Welcome to the end of March and the beginning of April.. that season of daffodils, tulips, matzoh, colored eggs, bunny rabbits, jelly beans and lambs.. Baseball is back.. the hockeys are gonna go into a 2 month playoff run to finish this.. All the world is new again! And it looks like a banger of a weekend .. March may be going out like a lamb weather wise.. but the lion is not sleeping in the jungle on the local scene.. its roaring its way out of one month and into the new.. So.. where we gonna go dancin' in the dark this week? How about I give you some options, eh? We all know the weekend starts on Thursday now.. so lets start there..
THURSDAY, March 30..
Head on over to The Hard Rock after work for some of Pittsburgh's finest doing a thing for a cause..helping to raise funds for childhood cancer research and cures.. CureRock 2017: Matt Hires-Kyle Cox-Chet Vincent & The Big Bend.. (yeah, yeah.. I'm not a big fan of the Hard Rock either.. but this is worth it. and its an early thing.. so you can still make the 11 o'clock news and feel good about helping do a good thing)
If you're into the funk (and weird) Here Come The Mummies w/ The Employees of Funk at Jergel's!
Tim Vitullo at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy - 3/30
Whole Planet Foundation Dance Party at Brillo
T-Bird Live Acoustic Series: Camelia Road, Scott & Rosanna
Comedy Open Mic & Nacho Nite Hosted by Derek Minto! at Hambone's
Dan Bubien & The Delta Struts w The Cheer'ly Men and Elkhound! at Smalls Funhouse
Classic Material at Belvederes-Fresh Coast Edition
Solid Thursday events line up there..
And then, And then.. its the last day of March.. a final Friday to close it all out.. And hell breaks loose..
FRIDAY, March 31I usually try to separate these by neighborhood/area of the city.. but just this once.. I'm just gonna give you a list by the time as they are popping up on my e-vite list.. cause I'm kinda lazy this week..
Yeah, yeah.. Stevie Nicks is in town at whatever they are calling the arena these days.. I'm not personally a fan.. but a whole lot of you are.. so.. not local and not in need of any promotion.. but it gets a mention..
Superior Booking Presents: Live at The Rex provides a showcase of youth and up and comers .. I've worked with some of these kids and they are well worth checking out.. go see the new kids on the block..
Celebrating Mary Lou Williams Pghs Bee Bop Queen over in the Rocks.. looks like something rad and different..
Two Birds w/ John Wayne Gretzky, & Look Out Loretta at Cattivo
Fundraising Show for Livy's Library! at City Grows attempts to help Livy raise dough for her project that sends a book a month to local children .. its a good thing..
Kevin Gordon Live at Liveburgh
Carla Cooke daughter of Sam Cooke is playing out at The Oaks..
Nameless in August (recording live!) with Buffalo Rose! are at Smalls Funhouse
Chelsey Nicole & Avi Diamond Live at Mixtape (two powerhouse female talents in this city at a really chill vibe venue)
Let's Get Swanky: A Great Gatsby Themed Party! at James St.
The Struggle Bus at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
Mix 'em Up: A Smooth Blend of Rock, R&B/Soul, and Funk! at Cattivo
Down & Derby: Roller Disco Party w/ Jx4 & DJ ADMC at Belvies
MOIP & Park Plan at Park House 3/31 'stripped dahn'
✝Decorum (NYC)//Silence.//Derider//Bring Her//DJ Erica Scary✝ at Spirit
@2nd Annual Burning Bridge Festival is this weekend.. and Hambone's you'll find a veritable who's who of the local scene.. 9PM FREE Show 18+Host: Derek MintoMary SantoraAndrew MichealMike SassonJen LennyAllan LeeMekkie LepperPhil ForrenceNorlex Belma
And.... if its a Final Friday.. its time to shout, shout, let it all out as PBR Presents LIVE BAND KARAOKE now with over 150 songs to choose from.. go on, drop that shampoo bottle you've been singing into in the shower and let your inner rock star out with a real live band!!
Whew.. if you can't find something in that list to peak your interest.. you should probably check for a pulse..
SATURDAY April 1.. Tiptoe through the Tulips and go Live from Pittsburgh.. No Foolin'
Starting at Noon.. The 37th Annual Latin American & Caribbean Festival 2017
Family Friendly Open Stage hosted by John Barnes at the 'bonez lets you take the kids out for a bite, have a brew and let them show off a bit.
Never Grow Up at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is a grown up play time with music and games to bring out your inner child..
The Pittsburgh Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Spirit
April Fools Fest @ Moondogs! offers 13 Saints, Legendary Huckbuck & Johnny and the Razorblades
Chrome Moses and Pet Clinic present The April Fools at James St.
Belvies has Kid Rock Cover Band before 90s night! (early and then 90s dancey stuffs)
Oh lookie here.. Musicians Hotsheet Showcase and Jam is going down over at Smalls..
There's a Ramble at the Rex..with all the illuminati of the local scene..
Some Kind of Animal LP Release Show at Brillobox!
The Doom is at Cattivo - The Skull, Monolith Wielder, Horehound, The Long Hunt
And its a straight up rock night at Howlers with Goddamnit / Nightmarathons / Old Game / Swiss Army
That there is one hell of a weekend line up if I do say so myself..
SUNDAY FUNDAY , April 2.. things on my radar include..
Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh
Beginners (Slow) Jam 4/2
East End Appalachian Jam
The Courtneys at Cattivo!
Chicano Batman w/ 79.5 & SadGirl - 4/2 in Pittsburgh
Unsung/LAZYBLACKMAN/Walky Ken Wah/Jack Wilson/C. Scott/Glo Phase
And that winds down the weekend..
As always.. Mon-Wed
All the Open Mics AcoustiCafe Jazz Standards, Showtunes & Blues Open StageHambone's Acoustic Open StageStand-Up & Improv Comedy Open Mic Hosted by Joey Marchi
Standing Wednesday things .. Bluegrass Jam at the Park HouseJazz Jam at James Street Rock N' Bowl at Arsenal Lanes has Still Not Sober
Some shows happening.. Son Volt 4/04 at Mr. Smalls w/ Anders Parker
CeLLuLar ChaOs // NiGHt VapOR // Come Holy SpiRiT
Wednesday April 5 - Bereft, Aseethe, and CANT (Howlers)
Devin the Dude at The Rex Theater!
U.k. subs live at cattivo
Aa'rite, that about wraps it up for this week.. go on now, pick your outfits, pluck your chin hairs, get the sitter lined up.. whatever ya gotta do.. but go see a show, raise a pint, hug your friends.. As always.. #SupportALLPGHMusic and "Be Excellent To Each Other"