Trombone Shorty Plays CHMH; Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in Concert at TRAF (Tues., 6/5/18)

1) Trombone Shorty, a native of New Orleans, shot higher on the national scene in 2013 with his hot brass rocker “Fire and Brimstone.”  He draws on his New Orleans jazz heritage to create hooky music and genre-fusing songs. Shorty plays not only trombone and trumpet, but also drums, organ, and tuba. He will be performing with his group Orleans Avenue at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

2) The 10-day Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is Pittsburgh’s largest summer event. Launched in 1960, it has evolved along with the city itself. Early Festivals were focused on the juried visual art show, with hundreds of paintings and other works displayed in open-sided pavilions that turned the plazas near the Point into a temporary outdoor museum. Today you can see a variety of modern visual arts throughout the center-city Cultural District—including an indoor juried Festival show, plus exhibits at five Pittsburgh Cultural Trust galleries and the August Wilson Center. Meanwhile other Festival activities have grown into huge draws of their own. Handmade arts, crafts, and wearables are on sale in 250 booths at the sprawling Artist Market. And this year’s Festival has nearly 70 performing arts acts, all free, highlighted by the nightly Main Stage concerts at Point State Park. Headliners this year include Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son) and his band Promise of the Real, Valerie June, neo-country maestros The Mavericks …  and, strange but oh-so-true: the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh performing The Music of Bob Dylan. All that plus face painting adds up to a can’t-miss!  Tonight’s Headliner is the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. 7:30 p.m. Multiple times and venues Downtown, Continues through June 10. (MV)

3) Our battlin’ Bucs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in a 7:05 p.m. game. This is the start of a three-game home series PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.