Festivities for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix -- a race unique to Pittsburgh -- kick off this weekend with a test & tune at Pitt International Race Complex Friday, followed by the Black Tie & Tailpipes event at South Hills Country Club.
There will also be historic races at the race complex Saturday and Sunday, a Walnut Street car show Monday and Car Cruise at the Waterfront on Tuesday.
English Beat goes on
Back in its heyday, we didn't see much of The English Beat. Now, the two-tone ska legends are regular visitors and even include London-born toaster, Antonee First-Class, who lived for a time in Wilkinsburg.
Tonight, The English Beat, led by original frontman Dave Wakeling, plays a free show at Bessemer Court in Station Square, bringing such classics as "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it for Later," "Tears of a Clown" and "I Confess." The tour is in support of "The Complete Beat" boxed set and "Keep the Beat" greatest hits collection.
The show is at 6 p.m. All ages.
• Rootsy Rockville, Md., band O.A.R. comes up for its regular summer show, playing Stage AE Friday with Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone. Doors are 6 p.m. $30. www.ticketmaster.com.
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival was a wild one last year with Slayer, Motorhead and Slipknot playing to a violent mudbath on the First Niagara Pavilion hillside.
It returns Friday, this time with Rob Zombie moving over from Stage AE, where he's played the past two years, to take the headlining slot. Zombie comes with his first album in three years, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor," and the first to feature drummer Ginger Fish, who joins fellow Marilyn Manson alum John 5. Because it's a shorter festival set, Zombie has only added in a few of the new songs, to go with such staples as "Living Dead Girl," "Thunder Kiss '65" and "Dragula."
Also on the main stage will be Five Finger Death Punch, the LA metal band that gave us "War Is the Answer" and is about to release its fourth album, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1," and Mastodon, the Atlanta progressive metal band deemed by Rolling Stone to be "the greatest metal band of their generation." Opening the main stage will be Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth, which has been going hard for more than 20 years.
Working the side stages will be the likes of Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Children of Bodom and Emmure. It begins just after 1 p.m., with the main stage kicking in at 6:25 p.m. Tickets are $42-$89.20; ticketmaster.com.
Trail of Dead
... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead made one of the best albums of the previous decade with 2002's "Source Tags & Codes" and have been trying to matching it ever since.
The Austin, Texas, band -- with its sweeping mix of punk, noise and prog -- plays its first Pittsburgh show in eight years at the Rex Theatre, South Side, at 8 p.m. Friday on the Lost Summer Tour. It comes about a week before the band plays the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.
In October, the band released the acclaimed "Lost Songs," which Pitchfork called "a golden opportunity to rediscover a band that had to get a little lost in order to find itself again."
It is preparing to release the "Tao of the Dead Part III" EP on Sept. 24.
The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20; ticketfly.com.
• Pennywise, the Hermosa, Calif., punks who could alway be found on Warped, have reunited with longtime frontman Jim Lindberg, and will pull into Altar Bar, Strip, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$25; www.thealtarbar.com.
Record album cover artist Cal Schenkel -- best known for the legendary eye-popping covers he designed for many of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention records -- will be here for a show and sale of his work.
The event is presented by Pittsburgh-based independent record label Get Hip and is the first in a series of art exhibits they plan to present.
Starting in the late '60s, Cal Schenkel worked as a designer with Zappa on many of his recording projects, including "We're Only in it for the Money" -- a parody of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" cover, "Uncle Meat," "200 Motels" and others. He also did cover art for Tom Waits, The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His covers combined photographs, comic art and collage, and influenced future generations of artists and graphic designers.
The show and sale will feature original paintings and prints by Mr. Schenkel. He also designed a limited edition T-shirt and silkscreened poster for the event, which will be on sale during the exhibit.
It will be held Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Get Hip's third floor walk-up headquarters, 1800 Columbus Ave. in the R.J. Casey Industrial Park in Manchester. Information: 412-231-4766.
Hip-hop and pop
• Altar Bar plays host to one of the more anticipated shows for alt-hip-hop fans: El-P and Killer Mike, who recently released the collaborative album, "Run the Jewels," which has been described as "savage and witty." The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20; www.thealtarbar.com.
• Australian teen-pop star Cody Simpson has been sharing bills with Justin Bieber in Europe.
On Saturday, he arrives for a more intimate show at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead on his Paradise Tour. It comes in advance of his second album, "Surfers Paradise," which is due July 16. The show is at 7 p.m. with Ryan Beatty and is sold out. Tickets are $19.50; www.librarymusichall.com or 412-368-5225.
• Blue Redshift, a local musical collective that plays a combination of '70s-style jazz and funk alongside "sonic landscaping approaches," will perform at The Space Upstairs in Point Breeze as part of the venue's Second Saturdays program. The show, which will go from 8-11:55 p.m., will also feature multimedia works and "Freejazz" programming. $10 suggested donation. More at thespaceupstairs.org.
The pop bubblegum continues Sunday with Nick stars Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice bringing the Summer Break Tour to First Niagara Pavilion.
Big Time Rush, which broke out in 2010, just released a third studio album, "24/Seven," to coincide with the fourth season of the Nickelodeon show "Big Time Rush."
The Arizona Republic wrote of the show, "They bounced on trampolines and executed smooth if simple boy-band choreography while treating the fans to selections that spanned the course of their five years in show biz."
The 20-year-old Justice, who has appeared on the "Victorious" soundtracks, recently released the single "Gold" and is prepping a debut album for release in the late summer or fall.
It begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50; ticketmaster.com
NEED TO KNOW
• The free Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series continues with the '80s comedy-adventure "The Goonies" screening tonight in Brookline Memorial Park; Friday in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville; Saturday in Grandview Park, Mount Washington; and Sunday on Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland. Also on Saturday, Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, screens the Hitchcock classic "Psycho." The films begin at dusk.
• The free county concert series at Hartwood Acres continues with Celtic folk-rockers Great Big Sea at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and at South Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday with "Partridge Family" heartthrob David Cassidy, still a hit with the ladies at 63.
• It's time again for Downtown's Gallery Crawl at venues showcasing art and entertainment in the heart of the Cultural District. All events are free and take place Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and patrons may start at any location. Information, schedule: pgharts.org or 412-456-6666.
• Jeff Grubbs plays the Stars at Riverview Jazz Series in Riverview Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
• Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh plays the free Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
• "Clayton Days Revisited: A Project by Vik Muniz" opens Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Frick Art & Historical Center, Point Breeze. Reservations are recommended at 412-371-0600 ($12, members $10).The exhibition is an expansion upon a project Mr. Muniz, an internationally recognized artist, completed in residency at The Frick in 1999, and is shown with a selection of recent work. It continues through Oct. 27.artarchitecture - music