Indianola Plays Club Cafe; The Drowsy Chaperone Continues at Little Lake (Thurs., 5/9/19)

1) Indianola is a southern Gothic project of Owen Beverly, a longtime member of Nicole Atkins’ band, and others. The band specializes in vintage blues rock-n-roll drawing from influences such as Roy Orbison, Harry Nilsson, Black Keys, and Father John Misty. Indianola has been making a name for itself in the Nashville region. The band is now touring nationally in support of their new album, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, which will drop the day after they play Pittsburgh. The LP was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope. Ruby Boots is also performing. 8 p.m. Club Cafe, 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.

Indianola.

Indianola.

2) Little Lake Theatre, one of the region’s bigger “little theater” companies, opens its season with The Drowsy Chaperone. This 2006 winner of five Tony Awards is both a parody of old musicals and a tribute to them. The central character is a shy fellow who sits at home alone listening to vintage recordings of Broadway tunes from the 1920s. When he puts his favorite onto the turntable—the soundtrack of an exuberantly hokey fictional show called, well, The Drowsy Chaperone—the cast members magically appear and start performing the show. Songs and music are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. 8 p.m. Performances continue through May  11. 500 Lakeside Dr. South, Canonsburg. (MV)