Our Picks for Summer Concerts in Pittsburgh
Seeing that Andrew WK, The War on Drugs, Taylor Swift and Dave Matthews Band have all played in Pittsburgh within the past week, we’d say we’re a little late to the game with naming our picks for hot summer concerts, but look at it this way: we’ve given you time to save up more money. Concerts are hella expensive these days, and you have to be choosy when it comes to who you’re supporting with your hard earned bling. We hope to have compiled a list of some obvious choices, and perhaps, some you’ve overlooked while mapping out your summer.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out New Kids on the Block, TLC and Nelly at Consol on the 14th. The Smashing Pumpkins return to Pittsburgh at The Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead on the 16th, which should make for a pretty different vibe from their 2012 show at Stage AE. Not to be confused with the cult series, indie rockers Twin Peaks hit Brillobox on the 17th. We’re sorry if you haven’t already managed to scoop tickets to the Man Man/Ed Schrader’s Music Beat show at Club Cafe on the 19th, because it’s sold out. Those of you who were swol about Action Bronson‘s rescheduled gig can now get excited again for the new date on the 24th at Stage AE. Another notable AE show is the return of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes on June 30.
July opens with hometown hero Wiz Khalifa at First Niagara Pavilion, who joins Hoodie Allen and Fall Out Boy to round out a rather interesting lineup. After you’ve BBQ-ed to your heart’s content for the fourth, check out the vintage stylings of Portland’s Pink Martini at The Byham on July 7. July’s pretty stacked with killer shows. Talib Kweli was just announced at Altar Bar on the 14, as was Surfer Blood at Spirit on the same night. The amazing solo project from Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee, hits Cattivo on the 15th. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame hits Altar Bar on the 24th, and indie staple The Tallest Man on Earth will play the Carnegie Library Music Hall on the 26th, with Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell and Lydia Loveless playing the same venue the following night on the 27th. End July on a high note with the highly-anticipated Hozier show at Stage AE on the 28th.
August is looking pretty light in terms of concerts, but don’t sweat it. Take advantage of the last full month of 80 degree temps and get outside as much as possible. Except, of course, when you’re trying to get your concert on at Mr. Smalls for An Evening with Delta Spirit, who we recall SLAYED Brillobox the last time we caught them here many years ago. The crazy stylings of Die Antwoord, who most either love or hate, hit Stage AE on August 12. Wrap up August the right way by heading to Foo Fighters and Royal Blood at First Niagara, which is sure to be a killer show.
The summer concert season is ending on a good note this year. You can find the powerhouse fellas behind Fishbone rockin’ the Thunderbird Cafe on September 8. Icelandic quintet Of Monsters and Men return to Stage AE on September 16. The following night, catch Death Cab for Cutie who are touring in support of their latest album, and electro heartthrob Twin Shadow at Stage AE on the 17. Finally, don’t miss UK indie rockers The Wombats when they hit Mr. Smalls on the 11th.
Another great season of summer music is upon us, and you don’t want to miss out on any of these great shows. Don’t forget to catch the inaugural concert at Highmark Stadium this Sunday, June 14, featuring the classic sounds of Steve Miller Band!