Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow Play Pavilion; Day One of Hempfield Twp. Community Days Kicks Off (CPs Sat., 9/6/14)

1) Two big name acts, Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow, play First Niagara Pavilion.  Over their career, Rascal Flatts has had seven albums that earned at least certified platinum status and 26 singles that have reached the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart. Rascal Flatt’s top songs include “Bless The Broken Road” and “What Hurts the Most.” Crow has consistently created songs with great stories and tasty hooks that have burned up the pop charts. What all this means is you’re in for a great night of popular and country music. Gloriana opens the concert. 7 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown.

2) Greensburg-area residents—along with anyone else looking for fun—should consider visiting day one of Hempfield Township Community Days at Hempfield Park, which offers a slew of activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages. On the main stage, emceed by local comedian Mike Wysocki, there’s an impressive musical lineup including rock ‘n’ roll cover band The Phisbins, truck rock outfit East Coast Turnaround, country band Saddle Up, swagger rock pioneers Lovebettie, and Pittsburgh rock legends Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. Caricature artist Randy Bish will be in attendance and will donate part of his proceeds to the Hempfield Township Parks & Recreation Revitalization Capital Campaign. Bingo games run continuously in Pavilion C, and a 5K race goes off at 10:30 a.m., followed by a kids’ 1K race at 11:30 a.m. There’s plenty more for children to do as well, as the Kidz Stage offers a variety of child-friendly entertainment including a performance by the Seton Hill University Dance Academy, a puppet show, a magic show, and more. Youngsters will also be thrilled by appearances by costumed mascots, and can take part in games and crafts throughout the day. Finally, at 9:30 p.m., the day’s events wrap up with fireworks for all. Registration for the morning races opens at 9 a.m.; other events and shows begin at noon. 220 Forbes Trail Rd., Greensburg.

3) Experimental, cerebral indie pop band Twenty One Pilots visits Stage AE. Named after the Arthur Miller play All My Sons, the band actually has only two members: founder and vocalist Tyler Joseph, and percussionist Josh Dun. The duo’s music is quite unlike anything else in mainstream music, largely defying classification. At its heart is poetry written by Joseph, mostly spoken or rapped, and backed by dreamlike synths, drums, acoustic instrumentation (such as ukulele), and other various sounds. What comes through more than anything is Joseph’s passion. As he works his way through his loquacious verse, he often ends up virtually screaming, almost short of breath. And though his vocals primarily take the form of un-melodic rap, Joseph doesn’t shy away from singing, either, for which he’s got an undeniable talent. As for why he plays music and what he wants audiences to take away, it’s pretty simple: “We want to make people think.” Joined by MisterWives and Vinyl Theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 400 N. Shore Dr., North Shore. SOLD OUT

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