Area promoters are starting to announce their warm-weather shows, and we'll have all the info for you in City Paper's annual Summer Guide, coming out in just a few weeks. This week, Drusky Entertainment announced its upcoming shows at the Amphitheatre at Station Square -- a mixed bag of local performers, nostalgia acts and a couple of oddball surprises.
The most interesting show, hands down, is Busta Rhymes and Lil' Kim, coming Fri., May 28. Having seen both rappers command audiences at much larger outdoor events -- and in broad daylight, no less -- I'm sure the Amphitheatre is nothing they can't dominate. Lil' Kim, in particular, puts on a fun, filthy show.
Most of the performers fall under the nostalgia-act umbrella: the "Heroes of Woodstock" tour (June 13); The Scorpions' final bow (July 5); B.B. King (July 13); and Heart (Aug. 6).
Somewhat more contemporary -- somewhat, mind you -- are Insane Clown Posse (May 23) with Kottonmouth Kings, Coolio and more, 311 with Pepper (June 22) and "The Bamboozle Roadshow" (June 23) featuring Good Charlotte, Third Eye Blind and many more.
Local events include the May 31 "Fallen Not Forgotten 2" memorial concert, featuring scads of regional bands, past and present; proceeds will benefit Penn Hills policeman Michael Crawshaw and state trooper Paul Richey. On June 19, The Clarks and Good Brother Earl play, and then in late August there's the "Ribs on the River" fest, featuring Donnie Iris and the Cruisers.
For more information on these and other shows, visit www.ampstationsquare.com.