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Hampton music lovers pay it forward with traveling musicians

By Rachel Weaver
Any musician knows life on the road can be tough. Between long drives and late nights, creature comforts can be hard to come by. For ...

Energetic guest conductor inspires fresh performances

By Mark Kanny
The Heinz Hall debut of conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada was quite an occasion Friday night because he showed many levels of mastery and inspired the musicians to emotionally generous performances. Orozco-Estrada, 37, became music director of the Houston Symphony in September. He ...

Faddis pays homage to greats, but forges his own way

By Bob Karlovits
Jon Faddis led his big band with a touch of the famous big bands led by trumpeters, but he also forges his own way. The powerhouse brass man let his Jazz Orchestra of New York City in a concert that showed ...

Barry Manilow plays Pittsburgh ‘one last time’

By Jack Fordyce
Pop star Barry Manilow is preparing to retire from touring after some four decades of performing — but not before bringing his “One Last Time!” ...

3 venues making Dormont the place to be for live music

By Rege Behe
Hipsters are always on the prowl for emerging neighborhoods with new bars that dispense overpriced beverages and showcase bands that range from the unskilled to ...

Decemberists look forward to warm reception at Benedum Center after break

By Alan Sculley
In 2011, the Decemberists hit a new pinnacle when the group’s album, “The King is Dead,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart. The band ...

Orozco-Estrada to debut with Pittsburgh Symphony

By Mark Kanny
As much as we look forward to the return of performers who’ve earned our interest, the anticipation of a debut has a special excitement. The ...

Super Salsa Weekend brings ‘joy’ to Pittsburgh

By Rex Rutkoski
Get ready to dance the weekend away. The energies of Pittsburgh Salsa and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are the ingredients for a Super Salsa Weekend ...

Ryan’s music draws from Ireland, U.S. shores

By Bob Karlovits
Cathie Ryan says she is “drawing the water from two wells” with regard to her music and her life. The Irish-American singer, who grew up in ...

Hard Rain goes ‘Deep in the Shadows’ for new release

By Rege Behe
Bill Toms’ band, Hard Rain, features some of the best rock musicians from Western Pennsylvania. But the music they perform with Toms isn’t strictly rock ...

Perfume Genius makes sweet sounds, sometimes from sad

By Michael Machosky
Perfume Genius, the alias preferred by Mike Hadreas, can somehow make the ugliest stories, memories and words come out smelling sweet. The song “Fool” is kind ...

Faddis trumpets the subtleties, nuances of jazz

By Bob Karlovits
Jon Faddis is coming to Pittsburgh to ensure that a great Duke Ellington work gets its due. The powerhouse trumpet player says when he began ...

‘Stand by Me’ among 25 records being preserved at Library of Congress

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and ...

Brad Paisley to play First Niagara on June 26

By Tribune-Review
Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley will play at 7:30 p.m. June 26 at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown. General tickets for the show …

Variety in all ways spices ‘Out & About’

By Tribune-Review
‘Out & About’ Andy Galore (Motema) It is hard to decide which is more important on “Out & About”: the variety of the music ...

Review: PSO changes pace with baroque for ‘Bach’s Coffee House’

By Mark Kanny
Baroque music provided an especially rewarding change of pace for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its audience at Friday night’s concert, the first of three performances. The differences in emotional focus and musical textures from classical, romantic and later styles ...

Duquesne Orchestra to play final Heinz Hall show

By Mark Kanny
A hall is to an orchestra as an instrument is to a musician, says Jeffrey Turner, music director of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra and principal ...

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild lineup includes Yellowjackets, Al Jarreau

By Bob Karlovits
Jazz stars from Jack DeJohnette to David Sanborn and four concerts by jazz orchestras highlight the upcoming season at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. The season, which ...

Iris, Chedwick, Christie join Pittsburgh rock legends

By Rex Rutkoski
Two of the region’s favorite musical sons and a pioneering disc jockey were announced March 19 as recipients of the 2015 Pittsburgh Rock ’n’ Roll Legends Awards. The awards will be presented April 23 during induction ceremonies, a concert and auction ...

Drowning Pool brings ‘gems’ out on tour

By Alan Sculley
A few months ago, Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce got a major surprise as he searched for material to include on a deluxe reissue of ...