Fitzgerald Announces Lineup for 2013 Summer Concert Series
Features three Grammy Award winners & three Grammy Award nominees
PITTSBURGH – Following a brief performance this morning by J.D. Eicher, one of the local rock artists from the Hometown Music Festival, Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald today announced the lineup for the 2013 Summer Concert Series.
“We have an amazing line-up this year including three Grammy Award winners, three Grammy Award nominees, local cultural mainstays, and our popular Blues Festival, Hometown Music Festival, and Allegheny County Music Festival,” said Fitzgerald. “Each year, Special Events plans the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series with a goal of providing something for everyone. We’ve really accomplished that objective for this year in a big way. Our lineup is as diverse and vibrant as our county and its residents. So, grab your friends and family and join us in the parks this summer for a concert, or two, or all!”
The concert series begins on Friday, May 31, when the Pittsburgh CLO presents “A Gleeful Evening, Vol. 3” featuring Gene Kelly Award winners at 7:30 p.m. at the South Park Amphitheater. The Pittsburgh Opera kicks off the season at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.
The Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater will host Grammy Award winners Sarah Watkins on June 30, the Yellowjackets on August 4, and Rickie Lee Jones on August 25. The South Park Amphitheater will feature Grammy Award nominees Monty Alexander on June 28, Sixpence None the Richer on July 26, and James Hunter on August 16.
The South Park Amphi6theater will feature reggae legends the Wailers on June 21, Jamaican jazz legend Monty Alexander on June 28, and pop legend David Cassidy on July 12.
Allegheny County is proud to once again feature local cultural institutions. In addition to the Pittsburgh Opera on June 2, the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater will host the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on July 7 and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater August 18. South Park performances will include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on July 6, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble on August 2, and Duquesne University Tamburitzans on August 23.
The Pittsburgh Blues Festival will take place July 19-21 at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Performances will include: Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Slide Brothers on July 19; Los Lonely Boys, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Lindell and Gina Sicilia on July 20; and Tab Benoit, the Nighthawks with Billy Price, and J.D. McPherson on July 21. Several local bands will also be added to the schedule. Online ticket sales begin May 15 at www.pghblues.com. Proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The South Park Amphitheater hosts the Hometown Music Fest on August 30. J.D. Eicher, Caleb Lovely and Danielle Barbe will perform.
The summer concert series comes to an end at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater on September 1 with the Allegheny County Music Festival featuring Rusted Root with special guest Joel Plaskett. A $20 per car donation is requested. Proceeds benefit children and youth receiving services through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Division’s Juvenile Section. The Allegheny County Music Festival Fund pays for life-enriching opportunities and items that are not otherwise available through traditional government funding.
All performances are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Pittsburgh Blues Festival and Allegheny County Music Festival. The complete schedule of summer concerts is listed below and is also available on the Allegheny County web site at www.alleghenycounty.us/summer. All concerts are subject to change. For additional information, please call the Special Events Office at 412-350-2528.
For a preview of the summer concert series, tune into 91.3 FM WYEP on April 30 to hear songs from many of the artists who will be performing.
The Allegheny County Summer Series is sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, BNY Mellon, NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and taxpayers of Allegheny County.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
• June 2: Pittsburgh Opera
• June 9: Bob Mould (alternative rock)
• June 16: The Vogues (oldies)
• June 23: Langhorne Slim and the Law (rock)
• June 30: Sara Watkins (bluegrass)
• July 7: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m.)
• July 14: Great Big Sea (Celtic folk rock)
• July 19-21: Pittsburgh Blues Festival (including Los Lonely Boys, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Slide Brothers and Joe Louis Walker; admission charged, see pghblues.com)
• July 28: Joy Ike with special guest Johnny Miller (pop, soul, folk)
• Aug. 4: BNY Mellon Jazz Presents The Yellowjackets
• Aug. 11: Galactic (funk)
• Aug. 18: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
• Aug. 25: Rickie Lee Jones (folk-rock)
• Sept. 1: Allegheny County Music Festival featuring Rusted Root with special guest Joel Plaskett (admission)
South Park schedule
• May 31: Pittsburgh CLO Presents A Gleeful Evening, Vol. 3 featuring Gene Kelly Award winners
• June 7: Italian Night starring We Three with Vito DiSalvo and
International Recording Star Giorgia Fumanti
• June 14: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (blues)
• June 21: The Wailers (reggae)
• June 28: BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Monty Alexander
• July 6: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8:15 p.m.)
• July 12: David Cassidy (pop)
• July 19: The Stickers (country)
• July 26: Sixpence None the Richer (pop)
• Aug. 2: The August Wilson Dance Ensemble
• Aug. 9: Los Amigos Invisibles (Latin/disco/funk)
• Aug.16: James Hunter (R&B)
• Aug. 23: Duquesne Tamburitzans
• Aug. 30: Hometown Music Fest featuring JD Eicher, Caleb Lovely and
Danielle Barbe (rock)