My unyielding appreciation for Cheap Trick originated back in 1978 after purchasing a vinyl copy of “Heaven Tonight.”
Over more than a year into a pandemic that has forced us to isolate ourselves from the everyday activities once taken for granted, we have all experienced oddities that could fill a book detailing life during lockdown.
Pittsburgh Opera will present the first-ever Pittsburgh performances of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” based on the life of the legendary jazz musician, from April 10 to April 22.
St. Vincent College’s Music at Midday series will continue on Friday, March 26, with soprano Charlene Canty and harpsichordist J. Christopher Pardini performing sacred music in anticipation of Holy Week.
I was first introduced to the theatrical genius of Alice Cooper after purchasing “The Alice Cooper Show” back in 1977 with live versions of “Under My Wheels,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “School’s Out.”
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents The Four Seasons as part of its Front Row Season on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Derek Woods Band will take the stage for VIP (Virtually In the Palace) Experience tonight at 7 p.m. The free concert will be streamed via The Palace Theatre or Westmoreland Cultural Trust Facebook pages. The program runs Thursdays through March, with upcoming acts to include East Coast Turnaround (March 11), Colin Southfield and The Mushroom Country Band (March 18) and Pack (March 25).
Music at Midday, presented by the St. Vincent College Concert Series and the Verostko Center for the Arts, will continue with a performance by singer/vocalist Nick Pietrusinski at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
They say all good things come in threes. If that holds to be true, then the latest release from Paul McCartney fulfills the promise he started with the acoustic leanings of 1970’s “McCartney,” continued with bursts of electronic flavorings on 1980’s “McCartney II” and ultimately completes with the cathartic tone of “McCartney III."
Sitting in a room in his Greene County home that he refers to as his “bunker,” Adam “Joad” Corwin is calmly preparing for the next chapter of his eventful, unpredictable and always active career in music.
With Thanksgiving and all its pandemic restrictions a distant memory and Christmas Day fast approaching, I’ve spent the majority of my brief holiday break previewing the latest Christmas music releases.
While rummaging through my older brother’s extensive record collection back in 1977, I came across a debut release from a quirky guitarist with thick, black-rimmed glasses, skinny tie and a catchy name.
Corbin/Hanner Band veteran Al Snyder, who has been recording others at his recording studio for decades, has decided for once to concentrate for once on his own project, with impressive results.
“It’s About Time” is the aptly titled latest effort from Patty Smyth. The album is a pleasant surprise and a fresh reminder about the singer-songwriter’s talent for crafting and delivering memorable songs.
One bright spot for my wife and mother-in-law during this pandemic is the arrival of a new Keith Urban album. They both have seen Urban perform over the years and always wait eagerly for new material from the country superstar.
The Beatles were right all along. Love is all we really need. It’s a message that has been preached by numerous artists for decades. As we all yearn for a return to some normalcy, demonstrating peace, love and understanding must guide us in our everyday interaction with one another.
As Labor Day quickly approaches, summer begins a methodical retreat in all its shimmering glory. As a kid, I always loved summer. Freedom was truly mine as I could hang with my buddies without the worry of school responsibilities or weekday curfews that restricted any sort of mischief.
Chris Tomlin’s latest album is an inspiring and diverse journey filled with arrangements echoing the praises of a transformational walk of faith that cleanses and strengthens the soul.
In 1976, a band from Topeka captured my attention by issuing a fourth album with songs possessing a potent mix of classic and progressive rock. “Leftoverture” was the release that sparked the rise of Kansas and established the Midwestern band as one of the prominent rock acts of the late 1970s.
On Saturday, July 25, the Skyview Drive-In in Carmichaels, the Brownsville Drive-in, the Evergreen Drive-In in Mount Pleasant and the Comet Drive-In in Connellsville will take a break from showing movies on their screens to present a very special concert as part of a nationwide summer music series.
I always find a calming comfort from listening to a Ray LaMontagne album. From 2004’s “Trouble” to 2018’s “Part of the Light,” LaMontagne repeatedly strikes a sentimental chord that sparks memories of joy, love and simpler times.
“People done gone crazy, people done gone mad/People done forgot the superpowers we all have/We were born to love, not hate/We can decide our fate/And look for the good in everyone and celebrate all our mistakes,” declares Jason Mraz on the title track of his latest release.
Grammy Award nominee. Country music icon. Lifestyle influencer. They all describe one woman – Martina McBride, who is scheduled to make a stop on April 30 at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre.
I guess it’s only fitting that the Boomtown Rats released a new album during the Year of the Rat. Thirty-six years after “In the Long Grass,” the Irish band makes a surprising comeback with a solid effort that recalls the glory days when tracks like “Rat Trap,” “She’s So Modern” and “I Don’t Like Mondays” propelled the group to fame in the late 1970s.
After helping craft songs recorded by notable artists like Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow, Brandy Clark emerges from the shadows and into the spotlight with an impressive third album.
On his latest album, James Taylor pays tribute to the Great American Songbook and the arrangements that served as an inspiration before he became a songwriter.
During my college days, my cassette of “Sports” by Huey Lewis and the News would receive regular playing time on my daily commute from home to campus.
On their last album, the members of Little Big Town were lost in California delivering laid-back songs with a nostalgic feel that carried a hint of Southern California sweetness.