by Rachel Jones
We’ve been singing along to “Ho Hey” in our cars ever since the song debuted, and now, we can finally see The Lumineers live in Pittsburgh! The folksy trio is set to play a collection of hits from its self-titled album on February 8 at Stage AE. As easygoing as the band seems, The Lumineers’ road to success wasn’t so simple. When bandmates and friends Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites became frustrated with the New York music scene, they moved to Denver for a second chance. The first thing they did was put an ad on Craigslist for a cellist. Neyla Pekarek answered their call, and the trio’s chemistry was instant. Now, the rustic, heartfelt sound of The Lumineers shines bright. Let there be light!
The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. 412.237.8300. warhol.org.
SCC’s Satellite Gallery, 500 Grant St., Downtown. contemporarycraft.org.
Don’t want to be an American idiot? Join the revolution, in song no less, when PNC Broadway Across America — Pittsburgh brings the cutting-edge musical American Idiot to Heinz Hall, February 19-24. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album of the same name, American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends who must choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Lyrics from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and direction from Tony Award winner Michael Mayer catapult the musical into a whirlwind of punk rock music, rebellion, and searching for meaning in life. Tickets are $20-$62.
Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.392.4900. trustarts.org.
Bon Jovi will rock Pittsburgh — these five words we swear to you! The all-American icons touch down at CONSOL Energy Center on February 21 as a part of Because We Can — The Tour. Of course, the crew will be cranking out our favorite hits, like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “I’ll Be There for You,” and “You Give Love a Bad Name,” but Bon Jovi also has a slew of songs from What About Now, the band’s latest album, to be released in spring 2013. In their nearly three decades of playing together, the legendary rockers have performed more than 2,700 concerts. Rock on! Tickets range from $19.50-$199.50.
Bodiography Contemporary Ballet’s Whispers of Light: A Story of Hope graces the Byham Theater stage for a two-night performance, February 22-23. The powerful ballet is an artistic tribute to The Highmark Caring Place, champions to the cause of grieving children. Written and choreographed by Artistic Director Maria Caruso, the poignant journey tugs at your heartstrings. It’s finely woven together by an original score by Nancy Galbraith, embedded with a narrative of stories adapted from the voices of children. For tickets, call 412.456.6666. —Andrea Bosco
Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, bodiographycbc.com.
These events are featured in the February 2013 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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