1) Created as a way to promote local music during a typically slow time of year, the Strip District Music Fest is sure to alleviate your seasonal affective disorder. Like your Celtic music infused with some speed? Try Bastard Bearded Irishmen. Want rock n’ roll that’s ridiculously awesome? Watch Gene the Werewolf. Prefer classical music with a kick? Seek Cello Fury. None of these your preferred genre? No worries, the festival also includes Badboxes, Dethlehem, Good Brother Earl, Identity X, Kevin Garrett, The Spacepimps, and 80-plus local bands spread over 14 hours and 11 venues. These venues include old standards like Altar Bar as well as non-traditional spots like the Beerhive and Pittsburgh Winery. Although the event is FREE, patrons are encouraged to donate to artists that they like through the festival’s official website. Proceeds are split 50/50 between the artists and promoter. This can be done via smartphone during the show. 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Penn Ave./Smallman St., The Strip District.
2) The Warhol Sound Series continues tonight featuring the Amernet String Quartet with pianist Amy Williams. Internationally known as being a top string quartet, the Amernet is Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Pieces by Elliott Carter, Eric Moe, and Amy Williams will be performed. This concert is co-presented with the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music. 8 p.m. The Warhol Theater, Andy Warhol Museum,117 Sandusky St., North Shore
3) The Pitt Panthers—battling to make their way among the basketball giants of the ACC—take on the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech today in a 4 p.m. game at The Pete. 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.