Ziggy Marley Jams at Carnegie Library Music Hall; CLO Stages “Footloose” (CPs Tues., 6/24/14)

1) If the late Bob Marley was once the king of reggae, today Ziggy Marley is the prince—quite literally, considering he’s the eldest of Bob’s many children. The younger Marley brings his island jams to Carnegie Library Music Hall in a stop on his Fly Rasta Tour. Born David Nesta Marley, he has no trouble following his father’s legacy, having won six Grammies throughout his prolific career. This tour celebrates his latest studio release, titled Fly Rasta. In addition to his musical achievements, Marley has also developed a penchant for social consciousness, most recently evidenced by his involvement in the U.R.G.E. Foundation (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment). U.R.G.E. supports education, health, and the environment in communities throughout Africa and Jamaica and works to improve living conditions for children there. A dollar from every ticket sale supports U.R.G.E. 7 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall.

2) Pittsburgh CLO presents Footloose, a story that’s taken its rightful place in the canon of modern American pop culture. It goes like this: A big city boy named Ren McCormack (originally played by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 film) moves to the small town of Bomont, where dancing has been outlawed, due in large part to the closed-minded determination of a local reverend. The strong-willed Ren loves to dance, and because he’s fallen for the reverend’s daughter, the stage is set for a rock-‘n’-roll-powered dance revolution. In tonight’s presentation, that “stage” is quite literal; it took almost 15 years for the film to be adapted into a stage musical, written in 1998 by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. 8 p.m. Benedum Center. Through June 29. 237 7th St., Cultural District.

3) For the first time ever, WWE SmackDown is being televised from the Consol Energy Center. From an outsider’s perspective, it may be difficult to wrap your noodle around WWE’s cult-like fan base and just what makes professional wrestling so compelling to so many people; that’s okay. The bottom line is that WWE reaches 600 million homes worldwide, and it’s coming to Pittsburgh. In tonight’s main event, Rob Van Dam and The Shield take on Randy Orton and the Wyatt Family in an eight-man tag team match, with special guest appearances by Sheamus, Kane, and more. Grab your kids and come witness the latest chapter of this nationally televised event. 7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Hill District.

4) Guerilla Toss will make you boogie, thrash, yell, question your existence, and then start the cycle over again with the next verse. Hailing from Boston, this seriously weird dance/rock/electronic/punk quintet makes a point (and a show) out of largely ignoring musical convention, disregarding in many cases basic musical foundations like…melody. Oddly enough, their militant post-modernity works well; lend Guerilla Toss your ears and you’ll find that the music somehow snags you with its mantra-esque screaming (by vocalist Kassie Carlson) and loud, discordant, noodly instrumentation. The band is known for putting on a funky, highly energetic show. Also noteworthy: Their official website is a list of fake jazz song titles, a photo of the band, and little else. Listen, Pittsburgh: The future has called. It doesn’t make much sense, but it keeps yelling, “Go to Howler’s Coyote Cafe.” Joined by Lovely Little Girls, Radon Chong, and Outlander. 8 p.m. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield.

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