Rob Thomas in Concert at Benedum; Red Orchid Features Family Thai Curries (Tues., 8/27/19)

1) Rob Thomas is arguably as well known for fronting Matchbox Twenty as he is for “Smooth,” that ubiquitous Santana single which he also co-wrote. (“Smooth” turned 20 this year by the way.) Thomas also has a tenured solo career with four solo albums to date. His latest, 2019’s Chip Tooth Smile, finds him in tip-“pop” shape for his show at the Benedum Center. 7 p.m. 237 7th St. and Penn Ave., Cultural District. (CM)

2) Chef Keson brings decades of culinary experience from her native Thailand and Pittsburgh Thai restaurants to Red Orchid. She, her husband, and her sister use fresh local produce to create one-of-a-kind dishes. Among those dishes are curries made from a family recipe. The curry fried rice is also a winner. The Pad Thai ($12.50) is great, but if one is looking for something a little different but also exceptional, try the Pad Ka Prao ($12.50). It is made “from the wok” with stir-fried garlic, bell peppers, green beans, and fried egg. Either ground pork or chicken for a protein. Try the Spicy Basil Pad Ka Prao for a spin. Both are served with jasmine rice. For a traditional beverage, there’s Thai Iced Tea and Thai Iced Coffee. It’s also BYOB. The menu includes multiple appetizers, soups, sides, and specials. The restaurant expanded some years ago and offers 24 seats in a spacious dining room. 5439 Babcock Blvd., Ross Township. (CM)