Kyle Smith's WYEP May Concert Preview

It's going to be a banner summer concert-wise in Pittsburgh! As I watched over the past few months, daily reminders and additions to the spring and summer concerts started rolling in. I figured that I'd start my own list to keep track and not get lost from week to week. There're many nights throughout the summer where there are several choices on shows: local, big and small happening on the same night. This list is just for the month of MAY.  

Throughout this summer I'll be doing preview of the coming month's concerts. I suggest subscribing to the Spotify playlist below and using the WYEP concert calendar to keep up to date, or see the list below.


Artist Venue Date
Alvvays Mr. Smalls 1-May
Bruce Cockburn Carnegie Lecture Hall 2-May
Odesza Stage AE 3-May
The Wonder Years Mr. Smalls 4-May
Josh Ritter Carnegie Lecture Hall 4-May
Reverand Peyton's Big Damn Band Rex Theater 4-May
Rachel Kilgour, Chris Hannigan First Unitarian Church Of Pittsburgh 5-May
Bahamas Mr. Smalls 5-May
Bill Toms and Hard Rain Club Café 5-May
The Weeks Club Café 6-May
Imarhan Warhol Museum 6-May
Glen Phillips Club Café 7-May
Tune-Yards Mr. Smalls 11-May
Eli Paperboy Reed, High & Mighty Brass Band Rex Theater 11-May
Margaret Glaspy Warhol Museum 11-May
Lake Street Dive Mr. Smalls 13-May
David Byrne Benedum Center 13-May
Mt. Joy Funhouse at Mr. Smalls 15-May
Chris Smither Club Café 15-May
Carver Commodore, Bad Custer, Fortune Teller Funhouse at Mr. Smalls 16-May
Cycles at Cattivo Cattivo 17-May
Fleet Foxes Benedum Center 17-May
Vance Joy Stage AE 18-May
Andre Costello and the Cool Minors The Stage At Karma 18-May
Jukebox The Ghost Mr. Smalls 18-May
The Melvins Rex Theater 19-May
West End Blend Cattivo 19-May
The Crystal Method The Stage At Karma 19-May
Lissie Mr. Smalls 20-May
Matthew Logan Vasquez Club Café 21-May
Portugal. The Man Stage AE 22-May
Rhiannon Giddens Byham Theater 22-May
Caitlin Canty Club Café 25-May
Billy Price Band, Reverand Billy Wirts Rex Theater 25-May
Dirty Projectors Mr. Smalls 29-May
HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam Rex Theater 31-May
The Decemberists Benedum Center 31-May


Here are a few suggestions for the month, from me, in case you need some ideas. 

  • Alvvays on May 1st, Toronto indie-dream pop at it's finest.
  • Bruce Cockburn on May 2nd
  • David Byrne on May13th
  • Fleet Foxes on May 17th 
  • Lissie on May 20th 

...And it's a toss up for me on May 22nd Portugal. the Man at Stage AE or Rhiannon Giddens at The Byham. Round out the month with the always entertaining Decemberists on May 31st. Enjoy the playlist and hope to see you at many concerts this month!