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Jack White visits Stage AE July 27

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Jack White will bring his solo band to Pittsburgh for the first time July 27 for a show at Stage AE Outdoors.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at A limited number of presale tickets will be available to members of Third Man's Vault at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The singer-songwriter-guitarist has played here several times as a member of the White Stripes and The Raconteurs but did not stop here on the tour supporting his highly acclaimed 2012 solo debut, "Blunderbuss." That tour featured two bands -- one all male (The Buzzards) and one all female (The Peacocks) -- that varied from night to night.

The Detroit native, now based in Nashville, Tenn., where he runs his own label, Third Man Records, will release his second solo album, "Lazaretto," June 10. Last week he announced that he will commemorate Record Store Day (April 19) by attempting to set a Guinness world record for "the world's fastest-released record" by recording and releasing the album's title track on the same day.

Opening the Pittsburgh show will be New Orleans singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker, who is set to release his ATO debut in the fall.

Nickel Creek, which has been on hiatus since 2007, will regroup for a tour that stops at Stage AE Outdoors July 22.

Tickets are $35 and go on sale Friday at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at

The Grammy-winning folk/bluegrass trio -- violinist Sara Watkins, mandolinist Chris Thile and guitarist Sean Watkins -- recently reunited to produce a sixth record, "A Dotted Line," that was released last week. It coincides with Nickel Creek's 25th anniversary.

Booked for The Club at Stage AE on June 22 is Nashville band The Wild Feathers. Tickets are $13 advance/$15 day of show and go on sale Friday.

The 10th annual Blues Challenge on Saturday at the Tonidale in Oakdale produced a pair of winners that will represent Pittsburgh at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Fourteen acts competed, with Bo Hog Brothers winning for best band and Eugene Morgan and the Junk Man taking best duo.

Winning the Jim Weber Memorial Award for best overall guitarist was the Bo Hog Brothers' Greg Krupa.

Scott Mervis:; 412-263-2576. Twitter: @scottmervis_pg.

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