Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in July

This month's lineup includes Jimmy Buffett, Paula Cole, the Felice Brothers and Gin Blossoms.

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July 7/ In an alternate timeline, we are all living the Island Life, a life washed in gentle setting-sun light, with the smell of sunscreen in the air and the tang of lime and salt ever-present on our lips, each receding wave pulling a few more of our worries out to sea. Luckily for those of us stuck in this reality, Jimmy Buffett, emissary of perpetual Island Life, is bringing his gulf rock to hot, humid and hazy Pittsburgh. Flock to Burgettstown with the other Parrotheads — and don’t forget an extra pair of flip-flops.
(KeyBank Pavilion, 665 Pennsylvania 18, Burgettstown; 724/947-7400, livenation.com)

July 1/ Every summer Sunday, Shadyside Nursery hosts the evening concert series Weather Permitting. In addition to showcasing an array of musical talents, the family- and dog-friendly event features food trucks, beer and that game where you throw a hammer at a stump. The kickoff event on July 1 features local reggae band Truth & Rights and a visit from Mokoomba, one of Zimbabwe’s most popular groups. (Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Ave., Shadyside; 412/361-0610, weatherpermittingpgh.com)

July 19/ If you were expecting the joke, “Where have all the cowboys gone? To Jergel’s to see Paula Cole!” I am very sorry to disappoint you, because I am NOT going to make that joke. Instead I will sincerely recommend that you head to Warrendale to see Ms. Cole perform; 20 years after her biggest hits, she remains a vocal delight, slipping from folk to jazz to rock with grace. You definitely don’t want to wait … to see her live. (Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale; 724/799-8333, jergels.com)


July 27/ In the poem “Morning,” Frank O’Hara writes that he holds his lost love in his heart with “a very real humor you’d be proud of.” It exemplifies the idea of winking through your sorrow, an idea that runs through the music of Lucy Dacus. She concerns herself with all manner of loss — romantic, familial, of the self — and does so with a lilt in her lovely and strong voice that sounds as if she is making a joke even as her heart is breaking. That trick, combined with a well-produced indie rock heft behind the vocals, makes Dacus one of the most fascinating and exciting rising talents in the scene. (Club Café, 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side; 412/431-4950, clubcafelive.com)

PSO at Hartwood Acres — Hartwood Acres, pittsburghsymphony.org July 1
Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case — Heinz Hall, trustarts.org July 3
#YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, librarymusichall.com July 5
O-Town — Hard Rock Cafe, hardrock.com/pittsburgh July 7
The Felice Brothers — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com July 8


Arcade Fire — Stage AE, promowestlive.com July 10
Weezer and Pixies — KeyBank Pavilion, livenation.com July 10
Roger Humphries & RH Factor — City of Asylum, alphabetcity.org July 11
Dave Mason & Steve Cropper — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, librarymusichall.com July 14
Panic! At The Disco — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com July 18
Yoko Suzuki Trio — City of Asylum, alphabetcity.org July 19

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Gin Blossoms — Stage AE, promowestlive.com July 20
Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim with Strings — Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, pittsburghsymphony.org July 20
An Evening with the Eagles — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com July 24
Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson — KeyBank Pavilion, livenation.com July 25
Radiohead — PPG Paints Arena, ppgpaintsarena.com July 26
Jefferson Starship — South Park, alleghenycounty.us/specialevents July 27
Ween — Stage AE, promowestlive.com July 27
Migration Fest — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com July 27-29
Jeff Daniels — Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, jergels.com July 28
Lucius — Hartwood Acres, alleghenycounty.us/specialevents July 29

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Tank and the Bangas — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com July 31

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