Join Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, & Rachel Patten for a “Girls Night Out” at Stage AE

By Katherine McGrath / Photograph from Yu Tsai
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Photo: Yu Tsai

The first time singer-songwriter Christina Perri came to Pittsburgh wasn’t on tour — it was on a whim. “I was a freshman in college and had a 25-page paper to write,” Perri recalls. “Instead, my best friend and I drove to Pittsburgh in the middle of the night just to drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and listen to ‘Landslide’ like they do in the book.” The book she’s referring to is the cult-classic “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which is set in Pittsburgh. “We drove through the tunnel, and then literally had to turn around and go home because we had school the next day,” she says. “It was one of the greatest moments of my life.”

Since then, Perri has been back to Pittsburgh many times, either to visit family or take the stage. This summer, she’s hitting the road with Colbie Caillat and Rachel Patten for the “Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too” tour, which stops at Stage AE on July 12. “Me and Colbie were hanging out one afternoon, and we were talking about the tour and had to come up with a name,” Perri explains. “We just kept going back to ‘Girls Night Out.’ But then we were like, ‘We can’t call it that because boys can come, too.’ We kind of giggled, and that was it.”

When she’s not traveling the country to promote her recent album, Head or Heart, Perri likes SoulCycle, binge-watching Game of Thrones, and cheeseburgers. “They’re my favorite food,” she gushes. “I try to have one in every city I go to, and I’m on the hunt for the best cheeseburger in the world.” She even has a tattoo of one on her wrist!

Joining that tat are more than 70 others. She got her first one at age 15 and has kept a steady pace since then. Perri has a little mix of everything — Italy, her family, Johnny Cash’s signature, a Banksy piece, a grape vine, and even the MINI logo. Her most recent ink reads “215,” an homage to her hometown of Philadelphia.

According to Perri, tattoos are another way to express herself, aside from her music, which is everything to her. “I feel like it’s why I’m on the planet — to connect with people through my music,” she says. “I think my purpose is really to share my music with the world.”

Follow Christina on Twitter and Instagram @christinaperri

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