The holidays are over. You know what that means, right? Time to snap back to reality and ease into your regular routine. Yes, that does sound kind of boring. Lucky for you, there are more than a few ways to break up the monotony this month in Pittsburgh. From comedy to concerts and even a gallery crawl, here’s the rundown on what’s happening this January in PGH.
The Boss and the E Street Band are coming to the Burgh. Need we say more? They’ll be at Consol Energy Center on January 16 and you really oughta be there too.
Cultural District Gallery Crawl
Check out everything that Pittsburgh’s Cultural District has to offer by going gallery-to-gallery as part of this art-inspired tour. With more than 25 galleries to see, live music along the way, and plenty of places to stop for food and drink, this is an awesome way to experience Downtown Pittsburgh. Did we mention it’s free?! January 22.
What do you get when you combine Bon Iver with one of the nation’s best symphony orchestras? That’s easy. You get FUSE@PSO. This month, mash-up mastermind Steve Hackman is leading the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a performance that pairs Bon Iver with Copland, to create a hybrid sound unlike anything you’ve experienced before. January 27.
Hooking Up With Second City
If you like standup comedy or Saturday Night Live, you’ll love Second City. That’s because this famed comedy troupe has been the proving ground for countless comics that we all know and love. They’ve helped catapult comics like Jim Belushi and Chris Farley, as well as Joan Rivers and Tina Fey, into stardom. Experience the current crop of comedic talent at the O’Reilly Theater. January 7-9.
The Rec Room: Winter Games
The summertime concert series Weather Permitting is taking the party indoors for The Rec Room: Winter Games. Although it doesn’t actually feel like it (yet), it actually is winter. So join Weather Permitting as they transform Spirit Hall into a space of play and entertainment. The unique offering of parlor sports will include Bally, GaGa, Molkky and Bucket Pong, plus new hybrid physical-digital games. January 24.
Wilco @ the Benedum
Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Pat Sansone are playing the Benedum this month. Of course, you probably know them as Wilco. Considered by many to be one of the best rock bands around, this is your chance to experience these skilled musicians and songwriters in person. January 25.
Strip District Music Festival
More than 100 local artists have committed to be a part of the SDMF, a pay what you want event that will showcase a wide range of musical genres, including singer-songwriters, electronic artists, punk, metal and indie rock bands, hip-hop acts and more. Local favorites like Meeting of Important People, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Donora, Paul Luc, Gene the Werewolf, Grand Piano, Dethlehem and Mia Z are sure to attract fans to multiple venues throughout the Strip District. At this point, the number of venues is hovering around 20, with more being added by the minute. January 16 – 17.
CMOA x Boom
Head to the Hall of Sculpture for a gallery tour unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Boom Concepts, a community organization that supports artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs, is teaming up with the Carnegie Museum of Art for a Silent Disco. Choose beats by Christo or DJ EyeJay then take an unconventional gallery tour led by local artists. You’ll also get a sneak peak at the new Teenie Harris exhibition, Great Performances Off-Stage. January 21.
More music this month
Just in case the Boss, Wilco, and the Strip District Music Fest can’t curb your concert-going craving, there are a few more shows worth checking out this January. Ahead of their upcoming debut LP, called Rituals, the Brooklyn-based band Honduras is coming through Pittsburgh for a show at Spirit on January 13. Tickets are only $8-10. Then, the very next day (January 14) Grounders returns to Pittsburgh for a show at Smiling Moose. Also, just $10.