Event

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June 14, 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival - Red Baraat

“A Big Band for the World…”
- Wall Street Journal

Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. And is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances.

If in theory, Red Baraat reads like some kind of ethnomusicologist’s academic dream, let’s agree that in practice, it’s a peyote dream. This is apparent from the needle drop on Shruggy Ji, [Sinj Records] the group’s second full-length studio record, released in January 2013. Red Baraat’s sound is infused with a soul and energy that bursts through the seams of its songs. “Halla Bol” is a power-to-the-people anthem sung in Hindi, literally translating to “raise your voice.” “Burning Instinct” plays like a Tarantino car chase. The title track sits as a perfect testament to the album and the band itself. Impossible to define by genre, it’s just an incredible party jam that moves your parts. The record was produced by Sunny Jain and follows the band’s 2010 debut Chaal Baby, and the digital only live document Bootleg Bhangra.

Live, these songs take on a new life. Night by night, the whip-smart, road-tested band challenges itself, dipping in and out of improvisation, teaching the audience dance moves, and visibly having a blast. Jain’s vision is on clear display – watch closely and you might see the bass horns change course at seemingly no more than the raised eyebrow of the bandleader. But there is no single front man on stage. Each player commands his own space with unique style and verve. Notice has come from high quarters, and the band has found itself in some incredible places.

Red Baraat performed their own TED Talk at the flagship TED Conference in 2012, in front of a dancing audience of thought leaders including Al Gore, Matt Groening, and David Byrne. They accepted an invitation to the White House, where an assembly of elected and business leaders expecting a string quartet were treated to a full throttle bhangra thrown-down. They were brought clandestinely to Google’s Mountain View Campus by a fan on the inside – and second-lined the joint—with Google employees streaming in from all directions as the event went from zero to viral within two songs. And were handpicked to close the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the center of Trafalgar Square.

But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat is building a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world for nearly 200 dates a year. It’s here where the band does what it does best- communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. Here, the universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design. Says Jain, “We are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.”

June 14, 2013

Soul to Sole

Ready for a funk-filled night? House of Soul, Pittsburgh's funk and soul band is performing live at the Soul to Sole event. The night will also include dancing, an auction full of music stuff (autographed items from Madonna, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi and even David Sedaris, to name a few), and restaurant samplings. Outrageous footwear is encouraged!

This is a fundraiser for Family Hospice & Palliative Care.

June 15, 2013 to January 15, 2014

Bikes: Science on Two Wheels

Gear up for the new bicycle exhibit rolling into Carnegie Science Center on Saturday, June 15. Explore a collection of rare, historic, and peculiar, all-around amazing bikes! 

June 16, 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival - Blind Boys of Alabama

“A superweapon of roots-music uplift…”
-Hal Horowitz, Rolling Stone

“Inspired and relevant…borders on the miraculous.”
-The Washington Post 

Much in the world has changed since the original version of the Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together. That was in 1939, when the members were just kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega, Ala. Today, more than 70 years later, founding member Jimmy Carter can look back on a career far beyond what he and his colleagues could imagine at that time. The group has won a long list of awards, including Lifetime Achievement honors from the Grammys and the National Endowment for the Arts, entertained around the world, been profiled on 60 Minutes, sung for two Presidents at the White House and been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Yet throughout this long adventure, they kept one secret to themselves. “All my life, I’ve loved country music,” confesses Carter. “I was raised up around it. Back in the 1940s, I remember listening to Hank Williams and so many others. Their voices were great. The writers were great. And every song had a meaning. I still have loads of country music in my home and I play it all the time. 

Though the group has recorded and performed with a few country artists, along with others as diverse as Ben Harper, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel and Prince, they never crossed the line and committed to doing a project inspired by the country genre until now, with the release of Take The High Road on Saguaro Road Records. This landmark recording draws from modern and traditional country to enrich the group’s
gospel-rooted sound with fresh and illuminating insight.

The singers mirrored this deep feeling as they laid their unmistakable, church-inflected harmonies over beds of fiddle and steel guitar. The result isn’t just an album that explores the juncture of two great forms of American music; it’s an achievement that stands out even in the Blind Boys’ storied catalog as a demonstration of how divinely inspired music can transcend the borders of category.

“Out of all the records we’ve done together, this has been the most natural,” Goldsmith insists. “The connection between the material, the Nashville guests, and the Blind Boys felt like destiny. Somewhere in history, these two almost identical styles of music – country and gospel - went their separate ways. This record brings them back together.”

June 21, 2013

Warriors Rock Concert

Sponsored by Levin Furniture and hosted by Larry Richert from KDKA Radio, the concert features Gary Racan and the studio e band. Gary spent 16 years fronting the Vogues, had 14 charted hits and now leads his own acclaimed show band. Gary and his wife, Kim, are very committed to the Wounded Warrior Project: WWP national spokesman Jeremy Feldbusch, who will be honored during the concert, is one of their heroes. Wounded in Iraq, Jeremy has made his life work to help wounded veterans when they return home to the USA. 

