Five Must-See Pittsburgh Performances in April 2015

April 2 | alt-J @ the Benedum Center

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Photo: Marcus Haney

British indie rock band alt-J (a key sequence signifying the delta sign) will hit the stage at the Benedum Center on April 2. As a part of their spring North American tour, the trio of Thom Green, Joe Newman, and Gus Unger-Hamilton will be promoting their critically acclaimed album This Is All Yours, released in September. The record, a follow-up the band’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, which launched them to stardom, displays a progression of their incredibly original, folk rock, electronic sound. We can’t wait to jam out to tracks like “Every Other Freckle,” “Hunger Of The Pine,” and “Tessellate.” — Liz Petoniak

April 3 & 17 | No Bad JuJu; The Clarks’ Scott Blasey @ Bella Sera

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Photo: No Bad JuJu

scott blasey, bella sera, pittsburgh shows april 2015

Photo: Scott Blasey

Always looking to delight customers in new and exciting ways, Bella Sera owner Jason Capps introduced the Bella Sera Dinner Concert Series. The Italian eatery pairs local music acts with delicious buffets, making for a fun and sophisticated night out. The series continues this month with No Bad JuJu on April 3 and Scott Blasey of The Clarks on April 17. To celebrate Good Friday and the freshness of spring, No Bad JuJu’s show will feature a Fish Taco “Action” Station. Create an inventive entree with mahi filets, mango slaw, salsa verde, cilantro-avocado aioli, and other toppings. Then, Bella Sera honors Scott Blasey’s hometown with a Steel City-centric menu of handmade pancetta pierogies with caramelized onions and browned butter sage sauce; stuffed hot banana peppers with sweet sausage and marinara; and kielbasa with fresh braised cabbage. Music to our ears! — Rachel Jones

April 8 | Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal @ the Byham Theater

Take a journey down the back roads of the soulful South without leaving the city. Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash, along with John Leventhal, will bring hits from her Grammy Award-winning album, The River and the Thread, to the Byham Theater on April 8. Presented by WYEP 91.3 and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the performance showcases a connection to her southern roots that will relate to all fans. “The soul and richness of the people and the music of the south resonate in a particular way for all of us,” Cash says. “It’s a deep connection.” — Erin Powell

April 17 | Art Garfunkel @ Carnegie Lecture Hall

Art Garfunkel and his sweet vocals are back on tour, and on their way to Carnegie Lecture Hall. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will perform an intimate concert on April 17, sharing popular songs like “The Sound of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Best known as half of the folksy duo Simon & Garfunkel, the singer is eager to be back on the stage after battling long-term voice issues. But don’t worry — “The voice is back. I’m in flight again,” Garfunkel says. “I believe I have grown through adversity. A new creation has emerged that is truly exciting me: my stage show.” — E.P.

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Photo: Patrick McBride

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