Summer Times

Pop Concerts: Clash of Sounds



The biggest indication of where Pittsburgh stands as a concert market is the fact that Luke Bryan is playing his first stadium concert here, but if you want to see the big Beyonce/Jay Z tour, you're going to have to head to Philly or Baltimore.

Pittsburgh is like Nashville North, with a full slate of country acts at the First Niagara Pavilion that started last weekend with Brad Paisley and a second stadium show with Jason Aldean playing PNC Park.

Ticket Key

CL: librarymusichall.com; 412-368-5225.

PT: thepalacetheatre.org; 724-836-8000.

TF: www.ticketfly.com; 1-877-435-9849.

TM: www.ticketmaster.com; 1-800-745-3000.

TW: i.ticketweb.com; 1-866-468-3401.

SC: showclix.com; 1-888-718-4253.

It's the bread and butter of Live Nation's summer lineup, according to Scott Stienecker, president of Columbus, Ohio-based rival PromoWest Live, which runs Stage AE.

"You look at every shed around the country, their biggest thing is they have eight big country shows," he says. "It's not just Pittsburgh."

The Pavilion lineup has a familiar look with such perennials as Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, the Warped Tour, Mayhem and Wiz Khalifa. Fall Out Boy returns to headline the Pavilion for the first time since 2007 (having sold out Stage AE last year), and One Republic makes its headlining debut there.

Consol Energy Center marks the return of Sir Paul McCartney, for the first time since he opened the building in 2010, and has two of the hottest pop tarts with Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.

Stage AE hits one out of the park with Jack White, making his Pittsburgh debut as a solo artist in a show that's already sold out. The indoor/outdoor venue on the North Shore also freshens the lineup with Bastille and Arctic Monkeys (both sold out), Chvrches, the Band of Horses/Midlake bill and Tegan and Sara.

"I think this is our strongest summer of the four," Mr. Stienecker says. "Just the amount of acts that we're doing and the cross-section of acts."

It's a country-free zone as all the consumer dollars go to those big shows and, Mr. Stienecker says, "If you plug a Trace Adkins in the middle of that or a Jake Owen, you get killed."

A new twist is a rare outdoor punk bill loaded with major Warped vets -- The Offspring/Bad Religion/Pennywise -- who share an agent. Stage AE may add another dozen shows, but both Beck and Lorde chose to do its Columbus venue but not Pittsburgh.

Other big tours not coming this way: One Direction and the limited Eminem/Rihanna stadium tours, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Phish, Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden, Queen + Adam Lambert, Morrissey, Bruno Mars/Pharrell, John Fogerty/Jackson Browne, Lionel Richie/Cee Lo, ZZ Top/Jeff Beck, REO Speedwagon/Chicago, Styx/Foreigner and James Taylor.

May 22

Rusted Root/The Wailers: Stage AE, North Shore, 6 p.m. doors. $25; TM.

Abigail Williams: 31st St. Pub, Strip, 9 p.m. $10-$12; 412-391-8334.

May 23

Primal Fear: Altar Bar, Strip, 9 p.m. $25-$30; TF.

Green River Ordinance: Rex Theater, South Side, 7 p.m. $12-$15; TF.

Invisible Things: 31st St. Pub, 9 p.m. $7; 412-391-8334.

May 24

Apache Relay: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $12; TM.

May 25

Ingrid Michaelson/Storyman: Stage AE, 7 p.m. $25-$27; TM.

Conor Oberst: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, 8 p.m. $32-$34; CL.

May 26

Black Star Riders: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $20-$22; TF.

May 27

Rod Stewart/Santana: Consol Energy Center, Uptown, 7:30 p.m., $48.75-$170.45; TM.

May 28

Steel Panther: Stage AE, 7 p.m. $25-$27; TM.

The Monkees: Palace Theatre, Greensburg, 8 p.m. $60-$95; PT.

May 29

R5: Stage AE, 6 p.m. doors $25-$30; TM.

Death In June: Rex Theater, South Side, 8 p.m. $25-$30; 412-381-6811.

May 30

The Head And The Heart/Lucius: Stage AE, 7 p.m. $25-$28; TM.

America: Palace Theatre, 8 p.m. $35-$55; PT.

Gibbzmatik: Altar Bar, 9 p.m. $22.50-$25; TF.

May 31

Kalin & Myles: Altar Bar, 8:30 p.m. $15-$18; TF.

