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.


AlvvaysMr. Smalls1-May
Bruce CockburnCarnegie Lecture Hall2-May
OdeszaStage AE3-May
The Wonder YearsMr. Smalls4-May
Josh RitterCarnegie Lecture Hall4-May
Reverand Peyton's Big Damn BandRex Theater4-May
Rachel Kilgour, Chris HanniganFirst Unitarian Church Of Pittsburgh5-May
BahamasMr. Smalls5-May
Bill Toms and Hard RainClub Café5-May
The WeeksClub Café6-May
ImarhanWarhol Museum6-May
Glen PhillipsClub Café7-May
Tune-YardsMr. Smalls11-May
Eli Paperboy Reed, High & Mighty Brass BandRex Theater11-May
Margaret GlaspyWarhol Museum11-May
Lake Street DiveMr. Smalls13-May
David ByrneBenedum Center13-May
Mt. JoyFunhouse at Mr. Smalls15-May
Chris SmitherClub Café15-May
Carver Commodore, Bad Custer, Fortune TellerFunhouse at Mr. Smalls16-May
Cycles at CattivoCattivo17-May
Fleet FoxesBenedum Center17-May
Vance JoyStage AE18-May
Andre Costello and the Cool MinorsThe Stage At Karma18-May
Jukebox The GhostMr. Smalls18-May
The MelvinsRex Theater19-May
West End BlendCattivo19-May
The Crystal MethodThe Stage At Karma19-May
LissieMr. Smalls20-May
Matthew Logan VasquezClub Café21-May
Portugal. The ManStage AE22-May
Rhiannon GiddensByham Theater22-May
Caitlin CantyClub Café25-May
Billy Price Band, Reverand Billy WirtsRex Theater25-May
Dirty ProjectorsMr. Smalls29-May
HammerFall, Flotsam and JetsamRex Theater31-May
The DecemberistsBenedum Center31-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!