WYEP Music Fest: A Solid Excuse to Visit Schenley Plaza
Songwriter Martin Sexton will headline the 18th edition of the free outdoor concert.
WYEP’S SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO SCHENLEY PLAZA
Oakland’s idyllic Schenley Plaza is a spot where Oakland-dwelling college students linger on warmer days, but the unenrolled among us may have few occasions to make a trip to the most pastoral place on campus. WYEP is here to bring music lovers of all ages to the plaza this Saturday with the 2015 WYEP Summer Music Festival. The 18th edition of the free outdoor concert will be headlined by acclaimed songwriter Martin Sexton; alternative Americana act The Lone Bellow, Nashville indie rockers Kopecky and local standouts Brightside will perform as well. The day also features shopping from I Made It! Market, free rides from Bike Pittsburgh and family-friendly activities.
(4100 Forbes Ave., Oakland; festival begins at 3 p.m., music begins at 6 p.m.; more info here)
— Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor
FOURTH ANNUAL DVE COMEDY FEST DEPLOYS FUNNY PEOPLE ALL OVER TOWN
The DVE Comedy Festival regularly attracts nationally known acts to Pittsburgh’s thriving comedy scene, previously featuring buzzed-about comedy queen Amy Schumer and comic and actor Harland Williams. So it’s no surprise that the lineup for the fourth annual fest is packed — tomorrow night’s main event at the Byham Theater boasts “SNL” Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che, bestselling author Jim Norton, iTunes chart-topper Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky, co-host of the quirky, widely acclaimed podcast “Your Mom’s House.”
The main event is far from the only show in town — as part of the festival, there will be three other stages of comedy around the city. Comedians will battle it out at Arcade Comedy Theater’s “Comic Wars,” where they’ll split into two teams for an improvised showdown. Another group of local and touring comics will take over South Side’s Rex Theater at 10 p.m. If you’re still looking for more laughs late into the night, Club Cafe is hosting an installment of the popular, recurring “Loaded Show” at midnight, hosted by Aaron Kleiber.
(Byham Theater tickets and info here; Arcade Comedy Theater tickets and info here; Rex Theater tickets and info here; Club Cafe tickets and info here)
— Brady Langmann, PM Editorial Intern
EAST CARSON HIDEAWAY TAKES THE BAR EXAM
As the South Side continues to grow, it’s worth noting its transition from a street with a certain kind of bar to a street with nearly every kind of bar. One relatively new spot in the Flats, Carmella's Plates & Pints, actually is two kinds of bar — a sociable, street-facing whiskey room in the front and a quiet, could-be-anywhere hideaway in the back. The place has a thorough draft list, a staggering number of bourbons and Scotches and a menu that follows recent trends — but how will Carmella’s stand up to the Bar Exam? Find out in this week’s edition of After Dark!
IN THEATERS: Films debuting in Pittsburgh this weekend include Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel “Ted 2,” military drama “Max,” period drama “A Little Chaos” and the locally filmed “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” The latter film is a moving, refreshing entry in the teen-drama genre; rather than relying on wonder and romance, it trades in realism and friendship. The story by Point Breeze native Jesse Andrews is captivating; the performances by a game cast are heartbreaking. Read more about the film in PM’s interview with the writer, director and stars here. — S.C.
Here in Pittsburgh, we watched AWOLNATION open for the Rolling Stones last Saturday at Heinz Field. If you would’ve preferred the Stones’ Columbus opener, Kid Rock, or their Nashville support act, Brad Paisley, take comfort: Both play the First Niagara Pavilion this weekend. (Kid Rock’s show also has Foreigner. Yes, Foreigner.) — S.C.