10 days of free music + art

Pittsburgh, PAJune 3-12, 2016

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The Art of Technology Performances

Not long ago, we let you know about the visual art component of “The Art of Technology”, a feature combining art and technology produced in collaboration with Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Art + Technology Initiative.  Now I’m here to highlight the performance side of this feature, which includes some local musicians who give new meaning to […]

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More Openers

This is the second in a two part series on the opening musical acts at this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival. Justin Townes Earle Opening for Kris Kristofferson Friday, June 11 Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park Violating the long-established rules of parent/child musical taste, Steve Earle plays rock-inflected country while his son, Justin […]

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Openers – Part 1

Headlining acts are only part of the equation: everyone knows without a great opener to warm the crowd, a show can easily go off the rails. With this post, the first in a two part series, we’ll introduce you to the great opening acts you’ll find at this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival. Nathaniel Rateliff […]

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Patty Griffin

Passing her $50 dollars across the counter to the music store clerk, did Patty Griffin feel destiny nodding silently behind her 16-year-old shoulder? She had just bought her first guitar. The year was 1980 and Griffin had just taken the first steps onto the path leading to a record deal, numerous successful albums, and a […]

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Local Indie Music Showcase

In years past, Three Rivers Arts Festival has brought great local acts to the Dollar Bank Stage, introducing Pittsburghers to up-and-coming bands like Donora and Meeting of Important People. This year, we’ve upped the ante with our first ever Local Indie Music Showcase. Here’s the lowdown on the 4 exciting bands.

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Kris Kristofferson

Anecdotes from Kris Kristofferson’s life speak volumes about his diverse talents. With Kristofferson, tiny moments have this way of unfolding into other tales from a life almost too packed with adventure and accomplishment to be real. For instance, he wrote “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” one of his most popular, achingly romantic numbers, […]

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Ingrid Michaelson

Pop success can no longer be determined by the Billboard charts alone. Now, to find out who’s really doing big things, you need to check out which albums Starbucks is plugging, who is racing up the iTunes charts, or what artist is finding regular work via primetime television. By these new, Internet age standards, Ingrid Michaelson is Britney Spears.

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Los Amigos Invisibles

By seamlessly incorporating the infectious basslines and dancefloor ready rhythms of disco into their Latin pop tunes, Venezuelan group Los Amigos Invisibles is reminding us that maybe polyester leisure suits were the only reason we wanted disco dead.

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Quitting a band like Drive-By Truckers does not make for the easiest road. Jason Isbell, though, is trouncing the odds with his gifts as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.

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One World Tribe

At least one reggae-etc. band is blowing up Erie (and the surrounding area) with grooves and a positive message of global harmony. They go by the name of One World Tribe, and on June 7 they’ll preach in Pittsburgh, showering Three Rivers Arts Festival patrons with funky rhythms, luminous vocal harmonies and lyrics brimming over with hope.

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