Sam Bush, the Grammy-winning instrumentalist from New Grass Revival, and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (a roots trio from Indiana) are the headliners for the inaugural Stills in the Hills, an Appalachian Jamboree Saturday and Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
The jamboree will feature more than 20 live acts over two days, plus a Green Marketplace of local green and organic handcrafted gifts, Saturday fireworks, tastings from regional distillers, children's activities, education on sustainability, green living and mountain culture and demonstrations on ukulele-building.
Local bands include Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts, Broken Fences and City Dwelling Nature Seekers. Tickets are $65; $85 for both days; children 11 and younger are admitted for free. showclix.com or 1-888-71-TICKETS.
Main stage schedule:
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Joe Purdy
2-3:30 p.m.: Brown Bird
4-5:30 p.m.: Bucky Covington
6-7:30 p.m.: Sam Bush
Noon-1:30 p.m.: Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
2-3:30 p.m.: The Last Bison
4-5:30 p.m.: Rising Appalachia
6-7:30 p.m.: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Main Stage
Unseam'd's 'The Tempest'
"WARNING: This is not Shakespeare's play!" declares the Unseam'd Shakespeare website. "The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle," by way of "Shakespeare, Dryden and D'Avenant," has been adapted by Scott Palmer and directed by Michael Hood in the Unseam'd way: reinventing a classic for modern audiences.
"The Tempest" opens tonight and runs 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays though June 29 at the University of Pittsburgh's Studio Theatre in the Cathedral of Learning (check unseamd.com for exceptions). Tickets: $22 in advance and $25 at the door; students $15/$21 and seniors $20/$22; unseamd.com.
Carnegie Science Center is firing up a new patriotic show schedule at Buhl Planetarium that begins Friday and runs through July 11. Shown most often is "Spirit of America," which has family appeal and features songs from artists such as John Fogerty, Garth Brooks and John Mellencamp.
Other family-oriented shows in the lineup are "The Lasers of Oz" and "Laser Bieber." Primarily adult-oriented shows are "Bob Marley," "SkrillStep" and "Midnight Floyd." Laser show admission is $2 for members and $8 for nonmembers; a second laser show or Omnimax ticket can be purchased for another $5.
Matinee shows: "Spirit of America" 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; "Laser Beiber" 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Evening shows Fridays and Saturdays: "The Lasers of Oz" 7 p.m.; "Laser Bieber" 8 p.m.; "Spirit of America" 9 p.m.; "Bob Marley" 10 p.m.; "SkrillStep" 11 p.m.; "Midnight Floyd," midnight.
Throughline Theatre's first show of 2013 delves into the question of how much one person can do to change the world and how much one action can matter. "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" by Robert Edwin Lee and Jerome Lawrence finds transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau reflecting on his life as he sits in jail for refusing to pay a tax that may fund the Mexican-American War.
The show runs 8 p.m. tonight and Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Tickets, at the door or at throughline.showclix.com, are $15, $12 for students with college photo ID and 55 and older. More at www.throughlinetheatre.org.
Right around the time Baroness released "Yellow & Green" last year, the Georgia metal band was involved in a tour bus accident in England that left frontman John Baizley with a broken arm and foot and rhythm section members Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni with fractured vertebrae.
It was iffy on whether Baroness would return, but Mr. Baizley has recovered from his injuries, and the band has moved on with a new rhythm section.
"I'll tell ya, spirits are very high on this run, man," guitarist Peter Adams told the Oakland Press. "Everyone's working really hard, doing a great job. The energy level is really awesome. We're feeling great. There's this renewed energy to this band that we needed badly, especially after the accident. It feels really good right now."
Baroness plays Mr. Smalls at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15; mrsmalls.com.
The red Solo cups return to The First Niagara Pavilion on Saturday when the annual Toby Keith party takes over the countryside.
Once again, the strapping country singer from Oklahoma arrives with some new songs to throw into the set, having released his 16th album (16th!), "Hope on the Rocks," in October.
