Oct. 27--While most of us are still in a Halloween mood, let's talk about Here Come the Mummies.
That's the Nashville funk-R&B band headed to Altar Bar in Pittsburgh's Strip District on Nov. 16.
Musically speaking, Here Come the Mummies are in the vein of Earth, Wind & Fire or Kool & The Gang, with horns that pump the adrenaline and percussion that makes you want to move.
Visually the band looks like, well, horror-movie mummies, wrapped head-to-toe in white bandages.
The dozen band members use punny stage names, like Eddie Mummy, Mummy Cass and K.W. Tut.
They stay in costume and character all night, which has led some journalists to speculate those disguises cloak the identities of a few award-winning session musicians who might not otherwise be contractually free to tour and record in such a band.
"It is rumored that there are Grammy winners in the band," said Here Come the Mummies' spokeswoman Wendy Brynford-Jones. "In all honesty, I do not know all of the real names of band members. I know about two of them. Really.
"I can tell you neither Pat Boone nor Blake Shelton are in this band."
Well, I'm certain of one thing: Here Comes the Mummies sound like a good time. Check out the band's video for "Chaperone" at http://bit.ly/1bfJuo1
TUBES LIT IT UP
He was a jailbird, a film noir hero, a glam-rock misfit and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Fee Waybill wore many costumes Friday as his rock band, The Tubes, entertained at Jergel's Rhythm Grill in Marshall Township.
Tubes fans expect flamboyance and outfit changes from Waybill, and the 63-year-old singer delivered.
No, there weren't the burlesque dancers and simulated lovemaking acts, as from the band's near legendary 1980s shows, though there was nudity galore for one song where Waybill wore an S&M outfit featuring a thong. It was one of the cheekiest Pittsburgh concert moments since David Lee Roth's material-deprived chaps back in the day. I thought about tweeting a photo, but wasn't sure if that would be legal, so my Twitter followers had to settle for a picture of Waybill, in stilt-like high heels, portraying a decadent glam-rocker named Quay Lude during "White Punks on Dope."
Musically, the Tubes made for a good bar-band that layed on a nice layer of funk. Guitarist Roger Steen had some stellar solos, though the standout musician was drummer Prairie Prince. I staked out a spot along the upper balcony railing, directly above Prince, just in time for a bird's-eye view of his impressive solo. I usually find drum solos to be tedious, but his stickwork held my interest, though it was equally fun watching people in the crowd play "air drums," trying to keep up with him.
I didn't like how the band constructed its setlist. The lyrically clever and biting "What Do You Want From Life" showed up about 10 songs in, but otherwise the Tubes saved their three biggest songs -- "White Punks on Dope," "She's a Beauty" and "Talk to Ya' Later" -- for a succession that placed the latter two in the encore, along with Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone From The Sun."
Ideally the band would have spaced those songs better, but each sounded good, and as usual it was a fun night at Jergel's, which is just a few minutes south of Cranberry Township.
The Smithereens play there Halloween night.
I wouldn't bet on plus-sized singer Pat DiNizio wearing a costume.
Though if his voice sounds as great as it did June 20 at Consol Energy Center when his band opened for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, than those Halloween night spectators will be in for quite a treat.
MARTIANS ARE COMING
Martians will invade McConnells Mill on Wednesday.
Those space aliens also will bring terror to the Gulf Building, William Penn Hotel, Trinity Cathedral and 16th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh.
It's all in good fun, of course, as WESA-FM (90.5) celebrates the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles' legendary radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic "The War of the Worlds."
At noon and 8 p.m. Wednesday, WESA will offer highlights from Welles' panic-causing performance. Then at 9 p.m., Pittsburgh's NPR news station will air a live recreation of Welles' original broadcast performed locally by Bricolage Theater.
Bricolage changed the setting from Grover's Mill, N.J. to western Pennsylvania (the cylinder spaceship lands near what's now McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.) Bricolage kept the story in 1938, using other Pittsburgh area landmarks that existed then, such as the Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh.
IN LIVING COLOUR
Funk-hard-rock band Living Colour will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its double-platinum "Vivid" by performing the album in its entirety Nov. 9 at Altar Bar.
That's the album with the band's breakout hits "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys," which were popular enough to have earned Living Colour opening act duties on the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels Tour.
Living Colour's current lineup includes original members Vernon Reid (guitar) Corey Glover (vocals) and Will Calhoun (drummer). Doug Wimbish replaced bassist Muzz Skillings in 1993.
Two Pittsburghers appear in Wednesday's tech-oriented episode of the PBS show "Nova."
Dr. Cliff Callaway, a University of Pittsburgh professor, will demonstrate a life-saving procedure he uses that induces hypothermia in patients suffering cardiac arrest.
KDKA-TV anchor Susan Koeppen shares her experience from two years ago when she went into cardiac arrest, and Dr. Callaway used that method to stop her from sustaining brain damage.
The "Nova" episode airs locally at 9 p.m. on WQED-13.
You might see some "Duck Dynasty" costumes Saturday at the Hillbilly Halloween show at the Monaca Turners.
Billed as a night of "Costumes, Candy & Country," the concert will feature a solid lineup of The Hillburys, Eldorado Band, the Christian Beck Band, Ben Flint and former Center High football star Evan Blankenship, who's now a Nashville recording artist.
Tickets are $15.
(Scott Tady is entertainment editor for The Times, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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