Fall Arts: Big-name acts bountiful for Pittsburgh concertgoers

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

Fall looks to be a fairly fruitful season for concerts this year, based on the shows that have been announced so far.

Pittsburgh finally has the world-class music festival it deserves, the VIA Festival, Oct. 1 to 6, now in its fourth year. The festival sets up cutting-edge music and visual/video artists in a large array of venues, including Chicago rapper Chief Keef, British producer Actress and Pittsburgh's world-champion drag queen Sharon Needles (who's hosting an opening night party shared with the Carnegie International).

Other big fall concerts include pop crooner Michael Buble at Consol Energy Center on Sept. 20, country singer Luke Bryan at First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 28. The '90s returns, briefly, with Nine Inch Nails at Petersen Events Center on Oct. 8, and Pearl Jam at Consol Energy Center on Oct. 11. Hip-hop hitmaker Drake is in town Oct. 18, also at Consol.

The moms of the world might already have Josh Groban penciled into their calendar Nov. 2 at Consol Energy Center, and the metalheads of the world are probably steeling themselves for Slayer at Stage AE on Nov. 20 as we speak. Then, Justin Timberlake will attempt to melt the ice at Consol Energy Center on Dec. 14. Timberlake's frequent collaborator Jay Z brings his Magna Carta tour to Consol on Jan. 21.

At smaller venues, country stars Big & Rich play Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, Burgettstown, on Nov. 9, and Bonnie Raitt and Marc Cohn are at Heinz Hall, Downtown, on Nov. 11.

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