Sunday, May 8, 2011

Arts Festival Lineup

Image from the Pittsburgh Arts Council

Hey, with all the rain fallin', you just know that the Three Rivers' Arts Festival is right around the corner. And locals know that means more than funnel cakes and pottery; the Festival brings in an eclectic mix of national bands to rock the Point. This year's schedule is no different. Here's the scheduled acts:

The Blind Boys of Alabama; Friday, 7:30, June 3rd.

The Tom Tom Club; Saturday, 7:30, June 4th.

Pittsburgh Symphony; Sunday, 6:00, June 5th.

James McMurtry/Jonny Burke; Monday, 7:30, June 6th.

The Baseball Project/J. Roddy Walston; Tuesday, 7:30, June 7th.

Tea Leaf Green; Wednesday, 7:30, June 8th.

Formula 412; Thursday, 7:30, June 9th.

Brandi Carlile; Friday, 7:30, June 10th.

Ricky Skaggs; Saturday, 7:30, June 11th.

Buckwheat Zydeco; Sunday, 7:30, June 12th.

All the shows are free concerts. The acts perform on the Dollar Bank Stage in Point State Park. This year's featured Pittsburgh artists are the PSO, playing on Sunday, June 6th and making their first 3RAF appearance since 1977, along with genre-bending hip-hop crew Formula 412, who will play Thursday, June 9th. And that pair just about covers the gamut of Pittsburgh music.

Old Mon has seen and heard some folk stirring a backsplash about the booked bands being dated and not particularly cutting edge. Well, get over it; it's a good mix for the Festival crowd. If you want to see Lady Gaga or the Ozfest, you have the wrong venue (although a little more local flavor wouldn't be a bad thing.)

Formula 412 - "Gotta Give"

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