I saw the comments when I posted my A Flock of Seagulls review from Jergel's Rhythm Grille.
And I heard similar remarks when I covered Vanilla Fudge at that same Warrendale club.
People were like, "Oh, wow, how come I didn't know about that show?"
Hey, I've tried my best, running preview stories and periodic concert calendars in print and online.
But I get it: So many concerts were postponed multiple times due to the pandemic, it's been tricky keeping up with what shows are finally taking place in Pittsburgh and the Beaver Valley.
So that's the entire purpose of this week's column: Making sure you know about a bunch of worthwhile concerts remaining in 2021.
•Bob Dylan returns to Moon Township and the UPMC Events Center on Nov. 15. Dylan's 2019 show there was entertaining, and now he's got fresh songs from his spry and acclaimed 2020 album "Rough & Rowdy Ways".
•Donald Fagen still leads Steely Dan, which plays the Benedum Center on Nov. 22.
•Genesis graces the PPG Paints Arena stage Dec. 13. That same venue hosts opera great Andrea Bocelli on Dec. 4.
Two of America's funniest stand-up comics headline Allegheny County theaters the same night.
Nov. 19 finds Taylor Tomlinson at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall with Iliza Shlesinger five miles away at the Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland.
Imagine the amazing-ness if those two Netflix mirth-makers hung out together afterward in The 412.
The Pride of Monaca, drummer Nick Zeigler, brings his California-based band, The Forty Nineteens, back home for a series of shows.
"The guys in our band have been coming back to Beaver County since 1989," Zeigler said. "They know my childhood friends and families. Cupid came by a show once, and a marriage or two happened. We're the West Coast relatives that can't wait to come to town every year or so, and are ready to have fun."
On Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., The Forty Nineteens visit Inner Groove Records in Monaca where they will discuss the historic Laurel Canyon music scene
"As musicians in L.A. during the 1980s, we were around plenty of players that were directly involved in that scene during the 1960s," Zeigler said. "We were baptized in that water as well. The '80s L.A. alt-country scene we experienced was directly influenced by The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Doors, Love, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles and more. It predates anything the national alt-country scene was doing by at least a decade. We encourage all music fans to stop by and join in the conversation."
Logging national radio spins regularly, The Forty Nineteens will showcase their garage-rock sound with live sets 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 4 p.m. Nov. 13, both at Wooley Bullys in New Brighton.
"Wooley's is a dyed in the wool honky-tonk-roadhouse-juke joint whose spirit reminds us of a place where bands like The Doors, The Byrds and The Eagles would have performed in their early days," Zeigler said. "Our shows are loose and fun, like our heroes, the Rolling Stones.
"Then on Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m., we'll be playing Stage AE for the Steelers Tailgate party. A storied venue, we will be bringing our 90-minute stage show complete with new tunes and covers that will be blasting off like William Shatner rocketing into space."
•Mississippi's 22-year-old blues guitar wizard Christone "Kingfish" Ingram plays Jergel's on Nov. 7. You'll see him on my Top-10 2021 albums list a few columns from now.
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•Stage AE's club setting hosts Pittsburgh's young guitar wizard Elias Khouri on Nov. 7 as part of the Pioneer Records EP Release Show. Khouri's fiery funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, influenced by his dad's vinyl collection, earned the teenager high-profile gigs at Pittsburgh's First Night and Three Rivers Arts Festival.
•Alt-rocker Beabadoobee, 21, who had my second-favorite album of 2020, headlines Stage AE on Dec. 11. Trust me: If you like '90s guitar-rock and sweetly sung but feisty lyrics, check out Beabadoobee who originally was booked to play Pittsburgh in late-March 2020, right when the pandemic hit. Been waiting a long time for this one.
To the Moon
When he's not eviscerating the arguments of Twitter trolls, Jason Isbell represents all that is righteous about alternative-country. Catch Isbell and his band The 400 Unit at UPMC Events Center on Dec. 7. The Robert Morris University venue also hosts country band Brothers Osborne on Nov. 20 and rapper Playboi Carti on Dec. 5.
Take 5 @ Stage AE
One of the most impressive five-night stretches ever at Stage AE happens this week with punk stalwarts Bad Religion on Nov. 9, guitar ace Gary Clark Jr. on Nov. 10; alt-rock stage show dazzlers The Flaming Lips on Nov. 11; layered guitar genius' Silversun Pickups on Nov. 12 and real-deal country-rockers Midland on Nov. 13.
Nationally touring Ted Vigil brings his John Denver tribute show to the Beaver Falls Middle School on Nov. 7.
I'm emceeing the 3 p.m. show for which tickets cost $20 ($5 for students). It's part of the Beaver Valley Community Concert Association's 2021-22 season.
"We know that people still love and long to hear the hits of John Denver," BVCCA co-president Rhonda Ficca said. "Although Vigil says he is not an impersonator, there is such a close resemblance in looks and sound that we are confident the audience is going to fall in love with this show. In fact, if you close your eyes you might even think it’s John Denver."
•Mr. Smalls Theatre: Dec. 11, All Them Witches.
•Club Cafe: Nov. 13, Aaron Lee Tasjan (gave a great show at South Park this summer).
•Palace Theatre: Nov. 9, Cheap Trick; Dec. 6-7: REO Speedwagon.
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•Petersen Events Center: Dec. 14, Evanescence and Halestorm
•Roxian Theater: Nov. 20, Anti-Flag.
•Jergel's: Nov. 26, The Clarks; Nov. 27: Donnie Iris & The Cruisers; Dec. 1: Stephen Pearcy from Ratt; Dec. 7, Dokken and George Lynch reunion; Dec. 23, Beaver County rockers The Delaneys with a free show (register at eventbrite.com).
Scott Tady is local Entertainment Reporter for The Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He's easy to reach at email@example.com and Twitter at @scotttady
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