Hot picks: Jazzman Kevin Howard, Trey Anastasio Band
Hot sound on a cool night
Kevin Howard has a way of warming up even the chilliest of December nights.
The contemporary jazz keyboardist has performed with stars such as Marion Meadows, Najee and Lonnie Liston Smith. He will be the star of the evening Dec. 2 at the Backstage Bar on Penn Avenue, Downtown.
With Howard will be drummer Greg Morris Jr., bassist Kenzy Piersaint and saxophonist Bobby Yates.
The band will be the feature of the weekly Happy Hour jazz program sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in the trust’s performance center.
The free event will begin at 5 p.m.
Details: 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
Jam at the Stage
Jam-band fans have much to be thankful this year. Phish’s prime mo ver, Trey Anastasio, will bring one of his non-Phish outfits, the Trey Anastasio Band, to Stage AE on Nov. 29.
Anastasio has been making music under this name since 1998, so it’s a side project that’s got some legs — although the exact shape of the band seems to add and subtract members like Ben & Jerry’s does ice cream flavors.
The group’s new album, “Paper Wheels,” won’t be out until early 2015, but the band will preview some of its new songs on this tour.
For those who can’t wait, a free download of “Bounce,” one of the new songs, is available at trey.com.
Tickets for the Stage AE gig range from $42.50 to $52.10.
Details: 800-745-3000 or stageae.com
The Holiday trio
A reindeer, a snowman and a green-skinned malcontent walk into a theater.
No, it’s not the introduction to a joke. It’s the premise for “Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch and Friends” that has become a holiday tradition at theStrand Theater in Zelienople.
Now in its fourth year, the show pays tribute to those pop-culture icons and their now-classic TV specials that have become a Christmas season must-see.
The show will combine live performers with video tributes to the shows and characters as it seeks to answer long-standing whimsical questions such as why the doll was on the Island of Misfit Toys.
The show will play at 2 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and 20 at 119 N. Main St., Zelienople.
Admission is $15 to $20, $10 to $15 for those younger than 12.
Details: 724-742-0400 or thestrandtheater.org