"Defending the Caveman" drew a whopping 12,000-plus audience members during its 2011 Pittsburgh run, and when an opportunity came to bring it back earlier than its scheduled return engagement, the CLO Cabaret powers-that-be said "Absolutely." CLO's run of "Side By Side By Sondheim" was cut short to make way for "Caveman" and its observations on the true course of male-female relationships.
The funny insightful monologue written by Rob Becker became the longest running solo play in Broadway history when it ran for 21/2 years in the mid-1990s. For its Pittsburgh run, Vince Valentine returns to open the show and carry it through Sept. 8, and John Venable makes his CLO debut Sept. 11-Oct. 20.
"Defending the Caveman" runs tonight through Oct. 20 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays (and 1 p.m. some select Thursdays), 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $34.75-$44.75 at CLOCabaret.com or 412-456-6666.
Blake goes platinum
"The Voice" has been good to Blake Shelton, as Blake Shelton has been to "The Voice."
The NBC singing competition has raised the profile of the singer from Oklahoma, who appears at the First Niagara Pavilion Friday on The Ten Times Crazier Tour.
It is the first show here in a few years from the CMA Entertainer of the Year who, according to Billboard, just scored his first platinum album when 2011's "Red River Blue" squeaked over the mark.
The album he brings out on this tour, "Based on a True Story," entered the charts at No. 3 and is up over 760,000 thanks to the chart-topping country single "Sure Be Cool If You Did."
Opening the show will be Easton Corbin and ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Jana Kramer.
Tickets ($55 to $40 reserved; lawn $25) via Livenation.com, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Justin Hayward, guitarist and vocalist of legendary rock band The Moody Blues, rolls into the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall on Friday with his new album, "Spirits of the Western Sky."
It is the first solo album since 1996 from the man who wrote such songs as "Nights in White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon," "Question" and "The Voice." It features orchestrations by Academy Award-winning composer Anne Dudley.
"This tour will be something completely new for me," he said in a statement. "I'm bringing my 'songwriting' guitars from home on the road for the first time. So this tour will have the feel and sound of my music room along with the vibe I was feeling as I wrote the songs."
The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45; www.librarymusichall.com; 412-368-5225.
Matrimony keeps it family
The third concert of the annual First Fridays at the Frick series features Matrimony, an up-and-coming Charlotte, N.C., indie band fronted by the husband and wife duo of Ashlee Hardee Brown and Jimmy Brown that combines folk, rock, pop and bluegrass.
The band, which recently debuted with "Montibello Drive," also includes Ashlee's brothers, Jordan and C.J. Hardee, on drums and mandolin/banjo, respectively.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Frick Art & Historical Center. A donation of $5 per adult is suggested. Guests are invited to come early and create a gourmet picnic with selections from the Cafe at the Frick, which begins serving at 5:30 p.m. Information: www.thefrickpittsburgh.org.
To a T
T-shirts from TeeRex Syndicate are part of the next event leading up to the Carnegie International.
From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, International curators Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski will be at the TeeRex studios at 5440 Penn Ave. as part of Unblurred, an art event held monthly between the 4800 and 5500 blocks of Penn Avenue. Limited-edition 2013 Carnegie International T-shirts will be available for sale along with food from various food trucks.
Wiz is back
Since the last time we saw Wiz Khalifa in December (at Consol Energy Center), he's been busy with a nonmusical pursuits, like becoming a proud papa to Sebastian Taylor and tying the knot with Amber Rose.
He recently noted that a new album, "Blacc Hollywood," could come out before the end of the year.
He told XXL Magazine that the title "just represents the lifestyle. Not really like Black people in Hollywood, but just like Black attitude. Not giving a [expletive] about anything. It's like just blacking out on the world. We're bringing that to Hollywood."
On Saturday, he's bringing the Under the Influence Tour to the First Niagara Pavilion with A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Trinidad Jame$, Pro Era and Chevy Woods.
The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $65; www.ticketmaster.com.
Gab and Josh
Gab Bonesso: Undercover Grown-Up (featuring Josh Verbanets) is a family-friendly event at Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The duo drives home an anti-bullying message for children and parents through an evening of stand-up comedy, storytelling, interactive games, original music and free candy.
Tickets are $10 at the door. For more info: www.joshandgab.com. Bricolage: 412-471-0999.
Ronnie Dunn, who had the smoother voice in Brooks & Dunn, brings his solo show to The Meadows Racetrack and Casino Saturday as part of the Mylan Classic Charity Concert.
The singer recently released "Kiss You There," the lead single from his forthcoming album.
It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $30. Proceeds will benefit local charities. www.ticketmaster.com.
Heinz History Center goes to the dogs Sunday, but these aren't just any pups.
As part of its new "Pennsylvania's Civil War" exhibition, the museum presents Hero Dogs of Western Pennsylvania, exploring the history of canines in the Civil War by welcoming dozens of local service, working and therapy dogs from regional agencies.
There will be demonstrations on how arson detection dogs search for evidence and how therapy dogs provide emotional and physical support. A curator talk will focus on Dog Jack, a terrier who served in Company F of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War.
Visitors with disabilities who rely on service animals are encouraged to bring them into the museum.
It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. It is included with regular admission: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 62-plus), $6 for students and children (age 6-17), and free for children (age 5 and under) and History Center members. www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
NEED TO KNOW
• The free Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series continues with the animated comedy "ParaNorman" screening tonight in Brookline Memorial Park; Friday in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville; Saturday in Grandview Park, Mount Washington; and Sunday on Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park, Oakland. Also on Saturday, Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, screens "The Hunger Games." The films begin at dusk.
• The free County Concert Series hosts The August Wilson Dance Ensemble at South Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday. BNY Mellon Jazz presents The Yellowjackets at Hartwood Acres for a free show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
• Cincopation plays the free Bach, Beethoven and Brunch series in Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady avenues, Shadyside, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
• The Reservoir of Jazz series opens in Highland Park, North Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive, at 5 p.m. Sunday with Kenia.
• North Carolina singer-songwriter Joe Firstman appears at Club Cafe tonight celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his most well-known album, "War of Women." The show is at 8 p.m. $10; www.clubcafelive.com.
• Teen-pop girl group Fifth Harmony, which debuted on "The X Factor" and has 2 million views for its single "Miss Movin' On," will play a free show at The Mall at Robinson at 4 p.m. today. Guests can help local children by bringing a backpack filled with school supplies to the performance for a free $5 Mall Gift Card.