Bridgewater watch to see; challenge of local theater issues

It’s summer, so here’s an easy read, updating you on local entertainment news.

Clarks back in Bridgewater

The Clarks have announced that their annual concert at Bridgewater’s Thursdays Tavern will take place on August 19.

Paper tickets are available now on Thursdays for $20, and coming soon to where a $2 service fee is added.

In other Clarks news, the Pittsburgh rockers have bundled new songs “Sugarcane”, “Stay” and “Crush” into an EP called “Tracks”, available to stream on YouTube Music, Spotify, Amazon music and from other top streaming sites.

Giada Jams

The Giada Jamsbenefit show from August 6 through Thursday will feature a great mix of 10 well-seasoned new musical acts.

Showtime is 3-11 p.m. with lineup from Billy The Kid, Dan Bubien, Ill Willis, 65 Rats, Concrete Soul, Roadside Attractions, Lys Scott Deluxe, Dalton, Corey Bates, and Blind Colors. The food trucks parked outside the Bridgewater Tavern will be Divine Swine and Los Gingos Tacos.

Giada Jams is raising money for the family of 12-year-old Giada Montini who has a rare form of cancer.

Pre-sale ticket price is $25, available by contacting PUSH Beaver County, Amy Amadio or Sharon Speerhas via Facebook. Tickets at the door are $30.

65 Rats will perform at a fundraiser on Thursdays in Bridgewater.

The Tull launches the “No” challenge

In a very first challenge, The Tull Family Theater in Sewickley will provide a voucher for a different summer movie to anyone who leaves within the first 30 minutes of the new ‘Nope’ movie.

Opening this weekend, “Nope” was described by its director Jordan Peele as the thriller/horror movie “for the person who thinks they don’t like horror movies.”

“We want to encourage audiences to expand their cinematic palate,” Tull CEO Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor said of the 30-minute challenge. “We hope they will rise to the challenge and – at the very least – enjoy the thrill of trying something new.”

Described by The Wrap as “more thoughtful and determined” than one might expect”, Peele’s film is about the healing of a sibling relationship, he said, offset by “the toxic nature of the attention and the insidiousness of our human addiction to the spectacle.”

To purchase “No” tickets, visit It also opened Thursday at Cinemark in the canton of the Centre.

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Adults and good music

DJ Kode Wred will perform 90s and early 2000s hip-hop and R&B on July 30 during a summer party at Frank’s Original Grill 1111 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls.

Doors at 9 p.m., with a $10 cover.

“It’s the middle of summer and I think we need something for the school alumni,” said Antwan Carter, promoters of the Hittemhard Music show. “We dedicate the event to Corey Mabin who passed away a year ago. He was also a beloved DJ and good friend of DJ Kode Wred and DJ Fudge; together they had their DJ Coalition.

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“It’s always a pleasure to host an event in my hometown,” Carter said. “I’d also like to thank Beaver Falls for hugging me the last few times we’ve been there.”

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DJ Kode Wred will host at Frank's Original Grill in Beaver Falls.

South Park Sounds

July 15 was one of those perfect nights to be outside listening to live music.

The choices abounded and I settled on folk rocker Brett Dennen headlining the South Park Amphitheater.

He’s a skilled wordsmith, though I ended up wishing Dennen brought more energy and fun banter to his performance. I wanted more of the charm I saw eight years ago when he was the musical guest on “Live at Darryl’s.”

Although the opening act, the Pete Kilpatrick Band from coastal Maine was a treat, bringing a bit of laid-back Jack Johnson vibe and entertaining stories from the road, like how they found home “Home Alone” on their suburban Chicago tour stop. Any band that can mix The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek” with Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator”, and make it work, gets my hat off to you.

But here’s my big takeaway for you: Allegheny County has done a great job preparing the South Park Township concert site for this summer. Notably, a newly renovated, spacious parking lot is across the street, with improved pathways and lighting for that post-concert stroll. A slightly new funnel configuration at the Grass Hill concert site also improved sight lines.

Be sure to catch a free South Park show this year. Maybe the BoDeans on July 29; Tyler Farr on August 5, Soul Asylum on August 19 or Kathleen Edwards on August 26.

I know a number of you also attend the Allegheny County Free Concerts at Hartwood Acres Park, a few minutes closer to Beaver County. Although South Park has at least two advantages: there are restrooms (no portable potties like in Hartwood) and South Park shows are on Friday nights, not Sunday nights.

Brett Dennen and his band at the South Park Amphitheater.

“Family Ties” in PGH

It’s the only weekend to catch former “Family Ties” co-stars Meredith Baxter and Michael Grosson together at the O’Reilly Theater, in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “Love Letters.” “Revisiting ‘Love Letters’ with Meredith not only reconnects me with great writing, but with a friend I’ve known for more than half my life,” said Gross, who played the father in the ’80s sitcom directed by Michael J. Fox, in a press release. “Our friendship informs work, and work informs our friendship. Both grow over time.”

Baxter, the “Family Ties” mom and star of numerous CBS, Lifetime and Hallmark movies, said she and Gross bring tenderness to this classic play about love and friendship told through a life of letters.

“I was immediately taken with ‘Love Letters’; I loved the writing, the relationships and the humor,” she said. “Michael was one of the first actors I played him with and luckily with him I also discovered the depths of the play. appreciation not just for the stellar text, but for Michael’s artistry, ideas, timing, and kindness.I’m up for 30 more.

A Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, there are limited tickets left for ‘Love Letters’ at

Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at [email protected].

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