By L. Denise Edwards

Pittsburgh has many venues to hear great music, see your favorite band perform live, and also enjoy a night of theater within the cultural district and beyond. It may be cold outside but don’t let that keep you inside and miss out on these great concert events in Pittsburgh. Here is a list of events that are as varied as the venues. I’m sure that you will find something that will motivate you!

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Mr. Smalls Theater

400 Lincoln Avenue
Millvale, PA 15209-2670
November 5, 2011
Doors open @ 7pm; Show time @ 8pm
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One night only at Mr. Smalls Theater is the indie rock band, The Cold War Kids. The Cold War Kids have come a long way since clanging on pipes and beating on plywood walls when they formed the band in 2004. Blending edgy guitar riffs with sometimes soulful arraignments has garnered Cold War Kids praise from all around the world. Mr. Smalls Theater is the perfect small music venue to play host to the band as it is Pittsburgh’s premier indie and national band funhouse!

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Byham Theater

101 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
November 12, 2011
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Former professional basketball all-star Shaquille O’Neal has successfully turned a comedy special that began as comedy relief for the NBA ALLSTAR weekend, into a flourishing franchise aptly named, THE ALLSTAR COMEDY JAM TOUR. This November, Shaquille O’Neal’s bevy of comics descend on Pittsburgh at the intimate Byham Theater for what promises to be a side splitting night of laughs dished out by some of the most sought after comedians in the business. Need laughs? You don’t want to miss this!

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Stage AE

400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
December 9-10, 2011

Pittsburgh born and bred hip-hop artist Mac Miller will be coming to the North Shore’s premier event venue, Stage AE, on December 9. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says “Miller’s skillful rhymes, humorous themes and upbeat demeanor are catching the nation by storm.” Indeed Mac Miller’s lyrical prowess and magnetic persona have positioned him as a blast of fresh air in the sometimes-muddled business of music. If you are looking for a high energy, hands in the air, fun rompin’ night out, then hip hop impresario Mac Miller is ready to give it to you.

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Consol Energy Center

1001 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412 642-1800
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Johann Strauss Orchestra
November 20, 2011

There are a number of upcoming concerts and events at Consol Energy Center that are sure to pique the interest of a variety of music lovers! First prepare for a fascinating night with Violinist Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. Known as the King Of The Waltz, Andre Rieu is a waltz style conductor/composer who has been heralded with reviving the waltz music genre. This autumn he will be captivating audiences across the country; and he’s slated to make a stop in Pittsburgh on November 20, 2011.

Jay Z & Kanye West
November 27, 2011

The Throne, Jay Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album, debuted at number one on billboard US 200 charts and now they are taking their act on tour. With over 22 years of recording industry history between them, Jay Z and Kanye West’s album collaboration has solidified their spot in rap recording history. Witness The Throne in action for yourself at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on November 27 — and be amazed!

Doo Wop Holiday Reunion
December 9, 2011

If hip-hop, violinists, or rap is not for you, Pittsburgh Doo Wop Holiday Reunion show may be something to consider. The Pittsburgh Doo Wop show will feature some of the most amazing acts in doo-wop as well as a number of reunions and revivals of famous groups and artists. Pittsburgh was at a time, one of the centers of doo-wop music in the 1950’s and 60’s. Jay Black, Kenny Vance & The Planotones, Bill Haley’s Comets, Frankie Ford, Eddie Holman, and several Legends of doo-wop have helped to catapult doo-wop into the national stage and will be featured artists for this event. Tell your grandmother, tell your grandfather, this is a concert that they can appreciate.

Trans Siberian Orchestra
December 23, 2011

And just in time for the holidays, Trans Siberian Orchestra (TSO)! The Trans Siberian Orchestra has been captivating audiences since 1996 with the recording Christmas Eve and Other Stories. Weaving elements of rock and heavy metal into traditional orchestral music is what makes TSO uniquely edgy! Don’t miss this feast for the senses at Consol Energy Center on December 23. TSO dazzles audiences of all ages, and will add pure delight to anyone’s holiday season.

L. Denise Edwards is a Pittsburgh native and is the creator/administrator of She is the Social Media Marketing Manager for 720 Music Clothing Café in Pittsburgh. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.