Hot Ticket: Garcia celebration; bluegrass festival; Frampton's Guitar Circus
The many fans of the Grateful Dead's founder Jerry Garcia will encounter a new way to experience his rich legacy on Tuesday when the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration comes to Heinz Hall.
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Warren Haynes will star in the show, which also will include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fawzi Haimor. It will feature Garcia's compositions as well as standards the Grateful Dead made its own.
Haynes has often performed with the Dead since Garcia's death in 1995, and was a member of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.
The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. June 18 at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Admission is $30 to $78.
Details: 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
— Mark Kanny
Still in the Hills, a first-year bluegrass festival at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, is the kind of event mandolin ace Sam Bush finds exciting.
“We can find a little freedom in an event like this,” Bush says about the two days of music June 15 and 16. “If you are playing for an audience who isn't expecting something special, it gives you the chance to do some of our 'newgrass.' ”
Such “newgrass,” with more electric instruments, is what makes Kentucky-born, Nashville-resident. Bush says some rock fan look at his various groups as rather traditional, while bluegrass fans see them as being too much like rock bands. That gives him the chance to roam different directions with his music.
Bush and his Ambush band will be the headliners at the event featuring more than 20 bands at the Somerset County resort. They will play June 15 in a day also featuring Gangstagrass, Bucky Covington and Joe Purdy. Music June 16 will feature Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, the Last Bison and Rising Appalachia.
There will be music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day with fireworks at dusk June 15. The festival also will feature talks on mountain culture, sustainability, green living, along with small-batch spirits tastings.
Two-day general admission tickets are $85 and one-day tickets are $65. Detail: 800-452-2223 or www.7springs.com
— Bob Karlovits
Peter Frampton and Robert Cray have one thing in common. They both play guitar really, really well.
Other than that, they aren't very similar — Frampton is a ‘70s rock radio hitmaker, and master of the “talkbox,” an effects unit that alters the sound of the electric guitar, making it sound like a person talking. It's weird, but fun.
Robert Cray is a slick, mainstream electric bluesman with a smooth-sounding voice.
They're both part of Frampton's Guitar Circus, coming to Stage AE on June 15. Yes, there will be guitars. The show, which also features former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $25 to $49. Details: 800-745-3000 or www.stageae.com.
— Michael Machosky
To celebrate the Fourth of July, the Carnegie Science Center is adding the patriotic “Spirit of America” to its lineup of laser shows that will be playing June 14 through July 11.
“Spirit of America” features songs from artists including Garth Brooks, John Fogerty and John Mellencamp. Another new show in the lineup is “Laser Bieber,” with animated graphics and 3D atmospheric effects that will pulse to Justin Bieber's popular music.
“Spirit of America” will play at a 3 p.m. matinee Mondays through Fridays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. “Laser Bieber” will play at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Other shows on Friday and Saturday nights include “Lasers of Oz” at 7 p.m., “Bob Marley” at 10 p.m., “SkrillStep” at 11 p.m., and “Midnight Floyd” at midnight. The cost is $8, with additional shows for $5. Details: 412-237-3400 or www.carnegiesciencecenter.org
— Kellie B. Gormly
Bruce Willis in needlepoint! Arnold Schwarzenegger on a quilt! A woodcut print of Liam Neeson!
This Father's Day weekend why not take Dad to see “Craft Hard,” Wildcard's latest group exhibit featuring art and craftworks inspired by action movies? On display are several pieces in needlepoint, print works and quilts focused on the sweaty brows of many of Hollywood's action heroes, created by artists Andrew O. Ellis, Tara Goe, Elliot McNally and Mario Zucca.
WildCard is located at 4209 Butler St. in Lawrenceville and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Also, open late Thursdays until 8 p.m.
Details: 412-224-2651 or www.wildcardpgh.com
— Kurt Shaw