June 1

Bastille: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors, Sold out.

Unearth: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $14-$16; TF.

June 3

Needtobreathe: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $26-$30; TM.

Sage Francis: Altar Bar, 8 p.m. $16-$18; TF.

June 4

Tyler, The Creator: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $25; TM.

Old 97’s: Mr. Smalls, Millvale, 8 p.m., $20; TW.

Pablo Cruise: Palace Theatre, 8 p.m. $45; PT.

Oumar Konate: Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville, 8 p.m. $12-$15; 412-682-0177.

Hit the Lights: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $13-$15; TF.

June 5

The Naked and The Famous/White Sea: Stage AE, 7 p.m.; $20-$25; TM.

The Menzingers: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $14-$16; TF.

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey: Thunderbird Cafe, 6:30 p.m. $12-$15; SC.

June 6

Tim McGraw: First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, 7 p.m., $43.50-$69.50; TM.

Ray Lamontagne/The Bell Brigade: Stage AE, 6 p.m. $35-$55; TM.

Jeff Tweedy: Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown, 7:30 p.m. Free.

June 7

Goo Goo Dolls: PNC Park, following 4:05 p.m. Pirates game; pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com

Sam Bush: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

June 8

Trampled by Turtles: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Screeching Weasel: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m. $25; TF.

June 10

Kaiser Chiefs: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Dr. Dog: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors, $22-$25; TM.

Polica: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $15; TW.

James McMurtry: Club Cafe, 8 p.m. $17-$20; TW.

June 11

Amos Lee: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Chvrches: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors, $22-$25; TM.

Atmosphere: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $15; TW.

Devildriver/Whitechapel: Altar Bar, 6 p.m. $25-$30; TF.

King Khan & The Shrines: Club Cafe, 8 p.m. $13-$15; TW.

June 12

The Smithereens: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Stryper: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m. $27-$30; TF.

Mother Falcon: Club Cafe, 8 p.m. $10-$12; TW.

June 13

Curtis Harding: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Lindsey Stirling: Stage AE, 7 p.m.; $25-$27; TM.

David Wilcox: Club Cafe, 7 p.m. $15-$17; TW.

June 14

Backstreet Boys/Avril Lavigne: First Niagara Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $63.50-$156; TM.

Lucinda Williams: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Chaka Khan: Pittsburgh PrideFest, Liberty Ave., Downtown, 5 p.m. With Vita Chambers, Ayah Marar and Lazaro Arbos, $40-$50; www.deltafoundation.org/tickets

Terry Bradshaw: Meadows Casino and Racetrack, 8 p.m., $34.95-$54.95; TM

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express: Club Cafe, 7 p.m. $20; TW.

Michael Ian Black: Club Cafe, 10:30 p.m. $22; TW.

June 15

John Legend: Byham Theater, 7:30 p.m.; $89.50-$99.50; 412-456-6666.

Jake Bugg: Three Rivers Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Free.

June 17

Arctic Monkeys: Stage AE, 6:30 p.m. doors. Sold out.

Reuben and The Dark: Club Cafe, 8 p.m. $10-$12; TW.

June 18

O.A.R./Phillip Phillips: Stage AE, 6:30 p.m. doors, $39.50-$42; TM.

June 19

Tegan and Sara: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors, $35; TM.

Miranda Sings: Carnegie Library Music Hall, $26.50; CL.

Sharon Van Etten: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $16; TW.

Betty Who: Altar Bar, 8 p.m. $14-$16; TF.

June 20

Everclear Summerland Tour: Stage AE, 6:30 p.m. doors, $25; TM.

The Fab Four: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, 8 p.m. $50-$60; CL.

Bobby Long: Club Cafe, 7 p.m. $15-$17; TW.

June 21

Luke Bryan: With Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice. Heinz Field, 6 p.m., $67-$87; TM.

Tracy Morgan: Carnegie Library Music Hall, 8 p.m. $35.50-$40; CL.

Jamestown Revival: Altar Bar, 8:30 p.m. $13-$15; TF.

June 22

The Wild Feathers: Stage AE, 6 p.m. $13-$15; TM.

June 23

Happy Together Tour: With Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron, Mark Farner, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, more. Heinz Hall, 7:30 p.m. $49-$149; www.heinzhall.org.

Brian Wright: Rex Theater, 7 p.m. $25; TM.

Wild Cub: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $14-$16; TM.

