Lotus to Blossom at Stage AE; Gallery Crawl in Cultural District (CPs Fri., 1/23/15)

1) Lotus, like the jam bands that came before them, tour relentlessly, averaging around 100 shows a year. They are no strangers to Pittsburgh and even played the Three Rivers Arts Festival back in ’08. The five-piece, originally from Indiana, are known for incorporating electronic elements into their music. Their new album, Gilded Age, finds them nostalgic for straight-up jam rock. (Nostalgia acts are a major theme in Gilded Age, hence the title.) The band uses elaborate lighting in their concerts and occasionally performs themed shows. One concert saw David Bowie costumes, another, Willie Nelson. Could a Donnie Iris-themed show be in the works for tonight’s concert at Stage AE? One has to attend to find out. Opening is The Werks; doors at 8 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

2) Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is happening tonight; it features visual arts, musical performances, and interactive exhibits. All events are free and take place at a variety of galleries, art spaces, and venues. Some galleries offer drinks and hors d’oeuvres. What a great way to sample some of Pittsburgh’s great arts and entertainment! 5:30 – 9 p.m., Cultural District.

3) It’s Free Good Fridays at the Warhol in January, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. The event is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan and includes free admission from 5 – 10 p.m., Pittsburgh’s own DJ Huck Finn, and a cash bar. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.