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Nashville hitmaker

• Dave Pahanish is having a pretty good Nashville ride, having written No. 1 singles for Keith Urban ("Without You"), Toby Keith ("American Ride") and Jimmy Wayne ("Do You Believe Me Now?").

The Mt. Lebanon native tells folks how he went from local singer-songwriter and busker to Nashville mover and shaker when he appears Saturday for the Western Pennsylvania Songwriters Network, the Pittsburgh chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

The session, which will be part concert, part storytelling, takes place Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 3rd Street Gallery, 220 Third St., Carnegie. Admission is $12. Free soft drinks, BYOB.

Infest at Skull Fest 6

• Seminal LA power-violence band Infest is the marquee name of this weekend's Skull Fest 6, running tonight through Sunday at a number of venues including Belvedere's (Lawrenceville), Roboto (Bloomfield) and the Rock Room (Polish Hill).

Infest, a political hardcore band led by Joe Denunzio, formed in 1986 and split in 1991 before reuniting last year for Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. Infest tops an all-ages bill at Mr. Smalls, Millvale, at 7 p.m. Saturday with Dream Death, FYPM, Occultist and Killer of Sheep. Admission is $15.

Another big showcase is 8 p.m. Friday at Belvedere's with Neutron Rats, Iron Reagan, Thulsa Doom, Arctic Flowers, Submachine and Blanks 77. $12; 21+.

For more details, go to www.skullfestpgh.com.

Benefit concert

• "Jam for Joey" is a concert and benefit that celebrates the life of 8-year-old Joey Fabus, who was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

According to Drusky Entertainment, "This devastating news has placed an unbearable amount of pressure on Joey's parents as they struggle to make life as normal as possible for Joey and their four other children, while trying to squeeze in as much fun and adventure into whatever time Joey has left."

The concert, Sunday at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, is a mix of classic rock and oldies with Silent Partner, The Good Guy Band, Time Tested (featuring KDKA's Paul Martino) and The Rockin' Brits.

It begins at 2 p.m. at 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. Admission is $20 and all proceeds go to the Fabus family. www.ticketfly.com.


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