Jam Band moe. at Mountain View Amphitheater; Shakespeare in the Parks ‘Cleopatra & Antony’ Continues (Sat., 9/16/23)

1) Feel the groove with Buffalo, New York jam band moe. at Mountain View Amphitheater. The quintet has opened for rock bands, such as the Allman Brothers Band and The Who. Headlining gigs include New Year’s Eve concerts at Radio City Music Hall in 2006 and 2007. With such an impressive tour history, moe. has gained a faithful following of “moe.rons” (their word) since the band’s 1989 formation. They are prolific in the studio too with 13 full-length albums released. Their discography contains the LP This Is Not, We Are and the EP Not Normal, both released in the arguably not-normal year of 2020. Pulling from rock, blues, and jazz, the band seems to enjoy the performances as much as its audiences. With many songs like “Rebubula” lasting over 10 minutes, you won’t want to forget your dancing shoes for this performance. 7:30 p.m. Mountain View Amphitheater, 10 Rich Hill Rd, Cheswick. (C.M., R.H.)

CLEOPATRA & ANTONY by William Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, various locations, Through October 1

Cleopatra (Callee Miles) and Mark Antony (Harper York) are lovers in the Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks production. of 'Cleopatra & Antony.' (Photo: Catherine Aceto)

Cleopatra (Callee Miles) and Mark Antony (Harper York) are lovers in the Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks production. of ‘Cleopatra & Antony.’ (Photo: Catherine Aceto)

2) Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents Cleopatra & Antony this September at various locations within the city, and every performance is free (donations suggested.) With purposeful apologies to the Bard, the title of this majestic, political and culturally-minded tragedy is inverted for the simple reason that PSiP’s production boasts an all-female cast. Under the direction of Jennifer Tober, a cast of nine women play more than twenty roles. What’s more, they share in a musical interlude that elucidates the celebration (and the agony) of diverse cultures (that is, much more than just Alexandria v. Rome) meeting (and clashing) for the benefit of world politics.

It’s a timely play, more than 400 years old, overflowing with love, scandal, desperation and radical resolve. Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, now in its 19th season, is a rare treat to behold in our great city parks. Audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic basket and thermos. For locations, dates and directions, be sure to check out the company’s website. Most performances are Saturday and Sunday matinees (2:00 pm.), with a Friday (September 22) performance at 6:00 pm. This Saturday and Sunday’s performances are at Westinghouse Park in North Point Breeze. (C.P.O)

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