Hot Ticket: Luke Bryan; ComiCon; Art Car Festival
LUKE BRYAN AT FIRST NIAGARA
Luke Bryan has taken an unusual approach to the business side of his career since winning the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year in April: He's turning down almost everything.
Rather than cashing in on his win and successful ACM co-hosting gig with Blake Shelton, country music's newest platinum-selling, arena-filling star has decided to leave sacks of money on the table, ignore television and double down on the live performances that have gotten him this far.
“It's my first year in,” the 37-year-old Georgia native said. “I won entertainer of the year, and I ain't really been an entertainer yet, or what the definition of that is. I had the same feelings when I was asked to co-host with Blake. I turned the ACMs down the first time.”
Bryan, who performs Sept. 28 at First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, reached platinum status with 2011's “Tailgates & Tanlines.” His latest album, “Crash My Party,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in August, and it is expected to be the year's top-selling country album. Last week, he led Billboard's hot country songs and top country albums charts for a fourth straight week, with “That's My Kind of Night” and “Crash My Party,” respectively.
The Sept. 28 show, with opening acts Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line, is sold out.
Details: 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com
— Staff and wire reports
DECORATED CARS ON DISPLAY
Each year since 1995, Jason Sauer has chosen a car, painted it and wrecked it in an American folk art performance of demolition derby at the Great Stoneboro Fair in Mercer.
The remains of this year's car will be equipped with an audio-visual display and presented as sculpture as part of a multi-city tour stopping in Pittsburgh from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Pittsburgh Art Car Festival on a side street and parking lot off of Penn Avenue along Winebiddle Street in Friendship.
The festival is a car exhibit and community event with a focus on street-legal vehicles that artists have permanently altered. It will include an opening performance by Phat Man Dee, timed art duels, children's activities, food and craft vendors, musical and dance performances, airbrushing and face painting.
— Rachel Weaver
VARIETY SHOW AT BRICOLAGE
Shakespeare goes Dahntahn as Bricolage Production Company salutes the Bard in “Shakesburgh,” which kicks off season five of Midnight Radio.
According to the news release: “A yinzer will be tamed, hauses will be divided and a coward will die his last death” as actors Patrick Jordan, Sam Turich, Elena Alexandratos and Sheila McKenna perform in this variety show in the style of an old-time radio broadcast. The Living Room Chamber Music Project also will offer musical interludes.
Each Midnight Radio episode includes classic radio plays performed with vintage sound effects, comedic news segments, commercial spoofs and game shows.
Performances are Sept. 26 to Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at Bricolage Production Company, 937 Liberty Ave. Downtown. Admission is $25; $15 for students and seniors.
Details: 412-471-0999 or www.bricolagepgh.org
— Alice T. Carter
HARPISTS PRESENT PROGRAM
Harpists Grainne Hambly and William Jackson will present a program called “Two Sides of Celtic” on Sept. 29 on the North Side, part of the Tiffany Concert Series which benefits the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society.
The Irish and Scottish music will range from ancient music written for klans and kings to contemporary tunes written by Junior Crehan and Patrick Davey.
Hambly won the senior all-Ireland titles on harp and concertina in 1994, has published three CDs and two books of her arrangements and tours internationally. Jackson has been a major figure in traditional Scottish music since he formed his band Ossian in 1976.
The concert is presented in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society.
The music starts at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave., North Side. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.
— Mark Kanny
VOICE OF OSCAR AT COMICON
The voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street,” Caroll Spinney, will be coming to Monroeville this weekend to sign autographs and do some sketching for his first visit to the annual Pittsburgh ComiCon, which is a three-day celebration of all things comic.
Spinney has been performing the roles of Oscar and Big Bird, with their distinctive voices, for more than 40 years and still loves doing it. He is not only a puppeteer, but a painter and cartoonist. At the event, you can meet Spinney and purchase autographed photos and sketches, along with other merchandise.
Spinney will appear all three days of ComicCon, from Sept. 27 to 29, at the Monroeville Convention Center. From 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 29, Spinney will participate in a Q&A, hosted by the ToonSeum's Joe Wos.
Show hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. Admission is $20 for one day, $35 for two days and $50 for three.
— Kellie B. Gormly
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates
- Apple Hill Playhouse takes on an updated ‘Snow White’
- PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
- Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
- Clairton summer workshop helps students improve writing skills
- Man charged with passing counterfeit bills at Rivers Casino
- Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
- Westmoreland County on pace to surpass record for drug-related fatalities
- McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
- Don’t remove history’s lessons
- Bookings for August Wilson Center climb, but permanent board yet to be set