Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida in Concert at KeyBank; ‘Queer, Jewish: Dancing in Diaspora’ at Carnegie Stage

1) Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida will each perform at KeyBank Pavilion. Nelly’s career began in 1993 with the St. Lunatics, so named for their origins in St. Louis, Missouri. He released a solo album, Country Grammar, in 2000. The title track and “Ride wit Me” (featuring the St. Lunatics) were huge hits. 2013’s M.O. is his latest album. TLC are a seminal R&B group, and 1994’s Crazysexycool is a classic. It spawned the hits “Creep” and “Waterfalls.” 1999’s “No Scrubs” was another hit. Member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died tragically in a car crash while performing charity work in Honduras in 2002. The remaining members reformed in 2015 and released a self-titled album in 2017. Finally, Flo Rida’s “Low” was the most downloaded single of the 2000s, and it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 consecutive weeks in 2008, a record for that year. It appears on his debut album, 2008’s Mail on Sunday. His latest album is 2012’s Wild Ones. 7 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (CM)

2) Personal identity is not simple. We’re each a mixture of multiple elements, and the modern dance piece Queer, Jewish—Dancing in Diaspora explores the intersection of some major ones. The lead creator is Pittsburgh-based Moriah Ella Mason, best known recently for her one-person show Sex Werque, about the experiences of working as a stripper. Queer, Jewish is an ensemble piece. In addition to the stated themes it deals with others, including body image. Citations from ancient Jewish texts are used. Collaborating with Mason on the feature-length show are dancers Ru Emmons, Sarah Friedlander, Harry J. Hawkins IV, and Amelia Reuss, and actor-dramaturg Olivia Tucker. 8 p.m. Performances continue through August 18. At Carnegie Stage, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. (MV) 

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