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Critics' Picks: August 7 - 13

Local shows by Hannah Aldridge, Jesse Dee, Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Old Baby, plus a visit from the Bunker DJs

[SOUL] + FRI., AUG. 9

Jesse Dee impressed in June at WYEP's Summer Music Festival; tonight, the Boston-bred blue-eyed-soul singer returns to the area for a show at Johnstown's Peoples Natural Gas Park. The man's got a set of pipes and a healthy respect for Van Morrison, which, in combination, can — and do — go a long way. If you missed him the first time, he's worth the Friday-night jaunt; if you caught him earlier in the summer, you probably don't need to be convinced of that. Andy Mulkerin 6:30 p.m. 90 Johns St., Johnstown. $12. All ages. 814-539-1889 or


Hannah Aldridge came up in an atmosphere conducive to becoming a country singer: Her father, Walt Aldridge, is a hit songwriter who worked with many of the biggest names in country music's previous generation (Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt). Now the younger Aldridge has set out on her own — as both a singer and songwriter. The Muscle Shoals native is anticipating the release of her next full-length, Born to Be Broken, in the fall, and is on tour now, stopping tonight at the Center of Harmony, in Harmony. AM 8 p.m. 253 Mercer St., Harmony. $15-20; under 16 admitted free. All ages. 570-294-6450 or

Photo courtesy of Gary Isaacs


Slim Cessna is one of Pittsburgh's hidden gems: The leader of Slim Cessna's Auto Club moved here about a decade ago, and occasionally plays shows solo, but largely flies under the radar day to day. Until he comes back with his full band — at which time all bets are off. The legendary doom-country-rock-gospel ensemble plays an unforgettable live show that keeps fans and newcomers alike on their feet. Tonight, the Auto Club plays the Rex Theater with Slim's son's band, The Sterling Sisters. AM 9 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $12-15. All ages. 412-381-6811 or


Belvedere's gets a taste of New York City night life this weekend with a two-part show that will bump until the sun comes up. The Bunker, a community of EDM DJs dedicated to bringing stellar guest performers to Brooklyn, will make an appearance in Pittsburgh tonight. Resident DJs Derek Plaslaiko and Mike Servito are slated to perform, and Pittsburgher Aaron Clark, of Humanaut, will open up the evening. Kira Scammell 9 p.m. 4016 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5-15. 412-687-2555 or


Old Baby has an impressive family tree: Members of Young Widows and Shipping News contribute to the sound of the Louisville, Ky.-based band. The outfit's debut LP dropped just over a week ago, but you can check out its darkly melodic, hypno-grunge songs live tonight at Brillobox. Catherine Irwin of Freakwater and local DJ Matt Miller open this evening of bold tunes. KS 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $8. 412-621-4900 or

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