Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in October

This month's lineup includes Alan Cumming, Andrew Bird and Lucius.

photos: shutterstock, except ALAN Cumming Courtesy Tré.


Oct. 14/ Although perhaps best known for his acting chops, Alan Cumming is a true artistic polymath. “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs” is billed as a cabaret-esque performance, marked by the effusive charm and personal touch that make the golden-voiced Cumming such a delight to watch on screen. Expect an intimate mix of classic torch songs, contemporary hits and a fair amount of risqué surprises. (Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)

Oct. 8/ The first time I saw Andrew Bird perform, in fall 2006, he opened the show standing barefoot on a dark stage, illuminated by a single spotlight. He closed his eyes and began to play his violin, a thin cloud of rosin rising from the bow in the beam of light. It was a beautiful and seemingly sacred moment, one that elevated Bird from his perch as an accomplished folk-rock star to that of an otherworldly sonic storyteller. Over the course of his 10 studio albums, Bird has been defined by a few hallmarks — complex violin looping, multi-octave whistling and evocative lyricism, to name a few — but the lushness and reverence of his live performances reveal the true depths of his artistry. Here he is not only sending his music out into the universe but also seemingly listening to its echo as well. (Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown; 412/456-6666, trustarts.org)

Oct. 27/ This show marks Lucius’ second visit to Pittsburgh in 2016. The critically acclaimed indie-pop band, anchored by vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, returns in support of “Good Grief.” Its stylized and tricky sophomore album crackles with the type of fresh energy that’s been making contemporary pop so interesting of late. Laessig and Wolfe are at their finest here, full of inventive harmonies supported by the rest of their five-piece band, creating a personable, danceable sound perfect for clearing away this month’s autumnal gloom. (400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale; 412/821-4447, trustarts.org)

In Concert

Styx — Benedum Center, trustarts.org Oct. 1

Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz — Cattivo, cattivopgh.com Oct. 2

Il Divo — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org Oct. 3

Neon Indian — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Oct. 6

Nada Surf — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Oct. 7

The End of America and Ari Hest — Pittsburgh Winery, pittsburghwinery.com Oct. 8

Max and Igor Cavalera — Rex Theater, rextheater.com Oct. 9

Destroyer — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Oct. 10

Dvorak’s New World Symphony — Heinz Hall, pittsburghsymphony.org Oct. 14-16

Sturgill Simpson — Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, librarymusichall.com Oct. 15

Okkervil River — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Oct. 16

Billy Porter — Cabaret at Theater Square, trustarts.org Oct. 17

Darlingside — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Oct. 18

Charlie Puth — Stage AE, promowestlive.com Oct. 19

Cute is What We Aim For — Rex Theater, rextheater.com Oct. 22

Rae Sremmurd — Stage AE, promowestlive.com Oct. 24

Islands — Club Cafe, clubcafelive.com Oct. 25

Rooney — Rex Theater, rextheater.com Oct. 27

GWAR — Mr. Smalls, mrsmalls.com Oct. 28

Gino Vannelli — Byham Theater, trustarts.org Oct. 29

The 1975 — Stage AE, promowestlive.com Oct. 31-Nov. 1


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