Pens vs. Sharks; Legendary Southern Rockers The Outlaws at Jergel’s; Stage AE Hosts Twenty One Pilots (Wed., 6/1/16)

1) Our Pens face off against the San Jose Sharks in game two of the Stanley Cup finals. In the wild sharks prey on penguins, but this isn’t the wild, so hear’s to hoping the Pens shoot a couple pucks down their gullet and let them chew on that. Let’s go Pens! 8 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

 

2) Southern rock finds its way north at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille 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 (now disbanded). Founded in Tampa, Fla., in ’67, 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. Some things really do get better with age. Special guest is BrokNPic. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

 

3) Can’t decide if you like rock or hip hop more? You won’t need to pick when you see Twenty One Pilots at Stage AE. The Columbus natives work in an indie sub-genre commonly referred to as alternative hip hop. A little funkier than Aerosmith’s mashup with Run DMC in “Walk This Way,” the duo combine various tempos and rhythms that will have you dancing and headbanging simultaneously. As demonstrated in “Holding Onto You,” the verses are rap-based with a seamless flow into a chorus with a raw beat reminiscent of early Linkin Park. The end result: rock and rap had a love child and named it Twenty One Pilots, and it’s the sound you’ve been looking for if, like me, you find yourself flipping between WAMO and The X on the radio. Twenty One Pilots is touring in support of their second album 2015’s BlurryfaceMutemath and Chef’Special are warming up the crowd so make sure to get there early. Doors open at 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. Sold Out. (EC,RH)