Joe Grushecky and Billy Price Play Rivers Casino; Pittsburgh Symphony at Hartwood Acres (Sun., 7/2/17)

1) Pittsburgh rock royalty Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers—have remained a constant on the Pittsburgh music scene as the city morphed from steel mills to high-tech foundry—are playing a gig with another Pittsburgh music powerhouse, Billy Price, outside at River’s Casino. Grushecky is a consummate singer/songwriter; he recently penned the anti-President Trump protest song “That’s What Makes Us Great.” His pal, Bruce Springsteen, liked it and agreed to sing on it. Other recent work by Grushecky includes It’s In My Song, an acoustic solo album of songs in his repertoire he created new arrangements for. Another noted release was 2013’s Somewhere East of Eden, which he recorded with The Houserockers.

Pittsburgh’s own Billy Price is a hardworking performer. In 2015, Price released an album with his idol, the late, great Otis Clay. The album, This Time for Real, is a joint recording with the Chicago soul/gospel icon Clay, whom Price called his biggest influence as a singer. The pair collaborated several times during  the past three decades. This Time for Real includes covers of soul and R&B tracks and new versions of two Clay originals.This year Price released an album he recorded live at Club Cafe titled Alive and Strange. This promises to be a great opportunity to see two Pittsburgh rock legends perform under the night sky. Free. 7 p.m. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore. 

2) The world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will dazzle the crowd tonight with an outdoor show at Hartwood Acres as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. This free concert will include music by Rossini, Sousa, and Tchaikovsky. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a night of classical music under the stars. 8:15 p.m. 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton and Indiana townships.

3) The City of Pittsburgh’s Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Classical Music Series offers a free concert today by the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. This concert series runs every Sunday through August 13 in Mellon Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Pack your own brunch basket or buy food at the park. Fifth and Shady Aves., Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill.