiddler Carrie Rodriguez at Club Café. The accomplished artist has studied violin since age five and decided to become a professional musician with some inspiration from family friend Lyle Lovett. After performing with the likes of Lucinda Williams, John Mayer, and many others, Rodriguez is out on her own with her sultry voice and trusty fiddle. Joined by guitarist Luke Jacobs,  her performance is so impassioned, it has the potential to transport you right to Texas. 8 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.

3) Get ready to rock with metal band Chimaira at the Altar Bar. The band’s influential cocktail consists of one part Metallica, one part Korn, a sprinkle of early Alice and Chains, and a dash of Motley Crue. The result is a boilermaker of impressive instrumentals and singer Mark Hunter’s trademark metal vocals. Tie your shoes tight—you don’t want to lose them in the mosh pit. This night of headbanging and rock includes performances by Iwrestledabearonce, Oceano, Fit for an Autopsy, REFLECTIONS, Kill Orion, and Dematus. 6:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

4) Kick back and have some laughs at Buckhead Saloon for their monthly Comedy Showcase. The good people at Buckhead’s aren’t going to let just anybody on their stage—they leave the amateurs for the other bars with open mic nights. You’ll get to see some of the best up-and-coming comics in the area. With no cover charge and no drink minimum, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be there. Grab some friends and come early to find the best seat in the house. While you’re there, try the Burogi, the lovechild of the burger and pierogie (you won’t be disappointed), or any of the other locally named Burghers. 8 – 11 p.m. 225 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square.

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