It's already late July and we have barely used the words Rib & Wing Festival, but that streak ends now with the third annual barbecue at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
It will feature ribs and wings -- from Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild Barbecue, Pigfoot BBQ, Mojo's Rib Shack, Armadillo's BBQ and Rib Company and Texas Outlaw BBQ -- plus games, crafters, a beer garden, fireworks and lots of music.
Festival hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7; 12 and under are free. Here is the lineup:
4-5:30 p.m.: Jill West and The Blues Attack
5:30-7 p.m.: NOMaD
7:15-9 p.m.: Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Dusk: Zambelli Fireworks
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Steeltown
12:45--2 p.m.: School of Rock
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Gil Snyder and The Mystic Knights
4:45-6 p.m.: Tres Lads
6-7:30 p.m.: The Elliots (Tribute to The Beatles)
7: 30-9 p.m.: Bill Deasy Band
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: John McDonald & The Mango Men
1-2:30 p.m.: Chris Higbee (of The Povertyneck Hillbillies)
2:45-4 p.m.: Scott Blasey (of The Clarks)
Information: www.7springs.com or 1-800-452-2223.
Runnin' along the river
Pittsburgh's North Shore will be buzzing this weekend as hundreds of athletes converge there for the 15th annual GNC Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race, hosted by Friends of the Riverfront. Events kick off Friday with a three-day expo in North Shore Riverfront Park between PNC Park and Heinz Field. The expo will run 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. to noon Sunday. The Sprint Distance Triathlon and Adventure Race will be held Saturday and International Distance Triathlon on Sunday, commencing in the early morning both days at the North Shore park. Number of athletes is capped at 1,000 each day. Find links to the event at www.friendsoftheriverfront.org.
Dale Wasserman's play "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," adapted from the Ken Kesey novel, marks its 50th year in 2012, and Little Lake Theatre marks it as well with a production that opens tonight.
Nick Murosky plays conniving free spirit Randle Patrick McMurphy, whose arrival as an inmate at a mental institution turns the tables on the tyrannical Nurse Ratched (Joanna Lowe).
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" runs through Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays plus 2 p.m. Aug. 5, at Little Lake, 500 Lakeside Drive, North Strabane. Tickets are $18 Thursday and Sunday and $20 Friday and Saturday at littlelake.org or 724-745-6300.
For the kids at Little Lake this weekend: The play "Gooney Bird Green and Her Fabulous Animal Parade" marches at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with volunteers from the Washington Area Humane Society on site with a shelter animal to meet and greet the audience. Tickets are $10.
Live Nation is getting ready to pack another 20,000 rowdies into the First Niagara Pavilion, this time for the annual Toby Keith extravaganza.
The strapping country singer from Oklahoma will roll in with old red, white and blue favorites, along with songs from his latest album, "Clancy's Tavern," including the crossover drinking hit, "Red Solo Cup," and his latest single, "Beers Ago."
While perpetuating the image (true as it might be) of the hard-partying cowboy, Mr. Keith, who has 19 No. 1 country hits and a dozen platinum albums, told Billboard recently that he already has about 15 songs recorded for what will be his 17th studio album.
"I don't really know what 10 or 11 [songs] are going to make the album yet," he said. "I just go in and get a good vocal on everything, and then I'll start seeing which three or four gravitate to the top and I'll start building the core of my album right there, and then I'll fill in what I don't have."
Among the contenders is a song called "I Like Girls That Drink Beer."
Asked about the success of "Red Solo Cup," he said, "I've done things like that before, and they've gotten big with my audience but not big in the world. This was one of those deals where it just went to that next level, and you can't foresee that; if you could, then everyone would be successful like that."
It begins at 7 p.m. with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett. Tickets are $29.75 to $85. Ticketmaster.com; 1-800-745-3000.
The piano kid
Ethan Bortnick, the 11-year-old piano prodigy who has headlined more than 100 live shows around the world, will perform at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, joined by the KIDZ BOP Kids.
Ethan was certified by the Guinness Book of World Record to be the youngest headline performer to ever have his own national tour, while being the youngest performer on "We Are the World" re-recording for Haiti and the youngest musician to have his own PBS Concert. Ethan also stars in and co-wrote the music for a film called "Anything Is Possible."
The KIDZ BOP Kids, who recently recorded "Set Fire to the Rain" with Ethan, will open the show. It begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28.50, $38.50 and $51.50 at LibraryMusicHall.com and 412-368-5225.
"La Belle Epoque Cabaret: An Evening in the Bohemian Style," a night evoking 19th-century Paris, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, Oakland.
