June 9, 2012

Bluegrass Day

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will premier Bluegrass Day, set for Saturday, June 9th at the 2012 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 1 – 10. Bluegrass Day will feature three distinguished bands will celebrate the uniquely-American tradition and ever-evolving genre on the Dollar Bank Stage. Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and Greensky Bluegrass will be perfirming on the main stage on June 9th. Regional and local bluegrass musicians will join the effort on a secondary stage with other activities being planned. On June 8th, you can also catch the sensational Carolina Chocolate Drops string band.

All concerts are free to the public and take place on the Dollar Bank Stage in Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. The line-up of musicians represents just one facet of the multi-disciplinary Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which celebrates its 53rd year in downtown Pittsburgh this summer. Additional daily music acts will be announced in the coming weeks, along with other Festival attractions.

Saturday, June 9th – "Bluegrass Day" featuring:

Del McCoury Band
For fifty years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for bluegrass fans and a growing number of fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows, and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Yet he and his band, including sons Ronnie and Robbie, remain a commandingly vital presence today. Americana music icon Richard Thompson, who saw his 1952 Vincent Black Lightning turn into a bluegrass standard when McCoury brought it into the fold, has said, "I think that's the best bluegrass band, period. That's it."

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
A GRAMMY Award winner and six-time nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe to his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Greensky Bluegrass
Defining bluegrass for a new generation, this hard-working Michigan quintet has been performing upwards of 175 shows per year for 11 years all across America. The band is unquestionably a team of friends traversing the country making music they enjoy. has said, "Greensky Bluegrasshits timeless targets with deadly accuracy while simultaneously veering off the tried and true highway."

August 24, 2012

Mon River Ramblers

August 25, 2012 to August 26, 2012

Blue Shades

September 7, 2012 to September 9, 2012

Blue Shades and Mountain Therapy

September 8, 2012

Dry Branch Fire Squad, Allegheny Drifters, Midnight Drive, Panther Hollow String Band, Starlight All-Stars

September 12, 2012

Greensky Bluegrass, Mon River Ramblers

September 13, 2012 to September 15, 2012

Dale Ann Bradley, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Special Consensus, Mountain Therapy, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Others.

September 15, 2012

Mountain Therapy, Blue Shades and Bear Hill Bluegrass

September 17, 2012

Well Strung

September 22, 2012

Allegheny Drifters

September 29, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Blue Shades

October 5, 2012

Monroe Crossing

October 5, 2012

James King Band and The Tharp Brothers

October 6, 2012 to October 7, 2012

Blue Shades

October 6, 2012

John & Wendy Mackin Band

October 6, 2012

Well Strung

October 8, 2012 to October 13, 2012

Mac Martin And The Dixie Travelers

October 12, 2012

The Gibson Brothers and Joe Williams & Deep River

2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year!

October 13, 2012

Well Strung

October 21, 2012

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

October 22, 2012

Border Ride

October 26, 2012

Well Strung

October 27, 2012

MISSY RAINES and The New Hip

November 9, 2012

Allegheny Drifters

November 9, 2012

Audie Blaylock & Redline and Timberline