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!

 

A Community Christmas Hookstown, PA

12/15/2018 @ 5:00pm - 12:00 AM South Side Historical Village, 1198 State Rt. 168, Hookstown, PA 15050

12\/15 South Side Historical Village, 1198 State Rt. 168, Hookstown. A partnership with the Hookstown Grange as well as other community groups and churches will make this evening special for all ages. Enjoy a live nativity in the barn, Christmas stories in the log cabin, school and artisan shop, strolling carolers, hot chocolate, a warm fire and more. Free. 5-8pm 724-573-9367

Chatham Baroque presents Alegría: Christmas Music from Spain and the New World

12/14/2018 @ 7:30PM - 12:00 AM St. Nicholas Church, 24 Maryland Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209 United States

Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times. With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano); and Danny Mallon (percussion)

CHRISTMAS IN EAST LIBERTY Cathedral Concert

12/14/2018 @ 7:30 pm - 12:00 AM East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 South Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Featuring The Brass Roots, organist Edward Alan Moore, Saxophonist Mike Tomaro, and the ELPC Chancel Choir! An East Liberty Tradition! Our most highly anticipated concert of the season returns with holiday favorites for brass, organ, choir, and audience! Featured on the program will be the premiere of a new composition by Pittsburgh’s own Mike Tomaro. Freewill offering accepted. Please visit www.ELPC.church for more information.

Center Theatre Players present “ Christmas Memories IV Musical”

12/14/2018 - 12/15/2018 Rochester Borough Theatre, 350 Adams Street, Rochester, PA 15074

12\/14-15 Rochester Borough Theatre, 350 Adams Street, Rochester. Celebrate the Christmas season with this heartwarming variety show featuring an all new list of songs. An entertaining and heartwarming theatrical work back for a fourth year, and is sure to delight the entire family! $15. Thursday-Saturday 7:30; Saturday 2pm. 724-888-7054

Chatham Baroque presents Alegría: Christmas Music from Spain and the New World at Synod Hall

12/15/2018 @ 8:00PM - 12:00 AM Synod Hall, Oakland 125 N. Craig St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times. With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano); and Danny Mallon (percussion)

Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra: "Holiday Scenery"

12/15/2018 @ 7:30pm - 12:00 AM Upper St. Clair High School Theater 1825 McLaughlin Run Road Pittsburgh, PA 15241​​ ​

Celebrating 60 Seasons! The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra invites you to join them for “Holiday Scenery”, an evening of traditional holiday favorites and winter classics. As part of the orchestra’s 60th season theme, “Scenes and Dreams” the orchestra will play I’ll Be Home For Christmas and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. The eight-day Celebration of Light will be highlighted in the Festive Sounds of Hanukah. The orchestra will also take you three very different musical sleigh rides performing Anderson’s classic Sleigh Ride, Prokofiev’s Troika, from the Lt. Kije Suite and Dreams of a Winter Journey, the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1. Rounding out the concert will be a holiday sing-along, and other familiar songs of the season. A unique selection to this concert will be Malcolm Arnold’s Commonwealth Christmas Overture to commemorate the first televised Christmas Message by Queen Elizabeth II in 1957. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Warren Davidson and Patrick Forsyth. Holiday Scenery will be performed on Saturday December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper St. Clair High School Theater 1820 McLaughlin Run Rd. For ticket information please visit www.pittsburghcivicorchestra.net or phone 412-854-1389.

Chatham Baroque presents Alegría: Christmas Music from Spain and the New World

12/16/2018 @ 2:30PM - 12:00 AM Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University

Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times. With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano); and Danny Mallon (percussion)

Chamber Music at Old St. Luke\'s

12/23/2018 @ 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Old St. Luke\'s Church 330 Old Washington Pike, Carnegie PA 15106 Chamber Music at Old St. Luke’s presents The Early Mays With cellist Nicole Myers The Early Mays present an evening of traditional & original music of the season with Appalachian inspired harmonies, masterful songwriting, and a sweet old-time sound.  Old St. Luke\'s Church 330 Old Washington Pike Carnegie PA15106 https:\/\/m.facebook.com\/ChamberMusicAtOldStLukes Free Admission ~ Donations are accepted and appreciated

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Pittsburgh

12/28/2018