This week's Pop Filter live music roundup--which will take you through the next two weeks--features everything from a tribute to jazz pioneer Sun Ra to the start of the summer concert season.
Start your music-filled Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 25th at The Shop
, for a special record release show featuring Gangwish
. Headed up by multi-instrumentalist Sam Pace, the local ensemble is celebrating the release of its latest album. Also on the bill are likeminded experimentalists: Arrington de Dionyso's current project Malaikat dan Singa, Pittsburgh's Dean Cercone and Jim Storch's Burnoutwarcry. 8 p.m.
Put down those BBQ mitts on Monday, May 27th, and make time to go see alt-rock stalwarts The Melvins
at Mr. Small's Theatre
in Millvale. Marking 30 years as a band, the influential group just released Everybody Loves Sausages, an album of cover songs in April 2013. Formed in Montesano, Washington in 1984, The Melvins are heading into an extensive summer tour season, and will hit the road with Mudhoney, Die Kreuzen, Negative Approach and others.
8 p.m.; all ages.
Head back to Mr. Small's
on Tuesday, May 28th for the rare chance to see another iconic indie rock band with Pacific Northwest roots--The Dandy Warhols
. Formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmstrom--who were joined by keyboardist Zia McCabe and drummer Eric Hedford--the storied group rose to fame after signing with Capitol Records and releasing their debut, ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down
, in 1997. Taylor is also known for appearing in and narrating Ondi Timoner's 2004 documentary Dig!
, which chronicles the dramatic relationship between The Warhols and their on-again off-again rivals The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Taylor also co-wrote the 2009 graphic novel One Model Nation
along with Pittsburgh-based cartoonist and illustrator Jim Rugg. The band released This Machine
, their eighth studio album, in April 2012. 8 p.m.; all ages.
It's all about the outdoor concert season from here on out. The Pittsburgh CLO kicks off The Allegheny Summer Concert Series
on Friday, May 31st with A Gleeful Evening, Vol. 3
, featuring Gene Kelly Award winners at the South Park Amphitheater
. Pittsburgh Opera launches the season on Sunday, June 2nd at Hartwood Acres
. Additional summer performances include Grammy Award winners Sarah Watkins, the Yellowjackets and Rickie Lee Jones, Husker Du frontman Bob Mould, and Grammy nominees Monty Alexander and James Hunter. Performances are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Allegheny County Music Festival and Pittsburgh Blues Festival.
If jazz is your cup of tea, head to the New Hazlett Theater on Friday, May 31st
, for OPEK Plays the Music of Sun Ra
. Focused on the unrivaled pioneering vision of jazz composer, bandleader, keyboardist, and poet Sun Ra (1914 – 1993), whose prolific career spanned ragtime to free jazz--who was known for incorporating elements of ancient Egyptian culture, spiritualism and Afro-American history into his compositions and performances--the concert will be performed by the innovative Pittsburgh-based improv collective, OPEK. Featured pieces will include several of Sun Ra's unrecorded compositions. 8 p.m.; $12 advance; $16 at door.