Gathering of The Chieftans at Heinz Hall; Carnegie Coffee Features Lavazza Coffee and Pastries (Mon., 3/9/20)

1) Are The Chieftains retiring? There’s been no such announcement. But the group’s current U.S. tour is called The Irish Goodbye Tour (maybe a sly joke, maybe not)—and though founder/leader Paddy Moloney may seem ageless, he’s 81—so devotees of Irish music should get tickets now for The Chieftains at Heinz Hall. Starting with a remarkable series of concerts and albums in the 1960s, The Chieftains have been a major force in propagating traditional Irish tunes and instruments worldwide. Just about every notable Irish musician or vocalist has performed with the band at some point: Van Morrison (for the beautiful Irish Heartbeat album), Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, and many more. The Chieftains also have expanded their repertoire over the years, bringing classic Irish folk influence to music that ranges from Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” (with Ziggy Marley singing) to American country ballads like “Long Black Veil” (with Mick Jagger). And all the while they’ve been playing the true golden oldies of Ireland, such as “Brian Boru’s March,” named after the Irish king of early medieval times. Catch The Chieftains here with a surprise roster of local guests. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

2) Looking for the perfect start of the day perk? Make a point to stop at Carnegie Coffee Company. Located in the former Carnegie Post Office, the coffeehouse specializes in the European coffee experience. Carnegie Coffee serves Italy’s Lavazza roasted coffee. Pair an espresso with locally made pastry or sandwich, and you’ll have the boost you need to get through the week. 132 E. Main St., Carnegie. (EC)