Pittsburgh Rock Legends Joe Grushecky and Billy Price at Rivers Casino; Pens vs. Blue Jackets (Wed., 12/27/17)

1) Pittsburgh rock royalty Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers—have remained a constant on the Pittsburgh music scene as the city morphed from steel mills to high-tech foundry—are playing a gig with another Pittsburgh music powerhouse, Billy Price, at River’s Casino. Grushecky is a consummate singer/songwriter; he recently penned the anti-President Trump protest song “That’s What Makes Us Great.” His pal, Bruce Springsteen, liked it and agreed to sing on it. Grushecky and The Houserockers have a new album coming out, More Yesterdays than Tomorrows. Other recent work by Grushecky includes It’s In My Song, an acoustic solo album of songs in his repertoire he created new arrangements for.

Pittsburgh’s own Billy Price is a hardworking performer. In 2015, Price released an album with his idol, the late, great Otis Clay. The album, This Time for Real, is a joint recording with the Chicago soul/gospel icon Clay, whom Price called his biggest influence as a singer. The pair collaborated several times during  the past three decades. This Time for Real includes covers of soul and R&B tracks and new versions of two Clay originals.This year Price released an album he recorded live at Club Cafe titled Alive and Strange. This promises to be a great opportunity to see two Pittsburgh rock legends perform in one night. No cover. 7 p.m. 777 Casino Dr., North Shore. 

2) Tonight at the PPG Paints Arena our Pens face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last home game of 2017. These two teams do not get along so watch for the gloves to drop. The team is then away against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. 7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.