While stuck in 1987 (and not in the good way) for the rest of the week, Greensburg actually transforms into a pretty cool place on Friday afternoons in the summer. The Summer Sounds free concert series in St. Clair Park are now a well-established tradition, and have been called the best outdoor concert series in Western Pennsylvania. They get all kinds of bands, from Guggenheim Grotto to The English Channel to New Jazz Fusion, so you can pick and choose your preferred genre. This Friday, "roots pop" band Delta Rae is playing. You can check out the whole list of features at summersounds.com. All the concerts run from 7:00-9:30, but I recommend getting there early, because that place fills up fast with middle aged folks on beach chairs. Bring a blanket and a picnic, bring your dog, your kids, your cat on a leash...anything goes. It's super shady and pleasant, and there's even a smoking section, if you're into that kind of thing.
Before you start packing that picnic, though, here's part two of my suggestion: Why not, after the concert, drive over to the Headkeeper on South Main Street? The Headkeeper calls itself a tapas bar, but it's so much more. Arguably the classiest, coolest place in all of Greensburg, it has a rotating menu of delectable tapas, or small dishes, in shareable portions. You can combine and experiment and make a whole marvelous shareable gourmet buffet dinner, or you can get just one or two things to munch on while you drink one of their 600 bottled beers!
Yes, you read that right. The best part of going to the Headkeeper is spending the first half hour perusing their wall of fridges chock full of domestic and import beers, looking for a hard-to-find familiar face, or letting some cute new thing catch your eye. Or maybe the best thing is then realizing that in a few minutes you are going to indulge in marinated portobello mushroom and fresh mozarella caprese with basil. Or maybe the best thing is actually eating that fresh sweet cheese. Or maybe it's splurging on some fancy gourmet beer for the second round and not caring because you're with good friends.
Anyway, all I can say is, I have never gone to the Headkeeper and not had an awesome time. I recommend the pork tenderloin or the pizza. I do not recommend the lavender creme brulee. The one time I had it, it tasted more like pudding than like creme brulee. Everything else is absolutely scrumptious. You can peruse the whole menu at theheadkeeper.com, but do remember that their offerings change pretty regularly, so better to just go and be surprised! Prices range from $5-$14 for each dish, and the beer costs what beer normally costs.
Just be sure to have a DD or to sober up by wandering the streets singing loudly for a few hours. DUIs and fatal car accidents are fun for no one. And you don't want to give some noob journalist the opportunity to use the headline "Pittsburghers Go to Headkeeper for a Good Time, Lose Head Instead." Don't let it happen to you.
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