Pop Star Michael Bolton Plays Palace; the Reverend Horton Heat is in at Jergel’s (Tues., 12/5/17)

1) It would be stuffy and pretentious to call him a Renaissance Man, so let’s say Michael Bolton is one of those Renaissance Dudes. Bolton has made his mark as a singer, songwriter, actor, movie producer, and philanthropist … and he ain’t bad looking either. In 2012, at the age of 59, he was featured in People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue. But if it’s music you’re after, Bolton is coming to The Palace Theatre in Greensburg to reprise some of his greatest hits, from “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” to (if you behave yourself) maybe even a live version of his viral video sensation “Jack Sparrow.” 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (EC.MV)

2) The “Reverend” is in town. The Reverend Horton Heat, that is. The Reverend is Dallas-based musician Jim Heath. He and his band have been described as “psychobilly,” with influences of big band, punk, surf, and several other genres, making for an eclectic, energetic fusion of sound. Heath formed his band in 1985; the name “Horton” nods to country music and rockabilly singer Johnny Horton, who is known for his version of “The Battle of New Orleans.” The Reverend Horton Heat has released 11 albums since 1990, most recently 2014’s Rev. It peaked at 111 on the U.S. Billboard 200, the highest charting LP yet for  Heath and his band. Their song “Psychobilly Freakout,” from 1990’s Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em, has been used in a variety of media, including “Beavis and Butt-head” and in a commercial for Buell Motorcycle Company. The Reverend’s service is at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. Assisting in the service are Junior Brown, The Blasters, and Big Sandy. 7 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (RH, CM)

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