Hot Picks: Jack White, Sean Jones, North Indian classical music

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:51 p.m.

Keeping rock center stage

Rock 'n' roll may or may not be dead — certainly, it's at a low ebb right now, relatively speaking — but don't tell Jack White. Somebody had to stick up for blues-chord progressions, distorted guitars, analog recording and intensely yelped vocals, and it was him.

Without his White Stripes partner Meg White, he's truly moved into one-man-band territory — not just making music, but recording others, running a record label (Third Man), and making vinyl records seem cool to millennials. White is coming to Stage AE on July 27, a show that sold out months ago at $45 a pop. The show starts at 8 p.m. with Benjamin Booker opening. Details: 800-745-3000 or

— Michael Machosky

A star fades in our sky

A jazz era will come to an end July 26 at Riverview Park on the North Side.

Trumpeter Sean Jones will perform his final concert in the city as an area resident. The great jazz star who taught at Duquesne University for 10 years is on his way to Boston to become head of the brass program at the Berklee School of Music.

Besides running a busy touring schedule from here, Jones also kept busy with local gigs and frequently was an unannounced guest at concerts in the area. That surprise-visit technique gave life to — and will be missed in — many shows.

He says he will return frequently for his own gigs or to work with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, which he helped to organize.

The Stars at Riverview concert will be followed by“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second in the adventures of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in the dystopian future. It is the Riverview's feature in the Cinema in the Park series.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the movie at dusk. Both are free. Details: 412-255-2493 or

— Bob Karlovits

Quiet! Music playing

Michael Griska, a West Mifflin native who has become a proponent of North Indian classical music, will perform in a concert July 27 at the main branch of the Carnegie Library, Oakland.

Griska, who began his career in music as a trombonist at the West Mifflin Area High School, was given a sitar in 2005 and began studies on it in 2006.

Since then, he moved to North Carolina to study under a master there and has traveled through this country and overseas to study with others. He currently lives in West Mifflin, performing concerts, giving lectures and teaching.

At the concert, he will play on the sitar and surbahar, sometimes called a bass sitar.

Music in the first-floor quiet reading room begins 2 p.m. It is free. Details: 412-622-3151 or

— Bob Karlovits

From the smallest seed ....

Creative Citizen Studios will host a Fruitful Art Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26, at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park.

In collaboration with the Down Syndrome Center of Pittsburgh, the group will stamp with colorful pieces of fruit to decorate items for summer tabletops. Anyone age 14 and older is invited to join in on the fun.

The workshop is free, thanks to funding provided by the Jewish Federation and Vibrant Pittsburgh.

RSVP by calling 412-576-6254 or email

— Rachel Weaver

Steak, lube and rock

The Original Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon is bringing in three national recording acts this weekend for the second-annual Lube-A-Palooza Music Festival.

The headline acts are Jefferson Starship on July 25, Slaughter on July 26 and Donnie Iris on July 27.

Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, is celebrating their 40th anniversary. The '80s hard-rock band Slaughter had hits with “Fly to the Angels” and “Mad About You.” Pittsburgh rock legend Donnie Iris is best known for the hits “Ah! Leah!” and “Love is Like a Rock.”

Admission is $12 each day or $10 in advance. A three-day badge is available for $25. The festival is at 101 Chestnut St.

Details: 724-981-9464 or

— Tribune-Review

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