Also August 14, head to Allentown’s RE360 Warehouse to celebrate Black Forge Coffee House’s first anniversary. The pay-what-you-can event includes the debut of a collaborative cold brew mead with Apis Mead & Winery, burlesque from Kat De Lac, comedy from Matt Light, and live music from Dethlehem, Homeless Gospel Choir, and a rare performance from Molasses Barge.
On August 15, in addition to Mariachi El Bronx, there is a performance by dreamy Cali pop outfit Best Coast at Mr. Smalls. This is the duo’s first ever headlining gig in Pittsburgh; their only other stop in town was opening for Green Day in 2013. Stargazer Lilies open. Kinks-inspired garage rock band The Mystery Lights also have a gig the 15th, at Lawrenceville’s Spirit.
Ted Nugent roars into town August 16 for a night at Stage AE, but the biggest concert of the month happens August 17, when two of the biggest hip-hop artists on the planet, Drake and Future, perform at Consol Energy Center. The tour kicked off July 20 in Austin, where the 6 God performed a staggering 50-song set (on top of another 25+ from Future). The Austin show, of course, included a six-song encore with Future and Drake trading off on tracks from their collaborative mixtape, What A Time to Be Alive. If you don’t like Drake (?!), you can instead catch prog-rock legends Yes perform their Drama and . . . Topographic Ocean albums in their entirety.
Gov’t Mule returns to town August 18 at Stage AE for their Smokin’ Mule Summer Tour, with support from Blackberry Smoke. August 19 marks the kickoff of the three-day Skullfest. In true punk fashion venues still haven’t been determined, but more than 50 local and national bands are already scheduled to perform, including Wolf Eyes, Belgrado (Spain), and EEL.
On August 20, Blues Traveler headlines a rare quadruple bill at Stage AE, including performances by The Wallflowers, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Howie Day. Across town, at the Rex Theater, the “King of Surf Guitar,” Dick Dale, who continues to tour at age 79 to pay for thousands of dollars of monthly medical expenses.
Club Cafe welcomes The Delta Saints August 22. The Nashville band plays “Bourbon-fueled Bayou-Rock” that’s part-blues, part-Southern roots rock. For a true taste of the South, come back to Club Cafe August 23 for Buckwheat Zydeco. Or, venture down East Carson a few blocks to catch sludge metal legends the Melvins at the Rex Theater, their first stop in town in over three years. Their new album, Basses Loaded, is the band’s 21st studio album. It features contributions from six different bassists as well as a gnarly cover of The Beatles’ “I Want to Tell You.”
On August 25, the inimitable Brian Wilson performs at the Benedum. The Beach Boys leader is on tour (with Al Jardine!) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds, which many critics regard as the greatest album . . . ever? Expect to hear Pet Sounds from start to finish alongside other Beach Boy classics.
August ends on a strong note. First, Odd Future kingpin Tyler, the Creator visits Stage AE August 28, with an opening set from Taco. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Blink 182 (minus Tom DeLonge) headlines First Niagara the same evening, with support from A Day To Remember and All Time Low.
Finally, the face of modern blues rock and one of the best young guitar players today, Gary Clark Jr., headlines Stage AE August 30.
Looking for more Pittsburgh happenings? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in August and our Top 10 things for families to do in August in Pittsburgh feature articles.