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Critics' Picks: July 17 - 23

A local show from Heaven, a couple of festivals and the return of the Solar Concert Series

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[FESTIVAL] + THU., JULY 18

All Good Music Festival has quite the collection of artists this year. From Pretty Lights to Primus, John Butler Trio to jam bands, a lot of seemingly random but good artists make the lineup a great choice for indecisive friends with differing tastes — or even for families. The 17th annual camp-out festival will be held at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, tonight through Sunday. Kira Scammell July 18-21. Thornville, Ohio. $175-249. All ages. www.allgoodfestival.com

[BLUES] + FRI., JULY 19

Hartwood Acres hosts the 19th annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival, presenting local and national blues bands all weekend long. National acts JD McPherson, Los Lonely Boys, and The Slide Brothers, plus local bands Miss Freddye & Blue Faze and Billy The Kid & The Regulators, are only a few of the many acts playing the festival. The event will be highlighted by a reunion of The Nighthawks, fronted by Pittsburgh legend Billy Price. All proceeds benefit the curator of the event, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Festivities are family-friendly and start tonight, continuing through Sunday with headliner Tab Benoit. KS 4 p.m. tonight; 1:30 p.m. daily Saturday and Sunday. 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton Township. $25-110. All ages. 412-460-BLUE or www.pghblues.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SQUIRREL HILLBILLIES
  • Photo courtesy of The Squirrel Hillbillies

[ACOUSTIC] + WED., JULY 24

If you're hoping to reduce your carbon footprint while still catching some tunes this summer, walk (don't drive) over to Buhl Community Park on the North Side for this afternoon's edition of the Solar Concert Series. Presented as a collaboration between the nearby Children's Museum, the New Hazlett Theater and the Saturday Light Brigade radio show, the series, now in its sixth year, features local acoustic musicians playing with a solar-powered PA. Today's entrants are local duo The Squirrel Hillbillies. Andy Mulkerin 12:15 p.m. Allegheny Square, North Side. Free. All ages. www.slbradio.org

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[PSYCHEDELIC] + THU., JULY 25

The lineage of Heaven includes some big names: Matt Sumrow has played most notably with Dean and Britta, and Mikey Jones is associated with Adam Franklin and Swervedriver. The trio (rounded out by Ryan Lee Dunlap) plays with the degree of washy, reverb-y beauty you might expect from veterans of such bands. The group's first record, Telepathic Love, comes out at the end of the month, but you can get a taste of it tonight at Lava Lounge, where Heaven plays with locals Frizz. AM 10 p.m. 2204 E. Carson St., South Side. $5. 412-431-5282 or www.lavaloungepgh.com

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