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Big-name acts bountiful for Pittsburgh concertgoers [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

September 18, 2013

YellowBrix

Fall looks to be a fruitful season for concerts this year, based on the shows that have been announced so far.

Pittsburgh finally has the world-class music festival it deserves, the VIA Festival, Oct. 1 to 6, now in its fourth year. The festival sets up cutting-edge music and visual/video artists in a large array of venues; performances include Chicago rapper Chief Keef, British producer Actress and Pittsburgh's world-champion drag queen Sharon Needles (who's hosting an opening-night party with the Carnegie International).

Other big fall concerts include pop crooner Michael Buble at Consol Energy Center on Sept. 20 country singer Luke Bryan at First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 28. The '90s return, briefly, with Nine Inch Nails at Petersen Events Center on Oct. 8, and Pearl Jam at Consol Energy Center on Oct. 11. Hip-hop hitmaker Drake is in town Oct. 18, also at Consol.

The moms of the world might already have Josh Groban penciled into their calendar Nov. 2 at Consol Energy Center, and the metalheads of the world are probably steeling themselves for Slayer at Stage AE on Nov. 20 as we speak. Then, Justin Timberlake will attempt to melt the ice at Consol Energy Center on Dec. 14. Timberlake's frequent collaborator Jay Z brings his Magna Carta tour to Consol on Jan. 21.

At smaller venues, country stars Big & Rich play Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, Burgettstown, on Nov. 9, and Bonnie Raitt and Marc Cohn are at Heinz Hall, Downtown, on Nov. 11.

UPCOMING

Michael Buble: 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Consol Energy Center. Uptown. 800- 745-3000

Johnny Hickman of Cracker, Ed Anderson of Backyard Tire Fire: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Club Cafe, South Side. $15. 866-468-3401

Gary Owen: 7-10 p.m. Sept. 26-29, Pittsburgh Improv, Homestead. $20. 412-462-5233

Kenny Vance & The Planotones: 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $35-$55. 724-836-8000

Michael English & The Easters: 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $28-$48. 724-836-8000

Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line: 7 p.m. Sept. 28, First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. 800-745-3000

Tower of Power: 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $40- 45. 724-836-8000

Joe Satriani, The Steve Morse Band: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall. $52-$100. 412-368-5225

Billy Bragg, Joe Purdy: 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. $25-$40. 866-468-3401

Bela Fleck's New York Banjo Summit: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall. $39.50-$69.50. 412-368- 5225

Glenn Tilbrook: 8 p.m. Oct. 3, Rex Theater, South Side. $23-$25. 877-435-9849

Sha Na Na: 8 p.m. Oct. 4, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $25-$55. 724-836-8000

Meat Puppets, Enemy Planes: 9 p.m. Oct. 5, Club Cafe, South Side. $20. 866-468-3401

Ra Ra Riot, Cayucas: 8 p.m. Oct. 7, Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. $16-$18. 866-468-3401

Michael Franti, Spearhead: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall. $35-$38. 412-368-5225

Nine Inch Nails: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Peterson Events Center, Downtown. $47.35-$114.15. 800-745-3000

Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum: 8 p.m. Oct. 8, Altar Bar, Strip District. $32-$35. 877-435-9849

Steve Hackett "Genesis Revisited": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall. $45-$85. 412-368-5225

Pearl Jam: 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Consol Energy Center, Uptown. 800-745- 3000

Dave Mason: 8 p.m. Oct. 11, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45. 724- 836-8000

David Allan Coe: 9 p.m. Oct. 12, Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, Burgetts town. $35-$55. 724-947-1900

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $30-$45. 724-836-8000

Hugh Laurie: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall, $55-$95. 412-368-5225

Mitch Fatel: 7-10 p.m. Oct.17-19, Pittsburgh Improv, Homestead. $20. 412-462-5233

Drake: 8 p.m. Oct. 18, Consol Energy Center, Uptown. 800-745- 3000

Barenaked Ladies, Whitehorse: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall. $39.50-$65. 412-368-5225

Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, The Marcels: 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $38-$58. 724-836-8000

Man Man: 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. $15-$17. 866-468-3401

The Tubes: 9 p.m. Oct. 25, Jergel's Rhythm Grille, Warrendale. 724-799-8333

The Smithereens: 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Jergel's Rhythm Grille, Warrendale. 724-799-8333

The Outlaws: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, Burgetts town. $45-$65. 724-947-1900

Josh Groban: 8 p.m. Nov. 2, Consol Energy Center, Uptown. 800- 745-3000

John Fogerty: 8 p.m. Nov. 5, California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center, California. $39-$100. 800-745-3000

The Lone Bellow: 7 p.m. Nov. 6, Stage AE, North Shore. $13-$15. 800-745-3000

Blue Man Group: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $30-$72. 724-836-8000

Hanson: 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall. $33-$38. 412-368-5225

Big & Rich: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, Burgettstown. $99-$125. 724-947-1900

Toad the Wet Sprocket: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Altar Bar, Strip District. $30-$32. 877-435-9849

Bonnie Raitt, Marc Cohn: 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Heinz Hall, Downtown. $43.75-$93.75. 412-392-4900

Johnny Lang: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 12, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $39- $49. 724-836-8000

Johnny Marr: 8 p.m. Nov. 12, Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. $25. 866-468-3401

Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Get Dead, Masked Intruder: 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Stage AE, North Shore. $39.50-$23-$25. 800-745-3000

Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $49-$75. 724-836-8000

Amy Grant: 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $35-$65. 724-836-8000

Slayer, Gojira, 4ARM: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Stage AE, North Shore. $39.50-$42. 800-745-3000

The Temptations' Christmas & Hits: 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $38-$68. 724-836-8000

Michael McDonald: 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45- $85. 724-836-8000

Bruce Cockburn: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. 412-361-1915

Latshaw Pops' "Christmas Memories": 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $25-$35. 724-836-8000

Straight No Chaser: 8 p.m. Dec. 11, Benedum Center, Downtown. $32.25-$52.25. 412-456-6666

Justin Timberlake: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Consol Energy Center, Uptown. 800-745-3000

Holiday Doo Wop: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Heinz Hall, Downtown. $32.50- $99.50. 412-392-4900

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