Please join Levin Furniture for this performance of the music that inspired, strengthened, and consoled the men and women who have and continue to protect our freedoms!

All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

June 23, 2013

ZZ Ward

July 5, 2013 to July 28, 2013

Mnemonic

Quantum Theatre presents Mnemonic, a ground-breaking play directed by Karla Boos, which examines our understanding of time, our capacity to interpret history history, and our attempts to retell the past. 

July 6, 2013 to July 7, 2013

Deutschtown Music Festival

Head to Pittsburgh's North Side on Saturday, July 6th for a full-on FREE celebration of local music at the Deutschtown Music Festival! Over 40 bands will be performing all day (and into the evening!) at 8 locations around the Deutschtown neighborhood. From jazz to blues, rock and German, electronic and bluegrass, this festival has music to please all tastes. Daytime performances are family-friendly, while the evening performances will be adult-focused. 
To date, participating locations include:

  • James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy
  • The Rattskellar at Max’s Allegheny Tavern
  • KeyWest
  • The Parkhouse
  • Artists Image Resource
  • Bistro To Go
  • Stedeford’s Records
  • and a great outdoor stage on Foreland Street

July 9, 2013

Solar Concert Series - Mark Dignam

Mark grew up in the Dublin suburb of Finglas, where his mother sang and filled his childhood home with song. In 1995, Mark released his acclaimed Poetry and Songs From the Wheel, named a top 10 Best Debut by Ireland’s Hot Press Magazine. His album, Box Heart Man, was selected one of WYEP’s top picks for 2005. Mark has performed with The Swell Season, David Gray, Billy Bragg, Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson.

http://markdignam.com/

July 10, 2013

Solar Concert Series - AppalAsia

AppalAsia combines influences of Appalachian and Asian music traditions with original composition and inspired improvisation to create their unique musical voice. Using erhu, dulcimer, banjo, and vocals, they create a cross-cultural musical experience that draws on a collaboration of traditions with an ear toward the future.

July 11, 2013 to July 13, 2013

Whiskey Rebellion Festival

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whisky Rebellion. The history of the rebellion is unique to western Pennsylvania and primarily Washington County. Community focused entertainment and family activities create a festival that pays tribute to the past, celebrates the present, and looks toward the future.

 

July 11, 2013 to July 13, 2013

Whiskey Rebellion Festival

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whisky Rebellion. The history of the rebellion is unique to western Pennsylvania and primarily Washington County. Community focused entertainment and family activities create a festival that pays tribute to the past, celebrates the present, and looks toward the future.

Opening Day Performance:
Concert Under the Stars by the Washington Symphony Orchestra, 8-9:30 p.m.
Friday Performance:
The Billy Price Band, 9 p.m.
Saturday Performance:
The Weedrags, 7:35 pm, The Steeldrivers 9 p.m.

July 11, 2013

Harlem Quartet

Jazz, gypsy, tango, food, drink, and good friends - what better way to spend a summer evening? Join the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society for an evening of exciting music in a relaxed atmosphere. 

The Harlem Quartet's mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery andpresentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. 

$20 general admission 

July 12, 2013

The Billy Price Band @ Whiskey Rebellion Festival

In addition to performing popular songs from Price's years with Buchanan and the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band features new interpretations of blues, R & B, and soul classics.

July 13, 2013

Stephen Foster Music & Heritage Festival

In celebration of the life and works of Lawrenceville native and world famous American Composer Stephen C. Foster, a day of music and entertainment on the grounds of the beautiful Allegheny Cemetery where Foster is laid to rest. 

4 Live Bands playing Foster Era Favorites
Civil War Reenactors
Guided Trolley Tours of Allegheny County 
Horse & Wagon Rides
Appalachian Longhunter (Native American) Reenactors
Food Vendors

July 13, 2013

California Markets - July 13th

Calling all Barbequing masters, novices, and start-up businesses to sign-up for the Tom Friday’s BBQ Cook-off!  We’re also looking for Home Brewers who want to pair off their concoctions best suited for BBQ to partake in a Brew-Off!   This event is open to the public to apply and space is limited- so first come, first served.  There is no fee to enter in to the contest.  Tom Friday is our honorary judge for “Best BBQ” and votes will be taken from the crowd to award for “Best of Cook-Off” & “Best of Brew-Off”.  Prizes TBA.

So come by for the best BBQ & brew Brighton Heights can offer alongside other local food, drink, art, crafts, and community groups vending at our open air market on California Ave.

VENDORS:

My November Guest Books
Bags by Suz
Wild Kettle Korn
Style Truck
Highway Robbery Vintage
Sparkling Path
Pittsburgh Aquaponics
Clyde the Artist
Tell Artie
Riverbirch Naturals
Steer & Wheel Food Truck
Jewelry by Iris
Sue Maloney House Art
Sentimental by Nature
Kiara Sausedo Studio
Michelle Olson Home Decor
Mike Monahan Art

Visit the BBQ & Brew Form page for more sign-up information.

