Patty Griffin

by Ross Scarano

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

by Ross Scarano

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

by Ross Scarano

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

by Ross Scarano

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 Ross Scarano

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

by Ross Scarano

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

by Ross Scarano

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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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

by Ross Scarano

For the second year running, Three Rivers Arts Festival pays tribute to the cultural Mecca that is New Orleans by bringing to Pittsburgh another exciting musical act from the land of Mardi Gras, the birthplace of jazz.

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More Headline Shows

by Lauren One World Tribe

Thanks to everyone who commented on our 2010 headline music announcement. We love to hear about what Festival fans want to see, and wish that we had three month’s worth of stage time (and budget!) to bring every one of the bands you mentioned to Pittsburgh.  We definitely pay attention to what you say as […]

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Guster

by Ross Scarano

From their liberal show-taping policy to their near-constant road journal updates on their website, Guster invites their fans to participate in the success of the band. Only a band with both feet firmly planted on the ground could maintain such a positive relationship with their fans.

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