Members of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative will perform period French songs (accompanied by English subtitles or translated into English) originally sung by Yvette Guilbert, Aristide Bruant and others. The emcee, played by Rob Frankenberry, will be the guide through musical selections, comedic monologues and satirical skits. Projected images of artwork will help emphasize the role that cafe culture played for Impressionist artists. Featured performers also include Benjamin Binder, piano; Mr. Frankenberry, tenor; Olga Perez Flora, mezzo-soprano; and Joseph Gaines, tenor.
The event is presented to complement the Carnegie Museum of Art exhibition "Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz." Seating is limited and pre-registration required; $25 ($20 members). Admission includes one absinthe drink. Information: cmoa.org or 412-622-3288.
Gamers, be aware, Zelda is coming. Well, at least the music. The mega-successful video game has always had thoughtful music, much composed by Nintendo sound director Koji Kondo, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform it in "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses."
The PSO will survey various theme music from the 25-year history of the game (15 installments' worth!) with Irish conductor Eimear Noone and a video presentation synched to the music.
Times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Tickets are $60; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Over the Rainbow
"Oz Rocks!" has nothing to do with Ozzy (or Sharon) Osbourne.
Rather, it's an interactive adventure at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh highlighting the music of Oz.
The 30-minute musical revue, produced by Frog Prince Theatricals and directed by Jason Coll, features four singers performing musical favorites from the movie. Visitors will be invited to the stage to sing, dance, create a giant twister and fly like a monkey.
Performances are 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 11. It is free with museum admission. Visitors can also enjoy "The Wizard of Oz Children's Educational Exhibition" through Sept. 2. Information: 412-322-5058 or www.pittsburghkids.org.
End of Time music
Composed in a World War II German POW camp, Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" is a must-hear masterpiece of the 20th century. The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble performs the potent work for clarinet, violin, cello and piano along with other music that explores "the violent relationship between mankind and the earth we inhabit."
Also on the program is a curious work, John Cage's "4'33" -- the infamous composition that calls for silence for its entire duration. PNME artistic director Kevin Noe conducts.
The concerts are 8 p.m. at City Theatre, South Side. Tickets are $15-$30, free for first-time patrons. 412-431-2489 or pnme.org.
Rod and Stevie
Stevie Nicks recently broke the news that a Fleetwood Mac reunion is in the works for 2013. For now, she's spending her second summer on the Heart & Soul Tour with Rod Stewart, which stops at the Consol Energy Center on Saturday.
"I've been listening to Rod's songs for the last couple of weeks and reliving my past," Ms. Nicks explained before the initial tour. "This music, the same with Fleetwood Mac, is the tapestry of all of our lives. Lindsey [Buckingham] and I moved to L.A. in 1971, and Mr. Stewart was a huge rock star, and we were listening to and being totally inspired by Rod before we had any idea."
"Isn't that lovely?" Mr. Stewart interjected. "Lovely to know I've been of some use to somebody!"
The two singers each do their own full set, with Ms. Nicks returning during his set for a pair of duets. Mr. Stewart, recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a second time with the Faces, is sticking with his classic hits (as opposed to the standards shtick), while she is sampling about four songs from her 2011 album, "In Your Dreams."
It begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 to $149.50; 1-800-745-3000.
NEED 2 KNOW
• Last summer you had to pay to see Lucinda Williams, who played Stage AE. This time around, the alt-country diva does a free show at the South Park Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Friday. She's still touring on the 2011 "Blessed," which has added songs like the title track and "Born to Be Loved" to a set list filled with classics like "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," "Changed the Locks" and "Joy."
• On Sunday, Hartwood Acres has Toad the Wet Sprocket, the '90s alt-rock band from Santa Barbara, Calif., which reformed in 2010 to begin writing its first new material since 1997. Expect to hear a few fresh songs tossed in with "Good Intentions," "Walk on the Ocean" and other old faves. The free show begins at 7:30 p.m.
• The Iron City Sound Downtown Live! summer concert series in Market Square continues at 5 p.m. Friday with indie-rolk band Bear Cub, followed by classic band Jeff Jimerson and Airborne.
• Gingerbeards plays the free Bike Nights at Station Square tonight. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. in Bessemer Court.
• Aeolian Winds performs at Bach, Beethoven & Brunch 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mellon Park, Shadyside.
• Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents the 2011 hit "The Muppets" at Brookline Memorial Park tonight; Arsenal Park (Lawrenceville) on Friday; Grandview Park (Mount Washington) on Saturday; and Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, on Sunday. Riverview Park (Observatory Hill) screens "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn --- Part 1" on Saturday. Films start at dusk.
• Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax ... That's one intense roster for the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival at the First Niagara Pavilion on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. As I Lay Dying fills us in on what it's like to flip between the two big stages. See page W-8.
• Maryland alt-rock band O.A.R. headlines Stage AE Outdoors Friday. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$35; 1-800-745-3000. See Friday's Mag & Movies for a feature on the band.
First Published July 26, 2012 4:00 AM