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Jazz plays on in Pittsburgh

The Erroll Garner display recently opened in the William Pitt Union | Staff Photographer

By Emma Maurice | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018

While the riverboats travelling up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers between 1916 and 1970 brought many people to Pittsburgh to work in the booming steel industry, it also brought a wave of musicians who created Pittsburgh’s lasting jazz scene. Jazz in Pittsburgh continues to flourish and sustain years of tr...

Beach Boys bring SoCal sounds to Heinz Hall

The Beach Boys perform at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu in 2014. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, Peter Chiapperino)

By Darren Campuzano / Staff Writer

November 20, 2017

It was less than 60 degrees in Downtown Pittsburgh Saturday but Mike Love — front man of the Beach Boys — was singing about breaking out the sandals and cruising past palm trees. “First order of business: Thanks for showing up,” Love said jokingly. “I’m a little wacky tonight.” The 7...

Review: Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour stops in Pittsburgh

Rock legend Bob Dylan serenaded fans at Heinz Hall Nov. 6. (Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017

What can be said about Bob Dylan that has not been said before? To start, the man cannot sit still. Rock’s modern troubadour and nonpareil songsmith returned to Heinz Hall after three years Nov. 6. It’s a reminder to Pittsburgh that after a 55-year career, he won’t be writing songs about retirem...

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

November 6, 2017

Sam Smith is not heartbroken anymore — sad and emotional, sure, but that seems to be a part of who he will always be. The heartbreak that propelled most of Smith’s 2014 debut, “In The Lonely Hour,” is a thing of the past. And while his new record, “The Thrill of It All,” holds onto the e...

TPN’s spooky tunes

(Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

October 31, 2017

Halloweekend parties might be over, but there’s still time to listen to a killer playlist of spooky tunes before all the Christmas music sets in. While “Thriller” and “Monster Mash” may be Halloween music staples, there’s more to be listened to before October comes to a close. Whether you...

Women’s Choral Ensemble invites alumni back for fall concert

Pitt’s Women’s Choral Ensemble performed its 90th anniversary fall concert in Heinz Chapel Sunday. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

October 16, 2017

More than 40 years after her graduation, Phyllis Dato-Timbario added her voice back into the range of voices in Pitt’s Women’s Choral Ensemble. Pitt’s past and present WCE members serenaded an audience of more than 100 people inside Heinz Chapel for its 90th Anniversary Fall Concert Sunday. To c...

The National plays concert to pensive crowd

The National, an indie rock band from Cincinnati, played at Stage AE Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Lexi Kennell)

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 10, 2017

As The National lead singer Matt Berninger held up his drink between songs, he said being in Pittsburgh makes him feel like he’s “almost home.” The Cincinnati-based band played the outdoor venue at Stage AE Saturday to a full crowd of fans — mostly young adults in their twenties and thirt...

Tom Petty breaks hearts one last time

Rock legend Tom Petty jams for a sold out crowd, June 26, 2006, at Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minn. (Jerry Holt/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

By Darren Campuzano / For Th Pitt News

October 5, 2017

"I'm just trying to make good quality music, 'cause I do realize this music is going to be around much longer than me. I do know that now,” Tom Petty said. The ample songwriter and classic rock trailblazer Petty died of cardiac arrest at age 66 Monday, Oct. 2. What hurts the most when true music i...

Bob Seger rocks through PGH on ‘Runaway Train’ tour

Rock music legend Bob Seger performs at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio in March 2011. (Madalyn Ruggiero/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

By Darren Campuzano / For The Pitt News

October 3, 2017

“Usually it’s dedication time here,” Michigan-bred rocker Bob Seger said. “I’d like to dedicate this to everyone in the building.” Wearing true blue jeans, a Triumph Motorcycles T-shirt and a wide grin, Seger burst into a kicking rendition of “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll.” He grasped ...

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa returns to the area to perform at Thrival Festival in Swissvale, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Staff Photographer)

By Dieer Hu and Luke Stambaugh / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017

“Here’s to my city!” Wiz Khalifa said to thousands of elated festivalgoers as the melody of his Pittsburgh Steelers-inspired anthem “Black and Yellow” began to play. The Pittsburgh native and award-winning rapper performed as headliner of the 2017 Thrival Innovation + Music Festival this week...

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