November's Can't Miss Concerts in Pittsburgh

This month features Fleetwood Mac, Saves The Day, Boz Scaggs and Alan Parsons.

Nov. 9/ Only true ’90s kids will remember this one: the feeling of being packed into a car with your friends, the wind through the open window like the breath of your youth, somehow both fleeting and interminable, your heart so full of complex passion and feeling that the only thing you can do is scream and sing at the top of your lungs. And what’s that you’re singing? Probably Saves the Day. That’s why it is called EMO. Because it is EMOtional. Anyway, everything old is now new again, so Saves the Day is back with a new album and tour dates supported by indie cuties Kevin Devine and An Horse. (Mr. Smalls, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale; 412/821-4447,


 Nov. 1/ Fleetwood Mac is a band that, after 50 years, needs no introduction. It is beloved by all types: casually witchy Millennial women listening to “Rumours” as they smudge their rooms. Emotional mothers weeping to “Landslide” as they send their firstborn to kindergarten. Your dad, probably. Fleetwood Mac manages the tricky thing of being Rock and Roll royalty with enough verve to keep new and old fans tied to them like so many strings on Stevie Nicks’ tambourine. (PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; 412/642-1800,

Nov. 3/ This fall, join the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Music for Jazz Week, which includes performances, seminars and lectures about the history, and future, of jazz. The week culminates with the 48th Annual Jazz Seminar Concert, an evening showcasing the talents of some of the most impressive contemporary jazz artists, which is curated by music director Terri Lyne Carrington, a Grammy-winning performer, producer and composer. (Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland; 412/624-7529,

Nov. 23-25/ Well gobble, gobble, you’ve made it through Turkey Day, and now laying before you is blissful weekend of leftovers and lazy family time. Break up some of that tryptophan-tinged monotony with a trip to Heinz Hall for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Thanksgiving Tradition: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody. The PSO is featuring Rachmaninoff all season, and this particular set of performances has rising star pianist George Li taking on “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” as well as Mozart’s Oboe Concerto and selections from Strauss, the PSO’s Thanksgiving tradition. (Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown; 412/392-4900,

Also in concert …

Mothers — Spirit, Nov. 1 
Jose Fajardo Jr. and His Orchestra — Greer Cabaret Theater, Nov. 2 
The Planets: A Centennial Celebration — Heinz Hall, Nov. 2-4 
Deafheaven/DIIV — Spirit, Nov. 4 
Dawn Landes — Club Cafe, Nov. 5 
Mom Jeans — Smiling Moose, Nov. 6 
Boz Scaggs — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Nov. 6
CMU Chamber Series: A Viennese Soiree — Kresge Theatre, Nov. 8 
Salute to Veterans — Heinz Hall, Nov. 9-11 
Tenacious D — Stage AE, Nov. 9 
Cursive — Rex Theater, Nov. 11 
Joshua Radin — Club Cafe, Nov. 12 
Alan Parsons — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Nov. 13 
Cute Is What We Aim For — Stage AE, Nov. 14 
Guster — Mr. Smalls, Nov. 16
David Allan Coe — Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Nov. 17-18  
The Menzingers — Mr. Smalls, Nov. 18 
Esme Patterson — Club Cafe, Nov. 19 
6LACK — Mr. Smalls, Nov. 20 
Why? Plays Alopecia in the Vault — Spirit, Nov. 24 
Jason Mraz — Heinz Hall, Nov. 24 
Travis Scott — PPG Paints Arena, Nov. 25 
An Evening with Coco Montoya — Club Cafe, Nov. 27 
The Mavericks: Hey! Merry Christmas! — Byham Theater, Nov. 28
Adam Hopkins: Crickets — City of Asylum, Nov. 28 
Parquet Courts — Spirit, Nov. 30

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