1) Crowds don’t lie. When people with lawn chairs start arriving in bright daylight to get prime spots for evening outdoor concerts, it’s because the music is good—and free. Allegheny County sponsors weekly concerts all summer in two locations: 7:30 p.m. on Fridays at South Park Amphitheater, and 7:30 p.m. Sundays at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater. Performers are a mix of Pittsburgh-based and touring talent across a wide range of genres. The lineup at South Park in early-to-midsummer includes shows by pop balladeer Chris Jamison, and rockers Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors. At Hartwood Acres in June and July, featured acts include the funk artists The Original Lakeside, and tonight at Hartwood Acres is singer/songwriter Lera Lynn. Lynn’s latest album, a collection of duets, Plays Well With Others dropped on Friday. Special guest is Peter Bradley Adams. 3700 Farmshow Dr., South Park Twp., and 4070 Middle Rd., Allison Park. (MV)
2) Open Streets Pgh is occurring today with streets closed to auto traffic in parts of Downtown, Strip District and Lawrenceville. There will be plenty of fun activities in each neighborhood and many businesses will be open too. For more info check out the Open Streets Pgh website. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Now a 4 mile route! Take a trip from Market Square along Penn Avenue, to Butler Street, to 52nd Street in Lawrenceville.
3) Sunday mornings in summer mean church to some Pittsburghers, sleep-ins to others … and to many who address such needs without impinging on late morning, Sundays mean Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch. This popular outdoor pleasantry is sponsored by WQED-FM. Fans congregate at the East End’s lovely Mellon Park, bringing brunch or buying bagels from the vendor in attendance. Musicians play classical airs, which may have been composed by artists other than Bach or Beethoven, but are gladly received nonetheless. The performers vary from week to week. today’s group is Klezlectic, and then onward into August. 10:30 a.m. to noon each Sunday. Mellon Park, 1047 Shady Ave., where Point Breeze meets Squirrel Hill. (MV)