 

July 13, 2013

RiverFest Pittsburgh 2013

RiverQuest presents RiverFest, an event celebrating excellence in science education. Hosted by the Fox Chapel Yacht Club & Marina, the event will feature the RiverQuest Awards to recognize outstanding students and teachers in the science field. 

The evening will also include family-friendly hors d'oeuvres/refreshments by Baja Bar & Grill, music, entertainment, science activities on board RiverQuest's green boat Explorer, docked at the marina, and family activities along the esplanade. 

July 13, 2013

The Weedrags @ Whiskey Rebellion Festival

Inspired by their Washington County roots, The Weedrags write and perform songs that resonate deeply with the hardworking men and women of southwestern Pennsylvania, from the coal mines and the patch towns, to the factories and the farms.

July 13, 2013

The SteelDrivers Band @ Whiskey Rebellion Festival

The Grammy nominated SteelDrivers’ brand of bluegrass – intense, dark, poetic, and inescapably human – is a refreshing reminder of the timeless power of stringband music.

July 16, 2013

InnerBeat Drum School at WYEP

Discover your rhythm with InnerBeat Drum School at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center. 

Children and adults of all ages are welcomed to come learn how to drum with a qualified local drum teacher, George Guest, the owner and drum teacher of InnerBeat. He offers his energetic classes to students of all ages--he'll work with anyone willing to learn.

Drum classes can be a good summer enrichment activity for kids and adults. They're also cheaper than you think, just pay for the lessons and the equipment package. 

George is offering two 3-week courses, one for kids ages 6 to 12 and one for teens and adults. Both 40-minute weekly classes start at 10 a.m. The young kids class starts on Tuesday, July 16. The teen and adult class starts on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 3-week course costs $60 for WYEP members and $70 for nonmembers. The equipment package costs $60 and includes a practice pad, lesson book and drumsticks. 

Payments for lessons and equipment should be made at the InnerBeat website, find the WYEP 2013 Summer Class webpage.

Class sizes will range from 5 to 15 students. Missed classes will not be refunded, there are no make-up lessons.

 

July 17, 2013

Solar Concert Series - The Wreckids

The husband and wife acoustic duo of Sarah Siplak and Scott Roger Peterson, Pittsburgh-based The Wreckids combine acoustic guitar, viola, vocals, and a host of additional instruments to create an easy-going, lively and contemporary folk sound. Equal parts comical and thoughtful, the duo pairs whimsical lyrics with beautiful lilting harmonies. Anyone who's attended a Wreckids’ show will tell you they're as much about what happens between the songs as the tunes themselves, as Scott and Sarah enjoy telling corny jokes and playfully ribbing each other Sonny and Cher style. www.facebook.com/wreckids

July 18, 2013

Brooklyn Rider

Jazz, gypsy, tango, food, drink, and good friends - what better way to spend a summer evening? Join Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society for an evening of exciting music in a relaxed atmosphere

The adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly electric repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and draw critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. 

$20 general admission

July 18, 2013 to July 27, 2013

Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival

The Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival runs from July 18 to July 27 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company in the Cultural District, 937 Liberty Ave., 3rd floor. The Festival is a showcase of one-act plays on lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans themes, written by local playwrights. Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 and Saturday matinees as 4:00. 

The Plays are:

Is that a Gun in Your Pocket... by Carol Mullen, directed by Monteze Freeland

A down-on-his-luck entrepreneur runs afoul of a loan shark and the sexy hit man sent to collect on a debt.

The Session by Wali Jamal, directed by Kim El

Marital woes drive a wacky lesbian couple to couple’s counseling.

Sibling Rivalry by Kathryn Miller Haines, directed by Kaitlin Mausser

A daughter desperate for her mother's affection will do anything to get her attention, even if it means coming out of the closet.

Defense of Marriage by Jeff Cordell, directed by Melissa Hill Grande

A gay couple comically gropes toward a decision on a more committed life together - will it clean up some misunderstandings or be a drag?

July 20, 2013

Pittsburgh Blues Festival - Saturday, 7/20

 The Pittsburgh Blues Festival is Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's largest annual event, raising more than $1.7 million to fight hunger over its seventeen years. The Festival takes place each year in July at Hartwood Acres. Entertainment includes a full line-up of national and local blues music; food and merchandise vendors; and a KidZone with arts and crafts, blues for kids, games and healthy snacks.

Saturday, July 20th- Los Lonely Boys, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Lindell, Gina Sicilia, and several local bands...TBA!

July 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Blues Festival - Sunday, 7/21

 

 The Pittsburgh Blues Festival is Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's largest annual event, raising more than $1.7 million to fight hunger over its seventeen years. The Festival takes place each year in July at Hartwood Acres. Entertainment includes a full line-up of national and local blues music; food and merchandise vendors; and a KidZone with arts and crafts, blues for kids, games and healthy snacks.

Sunday, July 21st - Tab Benoit, The Nighthawks with Billy Price, J.D. McPherson, and several local bands...TBD!

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