November will be a busy month for concerts and events in Pittsburgh, so be sure to make time to see these five upcoming shows!
The Commonheart may have started out as a local band, but lately they’ve been making noise nationally. Their upcoming show at Stage AE will delight Pittsburgh fans who have had the privilege of watching this band grow over the past several years. Blues, soul, and rock mesh together with candor in this feel-good 9-piece group, led by the incomparable Clinton Clegg. Clegg’s distinctive voice has the power to uplift and move crowds of all sizes, while the rest of the band also shines with smooth vocal and instrumental talent. Recently they released their sophomore album, Pressure. You’ll want to catch The Commonheart on November 9th before they start making their way around the country for the rest of their tour.
Showtime: Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 7:00PM, Stage AE
Rising Appalachia with Special Guest Raye Zaragoza
Rising Appalachia is the perfect music to curl up to with a blanket on the couch as the weather gets cooler…but why do that when you can get out of the house for the night to see them live? This folk band expertly entwines the sounds of their US Southern roots with global influences, including West African percussive elements. Leah and Chloe Smith’s voices sync up beautifully, and their instruments (between them, the sisters play the banjo, bodhran, fiddle, and guitar) sound equally hypnotic when they’re playing alongside the rest of the band’s string and drum talent, which features the n’goni, the cello, and the talking drum, among other instruments. Singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza will also lend her voice and acoustic guitar skills for this special show. Get lost in Rising Appalachia’s laid-back rhythms and folk tunes for a night at Mr. Smalls Theatre on Saturday, November 16th.
Showtime: Saturday, November 16th, 2019, 8:00PM, Mr. Smalls Theatre
If you grew up in the nineties and early two-thousands and need a blast to the past, then you’ll want to hit up Heinz Hall this Friday night to see Incubus. Rather than just promoting their most recent album from 2017, they’ll be revisiting simpler times with Make Yourself as the focal point of the show. Make Yourself, their third studio album (released in 1999), is regarded by many to be the best Incubus album. You might be most familiar with “Stellar,” “Drive,” and “Pardon Me,” but Incubus’ unique alternative rock, nu metal, and funk rock sound isn’t just epitomized by these three songs—not only is the entire album a killer, but they’ll also be playing remixes and newer tunes from other albums, so you’ll see a show that is both modern and nostalgic.
Showtime: Friday, November 8th, 2019, 8:00PM, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
Pet Clinic, Rock Eupora, and Natural Rat
The best way to get through the week is with Pet Clinic—and we’ll be shaking off our mid-week routine to see them live on Wednesday, November 13that Spirit. This local rock band brings an unorthodox sound to their performances that will keep you on your toes. Words simply won’t do them justice though—this is music that you have to experience and feel in person to fully appreciate, from the smashing organ right down to the ripping guitar riffs to the lead singer’s howling vocals. Additionally, Rock Eupora, a Nashville-based artist, will be bringing gritty rock and fuzzy pop music to the stage, while Natural Rat will be jamming out with “West Virginia Doom Pop.”
Showtime: Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, 9:00PM, Spirit
Luke Combs is coming to town on Saturday, November 23rd, with PPG Paints Arena welcoming Combs and the thousands of fans who are clamoring to see him perform live in Pittsburgh this fall. Combs is a chart-topping country singer and songwriter whose 2014 breakout album produced hits “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours.” Since then he’s continually released popular singles that showcase his traditional country sound and relatable song lyrics, including “She Got the Best of Me,” “Beautiful Crazy” and “Beer Never Broke My Heart.” His new album, What You See is What You Get, is due to be released on November 8th, so concertgoers will get to hear new songs at his Pittsburgh show, as well as old favorites too.
Showtime: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, 7:00PM, PPG Paints ArenaThis content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.