The Hot List: Ribs at Seven Springs; Chamber Music Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Symphony; Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and more

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Ribs at the Resort

Seven Springs Mountain Resort sends out some smoke signals this weekend for the fifth annual Rib & Wing Festival, with the best of BG's BBQ, Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild Barbecue, Pigfoot BBQ, Mojo's Rib Shack and Armadillo's BBQ & Rib Company.

There will be games, crafts, a beer garden, and for the kids there will be face-painting, kids crafts, temporary tattoos and sand art.

Guests can ride the Alpine Slide or do summer tubing between rounds of ribs, climb the Rock Wall, zip along the treetops on the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tour or Screaming Hawk Zipline, or try out a Segway tour.

There will be nearly 20 hours of music from 13 bands.

Admission is $7 per person; children 11 and under are free. Parking is free, and the lots will be serviced by resort shuttles. Festival hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Weekend lodging packages that include festival tickets and breakfast are available at 1-866-437-1300. Information:

Entertainment schedule:


4-5:30 p.m.: Kardaz

5:30-7 p.m.: Tres Lads

7:15-9 p.m.: Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers


11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Junction PA

12:45-2 p.m.: Aimee Jane

2-3:30 p.m.: Gene the Werewolf

3:30-4:45 p.m.: Michael Christopher

4:45-6 p.m.: Mercedez

6-7:30 p.m.: The Joseph Sisters

7:30-9 p.m.: Chris Higbee


11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Todd Jones

1-2:30 p.m.: Totally 80s

2:30-4 p.m.: Scott Blasey of The Clarks


No limits

Brass quintet C Street Brass and Pittsburgh DJ Jakeisrain present "No Limits," a multi-genre concert of classical, jazz, gospel, tango and modern electronic dance music. It includes arrangements of music by Piazzolla, the Beatles, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and more, weaving fun and humor between the tunes. Presented by Chamber Music Pittsburgh at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, the show begins at 7:30 tonight with a 6:30 p.m. preconcert mixer. Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door, includes one drink and food. More at or 412-624-4129.


PSO favorites

While classical concerts are usually reserved for the subscription season, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is experimenting with heftier programming in a couple of concerts this summer.

Led by resident conductor Lawrence Loh, the PSO will perform "A Symphonic Celebration," a concert featuring Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Russian pianist Olga Kern. Ms. Kern made her debut with the PSO in 2010 on the orchestra's regular classical series.

The concert takes place 7 p.m. at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets are $25 and $50 at 412-392-4900 or


Mayhem unleashed

Saturday is a busy day everywhere, with Jason Aldean working PNC Park, Dr. John headlining the Pittsburgh Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres and a little Mayhem going on in Burgettstown.

The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival rolls into the First Niagara Pavilion with the hard-hitting main stage lineup topped by Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexander and more.

The metal band from Huntingdon Beach, Calif., fronted by M. Shadows formed in 1999 and broke big in 2005 with "City of Evil" and continued that success through last year's "Hail to the King." The band actually appeared as characters in "Call of Duty Black Ops 2" in 2012.

Joining A7 on the main stage will be Korn, the Bakersfield, Calif., group that helped forge the nu metal movement in the early '90s; British metalcore band Asking Alexandria, which will surely stir the mosh pit on the lawn; and Trivium.

Playing the second stage will be Cannibal Corpse, Body Count featuring Ice T, Suicide Silence, Emmure, Miss May I, Mushroomhead and more.

It begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $39.50-$79.50;


Love songs

Baritone Daniel Teadt will perform "Songs of Needful Love," a concert featuring music by Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem, Mark Blizstein, Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon, local composer David Mahler and others.

The recital benefits Renaissance City Choir, the only LGBTQA choral group in Western Pennsylvania, and features the works of several gay composers. Several RCC members will join Mr. Teadt in the concert.

The performance takes place 3 p.m. in the courtyard of East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for students, at


* The free Citiparks Cinema in the Parks series continues with the Alaskan adventure film "Big Miracle" tonight at Brookline Memorial Park, Friday at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Saturday at Grandview Park, Mount Washington, and Sunday at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is shown in Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, Saturday. All screenings are at dusk.

* The Pittsburgh Blues Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hartwood Acres, Hampton, with a show by Bernard Allison and the Pittsburgh All-Stars that is free with a bag of groceries for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

* South Park Amphitheater presents Gospel Music Night at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

* Sean Jones plays the Citiparks Stars at Riverview Jazz Series at Observatory Hill, Riverview Park, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

* Citiparks' Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Concert Series continues in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday with The Amadeus Trio.

* The Glenn Miller Orchestra plays the SummerSounds series in Greensburg's St. Clair Park at 7 p.m. Friday.

* Molly Hatchet and River Trail play the Station Square Summer Jam Friday at 6:30 p.m.


* Mick Foley appears at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront at 7:30 tonight. The three-time WWE champion and New York Times best-seller is doing his one-man spoken-word stage show, "Tales From Wrestling Past." Tickets: $25; or 412-462-5233.

* The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy/Talk Show ponders Pittsburgh's future at the Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Panelists include Post-Gazette political cartoonist Rob Rogers, City Paper's Chris Potter and Alexis Wilkinson, the first African-American woman editor of the Harvard Lampoon, in town for a PG internship. Admission is $10 or free with ticket stub from a same-night Cultural Trust event. Information: or 412-325-6769.

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