Korn and Staind Play Star Lake; Kickoff Rib Fest has The Clarks and Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors

1) Korn a seminal nu metal band that formed in Bakersfield, California, in 1993 has had 12 releases in the top ten of the Billboard 200. The group has been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards, winning 2. Korn’s latest album release is 2019’s The Nothing. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart, Korn’s 14th top ten album. It contained the popular single, “You’ll Never Find Me.” Opening for Korn at the Pavilion at Star Lake is Staind. The group’s songs have included the topics of depression, addiction, relationships, death, finding one’s true self, betrayal, and Staind’s lead vocalist Aaron Lewis’ thoughts and feelings  about becoming a father. The band has had several hiatuses, but has produced 7 studio albums. Opening is Fire from the Gods. 6:30 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (R.H.) 

2) The Clarks continue to build on their foundation of playing solid working-class rock. The group gained a strong local following in the early ’90s gigging at clubs like Graffiti (remember Graffiti?), and has remained together and active long after nearly every other band on the scene during that era called it quits. After over 35 years, 11 albums, countless gigs and zero line-up changes, The Clarks have gone from being a regional favorite to a local institution. And the band members, who formed The Clarks at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, have never forgotten their home turf. Their most recent album  is 2018’s, Madly in Love at the End of The World, released on the Clarkhouse Entertainment label. Two possibly annual concerts for The Clarks are the Fayette County Fair (mentioned in their song “Cigarette”) and the Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival or Stage AE. Their appearance this month at the rib fest is with special guest Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors. The group has had a very busy summer, playing many special events around town and the region. This double bill should be a very popular one. Free. 7:30 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore. (R.H.)

A spotlight "sunflower" effect shines down on the band as they play.

A spotlight “sunflower” effect shines down on the band as they play at Stage AE in 2018.