Other Picks: Resonance Works, Cello Fury, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra team up
Public Image returned
One of the great musical troublemakers of all time, John Lydon has been bent on destroying the cliches of rock and pop music since the mid-'70s.
Though he's still probably best known as Johnny Rotten, singer for the The Sex Pistols (the guy who kicked the whole punk-rock thing into high gear), his most ambitious music has been made under the guise of Public Image Ltd.
Starting in 1978, Lydon created PiL to put some distance between himself and the notoriously self-destructive, musically stagnant Sex Pistols — and to explore his long-held fascination with the heavy bass sounds of dub reggae.
Lydon's inimitable lyrics and caustic sneer were the only real constant, though, as the band covered more musical ground than just about anyone.
Lydon and company are back on the road, and coming Nov. 12 to the Altar Bar in the Strip District. Tickets are $31 to $33.
Details: 412-206-9719 or thealtarbar.com
Vance Gilbert brings not just original songwriting to his performances, but also a keen sense of humor.
Since appearing on the music scene in the early 1990s, he's put out 10 albums and opened for the likes of Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, George Carlin and Shawn Colvin. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the Philadelphia native has the “voice of an angel, the wit of the devil and the guitar playing of a god.”
Gilbert will bring all his talents to the Roots Cellar at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside on Nov. 12, as a guest of Calliope.
The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28, $12 for full-time students with ID.
Details: 412-361-1915 or calliopehouse.org
Behind the Village
Have you ever wondered what's the back rooms and basements or attics of museums? I mean, there's bound to be some bonus neat stuff, right?
A Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Old Economy Village on Nov. 12 will allow visitors to do just that — explore the unexplored parts of the Ambridge, Beaver County, village that depicts a 19th-century German religious settlement.
Explore the usually hidden areas in the Harmonist buildings, along with the artifacts in storage. The tour involves climbing stairs and walking on uneven terrain.
The tour will begin promptly at 6 p.m., and light refreshments and nonalcoholic beverages will be served after the tour. Participants may bring alcoholic drinks. The cost is $20, and registration is required. Contact Elaine Voss at 724-266-4500, ext. 101.
There's always room for Cello
Eight cellists from three artistic groups — Resonance Works, Cello Fury and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — will come together for a one-night-only evening of cello music.
“8-Cello Sound Fusion” will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside.
The program feature the work of Heitor Villa-Lobos through his Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 & No. 5 for cello octet. In addition, some of Cello Fury's original works will be performed.
As Cello Fury, cellists Nicole Myers, Simon Cummings and Ben Munoz and drummer David Throckmorton have performed on radio and television, in clubs, concert halls and at music festivals. They have collaborated with artists in dance, theater, opera and orchestra, as well as with rock bands and singer-songwriters.
Joining Cello Fury will be Resonance Works artists Hannah Whitehead and Katya Janpoladyan, along with Michael DeBruyn, Adam Liu and Alexandra Thompson of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
The church is at 5701 Fifth Ave. Tickets are $10 to $30.
Details: 412-501-3330 or resonanceworks.org