The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents its 3rd Annual Celebrate East Liberty Summer Series at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. From now through Aug. 20, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater will have its summer series, which will feature performances from local and national artists. All summer long there will be something for everyone. For more information, visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
Style and Steel and Style Event Scoop presents Thriller the 3rd Annual Celebration of Michael Jackson from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Shadow Lounge and Blue Room, 5972 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. This is a tribute to the King of Pop and will feature a special performance by Gene Stovall. DJ Selecta will be spinning Jackson’s greatest hits. There will also be a dance off and a best-dressed contest. For more information, 412-519-0182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pittsburgh’s Next Generation of Music Legends and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture present “The Soul of James Brown” Tribute with Ty Stone at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Ty Stone will honor one of the greatest entertainers with a dazzling and elaborate tribute. The mistress of ceremonies will be Debbie Norrell. For more information, visit http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org.
Songs of Soul
The New Amsterdam Pub presents “Songs of Soul” featuring the Amazing Gene Stovall Trio at 10 p.m. at 4421 Butler St., Lawrenceville. There will be an evening of jazz, soul and more. The trio includes Howie Alexander and Brother Renz. The cover is $5. For more information, call 412-904-2915.
Jazz on the Steps
Jazz Workshop Inc. presents Jazz On the Steps 2011 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Homewood’s Carnegie Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. Every Wednesday through the month of July, family and friends are invited to share in an evening of Pittsburgh’s finest Jazz musicians. This week’s featured performer will be jazz violinist Rodney McCoy. It is free and open to the public. If it rains the event will be moved to inside the library. For more information, call 412-244-0480.
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank presents the 2011 Pittsburgh Blues Festival at 4 p.m. at Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh. The 17th annual three-day festival will feature some of the best blues musicians, such as Tommy Castro, Savoy Brown, the Lionel Young Band, the Blues Women of Pittsburgh and more. There will also be a KidZone activity for kids, vendors, raffles and more. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For more information, call 412-460-BLUE or visit http://www.pghblues.org.
Monroeville Jazz Inc. presents the 9th Annual Monroeville Jazz Festival from 1:45-9 p.m. at the Boyce Park Soccer field, Monroeville. This is part of the Allegheny County Parks Summer Park Concert Series and will feature performances from Judi Figel; Joe Negri; Benny Benack III and friends; Roger Humphries; and Kenny Blake. A bag of non-perishables for agencies of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank are the suggested admission. For more information, call 412-372-4332 or visit http://www.monroevillejazz.org.
Ticketmaster presents An Intimate Night with Brian McKnight with a special guest performance by Chrisette Michele at 6 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 5th Ave., Oakland. Award winning and multi-album selling Brian McKnight is known for being one of the greatest contemporary musicians of today’s time. Chrisette Michele is one today’s top selling artists with her various hits. These two together will bring a show that no one wants to miss. For more information, call 412-657-2998 or 412-728-2605.