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Bluegrass jam sessions bring out all types of musicians, fans

By Rex Rutkoski
Bluegrass music may still find its soul in the haunting “high, lonesome sound” said to be the essence of the genre. It is anything but lonely, ...

Jane Monheit swings in tribute to Judy Garland

By Bob Karlovits
Jane Monheit and Judy Garland share a great skill. “She could really swing,” Monheit said of the singer she called her “first hero.” She then proceeded to show she could do the same. Monheit brought her tribute to Judy Garland to the ...

Symphony’s ‘Music for the Spirit’ uplifts and exhilarates

By Mark Kanny
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s fall “Music for the Spirit” concert Nov. 20 was an uplifting experience, a memorable blend of inspired programming and bold performance. The performance took place in the acoustically superb Westminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. The sanctuary ...

Review: ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ soundtrack leaves listeners sated

By The Los Angeles Times
Recorded as if in a humid forest just after midnight, the soundtrack to “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1” is an immersive experience, one overwrought enough to darken candlelit teenage bedrooms but deep enough to reward more advanced exploration. ...

‘Music for the Spirit’ concerts among PSO director Honeck’s season favorites

By Mark Kanny
Manfred Honeck is looking forward to returning to Pittsburgh with special anticipation. The symphony’s music director is facing three weeks of performances, beginning with “Music ...

Monheit brings the magic of Judy Garland to Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

By Bob Karlovits
Jazz standards and show tunes, Judy Garland did them both well, singer Jane Monheit says. “She was an icon in music, a powerhouse in many ways,” ...

Singer-songwriter Janis Ian takes pride in honesty of work

By Bob Karlovits
Janis Ian has a professional philosophy built around the honesty of her music. “I spend more time trying to be a better writer than a richer ...

Battlefield Band headlines annual Balmoral Classic in Oakland

By Bob Karlovits
The music of the pipes-and-fiddle Battlefield Band got its inspiration directly from American folk music, not kilt-clad Highlands warriors, one of its members says. “We were ...

Foo Fighters tour coming Aug. 25 to First Niagara Pavilion

By Tribune-Review
The Foo Fighters are taking to the road next summer and fall for a stadium/arena/amphitheater tour that includes a stop Aug. 25 at First Niagara ...

Ross native Jamison makes ‘The Voice’ Top 10

By Kellie B. Gormly
Ross native Chris Jamison, who this week made it to the Top 10 of “The Voice,” previously had tried out for “American Idol” and got ...

Black Veil Brides headline Black Mass Tour at Stage AE

By Jack Fordyce
The Cincinnati-bred, Hollywood-based Black Veil Brides delivered a scorching performance to Pittsburgh fans who braved 20-degree temperatures to see their metalcore band idols. Wrapped in ...

Visit by Takei highlights Pittsburgh Symphony Pops sci-fi performance

By Mark Kanny
The Pittsburgh Symphony Pops returned to a familiar theme in “Sci-Fi Spectacular,” a program devised by frequent guest conductor Jack Everly and which had the first of three performances at Heinz Hall on Friday night. In recent years, every Pops ...

Company pushes button on radical idea: Cell-free concerts

By Jessica Federkeil
Sheena Ekas loves going to concerts, but she has started to find the other fans in attendance irritating. It seems like lately every time the Saxonburg ...

‘Sci-Fi Spectacular’ from Pittsburgh Symphony Pops goes where few Pops have gone before

By Mark Kanny
Guest conductor Jack Everly is particularly excited by the science-fiction theme of the program he’s bringing to the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops. He’s always been upbeat about ...

North Hills native hoping to make ‘The Voice’ top 12

By Tribune-Review
On Nov. 12, North Hills native Chris Jamison will learn whether he’s made the top 12 singers on NBC’s “The Voice.” Jamison performed Ed Sheeran’s ...

Grammy-winning artist McLachlan bringing tour to Pittsburgh

By Tribune-Review
Grammy-winning artist Sarah McLachlan will be bringing the second leg of her “Shine On Tour” to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center on March 11, 2015. The Canadian ...

Kenny Chesney returning to Heinz Field in May

By Tribune-Review
Country superstar Kenny Chesney is headed back to Heinz Field. According to the Heinz Field Twitter account (@HeinzField), Chesney will perform there on May 30, ...

Tickets available for Pittsburgh CLO’s ‘An American in Paris’

By Tribune-Review
Tickets are now on sale for the new Broadway-bound musical “An American in Paris,” which Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera is producing with the Paris-based Theatre du Chatelet. Through Nov. 23, those with a MasterCard can purchase tickets for the musical ...

Ford City Christmas fundraiser will feature Fabulous Hubcaps

By Ed Phillips
In order to light up the night, the Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership is bringing in the stars. As part of a fundraiser for Ford ...

Independent record label finds home in New Kensington

By Rex Rutkoski
Andre Carter likes helping people, loves music and takes great satisfaction in seeing others succeed. That happy convergence of interests has the Pittsburgh marketing executive, entrepreneur ...