Some Metal and a Carpenter (CPs 10/13/13)
1) Show off your tattoos, dust off your piercings, and get ready to headbang with Otep at the Altar Bar. Inspired by the likes of Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson, Otep combines complex and fast-paced guitar riffs with singer Otep Shamaya’s profound voice for a distinctive metal sound that will have you moshing before you know what hit you. Intense songs like “Confrontation” show off Shamaya’s passionate vocals to prove that women can rock just as hard as the metal men. Opening acts are Stolen Babies, New Years Day, Lydia Cant Breathe, Shrouded In Neglect, and Dematus. 6 p.m.1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.
2) Legendary singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, joined by the admirable Shawn Colvin, in a show that promises to give the audience an evening of acoustic enjoyment at The Palace Theatre. After selling 13 million records throughout the course of her career, Mary Chapin Carpenter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Hits like “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “Grow Old With Me” helped her become a household name in the world of country folk music. Close friend and accomplished guitarist Shawn Colvin hit the mainstream with 1997’s “Sunny Came Home.” Her latest album, 2012’s All Fall Down, features folk icons Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Jakob Dylan. Tonight, the pair will play some top hits as well as the songs that inspired them along their musical journeys. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.
3) Few fall activities compare to visiting a pumpkin patch, and you can scope out the perfect future jack-o-lantern at Soergel Orchards at Pumpkin-Palooza. Enjoy all the simple pleasures of autumn including hayrides, games, music, face-painting, hot apple cider, and, of course, a trip to the abundant pumpkin patch. Warm up inside and check out the country store featuring seasonal staples like apples, fresh pies, and home and yard decorations. Grab your favorite sweater and enjoy that crisp air! 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2573 Brandt School Rd., Wexford.
4) If music feeds the soul, get your fill with vocalist/songwriter Cordell Gibson. The up and coming R&B singer is hosting his CD release party for Untold Stories at Mr. Small’s Funhouse. Mentored by Rusted Root’s Liz Berlin (also the owner of Mr. Small’s), Gibson exposes his heart in his music, as demonstrated by using a sample of Beethoven’s emotional Moonlight Sonata in “I’m Free.” Comparable to a young Usher, Gibson shows remarkable potential with his already-accomplished voice, and you can say you saw him here first. 6 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale.