The Hot List of events for the coming weekend


Tribal rock meets classic reggae as Rusted Root teams up with The Wailers to co-headline Stage AE tonight.

"We are super psyched to be playing with The Wailers," Root singer Liz Berlin said from a tour stop. "Their music is fundamental in the development of all roots music, and we are honored to be sharing the stage with them this summer. The Pittsburgh show is going to be off the hook!"

Root -- with the current tour lineup of Michael Glabicki (vocals, guitar), Liz Berlin (vocals, percussion), Patrick Norman (vocals, bass, percussion), Preach Freedom (percussion) and Dirk Miller (guitar) -- is still on tour with its Shanachie debut and seventh album, "The Movement."

"We are developing songs for the new album right now," Ms. Berlin said, "so there are a lot of new songs in the set and the fans seem to be digging them in a big way."

The Wailers, formed in 1969 and famed for being the backup band for Bob Marley, are led by bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, co-producer on many of Marley's records.

To mark the 30th anniversary of The Wailers' iconic "Legend" album, the band is performing "Legend" in its entirety.

Doors are 6 p.m. $25; or 1-800-745-3000.

Idlewild opens

When Idlewild and Soak Zone in Ligonier opens for its 137th season today park guests will notice something missing.

The Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe ride concluded its 25-year run at the close of last season and will be revamped for 2015 with the new theme of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," PBS's successor program to "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

The old Neighborhood of Make-Believe ride opened in 1989 and featured animatronic versions of King Friday XIII, X the Owl, the Platypus family and Daniel Striped Tiger.

In its place this summer, a costumed version of the Daniel Tiger character will appear at the site of the ride, noon-7 p.m. daily.

Among other new offerings will be additions to the park's lineup of family-friendly special events: Mike the Knight, from the popular Nick Jr. children's show "Mike the Knight" will appear at Idlewild July 21-25, and on Sept. 6-7, the park will hold Fall of the Leaf festival, featuring musical acts, an antique car show and crafters.

One-day Funday admission for ages 3-59 starts at $27.99 and for those 60 and up $23.99. Discounts are available on online ticket purchases, group rates and special season passes. Details:

The season runs through Sept. 14.


New Music encounters

The first Pittsburgh Festival of New Music breaks barriers with programming that will expose listeners to contemporary "classical" music -- whether they plan on it or not. It opens today with a production of Robert Ashley's made-for-TV opera "Perfect Lives" that will be performed episodically in the locations in which the scenes are set. As you deposit a check at the bank or walk your dog through a park, you may encounter members of the music collective Varispeed.

Other highlights include pianist-composer Frederic Rzewski playing his own works, the Bugallo-Williams piano duo, Alia Music Pittsburgh, 99 percussionists in John Luther Adams' "Inuksuit" and more. Prices range from free to $15; locations vary. The festival runs through Sunday. Information:, or 412-361-0194.

fireWALL debuts

Off the Wall Productions has added a new member to its Carnegie family of performers, the fireWALL Dance Theater Company. The six-member troupe debuts its first full production this weekend with "On the Rox," a combination of history and dance created by fireWall's Elisa-Marie Alaio. "On the Rox" begins in the late '30s in a New York City hotel bar and transitions from one decade to the next, spanning 50 years.

Company members are Maria Gardner, Darren McArthur, Cammi Nevarez, Jenna Rae Smith, Antwane Younger and Ms. Alaio. Performances at Off the Wall Theater, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie, are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 29-31 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5-$20 at or 1-888-71-TICKETS. Information:

Louie at Latitude

Louie Anderson, an Emmy winner ranked on the list of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time," performs at Latitude 360, Robinson, Friday and Saturday.

Mr. Anderson, who headlines his own stand-up show "Louie Live" in Las Vegas, starred in the CBS sitcom "The Louie Show," did five specials for HBO and Showtime and hosted the series "Family Feud."

He has written three books, including the best-selling "Dear Dad: Letters From an Adult Child" and "The F Word: How to Survive Your Family."

Shows are 8 p.m. Tickets are $20;


Aerial Adventure

The National Aviary's historic rose garden gets some new action with "Taking Flight: An Aerial Adventure," opening Saturday and running through Sept. 1.

The free-flight show combines live narration and music and gives audiences an up-close look at colorful macaws, massive Eurasian eagle owls and even a rowdy kookaburra species exhibiting natural behaviors in dynamic ways.

Shows will run twice daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outdoors in the rose garden. Show is included free with the price of National Aviary admission.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $14; $12 children; $13 seniors 60+; children under 2 free. Information:

Sandcastle opening

It's looking like temps near 80 degrees for the season-opening day of Sandcastle Waterpark in Homestead.

Sandcastle will be open for limited hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, and then reopen May 31-June 1 before opening daily on June 7.

Daily tickets are $28.99; $20.99 for kids under 48 inches and seniors 55 and over. Season passes are $54.99 or you could consider a Ride and Slide pass with Kennywood at $114.99.


PyroFest at Hartwood

Memorial Day weekend at Hartwood Acres means PyroFest, billed as America's Largest Fireworks Festival.

It's a daylong festival of pyrotechnics, fireworks and music on Saturday with displays including: a U.S. Military salute daytime display, a Ricardo Caballer Ricasa Fireworks Production, the return of the "Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks Challenge" and the world premiere of Pyrotecnico's pyro-musical "Whole Lotta Love."

Peforming live will be NOMaD, The Defibulators, The Options, Jimbo and the Soupbones, and Johnny Angel and the Halos. The festival will be rounded out with a Kid's Zone featuring a rock climbing wall, inflatables, face painting, crafts, Euro Bungy, ultimate frisbee and other activities.

Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets ($23 advance; $25 gate; $14/$15 students) can be purchased through the PyroFest website at or through ShowClix at


• Maryland post-rock band Trans Am is on its first U.S. tour in four years with the new album "Volume X." The band plays the Smiling Moose, South Side, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Pittsburgh's Microwaves. Tickets are $12.

• Apache Relay, a folk-rock band from Nashville that uses Spector-ish orchestration, plays the Club at Stage AE Saturday, touring on a new self-titled album. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12; or 1-800-745-3000.

• German power metal band Primal Fear, which dates back to 1997, headlines Altar Bar on Friday, touring on its 10th album, "Delivering the Black." Also on the bill, beginning at 8 p.m., are Arctic Flame, Fatality Risen, Xander Demos Band and I Claim as Mine. Tickets are $25-$30;

Green River Ordinance, a Texas band reminiscent of Counting Crows, plays the Rex Theater, South Side, at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12-$15;

• It's worth a note that Bruce Springsteen will be our in midst this weekend. The Boss is at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland, with his buddies Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers at 7:30 tonight and Friday with opening act Milly. Both shows are sold out.

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