Rascal Flatts in Concert at KeyBank; Stage AE Has STP; Nick Lowe at Mr. Smalls (Sat., 9/21/19)


1) Country-pop trio Rascal Flatts are coming to town—well, actually to KeyBank Pavilion, just a little ways out of town—on their Back to Us Tour, and when these boys come to town, they really go to town. The Columbus, Ohio band’s 2014 album, Rewind, topped at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts, featuring hit singles like “Rewind,” “Riot,” and “I Like the Sound of That.” The group is made up of vocalist Gary LeVox, bass and keyboard player Jay DeMarcus, and guitarist Joe Don Rooney. Rascal Flatts’ latest album is 2017’s Back to Us, on which they produced every track on their own, except one, on the deluxe edition. The release enjoyed some very good success, entering the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at No. 2. It became the group’s 12th top-ten album. Jordan Davis and Morgan Evans open. 7:30 p.m. 665 Rt.18, Burgettstown. (EC, RH)

2) Stone Temple Pilots and Rival Sons will co-headline Stage AE. Stone Temple Pilots rose during the ’90s with songs like “Big Bang Baby” that straddled alternative rock and metal. Longtime frontman Scott Weiland died in 2015 of an accidental overdose, and Jeff Gutt is their current lead singer. The band’s second self-titled album was released in 2018. Rival Sons formed in 2009 in Long Beach, California and are known for 2011’s Pressure & Time and the single of the same name. Their latest album is this year’s Feral Roots. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown open. Doors open 5:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)

3)  “Cruel To Be Kind” is musician and producer Nick Lowe‘s biggest hit and was a staple of the early MTV years. He is bringing his Quality Rock and Roll Review to Mr. Smalls Theatre. And a quality rock and roll review it will be with the masked instrumental rockers, Los Straitjackets and singer/songwriter Esther Rose. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. 

4) There are some modern dance companies that win followings among people who didn’t even think they liked modern dance, and MOMIX is one. The troupe’s unusual work might best be described with a term from literature: magical realism. MOMIX dancers perform feats and create illusions that boggle the norms of perception, while seeming to tell surreal stories. Strange props and stage effects are used freely. Results can range from hypnotic to hilarious. Founder Moses Pendleton began as a core member of the famed company Pilobolus, then spun off to start MOMIX in 1981. Pendleton grew up on a farm and is an avid outdoorsman—his rural home has served as the company’s de facto HQ—so it’s not unusual to see dances that evoke flora, fauna, or the workings of nature generally. MOMIX visits Pittsburgh to perform Viva MOMIX, a collection of pieces from its various shows over the years. 8 p.m. Presented by Pittsburgh Dance Council at the Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural District.  (MV)

5) For five Saturdays every summer and fall, Walnut Street in Shadyside shifts its focus from the usual bustling bevy of bistros and boutiques to putting a bit of music in the air, courtesy of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. The annual Jam on Walnut series brings some big names out for free concerts that stop traffic and pack the street. Tonight’s edition features the dance band No Bad JuJu. All of the Jams On Walnut are free to attend and proceeds from food and drink sales benefit Humane Animal Rescue. 7 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.

Saturday, September 21 Free RADical Days Events

KST Alloy Studios Free Admission: 10am – 12pmAlways wanted to dance ballet like Misty Copeland or groove like Drake? Then you won’t want to miss this! In the morning there will be pre-ballet and hip hop demonstrations for children ages 3-12. Later, the entire family will enjoy an afternoon of movement in our state-of-the-art studio starting with Zumba, line dancing, healthy treats and more! 5530 Penn Ave. | kelly-strayhorn.org
Heinz History Center Free Admission: 10am – 5pm
Visit “the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh” to explore six floors of exciting exhibitions, including the history of HeinzMister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, and the interactive Discovery Place kids’ zone. It’s the final chance to see the museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975.
1212 Smallman St. (Strip District) | heinzhistorycenter.org
August Wilson African American Cultural Center Free Admission: 12-6pm
Highmark Heritage and Blues Festival
Enjoy free music, workshops, lectures, and concerts by local and emerging artists on outdoor stages. Visit aacc-awc.org for more information. (Note: September 20 and 22 have paid ticketed events.)
980 Liberty Ave. (Downtown) | aacc-awc.org
Bulgarian and Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center Free Admission: 7pm
Join us for our Folkoteque Orfey dance party, with free dance lesson. Space limited – first 100 people. No reservation needed. Doors open at 7pm, dance lesson at 7:30pm. Music by DJ Orfey.
451 W 8th Ave (West Homestead) | bmnecc.org
Youth Chamber Connection Pop-Up Concerts with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Members of the Youth Chamber Connection, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform LIVE for library visitors in neighborhoods throughout the city including East Liberty, Homewood, West End, South Side, Oakland, and the North Side. Click here for the schedule. youthchamberconnection.org

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