Three Rivers Arts Festival. From Friday June 3 to Sunday June 12. Several times. Cultural district. Free. TrustArts.org/TRAF. Taking place in the heart of the Cultural District for the first time, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust says this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival musical lineup “is among the most diverse ever assembled in the festival’s 63-year history, filled with surprises and rare performances Musical highlights include wild rock and soul singer Bette Smith, vocalist and keyboard wizard Cory Henry, Grammy-winning progressive jazz-rock improvisers Snarky Puppy, mandolin master bluegrass singer Sierra Hull, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, acclaimed singer Lizz Wright and legendary Atlanta-based hip-hop group Goodie Mob, among many others.
Pride on the Shore Festival. Fri. 3 June. 6 p.m. AE Stadium. 400 N Shore Drive, north side. $64-99. prideontheshorepgh.com. As part of the 2022 Pittsburgh Pride Revolution celebrations, this one-night music festival features headliner Jessie J along with performances by Monique Heart, PENNYWILD, Raye and VINCINT.
Trio of Chalk Dinosaurs and Norside Organ. Friday, June 3. 7 p.m. Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall. 4053 Butler Street, Lawrenceville. $12. www.thunderbirdmusichall.com. Sure, Chalk Dinosaur’s music is available online, but nothing compares to their heart-pounding live sets – a soulful combination of funk, dance and psychedelic rock paired with synthesizers and electronic textures.
Descendants of Crom IV. Fri. 3 Jun-Sat. June 4. Several times. Cattivo. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $25-52. eventcreate.com/e/dociv. For two days, the two floors of the Cattivo nightclub are transformed into “A Gathering of the Heavy Underground”. The fourth annual Descendants of Crom features acts Howling Giant, Ironflame, Horseburner, Orodruin, and more.
mxmtoon. Saturday June 4th. 6:30 p.m. Roxian Theater. 425 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rock. $23-43. roxianlive.com. The New York Times describes mxmtoon’s music as “the intimate, conversational folk-pop simplicity of the Moldy Peaches or Regina Spektor, mixed with the Gen-Z, post-genre chamber instincts of Clairo, girl in red and Beabadoobee”, and one does not couldn’t say it better.
Samurae / Sommelier / Bikini Islands / Dr Clock & the Phantom Tones. Saturday June 4th. 7 p.m. Government Center. 715 East Street, north side. $5. facebook.com/thegovtcenter. Settle in for a night of soft, raucous flow (Samurae), bad day bops (Sommelier), tense indie rock (Bikini Islands) and dream pop under the waves (Dr. Clock & the Phantom Tones).
Nozzle. Sunday, June 5. Stage AE. 400 N Shore Drive, north side. $39.50-99. promowestlive.com. While it’s easy to place Flume in the electronic genre, his music doesn’t fit neatly into any of the EDM subgenres – and that’s what makes his sound so wonderful. A mix of future bass, trap, electropop, hip hop and more, Flume’s fuzzy boundary music transports listeners to a new realm.
Byron Nash and Jacquea Mae. Monday, June 6. 5-8 p.m. Allegheny City Brewing. 507 Foreland Street, north side. Free. facebook.com/AlleghenyCityBrewing. Step into the new working week with guitarist Bryon Nash and vocalist Jacquea Mae. Allegheny City Brewing welcomes the duo to their beer garden for a balmy evening of al fresco acoustic tunes.