Ronnie Milsap In Concert at Palace; Bill Burr at Heinz Hall; Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors CD Release Show (Fri., 4/6/18)

1) We’d say he’s back, but he never really left. Country music great and six-time-Grammy-Award winner Ronnie Milsap is still touring, and he’s making a stop at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. It was almost impossible to be a country fan in the ’70s and ’80s and not hear Milsap on the radio. Famous for his crossovers with varying musical genres, the singer/pianist fuses aspects of rock and roll, R&B, and soul with classic country for a sound that is uniquely his own. Although his radio airtime may have diminished through the years, the 75-year-old hasn’t slowed his career. He’s released three studio albums this decade, most recently 2016’s Gospel Greats. In 2014, his 21 RCA albums were re-released, many appearing for the first time on CD. Northern Comfort opens. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (EC, CM)

2) You probably know someone who is a misanthrope—a person who doesn’t like people. And to the casual listener, that’s what comedian Bill Burr might seem to be. He’s got a last name that fits his cynical style, which involves buzzing away like a dentist’s burr into the human foibles of just about everybody. It would be hard to name a personality type, body type, or demographic group that he hasn’t mocked mercilessly … and yet the crowds keep coming, and they laugh. Maybe it’s because he does it all with a big infectious grin, like the class clown in high school who couldn’t stop clowning. Which in fact may be what he really is. Burr hosts a weekly web series called “The Monday Morning Podcast.” He has an animated TV series, “F Is for Family,” that airs on Netflix. Burr also played Patrick Kuby in the AMC crime drama “Breaking Bad.” You can catch him live at Heinz Hall. Two shows, 7 (sold out) and 10 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

3) Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors bring their lively brand of jam rock to Mr. Smalls Theatre. Donovan and band are having a CD release party for their latest recording, We See Through It. They describe their new work, saying “It, illustrates the transformational power of music. Featuring ten songs that span genres and eras¸ the sound of the new album blends the vintage rock sound of Zeppelin with the alternative folk of Mumford & Sons propelled by barreling drums.” Several of Donovan’s former Rusted Root band mates, Liz Berlin, Jenn Wertz, and Patrick Norman will be joining in on a few songs. The band’s prior release was 2016’s Sun King Warriors. Tupelo and Kaelber open.7 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (RH)

4) Former Povertyneck Hillbilly Chris Higbee is widely known as one of the best fiddle-playing frontman since Charlie Daniels. Higbee has been going it alone since 2008. (The rest of the Hillbillies formed The Hillbilly Way in 2012.) But Higbee has proven that he has the chutzpah to pull off a solo act, releasing his self-titled solo debut album in 2013 and touring nationally. Since then, he has released two additional recordings. The pride, and former farm boy, of Dawson, Pennsylvania performs at the The Lamp Theatre. 8 p.m. 222 Main St., Irwin. (RH)


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