Vince Gill Performs at Palace; Stage AE Holds (Black Label) Society Event (CPs Thurs., 5/15/14)

1) Long-time country music mega-star Vince Gill rolls his tour into Greensburg tonight for a performance at The Palace Theatre. Gill’s first touch of musical success came as a front man for the legendary Southern rock group Pure Prairie League in the 70’s and for their big hit “Amie.” He went on to huge commercial success with 20 studio albums and more than 40 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country charts. Gill’s a Grammy-Award winner 20 times over and an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He’s married to Christian/pop singer Amy Grant. 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St.

2) Black Label Society, an L.A. heavy metal band created by musician Zakk Wylde, is the headliner for the Revolver Golden Gods tour. Wylde was once a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. Black Label Society’s music is of a sludge rock style with good melody, riffs, and rhythm. Opening  acts are Down, Devil You Know, and Butcher Babies. Doors open at  6:30 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.

3) “Fuel” up tonight at Altar Bar with the band of the same name. Fuel, a post-grunge, alternative metal band, once went by the name Small the Joy. They are touring in support of their latest album, Puppet Strings, released in March. In what promises to be a night of high-octane enjoyment, they will be joined by H2NY, The Cavalry, ZERO FAME, Winter’s Descent, and KeyStone. 6:30 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.

4) Or, you can visit PICT Classic Theatre—the company that is Pittsburgh’s Premier Producer of Prominent Plays from Previous Periods (not actually the group’s slogan, but it’s true)—to enjoy a dark comedy that was rocking audiences before rock ‘n roll was invented.  This is the last week to catch PICT’s revival of Blithe Spirit, the 1941 Noël Coward classic about a man who is haunted and pursued, literally, by the ghost of his late wife…while his present spouse is very much alive. The shenanigans begin tonight at 8 p.m. Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

5) Already anticipating some summer grilling? If you want some great grilled meat without the fuss, we have a place for you. Union Pig & Chicken Chef Kevin Sousa’s barbecue and fried chicken restaurant and bar is serving up some delicious, tender beef brisket along with ribs, chicken, mac and cheese, greens…and whoopie pies.  Specials daily at 5 p.m.  The East Liberty hot spot is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.;  Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. ’til 1 a.m.;  and Sunday  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (for a hearty chicken and waffles brunch) and 3 – 9 p.m., for regular service. Their second floor counterpart—Harvard and Highland—is open for cocktails until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday. Happy Hour is 5 – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check your watch, sure, but once you’re in either domain, “all food and beverages all the time” makes it easier. 220 N. Highland Ave.

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