Max Schneider: Altar Bar, 9 p.m. $18-$20; TF.

June 24

Ziggy Marley: Carnegie Library Music Hall,7 P.M. $30-$50; CL

Blood On The Dance Floor: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $14--$18; TF.

June 25

Black Flag: Altar Bar, June 25, 8 p.m. $20-$25; TF.

June 26

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $15-$18; TM.

Xavier Rudd: Altar Bar, June 26, 7:30 p.m. $22-$25; TF.

Simone Felice: Club Cafe, June 26, 7 p.m. $12-$14; TW.

June 27

Journey/Steve Miller Band: First Niagara Pavilion, 6:45 p.m., $36-$181; TM.

Counting Crows/Toad The Wet Sprocket: Stage AE, 6 p.m. $37.50-$40; TM.

June 28

Dave Matthews Band: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m., $40.50-$75; TM.

Chevy Woods: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $15; TW.

Gordon Lightfoot: Palace Theatre, $50-$75; PT.

The Sam Roberts Band, Valerie June, Elizabeth & The Catapult, The Red Western: WYEP Summer Music Festival, Schenley Plaza, 2 p.m. Free.

Guttermouth: Altar Bar, 8:30 p.m. $15-$17; TF.

June 30

Neko Case/Laura Veirs: Byham Theatre, 8 p.m. $29.50-$39.50; 412-456-6666

Jello Biafra: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $16; TW.

July 1

Andy Grammer: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $16; TW.

Derek And Julianne Hough’s Move Tour: Palace Theatre, 8 p.m. Sold out.

Delta Rae: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m. $20; TF.

July 2

John Hiatt/Robert Cray Band: Carnegie Library of Homestead, 7:30 p.m.; $45-$55; CL.

July 3

Fall Out Boy/Paramore: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m., $36-$66; TM.

Swans/Xiu Xiu: Rex Theater, 8:30 p.m.. $20-$25; SC.

July 5

Fitz & The Tantrums: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $15; TM.

Oak Ridge Boys: Meadows Casino and Racetrack, 8 p.m., $19.95 -$29.95; TM

July 6

Say Anything: Mr. Smalls, 7:30 p.m., $21.50; TW.

July 7

Paul McCartney: Consol Energy Center, 8 p.m. Sold out.

Circa Survive: Mr. Smalls, 7:30 p.m., $25; TW.

July 8

Maxwell: Heinz Hall, 7 p.m. $54.50; 412-392-4900.

The Cordovas With Joe Firstman: Club Cafe, $10; TW.

July 9

Peter Frampton: Palace Theatre, 8 p.m. $75-$50; PT.

Braid: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m. $14-$16; TF.

July 10

Brand New: Stage AE, 6:30 p.m. doors, Sold out.

Caravan Of Thieves: Club Cafe, 7 p.m. $12; TW.

Big Smo: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m.; $15-$17; TF.

July 12

Zac Brown Band: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m., $31-$65; TM.

The Clarks/Jimmer Podrasky: Stage AE; TM.

Deutschtown Music Festival: North Side Business District, 50+ bands. All day. Free.

July 13

Under The Sun Tour: With Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray. Stage AE, 6 p.m. doors, $25; TM.

July 15

Vans Warped Tour: First Niagara Pavilion, 11 a.m., $23.50-$48.50; TM.

Boston: Stage AE, 6:30 p.m.; $35-$38; TM.

Deltron 3030: Altar Bar, 8 p.m. $18-$20; TF.

July 17

Steve Byrne & Sullivan and Son Comedy Tour: Rex Theater, 8 p.m. $18-$20; TF.

July 18

Lord Huron: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $20; TW.

July 20

Band of Horses/Midlake: Stage AE, 6:30 p.m. doors; $36-$40; TM.

Yes: Carnegie Library Music Hall, $62-$100; CL.

July 22

Katy Perry: Consol Energy Center, Price $28-$125.50; TM.

Nickel Creek: Stage AE, $35, 6:30 p.m. doors; TM.

Natalie Merchant: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, 7:30 p.m. $40-$75; CL.

Touche Amore: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $15; TF.

Matthew Sweet: Club Cafe, 8 p.m. $22-$25; TW.

July 23

Jimmy Buffett: First Niagara Pavilion, 8 p.m.; TM.

Camera Obscura: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $17; TW.

July 25

Clutch: Stage AE, 6:30 p.m. doors, $20-$25; TM.

