1) Ariana Grande—currently one of the hottest stars in the pop music universe—started out as a child actor on Broadway and then was featured on a few Nickelodeon network TV shows. Her voice is of a four-octave range which gives it the dynamics to float higher, much like Mariah Carey’s. Grande’s music career was on fire right from the start when her first release Yours Truly debuted at no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in 2013. She won New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards and two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. She even cut a track with rapper and Pittsburgh native Mac Miller (see video above). Her second album My Everything reached no. 1 as well. Grande, known for her great voice, ponytail, short stylish skirts, and captivating brown eyes is bringing the party to Pittsburgh. 7:30 p.m. Rixton and Cashmere Cat open. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.
2) Celtic Woman are hitting the Benedum Center right before St. Patrick’s Day—what great timing—”gotta make hay when the sun is shining.” The multi-platinum-selling group of angelic-voiced women rose to fame on their vocal talents and quality production values. Many people learned of the group through their popular performance specials on PBS. Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the long running Irish stage show Riverdance, created the ensemble. Although members have changed over the years, the group itself is currently on its Tenth Anniversary tour. 7:00 p.m. 237 7th St., Cultural District.
3) Lose some winter weight by getting your legs moving with Ceili Dancing at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle. This is participatory, which according to their website means, “even on your first Tuesday night, you will dance.” The evening starts at 7:15 p.m. with lessons for beginners, then live music and dancing from 8 – 10 p.m. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District.