Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in July

This month's lineup includes Paula Abdul, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

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July 1/ New Kids on the Block had its last chart-topper in 1990, around the same time that Paula Abdul danced with MC Skat Kat. I secretly listened to an illicit cassette single of Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” in 1994. And yet, culture is an ouroboros, so decades later the three superstar acts have come together for a massive arena tour, designed to titillate those of us who love to steep ourselves in pop nostalgia. No word if MC Skat Kat also will be in attendance. (PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; 412/642-1800, ppgpaintsarena.com)

photo by Mark Seliger


July 20/ For most of their careers, Teresa Williams and Larry Campbell have been happy to work behind the curtain, producing albums and singing backup for iconic roots artists. But now the couple is forging a sound of their own, touring in support of their self-titled 2015 release, an album rich with the sounds of America they’ve heard while waiting in the eaves for their time to shine. (56-58 S. 12th St., South Side; 412/431-4950, clubcafelive.com)

July 21/ If you desire the classic outdoor concert experience, look no further than the free Gin Blossoms show at South Park Amphitheater. Bring a blanket, a picnic and all of your friends who have been singing “Hey Jealousy” at karaoke for years, and delight in that time-honored tradition of sipping a beer in the light of the setting summer sun while an old band you still love plays all of its greatest hits. (South Park Amphitheater, 1950-1998 McCorkle Road, South Park Township; 412/835-5710, alleghenycounty.us)

July 27/ Julie Byrne makes beautiful music. The singer-songwriter is based in New York, but her songs are those of a wanderer and a naturalist. With an atmospheric background of gentle folk and a voice that is impressive but never forceful, she makes you feel as though you’re taking a walk through the woods with someone who can not only identify the flora and fauna around you but also invents intimate histories for them. (Mr. Smalls, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale; 412/821-4447, mrsmalls.com)

July 1/ Pokey LaFarge — Rex Theater, rex.greyareaprod.com


July 5/ Blackbear — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com
July 6/ 311 — Stage AE, promowestlive.com
July 7/ Joey DeFrancesco & Catherine Russell — South Park Amphitheater, alleghenycounty.us
July 9/ Corky Laing plays Mountain — Cattivo, cattivopgh.com  


July 11/ Hamish Anderson — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  
July 12/ Priests with Glowworms — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  
July 14-15​/ Deutschtown Music Festival — various locations, deutschtownmusicfestival.org  
July 14/ JD Eicher — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  
July 15/ James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com  
July 17/ The Aquabats — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  
July 18​/ OneRepublic — KeyBank Pavilion, burgettstownpavilion.net  
July 19/ Phish — Petersen Events Center, peterseneventscenter.com  


July 20/ Raekwon — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  
July 21/ BobbyrocK — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com
July 22 / 10,000 Maniacs — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com
July 23 / The Mavericks — Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, alleghenycounty.us
July 24/ Mt. Joy — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  
July 25 / All Time Low — Stage AE, promowestlive.com
July 26 / Piebald — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com
July 27/ Jesse Malin — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  
July 28 / Final Fridays: Strand of Oaks, Emerson Jay — Schenley Plaza, wyep.org 
July 30 / Con Funk Shun — Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, alleghenycounty.us
July 31/ The Melvins — Rex Theater, rex.greyareaprod.com

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