Slaid Cleeves: Club Cafe, 7 p.m. $20-$22; TW.

July 26

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival: With Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexander and more. First Niagara Pavilion, 1 p.m., $39.50-$79.50; TM.

Jason Aldean: PNC Park, 7 p.m.; featuring Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr. Sold out.

Bill Maher: Heinz Hall, 8 p.m. $54.50-$94.50; 412-456-6666.

July 27

Jack White: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors, Sold out.

July 29

Offspring/Bad Religion/Pennywise/Vandals: Stage AE, 6 p.m. doors; $32.50-$35; TM.

July 30

Jurassic 5: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors, $25; TM.

Aug. 1

Wiz Khalifa: First Niagara Pavilion, 6 p.m.; Also, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU and DJ Drama; TM.

Panic! At The Disco: Stage AE, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.; $35; TM.

Aug. 2

Smokey Robinson: Meadows Casino and Racetrack, Aug. 2, 8 p.m., $39.95-$59.95; TM

Aug. 4

Miley Cyrus: Consol Energy Center, 7 p.m. $45-$54. TM.

Aug. 5

MKTO: Stage AE, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. doors; $18.50-$20; TM.

Aug. 6

Tyler Ward: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m. $13-$15; TF.

Aug. 8

OneRepublic/The Script: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m., $26-$75; TM.

Dark Star Orchestra: Stage AE, 8 p.m. doors, $25-$30; TM.

Aug. 9

Toby Keith/Colt Ford/Krystal Keith: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m., $24-$89; TM

Aug. 10

Youngblood Hawke: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $12-$15; TM.

Aug. 11

Steely Dan: Benedum, 8 p.m. $69.50; 412-456-6666.

Aug. 12

Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular: Consol Energy Center, 8 p.m.; TM.

Aug. 13

Motley Crue/Alice Cooper: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m., $31-$131; TM.

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang: Heinz Hall, 7:45 p.m.; $49-$79; 412-293-4900.

Presidents of The United States Of America: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m. $26-$30; TF.

Aug. 14

Tesla: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors, $25; TM.

Aug. 16

Yanni: Benedum Center, 8 p.m., $42.25 and up; 412-456-6666.

Kevin Gates: Altar Bar, 8:30 p.m.; $18-$20; TF.

Aug. 20

Matt Nathanson/Andrew Mcmahon: Carnegie Library Music Hall, 7 p.m. $32.50-$40; CL.

Aug. 21

Skid Row: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $20-$23; TF.

Aug. 22

J Roddy Walston And The Business: Mr. Smalls, 8 p.m., $13; TW.

Aug. 23

Lady Antebellum: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m. Also. Joe Nichols and Billy Currington. $29.75-$54.50; TM.

.38 Special: Meadows Casino and Racetrack, 8 p.m., $19.95 - $34.95; TM

Aug. 24

Kiss/Def Leppard: First Niagara Pavilion, 7 p.m., $32.50-$149.50; TM.

Aug. 26

Austin Mahone: Stage AE, 6 p.m. doors. $43; TM.

Aug. 27

Slightly Stoopid: Stage AE, 7 p.m. doors. $25-$30; TM.

Aug. 29

Kings Of Leon: First Niagara Pavilion, 8 p.m. $29.50-$65.50; TM.

RATM2 Tribute: Altar Bar, 9 p.m. $10-$15; TF.

Aug. 30

Gavin DeGraw: PNC Park, following 4:05 p.m. Pirates game; pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com

Sept. 4

Winger: Altar Bar, 7 p.m. $25-$30; TF.

Sept. 6

Led Zeppelin2: Altar Bar, 9 p.m. $15; TF.

Sept. 9

Tokyo Police Club: Altar Bar, $17-$20; TF.

Sept. 10

The Used/Taking Back Sunday: Stage AE, 6 p.m. doors, $28.50-$30; TM.

Sept. 11

The Orwells: Altar Bar, 7:30 p.m. $15-$18; TF.

Sept. 13

The Black Keys/Cage the Elephant: Consol Energy Center, 8 p.m., $35-$75; TM

Lynyrd Skynyrd: PNC Park, following 7:05 p.m. Pirates game; pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com

Melissa Ferrick: Club Cafe, 7 p.m. $18-$20; TW.

Sept. 17

British Invasion Tour: Palace Theatre, 8 p.m. $65-$40; PT.


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