Pirates, Olga Watkins Band, Steelers (CP’s Sun. 9/22/13)

1) If you can’t make it to PNC Park for the Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, you don’t have to be stuck watching at home. Tavern in the Wall in Aspinwall (211 Commercial Ave.) has $8 Miller Lite pitchers and two big-screen TVs for your baseball fix. Try the Cuban sandwich (delicious) or the baked tortellini to help absorb your beverages. If you can nab a ticket to see the action, enjoy the Family Fun Zone on Federal St. before you root for the home team one more time. All kids 14 and under receive a free Pirates scarf. Savor every inning, because it’s the last home game of the regular season! 1:35 p.m. 115 Federal St., North Shore.

2) The Pirates game is over and the Steelers game starts in a few hours, so now what? That’s where the Olga Watkins Band comes in. The blues, soul, and funk group is performing at BZ’s Bar and Grill to keep you entertained during the sports downtime. Refined musicians, Olga and her crew play a classic cover of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” In contrast, they also kick back and have fun with their original tunes and lyrics, as demonstrated in the Steelers anthem, “Drink Up, Yinz Bitches.” Hear this along with other creative songs and improvisations while you let the good times roll. 4:30 – 8 p.m. 140 Federal St., North Shore.

3) The Steelers battle the Chicago Bears in their Week 3 matchup. For the football party without the cost of a ticket, try Mullen’s on the North Shore (200 Federal St.) or the South Side (2100 E. Carson St.). Both locations have $2.50 Miller Lite bottles during the game and a menu to make you salivate. The true black and gold experience, though, is at Heinz Field for this nationally televised game. Don’t forget your Terrible Towel! 8:30 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

4) For something more eclectic, singer/instrumentalist/songwriter Kishi Bashi is playing at the Altar Bar for an intimate half-house show. A renowned violinist, the Seattle native also includes guitar, keyboards, and vocals in his album 151a. His delicate balance of indie pop and electronic sounds allows him a wide scope of listeners with songs like “Bright Whites” and “It All Began With A Burst.” With a new album coming out in the spring of 2014, the audience can hope for a tease of some new music in addition to established favorites. 8 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

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