Little Anthony and The Imperials Play Palace; Braddock’s Offering Special Valentine’s Menu (Tues., 2/14/17)

1) If you haven’t heard Anthony Gourdine, you must click on the video above. At a time when falsetto singers were not uncommon in pop music, Gourdine stood out nonetheless with his distinctive voice and phrasing. And today—when it’s not at all uncommon for musicians to keep rocking at an age when you’d expect them to be in rocking chairs—it’s a pleasant surprise, nonetheless, to find Little Anthony and The Imperials still doing their R&B. The New York City group broke onto the charts in 1958 with “Tears on My Pillow” and kept turning out hits through the ’60s, becoming a popular act on TV music and variety shows. Since then, The Imperials have dissolved, re-formed, and drifted in and out of the media spotlight … but they’ve never lost the ability to light up an audience with numbers like “Hurt So Bad.” Little Anthony and the Imperials are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their current lineup includes original members Gourdine and Ernest Wright, and they’re booked at The Palace Theatre. The Latshaw Pops open. 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (MV/RH)

2) Cozy up with your significant other in the comfortable confines of Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brassiere. The restaurant will be featuring a special prix fixe Valentine’s dinner menu, in addition to its regular menu, for $65 per person. Diners will be able to choose between one of two savory salads, a braised pork belly or smoked salmon appetizer. and for the entrée: seared scallops, hen of the woods risotto, and king trumpets, in a beurre blanc sauce or filet with candied bacon Brussels sprouts, parsnip puree, in a demi-glace. And for dessert chose between red velvet pierogi with vanilla ice cream or flourless chocolate cake with salted caramel ganache. Valentine’s dinner hours are from 5 – 9 p.m. The special menu will also be available for several days before Valentine’s day for those who can’t wait to celebrate. Make your reservations early. 107 6th St., Downtown.

3) The Pitt men’s basketball team and coach Kevin Stallings—whose done an admiral job of keeping the team together through some extra adversity this season— take on the Virginia Tech Hokies squad. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Next up is an a home game Saturday against the Florida State Seminoles. Hail to Pitt! Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.


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