"I write all year and record at the end of the year," he said recently. "Once in a while an outside song like 'I Wanna Talk About Me' or 'Red Solo Cup' comes along, and I've always said I'm not going to pass up a hit that sounds like I wrote it. But most of the time it's just me cutting whatever I wrote in the last year. So there's never a theme or a pre-conceived plan."
This one produced two country hits, the title track and "I Like Girls That Drink Beer."
Of course, Mr. Keith will load the show with any of those 19 No. 1 country hits from his dozen platinum albums, and there won't be a whole lot of slowing down for ballads.
He has a worthy opener in Kip Moore, the Georgia singer who served up the No. 1 hit "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" from last year's debut album, "Up All Night."
It begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$85 through ticketmaster.com.
Point Made! bike parade
The Pride parade is Sunday.
Saturday is the bike parade.
To celebrate the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage, there will be a 10 a.m. Point Made! ribbon-cutting at Sandcastle followed by a bike parade on the final section to Point State Park, where a party and dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on the Three Rivers Arts Festival main stage.
The Allegheny Conference on Community Development will distribute ImaginePittsburgh.com T-shirts and vintage-style bicycle bells at the Hot Metal Bridge at 10:30 a.m., while supplies last. VisitPittsburgh will be distributing Great Allegheny Passage stickers to attendees.
For more info, go to www.atatrail.org/finalmile.cfm.
It's the 25th anniversary of Bloomsday in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Because the event falls on Father's Day, the schedule of readings from "Ulysses," the groundbreaking novel by Irish writer James Joyce, will be a little more abbreviated than in past years. The readings are free and open to the public, and participants may want to bring along their own copies of "Ulysses" to follow along.
"Ulysses" follows an ordinary day through the eyes of Leopold Bloom through Dublin. The day was chosen by the author because it marks his first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.
Here's the schedule of readings held at sites similar to places described in the book:
• Crazy Mocha Cafe, 4525 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, at 10 a.m.
• Homewood Cemetery, South Dallas and Aylesboro avenues, Point Breeze, at 11:15 a.m.
• Murphy's Tap Room, 1106 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, at 12:30 p.m.
• Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. Meet on the Great Lawn next to Clayton, the Frick mansion, at 3 p.m.
• The Map Room, 1126 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, at 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Great Amazing Race
One way to celebrate with dad on Father's Day is to participate in the third annual Great Amazing Race.
Modeled after the CBS TV reality show "The Amazing Race," the event at Settlers Cabin Park in Oakdale pairs family members and friends on teams competing on a mile-long course full of challenge stations and obstacles. How fast can you wrap your partner in a roll of toilet paper for the "mummy wrap" challenge? Or carry your partner on piggyback?
Those who reach the final checkpoint with the fastest time in each division have the chance to gain a spot in the Championship Race in Cincinnati or New Orleans, where they could win $2,000.
The event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Entry is $40 for a team of two (limit is 100 pairs). Registration and more details: www.greatamazingrace.com.
NEED TO KNOW
• Kenny G sits in with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for jazz and pop favorites in the last Pops concerts of the season. The Grammy-Award winning and multi-saxophone performing artist appears at Heinz Hall at 7:30 tonight, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$108; 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
• Peter Frampton, who headlined stadium shows in the '70s, gets close to that old glory with a show at Stage AE Outdoors Saturday night. The bill pairs the British guitarist -- best known for such pop hits as "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me the Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" -- with Georgian bluesman Robert Cray. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $49; ticketmaster.com.
• Veteran California punk band Face to Face, touring on the new album, "Three Chords and a Half Truth," plays Altar Bar at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22-$24; www.ticketfly.com.
• The Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association presents its 13th Scholarship Winners Recital at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Steinway Gallery of Pittsburgh, 4445 S. Main St., West End Village. The parade of top local student pianists includes winner Connor Doran (senior at Baldwin High School), as well as Ben Grove, Julien Cox, Ted Evangelista and Alvin Zhu performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, and Schumann. Free; pghpianoteachers.org.