Greta Van Fleet in Concert at PPG Paints Arena; Warhol Museum 30th Anniversary Party; Pour at the Park at South Park (Sat., 5/18/24)

1) Greta Van Fleet  is a melodic, hard rocking band that is very reminiscent of Led Zeppelin. Lead singer Josh Kiszka’s wailing vocals sound evocative of Led Zeppelin’s lead singer, Robert Plant, who reportedly likes the group. Some people have called out the Frankenmuth, Michigan band for those similarities. Whether they have or haven’t flown too closely to previous stars’ works, Greta Van Fleet has created music that people wanted to hear and did it well. The band is composed of the brothers Kiszka—Josh (lead vocals), Sam (bass guitar/keyboards), and Jake (lead guitar)—and Danny Wagner (drums). The group’s name is from the name of a hometown resident, Gretna Van Fleet, who gave them her OK. They are a relatively young band, just formed in 2012, but have enjoyed great success. From the Fires, their EP which was released in November 2017, hit no. 1 on the Billboard U.S. hard rock chart and No. 4 on the U.S. rock chart. 2021 saw the release of Battle at Garden’s Gate. It reached no. 1 on both Billboard’s Top Rock Albums  and Top Hard Rock Albums charts. Starcatcher, the group’s latest album, was released in 2023, debuted at no. 8 on the Billboard Top 200. Catch the men from Frankenmuth at PPG Paints Arena. 7 p.m. Special guest is Geese. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (R.H.)

2) It was a great day when the Andy Warhol Museum opened thirty years ago. Today that landmark event will be celebrated with a gala and then an afterparty at Carrie Blast Furnaces. The 30th Anniversary afterparty event admission includes late night bites, complimentary beer, seltzer, and wine. Attire is industrial glam / Silver Factory chic / streetwear couture. Live music will be provided by Slappers N Bangers. A complimentary shuttle will also be provided by Molly’s Trolleys. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.


3) The Allegheny County Parks Foundation is having a very exciting fundraiser at North Park Lodge—its annual Pour at the Park. The event, which occurs today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at South Park Fairgrounds. Pour at the Park will feature beer, spirit, and food tastings. Participants include: Maggie’s Farm Rum, Lucky Sign Spirits, Narcisi Winery, A Few Bad Apples Cider, Hop Farm Brewing, Recon Brewing, Firewhistle Brewing, Pita My Shawarma, Caliente Pizza and more. Live music will be provided by Bindley Hardware. Prize baskets valued at $250 to $500 each will be awarded by a ticket raffle.  Come on out and support the Allegheny County Parks Foundation and its mission to improve, conserve and restore the nine Allegheny County Parks. This is a family friendly event and also features fun activities for children. Sorry no dogs though. Event tickets required.

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