Keith Urban Plays KeyBank; Rivers Hosts Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors; ‘Ragtime’ at Lincoln Park Ctr. (Sat., 6/23/18))

1) New Zealand-Australian-raised country music star Keith Urban is on tour and rolling into Pittsburgh for a show. Urban first moved to the U.S. in 1992, and his first American album, Keith Urban, was certified platinum in 1999. Thirty-seven of his singles have landed on Billboard’s U.S. Hot Country Songs chart. Eighteen of those have reached No. 1 as long as you include “You Look Good in My Shirt,” a duet with Brad Paisley. Some of his top songs are “Somebody Like You” and “You’ll Think of Me.” Urban married actress Nicole Kidman in 2006. She sings backing vocals on “Female,” the first single from his latest album, Graffiti U. The album was released in 2018. “Female,” a song of empowerment for women, was written and recorded in part as a response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Kelsea Ballerini opens. 7:30 p.m. KeyBank Pavilion, 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (EC, CM)

2) Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors bring their lively brand of jam rock to Rivers Casino Donovan and band have recently released a new album, We See Through It. They describe their new work, saying “It, illustrates the transformational power of music. Featuring ten songs that span genres and eras¸ the sound of the new album blends the vintage rock sound of Zeppelin with the alternative folk of Mumford & Sons propelled by barreling drums.” Appropriately enough you can see Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors in Rivers’ Drum Bar. The band’s prior release was 2016’s Sun King Warriors. 9 p.m. 777 Casino Dr.,  (RH)

Jim Donvan (jumping guitarist) & Sun King Warriors. Photo: Erica Dilcer.

Jim Donvan (jumping guitarist) & Sun King Warriors. Photo: Erica Dilcer.

3) Midland, the little Ohio River town once famous for high school basketball (five state titles from 1965-76), has a new claim to fame as home of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. Along with housing an arts-oriented charter school, the Center produces shows with professional actors. And on stage this month is the musical Ragtime. Adapted from the E.L. Doctorow novel, it’s an epic musical, similar to Les Miz in its aim to depict an entire society at a tumultuous time. The setting is New York in the early 1900s. Ragtime follows three sets of characters—Jewish immigrants in the Lower East Side, African Americans in Harlem, and an upper-class family in the suburbs—as their lives intersect amid great events of the era. The Lincoln Park cast includes notable Pittsburgh-based performers such as Tru Verret-Fleming. He shined in last year’s earthshaking The Scottsboro Boys at The REP, and he’s got a key role in Ragtime: piano player/singer Coalhouse Walker Jr., who shakes up old New York with a funky brand of music called, well … ragtime. 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through June 24. 1 Lincoln Park, Midland. (MV)

4) For five Saturdays every summer and fall, Walnut Street in Shadyside shifts its focus from the usual bustling bevy of bistros and boutiques to putting a bit of music in the air, courtesy of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. The annual Jam on Walnut series brings some big names out for free concerts that stop traffic and pack the street. Tonight’s edition features one of Pittsburgh’s top dance bands, No Bad JuJu.. The Hobbs Sisters open. All of the Jams On Walnut are free to attend and proceeds from food and drink sales benefit Humane Animal Rescue. 7 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.

5) The Squirrel Hill Night Market returns to Murray Avenue. Food trucks, vendors, crafters. live music, and more attractions will be on hand at this pop-up street festival on Murray Ave. 6-10 p.m. Free. Murray Avenue beginning at Forbes.

6) Our battlin’ Bucs play the third game of a four-game home series tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4:05 p.m. game. It’s also Sean Rodriguez Walkoff Bobblehead night and a pre-game block party on federal Street.  Former Pirates pitcher John Candelaria will be at the block party.  After that series the Pirates then are off to play the Mets on Monday. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.

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