1) New Orleans blues rockin’ piano player Marcia Ball is appearing at Club Cafe. Her latest studio album is this year’s Shine Bright, which was released by Alligator Records. This year will also see her induction into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. She performed during the popular concert series’ inaugural season in 1976. Here she is playing “Mobile.” 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. (EC, CM)
2) Although we are no longer a nation of farmers, late summer is a fine time to meet a few. That’s when independent farmers in areas around Pittsburgh bring their best livestock and produce to county fairs. The experience is not strictly agricultural; some of it is just cultural. Funnel cakes and country music go well together. Both go extremely well with demolition derby. But while you’re at the fair, don’t miss the many fascinating varieties of farm animals and flora—or the farmers. As the old song says, they’re the ones who feed us all.
The big Westmoreland Fair (Aug. 17-25) features trucker-rock band East Coast Turnaround and Saddle Up. This fair has demo derbies and motorized events aplenty, plus special events ranging from traditional rodeo to the 4-H Bicycle Rodeo, and from robotics to the Rabbit Agility Contest. 123 Blue Ribbon Ln., Greensburg. (MV)