Local Scene: 'Tommy' in full; 'Dave-Aid' on Sunday

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WHO-VILLE

• The Who -- as in Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and some ringers -- was here in November to pour what's left of its youthful energy into an amazing reading of rock opera "Quadrophenia."

On Friday, a handful of Who-loving Pittsburghers will assemble at Club Cafe in an attempt to do justice to its 1969 forerunner, "Tommy."

The story of the pinball wizard will be performed by Josh Verbanets (Meeting of Important People), Guy Russo (Broken Fences), Nathan Zoob and Max Somerville (Backstabbing Good People), James Rushin (composer and arranger) and more.

The groundbreaking rock opera -- sporting such classic songs as "I'm Free," "Amazing Journey," "Pinball Wizard" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" -- had a big impact on all of these young musicians.

" 'Tommy' was the first album I ever bought," Mr. Zoob said in a statement. "I put the record on my home stereo, turned the lights out, and closed my eyes. I didn't understand the story, but the music was an epiphany. Nothing in my life was the same after that."

" 'Tommy' was my dad's favorite album in 1969," Mr. Verbanets said. "Thirty years later he was shocked and confused to find that it was his son's favorite record, too. My dad played me 'Tommy' on a CD in his car during a trip one afternoon, and I became addicted to it immediately."

Mr. Russo added, "I'm still making discoveries. Townshend's genius is daunting."

The show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 presale (available through Ticketweb.com), $12 at the door.

DAVE-AID

• Blues artist Dave Iglar has been part of the music scene here for nearly 40 years as a guitarist, bandleader and instructor.

The musician from North Fayette continues to perform while recovering from cancer surgery and receiving radiation treatments.

On Sunday, friends and fellow musicians will gather for Dave-Aid, featuring performances by Pete Hewlett & Scott Anderson, Miss Freddye & Her Band, Bill Ali Band with Matt Barranti, Eugene Morgan, The Dave Iglar Band and members of theCAUSE.

It runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at Joey D's Bar & Grille in Harmar. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and proceeds from the show and buffet dinner will go toward his medical expenses. They are available at www.daveiglar.com/daveaid.

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