Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in August

This month's lineup includes The Shins, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind and Fire, Blues Traveler and Sabrina Carpenter.

photo by marisa kula


Aug. 1/ The Shins’ newest album — released this spring after years of studio silence — is not necessarily the same manic-pixie soundtrack they became known for in the early aughts. “Heartworms” is both deepened and buoyed by clever production that builds off a familiar pop base and introspective lyricism that is the marking of a band that has grown up alongside its fans. But you can still expect a tour full of classic favorites along with the fresh stuff; some slang always feels new, no matter how much time has passed. (Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com)

photo by lou daprile

Aug. 4/ The southern California sun shines clearly in the music of The Wild Reeds. The L.A.-based trio have a familiar and friendly sound, with shimmery folk-pop crescendos, intimate lyrics and some of the most powerful and elegant three-part harmonies you’ll find on either side of the Mississippi. To listen to them is to feel in the company of friends — if your friends are exceptionally talented. (The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale; 412/821-4447, mrsmalls.com)

Aug. 4/ Bilal has never been one for labels. His sound moves seamlessly across genres, a blend of hip-hop, soul and R&B. But no matter which musical space he is working in, the classically trained jazz musician is known consistently for a few things: an impressive vocal array, a diverse tonal narrative and a sensuality perfect for the late summer heat. (August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)

Aug. 19/ Last summer, my friends began a ritual of “ironically” listening to Florida Georgia Line’s 2014 earworm “Sun Daze.” Isn’t this funny?? we asked each other as we played the song over and over in backyards, next to the river, in air-conditioned living rooms. After a few weeks, the irony melted away and we realized that not only had “Sun Daze” become the song of our summer, but also its thesis. “Work a little less, play a little more,” the song urges. And in the oppressive heat and long humid days, that’s a good rule to live by. Anyway, flip-flop your way to KeyBank Pavilion for your own dose of infectious summertime country rock. (665 Pennsylvania 18, Burgettstown; 724/947-7400, livenation.com)

Phantogram— Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  Aug. 1

​Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
— Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, librarymusichall.com  Aug. 2

NE-HI — The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  Aug. 3

Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboy — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  Aug. 4

Gathering Field and Brown Mary — Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater, alleghenycounty.us  Aug. 6

Whiskerman — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  Aug. 7

Dashboard Confessional with The All-American Rejects
— Stage AE, promowestlive.com  Aug. 8

The Roosevelts — The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  Aug. 9

Earth, Wind & Fire — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com  Aug. 10

Blues Traveler — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  Aug. 11

Foreigner — KeyBank Pavilion, livenation.com  Aug. 12

Larry Carlton — Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater, alleghenycounty.us  Aug. 13

Janiva Magness — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  Aug. 14

Sabrina Carpenter
— Byham Theater, trustarts.org  Aug. 16

Gavin DeGraw — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, librarymusichall.com  Aug. 17

Kings of Leon — KeyBank Pavilion, livenation.com  Aug. 18

An Evening with The Neal Morse Band — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com  Aug. 20

Bruno Mars — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com  Aug. 22

The Juliana Theory — Rex Theater, rex.greyareaprod.com  Aug. 24-25

The Commonheart — South Park Amphitheater, alleghenycounty.us  Aug. 25

Billy Strings — Rex Theater, rex.greyareaprod.com  Aug. 26

Lee Dewyze — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com  Aug. 30

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