Vince Gill, Bret Michaels, and Savoy Brown in Area Concerts; Chelsea Handler Performing at Byham Theater (Fri., 11/1/19)

1) Long-time country music mega-star Vince Gill will perform at Heinz Hall. Gill was born and raised in Oklahoma. His first touch of national musical success came when the legendary Southern rock group Pure Prairie League, who were already well known for their big hit “Amie,” hired him in the ’70s. He departed Pure Prairie League in 1981, and he released his first solo LP, The Things That Matter, in 1985. From there, he went on to huge commercial success with 15 studio albums and more than 40 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country charts. Gill’s a Grammy-Award winner 21 times over and an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Eagles tapped him and Deacon Frey to tour with them following the death of Glenn Frey in 2016. Gill is also married to Christian/pop singer Amy Grant. His latest album is 2019’s Okie. 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (RH, CM)

2) He’s the good-looking man in the red bandanna! You can bet the house will be packed when Butler native and die hard Steelers fan Bret Michaels revisits his home turf for a gig at the Palace Theatre. Michaels, born Bret Michael Sychak, has won fame in practically every way available. In addition to the solo career he launched in 1998 he’s been a founding member and longtime lead vocalist of the glam-metal rockers Poison. He wrote, directed, and starred in the movie A Letter from Death Row, with his friend and colleague Charlie Sheen. Michaels has even had his own reality TV shows. Expect to hear him doing metal/country hits like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” maybe “The App Song,” and more. Michaels is currently on an extensive U.S. tour, but makes time for many charity events as well. Special guest is The Stickers. 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (MV)

Bret Michaels performs in Massapequa, NY in 2014. photo: Rjkowal and Wikipedia.

Bret Michaels performs in Massapequa, NY in 2014. photo: Rjkowal and Wikipedia.

3) Savoy Brown will perform at Moondog’s. Guitarist Kim Simmonds co-founded this English blues-rock band with harmonica player John O’Leary in 1965. O’Leary split in 1967, and plenty of other members have come and gone since, but Simmonds has remained. Savoy Brown’s cover of Smokie’s “Run to Me” was their biggest hit stateside. 2019’s City Night is their latest album. 8:30 p.m. 378 Freeport Rd., Blawnox. (CM)

4) Entertainment powerhouse Chelsea Handler is a highly successful  TV talk show host, media personality, comedian, author, and producer. She was the host of E! network’s “Chelsea Lately” from 2007 to 2014. She also had her own documentary series on Netflix, “Chelsea Does,” and “Chelsea,” a TV news magazine show which ended its two-year run in 2017.

Handler has had six books on the New York Times Best Seller list, with five of those hitting the no. 1 spot. Her latest book is this year’s Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too!. Handler finds humor in her own foibles and the people and events around her, which makes her easily relatable. She has appeared on all major talk shows and has numerous acting credits including ” The Practice,” ” The Bernie Mac Show,” and her own show on NBC in 2012, “Are You There Chelsea?” Her latest film project is the documentary released this year, Hello Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea. Handler is appearing at the Byham Theater as part of her Chelsea Handler Stand-up Comedy Tour.  Her Pittsburgh appearances always do well so get your tickets now. There is also a VIP meet and greet option available. . 8 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District.

5) If you’re dying for more than just one night of treats this week, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting their second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration this evening. The Day of the Dead tradition of remembering deceased family and friends is a deeply rooted Hispanic custom that is both joyous and redemptive. Especially when it includes hand-crafted cocktails. To celebrate the growth of our city and its inclusive culture, a Raise a Spirit to the Spirits Toast will commence at 9:00 pm. El Jimador Tequila is a sponsor, and there will be Latin American DJ performances by DJ SMI and DJ Juan Diego. Acrobatique Creative is producing the event on two floors above the Market Street Grocery. Proceeds benefit the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship Fund. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. for VIP guests ($25.00) and 7:00 p.m. for general admission ($11.01). 435 Market Street, Downtown. (EC, RH)

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