The Legendary Buddy Guy Headlines Blues Fest; The Meadows Hosts Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (Sat., 7/25/15)

1) Buddy Guywho recently opened for the Rolling Stones in Chicago (why do we always seem to get the lesser of the Stones’ opening acts in Pittsburgh?), is ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Guy has influenced other great guitarists on that list including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is one of the most successful artists in the Chicago Blues style and was a member of the legendary Muddy Waters band. He also frequently teamed up with noted harmonica player the late Junior Wells. Two of Guy’s top songs are “Stone Crazy” and “Cut You Loose.” Guy is one of the heavy hitters at this year’s Pittsburgh Blues Festival to benefit the Pittsburgh Food Bank. He often wears a polka-dot shirt and is known for sometimes pulling young rockers up on stage to jam with him. Bill Toms and Hard Rain open at 7:30 p.m.; Guy’s performance begins at 8:45 p.m. There are many talented local bands on the bill. Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater, 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton and Indiana townships.

 

2) Pittsburgh rock royalty Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers—who have remained a constant on the Pittsburgh musical scene as the city has changed from steel mills to high-tech foundry—are playing a gig tonight at The Meadows Casino. Grushecky and band are playing in support of their latest release Somewhere East of Eden. 8 p.m. No Cover. 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington.

3) Our battlin’ Bucs take on the Washington Nationals again today in a 7:05 p.m. game. It’s also a pre-game Saturday Block Party, featuring live entertainment, food and beer options, games and more. Stop by the Leinenkugel Bar and meet former Pirates pitcher Bob Walk. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.