Ingrid Andress Plays Stage AE; Funk Festival Fires Up with Cameo, Ladies of SKYY at AWC; Rob Schneider at Improv (Fri., 12/10/21)/

1) Ingrid Andress is a rising star in the contemporary music scene. Andress, blessed with a very beautiful voice, attended the renowned Berklee School of Music. While there she sang in a acapella group called Pitch Slap, even performing with them on the NBC competition show, “Sing Off.” After graduating she moved to Nashville and wrote songs for artists like Sam Hunt, Alicia Keys, and Charli XCX. Andress’ first single, 2019’s “More Hearts Than Mine,” rose to no. 30 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and no. 5 on the Country charts. The debut studio album the single was from, Lady Like, rose to no. 9 on the Country chart. Andress opened for Dan + Shay at PPG Paints Arena in September, this month she’ll be playing a solo show at Stage AE. The special guest for Andress on her Feeling Things Tour is Georgia Webster. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (R.H.)

Friday, December 10 & Saturday, December 11

2) “Word Up!” Cameo is playing the We Want the Funk Festival at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center the Friday night of the weekend fest.. The hot ’80s band was also known for the hits “Candy,” and “Back and Forth.” The band rose out of New York City, first as a 14-member group, the New York City Players, before changing their name to Cameo. Appearing with them are the Ladies of SKYY. Saturday night sees another top classic funk band, Lakeside. The group broke big in 1980 with their no. 1 R&B hit, “Fantastic Voyage.” The group formed in Dayton, Ohio, in 1971 when the groups The Nomads and The Young Underground joined forces to create Ohio Lakeside Express. Zapp, also out of Dayton, gets the party started at 8 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (R.H.)

3) Funnyman Rob Schneider achieved fame as a writer and cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” He was nominated for three Emmy awards (ensemble nominations) and a Peabody for writing on SNL, and he’s also starred in some good and not-so-good movies. For Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005), Schneider was nominated for both an MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance and three Razzie Awards, for which he won Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Screenplay. Schneider probably isn’t worried about the negative publicity, though; the guy is always entertaining and his projects make money. Schneider has a Netflix comedy special that is streaming, Asian Momma, Mexican Kids. You can catch him at Pittsburgh Improv. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Schneider also is performing two shows tomorrow night at 4, 7, and 9:30 p.m. 66 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront. Homestead.

4) ALLISSA (Alissa Logsdon) is a rising rock star out of Pittsburgh who played the Paint the Square Green event for Earth Day in Market Square several years ago. She returns to Market Square for a nighttime concert this evening.  ALLISSA has evolved from a solo act into a rock band with a fuller sound. Her songs often feature dark lyrics that progress into a hopeful message. She cites Influences like the bands Flyleaf, Evanescence, and Paramore. ALLISSA has new music out and a backing band consisting of Michael DeGruttola (guitar) and Ron Bender (drums). 8 p.m.

5) Murder for Girls  is a punky, crunchy band built upon the strong bass lines of bass guitarist Jonathan Bagamery, intense rhythmic drumming of Michele Dunlap, and dual guitar sound of Tammy Wallace and Stephanie Wallace and their harmonic, fast-paced vocals. Murder for Girls is active on the local scene and has drawn good crowds to their appearances at the Deutschtown Music Festival, RANT, and Ladyfest. Murder for Girls latest album is 2020’s Done in the Dark, which was produced, recorded, and mixed by Tommy Stinson who’s played bass guitar in The Replacements and Guns ‘N Roses. Also on the bill at 222 Ormsby are Anti-Corn League, The Richard Move, and BRI Dominique + Company. 8 p.m. All ages. 222 Ormsby Ave., Mt. Oliver. (C.M./R.H.)

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