Morris Day & The Time in Concert at The Meadows; The Clarks Play Millvale Days; Little Anthony at Palace (Sat., 9/15/18)
1) Morris Day was originally in a group first known as Grand Central with the late great Prince in Minneapolis. After Prince broke away to explore his own musical inclinations, he chose Day to be the lead singer of a side project group he had called Flyte Time (later just The Time). Day also played Prince’s antagonist in the 1984 movie Purple Rain. He would sometimes, while performing, look into a mirror brought onstage by his valet, “Jerome” (Jerome Benton). This exaggerated vanity was highly comical and added to his popularity. It also helps to have great songs as Day did with “Jungle Love,” “The Oak Tree,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too.” You can catch Morris Day & The Time at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. 8 p.m. 210 Racetrack Rd, Washington.
2) The Clarks, one of Pittsburgh’s top rock bands, gained a strong local following in the early ’90s gigging at clubs like the notable Graffiti, and have remained together and active long after nearly every other band on the scene during that era called it quits. After 30 years, 17 albums, countless gigs and zero line-up changes, The Clarks have gone from being a regional favorite to a local institution. And the band members, who formed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, have never forgotten their home turf. The Clarks released their latest album Madly In Love at the End of the World on June 8. It is a more rootsy, alt-country type of sound for the group. They have added pedal steel guitar and Hammond organ to their guitar rock signature sound. The album was produced by Dave Hidek at The Church Recording Studio in Overbrook. Tonight The Clarks play Millvale Days. 9 p.m. Opening for The Clarks is Gene The Werewolf (7:30 p.m.) and Andre Costello and the Cool Minors (6:30 p.m.). Free. Downtown Millvale.
3 If you haven’t heard Anthony Gourdine, you must click on the video above. At a time when falsetto singers were not uncommon in pop music, Gourdine stood out nonetheless with his distinctive voice and phrasing. And today—when it’s not at all uncommon for musicians to keep rocking at an age when you’d expect them to be in rocking chairs—it’s a pleasant surprise, nonetheless, to find Little Anthony and The Imperials still doing their R&B. The New York City group broke onto the charts in 1958 with “Tears on My Pillow” and kept turning out hits through the ’60s, becoming a popular act on TV music and variety shows. Since then, The Imperials have dissolved, re-formed, and drifted in and out of the media spotlight … but they’ve never lost the ability to light up an audience with numbers like “Hurt So Bad.” Little Anthony and the Imperials are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their current lineup includes original members Gourdine and Ernest Wright, and they’re booked at The Palace Theatre. Special guests are Terry Johnson’s Flamingos. 7 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (MV/RH)
4) After a putrid performance against Penn State last week the University of Pittsburgh Panthers line up today against Georgia Tech and try to get it right. However, the Yellow Jackets option offense has been known to give the Panthers fits in years past. This will be a good test for the Panthers. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.