Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in August

This month's lineup includes Rod Stewart, The Avett Brothers, Father John Misty and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

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Aug. 11/ Growing up, my best friend’s mom had one command for us when she left the house: only open the door if it’s Rod Stewart. But he never came. And in his absence, I conjured an unfair image of him as a throwback worthy only of Mom-love, of no interest to me and my turn-of-the-century radio top ten lifestyle. So maybe it is a mark of adulthood that I’ve discovered a new truth: “Maggie May” rules. “Ooh La La” rules. “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” RULES. Take a mom to see Sir Rod. Bonus: Cyndi Lauper is opening. (PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; 412/642-1800, ppgpaintsarena.com)


Aug. 16/ When they released their first studio album in the early aughts, The Avett Brothers ushered in a new trend, a popularization of a blend of Americana, roots and rock that has been pervasive on community radio stations for the last decade and a half. But despite their numerous, suspendered, foot-stomping descendants, it’s The Avett Brothers who have stayed at the top of the indie folk pile. While they’ve stretched the edges of their bespoke genre to varying degrees of success, an Avett Brothers show is always fun, and, in its quiet, sincere moments, can even be transcendent. (Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com)

Aug. 3/ Father John Misty is a true hipster Daddy, gathering his millennial children ‘round for his particular brand of storytelling: intimate, ruminative, sometimes brutal or perverse or tremulous, and often heartbreaking and funny. It’s oversharing in the best possible way, laid upon an indie sound that scales the genre from its most tender to its most rocking. (Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483, promowestlive.com)

Aug. 10/ Of all the Pittsburgh bands to “make it,” Black Moth Super Rainbow is one of the most eccentric. Shrouded in alter-egos and stage names complete with a vocoder that distorts frontman Tobacco’s voice, BMSR presents synth-heavy rock that is psychedelic and yet politically and emotionally grounded. A truly unique and complex band worthy of a listen, especially on home turf. (Mr. Smalls, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale; 412/821-4447, mrsmalls.com)

Baerd — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Aug. 1
Better Than Ezra — South Park, alleghenycounty.us/specialevents Aug. 3 
Smashing Pumpkins — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com Aug. 4 
Toots and the Maytals — Hartwood Acres, alleghenycounty.us/specialevents Aug. 5 
Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Aug. 6 
Todd Rundgren — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, librarymusichall.com Aug. 8 
Jim Avett — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Aug. 9 


Smokey Robinson — The Palace Theatre, thepalacetheatre.org Aug. 11 
James Moore — Agnes Katz Plaza, trustarts.org Aug. 14
Joan of Arc — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Aug. 15
Pedro The Lion — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Aug. 16 
Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town — KeyBank Pavilion, livenation.com Aug. 17
Pittsburgh’s Very Own — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Aug. 18 
Fireside Collective — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Aug. 20 
Wolf Parade — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Aug. 21 
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org Aug. 23 


The Flaming Lips — Stage AE, promowestlive.com Aug. 24 
Lynyrd Skynyrd — KeyBank Pavilion, livenation.com Aug. 25


Dee Snider — Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, jergels.com Aug. 26
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls — Rex Theater, rextheater.net Aug. 30
Paul Luc and Kayla Schureman — South Park, alleghenycounty.us/specialevents Aug. 31 

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