Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Music Headliners for 55th ANNUAL DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL, 6/6-15
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a distinguished list of music headliners to be presented at the 55th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The 10-day celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is unlike any other in the nation. The world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and is open to the public. Attracting over 400,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh's famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city's world-renowned Cultural District.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival strives to deliver top-notch performing and visual art - from the Pittsburgh region's thriving arts community and from around the globe - including music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a renowned visual Artist Market presented by Peoples Gas, creative activities, food, and more. Artists are selected through a rigorous jury process-emphasizing quality, craftsmanship and presentation-in a wide variety of media, from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography. Each day of the 10-day Festival includes a performance by distinguished music headliners.
"Each year, the music lineup the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival brings world-renowned artists and musicians to Pittsburgh's Cultural District," commented J. Kevin McMahon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust President & CEO. "The Trust is pleased to continue its mission of connecting the community to the arts, and we are grateful for the generous and faithful support of Dollar Bank as lead sponsor."
Joseph B. Smith, Senior Vice President Marketing for Dollar Bank noted, "The Festival offers the city an opportunity to unite across sectors and artistic disciplines. The broad range of artists selected for this year's lineup reflects the diversity within our city and region. Dollar Bank is proud to support this time-honored tradition and is equally as pleased to welcome back the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to the Dollar Bank Stage."
"The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is delighted to perform, once again, as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. We look forward to sharing a wonderful evening of music with the Pittsburgh community at Point State Park," said James A. Wilkinson, President/CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
All headline concerts will be performed on the Dollar Bank Stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Point State Park, with the exception of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. Opening acts will perform at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. This year's lineup features the return of the well-received Bluegrass Day, set for Saturday June 7th. An exact schedule of times, information on the Artist Market, visual arts, family programming, other performing arts and more music programming will be announced on May 9, 2014.
For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/TRAF or call (412) 456-6666.
The 2014 Music Headlines are as follows:
Friday, June 6 - Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy is "one of the most daring songwriters of his generation" and his band Wilco is "vital, adventurous . . . breaking new stylistic ground with each ambitious and creatively restless album" notes Salon.com. The founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and co-founder of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music's most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series.
Saturday, June 7 - Sam Bush
Bluegrass Day with generous support from Colcom Foundation
Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush, also known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association for his accomplishments. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. While Bush is best known for jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, he is also a three time national junior fiddle champion and Grammy award winning vocalist.
Sunday, June 8 - Trampled By Turtles
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"The awesomely named Minnesota string band has been on the rise for years and its gentle, introspective sixth album adds a layer of artistry and emotion only hinted at in previous work," mused the Associated Press while awarding Trampled By Turtles with the #10 Best Album of 2012. With six albums to their credit and a word-of-mouth reputation that draws legions of diehard fans to their must-see-to-believe live shows, Minnesota roots music hybrid, Trampled by Turtles have released their first live concert recording Live At First Avenue. Formed in Duluth, MN, in 2003, Trampled by Turtles band members of the band did their own time in punk and rock bands, brandishing their electricity proudly before switching to acoustic instruments. While they never set out to be a "bluegrass" band, Trampled by Turtles employs many of the same traditional techniques of the genre, but their differences in influences, attitude and attack make for their unique sound.
Monday, June 9 - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of Pittsburgh's cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras, with more than 36 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. For more about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, visit pittsburghsymphony.org.
Tuesday, June 10 - Kaiser Chiefs
After more than 10 years, four albums, platinum record sales, a volley of top ten singles and 3 Brit Awards, Kaiser Chiefs (consisting of lead singer and lyricist Ricky Wilson, bassist Simon Rix, guitarist Andrew White and keyboardist Nick Baines) have emerged from near-collapse, appearing galvanized, bolstered by the addition of a new drummer, Vijay Mistry [formerly of Club Smith] and inspired by a new sense of freedom and musical possibility. Their newest album, Education, Education, Education & War began out of frustration and evolved into a masterpiece that takes the temperature of a nation seven years into a recession, riddled with people desperate for work, who are also debt-ridden, suspicious of corporations, big business, government, and eager for signs of compassion, understanding and hope. The album title is a reference to Tony Blair's famed 2005 speech on the power of education: "Education, education, education," he told the crowd that April in Sedgefield, "then and now the key to the door of Britain's future success." Education, Education, Education & War paints a compelling portrait of the modern age: factories, labour exchanges, battlefields, there is mud on boots, homesickness, love and loneliness.
Wednesday, June 11 - Amos Lee
"I enjoy the unplanned things that happen in the studio," says Amos Lee. "The shapes that things take, the manipulation of sounds-it's a learning process for me. I can't do that when I'm just writing on my guitar. Usually, the stuff you like the most wasn't what was planned anyway, so I try not to put too much pressure on it because then the fun leaves." For his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Lee took a different path for the recording; he worked in a new city with a new producer, while, for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him. The twelve songs that resulted-the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell- which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200, Amazon, and iTunes charts, and spun off a hit single with "Windows are Rolled Down" - bring Amos into new sonic territory, while retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters, and stories in his writing. This album arrives a full ten years after Amos Lee first signed with Blue Note Records and began a career that continues to grow and surprise. With the release of his self-titled debut in 2004, the Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher immediately earned the attention of not only the press and discerning music fans, but also of his fellow artists. He has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams, and been regularly touted as a favorite songwriter and performer by the likes of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum.