Where to See Local Bands and Concerts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

There are so many great music venues of all sizes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to catch local bands and international music acts. The music scene in Pittsburgh continues to get stronger year after year and so do the venues that host the shows. From the monster rock palace of Heinz Field to the smallest of venues like... Mr. Small's theater, Pittsburghers have many options to listen to live music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Heinz Field

The Monster Rock Colosseum in Pittsburgh is Heinz Field.  The 68,400 seat venue is where "Rock Royalty" come to play when in town. Last summer Heinz field hosted the legendary international rock group U2 and popular opening act The Lumineers.  Prior to that, the stadium hosted hard rockers Guns and Roses, country star Kenny Chesney and everyone's favorite parrot head - Jimmy Buffet. Even local music heroes like the Clarks have performed numerous times on stage at Heinz Field. So, if you are up for stadium sized concert grandeur, then Heinz Field is the place to be.

 Visit Heinz Field


PPG Paints Arena

 Home to the Pittsburgh Penguins and music sibling to Heinz Field in the Pittsburgh music scene is arena rock venue PPG Paints Arena.  Recent shows included performances by the late Tom Petty, entertainer extraordinaire Bruno Mars and country music sensation Eric Church.  The arena seats 19,758 and is a phenomenal place to catch an electrifying indoor concert, circus or ice show.

Upcoming shows at PPG Paints Arena include:

  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  • Janet Jackson
  • Pink
  • Shania Twain


 Visit PPG Paints Arena


KeyBank Pavilion

If you want to catch an outdoor concert then The KeyBank Pavilion is Burgettstown, Pennsylvania is the place to be. The amphitheater seats about 23,000 with both canopy and lawn seating available. KeyBank Pavilion is where summer concert memories are made.  Past concerts included:

  • Farm Aid
  • Kings of Leon
  • Alice Cooper
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Vans Warped Tour

 Visit KeyBank Pavilion


But some of the best shows in Pittsburgh can be seen at more localized smaller bars, concert halls and unique places. If you are looking for an intimate music experience then try and catch a show at one of these smaller Pittsburgh concert venues.


Mr. Smalls

Mr. Smalls is not only one of the most unique concert venues in Pittsburgh but one of the most extraordinary places to visit in the city. The concert hall is housed in an old church located in Millvale, PA about 5 minutes from downtown. Mr. Smalls hosts all sorts of bands and shows from local favorites Rusted Root to punk rock royalty - The Misfits. The theater offers a wide spectrum of music and events to satisfy local music and art connoisseurs and truly provides an awesome experience with rocking sound, magical lighting and intimate stage show.

 Past Shows Include:

  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • The Strumbellas
  • The Mountain Goats

 Visit Mr. Smalls


Stage AE

Stage AE resides on the North Shore of Pittsburgh in the shadow of stadium rock Valhalla - Heinz Field but certainly holds its own as a major concert venue in Pittsburgh. Stage AE is uniquely constructed as a hybrid indoor and outdoor concert venue so shows can go on year-round. The venue is divided into three separate concert spaces: indoor music hall, indoor club and the outdoor amphitheater. Stage AE hosts a myriad of bands and festivals throughout the year - from metal to rap; Pittsburgh concert goers are never disappointed at one of the loudest places in town.

 Past Shows Include:

  • The National
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Ministry
  • Macklemore

Visit Stage AE


Jergel's Rhythm Grille

Jergel's is a bar, grill and foremost a great place to see a show. Jergel's is located about 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh in Warrandale, PA and has a more local flavor and a laid back and enjoyable atmosphere. From country western to classic rock, Jergel's Rhythm Grille is a rock and roll paradise with a craft beer in Pittsburgh's North Hills.

Here are some top entertainers that played Jergel's Rhythm Grille:

  • Donny Iris
  • Kevin Bacon and The Bacon Brothers
  • Southside Johnny
  • Soul Asylum
  • The Yardbirds
  • Molly Hachet

 Visit Jergel's


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Check out these upcoming shows!


Arabella at Pittsburgh Opera

7/20/2018 @ 7:30pm - 12:00 AM Falk Auditorium Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Ave. 15213 Pittsburgh, PA

Our Richard Strauss Series continues with Arabella, the tenth of the composer’s fifteen operas and the last created in collaboration with the famed librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. We find ourselves in 1860’s Vienna. The aging Count Waldner has two lovely daughters, but only enough money to launch the older one, Arabella, into society. His second daughter has to assume the identity of a son. But her desires remain those of a daughter… The resulting outrageous and uproarious events take place during a single twenty-four hour period beginning on Shrove Tuesday, Carnival in Vienna. A sparkling ball full of Strauss waltzes sets the stage for a romantic comedy of mistaken identities, secret love notes and passionate assignations. Join the cast at the Opening Night Party with light fare immediately following the performance on Friday 20 July.

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7/21/2018 @ 7:00PM - 12:00 AM National Aviary

Legacy Arts Project :: Dance Africa 2018

7/20/2018 @ 8:00PM - 12:00 AM - 7/22/2018 Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15626

PERFORMANCE DETAILS July 20 – 21, 2018 8:00pm \/ Kelly Strayhorn Theater July 22, 2018 4:00pm \/ Kelly Strayhorn Theater WORKSHOP DETAILS July 21, 2018 10:00 – 11:30am \/ Central African Dance w\/ Aza 12:00 – 1:30pm \/ Hip Hop w\/ Illstye and Peace Productions 2:00p – 3:30pm \/ African Drum & Dance w\/ Djapo Cultural Institute KST’s Alloy Studios Presented with Legacy Arts Project Dance Africa: Pittsburgh celebrates community with this year’s theme “It’s All in the Family.” Hosting renowned ensembles from Pittsburgh and beyond, in two different programs of the music and dance of West Africa and the Caribbean. – Also featuring several dance workshops at Alloy Studios. Space is limited, so register now!

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2018 Ligonier Highland Games Benefit Dinner and Evening of Celtic Music

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20th Annual Regatta at Lake Arthur

8/4/2018 @ 10:00am - 12:00 AM - 8/5/2018 Moraine State Park - South Shore

The Regatta at Lake Arthur is an annual 2-day regional event celebrated on Moraine State Park\'s South Shore the first weekend in August. Our 2018 event weekend is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Sunday, August 5 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 2018 marks our 20th event year, and we are excited to welcome you, your family, and your friends to come and see all that the Regatta has to offer. There is no admission or parking charge and many Regatta events are FREE. This annual event brings thousands of visitors each year to experience and enjoy the 3,225 acres of Lake Arthur with over 40 miles of scenic shoreline. The Regatta offers land and lake activities along with exciting new opportunities to enjoy the natural resources of the park (our 2017 event recorded nearly 15,000 visitors). Our mission is to be the premiere, all-ages, eco-recreational event in the region. While we are nestled in the heart of Butler County, we welcome visitors from across the region and beyond. If you enjoy being active in the great outdoors, then this is a weekend you simply don\'t want to miss! We are excited to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle, feature wholesome food options and continue to increase opportunities for you to get out and active at Moraine. Come on out and PLAY!

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