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.

Here is what's up next at Heinz Field:

Game Day Entertainment – 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series
Train - February 25, 2018  
The National Hockey League (NHL) is pleased to announce that Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling band Train will now entertain fans at the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, the much-anticipated regular-season outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Heinz Field – home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

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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

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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 2017
  • Kings of Leon
  • Alice Cooper
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Vans Warped Tour

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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.

Upcoming Shows Include:

  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • The Strumbellas
  • The Mountian Goats

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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.

Upcoming Shows Include:

  • The National
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Ministry
  • Macklemore

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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

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