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Critics' Picks, Jan. 15-21 

Local shows from Maceo Parker and The City on Film, plus Rock Against Racism in Bloomfield, and Lohio reunites at Thunderbird

[LOCAL] + FRI., JAN. 16

Tonight's festivities on Liberty Avenue and its general environs came together quickly, after several bands dropped off of tomorrow's Strip District Music Festival in reaction to online comments made by the head of the festival's promoting partner, Drusky Entertainment, back in December. Some wanted to create an alternative event, and the result was tonight's Bloom-Fest: Rock Against Racism. From rock bands like Harlan Twins and The Big Bend to rapper Jasiri X, jazz singer Phat Man Dee and all-around musical utility player Gene Stovall, a nice swath of the local music scene represents tonight at venues including Howlers, The Shop and the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. It's a benefit for a few organizations, including We Change Pittsburgh and Mothers With a Voice. Andy Mulkerin 7 p.m. Various venues throughout Bloomfield. $10 pass for all venues. More info on Facebook event page found by searching: "‘BLOOM-FEST' (Rock Against Racism)."

click to enlarge Maceo Parker, legendary musician plays the Byham Theater
  • Photo courtesy of Ines Kaiser

[FUNK] + FRI., JAN. 16

Few have played saxophone funkier, for longer, than Maceo Parker. The legend first made waves in James Brown's band in the '60s, later leaving to join Parlaiment-Funkadelic and pursue solo work. More recently, he's worked with the likes of Trombone Shorty, and recorded and toured as the leader of his own band. The guy who blew on cuts like "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" is going strong after five decades of work, and he comes to the Byham Theater tonight, part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. AM 8 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $20-45. All ages. 412-456-6666 or

click to enlarge The City on Film and Young Statues at The Mr. Roboto Project
  • Photo courtesy of Katie Hovland


One of the big stories in the emo world last year was the first new album from Braid in more than a decade. All along, though, the band's frontman, Bob Nanna (also of Hey Mercedes), kept alive his solo project, The City on Film. Tonight, he brings the act to The Mr. Roboto Project, accompanying New Jersey indie rockers Gates and Philly's Young Statues. Pittsburgh's Skull Kid opens up. AM 7 p.m. 5106 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. All ages.


It's been a while since we've seen a proper show from Lohio (though Greg and Liz Dutton have performed some tunes out now and then, and there was that reunion for the mayor's inauguration last year). The longtime indie-rock band, Greg Dutton's vehicle through a rotating cast of bandmates, has a bigger reunion show tonight at Thunderbird Café, courtesy of HughShows. (Some ex-bandmates are coming into town for the event.) Friends and sometimes-Lohio-members Meeting of Important People play as well, and The Wreckids open with a few tunes. Follow Dutton through the many phases and lineups of the band, and party like it's 2009. AM 10 p.m. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $10. 412-682-0177 or


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