Marshall Tucker Band Rides Into Jergel’s; Junior Prom at Stage AE (CPs Thurs., 12/4/14)

1) The Marshall Tucker Band, who began in Spartanburg, S.C., in the early 70’s, is playing at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille this evening. Excelling mainly in southern rock, they also blend in some gospel, R&B, jazz, and country music influences. MTB’s sound is unique and catchy and has withstood the test of time. You may still hear “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Can’t You See” on the radio or in a blues bar on open mic night, but at Jergel’s, you’ll hear the original, which is always better than a remake. They are touring in support of their latest album, Live From Spartanburg, South Carolina. This is a great opportunity to hear an early and important band in southern rock history. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

2) When Erik Ratensperger and Mark Solomich were at a bar talking about possible band names, they seriously considered Senior Prom, until a bar patron drunkenly suggested Junior Prom. So Junior Prom it is. The Brooklyn-based band returns to Pittsburgh this evening, after opening for Bear Hands at Cattivo in Lawrenceville in July. At Cattivo’s, they warmed the crowd’s dancing shoes with their combination of synths and rock chords. Tonight, they headline at Stage AE. The duo’s self-titled EP features the danceable “Sheila Put the Knife Down,” and they hope to follow that EP with a full album next year. Their music has appeared on MTV’s Faking It and Awkward. Opening artists are White Like Fire and William Forrest. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

3) The Vancouver Canucks are in town tonight to battle the Pens for a win. Action starts at 7 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.