(PITTSBURGH, PA) – The African American Cultural Center is pleased to present the first Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29-30 at the August Wilson Center and outdoors (980 Liberty Avenue), downtown Pittsburgh. The festival will feature music, workshops, lectures, free concerts by local and emerging artists, plus ticketed performances featuring nationally and internationally renowned blues artists like Bettye LaVette, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and John Scofield on Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday, Sept 28, the inaugural “A Taste of Blues” event, kicking off Pittsburgh’s first “Blues and Heritage Festival,” will be held from 8-11pm at the August Wilson Center. These festivities begin with live music and cocktails, the release notes, and includes Reverend Shawn Amos, Mwenso & the Shakes, Teeny Tucker, New Breed Brass Band, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Deva Mahal, Lyndsey Smith, DJ Nate Da Phat Barber, and DJ Selecta. Guests can enjoy the music while sampling “classic and modern spins” on dishes from some of Pittsburgh’s favorite restaurants and vendors.
Sat Sept 29 – Outdoor stages with FREE performances (11:30am to 4:15pm) in order of appearance: Afro American Music Institute, Stevee Wellons, The Billy Price Band, New Breed Brass Band, Lyndsey Smith, Teeny Tucker, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Deva Mahal
Sat Sept 29 – Indoor stage with FREE performances (4:30pm – 7:15pm) in order of appearance: Rev. Shawn Amos, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Mwenso & The Shakes
Sat Sept 29: 8pm – Bettye LaVette
Three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is not a song writer, nor is she a “cover” artist. She is an interpreter of the highest order.
Sun Sept 30, 2018: 4pm – Sweet Honey in the Rock, 8pm – John Scofield
*Discount available for 3 ticketed concerts if all 3 concerts are added to cart!*