Queensryche Plays Roxian; Spirit Host Durand Jones; Valentine’s at Braddock’s Rebellion and Bridges & Bourbon (Fri., 2/14/20)

1) Progressive heavy metal band Queensryche formed in Bellevue, Washington in 1982 and rose to national prominence with the 1990 hit “Silent Lucidity.” The song was nominated for two Grammys and five MTV Music Awards, winning for Viewers Choice. After some breakups, reformations, and controversy over who owned the name Queensrcyche—with two different bands touring under the name—all legal matters have been settled and the band (only one) is touring again. Isn’t rock ‘n roll grand! The band is touring in support of their latest album, 2019’s The Verdict. John 5 and Eve to Adam open. 8 p.m. Roxian Theatre, 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. 

2) Since Pittsburgh is a soulful city there’s often a soul-music group as headliners at local festivals and events. Some will remember Durand Jones & The Indications being a featured musical act at First Night Pittsburgh 2019. Hailed as intriguing newcomers on the soul revival scene, they’re skilled musicians—Jones and other core members met as students at Indiana University’s music conservatory—and many of their original numbers feature dual lead vocals, with drummer Aaron Frazer joining Jones in that regard. Jones and band are touring in support of their latest album release, American Love Call. Y La Bamba opens. 8p.m. Spirit Hall, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. (MV, RH)

Center-cut filet is one of the featured entrees on the Valentine's Day menu at Braddock's Rebellion.

Center-cut filet is one of the featured entrees on the Valentine’s Day menu at Braddock’s Rebellion.

3) Cozy up with your significant other in the comfortable confines of Braddock’s Rebellion. The restaurant will be featuring a special prix fixe Valentine’s four-course dinner menu. Staters for the dinner for two include choice of Moules Marinières fresh from Maine in garlic-butter sauce or local artisanal cheeses served with grilled country bread. Then soup or salad choices like Braddock’s signature lobster bisque. Entree offerings include center-cut filet with whipped yukon potatoes and red wine reduction or lemon-spiced seared glacier-fed salmon with braised greens and herb vinaigrette. Dessert is a chocolate-covered strawberry panna cotta. The special menu is $130 per couple (taxes and gratuity not included), starts today and runs through Sunday. Reservations required. 

Valentine’s night will also see the lobby of the Rennaissance Pittsburgh Hotel turned into a Bachata Dance Party with DJ Loyal who will be playing Latin American music from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. The fun includes Be Mine Cocktail drink specials, prizes, and more. Braddock’s Street Side Bar also has some special love themed coctails on feature from February 13 – 16. Hotel room special packages are also available. 107 6th St., Downtown.

4) Downtown’s Bridges & Bourbon restaurant will be having a special Valentine’s Day celebration with a special 3-course dinner menu. The meal includes a first course of paella stuffed calamari, ‘nduja and cider broth; followed by a second course of butter poached crawfish, cauliflower steak, and onion puree. Dessert is strawberry coconut tapioca, rose and white chocolate crunch. The special menu is $55/person and available tonight and tomorrow. Bridges & Bourbon’s regular menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended. Bridges & Bourbon features modernistic cocktails and engaging food. 930 Penn Ave., Downtown.

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