The performers covering the music of Johnny Cash are a couple of months into the extended run of "Ring of Fire," and they were already a pretty tight band when the CLO Cabaret show opened back in May. Award-winning acoustic guitarist Jay Hitt is joined by theater veterans Paul Koudouris and Nicole Stefonek and recent graduates Mitch Marois (Carnegie Mellon University) and Jon Rohlf (Point Park University) in a theatrical concert that features more than 30 songs, including "Country Boy," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line" and "A Boy Named Sue."
Weekend shows at the Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown, through Aug. 24 are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. $34.75-$44.75; pittsburghclo.org or 412-456-6666.
Best play Tony winner of 1992 "Dancing at Lughnasa" follows five unmarried sisters who share a cottage in rural Ireland during an eventful summer in 1936. Little Lake Theatre's production of the Brian Friel classic is directed by Jena Oberg with an ensemble including Deborah Bender, Katie Kerr, Jenna Lanz, Katie Pretz and Jennifer Sinatra as the sisters. The production wraps up this weekend at the theater in Canonsburg with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets: $12-$20 at 724-745-6300 or www.littlelake.org.
The Butler Farm Show continues through Monday with daily activities including Wild World of Animals, Todd Charles (the Moogician) and Dr. Smart's magic and comedy.
The Allegheny Drifters perform at 7 and 9 tonight, followed by David Allen and the Roadworks Band 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Diamonds in the Rough 8 p.m. Saturday. In the grandstand, there are figure-8 races tonight, demolition derby Friday and road semi and tri-axle truck pull Saturday.
Admission: $8. The Farm Show grounds are on Route 68, three miles west of Butler. Information: 724-482-4000 or www.butlerfarmshow.com.
OneRepublic, part of the pop-rock party on radio these days on radio with "Counting Stars" and "Love Runs Out," headlines the First Niagara Pavilion on Friday.
The Colorado band, which formed in 2003 and broke out with its first album in 2007, is on its Native Summer Tour with The Script ("For the First Time," "Hall of Fame").
The St. Louis Dispatch said of the show, "Over the course of three albums, including the latest, 'Harvest,' OneRepublic has become a radio favorite with uncomplicated, catchy pop tunes. The live show had a similar uncomplicated and straightforward feel. The show was nothing special yet came off totally likable."
It begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26-$75; www.ticketmaster.com.
Dark Star Orchestra has the Dead down pat, having played more than 2,200 shows since 1997.
The Chicago band's MO is to choose a classic Grateful Dead concert and then play that setlist the way the Dead would have done it, leaving room for Dark Star's own improvisations.
The mission is to continue the Grateful Dead experience in part for the people who didn't get to experience it the first time around.
Over the course of its run, Dark Star has been joined on stage by former Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux and Tom Constanten, along with members of Phish and Gov't Mule. In turn, Dark Star keyboardist/singer Rob Barraco has appeared with Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead, and The Other Ones.
The band plays Stage AE Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25/$30; www.ticketmaster.com.
Toby Keith doesn't need the money, but he's keeping his summer touring streak alive anyway.
The country star topped the Forbes list of the highest earning country artists in 2013, edging out Taylor Swift, $65 million to $64 million.
He does it with record sales, concert revenues and his own label, Show-Dog Universal. Plus, he has that big endorsement with Ford, his I Love This Bar and Grill restaurants and a brand of mescal called Wild Shot.
Those concerts are fun ones, by the way, filled with "American Ride," "Beer for My Horses," "As Good As I Once Was," "Red Solo Cup" and lots of other hits.
Colt Ford and Krystal Keith open the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $24-$89; www.ticketmaster.com.
The Amish Monkeys celebrate 15 years of laughs on Saturday, which has been declared "Amish Monkeys Day" in Pittsburgh by Mayor Bill Peduto. The day will be capped by an 8 p.m. performance at the Gemini Theater in Point Breeze. The anniversary show will feature keyboardist and frequent collaborator Brian Buckley, plus alumni Eric Anderson, Brian Primack and Bradford Sadler.
The comedy troupe is known for its original games and using audience suggestions to create wordplay, improvised songs and sketches. Current members are Jill Jeffrey, Laura Lind, Dan Meglio, Tracy Millay, Gina Preciado, Jennifer Schaupp and Frank Schurter.
Admission Saturday is $9; reservations are recommended by calling 412-243-5201. The Amish Monkeys perform at the Gemini Theater on the second Saturday of each month. Details: www.amishmonkeys.com.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh will host its 10th annual "Kindergarten ... Here I Come!" program on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Activities include a meeting with Mr. McFeely, as well as school readiness mascot Ready Freddy; storytellers and activities; information on children's health, after-school child care and child development; a free book, T-shirt and more while supplies last.
Children entering kindergarten this fall and their families are invited to take part. It is free for all children entering kindergarten and one parent or caregiver. Registration is not required. For more information, call 412-322-5058 or visit www.pittsburghkids.org.
CIRCUS! is a Summer Family Fun Day at the Frick Pittsburgh Saturday, where kids can start by making a silly tie or outlandish hat to wear, then join in painting big top animals; pretending to be a prancing horse, fierce lion or dancing bear in the ring; or trying their acrobatic skill at balancing, tumbling and games.
It's a free drop-in program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: http://thefrickpittsburgh.org or 412-371-0600.
The Washington County Agricultural Fair opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 16.
Attractions this weekend include the fair queen contest and firefighter challenge Saturday, and The Swon Brothers from "The Voice" and fireworks Sunday.
Admission: $9; $6 Saturday and Aug. 12 and 14; senior citizens 62 and older free Monday. The fairgrounds are in Arden. Information: 724-225-7718 or www.washingtonfair.org.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is offering trolley rides to the fair for $2 round trip per person: 724-228-9256.
The August Fun Fest Sunday at Cedar Creek Park, Rostraver, features a car show, arts and crafts market, flea market food, children's activities and music by country band Black Horse and East End Kids.
Children can receive unlimited access to the petting zoo and carnival, pony and kiddie train rides with a $4 pass.
It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 724-830-3950.
• The free Citiparks Cinema in the Parks series continues with the classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" 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 Great Gatsby" will be shown in Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, Saturday. All screenings are at dusk.
• South Park Amphitheater presents The Hitmen featuring original members of Tommy James and the Shondells, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and other mega-hit acts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
• The soulful Macy Gray plays Hartwood Acres, Hampton, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
• Salsamba Latin Jazz Group plays the Citiparks Stars at Riverview Jazz Series at Observatory Hill, Riverview Park, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
• Salsamba Latin Jazz Group is also featured at The Citiparks Reservoir of Jazz Concert Series in Highland Park (Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive) from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
• Citiparks' Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Concert Series in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, concludes at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with Klezlectic.
• The Horse Flies play the SummerSounds series in Greensburg's St. Clair Park at 7 p.m. Friday.
• Classic Rock Experience and Lily Wine Affair play the Station Square Summer Jam Friday at 6:30 p.m.