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Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in April

This month's lineup includes Rick Astley, Billy Price, Christopher Cross and Ronnie Milsap.



April 19/ The history of the meme can be traced to — Never gonna give you up — Oh, sorry about that. As I was saying, contrary to popular belief, meme culture predated — Never gonna let you down — please excuse these interruptions, I just don’t know what’s going on. ANYWAY, the internet — Never gonna run around and desert you. OK FINE. Take a night off from surfing the web and Rickroll over to Millvale for an evening of dance pop with the most memeable of ’80s stars, Rick Astley. (Mr. Smalls, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale; 412/821-4447, mrsmalls.com)
 


 

April 5/ Despite a busy touring schedule, award-winning local blues musician Billy Price always finds a moment to show his hometown a good time. For Soul-Blues Summit: Billy Price Band with Special Guest Johnny Rawls, the 2016 “Pittsburgh Rock ’N Roll Legend” inductee and his band are joined by prolific Mississippian Johnny Rawls for a night of soul blues. (Club Café, 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side; 412/431-4950, clubcafelive.com)

April 13/ The reach of Malian music — sonically, politically — is historically complex and undeniable. Fatoumata Diawara’s music is textured by that complexity. Her sound embraces her West African heritage while drawing in the western influences of her adopted home in Europe, offering a fresh, contemporary tapestry that both speaks to the history of her homeland and the bright potential of its future. The concert is co-presented by The Warhol: Sound Series, PANDEMIC and Carnegie Nexus as part of its Becoming Migrant series. (Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland; 412/237-8300, warhol.org)

April 29/ As one of the city’s greatest places for live jazz, it’s no surprise that Alphabet City is putting together a tribute to one of the genre’s greatest artists. Curated by drummer Thomas Wendt, Off Minor Jazz Series: All the Duke’s Men will feature local musicians James Moore, Paul Cosentino, Jeff Bush, Alton Merrell and Paul Thompson celebrating the works of Ellington in honor of his 119th birthday. (Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., North Side; 412/435-1110, alphabetcity.org)

Curtis Harding — Rex Theater, rextheater.net April 1 
Christopher Cross — Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, jergels.com April 2 
Ought — The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com April 3 
Wolf Alice — Stage AE, promowestlive.com April 4 
“Soca Vibes” — City of Asylum, alphabetcity.org April 5 
“Beethoven Concerto Cycle: No. 1” — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org April 6-8
Ronnie Milsap — The Palace Theatre, thepalacetheatre.org April 6 
Brian Culbertson — Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, mcgjazz.org April 7
Burt Bacharach with the PSO — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org April 10
Johanna Warren and Maitland — The Mr. Roboto Project, therobotoproject.com April 11 
Neon Swing X-perience — Hard Rock Cafe, hardrock.com/pittsburgh April 13 
 

M. Ward — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com April 14 
 


photo by Shervin Lainez

 

They Might Be Giants — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com April 15
Todrick Hall — Rex Theater, rextheater.net April 16 
Maxo Kream — Spirit, spiritpgh.com April 17 
 

An Evening with David Lindley — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com April 18 
“Somethin’ Holy:” Alex Harding & Lucian Ban Duo — City of Asylum, alphabetcity.org April 19 
Steven Stucky’s “Silent Spring” — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org April 20-22 
Julien Baker — Carnegie Lecture Hall, warhol.org April 20
 

Matt and Kim — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com April 21
 

Stars — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com April 22
Bit Brigade — Spirit, spiritpgh.com April 23
 

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com April 26 
Verdi’s “Requiem” — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org April 27-29 
Margo Price — Stage AE, promowestlive.com April 27 
Dweezil Zappa — Rex Theater, rextheater.net April 29 
 

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