Hot Pick: Carnival of Madness; James Hunter R&B at South Park
When Shinedown comes to town
The Carnival of Madness tour — featuring headliner Shinedown, a hard rock/alternative metal band — is set for Aug. 20 at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown.
The lineup includes other similar groups like Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We As Human. The tour is expected to be one of the summer's biggest. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Shinedown is known for hits that include “If You Only Knew,” “Bully,” “Second Chance” and “The Sound of Madness.”
The shindig begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $65. Details: 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com
— Kellie B. Gormly
Need a Brit of rhythm and blues in your life?
James Hunter has made his fascination with American rhythm and blues pay off.
Hunter, who grew up in England listening to classics from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, will show off his mastery of that style with his James Hunter Six on Aug. 16 at South Park.
The band, with its two-horn front line, cranks out a throaty sound with a strong Motown accent.
Hunter and the band's new album, “Minute by Minute,” is the awaited followup to 2008's “The Hard Way” and shows off their energetic blend of R&B and even Van Morrison-like jazz.
Morrison, by the way, caught Hunter at a show in the 1990s and signed him as an opening act. He calls Hunter “the best-kept secret in British R&B and soul.”
Music begins at 7:30 p.m. at theSouth Park Amphitheater. Admission is free. Details: 412-835-4810 or www.alleghenycounty.us/summer.
— Bob Karlovits
Always a country boy
Charlie Daniels — the outspoken “long-haired country boy” legend of country music and Southern rock — is bringing his band Aug. 16 to the Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
The Charlie Daniels Band put out its most recent album, “Hits of the South,” in February. The album features many song remakes, including a Daniels-style take on ZZ Top's “Sharp Dressed Man.”
The band is best known for hits including “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Uneasy Rider,” “Simple Man,” and “Long Haired Country Boy.” Daniels, a North Carolinian, has been performing since the late '60s. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $75. Details: 724-836-8000 or www.thepalacetheatre.org
— Kellie B. Gormly
Here's looking at music, kid
Being the opening gig for Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is not an easy job, but Marty Ashby can handle it.
The guitarist and executive producer of MCG Jazz at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild will lead his quartet at a free concert Aug. 17 in Riverview Park, North Side.
A guitarist who is skillful at solo as well as ensemble work, he will be the guest at this week's Stars at Riverview concert. His band also will feature bassist Dwayne Dolphin, drummer Thomas Wendt and saxophonist Erik Lawrence.
But he will be the opening act to some masterful performances of another mind: Bogart, Bergman, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains and Paul Henreid in the pre-World War II masterpiece “Casablanca.”
That screening is part of theCinema in the Park program. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the film at dusk.
Details on the concert: 412-255-2493; on the film: 412-422-6426 or www.citiparks.net.
— Bob Karlovits
More beautiful dreamers
The new art exhibition, “Julia: Paintings by Sonja Sweterlitsch,” is an outgrowth of the painter's December 2012 show “Beautiful Dreamers,” which featured portraits of 16 women who make Pittsburgh an exceptional city.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julia Erickson was one of the 16 in the December show. The new show is an example of a “serial portrait” series, such as the Helga portraits by Andrew Wyeth. Sweterlitsch's new show employed photographs the artist took of Erickson in different moods and different places. The centerpiece is a diptych of the dancer as Odette and Odile in “Swan Lake.”
The public reception for the show, which runs through Sept. 14, is 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at Boxheart Gallery, 4523 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Admission is free.
Details: 412-687-8858 or www.boxheartgallery.com
— Mark Kanny