1) American rock royalty Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rose to fame in the 1970’s with hits “Breakdown,” “American Girl” and “Refugee.” The band has remained relevant over the years with chart risers in each decade. One of my most compelling Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers moments was when they sang “I Won’t Back Down” during “The Concert for New York City” shortly after the Twin Towers fell. Tonight Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers appear at Consol Energy Center. As an added bonus The Smithereens, a rock band out of Carteret, New Jersey will open the show. 7:30 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave. Uptown.
2) Sara Bareilles, singer/songwriter and pianist is in concert tonight at Carnegie Library Music Hall. Bareilles scored major success with “Love Song” which reached the number one spot on Billboard’s Pop 100 Chart in 2007. Ginny Blackmore and Nick Marzock will also perform. 7:30 p.m. 510 E. 10th St., Munhall.
3) Jonathan Richman, known for his clever, catchy songs, and early influences in punk rock as a member of Modern Lovers, plays Mr. Smalls Funhouse tonight. Tommy Larkins will be performing on drums. 8 p.m. 400 lincoln Ave., Millvale.
4) College can be tough on a student’s brain and finances. Get relief for both at the The Rowdy Buck bar on the South Side. Thursday night is College Night with $2 mixed drinks and $2 Bud Lights from 9 – 11 p.m. Ham Barbeque sandwiches only $1!! That’s almost equal to the cost per serving of other college student staples—-ramen noodles and Kraft Mac’ and Cheese. 1325 E. Carson St., South Side.