The Fixx is In at Jergel’s; Highmark Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh (Sat., 11/18/23)

1) Remember when MTV was actually about the music? British rock outfit The Fixx does. Back in the early 80’s, the new wave quintet rose to prominence in the States in large part because of the airplay their two hit videos, “Red Skies” and “Stand or Fall,” received on the fledgling network. Unlike MTV, however, The Fixx is still pumping out quality tunes three decades later. While they haven’t hit the top of the charts since 1989’s “Driven Out,” the band has continued to produce albums, their latest, Every Five Seconds arriving last year.  The current lineup includes four original members—Cy Curnin on lead vocals, Adam Woods on drums, Rupert Greenall on keyboards, and Jamie West-Oram on guitar—though bass player Dan K. Brown has effectively been with the band for their entire run, joining in 1983. The Fixx will be bringing the ’80s sound to Jergel’s. 8 p.m. Sold out. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (E.C., R.H.)

2) Tonight’s Annual Highmark Light Up Night is the official kick off to Pittsburgh’s holiday season—even if some national retailers started the holiday season the day after Halloween. Highlights include several tree-lighting ceremonies, ice skating at PPG Plaza, Xfinity Zambelli Fireworks Finale (9:30 p.m.), and an appearance by Santa.  The main headliner is American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. There’s also top-notch local entertainment on several stages. Local groups performing include Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Miss Freddye, Clara Kent, free concerts at Heinz Hall from Pittsburgh Symphony, Soulful Femme, Pickup Line, and more. Merriment and goodwill will spontaneously occur all over the Golden Triangle. The People Gas Holiday Market will be open. This is a holiday celebration not to miss. For a complete schedule, visit Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays. 3 to 11 p.m., Downtown.

3) This evening at Calvary Episcopal Church, Chatham Baroque will present The Baltimore Consort’s performance “In Angel’s Wede: Music of Mary, Queen of Scots.” The concert will feature live narration by Emmy Award winning television and radio personality Robert Aubry Davis and showcases Scottish, Italian, French and English music
highlighting different periods of Mary Queen of Scots’ life. 7:30 pm 315 Shady Ave., Shadyside.

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