1) World music royalty (and hometown favorites) Rusted Root headline a concert at Stage AE this month. If you’re an older fan, you may best know the band from their legendary shows at the late Metropol. If you’re younger, you may know them and their 1994 single “Send Me on My Way” from the Matilda or Ice Age soundtracks. Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990. They have continued to tour and record music ever since while never forgetting their loyal base here at home. 2012’s The Movement is their latest album. They recently finished a nationwide summer tour with ‘90s alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket. After not even a three month break, they hit the road again, this time with opening act Devon Allman Band. Devon Allman is the son of Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band. The younger Allman is also the frontman of Saint-Louis-based Honeytribe. Doors open 8 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (CM)
2) Another great musical performance tonight is by the Grammy winning Tedeschi Trucks Band. Susan Tesdeschi and Derek Trucks are band mates and a married couple. They formed the band in Jacksonville, Florida in 2010 after both had already tasted career success. Trucks was a member of the Allman Brothers for a number of years, fronted his own band, and worked on projects with many musicians including Eric Clapton He’s known as one of the guitar greats and was ranked No. 16 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011. Before becoming a headliner of her own Susan Tedeschi opened for top acts like B.B. King, Bob Dylan, and even the Allman Brothers (that’s how they met in 1999). Known for her eponymous vocals, she is a respected guitarist in her own right. Over her career she has been nominated for five Grammy’s. She’s won one as a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2012 for the album Revelator. Before flying the banner of Tedeschi Trucks Band the two collaborated in their previous band Soul Stew Revival. Their soulful, blues-rock twelve piece band is a big reason for their success and they are playing a sold out show at the Benedum Center. Opening is Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers. 8 p.m. 237 7th St., Cultural District. (RH)
3) Wow, what a fantastic upset the Pitt Panthers football team pulled off last week against Clemson in an away game at “Death Valley.” The whole offense was fantastic including quarterback Nate Peterman and running back James Conner. Let’s keep the good times rolling against the Duke Blue Devils today at 3 p.m. Plenty of time for tailgating. Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.