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Critics’ Picks, Nov. 12-18

Concerts by The Daniel Bennett Group, Zombi, George Clinton, and the Flamin’ Groovies

click to enlarge The Daniel Bennett Group - PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSE WINTER
Photo courtesy of Jesse Winter
The Daniel Bennett Group

[JAZZ] + THU., NOV. 12 

“Experimental” or “avant-garde” jazz usually brings to mind the skronky, atonal works of saxophonists like Ornette Coleman or John Zorn, and can send casual listeners and fans of more traditional jazz running scared. But Daniel Bennett, a young New York-based saxophonist, takes a different approach. The Daniel Bennett Group, self-described as “folk jazz,” is easy to understand, given the pastoral sound of his playing, which sometimes recalls English folk. Taking inspiration from 20th-century American minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, the Daniel Bennett Group plays a kinder, gentler and yet still unique and interesting form of modern jazz. You can hear Bennett and company tonight at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, and then again on Fri., Nov. 13, at The Oaks Theater. Andrew Woehrel 8 p.m. 422 Foreland St., North Side. Free. 412-904-3335 or Also, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 13. 310 Allegheny Blvd., Oakmont. $12-15. 412-828-6322 or 

click to enlarge Zombi - COURTESY OF DAVE CERMINARA
Courtesy of Dave Cerminara


After a 2013 tour supporting the Italian progressive rock band Goblin, hometown heroes Zombi return to Pittsburgh. Steve Moore and Anthony Paterra have been releasing albums since 2004, and even though Moore currently resides in Brooklyn, the duo has left an impression on Pittsburgh’s rock history. Zombi’s synthesizer-driven space-rock grooves are familiar to anyone who has closely followed the local music scene for the last decade or so. Tonight you can see the band at Cattivo, with Pinkish Black and Microwaves. AW 10:15 p.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $15. 412-687-2157 or

[FUNK] + SAT., NOV. 14

For the last 50 years, George Clinton has been the main man behind the pioneering funk/rock/R&B/psychedelic group Parliament-Funkadelic. Performing under a variety of monikers over the years, P-Funk is one of the most influential American musical collectives of the 20th century, inspiring everything from soul and disco to acid rock and post-punk. It’s almost surprising that P-Funk is still touring after all this time, but what else is George going to do? See him tonight at Stage AE. AW 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $27.50-30. 412-229-5483 or


For people of a certain age, the Flamin’ Groovies might be most recognizable for their song “Shake Some Action,” if only because a cover version was featured in the movie Clueless. The Groovies, who formed in San Francisco in 1965, don’t always get as much attention as some similar-sounding contemporaries like The Kinks or Big Star, but the band has made its own notable contributions to garage rock and power pop. In 2013, founder Cyril Jordan reunited with 1970s-lineup alums Chris Wilson and George Alexander, and they’ve been touring ever since. Tonight, check them out at the Hard Rock Café, along with locals Meeting of Important People and The Wurms. Margaret Welsh 8 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $14-16. 412-481-7625 or

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