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Critics' Picks: October 21 - 25

Local shows by Ivan Lins, Black Coffee, David Bromberg and Sebadoh, plus a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore

[JAZZ] + FRI., OCT. 21

The Bahia state of Brazil could be thought of as akin to New York or Los Angeles. It's full of cultural fervor; writers, artists and musicians make the place one of constant creative flux. Tonight, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents the flavorful melange of Bahian sounds at Viva Bahia!, an intimate concert featuring now-local songstress Kenia and fellow Brazilian Ivan Lins. Presented in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the show will feature songs by a handful of legendary Bahian composers, such as Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. Kate Magoc 8 p.m. 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $38.50-45. 412-363-3000 or

[NEO-SOUL] + FRI., OCT. 21

The neo-soul outfit Black Coffee is celebrating a year of existence tonight at Club Café. Based around the Connellsville-born brother-and-sister team of Vince and Caitlin Cuneo, and formed in State College, the band plays classic jazz, neo-soul and a little bit of danceable funk with major chops. If catching a loungey band in the comfortable confines of Club Café is your style, this show's not to be missed. Andy Mulkerin 10:30 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $7. 412-431-4950 or

[ROOTS] + SAT., OCT. 22

David Bromberg has been around the block: The Philadelphia-born singer and songwriter released his first album on Columbia 40 years ago, and he's played with the likes of Jorma Kaukonen and George Harrison. A virtuoso guitarist working in folk and blues idioms (and an entertaining performer to boot), Bromberg doesn't have the high profile of some of his contemporaries, but there's no doubt he's one of the best at what he does. He plays the New Hazlett Theater tonight with his quartet. AM 8 p.m. Allegheny Square East, North Side. $35-40. All ages. 412-320-4610


[WORLD] + SUN., OCT. 23

Rabindranath Tagore was a man of Aristotelian stature and possessed the romantic reputation of Rumi. A Bengali -- the first non-European Nobel laureate in literature -- Rabindranath wrote mystical poetry that embodied his exposure to Bengali rural folk music. Tonight, the Bengali Association of Pittsburgh presents a free concert, Rabi-Sashtriya, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. The show will highlight Rabindranath's musical connections to the classical Indian canon. Originated by University of Pittsburgh professor Samir Chatterjee, the show will include English translations of Rabindranath's work and will showcase his influence on contemporary musicians. KM 6:30 p.m., Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Schenley Drive, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland. Free. 412-624-4141 or


There's no indie-rock hall of fame (yet), but if there were, Lou Barlow would be inducted twice: for his work with Dinosaur Jr. and for Sebadoh. The latter became a legendary staple of the Homestead Records roster (and then that of Sub Pop); if you know one Sebadoh tune, it's likely 1991's tongue-in-cheek, name-checking "Gimme Indie Rock." The band -- with Barlow accompanied once again by longtime collaborator Jason Loewenstein, but not original member Eric Gaffney -- is touring on the heels of reissues of some of its Sub Pop classics; Sebadoh plays Brillobox tonight with Mazes. AM 9 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $15-17. 412-621-4900 or

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