June 05--Those free Three Rivers Arts Festival concerts start this weekend with Jeff Tweedy (Friday), bluegrass-er Sam Bush (Saturday) and roots hybrid band Trampled by Turtles (Sunday).
But this weekend offers more concert choices -- albeit, the paying kind.
Some shows worth denting your wallet:
Tim McGraw entertains Friday at First Niagara Pavilion.
The country star's "Sundown Heaven Town" album doesn't arrive until Sept. 16, but he's already introduced fans to his songs "City Lights," premiered during the finale of NBC's "The Voice," and "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," his tune with a little Faith (Hill) released to radio in April.
McGraw's 7 p.m.Burgettstown show features support acts Kip Moore ("Somethin' 'Bout a Truck") and former "The Voice" champ Cassadee Pope.
Tickets are $40 for the lawn; $57 and $85.20 for pavilion seats.
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You won't have to beg, borrow or steal to see Ray LaMontagne sing at Stage AE on Friday.
Just pony up the $35 or $55 for a reserved seat to see the Grammy-winning folk-rock artist.
LaMontagne's fifth album, "Supernova," landed April 29, with the title track getting attention from Adult Album Alternative radio stations and landing on Entertainment Weekly's "Must" list, which lauded the song for capturing young love "with a rustic rock sound that evokes Van Morrison and Bob Seger."
LaMontagne, best known for singles "Trouble" and Best Song Grammy nominee "Beg, Steal or Borrow" will perform Friday after a 7 p.m. warmup set from brother-sister duo the Belle Brigade.
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The Goo Goo Dolls will get all "Iris"-y on the PNC Park diamond Saturday as post-game entertainment for the Pittsburgh Pirates-Milwaukee Brewers showdown.
The concert stage set up near second base will be a perfect place for the rock band to sing another of its late-1990s hits, "Slide."
The game starts at 4:05 p.m., and according to the Pirates website, there are about 1,000 seats still to sell, all in the $18 to $50 range.
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