Outlaws and Atlanta Rhythm Section in Concert at The Palace; CHMH Hosts Don McLean (Fri., 11/10/23)

Southern rock finds its way north with the Outlaws. For over 40 years, the band has been thriving in the Southern rock genre along with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, and The Allman Brothers. Founded in Tampa, Florida, in ’72, the Outlaws put forth a Southern rock opus with “Green Grass and High Tides” and scored a major hit with “There Goes Another Love Song.” Outlaw trademarks include beautiful vocal harmonies and intricate lead guitar play. Surviving the test of time, the inevitable evolution of popular music, and bandmates’ deaths, the Outlaws are definitely alive, kicking, and, it would seem, stronger than ever. The Outlaws will be one of the groups to proudly carry forward the Southern rock banner. They come our way with special guest the Atlanta Rhythm Section. ARS had several big hits in the ’70s with “Spooky,” “So Into You” and “Imaginary Lover.” 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (R.H.)

Don McLean is not a one-hit wonder, but he’s among those musicians who are forever known for one particular song. “So bye, bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry” was all over the airwaves in ’71 when Don McLean‘s American Pie album, with a single of the same name, rose to the number one spot on the U.S., U.K., and Canadian album charts. American Pie” has somewhat cryptic lyrics whose meanings many people have tried to discern. It’s generally regarded that the phrase “the day the music died” refers to the 1959 plane crash that killed three of the top acts in the burgeoning rock ‘n roll genre—Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.). As for what else McLean has been up to:  so far, he has released 21(!) albums in a variety of genres, including both his own compositions and standards by others . He’s been inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame; received another high honor in contemporary music when he was parodied by Weird Al, and has continued touring both nationally and overseas in the past few years. Don McLean visits our town for a rousing Friday night concert at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. (E.C., M.V.)

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