Roy Ayers Brings “Sunshine” to Theater Square; Poogie Bell in Concert at Backstage Bar (CPs Tues, 4/28/15)

1) “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” is certainly a true statement—it especially relates to us Pittsburghers as we emerge from a dreary late winter, and it’s also the title of one of funk/soul/jazz musician Roy Ayers’ top songs. Ayers—who plays keyboards and vibraphone—likes creating feel-good music because he says that type of music most closely matches his personality. He has the noted distinction of having more of his songs sampled by rappers than any other recording artist. Current music industry phenom Pharrell Williams has said that Roy Ayers is one of his main musical influences. 8 p.m. Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available on reseller sites.

 

2) ) Poogie Bell is the featured performer at this week’s BNY Mellon JazzLive performance at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square. Bell is one of Pittsburgh’s top percussionists and has toured with jazz great Marcus Miller and played with numerous others. Free. 5 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

 

Adult Beginners – Comedy/drama and indie-festival favorite directed by Ross Katz. Nick Kroll (late of Parks & Recreation) plays a high-flying New York financier who’s career bottoms out, forcing him to move in with his sister (Rose Byrne,) her husband (Bobby Cannavale) and their 3-year old son. To help pay his way, Kroll agrees to be the kid’s nanny – look for plenty of fish-out-of-water gags and probably one or two life lessons being learned. Also appearing are Joel McHale, Josh Charles, Jane Krakowski, Bobby Moynihan and fellow Parks alum Jason Mantzoukas. Check Fandango for screens and times.