1) Alt-country musicians The Mavericks, fronted by Cuban-American lead singer Raúl Malo, have a distinctive sound with elements of everything from Hispanic big-band to you-name-it. Darlings of adult alternative-contemporary radio stations, The Mavericks have gained a huge following over the years since starting in Miami, Florida in 1989. Breaking up in 2004 and reuniting in 2011 gave Malo an opportunity to build a successful solo career. Now that he’s back, these guys have been out to prove they’re still at the top of their game and the verdict is: oh yeah. Their latest album is last year’s Mono—featuring tracks like “All Night Long” (above)—and The Mavericks have been on the road diligently since then, in what they’re calling the Mono Mundo Tour. We get them at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall for two shows, Friday and Saturday June 17-18, with each show at 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall. (RH/MV)
2) Many of us were deeply saddened by the loss this year of music legend David Bowie. Well now the Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh musician Chris Theoret are presenting a three-hour retrospective tribute to David Bowie—The Gift of Sound and Vision. The concert concentrates on the period of Bowie’s greatest success from 1969 to 1984. “Ashes to Ashes” and “Ziggy Stardust” are two of thirty songs on the set list. Attendees to the performance are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Ziggy Stardust outfit. There’s a preshow party (additional charge) from 6-7 p.m. with food from local restaurants and drinks, performance begins at 8 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural District.