Wiz Khalifa and Logic in Concert at Star Lake; PedalPGH: Cycling Around the City (Sun., 8/28/22)

1) Wiz Khalifa’s songs have been nominated for 10 Grammys, including the hometown fave “Black and Yellow.” The music video for “See You Again” (featuring Charlie Puth), from the Furious 7 soundtrack, was briefly the most viewed video on YouTube when it surpassed “Gangnam Style” by K-pop singer Psy in July 2017. “See You Again” pays tribute to one of the film’s stars, Paul Walker, who died in a car accident before the movie was completed. Khalifa and his backing band, Kush and Orange Juice, headlined Thrival Music Festival at Carrie Furnace in 2017. The band is part of the larger Taylor Gang, Khalifa’s Pittsburgh-based record label. The name harks back to Taylor Allderdice High School, his alma mater, and his admiration of Chuck Taylor shoes. Khalifa competed in season five (2021) of “The Masked Singer” as “Chameleon” and finished in third place. Khalifa’s latest studio album is Multiverse which dropped on July 29. 

Logic headlined the first day of the Thrival Music Festival back in 2017. It was a great year for the rapper, who had his first No. 1 album with Everybody, his third album. He also had a hit single in “1-800-273-8255,” which features Alessia Cara and Khalid. The title is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The lifeline reported an increase in calls following the song’s release. “1-800-273-8255” also received a Song of the Year nomination at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017. During the ceremony, Logic, Cara, and Khalid performed it as a tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who both had committed suicide that year. In June, Logic released Vinyl Days, his seventh studio album in June. He is also working on another tentatively titled College Park. Additionally, in 2019 he published a novel, Supermarket, which also has an accompanying soundtrack. 6:30 p.m. The Pavilion at Star Lake, 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (C.M., R.H.)

Wiz Khalifia rapping with a smile on his face as his band Kush and Orange Juice performing in the background.

Wiz Khalifia rapping with a smile on his face as his band Kush and Orange Juice performing in the background at the 2017 Thrival Music Festival. (Photo: Rick Handler)

PedalPGH (group bike rides, other activities)—August 28, South Side and beyond

PedalPGH has group rides for all ages, fitness levels, and senses of humor.

PedalPGH has group rides for all ages, fitness levels, and senses of humor. (Photo: Murphy Moschetta)

2) Pittsburgh, always likable, is growing ever more bikable. New bike lanes and trails keep being added, cyclists and motorists keep learning to coexist, and new riders are finding that hills aren’t a drawback; they’re fun. The nonprofit organization Bike Pittsburgh (stylized BikePGH) does a lot to move the evolution along—one part of which is putting on the big annual bike-a-palooza called PedalPGH. This is the day with mega-multiple group rides, from a 7-mile “local loop” to a 62-miler that goes all around the region. It’s the day when you see people on bikes freakin’ everywhere. PedalPGH is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan. This year marks the event’s 28th anniversary, and although biking at any time is free, registering officially for PedalPGH buys you a ton of perks. You’re in on the group ride of your choice, with “amazing snacks” at rest stops. There’s a t-shirt and merch; there’s a festival at the start/finish line. Above all, your fee helps BikePGH continue its work in bicycle advocacy and education. Registered riders can start at the South Side Riverfront Park or anywhere along their chosen route.(M.V.)


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