Super Squeezer Buckwheat Zydeco Plays Club Cafe; Stage AE Hosts Misterwives (CPs Fri., 2/27/15)

1) Don’t call Buckwheat Zydeco a geezer rocker. His music isn’t actually rock, though it rocks, and despite his age, he’s no geezer—he’s a squeezer. The man born 67 years ago as Stanley Dural, Jr. is an accordion superstar. Raised in a musical family on a Louisiana farm, Buckwheat was an organist for R&B/soul acts before switching to the squeezebox and getting so deeply into Creole-and-Cajun-based zydeco music that he named himself after it. A virtuoso of zydeco’s raucous, high-spirited sound, he has released over 20 albums, and has recorded and performed with musicians ranging from Ry Cooder to Robert Plant. Now Buckwheat and his band will unleash their whirlwind playing style within the cozy confines of Club Café. 9 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side.


2) Fresh off a debut album released just weeks ago, MisterWives bring their indie pop to The Club at Stage AE. Photo Finish Records, a subsidiary of Island Def Jam, offered the New York five-piece a record deal after their first (!) show. Soon they were opening for American Authors and Twenty One Pilots. Not that frontwoman Mandy Lee Duffy wasn’t prepared for fame. At New York City’s only specialized public high school for music and performing arts, she studied opera and songwriting while also developing a fantastic vocal range. That range is on display in “Our Own House,” their first single from 2015’s album of the same name. Børns and Handsome Ghost open. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

3) Funny man John Heffron invites you join him for some yuks at Pittsburgh Improv. After winning NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Heffron has made appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as well as having his own performance on “Comedy Central Presents.” His material has matured as he has, including making light of meeting women at bars (and inevitably the “We gotta go girl“), Stupid things we do when we drive,” and the “Dangerous things our parents let us do as kids.” It’s been cold this week, and you deserve to warm up with some laughter. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Through Sunday. 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead.

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