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Hot Picks: Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band unite

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:20 p.m.
Country singer Ronnie Dunn
Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony
Mark Seliger
Derek Trucks and Susan Teseschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Scott Nicklos
From left, Tressa Glover, Ricardo Vila-Roger, Colleen Pulawski, Cameron Knight, John Garet Stoker, and Todd Betker in “Oedipus and the Foul Mess In Thebes” by No Name Players
Jude Pohl
Katie Zemaitis, Anita Spano, Susan Franz and Nancy Shawgo in Pohl Productions' 'Retro Nuns.'
Lisa Primerano, of Lawrenceville, has been taking long-distance journeys on her bike for the last five years. Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review

Stronger together

On the surface, retro-rockers theBlack Crowes and modern blues giants theTedeschi Trucks Band seem like an odd pairing.

The Black Crowes revived the rootsy, swaggering style of the Stones and Aerosmith back when those bands were struggling to recall what made them great in the first place. The Tedeschi Trucks Band is basically the first family of blues-rock, with singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitar-whiz husband, Derek Trucks, bringing the guitar-geek goods, night after night.

Both acts, however, have a reverence for the blues as the basis of all good rock 'n' roll and see showmanship as a key part of the package. They'll be performing Aug. 7 at Stage AEon the North Shore, with openers theLondon Souls at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. Details: 800-745-3000 or

— Michael Machosky

Sold on Fifth Harmony

All-female teen pop groupFifth Harmony is set to perform its debut single “Miss Movin' On” at the Mall at Robinson at 4 p.m. Aug 1.

The group was organized by Simon Cowell on “The X Factor,” and the girls have performed their music on “The Today Show” and have received attention from Billboard and Seventeen magazines.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a backpack filled with school supplies to benefit the Education Partnership's Pack the Truck school supply drive to receive a $5 mall gift card. Admission is free. Details: 412-788-0819

— Emma Deihle

Take this music, to have & to hold

Matrimony is a family affair — at least where the band from North Carolina is concerned. The folk/rock/pop/bluegrass band will be this month's guest at the First Fridays at the Frick program Aug. 2 in Point Breeze.

The band's energetic music is produced by the husband-wife duo of Jimmy Brown and Ashlee Hardee Brown, along with her brothers, Jordan and CJ Hardee.

Matrimony began as a duo — which seems appropriate — when the two Browns began singing at clubs in Charlotte, N.C. They broadened their sound and added the two Hardee brothers, creating a lively blend built around Jimmy's and Ashlee's great voices.

The First Fridays event are held behind Clayton, the home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, at the Frick Art & Historical Center. The events offer a great setting for packing in a meal and refreshments, but food also is sold at the Café at the Frick.

Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 per adult donation is suggested. Details: 412-371-0600 or

— Bob Karlovits

Tale as old as time

Playwright Sean Graney weaves the works of three iconic Greek playwrights into “Oedipus and the Foul Mess In Thebes,” a brand-new work by the No Name Players.

Graney draws on Aeschylus' “The Seven Against Thebes,” Sophocles' “Oedipus Rex,” “Oedipus in Colonus” and “Antigone” and Euripides' “The Phoenician Women.”

Graney's rock-inspired contemporary take on the classic tale is billed as a tale of lust, intrigue and revenge.

Performances are Aug. 2 to 17 at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at Off The Wall Theater, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. Admission: $20; $15 in advance

Details: 412-207-7111 or

— Alice T. Carter

The ride of a lifetime

The Carnegie Science Center welcomes Pittsburgh native Lisa Primerano at 5 p.m. Aug. 3 to the center's Bike's Plaza to give her “Pedaling the Planet” presentation, which chronicles her journey down the Pacific Coast of the United States on her folding bicycle.

Primerano will discuss physics, geography and bicycle safety. Visitors will view pictures of her voyage and will be engaged by a model campsite and fully loaded touring bicycle. The presentation is given in conjunction with the science center's newest exhibit, “Bikes: Science on Two Wheels.” Admission is free. Details: 412-237-3400 or

— Emma Deihle

Dunn is doin' it by himself

Ronnie Dunn, best known as half of the Brooks & Dunn country music duo that broke up in 2011, will bring his solo tour to the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington on Aug. 3.

Since parting ways with Kix Brooks two years ago, Dunn put out a self-titled debut album with Arista Nashville that produced the Top 10 single “Bleed Red” and singles “Cost of Livin'” and “Let the Cowboy Rock.”

Dunn's new single, “Kiss You There,” comes from his upcoming album with his new record company HitShop Records, which works with his own Little Will-E Records. Saturday's nearly sold-out, outdoor show begins at 8 p.m., and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $19.95 to $29.95. Details: 800-745-3000 or

— Kellie B. Gormly

Old school, new laughs

Resurrection has a new meaning when you're talking about the Servants of Our Lady of Joyful Agony and Grief.

Producers Jude and Shirley Pohl are once again featuring their flock of zany nuns in“Retro Nuns,” yet another of their original revues at the Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre in Bethel Park.

This time, the Sisters are on a national tour performing their favorite songs from the '50s and '60s — along with a few ringers from the '70s.

The dinner theater event includes a traditional church supper of fried chicken, stuffed cabbage, pierogies, broccoli-cheddar bake, fire and ice salad and assorted cookies and brownies for dessert. Meal service precedes evening shows and follows the Aug. 11 matinee.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 23 and 24 with dinner from 6:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11 with dinner after the show. Price of the dinner-theater package is $40, which includes tax and tip. Reservations are required.

Details: 724-746-1178

— Alice T. Carter

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