Best Pittsburgh Events This Week

From Bacharach to black metal, there’s quite the range of music here in the second week of April.

TUESDAY

The legendary Burt Bacharach, 89 years young, will treat fans to some of the greatest songs ever written — “The Look of Love,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Walk On By,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” etc. — at Heinz Hall, Downtown, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. $25-$110; pittsburghsymphony.org.

The strange thing about Cigarettes After Sex isn’t that the ambient pop band from El Paso, Texas, sounds like Cowboy Junkies or Mazzy Star. It’s that frontman Greg Gonzalez actually sounds like Hope Sandoval and Margot Timmons. They play Mr. Smalls, Millvale, at 9 p.m. $20-$22; ticketweb.com.

Richie Kotzen, the blues-rocker from Reading who’s been a member of Poison, Mr. Big and Winery Dogs, plays the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square at 8 p.m. $15; ticketfly.com.

WEDNESDAY

Brent Cobb, a rugged country/Americana singer from Georgia who earned a best Americana album Grammy nomination for “Shine On Rainy Day,” pulls into Club Cafe, South Side, with Savannah Conley at 8 p.m. $12; ticketweb.com.

THURSDAY

JD McPherson will be part of the Outlaw Music Festival this summer but not our Burgettstown show, by all indications. You can catch the spirited roots-rocker from Oklahoma at Mr. Smalls, Millvale, touring behind his first in three years, “Undivided Heart & Soul,” recorded at the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville. 8 p.m., $18-$20; ticketweb.com.

If you love Black Sabbath, don’t miss Philly doom band Heavy Temple, playing Howlers, Bloomfield, on the way to FireBreather 2018. They are joined by Horehound and Urns at 9 p.m. Just $5; howlerspittsburgh.com.

Nashville band Here Come the Mummies, putting an Egyptian wrap on party-funk, return to Jergel’s, Marshall, at 8 p.m. $25; ticketfly.com.

Pioneer Records, Point Park University’s label, presents the record release party for jazzy singer-songwriter Gabe Reed at The Club at Stage AE, North Shore. Doors at 6 p.m. $5.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

Brit Floyd, one of the top tribute bands in the world and the next best thing to seeing Roger Waters or David Gilmour, returns to the Benedum, Downtown, for a two-night stand. The group, led by singer-guitarist Damian Darlington (formerly of Australian Pink Floyd), is presenting Eclipse, “faithfully re-creating the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Division Bell tour, complete with a stunning million-dollar light show, large circle screen and arch plus moving lights, lasers, inflatables and theatrics.” 8 p.m.; $34-$89; trustarts.org.

FRIDAY

The Warhol Sound Series continues with Fatoumata Diawara, a folk singer-songwriter from Mali whose 2011 debut album, “Fatou,” was the No.1 album on the world music charts for six months and hailed by Pitchfork as “beguiling.” The long-awaited follow-up, “Fenfo (Something to Say),” will drop May 18. It’s at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland, co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of its event series “Becoming Migrant … What Moves You?” 8 p.m. $20; $15 members/students; www.warhol.org.

The serious part of the 2018 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo will be at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this weekend, with talks and seminars. The fun part will be a Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with, appropriately, reggae from Ras Maisha, Blaise Players Players of the Nyabinghi Drum, comedian Medicinal Michael Boris and more. $85 advance; $100 door. Sponsored by Legally Mine & Cannabis Medical Network; www.expologic.com.

Milly, the Pittsburgh power-pop band led by Seth Milberger and Johnny Grushecky, issues a full-length debut, “Place In My Mind,” with a show at The Club at Stage AE, North Shore, with Kohone Concept and Kaelber. Doors at 7 p.m.; $10-$12; ticketmaster.com.

An evening of art-punk, noise and no wave can be enjoyed at the Rock Room, Polish Hill, with Boston’s acclaimed Guerilla Toss (sounding like the Go-Go’s on acid), joined by It It, Microwaves and Plastic Idea at 9 p.m. $10; www.brownpapertickets.com.

Slaves BC will unleash hell at Howlers with the release show for the sophomore album “Lo, and I Am Burning.” It’s described as delving “further into their black and death metal influences to reach new depths of horror.” They are joined by Imperial Triumphant (NYC), Vile Creature and Tartarus at 8 p.m. $10; howlerspittsburgh.com.

Pittsburgh jazz-rock band The Clock Reads releases the new album “Inner Peaks” with a show at the Rex Theater, South Side, with Glenn Strother Project and Afro Yaqui Music Collective at 9 p.m. $12-$15; ticketfly.com.

Excuses on the South Side celebrates its 30th anniversary with Pittsburgh rockers Bill Toms & Hard Rain playing at 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

The Afghan Whigs/Built to Spill tour, just underway this week, pays a visit to Mr. Smalls in Millvale, showcasing a pair of indie/alt-rock heavyweights touring together for the first time. The Whigs, formed in Cincinnati in 1986, reunited for their first album in 16 years in 2014 and followed that last year with the eighth album “In Spades,” named by Pitchfork as one of the the Top 20 Rock Albums of 2017. We last heard from BTS, the stormy guitar band from Boise, Idaho, led by Doug Martsch, in 2015 with “Untethered Moon.” 8 p.m. with Ed Harcourt. $35; ticketweb.com.

The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls will be just that when veteran New York City ska band The Slackers headline a show with iNCO FIdO, Tyler & the Streeters. 8 p.m.; $15-$17; ticketfly.com.

How ’bout an indie-rock matinee? Cattivo in Lawrenceville presents Pittsburgh’s Indie Rockfest 3 with Sun Hound, Bad Custer, Standard Broadcast, There You Are, BBGuns, Back Alley Sound and Essential Machine. It begins at 4 p.m. $10; www.cattivopgh.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Talented singer-songwriter-pianist Joy Ike plays a homecoming show celebrating the release of her new album, “Bigger Than Your Box,” at the Cultural Trust’s Trust Arts Education Center, Downtown. The 8 p.m. Saturday show is sold out. Tickets remains for the 7 p.m. Sunday show with Mark Williams. $14-$22; joyike.com.

SUNDAY

The Beat Goes On — Remembering Ron Beitle is a tribute concert at Jergel’s, Marshall, to the former Wild Cherry drummer who died in December at 63. It begins at 2 p.m. and features Donnie Iris, Bryan Bassett, The Granati Brothers, Jeff Jimerson, the Nied’s Hotel Band, Pete Hewlett, Joe Mesiano, Sweet Breeze, 3 Car Garage, Ben & Nick Beitle, The Compadres, Cedar Run Band, Pub Crawler and more. Proceeds benefit Band Together Pittsburgh and the new Ron Beitle Memorial Drumming Program for Kids on The Spectrum. $15 advance; $20 door; jergels.com.

Finally, the much-loved Johns of They Might Be Giants, 20 albums into their career with “I Like Fun,” play another sold-out show at Mr. Smalls, Millvale, at 8 p.m.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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