Virtuoso Guitarist Robin Trower Ready to Fly at the Palace; Rhythm & Groove Event Pays Tribute to Legendary Clubs (Sat., 4/30/16)

1) British rock guitar virtuoso Robin Trower is in concert tonight at the Palace Theatre. Trower was a member of the legendary group Procol Harum from 1967-71 before starting his own band. He even teamed up with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce for two albums—one called BLT , their initials plus drummer Bill Lordan—in the early ’80s. “The Bridge of Sighs” is a proper display of his guitar-playing prowess and was one of the most famous songs (and albums) of his solo career. Other top songs include “Day of the Eagle” and “Too Rolling Stoned.” Trower’s guitar of choice is his own signature custom Fender Stratocaster. He is touring in support of his latest release, ’15’s Something’s About to Change. 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

2) There’s a big musical event occurring tonight at The Corner of Rhythm and Groove. Where is the corner of Rhythm and Groove you ask? Well tonight you will find it at the August Wilson Center. The event is a musical tribute to four legendary music clubs in Pittsburgh’s past and the music performed/played there. The internationally known Crawford Grill (Hill District), where many of the nation’s top jazz artists played and attracted a diverse audience of customers, is represented. Another club featured is 2001 which was located on the North Shore and had DJ’s spinning the hottest dance music. Contemporary casual food and the best in local jazz were hallmarks of Shadyside’s The Balcony. The Hill District’s Savoy Ballroom was where many of the early jazz swing bands and performers entertained.

The August Wilson Center will be turned into a city streetscape with decorations and photos representing the four historic clubs. Some of the musicians representing the clubs are: Michael Mwenso and the Harlem Shakes featuring Brianna Thomas; leading salsa orchestra Noel Quintana & the Latin Crew,; soul and funk group Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution, Dwayne Dolphin’s tribute to the Balcony Big Band, DJ Soy Sos, and DJ SMI. Food from local restaurants and drinks will be served. An additional highlight is a gallery show of artwork by noted local artist Vanessa German. All attendees receive a complimentary one-year membership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. General admission $35, VIP $125. 8 -11 p.m. This event is part of the Pittsburgh Cutural Trusts’ JazzLive programs. 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.


3) Have you ever met a princess? Well there’s one living right here in Pittsburgh—The Parmesan Princess that is! Terri Dowd, a former sales and marketing rep—who is a highly accomplished home cook—wanted to share her skills with others in order to help them feel more relaxed and confident in the kitchen. She started her blog The Parmesan Princess in February of 2014 and did cooking appearances at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip. One day while conducting a cooking demo there she met Pittsburgh native and professional chef David Carmine.

The two struck up a fast friendship and Carmine told Dowd that he would like to team up with her to create a TV cooking show. In June of last year they launched their show “Between the Eats.” with the innovative premise of a top pro chef and a home chef working in the kitchen together to create delicious meals which are easy to prepare. The pair have their own YouTube channel and the shows also air on OTA Broadcasting’s channels in Pittsburgh (WEPA-TV, Thursdays 7 p.m.) and Boston (CW-28). You can have an audience with the Parmesan Princess and Carmine today at IKEA’s celebration of their newly remodeled restaurant. They will be appearing there beginning at 2 p.m. IKEA will be offering restaurant specials, food samples, and workshops all day. 2001 Manor Park Blvd., Robinson Town Centre, Robinson.

4) The Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds on one of the prettiest patches of grass in the ‘Burgh tonight at 7:05 p.m. It’s a Scratch and Win Saturday and a Zambelli’s Fireworks Night. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.

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