Winter Jam Brings Christian Rock and Rap to PPG; Free Good Fridays at The Warhol (Fri., 1/20/17)

1) Once a single concert in 1995, now the largest Christian music tour in the country, Winter Jam 2017 Tour Spectacular is making its annual stop at PPG Paints Arena. Celebrating its 22nd year, the tour features Christian rock and rap artists. There’s too many to list them all, but here’s a sampling:  Crowder, who was a part of last year’s tour, performs folktronica, and his latest LP, his second, is 2016’s American Prodigal. Britt Nicole, a Grammy-nominated singer, has had two songs (“Gold” and “Ready or Not”) crossover into Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40. Also on the bill are Tenth Avenue North, Sadie Robertson, and Steven Malcolm. As with last year’s Winter Jam, Evangelist Tony Nolan will speak. NewSong, Winter Jam’s founders, will also perform. NewSong, from Valdosta, Georgia, have been nominated for eight GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Awards, and they have been making music since 1981. Pre-jam party begins at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (CM)

Andy Warhol. (Image © Andy Warhol Foundation)

2) Good Fridays at the Warhol is a weekly party at the museum, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. Free museum admission courtesy of UPMC Health Plan in January. DJ Huck Finn will spin the discs. 5 – 10 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.

3) Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is happening tonight; it features visual arts, musical performances, and interactive exhibits. All events are free and take place at a variety of galleries, art spaces, and venues. Some galleries offer drinks and hors d’oeuvres. What a great way to sample some of Pittsburgh’s great arts and entertainment! 5:30 – 9 p.m., Cultural District.

4) Attention all captains, mates, and even landlubbers—The Pittsburgh Boat Show is underway again for the 57th year. Check out the latest in boating including new boats and accessories all under one roof at the Monroeville Convention Center. Boating season will hopefully be here before we know it. 5-10 p.m. today. Runs through Sunday. 105 Mall Blvd., Monroeville.