The Mavericks in Concert at Hartwood Acres; Blues and Roots Festival Day 2 (Sun., 7/23/17)

1) Alt-country musicians The Mavericks, fronted by Cuban-American lead singer Raúl Malo, have a distinctive sound with elements of everything from Hispanic big-band to you-name-it. Darlings of adult alternative-contemporary radio stations, The Mavericks have gained a huge following over the years since starting in Miami, Florida in 1989. Breaking up in 2004 and reuniting in 2011 gave Malo an opportunity to build a successful solo career. Now that he’s back, these guys have been out to prove they’re still at the top of their game and the verdict is: oh yeah. Their latest album, the band’s ninth studio album, Brand New Day was released this March. Special guest is The Last Bandoleros. This show is part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, 4070 Middle Road, Allison Park. (RH/MV)

The Mavericks.

The Mavericks.

2) The inaugural Blues and Roots Festival will take place over two days at the Syria Shrine Center in Cheswick. The nonprofit group Band Together Pittsburgh organized the event. Proceeds will benefit post-high school vocational programming for Pittsburgh kids on the autism spectrum. The strong lineup of blues musicians for day two includes headliner Kenny Neal, and Stevee Wellons, Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors Jill West, and more perform. 2-10 p.m. Syria Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick. (RH)

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