1) A best-selling author, successful restaurateur, and beverage manufacturer will be making an appearance in the Pittsburgh area. Who might that be, you ask? Jimmy Buffett! The quintessential singer-songwriter has successfully transformed his brand of fun and vacation-y party music into a series of books, restaurants, and libations. Oh, don’t worry, he still has time to visit with Parrot Heads (Buffett fans) in Pittsburgh every year. Some likely sounds on the setlist for Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band include “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” and “Fins.” Buffett, who upon college graduation worked for a while as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in Nashville, first started out performing in the country arena and busked for tourists in New Orleans. A busking trip to Key West gave him the inspiration for his island sound, one which is a unique mix of country, folk, pop, and tropical melodies. 8 p.m. The Pavilion at Star Lake, 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown.
2) Pittsburgh’s 4th Annual Black Music Festival continues today at Point State Park and Market Square stages. The festival features certain days for certain musical genres. Today is Classic Hip Hop and R&B Day and the festival closes out on Sunday with Funk, Blues and Soul Day. Today’s main headliners are Tony! Toni! Toné! (8 p.m.) and Rakim (6:30 p.m.). 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
JUMPIN’ JIVE (dance). Assorted Works. Texture Contemporary Ballet.
3) Texture Contemporary Ballet for this performance of Jumpin’ Jive, will premiere two new works – Don’t Change the Station, by company dancer Madeline Kendall, set to music from the 50s through the 70s; plus Rhythm & Romance by Alan Obuzor, featuring jazz, big band, swing and ragtime music. Also on the bill is an encore performance of Can Reality Acutely Create Knowledge?. It’s a 19-minute contemporary ballet with seven dancers and set to music by composer Max Richter and others and choreographed by Obuzor. 8 p.m. Through Sunday. New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square.