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Photo gallery: Luke Bryan at First Niagara Pavilion

By Tribune-Review 12:21 a.m.
Country music star Luke Bryan kicked off the first of two concerts to a sold-out crowd in Pittsburgh Friday night at First Niagara Pavilion. Touring …

Old Crow Medicine Show ‘Raise a Ruckus’ at Stage AE

By Jack Fordyce
Pittsburgh fans gave a warm welcome to Old Crow Medicine Show and special guest Sturgill Simpson on a balmy, bluegrass-filled Wednesday night at Stage AE. The ...

Out of the Blue rediscovers winning musical formula

By Rege Behe
In 1993, Out of the Blue won the Graffiti Rock Challenge, then the most prestigious award in Western Pennsylvania for emerging bands. It was an intoxicating ...

Pop band One Direction is moving forward with tour stop at Heinz Field

By Katelyn Ferral
One Direction stops in Pittsburgh next week, on the heels of the band’s fifth anniversary, to perform at Heinz Field. The show is a part ...

Luke Bryan’s country-music charm not outlaw style

By Kellie B. Gormly
One concert for country sensation Luke Bryan, even at a huge venue like the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, isn’t enough to support his fan ...

Graham Nash’s summer break ... is going out on tour solo

By Alan Sculley
Having wrapped up a tour in May with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and with a fall tour of Europe already on the books, Graham Nash ...

Van Halen plays plenty of favorites in First Niagara show

By Kellie B. Gormly
David Lee Roth, back as the colorful frontman of legendary rock group Van Halen, doesn’t really blend in with the rest of the band. Watching …

Review: Opera Theater Summerfest continues to impress with ‘Capriccio’

By Mark Kanny
Once again, opera lovers are in debt to Opera Theater Summerfest for presenting a great but neglected opera in a persuasive performance. Summerfest’s staging of “Capriccio” by Richard Strauss, seen July 25 at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland, was ...

Review: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble adds fresh take to revival

By Mark Kanny
Given the creative ferment that defines the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, it was no surprise that its revival of the 2010 program “Flight” as “Return Flight” was a fresh experience. The basic structure remained the same. The 11 movements of ...

Smith’s blend of classical, jazz creates enjoyable ride

By Tribune-Review
‘Jazz Suite for the Bassoon’ Daniel Smith (Summit) Obviously inspired by composers Claude Bolling and the late Gunther Schuller, Daniel Smith takes his bassoon through a genre-shifting journey “Jazz Suite for the Bassoon.” The title piece is a three-movement ...

Madonna feels like Picasso, says art has no expiration date

By The Associated Press
Madonna thinks artists deep into their careers should stop if they don’t have anything more to say. But, at 56, the singer says she still has things to talk about, and, in short, she feels like Pablo Picasso. “I like ...

Summerfest brings Strauss romantic opera ‘Capriccio’ to Pittsburgh

By Mark Kanny
In Pittsburgh, we encounter the music of Richard Strauss almost exclusively in the concert hall, especially his tone poems, such as “Ein Heldenleben” or “Also sprach Zarathustra.” But when U.S. troops came to his home in southern Germany near the ...

Rascal Flatts looks to ‘Rewind’ to keep it fresh at First Niagara show

By Alan Sculley
In June, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts did something he’d wanted to do for his entire life — see the Rolling Stones in concert ...

Review: Compelling new opera, ‘Fallout,’ revisits 1960s, dangers of pesticides

By Mark Kanny
Summerfest launched its ambitious new series of operas with contemporary relevance on July 19 with a powerful environmental statement called “A New Kind of Fallout.” ...

Clarkson, Pentatonix impress the crowd at First Niagara Pavilion

By Kellie B. Gormly
The stage at the First Niagara Pavilion throbbed on Sunday with live music from two of Texas’ finest musical acts. Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix, both …

Blawnox blues joint fulfills owner’s dream

By Rex Rutkoski
In Ron “Moondog” Esser’s personal journal of life, he has an idea that has guided him through most of his 56 years: “If we pay ...

Pianist’s energetic playing brings hope to trio genre

By Tribune-Review
‘Covered’ Robert Glasper Trio (Blue Note) Pianist Robert Glasper plays in such an original manner, he can bring life to a form that often ...

Former PSO director Maazel’s legacy gains clarity after death

By Mark Kanny
The legacy of a great musician has dimensions that can only be outlined by obituaries or history books. Before recordings, composers were the only musicians ...

Slayer eager to contribute to Mayhem Festival at First Niagara Pavilion

By Alan Sculley
The show Slayer will play this summer as headliner of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival isn’t what the band had in mind when the ...

Pentatonix’s road to musical success didn’t follow usual drumbeat

By Kellie B. Gormly
It all started with three “total choir nerds and music nerds in band” at an Arlington, Texas, high school. From there, Pentatonix has done its share ...